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Faculty Exhibition

Friday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Sept. 7

Posted 08.13.08 by MICA Media Relations

Soheila Ghaussy

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will feature three exhibitions that highlight work by the College's world-renowned faculty as well as some of the nation's top art and design students. The Sabbatical Exhibition, Foundation Exhibition, and Faculty Exhibition are highly anticipated annual shows of the early fall semester.

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. For more information, call 410-225-2300.

What: Sabbatical Exhibition

When: Friday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Sept. 7

Where: Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave.

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 4, 5-7 p.m.

What: Reading by John Peacock

When: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Where: Decker Gallery

What: Reading by Soheila Ghaussy

When: Sunday, September 7, 4 pm

The Sabbatical Exhibition, which opens Friday, Aug. 22, showcases the work of faculty members who took a semester away from MICA during the 2007-2008 academic year to explore new themes, develop old ones, or collaborate with other artists and writers.

This year's exhibition features Pat Alexander, professor in the general fine arts department; Gail Deery, chair of the printmaking department and co-director of Dolphin Press; Mary Hafeli, director of the master of arts in teaching (MAT) program; Warren Linn, professor in the foundation and illustration departments; John Peacock, critic-in-residence at the Rinehart School of Sculpture; and Bill Schmidt, director of the post-baccalaureate certificate program. Soheila Ghaussy and Robert Merrill, faculty members of the language, literature, & culture department, are also participating in the exhibition, which closes Sunday, Sept. 7.

About the faculty members:

Bill Schmidt used his sabbatical to "dig deeper than before." He experimented with acrylic, produced new small-scale gouache paintings, and drew regularly. Schmidt also had a number of solo exhibitions.

John Peacock worked on his narrative poem, Story of Dakota Origins, Imprisonment, and Exile, which he is writing in the endangered Dakota language with English translation on facing pages.

Robert Merrill used his sabbatical to work on his book that will focus on the time when Lord Byron and Percey Shelley, two of Britain's most famous - and notorious -- poets, lived in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. They spent the spring and summer traveling around to the places philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote about in his books while re-reading the books and discussing their content.

Warren Linn used concentrated studio time and drawing research trips to Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., during his sabbatical to reintroduce himself to the pleasures of full-time immersion in his work. The sabbatical resulted in enough work for a solo exhibition in fall 2007 as well as several published illustrations.

Mary Hafeli dedicated part of her sabbatical to research and writing on art education topics; she spent the rest of the time making studio work. For one project, still in progress, Hafeli collaborated with photographer Ann Lovett to make a series of encaustic works based on digital images of ancient glass vessels in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Soheila Ghaussy is working on a book translation, A Concise Religious and Cultural History of Afghanistan, and a book on women and violence.

Gail Deery's Incomplete Histories and Moss/Mold Reading Wall are installations that grew out of research conducted in libraries and private book collections throughout Italy. The installations investigate the iconography and reception of the book not only as a purveyor of knowledge but also as a discrete visual object.

Pat Alexander designed an installation for Meander, a collaboration with choreographer Carol Bartlett of Peabody Dance that was presented at the Baltimore Museum of Art in March. In May, she continued her research in the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. At a residency in Newfoundland, she continued her series of intimate polytyph paintings.

What: Foundation Exhibition

When: Friday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 7

Where: Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave.; Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave.; Main Gallery, Main Building, 1300 Mount Royal Ave.; and Gateway galleries 1 and 2, The Gateway, 1601 Mount Royal Ave.

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 4, 5-7 p.m.

Timed to coincide with the arrival of first-year students, MICA's Foundation Exhibition is one of the College's most highly regarded student shows. The exhibition, which opens Friday, Aug. 29 at galleries across campus - including The Gateway, features work by rising sophomores made during the 2007-08 academic year. MICA's groundbreaking foundation program introduces all students to the fundamentals of visual arts, giving them a cornerstone upon which they can build their artistic careers. The work in the Foundation Exhibition, which closes Sunday, Sept. 7, is always fresh and exciting and provides a glimpse into the future of the art world.

What: Faculty Exhibition

When: Thursday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Oct. 5

Where: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave.; and Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave.

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m.

The Faculty Exhibition, which opens Thursday, Sept. 18, features the work of MICA's world-renowned full-time faculty, highlighting their diversity in content, medium, and style. The faculty artists who are participating in the exhibition include: Timothy App (drawing, foundation, painting, summer MFA in studio art); Rebecca Bradley (assistant chair of illustration); Susie Brandt (fiber, foundation); Annet Couwenberg (fiber); Regina DeLuise (photography); Michael Economus (foundation, painting); Dennis Farber (foundation); Maren Hassinger (graduate director of Rinehart School of Sculpture); Lois Hennessey (drawing, foundation); Kenneth Krafcheck (graduate director of Master of Arts in Community Arts (MACA); Kevin Labadie (painting); Warren Linn (foundation, illustration); Fletcher Mackey (foundation); Raoul Middleman (painting); Christine Neill (foundation, painting, post-baccalaureate certificate); Renee Rendine (foundation, general fine arts); Piper Shepard (fiber); Whitney Sherman (chair of illustration and co-director of Dolphin Press); Zvezdana Stojmirovic (graphic design, foundation, fiber); Tylden Streett (interdisciplinary sculpture); Kenneth Tisa (director of Aix-en-Provence); and Colette Veasey-Cullors (photography).

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 65 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.