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June Booked With Off-Campus Exhibitions, Events Featuring Alumni, Faculty

monthly highlights of MICA community exhibitions, installations

Posted 06.01.10 by mica communications

Hadieh Shafie, Seated Woman With Scroll







Members of the MICA community have their work showcased in exhibitions off-campus in June. Here are highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):



Baltimore-area shows and events

Leah Cooper '09, drawing 1, iterating the ordinary: site-responsive drawings, 2009.Sondheim Artscape Prize
On view June 19-Aug. 1, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive
MICA connection: Five of the seven finalists whose work is on display, Leah Cooper '09 (M.F.A. in Studio Art) and staff member; Ryan Hackett; Matthew Janson '09 (Mount Royal School of Art); Nate Larson (faculty in photography); Christopher LaVoie '08 (Rinehart School of Sculpture); Matthew Porterfield; and Karen Yasinsky (faculty in animation)
• The remaining 31 semifinalists' work will be on display at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, July 16-18. For more information on the Sondheim Prize and the semifinalists, click here.
Read: The Baltimore Sun's feature about the Sondheim Prize finalists, showing at the BMA.

My American Series: The Documentary Story Quilts of Joan Gaither
On view June 18-Aug. 14 (reception on June 18, 6-10 p.m.), School 33, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection: Solo show of faculty member Joan Gaither
The exhibition showcases six quilts. Joan Gaither's working imagery and ideographs concentrate primarily on the history of Anne Arundel County and extend the genre of the story quilt to that of documentary narrative. MICA's Center for Race & Culture Director Leslie King-Hammond wrote an essay for the exhbition catalog.

African American Heritage Festival
Happening June 18-20, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, times and prices vary
MICA connection: Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, the director of MICA's Center for Race & Culture, is showcasing work and is the honored guest in the Art, History, Culture and Education Village.

Sign Language
On view June 17-July 19 (reception on June 17, 7-9 p.m.), Whole Gallery, H&H Buidling, 405 W. Franklin St., 3rd Floor
MICA connection: Curated by Hannah Brancato '08 (fiber) and Jessie Unterhalter '05 (general fine arts), and including the work of more than 40 artists, many from the MICA community
• Signs are a way to communicate and organize the ideas of individual people into collective movements. The show brings together artists reflecting on the current political/social climate, with activists reshaping culture through the production art. For more information, click here.

Mosaic Unveiling
Happening June 17, 5:30 p.m., Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, 3100 Swann Drive
MICA connection: Joyce Scott '70 (art education)
• Joyce Scott has installed a mosaic at the Baltimore Conservatory Association and on June 17 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake along with other politicians, heads of the department of recreation and parks, and more will be on hand for a reception and unveiling.

Brain Drain
On view June 11-July 2 (reception on June 11, 7-10 p.m.), Nudashank, H&H Arts Building, 405 W. Franklin St., 3rd Floor
MICA connection: MICA staff member John Bohl '05 (painting) and Amir H. Fallah '02 (painting) are two of four artists
• Responding to a lifelong bombardment of over-stimulation, Brain Drain picks up right where you stop trying to make sense of the wreckage and start building it into a terrifying altar. Primarily working with paint, Drew Beckmeyer, John Bohl, Amir H. Fallah and Jason Redwood share an unrestrained use of imagery and color, constantly ricocheting concept off the automatic and following that path down until the Unknown inches further into the light. Click here for images of the opening reception.

Re-Imagingings: Paintings of Light
On view June 6-July 1 (reception on June 6, 2-5 p.m.), New Door Creative, 1601 Saint Paul St.
• Solo show of Boston-based painter Fran Forman. Visit her website for more information.

Midsummer Eve: an Exploration of Color & Surface
On view June 3-Aug. 14, Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: A group show including faculty members Adelaide Paul, Trisha Kyner, Lois Hennessey and Sarah Barnes, and MICA alumni Heeseung Lee '95, Michael Anthony '98 and Vicki McComas '78
 • A group summer exhibition featuring low-fired ceramic works with imagery based on flora and fauna.

Paul Moscatt exhibits Skin and BonesSkin and Bones
On view May 20-June 28, Diddywopps & Keeffers fine arts and crafts, 1901 Monkton Road
MICA connection:
Solo show by faculty member Paul Moscatt
Paintings of nudes by Paul Moscatt. At the reception, Moscatt and fellow MICA faculty member Michael Economos will give a talk.

