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MICA Announces New Faculty Members for 2016-2017 School Year

New full-time faculty members bring their knowledge and skill to the College

Posted 09.14.16

During the 2016-2017 school year, MICA welcomes 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:

Jonathan Latiano

Jonathan Latiano General Fine Arts, faculty

Jonathan Latiano creates large, site-responsive, installation sculptures that investigate concepts of time and our subjective perception of the past, present and future. An alumnus of MICA, Jonathan holds an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School of Art. Latiano has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and London, England, and his work has been featured regularly in local, national and international art publications.

In 2013, he won the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in Art, which led his first solo museum exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The crux of Latiano's artwork lies within the greyer notions of the physical world and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within it. The corresponding disciplines of his studio practice and career as an educator form a symbiotic relationship within his artistic practice.

Before joining the full-time faculty in the General Fine Arts department at MICA, he taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Towson University and American University. Latiano is both thrilled and proud to serve as the first Bunting Teaching Fellow in Fine Arts at MICA.

Jonathan Latiano currently resides and maintains a studio in Baltimore, Md.

His complete CV and portfolio can be found at www.jonathanlatiano.com.

Cindy Cheng

Cindy Cheng Drawing, faculty

Cindy Cheng is an artist living in Baltimore, Md. Cindy lived a somewhat nomadic childhood, spending time in Hong Kong, Canada, Hawaii and Paris. Because of this, she spent much of her playtime tinkering with found objects and materials "re-appropriated" from her twin brother. This sort of puzzle building still in influences much of her studio work. Rooted in the practice of drawing, she explores the relationship between drawings and objects through installation and complex constructions. Cheng likes thinking about how both natural and built structures may act as an incubator for narrative, memory and reflections on the physical and abstract self. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College in 2003. In 2008 she received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from MICA, and in 2011, she graduated with an M.F.A. from the College's Mount Royal School of Art.

Her work has been included in New American Paintingsand she has done residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Anderson Ranch. She is a finalist for the 2016 Trawick Prize.

Dae In Chung

Dae In ChungGraphic Design, faculty

Dae In Chung is an animator, designer and educator. His main interests lie in exploring and expressing rhythms and movements using a variety of media, including animation, printed forms and interactive applications. He earned his M.F.A. and B.F.A. in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts. His short animation has been shown around the world including Melbourne International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, etc. He has also worked on various commercial projects such as a Yogi Bear 3D title sequence and Chevy commercial. His design work has been recognized by Type Directors Club, Korean Society of Typography and Graphis Award. He taught animation and design at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Kookmin University and Boston University before coming to MICA.

Maureen Weiss

Maureen WeissGraphic Design, faculty

Maureen Weiss is a designer and educator originally from upstate New York. Specializing in identity and branding systems for higher education and not-for-profit institutions for over twenty years, she has been recognized with numerous industry awards from CASE, UCDA and The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, and her work has appeared in HOW Magazine. She has partnered with a variety of businesses and associations throughout her career and currently designs for her own studio.

Organization, structure and finessing the details are her guiding sensibilities. A huge fan of typography and rectangles, she finds the grid to be endlessly fascinating (though she enjoys breaking the rules occasionally, but only with good reason).

Weiss is a graduate of the communication design program at Syracuse University and in addition to working at MICA, she has taught in the publication design program at the University of Baltimore and in the visual communication design program at Stevenson University.

Laure Drogoul

Laure DrougolFiber, special contract

Laure Drogoul is an interdisciplinary artist, olfactory spelunker and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, Md. Drogoul works with a wide range of media including projects in which she creates sculpture, performances and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally, including The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art, PS122 and The Center for Architecture in New York as well as many street corners, vacant lots, alleys and underutilized urban spaces. She has received Maryland State Artist Awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for performance art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. In 2006, she was honored with The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.

Drogoul founded The 14Karat Cabaret, a performance project located at Maryland Art Place and is a co-organizer and curator of the Transmodern Festival, which is a festival of provocative works by cultural experimenters from Baltimore and beyond.

Kristian Bjornard

Kristian BjornardGraphic Design, faculty

Kristian Bjørnard is a designer, educator, and sustainabilitist. He is the director of The Office of Kristian Bjørnard, a graphic design practice focusing on books, identities, websites and digital tools. His personal work investigates where graphic design and sustainability overlap, seeks where slowness may still exist in our culture and explores how to make content and visual styling more medium agnostic. He holds an M.F..A in graphic design from MICA and a B.A. in studio art from Kalamazoo College.

Paul Rouphail

Paul RouphailPainting, AICAD fellow

Paul Rouphail is a painter who fuses architectural history, American vernacular and turns of phrase. His paintings examine slippages in textual translation where particular colloquialisms merge with everyday environments. He earned his M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

His works have been exhibited at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University and The Chautauqua Institution, among others. Rouphail's work has been reviewed online and in print, including in New American Paintings (Issue 122), The Chautauqua Daily (Howard Halle) and Gestalten Press' anthology, Imagine Architectur (Lukas Feireiss and Robert Klanten). In 2016, he was awarded the AICAD Teaching Fellowship at MICA.

