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Metropolis Magazine Names MICA Booth at ICFF an Editor's Pick

'Greener Groceries' is a collaboration between students in College's Environmental Design and Graphic Design MFA programs

Posted 05.18.09 by MICA Media Relations

It was an elegant pairing of disciplines, done without fuzz, with a minimum of words (all of them blissfully jargon free!) and maximum impact. 

PacRac, designed by MICA environmental design students.

NEW YORK-Metropolis Magazine has named MICA's Greener Groceries presentation at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) an editor's pick. The project, which provides solutions that range from digital delivery networks to reusable packaging, innovative shopping bags, underground food storage, mobile farmers' markets, and print-on-demand labeling, is a collaboration between undergraduate environmental design students led by Inna Alesina and Graphic Design MFA students led by Ellen Lupton.

"What was especially refreshing here were the clean, clear, altogether elegant ways they were presented," wrote Metropolis Magazine's Martin Pedersen. "Each solution posed a question, provided a succinct student response, and paired them with either a model demonstrating the idea or a visual that instantly crystallized it. It was an elegant pairing of disciplines, done without fuzz, with a minimum of words (all of them blissfully jargon free!) and maximum impact."

Participating Graphic Design MFA students were: Mark Alcasabas, Kristian Bjornard, Molly Hawthorne, Justin Kropp, Virginia Sasser, Andrew Shea, Aaron Walser, and Jennifer White-Torres.

Participating environmental design BFA students were: Zoe Axelrod, Sunny Chong, Justin Dolan, Irina Dukhnevich, Arda Erdogan, Daniel Gioia, Rachel Kang, Geoff Kfoury, Louise Markison, Steven McNamara, Gregory Murphy, Adam Panasowich, Keloni Parks, Justin Pretzer, Stephanie Sevich, Tessa Tripodi, and Simona Uzaite.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Caption information: PacRac. Saving counter space in compact kitchens, this rack dispenses liquids such as dish soap, olive oil, vegetable oil, and vinegar. The push-button valve is also a hook. The packs will be made from biodegradable plastic; the tubes and valves will be reusable. - Zoe Axelrod, Steven McNamara, Gregory Murphy


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.

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