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Exhibition of New Paintings by MICA Faculty Michael Weiss

Opens Friday, Oct. 10, with a reception 5-7 p.m. in Pinkard Gallery

Posted 10.03.08 by MICA Media Relations


Deliberations, an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) faculty member Michael Weiss, opens with a reception Friday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. in Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. The paintings will be on view through Sunday, Nov. 9.

Weiss, who teaches in MICA's foundation and painting departments, uses traditional materials and methods to create contemporary images containing oblique, but not opaque content. Weiss creates an abstract pictorial language that places the artist and viewer side by side instead of in a structured power relationship of artist as teacher-enlightener and viewer as recipient.

The Baltimore-based artist's current work explores how forms move in and out of focus as ideas circulate through the mind. He manipulates paint and surface to reveal an image, offering information of a potential, rather than specific meaning with which viewers may engage in dialogue.

Earlier in 2008, Weiss was one of seven Baltimore-area artists featured in Philadelphia Meets Baltimore: Conceptions and Perceptions, a group exhibition at the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University in Towson, Md. His work was also part of a group exhibition at Soho Myriad Gallery in Atlanta.

Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the art gallery of Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University) in Stevenson, Md., Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, and Numark Gallery in Washington, D.C. Weiss received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2000.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.