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Flash Forward 2012

The 2nd annual Flash Forward will feature presentations from five alumni from MICA’s MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs. The event takes place in the Studio Center Auditorium, November 16, 2012, 3-5pm.

Posted 11.02.12


The 2012 Alumni Presenters include Andrew Shea, Graphic Design MFA, '09; Leah Cooper, Studio Art MFA, '09; Chris Manzione, Post-Baccalaureate Fine Art, '07; Anne Kotleba, Community Arts MFA, '12; and Jimmy Joe Roche, Mount Royal School of Art, '09.

A reception will immediately follow to coincide with the Hoffberger School of Painting Fall Show Opening, 5-7pm in the Sheila and Richard Riggs Gallery and Leidy Gallery, Graduate Studio Center, 131 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD

The Office of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development and Alumni Relations, will host the 2nd annual Flash Forward, an evening of presentations from five alumni from MICA's MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs. Alumni share insights and inspiration including residencies, fellowship and exhibition experiences for students beginning their own creative funding process. Alumni will participate in a Q&A discussion following the presentations. This event is open to members of MICA's community including students, faculty and staff, as well prospective graduate students attending the Fall 2012 Graduate Admission Open House.

Andrew Shea, Graphic Design MFA, '10
Designer, Writer, and Educator living in New York City
Andrew Shea is a graphic designer, writer and educator. As the Design Director at New York Academy of Art, he creates identities, web sites, exhibition graphics and publications that support the Academy's new and ongoing programs. He also runs MANY, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New York City. Shea's new book, Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. The book features 10 strategies that can improve the effectiveness of community-based graphic design projects and 20 projects from designers who regularly work with communities. Shea's writing can also be found on Core77, Designer's Review of Books, AIGA, Design Observer and in various conference proceedings. As an educator, Shea has taught graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fordham University and now Parsons The New School for Design. Shea's solo and collaborative work has been recognized by Print Magazine, Core 77, Adbusters, Metropolis Magazine P/O/V, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Council of the Arts and Sappi Ideas That Matter. In 2012, Andrew was selected as a Tedx Transmedia speaker in Rome.

Leah Cooper, Studio Art MFA. '09
Leah Cooper is a Baltimore artist who is captivated by the everyday. Her focus often narrows to the smallest of cracks on the sidewalk and the faintest of shadows on the wall. Using contextually dependent installation she explores an expanded notion of drawing that questions where the liminal state exists between what is noticed and what is overlooked. She is an avid observer, a determined thinker, a purposeful maker, and an artist who designates a piece successful when it has generated more questions, rather than illustrated a single answer.

Leah received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, where she was awarded the MFA in Studio Art Fellowship.  She completed her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Baltimore, Maryland. Leah was a 2010 Sondheim Finalist, a 2011 recipient of a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant, and a 2012 Sondheim Semifinalist. She has shown in The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, Arlington Art Center, Montpellier Arts Center, and RTKL Architecture Firm.

Chris Manzione, Post-Baccalaureate Fine Art, 09
Christopher Manzione earned a BFA in sculpture from William Paterson University, a Post-Baccalaureate degree From Maryland Institute College of Arts and his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art. For the past three years his body of work explored the spaces where the distinction between natural and industrial blurs, while investigating our understanding of time through these points of interaction. In 2010 his work expanded into the field of new media art founding and curating, The Virtual Public Art Project, a platform for the public display of digital works of art. Maximizing public reception of augmented reality art through smartphones. Within the past year Christopher has taken part in Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Anderson Ranch Artist Residency, and Socrates Sculpture Park's Emerging Artist Fellowship.

Anne Kotleba, Community Arts MFA, '12
Anne Kotleba is an artist and activist with a passion for promoting social justice and equality. She is an advocate for youth leadership, arming young people with the freedom and courage to define their own identity. Anne grew up in Illinois and graduated from Augustana College in 2004 with degrees in Studio Art and Political Science. Not knowing exactly what to do with that, Anne's had adventures around the country as an AmeriCorps*NCCC member in California, a Colorado State Park Ranger, a teaching artist in a post Hurricane Katrina Mississippi, and much more. Anne arrived in Baltimore in 2010 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art where she graduated with an MA and an MFA in Community Arts. Anne co-founded and facilitates the Baltimore United Viewfinders, an East side photography based youth leadership initiative. In 2012, Anne was awarded a Community Fellowship from the Open Society Institute of Baltimore.

Jimmy Joe Roche, Mount Royal School of Art, '08
Jimmy Joe Roche is an American Visual Artist residing in Baltimore, MD. Roche is a member of the arts collective Wham City. His videos have screened internationally in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Incubate Arts festival in Holland and Rojo@Nova 2010 in Brazil. In 2008 Roche had his first solo exhibition at Rare Gallery in New York, 2010 marked his second solo exhibition in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and in January 2011, he opened his third solo exhibition, Under Pressure, at Rare Gallery. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beautiful Decay, The New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus" Artist Directory, "100" a new book by Francesca Gavin published in 2011, and a feature article in the November 2011 issue of the Spanish Art Magazine BELIO. Roche is a recipient of the 2012 new work residency at \\ Harvestworks // in NYC and is preparing for a two man show with fellow artist Nathaniel Mellor at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the Summer of 2013.