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December Celebrates Many Off-Campus Exhibitions, Events Featuring Alumni, Faculty

MICA artists participate in many off-campus shows this month

Posted 12.31.69 by mica communications

Philip Koch, The Red Whisper, oil on canvas




Members of the MICA community have their work showcased in exhibitions off-campus in December. Here are highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):


Baltimore-area shows and events

Neal Reinalda, portrait (detail)Primary Concern (the artist studio: a portrait)
On view Dec. 18, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 2720 Sisson St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Neal Reinalda '09 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Neal Reinalda's first in a series of shows titled Primary Concern, confronts the notion of the artist studio as a portrait of the artist who inhabits that space. Through the use of an oversaturation of images from popular women's magazines, confetti covering the floor, sculptures that exist somewhere between trash, art object and furniture, and the lack of any ‘white light' the artist confronts culture through the lens of "moi, c'est un autre" ("me, that's someone else").

Purple Is Now a Real Color
On view Dec. 16-Jan. 19 (reception on Dec. 16, 7 p.m.), Dionysus Bar and Lounge, 8 E. Preston St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Anzhelika Gorokhova '13

Li'l Lies and Purty Thangs
On view Dec. 10-Feb. 12 (reception on Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m.), Goya Contemporary, Mill Center, Studio 214, 3000 Chestnut Ave.
MICA connection: Solo show of Jill J. Scott '70

On view Dec. 5-Jan. 5 (reception on Dec. 5, 1-6 p.m.), Galerie Francoise, 3500 Parkdale Ave., Studio 21
MICA connection: Two-person show of Sophia Park '10 (illustration) and Jen Ames '09 (general fine arts)
NO LADY features sculpture and jewelry by Sophia Park and select paintings and drawings by Jen Ames.

Mindful MICA Student Groups: Two Phase System, Playing on Truth, and Monster Monster
On view Dec. 3-Dec. 16, The Hexagon, 1825 N. Charles St.MICA connection: This exhibition is a conglomeration of three pairs of emerging Baltimore artists shown together within the same contextual backdrop.
Two Phase System by artists Mario Urpi and Jake Adams alters the space tangibly and psychologically. Experiential complexity within simple forms intrigues these artists and serves as the principal component of their work.
• Playing on Truth by artists Ebony Robinson and Logan Dixon addresses Logan's Mayan ancestry and the guised truths to be found through dreams as well as characters created to portray Ebony's taboo experiences (complete with bloody noses, tampons and bandaged wounds).
Monster Monster by artists Dan Everett and Jason Ressler explores the subconscious mind to flush out hidden secrets and desires in order to make concrete what only exists in mental realms.

Thomas Spande '99


Thomas Spande: Forty Abstract Paintings
On view Dec. 1-Dec. 16 (reception on Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m.), Antreasian Gallery, 1111 W 36th St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Thomas Spande '99 (Post-Baccalaureate)
• Thomas Spande's new show of 40 abstract oil paintings includes delightful small panel paintings that present harmonies of shape and color taking inspiration from abstract artists of the 20th century yet are personal and original at the same time.


On view Nov. 19-Dec. 19, Current Space Gallery, 421 N Howard St.
MICA connection: Jordan Bernier '05, '06 (general fine arts, MA in Teaching) is one of the two artists featured
• A drawing and print "remix" show

Vanishing Point
On view Nov. 13-Dec. 30 (artist talk on Dec. 8, 7 p.m.), Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
MICA connection:  Two-person show with Michelle Hagewood '02 (general fine arts) and Erica Hansen '08 (MA in Art Education)
• Cast your eyes up in the sky, or deep down into a microscope -- what do you see? With the gallery walls painted black, Resident Artists Michelle Hagewood and Erica Hansen stretch the limits of our vision, with clouds that might be smoke screens, microscopic material resembling urban detritus, and flying machines caught in the corner of your eye.

Graphite on Paper
On view Nov. 12-Dec. 31, School 33, Main Gallery, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection: Curated by René Treviño '05 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• During this group exhibition, regional artists employ graphite on paper as their primary media. Since this show is using Graphite on Paper as its thematic current, preliminary drawings, sketchbooks, doodles as well as refined and "finished" works will be included.

Philip Koch, Northern Pines: Morning,  oil on panel, 12 x 24Landscape Exhibition
On view Nov. 8-Jan. 7, JLP Gallery, Green Spring Station, 2360 W. Joppa Road
MICA connection: Philip Koch, drawing and foundation faculty member
• Contemporary artists Philip Koch and Emily Demsky look at the landscape as a vehicle for painterly expression.

Visible Matter (Above Ground)
On view Nov. 6-Dec. 12, Open Space, 2720 Sisson St.
MICA connection: Noel Freibert '08 (general fine arts) is in a two-person show
• The artist-run gallery opens its space to artists Noel Freibert and Carlos Gonzales for an exhibition exploring foreign zones.

Designing in Baltimore
On view Nov. 1-Dec. 3, AIA Baltimore gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St.
MICA connection: Environental Design (ENV) faculty
• MICA's Environmental Design Department presents a collection of artwork focusing on socially engaged design.

