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James Rieck '87 '03 Takes Reins of Alumni Council

Transition marks first change in top leadership in six years

Posted 04.23.10 by mica communications

James Rieck

James Rieck '87 '03 (painting, Mount Royal School of Art) will take over as chairman of the MICA Alumni Council effective at the annual council meeting on April 24. Rieck lives in Baltimore, is an accomplished artist and is a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.

After serving as chair of the MICA Alumni Council for the past 6 years, Ron Fidler '64 has decided to step aside. "More than half of our alumni have graduated within the past 20 years, many of them from our graduate programs, so it is appropriate that the alumni as a whole be represented by a chairperson who reflects that daring, avid, adventurous enthusiasm," he said in a letter to the council. "Jim, having both an undergraduate and graduate degree, brings a balanced perspective to his new role."

Rieck, currently on the faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, received the prestigious Trawick Prize in 2006 and is represented by the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York. In addition to his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from MICA, Rieck studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. For more than 10 years, Rieck was a commercial muralist in San Francisco. Rieck currently has work in two prestigious exhibitions in New York: a solo show, Mead Hall, at Lyons Wier Gallery and a piece in The FLAG Art Foundation's Size DOES Matter, curated by basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal.

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.