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Hoffberger School of Painting Well-Represented in 185th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art

Director Timothy App and alumnae Amita Bhatt '09 and Kim Manfredi '88 '09 selected out of more than 400 entries for biennial

Posted 02.17.10 by mica media relations

Timothy App, Nuptual

NEW YORK--The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts in New York features 65 emerging and established artists, three of which have ties to Hoffberger School of Painting. This extremely competitive juried biennial invitational, on view Feb. 17-June 8, showcases new artistic directions in contemporary American art and includes works by Timothy App, director of Hoffberger School of Painting, and department alumnae Amita Bhatt '09 and Kim Manfredi '88 '09.

Though this exhibition encompasses all artistic mediums, MICA's representation is all painting--vastly different expressions of the form, however: App's Nuptual, acrylic on canvas, 2008, which was part of his 2009 solo exhibition at Goya Contemporary, Baltimore; Bhatt's Dedicated to Delight, oil on canvas, 2009; and Manfredi's We're All Pink and Red on the Inside, oil on wood, 2009.

The show spans the gamut from realism to abstraction, and includes a mix of painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation art. Selections represent diverse ideas, mediums and techniques from an historic number of over 400 artists that submitted work for consideration. "The exhibition includes an array of artists and art-making strategies from emerging and veteran abstractionists to representational artists addressing issues of identity and sexuality," notes Marshall Price, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum.

The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art is on view at the National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Ave. at 89th Street. For more information, 212-369-4880 or nationalacademy.org.

Image caption: Timothy App, Nuptual, acrylic on canvas, 2008. (Courtesy Goya Contemporary)

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.