Hope Against Hope
On view Oct. 8-Dec. 4, Phoenix Shot Tower, corner of Fayette and Front (near President St., end of I-83)
MICA connection:  Co-curated by MICA alumnus Michael Benevento '05  and featuring artwork from several MICA faculty and alumni.
• Current Space Gallery and Carroll Museums present Hope Against Hope, an exhibition featuring a diverse set of artwork at the Phoenix Shot Tower, a Baltimore landmark once known as the tallest building in the United States. The show will feature a variety of mediums, including site-specific performance, video, drawing, and installation.

Joan Gaither quilt



Respecting Humanity: Quilts for Social Justice
On view Oct. 4-Feb. 11 (artist talk and reception Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.), Maryland State Arts Council, 175 W. Ostend St.
MICA connection: Showcase of Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither, art education faculty

Piece Meal
On view through Dec. 1, Galerie Francoise, 3500 Parkdale Ave., Suite 20
MICA connection: Solo show of Maire O'Neill '09 (painting)



Regional shows

FreeSpace: A Communal and Interactive Survey of Washington DC
On view Nov. 9-Dec. 4, Martin Luther King Jr Library, 901 G St. NW (presented by Flashpoint Gallery)
MICA connection: Mike Iacovone '09 (MFA in Studio Art) is one of the collaborators
• A collaborative effort between Mike Dax and Billy Friebele, the exhibition is one part video installation exploring and retracing the sacred geometry that Pierre Charles L'Enfant used in the original city plans, and the other part a photo survey of public space in DC. The latter is open to the public to participate in and add photos to. See www.dcphotogrid.com for more information.

On view Nov. 8-Dec. 1, Fine Art Gallery, Art & Design Building, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive (presented by Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.)
MICA connection: Mike Iacovone '09 (MFA in Studio Art) is in the group show
• These four artists -- Jonathan Monaghan, Leah Frankel, Michael lacovone and Lina Vargas De La Hoz -- all question the modality of what is typical in painting, printmaking and sculpture formats today, asking for a dialogue between the art and the viewer and through
social consciousness, allowing ideological questions and content to permeate, rather than obviate, their works. Iacovone is showing video projects he made last summer with artists in Bosnia. (View the videos here.)


Out-of-town shows

An Exhibition of fine Art at New York Methodist
On view Dec. 16-Feb. 28 (reception on Dec. 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m.), Methodist Hospital exhibition gallery, 506 Sixth St., Brooklyn
MICA Connection: Takeshi Yamada '85 is part of a Brooklyn Street Car Artist Group (BSAG) fine art exhibition
• For more information, click here.

My Brooklyn: An Artist's Perspective
On view Dec. 10-Jan. 31 (reception on Dec. 9, 6:30-9 p.m.), Coney Island Hospital exhibition gallery, 2nd floor, main building, 2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn
MICA Connection: Takeshi Yamada '85 is part of a Brooklyn Street Car Artist Group (BSAG) fine art exhibition
• For more information, click here.

On view Dec. 3-Dec. 19 (artists on site Dec. 3, 9-10 p.m.), 20 W. 53rd St. (Sixth Avenue side of site, across from MoMA)
MICA connection: New installation by faculty members Lili Maya (graphic design) and James Rouvelle (chair of interaction design and art)
• Installed in the western half of the former Donnell Library, and visible across the surfaces of the large windows fronting the space, traversal53 is a kinetic art installation composed of robotic instruments programmed to survey the space with custom optics.

On view  Oct. 20-Dec. 3, Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway
MICA connection: Ryan Browning '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Oct. 20: Participating artists (the Doomslangers) will play a game of Dungeons and Dragons in the gallery, visitors are welcome to watch.
• Oct. 22: Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. A final battle, err, performance and opening ceremony will take place. Receive free 'heal' and 'mana' potions. Come in costume (as a D&D character or monster) and get a chance to make a physical attack on a terrible animatronic monster.
• Nov. 6: A panel discussion on Art and Games, 6 p.m.

Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven Paintings
On view Oct. 6-Jan. 21, Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 E. 77th St.
MICA connection: Jeff Koons '76 (general fine arts)
• In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the original Venice presentation of this landmark series, Made in Heaven, Luxembourg & Dayan will show nine major canvases and one glass sculpture from the artist's most renowned body of work.For more information, click here.

Grace Hartigan, Shinnecock CanalNEW YORK
Abstract Expressionist New York
On view Oct. 3-Apr.25, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St.
MICA connection: Longtime Hoffberger School of Painting Director Grace Hartigan
• Drawn entirely from the MoMA's vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the 20th century's greatest masterpieces. Grace Hartigan's Shinnecock Canal hangs next to masterpieces by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Joan Mitchell.

CUBA: My Revolution
On view Oct. 2-Dec. 12, Kentler International Drawing Space, 353 Van Brunt St., Red Hook/Brooklyn
MICA connection: Jose Villarrubia '83, chair of Illustration Department
CUBA: My Revolution celebrates the making of the graphic novel of the same name, showcasing drawings from several stages of the creative process. Jose Villarrubia served as the colorist for the project.