MICA@Case[werks]: Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize and Mary Sawyers Baker Award Honorees
On view May 14-Aug. 13 (reception on July 16, 4-7 p.m.), Case[werks], 1501 Saint Paul St.
MICA connection: All exhibiting artists are MICA community, Milana Braslavsky '05 (Baker), Richard Cleaver '77 (Baker), Melissa Dickenson '02 (Sondheim), Laure Drogoul '81, (Sondheim), Christopher LaVoie '08 (Sondheim) and Hadieh Shafie, staff (Baker)

You & Me Living Today (anatomically modern explorers) Vol. 1
On view May 14-June 19, Gallery Four, H&H Building, 405 W. Franklin St.
MICA connection: Milana Braslavsky '05 (painting) and Karsten Krejcarek '98 (painting) are two of four exhibiting artists
• Volume one of two features new sculpture, installation, photography and video works by four artists from Idaho, New York and Baltimore. You & Me Living Today examines our ever-baffling material culture as an adaption to ironic biological confines.

Mischievous Spirits
On view through June 30, Die Botschaft, 1628 Bolton St. (by appointment)
MICA connection: Janet Mathias '89 (general fine art)
• This Bolton Hill rowhouse displays Mischievous Spirits, paintings by Janet Mathias inspired by her travels to Mexico and the Mid-Atlantic coastal region.

Works by Sarah Jacobs
On view May 7-end of July, Marcus-Boyd Realty, 926 Light St.
MICA connection:
Solo show of Sarah Jacobs '10 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
• A continuation of her M.F.A. Thesis Show at MICA, Declawed. Visit her website for more information.

On view May 2-June 5, The Pearl Gallery, 826 W. 36th St.
MICA connection: Paul Mintz '53 and Rick Santiago '96

Social Change Exhibition
On view April 23-June 3, Towson ARTS Collective, 406 York Road, lower level, Towson
MICA connection: Hannah Brancato '08 '11 (fiber, M.A. in Community Arts candidate) and Cassandra Kapsos-Scouten '11 (M.F.A. in Studio Art candidate)
The show--juried by Rebecca Hoffberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum, and Marc Steiner, host of WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show--includes the work of 29 artists working toward social justice in some aspect of their art.

Maps and Memories
On view April 18-June 12, Schiavone Fine Art, 244 S. Highland Ave.
MICA connection: Solo show of  Michael Owen '04 (illustration)
• Michael Owen's most recent body of paintings, titled Maps & Memories, dissolve and recreate maps, placing them in relation to other natural and figurative elements. Through these new landscapes, Owen explores lands inhabited in the past and questions of origin. Owen recently created one of the nation's longest murals, covering both sides of a quarter-mile underpass that serves as gateway between two of Baltimore's most colorful neighborhoods, Greektown and Highlandtown.

Are You of the Body
On view April 9-June 5, School 33, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection:
MICA Director of Exhibitions Gerald Ross is curating the show, and sculpture technician Benjamin Lock  and Kathleen Thum '92 (general fine arts) are featured in it
• Kathleen Thum '92, Mason Eubanks and Benjamin Lock are three artists who, while having very different methods in making their "abstractions," share a similarity that most masterful artists who work in this vein have: a precept to subliminal reference and a direction toward the ideas of space and how we imagine we inhabit it.

Baker Artist Awards 2010
On view April 7-June 27, Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at 31st Street
MICA connection: Animation faculty member Karen Yasinsky and sculptor Richard Cleaver '78 (ceramics)
• Karen Yasinsky and Richard Cleaver are two of the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners, showing at the BMA along with the other Baker Prize category winners. For more information on the prize, click here.

Music of the Mind: Jaromir Stephany Photographs and Digital Images
On view April 6-June 30, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle
MICA connection: Jaromir "Jerry" Stephany, MICA professor and chair of the photography department from 1966 to 1973
• This retrospective exhibition of photographs and digital images made by the accomplished photographer Jaromir Stephany has at its core powerful inspirations from music. Throughout his life Stephany was enamored of music, particularly composers, such as Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, and found expression for the emotionality of their music in his clichés verre, cameraless photographs made by drawing on glass and printing the imagery onto photographic paper. This retrospective examines the development of Stephany's unique visual language throughout his career and unfortunately serves as a memorial as he died April 14.

