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Jan.-March 2013 Events Schedule

Visiting expert lectures, student-run performances and an art sale take place.

Posted 01.01.13 by mica communications

Artwork by Neil Swaab.

BALTIMORE—MICA brings artists to the College to discuss their work, hosts student-run performances and art sales. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Monday Artist at Noon: Béatrice Coron
Monday, Jan. 28, noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
"My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds to be explored to make sense of our own," writes artist Béatrice Coron. Her oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine arts and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek, but also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Coron's work can be seen in subways, airports and sports facilities, as well as in several permanent collections. Her work is currently on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore through Sept. 1.

Image caption: Béatrice Coron, MAD Growth, cut Tyvek, 2010. (Photo by Dan Meyers courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum)

Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence Lecture: Karin Fong, Designing for the Dynamic Screen
Monday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces, a production company that creates and develops content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films and more. As a designer and director, she has helmed spots for Target Brands, Inc., Sears Brands, Herman Miller, Inc., and American Honda Motor Company, Inc., among others. She has created sequences for numerous feature films and television series, including the main titles of Charlotte's Web, The Truman Show, The Pink Panther 2, Boardwalk Empire, American Chopper and Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection, a sequence for which she won an Emmy in 2001. Her work has appeared in the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, N.Y.; the Pasadena Museum of California Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, as well as in numerous publications on design and film. She has taught at Yale College; Art Center College for Design, Calif.; California Institute of the Arts; and Rhode Island School of Design.

The Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence program was established to enhance MICA's design culture by bringing outstanding practitioners to campus to share their valuable experiences and perspectives with students, faculty and the public. The residency was created thanks to an endowment fund established by his spouse, Betty Cooke '46, as well as gifts from others in honor of Steinmetz. Steinmetz and Cooke are active volunteers, donors and former faculty members; Steinmetz also serves as a trustee.

Ten Ways of Doing Time (2012) Screening
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
In James Fotopoulos and Laura Parnes' Ten Ways of Doing Time (2012), prison drama and science fiction motifs are fused to create an experimental narrative where scientists research on prisoners attempting to create psychotic warriors for the army. This sprawling chapter based project, both irreverent and outrageous, begins with a formally based structure and then explodes into controlled states of anarchy. Both artists will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film. This event is sponsored by the Video & Film Arts Department.

Hoffberger Critic in Residence: Ken Johnson
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.: Art/Love/Hate
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.: The Golden Urinal and the Blue Blob: Fun with Metaphors and Metonyms
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Transparency: Seeing Through, Seeing Into and Insight
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.: Art and God: Varieties of Quasi-Religious Experience in Modern Art
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
The LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting welcomes art critic Ken Johnson for a series of lectures this winter and spring. Throughout his journalism career, Johnson has written for several art magazines, newspapers and publications. His path began in 1983 when he began writing art reviews for the Albany Times Union newspaper and other local publications in the Albany region. In 1987, he began writing articles on contemporary artists for NY Arts Magazine, and a year later he moved on to Art in America, where he wrote regularly for the next nine years. In 1997, he began writing reviews for the New York Times, taking a year-long stint as chief art critic for the Boston Globe before returning to the Times. In 2011, his first book, Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, was published by Prestel Publishing.

Image caption: Ken Johnson.

The GalHaus Revue's Big Show
Friday, Feb. 1-Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $5
The GalHaus Revue, founded by Marla Parker '10, Elyza Brillantes '10 and Sarah Ivancic '11, celebrates costume, performance and glamour. The annual event showcases performances ranging from classic and subdued to outrageous and shocking.

Image caption: The GalHaus Revue's Big Show. 

Andréa Pellegrino, Implementing Social Change
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Andréa Pellegrino works at the intersection of strategy, communications and business development for forward-thinking organizations dedicated to driving positive social change. She launched Pellegrino Collaborative out of a belief that working with a network of multidisciplinary collaborators is the straightest path to helping her client's impact society while building brand equity. According to Pellegrino, the current model for social innovation is highly dependent on contributions of time, resources and skills. Pellegrino argues that although honorable, this model is not economically sustainable, with less than five percent of social change concepts reaching fruition. Implementing Social Change examines the critical processes of actualizing solutions to social challenges with a sense of entrepreneurial spirit.