Ain't I A Woman
On view July 15-Dec. 19, MoCADA (The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
MICA connection: Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• This group exhibition offers contemporary artistic depictions of women of African descent, focusing specifically on their interiority. Andrea Chung will be featuring a video piece based on her Fulbright research in Mauritius. For more information and related programming dates, click here.

Joyce Kozloff, Voyages 13: Sardaigne, watercolor, acrylic, collage, cast paper, 2004.Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art
On view Oct. 3-Jan. 9, 2011, Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street - Route 22
MICA connection: Faculty member Joyce Kozloff and Mike Iacovone '09 (MFA in Studio Art) are among the artists showing
• In an era of global culture, artists are increasingly exploring maps as both image and cipher. Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art features paintings, works on paper, sculptures, videos, a sound installation, and a live web terminal to address such themes as borders and boundaries, identity and colonialism, journeys-both real and imagined, memory and nostalgia, and tourism and travel.

Philip Koch Landscape Painting Solo Exhibition
On view Dec. 1-Dec. 31 (reception and artist talk on Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m.), Edgewater Gallery, 1 Mill St.
MICA connection: Solo show of longtime MICA faculty member Philip Koch
• Philip Koch is a Maryland-based painter with a four-decade history painting the New England landscape. As a young artist, inspired by Edward Hopper, Koch shifted from abstraction to realism, and now re-examines the tradition of American romantic landscape art.

Graphic Details: Confessional Comic by Jewish Women
On view Oct. 1-Jan. 30, Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St.
MICA connection: Former student Vanessa Davis, one of 18 artists in this exhibition
• The exhibit features the work of 18 female cartoonists who create candid visual memoirs of even the goriest details of their lives.

Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals
On view Nov. 16-Feb. 13, 2011, Oregon History Museum, 1200 SW Park Ave.
MICA connection: Arvie Smith '92 (Hoffberger School of Painting), a former faculty member, is participating in the group show
Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride is an exhibition about African American murals throughout the United States, with a special focus on those painted by Portland artists. Many of these treasures are unknown outside the artists' local communities. Large format color photos, original mural-related sketches and paintings, as well as actual portable murals will be included in this exciting show.

Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow
On view through April 8, 2011, LAX International Airport, Terminal 1, ground floor
MICA connection: Large-scale mural commission by Marshall Roemen '00 (painting)
• Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) unveiled two tapestry-like paintings totaling over 55-feet wide and over 9-feet high at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Los Angeles artist Marshall Roemen painted Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow, a site-specific abstract artwork for the benefit of passengers and the waiting public in Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Level.

Marshall Roemen, Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow (Photo by Mike Hernandez)

If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu 

Photo caption: Philip Koch, The Red Whisper, oil on canvas.

Alumni Showing in Miami, December 2-5:

Calder Brannock '10 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) won the PULSE Presents Award, a top honor allowing him to have an exhibition space at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair Miami 2010, for his Camper Contemporary project. For more information about Brannock and the Camper Contemporary, click here.

• THE BETSY South Beach hosted the Museum of Art and Deisgn's The Global Africa Project, co-curated by Leslie King-Hammond, director of MICA's Center for Race and Culture, a sponsor of the exhibition. A sneak preview of the exhibition, which will be up through Feb. 14, will be highlighted with a party on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. For more information, see the hotel website here or the main exhibition's information here. THE BETSY also will be playing host to the works of 10 emerging artists, including Johnny Robles '06 (illustration), from Dec. 1 through January 2011. The works of art were produced using classic and avant-garde techniques, in a variety of mediums all of which were inspired by Ruinart.

• During Art Basel, the Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI), managed by Naomi Fisher '98, will be hosting a show featuring multimedia artist Jessie Gold. Fisher is also showing a couple of personal projects throughout the weekend at other venues. For more information on Fisher and the BFI, click here.

• MICA alumni currently living in miami are going to be buzzing around the city in a flurry of shows. This includes: Luis Diaz '99 (illustration), who will show his witty Garbage Pail Kids art at Spinello Gallery in Miami Design District for Art Basel. The Bakehouse Art Complex, which represents Diaz and Olivier Casse '94 (general fine arts), will have an exhibition on display featuring the artists. Bear & Bird Gallery, which will show Monster Under My Bed, will also feature MICA alumni including Lu Gold '00 (painting).

• C. Grimaldis Gallery will be showcasing the work of six of their artists at Art Miami 2010, stationed in the Miami Midtown Arts District. Included in the exhibit are Chul-Hyun Ahn '02 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Grace Hartigan, who directed the Hoffberger School of Painting for more than 40 years until her passing in 2008.

• Nudashank Gallery is featuring the work of John Bohl '05 (painting), Jordan Bernier '05 '06 (general fine arts, MA in Teaching), and Caitlin Cunningham '05 (sculpture) at Aqua Art Fair in Miami concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach.