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MICA Art Market Offers Holiday Shopping For Unique Gifts, Dec. 5–8

300 Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Sell Fine Art, Handmade Objects

Posted 11.06.12 by mica communications

artwork by Lisa Perrin '13 (Illustration Practice)

BALTIMORE—MICA presents its sixth annual MICA Art Market on Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall lobby of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. This festive sale, featuring original work by more than 300 MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff, includes one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, textiles, book arts, toys and wrapping paper.

Holiday shoppers and collectors can discover work by emerging artists as well as find collectibles from leading artists in their respective fields. Visitors can talk one-on-one with the artists about their work while enjoying the market’s lively atmosphere and supporting the local economy.

Sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association, the market fosters student professional development and peer-to-peer networking, and provides funding for need-based student scholarships. Last year, competitive scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to five MICA students: Louis Abbene-Meagley ’13 (printmaking), Jenna Borstelmann ’15 (general fine arts), Dana Holgerson ’14 (printmaking/humanistic studies), Meagan Jenigen ’13 (fiber) and John Lee ’13 (video & film arts). Abbene-Meagley, Jenigen and Lee participated in Art Market as vendors.

At Art Market, vendors will accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), MICARD, cash and check as forms of payment. Admission to the market is free.

Information on select participating artists:

Dave Eassa ’13 (painting) is a Baltimore-based painter and printmaker who uses mostly traditional materials, such as oil and acrylic paint, ink, graphite and charcoal. “The paintings and drawings I create consist of loose and energized representations from memory, fragile drawings and very aggressive abstractions,” he explained. A veteran of MICA Art Market, Eassa has participated the past two years. This holiday season, he will sell etchings, monoprints, screenprints and small-scale paintings. 

Foundation faculty member Ulric Joseph ’99 ’00 (painting, Digital Arts) started CHILLIBIBBI, a wearable art company, in 2007. At present, the works take the form of handbags, which are made from recycled leather, fabric and accessories, but Joseph intends to continue pushing the limits of what can be made when one focuses on recycling and re-purposing. Each bag is a one-of-a-kind creation designed, sewn and finished by Joseph.

With an interest in illustrated products and entrepreneurship, Lisa Perrin ’13 (Illustration Practice) intends to someday launch her own line imbued with her unique design aesthetic. Her work has been exhibited in galleries on both coasts, and her original paper dolls have been published in several magazines and sold internationally. At Art Market, she plans to sell stationery, prints and zines.

Kendra Hebel ’08 (fiber) is a fiber technician at MICA who has participated in MICA Art Markets since her years as an undergraduate student. Over the past few years, her main focus has been exploring different applications for dye techniques, such as marbling and arashi shibori, a traditional Japanese technique she has adapted to fit her own style. At MICA Art Market, she will sell handmade scarves, marbled umbrellas, pillows and other textiles.

Taking inspiration from the thrill of discovery, A.B. Moore ’13 (painting) creates whimsical work referencing the fauna and organic detritus one might encounter while exploring the natural world. Her collection Pygmy Pneuma, which will be on sale at MICA Art Market, features a variety of jewelry, animal toys, festive ornaments and prints.

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.