Glenn Shrum '08, Revealing Art: Light and the Idea
Thursday, Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
The influence illumination has on visual perception of art is undeniable, yet the conceptual and technical fundamentals of light elude many curators, artists and designers. In addition to discussing lighting techniques that support a range of exhibition concepts, light artist and lighting designer Glenn Shrum '08 (Studio Art) will review recent developments in lighting technology. Spanning the fields of design and art, Shrum's work with light places him at the center of converging disciplines. In addition to his professional activity as president of Flux Studio, he is faculty in Parsons the New School for Design's M.F.A. Lighting Design program. Shrum's talk is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice.

Image caption: Glenn Shrum '08 (Studio Art)

Dan Walsh
Thursday, Feb. 7, 1:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center, Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Dan Walsh is a painter, printmaker and bookmaker based in New York City. He is known for creating abstract paintings that employ linear geometry while at the same time subverting it with irregularly drawn shapes, inconstant lines and a pervasive wit. Over time, his visual vocabulary has tended to concentrate around the repetition of simple strokes forming intricate, visually striking patterns, such as punctuated lines, crosshatched grids, concentric squares and collapsed diamonds. The final pieces suggest the shifting balance between the amount of control exerted over an image and the freedom or flexibility to let the image veer off in its own direction. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Lunchtime Lecture: Natalie Ascencios
Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Ascencios is a painter, sculptor and marionette maker. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times, and has been featured in exhibitions throughout the country and abroad. Ascencios has been recognized by Communication Arts and American Illustration, and has earned two gold medals and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators. She teaches drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and gives lectures on painting, illustration and puppetry. Her work is in numerous private collections, including those of Sean Penn, Oprah Winfrey, CBS Studios International, Jim Sheridan and Kevin Smith. Lunchtime Lectures, sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, brings notable illustrators, designers and artists who expand the idea of visual narratives to MICA.

GOOD Design Hackathon
Friday, Feb. 8–Sunday, Feb. 10
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore designers, programmers, students, educators and entrepreneurs will come together to think, create and network at this free weekend event centered on the theme "Hacking Energy Culture." Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams to question how information from the energy industry and culture could be used in alternative ways to make a positive impact on the community.  The event is sponsored by the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, as well as the Graphic Design, M.F.A. in Graphic Design, Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design and M.A. in Social Design programs.

The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, midnight
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $5 MICA students, faculty and staff; $10 general public
The Vagina Monologues is a humorous fusion of real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self-discovery. The MICA performance will be a benefit for VDay, a global activist movement organized to stop violence against women, and will raise funds for the Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland. The Office of  Diversity and Intercultural Development sponsors the performances.

Image caption: Participants from last year's performance of The Vagina Monologues.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Coffeehouse is an ongoing series that provides a showcase for students to demonstrate their talents outside of the visual arts.

Raw Art Sale
Sunday, Feb. 17, noon-4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
"Raw" (unframed and unmatted) artwork, including prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, small sculptures and other artworks, is on sale to the public during this annual event sponsored by the Student Activities Office. 

Julia Rothman
Monday, Feb. 18, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Brooklyn-based artist Julia Rothman has created illustrations for newspapers, magazines, books and subway posters, but has also successfully moved illustration off the page and made it a part of our everyday lives. Her drawings have been featured on wallpaper, wrapping paper, fabric, stationery, pillows, bedding, kitchenware, purses, toys and more. She is part of the award-winning three-person design studio called ALSO and runs the blog Book By Its Cover. She recently authored the books Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life and Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers and Cartoonists, and she co-authored The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game. Her recent work includes her first fabric collection for Cloud9 Fabrics and an extensive collection of fun temporary tattoos for Tattly. Lunchtime Lectures, sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, brings notable illustrators, designers and artists who expand the idea of visual narratives to MICA.