Sam Sheffield

Sam SheffieldInteractive Arts, faculty

Sam Sheffield is game designer and artist living in Baltimore, Md. His games and interactive installations explore the body as an interface between social, physical and digital spaces. His work has been shown internationally, most recently as part of Playpublik in Krakow, Poland, Now Play These at the Wellcome Collection in London, Alt.Ctrl.GDC at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Ca. and Play at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Va. Sheffield holds a master's degree in digital art from the MICA, and a bachelor's degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Christina Day

Christina DayFiber, special contract

Christina Day is a cross disciplinary artist whose foundation extends from studying and teaching fiber technique. Her sculptural and photographic work has been shown around the United States and abroad in Germany and South Korea since 1999. She is an alumna of the University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in crafts/fibers and of Cranbrook Academy of Art with an M.F.A. in fiber. She has participated as a resident artist at Sculpture Space (2008), the Vermont Studio Center (2011), the first Haystack Open Studio Residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft (2013) and at RAIR in Philadelphia (2015). Day is a former member of the NAPOLEON artist collective (2012-2016) and is a Knight Arts Challenge grant winner and participant for the CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition project, held in 2013. For the past ten years, she has taught as an adjunct professor between the crafts and fibers programs at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. and the Fiber Department at MICA. She has written articles both on her own work and in critique of others for Architecture and Ideas, based out of Carleton University (Canada) and Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture (Oxford, U.K.). This coming fall, she will be exhibiting her work at the Cue Art Foundation as part of their Open Call series for 2016.

Erinn Hagerty

Erinn HagertyAnimation, special contract

Erinn Hagerty is a multidisciplinary artist employing animation, film and video, kinetic sculpture and installation, whose work focuses on the ubiquitous and contradictory nature of loss, being both instantaneous and infinite. She earned an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICAt and a B.A. in fine arts (concentrating in animation and graphic design) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently creating the collaborative film series, Intimacies of Geometry, which combines narrative soundtracks and abstract visuals to create a space for reflecting on the nature of relationships. While developing her own work, she has also produced animations for children's series, operas, museums and exhibitions. Her personal and group productions have been exhibited and screened internationally, including at School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, Md.), Fordham University (New York, N.Y.), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) (Philadelphia, Pa.), Lincoln Center (New York, N.Y.), the Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, Pa.), and The Bridge Cinema De Lux (Philadelphia, Pa.). Before becoming full-time faculty at MICA in 2016, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Hieu Tran

Hieu TranGraphic Design, Bunting fellow

Hieu Tran is a graphic designer who specializes in publication/editorial design, branding/ identity and information visualization. He is interested in working with big and small data, transforming content from 3D to 2D (and vice versa) and examining the social and culture impact of social media and digital communication. He is a recent graduate of the graphic design M.F.A. program from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Previously, he earned bachelors degrees in computer science and cognitive science from the Johns Hopkins University. His work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, the Adobe Design Awards and others.

Leeah Joo

Leah JooPainting, McMillan/Stewart Painting chair

Leeah Joo is a Korean-American painter who explores themes of cross-cultural experiences by combining Eastern and Western painting traditions. She received her B.F.A. in painting and B.A. in art history from Indiana University and M.F.A. in painting from Yale School of Art. Recipient of grants from Pollock-Krasner, George Sugarman and Puffin Foundation, her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at Frye Art Museum, Seoul Art Center and Gallery Korea of New York. Before coming to MICA, she has taught at KCAI, Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut State University. She lives and works in Connecticut and her work is represented by Andrew Bae Gallery of Chicago.

Jane Dickson

Jane DicksonPainting, McMillan/Stewart Painting chair

Jane Dickson is a painter of American darkness first recognized for depictions of Times Square where she lived and/or worked from 1978 thru 2008.

Her focus gradually widened to include other facets of the architecture of distraction; demolition derbies, carnivals, casinos, malls and highways utilizing industrial materials such as AstroTurf, sandpaper, vinyl and felt for both their tactile qualities and their associations.

In 1981, Dickson initiated "Messages to the Public" a Public Art Fund project, presenting a series of artist designed animated works for the first digital light board in Times Square, Spectacolor's 1 Times Square Billboard. In 2008, Dickson created a beloved series of 68 life-size mosaics figures of New Year's Eve revelers installed in the Times Square subway station. Dickson was an early member of the artist collective, Colab. She was one of the organizers of the now legendary Times Square Show for which she created the poster and a Spectacolor animation. Dickson's work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally and is included in the collections of 30 museums including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. In 2015, The National Portrait Gallery-Smithsonian Institution acquired her Portrait of Fab Five Freddy from 1982, which is currently on display.

Thomas Gardner

Thomas GardnerSocial Design, faculty

Thomas Gardner is a new full-time faculty member and part of MICA's Center for Social Design, teaching in the M.A. in Social Design program. Gardner received a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Texas, Austin. He has worked with Steven Holl Architects in New York and Stanley Saitowitz in San Francisco, where he was project architect for Boston's New England Holocaust Memorial. He is a co-founder of HousingOperative, a Detroit agency dedicated to architecture for social change, and with Project H, he led an architecture program for high school students in Berkeley, Ca. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and The New School Parsons School of Design.

Paul Jeanes

Paul JeanesStudio Art MFA, faculty

Well-loved by his students at MICA, Paul Jeanes has recently joined the faculty of the M.F.A. in Studio Art program full-time. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and he is a graduate of MICA's LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied with Grace Hartigan. Jeanes will teach in the College's foundation program and the studio art M.F.A., MICA's four-year low residency program structured around summer intensives and year-long mentoring. He has exhibited abstract paintings at Goucher College, McDaniel College, Loyola University, VisArts, School 33, Grimaldis, Area 405, The Creative Alliance and Civilian Art Projects.

José Ruiz

Jose RuizCuratorial Practice MFA, director

Joining MICA as director of the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program and full-time faculty, José Ruiz has been a valued instructor and advisor in curatorial practice at MICA since 2014. Ruiz is a Peruvian-born curator and artist who received an M.F.A. in new genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a B.A. in studio art from University of Maryland College Park. His curatorial projects have been featured at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Queens Museum, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador and the Incheon Biennial. In 2010, he founded FURTHERMORE, a research, design, and production lab in Brooklyn and Washington, DC. He is also co-director and co-curator at Present Company, a curatorial collective in Brooklyn.

This page was last updated on 01/04/2017.