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Illustration Faculty Jose Villarrubia '83 the Subject of Bmore Profile

Villarrubia talks about his love of Baltimore and the strength of MICA's community

Posted 12.01.09 by mica media relations

MICA is a very special school. It's unlike any other art school. 

Jose Villarrubia '83

Bmore, an online magazine that showcases the arts and entertainment scene in Baltimore, featured MICA illustration faculty member Jose Villarrubia '83 and his artwork. The article, Living in Technicolor, talks about Villarrubia's growing up in Spain, his move to and subsequent love of Baltimore, and how he went from a fine arts background to being the go-to color guy in the comics industry.

"Baltimore is a great town for [an] artist to live in. Most artist[s] come to Baltimore because of the art schools and the community. Once they graduate they stay in the community because of the support they give to each other," he told the online magazine.

"MICA is a very special school. It's unlike any other art school," he said, adding that he has "joyfully" watched as MICA has become a more diverse school in regards to it discipline and curriculum.

"MICA used to be more fine arts focused. It's still a very creative place but has become a more professional school. We train students not only to become great artist[s] but hopefully to be independent and have a good head for the business once they get out. ... MICA tries to integrate its students into the urban community."

Photo caption: MICA illustration faculty member Jose Villarrubia '83 in his home in Baltimore. (Photo by Arianne Teeple/bmore)

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.