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International Zine Month Exhibit

Decker Library Zine Collection on Display

Posted 07.03.17 by Kelly Swickard

At Decker Library we are celebrating July as International Zine Month. In the exhibition case are a range of zines, many from or about Baltimore.

What are zines? Zines are usually self-published, DIY, non-profit, limited edition, folded or stapled, & photocopied (or off set, or letterpress, etc.) and produced by persons of marginalized groups or created to highlight certain social issues. There are many other categories, including photo-zines, cooking zines, library zines, queer zines, per-zines, art zines and more!

Zines are an important and vital counter point to mass mainstream media and often offer a subcultural, political, and activist point of view. Many zines are created as self-expression in art, photography, and poetry.

Decker Library's zine collection foucses on art zines & zines created by MICA students. The library plans to continue collecting zines from the MICA community, & to increase the number of works addressing social justice issues.

Zines from our collection(to the right of the Circulation Desk) are available for use in the library whenever it is open. We're hoping these pieces of expression will be used in new & stimulating ways in the classroom, studio & community. We also hope any zinesters in the MICA community will want their zine to be part of this exciting collection. Ask us about donating or acquriring your zines! For details, contact Kelly Swickard, zine librarian, at kswickard@mica.edu.

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Thumbnail & This Page: Zines on display in Decker Library. Photos by Meredith Moore.

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.

This page was last updated on 07/03/2017.