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Full-time faculty members join MICA community

Posted 11.01.12 by mica communications

(clockrise from top) Max Porter, Daniela Sandler, Kristen Spilman '05 (Graphic Design), Allen Moore.

During the 2012-2013 school year, MICA welcomes several new full-time faculty members to the College's community. Individually contributing their unique experiences as artists, designers and educators, MICA's new faculty includes:


Steve Meneely ’99 (general fine arts) is an artist and independent animator from Central Africa who has worked as a technician and adjunct faculty member in MICA’s Animation Department for 10 years. In addition to helping establish the digital fabrication studios at the College, Meneely’s work includes animated live performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert Lab.

Max Porter is an award-winning animation director specializing in mixed-media narratives. He is particularly interested in marrying analogue and digital animation techniques, often combining handcrafted art, computer graphics animation, drawn animation, stop-motion, and photographic effects. His films have been screened in more than 250 film festivals worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival and Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and he has received 25 international awards.

Art History

The current research of W. Ian Bourland, PhD, explores the intersections among contemporary art, the legacy of modernism, and the history of globalization. Besides being widely published in journals, he writes for Artforum and is currently completing a book manuscript on photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode.

Sonja Kelley, PhD, has significant experience as a researcher and lecturer at institutions such as Western Washington University, the Seattle Art Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the University of Washington. Prior to coming to MICA, Kelley taught in the department of art and art history at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Miller, PhD, has completed research in Egypt, France, Greece, and the United States. Currently, she is researching works of foreign artists based in Egypt during the first half of the 20th century, and she is also planning an exhibition of painter Marcel Salinas, which will take place in Queens, New York, in April 2014.

The teaching and research interests of Daniela Sandler include architecture and urbanism in Latin America and Europe; visual and cultural studies; social inequality in space; and history and memory in the built environment. She has published articles and reviews in several journals and is currently working on a book manuscript focusing on alternative forms of architectural preservation in Berlin.


Mat Karas is a ceramic artist from Montréal, Québec. Most recently, he taught in Halifax at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Using mostly hand building and press molding, his work plays with the notion of “handmade” and function, using the ceramic medium as a language for mediating art and daily life.


Carolyn Case ’97 (Mount Royal School of Art) will join the Foundation faculty as interim chair while Catherine Behrent is on sabbatical. A graduate of MICA, Case held residencies in India and Vermont on full merit, and has shown her artwork throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.

Dominic Terlizzi ’08 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) is a Maryland area native who began making art on a farm in Carroll County. His recent studio efforts have a multidisciplinary impulse rooted in painting while also exploring bronze casting, bread baking, beer brewing, and object collecting.

Graphic Design

Anne Jordan is a graphic designer whose research explores the intersection of analog and digital methods. She has spoken about design processes and education at conferences around the world. When she isn't designing textiles, jewelry, and ceramics, Jordan runs her own interdisciplinary design studio, Hypothesis, Ltd, with her husband, Mitch Goldstein.

Kristen Spilman '05 (Graphic Design) has worked as a design associate at Pentagram for the past seven years on numerous corporate and cultural design projects. Her work has included the graphic identity for MICA, as well as work with clients such as the Guggenheim Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and American Express.

Humanistic Studies

Christine Manganaro, PhD, comes to MICA with a wealth of knowledge in the areas of modern science and medicine; science and American culture; and settler colonialism and racism. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, and her awards include the National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and the American Philosophical Society Library Fellowship.

A recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Allison Yasukawa was a visiting lecturer at the University of St. Frances in Joliet, Illinois, and a teaching artist with The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Artists Partnership in Education. Her work has been exhibited at the Warrenville Historical Society, C33 Gallery at Columbia College, Voice of the City Gallery, and West Chicago City Museum, all in Chicago.


Topical issues-especially relating to agriculture, labor, the American military, colonialism, and capitalism-inspire the work of Lauren Adams. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, has held residencies in Wyoming and France, and has exhibited nationwide.


Jay Gould's work, which integrates scientific topics into photographic projects, has won numerous national awards, including the Berenice Abbott Prize for an Emerging Photographer, the Jeannie Pierce Award, and first place at the Newspace Center for Photography's International Juried Exhibition. He participates in the larger artistic community as a member of the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops, as the chair of the Society for Photographic Education's South Central regional board, and as a frequent visiting lecturer at a variety of schools and conferences.

Video & Film Arts

Allen Moore has been active as an independent filmmaker for more than 30 years. Notably, he has been the director of photography for several of Ken Burns' historical films shown on the Public Broadcasting Service. His work has earned a George Foster Peabody Award, as well as nominations for Emmy Awards and an Academy Award. Moore has worked at MICA as an adjunct faculty member since 2004 and now joins the College full time.

Image caption: (clockrise from top) Max Porter, Daniela Sandler, Kristen Spilman '05 (Graphic Design), Allen 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.