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Fantastic Planet Lecture by Jon Rappleye

Thursday, September 18 from 5-7 p.m. in BBOX

Posted 09.16.08 by MICA Media Relations

Painter and sculptor Jon Rappleye, artist in residence for "Studio Remix: Dolphin Press Collaboration," brings his fantastical world to campus Thursday, September 18 from 5-7 p.m. in BBOX, the performance space in The Gateway, MICA's brand new student life and residential center. Rappleye will discuss his art-making process, techniques, and inspiration at this free, public lecture.

The Jersey City, N.J.-based artist describes the creatures and strange hybrid phenomena that occupy his acrylic paintings and vitreous china sculptures as a "homespun fairy tale, a recreation of cultural folklore, and a personal mythology."

MICA Illustration's course, "Studio Remix: Dolphin Press Collaboration," brings together Rappleye, illustration students, printmaking faculty member Nick Karvounis, and MICA's Dolphin Press. Within the framework of the class, Karvounis, a master printer, is collaborating with Rappleye in producing a limited edition print, and illustration students will engage with Rappleye and Karvounis as the edition is prepared, proofed, and printed. While creating the edition, students will develop their own collaborations within the class for their own print suite.

"This is a great opportunity to blend the talent and resources of two departments and engage one of today's most talented narrative artists," said Whitney Sherman, Chair of Illustration, Co-Director of Dolphin Press, and publisher of the Rappleye edition.

Rappleye's talk is made possible with funds from the illustration department's Mixed Media Lecture Series. Dolphin Press will publish the Rappleye edition.

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.