Image caption: Julia Rothman 

Philip Zimmermann
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Photography Department and the Book Arts Concentration welcomes photographer, bookmaker and designer Philip Zimmermann to speak about his more than 30-year career as artist, educator and designer. Zimmermann has made photobased artist's books, or works of art realized in the form of a book, since 1974. He taught at Purchase College, State University of New York for 24 years and is a professor emeritus there. He now lives in Tucson and is professor at the University of Arizona. He started his press, Spaceheater Editions, in 1979. He currently serves on the
Executive Board of the College Book Art Association, of which he was a founding member. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. His work is in many museums and collections, both private and public.

Art@Lunch: Kostis Kourelis
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Between 1925 and 1939, the American excavations at the ancient city of Corinth in modern Greece turned into a laboratory of art and archaeology. Previously condemned by western scholarship as degenerate, the material culture of medieval Greece was appropriated by dancers, musicians, painters and writers, who convened in archaeological trenches where they invented a new relationship between the past and the present. This lecture investigates the subjective epistemologies that surround a forgotten moment in the history of American archaeology and trace the bohemian roots of Byzantine studies. The Art@Lunch lecture series is organized by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism with support from the Office of Academic Services.

Josephine Halvorson
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Working directly from perception, and often completing her paintings in a single session, Josephine Halvorson's process yields a prolonged closeness and shared experience with her chosen subject. This collaboration between artist, materials and environment forges a painting that becomes a record of the artist's conversation with the world and a testament to time spent. The Brooklyn-based artist's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and she has spent two yearlong residencies abroad: one in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Fellow and another in Paris, France as a Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow. This talk is sponsored by the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image caption: Josephine Halvorson, Shutter 5, oil on linen, 2012.

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent: Artist Talk
Thursday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St.
Jeffrey Kent will speak about his inspiration, process and exhibition experiences with Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent.

Panel Discussion: Innovating Fiber
Friday, Feb. 22, noon
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Fiber faculty members Piper Shepard and Annet Couwenberg-along with panel members including Philadelphia-based artist Kelly Cobb '93, New York-based artist Françoise Grossen and Owyn Ruck, manager and co-founder of New York City's Textile Arts Center-discuss the role innovation plays in working with ancient fiber processes. The panel is sponsored by the Department of Exhibitions and Fiber Department.

Jolene K. Richard
Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. 
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave. 
Visual historian, artist and curator Jolene K. Richard's is interested in the issues of indigenous peoples within a global context. This talk will focus on factors that inform her research and curatorial practice, including powerful personal testimonies, art in global contexts and visual culture studies. Rickard uses artwork as a way to create personal and political metaphors examining native culture and the way native peoples are seen in white socities.

MICAppella Fest
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: free MICA students; $3 seniors; $5 general public
MICA's seventh annual a cappella concert features the College's coed MICAppella ensemble as well as talented guest singers from neighboring colleges.

Monday Artist at Noon: Denise Green
Monday, Feb. 25, noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
In her recent book, An Artist's Odyssey, Denise Green recounts 40 years of maintaining a practice in Europe, the United States and Australia in an increasingly globalized art world. Her lecture will expand on her writings and chart the shifting landscape of the New York art scene from 1970 to 2010, providing instruction for artists imagining an international career in the art world. Green's lecture is made possible through funding provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and is jointly sponsored by the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs.

Image caption: The cover of An Artist's Odyssey by Denise Green.

Anthony Vidler, Space versus Place: Lefebvre versus Heidegger-Today!
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Anthony Vidler is dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in N.Y. He has previously taught at Princeton University School of Architecture; Cornell School of Architecture, Art and Planning; and University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Art History. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his most recent publications include Histories of the Immediate Present and Scenes of the Street and Other Essays. Vidler's talk will address the debates surrounding French philosopher Henri Lefebvre's and German philosopher Martin Heidegger's explorations of "space" and "place." The lecture will summarize the original positions of Lefebvre and Heidegger in their historical context and open questions as to their relevance today in the light of urban and architectural expansion. Vidler's talk is part of the M.A. in Critical Studies' Spring 2013 Graduate Colloquium on Space & Place, which considers the ways in which physical spaces and geographical locations have inspired and shaped the work of artists, architects and curators, as well as the experiences of the general public.

