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Illustrated Poetry Showcased on Baltimore Buses, Light Rail Trains

City school students’ poetry, MICA students’ illustrations to be displayed one year

Posted 03.15.12 by mica communications

Text by Maria Aranda-Lopez, illustration and design by Lisa Perrin.

BALTIMORE--MICA, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) present the launch of the 13th annual Words on Wheels transit poster project. Words on Wheels brings together Baltimore City school students' winning poetry and MICA students' illustrations to create beautiful, thought-provoking posters that will be displayed on buses and light rail trains.

The poems, juried from a contest open to all BCPS students, have been interpreted by MICA M.F.A. in Illustration Practice students, who have illustrated and designed the MTA poster artwork based on the themes in the poems. The posters will be seen for one year on board MTA buses and light rail trains traveling throughout Baltimore.

MICA M.F.A. in Illustration Practice director Whitney Sherman has coordinated the project for the past 13 years with the MTA's Communications & Marketing Department, currently run by Jawauna Greene, along with BCPS, represented by Jennifer Zwillenberg.

The participating M.F.A. in Illustration Practice students are: Nargol Arefi, Sara Barnes, Jun Cen, Dingding Hu, Lisa Perrin, Aehee Shin, Tong Su, Yuanjin Wei and Jennifer Yoo.

Words on Wheels is supported by Maryland Department of Transportation, Goldsmith Family Foundation, Inc. and MICA's Office of Community Engagement.

LAUNCH: Monday, April 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Port Discovery, 35 Market Place
PRICE: Free and open to the public


Image caption: Text by Maria Aranda-Lopez, illustration and design by Lisa Perrin.

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.