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MICA Book Arts & Decker Library Have Exhibit

Students in MICA's Book Arts courses created artist books based on materials from the library's collections

Posted 01.24.17 by Katherine Cowan

Image of Katie Schweitzer's Objet Trouve with library source

Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography
A collaboration with the Decker Library & MICA Book Arts

Pinkard Gallery, MICA
January 20 - March 12, 2017
Opening reception January 27, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

In Spring 2016, Decker Library invited students from MICA's Book Arts courses to create an artist book based on materials from the library's collections. This exhibition Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography results from that collaboration.

The students were challenged to select and respond to something from the library collections, to create a book art project that made sense in terms of their artistic practice and the requirements of the particular course in which they were enrolled, and to compose an artist statement about their work. All had the opportunity to have their work curated into this exhibition in MICA's Pinkard Gallery with visiting curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson '92 from the University of the Arts.

Faculty partners and their courses were Isabel Lederman (Artists' Books: Visual Poetry and Artists' Publications), Gail Deery (History of Paper Structure), and Stephanie Garmey (Mixed Media Book).

Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography is partially funded by the Gladys Brooks Foundation, and is presented in conjunction with Book Arts Baltimore. Book Arts Baltimore is an informal partnership among several Baltimore-area institutions supporting a common goal: celebrating artists' books and book arts through exhibitions, courses, and programs offered in 2015-2017.

Image information:
Katie Schweitzer '18
Objet Trouvé and library source The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones (1868).

Photography by Arthur Soontornsaratool

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 65 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.

This page was last updated on 01/24/2017.