Image caption: A historical photograph of German philosopher Martin Heidegger from the book Heidegger's Hut.

Lunchtime Lecture: Brian Biggs
Thursday, Feb. 28, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Philadelphia-based artist Brian Biggs is the author and illustrator of the Everything Goes book series (On Land, In the Air and By Sea) published by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark. and near Houston, Texas, before running away to art school in New York City, where he received a degree in graphic design from Parsons the New School for Design in 1990. In addition to Everything Goes, Biggs has illustrated two dozen books written by esteemed authors such as Cynthia Rylant, Garth Nix, Katherine Applegate, Marilyn Singer and Wendelin Van Draanen. He has also created illustrations and animation for the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y., and draws pictures for toys, games, puzzles, editorial and advertising clients. Lunchtime Lectures, sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, brings notable illustrators, designers and artists who expand the idea of visual narratives to MICA.

Image caption: Brian Biggs.


Lunchtime Lecture: Caitlin Keegan
Thursday, March 7, 12:15 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Brooklyn-based artist Caitlin Keegan has created artwork for clients including Chronicle Books, BUST, the New York Times and Nylon. Keegan is also a graphic designer for Sesame Workshop and was previously a staff designer at Nickelodeon Magazine. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration and featured on blogs such as Design*Sponge, Grain Edit and Pattern Pulp. She has illustrated two books: Shakespeare's Love Sonnets and Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, and has contributed to: The Where, the Why and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science; The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game; Save the Date; The Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration; 1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence; and Pattern Design: Applications and Variations. Lunchtime Lectures, sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, brings notable illustrators, designers and artists who expand the idea of visual narratives to MICA.

Image caption: Caitlin Keegan

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent: Community Chat
Saturday, March 9, 5-7 p.m.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St.
Using brief video clips about marriage, religion, race and equality as a starting point, the Community Chat encourages a moderated open discussion amongst organizations, community groups and people of opposing viewpoints, including churches, colleges and LGBT organizations. Popcorn and cotton candy will be provided to help create a light atmosphere during a town hall style conversation.

Monday Artist at Noon: Eric Staller
Monday, March 11, noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

During his 40-year career, Eric Staller has been called a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, interventionist, inventor and writer. Staller, who is architect-trained, has created hi-tech and large-scale public works for civic and corporate buildings and plazas in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 2006 he wrote and published his book, Out of My Mind. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he drives, rides and sails his Urban UFOs around town. He is also newly commissioned to create a children's play area at San Francisco International Airport. The Rinehart School of Sculpture and the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking Senior Thesis programs jointly sponsor this talk. 

Image caption: Eric Staller, Fish-O-Vision, 2004.

Screening: High Tech, Low Life
Monday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing will be on campus for a screening of his documentary, High Tech, Low Life. The film—which won Best Documentary from the Little Rock Film Festival and Independent Film Festival Boston, among other awards—follows two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country chronicling underreported news and social issue stories. Maing is a fellow of the Sundance Documentary Institute and has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and the Independent Television Service. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities, and the evolving considerations of identity, visual language and narrative structure. The screening is sponsored by the Video and Film Arts Department with support from the Mixed Media
Speaker Series.

Image caption: Still from High Tech, Low Life. 

Art@Lunch: Jacqueline Jung
Wednesday, March 13, noon
Bunting Center: Room 320, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As centerpieces for church services and partitions that delineated sacred space, choir screens were preeminent "sites of engagement" within medieval church interiors. Jacqueline Jung, professor of medieval art and architecture at Yale University, will present a series of screens from 13th- and 14th-century churches, showing the complex interactions they generated within these highly charged spaces. Since the majority of these screens have fallen victim to the changing liturgical needs and aesthetic tastes of the early modern period, Jung will also discuss the remnants of screens that have been salvaged since the early 20th century and the ways in which they have been mediated to-or withheld from-the public. Jung recently published her first book, The Gothic Screen: Space, Sculpture and the Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany, ca. 1200-1400. The Art@Lunch lecture series is organized by the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism with support from the Office of Academic Services.

