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MICA Alumni Tapped for Community Projects with Baltimore's Public Art Program

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Red-bellied Woodpecker" bird mural, located at 5017 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Red-bellied Woodpecker" bird mural, located at 5017 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), “Blue Jay” bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Blue Jay" bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), “Black-and-White Warbler” bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Black-and-White Warbler" (detail) bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), “Oriole” bird mural, located at 4331 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Oriole" bird mural, located at 4331 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), “Cedar Waxwing” bird mural, located at 4811 York Road, Baltimore.

Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.), "Cedar Waxwing" (detail) bird mural, located at 4811 York Road, Baltimore.

Alumni add to Baltimore’s cultural landscape with colorful murals

Posted 04.01.15 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Iandry Randriamandroso ’09 (Community Arts MA), Blue Jay, located at 5219 York Rd., Baltimore, MD.Art can transform a community, and a series of murals about birds is an example of how MICA students and alumni have added to Baltimore's cultural landscape.

Along York Road sit five bird murals created by community artist and Madagascar native Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.). The murals reflect themes that resonate in that community.

Iandry Randriamandroso ’09 (Community Arts MA), Black-and-White Warbler, located at 5219 York Rd., Baltimore."Birds play an important role in maintaining balances in our ecosystem and add enjoyment to our lives with their beauty," Randriamandroso said. "Community stakeholders chose local birds to be the subjects of the murals due to their universality, inclusiveness and connection to the local environment."

The murals are part of Baltimore City's 1-Percent-for-Public-Art program, which connects visual artists and local residents for neighborhood beautification projects. Baltimore's 1-Percent-for-Art Ordinance was originally passed in 1964 to ensure that up to one percent of the city's capital construction budget is set aside for artwork. Since then, the city has commissioned more than 300 works of art.

Iandry Randriamandroso ’09 (Community Arts MA), Oriole, located at 4331 York Rd., Baltimore, MD."At a recent review, a member of the Public Art Commission made the point that public art is a reflection of the desires and aspirations of the communities it is located in," said MICA alumnus Ryan Patterson '06 (General Sculpture Studies B.F.A.), the public art administrator for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, which oversees the program. "It can be a mirror for that community, not just in terms of what's going on presently, but what they hope to see in the future," Patterson said.

Iandry Randriamandroso ’09 (Community Arts MA), Cedar Waxwing, located at 4811 York Rd., Baltimore.Other MICA alumni have participated in the 1-Percent-for-Public-Art program over the years, including Lisa Kaslow '78 (Sculpture B.F.A.), David Gerlach '82 (Sculpture B.F.A.), and the late Tom Miller '67, '87 (Art Education B.F.A., Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.). Also, MICA faculty member Jann Rosen-Queralt sits on the Baltimore Public Art Commission. 

MICA artists have as much to gain from the program as the community, Randriamandroso said. "Public art projects give me the opportunity to help the community visualize their identity and values through my artistic expression, and to share my artwork with everyone."

Image captions (top to bottom): Red-bellied Woodpecker bird mural, located at 5017 York Road, Baltimore; Blue Jay bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore; Black-and-White Warbler bird mural, located at 5219 York Road, Baltimore; Oriole bird mural, located at 4331 York Road, Baltimore; and Cedar Waxwing bird mural, located at 4811 York Road, Baltimore; all by Iandry Randriamandroso '09 (Community Arts M.A.).