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Luca Buvoli Named Director of MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art

Prestigious Multimedia Artist and Educator Will Begin Position on Aug. 1

Posted 05.10.13 by MICA communications

Luca Buvoli

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announces the selection of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist and longtime educator Luca Buvoli as the new director of Mount Royal School of Art. Buvoli will replace the multidisciplinary M.F.A. program's director of the last 10 years Frances Barth, who has announced her retirement.

"I am excited that I will be directing such a dynamic multidisciplinary program at MICA," Buvoli said. "I feel that my multi-faceted approach to art production and exhibition, as well as to teaching and mentoring, is very much in tune with what has been shaped at the Mount Royal School of Art. The unique vision of this program offers an incredible opportunity to foster the students' practice and development."

Luca Buvoli, As an artist, Buvoli has exhibited his pieces throughout the United States and internationally, including work in the 2007 Venice Biennale; a large outdoor project and limited edition sculpture at the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin in 2010; and a solo exhibition at Gallery Hyundai in Seoul, Korea this past fall. In addition to 36 museum and gallery solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions since 1985, he has successfully completed nine large public and museum commissions in Europe and the United States. Recognition for his artistic achievements include the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award in 2011 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. His work is represented in a number of public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin; and in the City of Venice, Italy.

Mount Royal School of Art offers a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program in which students focus their explorations within a specific medium or embrace a wide array of disciplines and media as they engage in intensive studio practice.

Buvoli has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 14 years at a variety of institutions, including School of Visual Arts in New York, Cleveland Institute of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and Bard College in New York. He has given many lectures on his work and participated in seminars in several museums, institutions and universities, such as the College Art Association, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania and Tyler School of Art.

"I can think of no one more perfect to lead MICA's multidisciplinary master of fine arts program than Luca Buvoli," said Ray Allen, MICA's vice president for academic affairs and provost. "He is an internationally-acclaimed multimedia artist whose highly inventive and playful artistic practice models in the most poetic and spacious of ways represent the very values for which the program has stood for so many years. At the same time, the high level of social critique and incisive thinking so integral to his work demonstrate the kind of intellectual engagement he will expect of his students-all this in an extraordinarily experienced teacher with a warm and nurturing spirit."

Buvoli received his B.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, Italy; M.A. from the State University of New York, Albany; and M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York.


Image credits (from top to bottom): Headshot of Luca Buvoli by Keke Keukelaar; Luca Buvoli, A Very Beautiful Day After Tomorrow (Un Bellissimo Dopodomani). View of Phase 2 with: Vector Tricolor [Entanglement of Modernist Myths], 2007. Detail, view of second room at the Arsenale in the 2007 Venice Biennale, including the video A Very Beautiful Day After Tomorrow (Un Bellissimo Dopodomani). Reinforced polyester and polyurethane resin, metal, Plexiglas, plaster, and other materials. Dimensions variable. Photo credit: Sergio Martucci.

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.