Image caption: Jacqueline Jung

Tomi Vollauschek
Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tomi Vollauschek is co-founder of FL@33, a multi-lingual studio working across all media for visual communication based in London. Vollauschek and his partner, Agathe Jacquillat, set up the company and have also launched Stereohype.com, a graphic art and fashion boutique for both emerging and established talents. The duo has also released widely-acclaimed, self-initiated projects such as the award-winning Transform magazine and the popular online sound collection project bzzzpeek.com. FL@33 projects have been extensively featured online and have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and books. The studio's past and current international clients include MTV Networks, BBC, the Royal Festival Hall, Laurence King Publishing, Creative Review, Computer Arts, Groupe Galeries Lafayette and Matelsom. Part of Vollauschek's three-day residency with the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice program, this lecture will center on FL@33's third and latest book, The 3D Type Book, and is made possible through the support of the Mixed Media Lecture Series.

Image caption: Tomi Vollauschek.

Lunchtime Lecture: Neil Swaab
Thursday, March 21, 12:15 p.m.

Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
 Brooklyn-based artist Neil Swaab is a freelance illustrator, art director, cartoonist, animator, writer and educator. His illustration work has graced the covers and interiors of magazines, CDs, newspapers and books for clients throughout the world. As an art director, Swaab worked for years at HarperCollins Publishers where he oversaw the design of many bestselling children's books and young adult novels. As a cartoonist, his weekly alternative comic strip, Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, has been published in newspapers in over six countries and has been featured in books in America, Russia and Italy. As an animator, Swaab served as a character layout artist on the shows Superjail! for Adult Swim and Ugly Americans for Comedy Central, and he has written for Annoying Orange on Cartoon Network. His screenplay, Eddie Fantastic!, was a finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Lunchtime Lectures, sponsored by the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, brings notable illustrators, designers and artists who expand the idea of visual narratives to MICA.

Image caption: Artwork by Neil Swaab

Mary Jane Jacob
Monday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Mary Jane Jacob is a curator, professor and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has critically engaged the discourse around public space with such landmark site-specific and communitybased programs as Culture in Action in Chicago, Conversations at the Castle during the Atlanta Olympics and Places with a Past for the Spoleto Festival USA, which launched two decades of public engagement in Charleston, S.C. Jacob was awarded the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award and Public Art Dialogue's Lifetime Award from California College of the Arts in 2010, and in 2011 she was honored by the women's leadership organization ArtTable, Inc. as one of the key influential women in the field of visual arts in the United States. In 2012, Jacob was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship. Her talk on social practice is sponsored by the Mixed Media Lecture Series and her residency by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice, M.A. in Critical Studies and M.F.A. in Community Arts programs, as well as the Rinehart School of Sculpture.

Liz Ogbu, Design Acts
Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
A designer, social innovator, and academic, Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainability and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments. She runs her own multidisciplinary consulting practice and is serving as the first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts. Previously, she held senior leadership positions at IDEO.org and Public Architecture. Liz is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. This talk will explore creative opportunities to address our society's lack of access to good design, and also ways to enable lasting social and sustainable impact. 

Lola Brooks
Friday, March 29, noon
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
New York-based Lola brooks is a self-described artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer. Fascinated by jewelry as a cultural signifier, she is influenced by historical jewels, which were often imbued with meaning far beyond the mere physicality of the object. Brooks is driven by her never-ending search for the rich variety of strange and beautiful materials and her love of making beautiful things by hand.  Her work has been featured in American Craft, Metalsmith, Out, W, Vogue, Lucky and BlackBook magazines, and can be found in the collections of Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut, Racine Art Museum  in Wisconsin, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Currently, she is the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of the Lamar Dodd Schol of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens.

Top image caption: Artwork by Neil Swaab.

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.