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MACA Thesis Exhibition Explores Issues of Social Justice, July 15-31

Show features thesis work from the 15 graduating artists

Posted 06.21.10 by MICA Communications

Michelle Faulkner, Weight of the World

BALTIMORE--Grounded in the principles of social justice, MICA's M.A. in Community Arts (MACA) program immerses artists in intensive work with children, youth and adults in community settings, with most of the fieldwork conducted in the surrounding Baltimore neighborhoods. This exhibition, on view Thursday, July 15-Saturday, July 31, throughout the Brown Center from Leidy Atrium up to the third floor, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave., will feature thesis work from the artists in MACA's graduating class of 2010. Their work represents their growth and development at MICA and at their community organizations.

Nora Howell uses food to develop a visual language to explore characteristics of race and systemic racism. Quentin Gibeau tackles the issues of race and privilege in a different way, looking at "hipsterism" and "Whiteness" as a social disconnect from urban Baltimore. Ashby Foote uses saved mementos to tell the story of her teenage pregnancy and miscarriage, shedding light on an experience often swept under the rug in middle to upper class social realms.

Through contour drawing and portraiture, Sarah Edelsburg alters and abstracts faces and figures, revealing human characteristics and qualities while striving to capture daily life in Baltimore. Similarly, Natalie Tranelli uses the camera to illuminate the individual and examine our connection to one another.

Sarah Edelsburg, Who Rides the Bus?Participating artists: Lindsey Bailey, Hannah Brancato, Barbara Joann Combs, Christina Cooke, Holly Crawford-Seay, Sarah Edelsburg, Michelle Faulkner, Robert Fitzgerald, Ashby Foote, Quentin Gibeau, Nora Howell, Zoe Reznick Gewanter, Katti Sta. Ana, Natalie Tranelli and Jessie Unterhalter

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.


Image captions: (top) Michelle Faulkner, Weight of the World, C-print, 2009; (inset) Sarah Edelsburg, Who Rides the Bus?, permanent marker on rice paper and watercolor, pencil and permanent marker on watercolor paper, 2009.

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.