Phyllis Berger, View from Cap Frehel (detail), Giclée print on paper, 2007.Sculpture at Evergreen 6: Simultaneous Presence
On view April 2-Sept. 26, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Curated by Jennie Fleming '98 (Mount Royal School of Art) and featuring C. Ryan Patterson '06 (sculpture), Michael Benevento '05 (sculpture), Gary Kachadourian '79 (general fine arts), Sarah Doherty (faculty, interdisciplinary sculpture) and  Jonathan Taube '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Curated by artist Jennie Fleming and architect Ronit Eisenbach, the exhibition features 10 new site-specific temporary outdoor sculptures.

Journey to the White House: A Quilt by Dr. Joan Gaither
On view March 3-June 6, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
MICA connection: Joan Gaither, chair of the undergraduate portion of the B.F.A./M.A. in Teaching
• This quilt documents President Barack Obama's life story and political journey to the White House. Adapted from a Baltimore Album Quilt, this piece incorporates traditional patterns as well as original designs. To learn more about the Journey to the White House quilt, visit her blog.

Regional shows

William Niu '12, Self Destruction (detail)WASHINGTON, D.C.
Illustrators Club Exhibition 15
On view May 10-June 25, PEPCO's Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth St. NW
MICA connection: Illustration major William Niu '12
• William Niu is just one of the illustrators in this recurring juried exhibition by The Illustrators Club of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Hoz
On view May 8-June 9, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW
MICA connection: Magnolia Laurie '07 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• A three-person exhibition of paintings and installations by Hamiltonian Fellows Magnolia Laurie, Lina Vargas De La Hoz and Leah Frankel. By presenting physically binary relationships, such as inside/outside and construction/destruction, each artist investigates exchanges of energies, and the ebb and flow of natural and social forces.

One Hour Photo
On view May 8-June 6, 11-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
MICA connection: Co-curated by Chajana denHarder '08, and including the work of Andrew Bovasso '09, Lynley Bernstein '10, Zev Schmidtz '10, Alexander Heilner (MICA faculty), Alex Wein '11, Rafael Soldi '09 and Peter Zachary Voelker '09
One Hour Photo distills the photograph to the ultimate limited edition: 60 minutes. Photographic works will be projected for one hour each, after which they will never be seen again, by anyone, in any form. Each work will exist only in the limited moments of perception, in the individual and collective experience, then memory, of the observers. For a schedule of 60-minute viewings, click here.


Out-of-town shows

Liminal Refraction
On view June 4-25, Extra Extra, 222 Sepviva St.
MICA connection: Duo show of MICA alumni Nik Pence '08 (painting) and Alyse Ronayne '08 (printmaking)
Liminal Refraction is a collaborative installation of sculpture created by Nik Pence and Alyse Ronayne. The idea of mirroring, or doubling, is ever-present in the individual pieces, in this show, and in this collaboration. For more information, click here or to see images of the installation, click here.

Eve Andrée Laramée, Magic Lantern: The Memory of the Stones, copper, brass, stainless steel, glass lens, videoLuminous Darwin: The Lost Notebooks of Charles Darwin part of the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition
On view April 17-Oct. 17, American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. Fifth St.
MICA connection: Eve Andrée Laramée, faculty member in interdisciplinary sculpture
Lumnious Darwin, by Eve Andrée Laramée, is an artistic intervention within the historical exhibition, Dialogues with Darwin. Reponding to the visual culture of the mid-19th century, the artist made sculptures that play on historical scientific instruments as well as 19th-century pre-cinematic devices. Laramée presents video-sculpture interpretations of evolution in relation to the animal, vegetable and mineral realms. This unique model for an artist's project allows the viewer to absorb the historical material and simultaneously reflect on the contemporary material, thus bridging thought processes on evolution of a 21st-century artist with a 19th-century scientist creating an imaginary "conversation" spanning 200 years.

Fiberart International 2010
On view April 16-Aug. 22, at both the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft
MICA connection: John Paul Morabito '05 (fiber)
• John Paul Morabito is just one of the artists featured in this triennial exhibition, which this year showcases the work of 84 artists from 14 countries. After Pittsburgh, the exhibition go on tour to the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and then the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design.

