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MICA Art Market Offers Holiday Shopping, Dec. 11-14

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

Posted 11.13.13 by MICA Communications

Lindsay Aura Miller ’14 (ceramics, Teaching), laser-cut wooden jewelry with gold findings.

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents its seventh annual MICA Art Market on Wednesday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 14. For the holiday gift-giving season, this festive sale features original work by more than 300 MICA students, alumni, faculty and staff, including one-of-a-kind jewelry, illustrations, paintings, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, clothing, ceramics, textiles, book arts, toys, wrapping paper and gift cards.

MICA Art Market's new hours accommodate extended evening hours for Baltimore area shoppers. The hours will be Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in Brown Center's Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall lobby (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

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 and WYPR Radio, 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: Andrew Haas '14 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Emily Burke '15 (ceramics), Estelle Kline '15 (photography), Hannah Cook '13 (graphic design) and Scarlett McCalman '14 (painting).

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:
Emily Cucalon '14 (painting) is a Baltimore-based painter and printmaker. Currently her work takes the form of small prints, books and cut paper works. "My pieces are functional and malleable. I encourage the recipient to interact with them and fill them as they wish," Cucalon said. She will be selling hand-bound books, stationery and prints at this year's MICA Art Market.

Ginny Duncan '12 (fiber), originally from Memphis, constructs clothing and accessories using traditional patterning and fabric details in unconventional ways. When describing her design process, she says, "I value attractiveness and practicality equally, but I never like to have one without the other. I start with either a visual concept or a utilitarian application, and then seesaw between the two until I'm ready to edit down to a final design."

Originally from Connecticut, Lindsay Aura Miller '14 (ceramics, Teaching) is a Baltimore-based artist working in ceramics, fiber and wood. At MICA Art Market, Miller will showcase her unique, light-weight laser-cut wooden jewelry. Working with visually appealing, dynamic shapes, Miller describes her work with, "I want the owner of each piece to have something that is easily worn because of its simplistic design and also something that functions as an uncommon and wearable artwork."

MICA faculty member April Wood is a 20-year veteran metalsmith living and working in Baltimore, with her sculptural pieces being shown in exhibitions around the world. She has been the recipient of three Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, and her work has been published in Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal and Sculpture magazines. The jewelry pieces sold at Art Market use a variety of traditional metalsmithing and jewelry techniques with some non-traditional materials and messages. "As a jeweler, I am in love with the way I can transform a hard material, metal, into something that looks soft or delicate. In my work, I use steel, such a rigid, masculine material, to make work that is feminine," Wood said.

Image captions (top to bottom): Lindsay Aura Miller '14 (ceramics, Teaching), laser-cut wooden jewelry with gold findings; Emily Cucalon '14 (painting), hand-bound books; Ginny Duncan '12 (fiber), smock-style blouse with petal details on the shoulders; and Faculty member April Wood, Teardrop Spirograph Earrings, hand-pierced steel and silver earrings

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.