Exhibition of 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Program Recipients
On view June 10-July 31, CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th St.
MICA connection: James Williams II '09 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• The Joan Mitchell Foundation, in collaboration with the CUE Art Foundation, is showing current the artwork of the 15 award recipients. The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters & sculptors in furthering their artistic careers and to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.

Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island
Grand opening open house on June 5-6, open June 5-Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays;
MICA connection: Sungmi Lee '05 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) is one of the artists in residence at this new program with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Scala Naturae
On view May 28-July 3, Leo Koenig Inc., 545 W. 23rd St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Kelli Williams '93 (painting)
• This solo exhibition examines the centuries-old belief in the Scala Naturae or Great Chain of Being. "In its various permutations it is one of the most pernicious of social hierarchies and systems of religious belief, which ordered all living things in a divine, regimented social order," according to Williams.

Behind My Door
On view May 13-July 7, Gana Art Gallery, 568 W. 25th St.
MICA connection: Sungmi Lee '05 (Rinehart School of Sculpture)
• Comprised of a selection of mixed media works and installations, this will be the artist's first solo exhibition in New York. In her pursuit of peace and reconciliation to overcome inner turmoil and cultural displacement, Sungmi Lee has re-imagined and re-shaped unconventional yet everyday materials to transcend their original purpose. Drawn mostly to translucent light materials, such as glass, resin, clear beads, tape and smoke, Lee explores the delicate and fleeting nature of her world.

Brooklyn College MFA Art Thesis Exhibition
On view May 7-June 6, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway, Brooklyn
MICA connection: Erin Zelley '07 '08 (painting, M.A.T. in Art Education)
• For more information, click here.

Lost at Sea
On view May 6-June 11, Gallery Hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730
MICA connection: Jennifer Strunge '04 (fiber) is one of the show's artists
Lost at Sea features the work of 32 exciting fiber artists who share underwater visions of items lost, creatures forgotten and life that struggles to stay with us. The show will feature a broad array of amusing and uncanny works in embroidery, plush and other materials. Strunge has five large pieces in an underwater-themed show.

Ming Fay, Square Fruits, wire, foam and paint, 2010.Ming Fay on Orchard Street
On view April 28-June 6, Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Rinehart School of Sculpture Artist-in-Residence Ming Fay
Chinese-American sculptor Ming Fay brings a naturalist's eye for detail to his inquiry into the meaning of organic forms. This exhibtion will include the latest incarnation of his Jungle, an installation of trees, vines, fruits and other hanging oddities.

The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
On view Feb. 17-June 8, National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Ave. at 89th Street
MICA connection: Timothy App
, director of Hoffberger School of Painting, and department alumnae Amita Bhatt '09 and Kim Manfredi '88 '09
• This annual exhibition features 65 emerging and established artists, three of which have ties to Hoffberger School of Painting. An extremely competitive juried invitational, the exhibition showcases new artistic directions in contemporary American art.

The Unbroken Thread: Landscape and the American Imagination
On view June 4-September 5, Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 South Main St.
MICA connection: Solo show of longtime faculty member Philip Koch
• In celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Midwest Museum of American Art, an exhibition of works by Maryland artist Philip Koch will continue through September 5. The exhibition contains a group of drawings, pastels and paintings that Koch created over the past seven years at various locations in New England. He considers himself very much part of the "unbroken thread" that has evolved through the tradition of depicting New England in art for over 200 years.

American Ectoplasm
On view June 18-Aug. 13 (reception on June 18, 6-9 p.m.), Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 1600 Pierce St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Jimmy Joe Roche '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Baltimore-based installation artist Jimmy Joe Roche pushes all boundaries and conbines all forms of media in his work. "In American Ectoplasm, Jimmy Joe presents a full sensory experience that ranges from contemporary video art to monumental hand-cut and -painted paper sculptures, to interactive computer programs he has developed."

LACDA 2010 Top 40 International Juried Exhibit
On view May 13-June 5 (reception on May 13, 7-9 p.m.), Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 107 W. Fifth St.
MICA connection: Danielle Scruggs '08 (M.A. in Digital Arts)
• LACDA's annual Top 40 exhibition is juried from submissions based on all styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.

If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu. For a listing of exhibitions and events in May, click here.

Photo caption: MICA staff member Hadieh Shafie's Seated Woman With Scroll is on view at Case[werks] through Aug. 13.