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MICA Community Featured in February Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

Events and Exhibitions featuring the MICA community beginning in February

Posted 02.01.13 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Chester Higgins, Jr., Bible and Drum, digital silver gelatin print, 1989, © Chester Higgins Jr./chesterhiggins.com.

Members of the MICA community have work showcased in exhibitions throughout the country and world in February 2013. Here are some of the highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):



The Artist's Compass: Drawings and Painting by Philip Koch
On view through February 15, Friends School of Baltimore, Katz Gallery (lower level Forbush Building), 5114 N. Charles St., Baltimore
Opening Reception: January 16, 6-7 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Drawing and foundation faculty member Philip Koch 
Viewing Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you are not a member of the Friends School community and would like to visit, please contact the Upper School office to arrange a visitor's pass and an appointment at 410.649.3252.

Cancer, A Short Film
On view through March 9, School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., Baltimore
Opening Reception: January 11, 6-9 p.m.
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty members Jon Bevers and Erik Spangler
The short film by faculty member Jon Bevers is part of a series based on Karl Stockhausen's 12-part musical score, Tierkreis, a composition inspired by the 12 zodiac signs. Each score attempts to pull attributes from Stockhausen's interpretations of the zodiac. Local composers Erik Spangler and Brian Sacawa recomposed the original score. The film stars local artist Paul Mintz and is focused on the zodiac sign, Cancer. 

On view through February 1, Gallery CA, 440 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee '10 (Mt. Royal), Sung Hwa Kim '12 (Hoffberger), Matthew Fishel '08, '10 (Postbacc., Mt. Royal), Michael Farley '09, Heather Beardsley '12 (Postbacc.), David Ubias '09 (Mt. Royal), Erika Diehl '13 (Hoffberger), James Singewald '10 (Photo + Electronic Media), Anna Showers-Cruser '11, Cathleen Sachse '09, '12 (Mt. Royal), Catherine O'Connell '10 (Mt. Royal), Cyle Metzger '10 (Mt. Royal), Jon Marshalik '10, Kim Llerena '12 (Photo + Electronic Media), Andrew Lubas '13 (Hoffberger), Rachel London '11, Benjamin Andrew '13 (Mt. Royal) Curated by Deana Haggag '13 (Curatorial Practice)
Gallery CA's first juried exhibition will be judged by Paddy Johnson, founding editor of Art Fag City and arts editor of L Magazine. The show will feature exclusively Baltimore-based artists.

American Craft Council 
On view February 22-24, Baltimore Convention Center, Booth #429, 1 W.Pratt Street, Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Shana Kroiz (faculty)
Shana Kroiz among hundreds of the country's best contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists gather in one spot to present a spectacular season of fine quality craft!

Figures & Landscapes
On view through February 28, Rebecca McCutcheon Griffin Gallery, 437 N. Market Street, Frederick
MICA CONNECTION: Jeanean Songco Martin '80
Jenean Songco Martin displays a collection of her work in one-person show.

Gaia: Site-specific installation at the Baltimore Museum of Art
On view through May 5, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Gaia '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
For this site-specific installation inside the Baltimore Museum of Art's newly revamped Contemporary Wing, Baltimore-based street artist Gaia '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture) created portraits of individuals living in the Museum's neighboring Remington community. The installation is inspired by the painting Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango) by Paul Gauguin, which is in the Museum's collection.

Image caption: Gaia '11, 12 Portraits of Remington Residents, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and the Baltimore Museum of Art. (Photo by Mitro Hood)

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent

On view February 7 through March 31, 2013, Frederick Douglass- Isaac Myers Maritime Park, Bearman Gallery, 1417  Thames St., Baltimore
MICA CONNECTION: Jeffrey Kent '10 (Hoffberger), Curated by MICA's Exhibition Development Seminar
A new body of work from Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent draws parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the ongoing debate over marriage equality in the United States.


40 Under 40: Craft Futures
On view through February 4, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th Street NW
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Sebastian Martorana '08 (Rinehart)

February 28, Ibiza DC, 1222 First St. NE
MICA CONNECTION:  Jessica Gray Schipp '12 (Business of Art & Design)

Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s
On view February 23 through April 7, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 Seventeenth Street NW
MICA CONNECTION: Globe Poster Collection, John Lewis (Faculty) 
Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s explores the visual culture of the "other D.C.," demonstrating its place in the history of street art as well as that of America's capital city. Pump Me Up tells a local history from a local point of view-the graffiti historian Roger Gastman-while providing a framework for the contemporary surge of interest in street art and underground graphics. The exhibition will feature Globe posters and, very likely, some pieces from the Globe Collection at MICA. In addition, John Lewis, MICA faculty and arts and culture editor of Baltimore magazine, has written a piece about Globe for the companion book for the show.

Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge
On view through August 18, National Portrait Gallery,  Eighth and F Streets NW
MICA CONNECTION: Mequitta Ahuja, Stewart McMillan Artist-in-Residence
Four of the five paintings Mequitta Ahuja has in the show were made during her residency at MICA during the 2011-12 school year.

Image Caption: Merwin (Merf) Shaw, Charcoal on Mylar, 2009. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute


Bridge 12 Biennial Exhibition
On view through March 30, Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh
MICA CONNECTION: Betty Vera '66 (painting) 

An Attempt to Fail at Groundbreaking Theater With Pina Arcade Smith  
On view through February3, White Space at Crane Arts Old School , 1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia  
MICA CONNECTION: Tobin Rothlein '13 (MFA)  
Inspired by an unlikely encounter with a group of nuns in Rome, is an uncanny ode to artistic role models Pina Bausch, Penny Arcade, and Jack Smith. Rizzi draws on characters whose underground aesthetics reach for something deeper - fearless and different.



Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery
On view February 15 through May 26, 2013, Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway at 61st Street
MICA CONNECTION: Director of the Center for Race and Culture Leslie King-Hammond, Oletha DeVane '73 (general fine arts), Adejoke Tugbiyele '13 (Rinehart)
The exhibition examines the complex place of the Bible in the life and art of African Americans, with particular emphasis on how biblical traditions were used by artists of African descent to help cope with the life that was imposed on them in the Americas. Although the majority of the works included in the exhibition date from the 19th and 20th centuries, they often reflect the experiences of the Middle Passage and slavery, which left their indelible mark on the artistic consciousness of the African American community.

On view through February 14, 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., NYC
Alumni Social: January 17, 6-9 p.m.
MICA CONNECTIONS: Curated by Seth Cohen '03 (Hoffberger) and Courtney Puckett '02 (painting), features more than two dozen alumni.
Visit mica.edu/NYC_Network for more information and to find out how to join the New York City Metro Alumni Network. 

Corliss Cavalieri: Paintings and Drawings, 2009 - 2012
On view through February 2, NOHO Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Corliss Cavalieri '81 (painting)

Illustrators 55
On view through March 2, Society of Illustrators: The Museum of American Illustration, 128 East 63rd Street, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: faculty member Whitney Sherman and Ana Benaroya '08 (illustration)
"The Connoisseur", a work illustrated by Whitney Sherman and art directed by Ana Benaroya' 08 (illustration)  for Thames & Hudson Publishing will be featured in the second part of  the two-part exhibition Illustration 55. The exhibit features works by leading contemporary illustrators worldwide, selected by a prestigious jury of professionals, and includes works in the Editorial, Book and Advertising Categories. The printed Illustrators Annual 55 is available for purchase in the Fall 2013.

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980
On view through March 11, MoMA PS1, 4601 21st St., NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture Maren Hassinger 

In Development
On view through March 16, David Krut Projects, 526 W. 26th Street, #816, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Christopher Cozier '86 (painting)

Image of “Triangle Works” by Melissa Staiger ’00 Collectively Assembled
On view through March 16,  Arts@Renaissance, 2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Melissa Staiger '00 (painting)

Image caption: Photo of Triangle Works by Melissa Staiger '00.


This Space is Intentionally Left Blank
On view through April 21, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison St., Wilmington
MICA CONNECTION: Kerry Adams '09 (Studio Art)
The installation is a multi-media and multi-sensory experience that focuses on our surroundings, our experiences and our connections to others in our technology based society. In this work, the viewer enters a room that is filled with hanging extension cords, is surrounded by tablets with streaming Twitter feeds and hears sounds coming from speakers placed throughout the gallery. Finally, in reference to a different type of tangible world where time seems to move much slower and is controlled by the lapping of the ocean or the movement through an hour glass, some of the extension cords are covered in sand. Some of this sand then piles on the ground becoming even more a part of the viewer's space.


Now Showing II, 2012, graphite and ink on paper, 60 x 60 inches by Galen Cheney Solo Exhibition by Galen Cheney
On view through February 24, Helen Day Art Center, East Gallery, 90 Pond Street, Stowe
MICA CONNECTION: Galen Cheney '90 (Mount Royal)

Image caption: Now Showing II, 2012, graphite and ink on paper, 60 x 60 inches by Galen Cheney.


Connected There but Not Always Here
On view through May 19, The Light Factory,  345 North College St., Charlotte
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Nate Larson
This exhibition visually examines the social networking outlets that appear to be most fashionable: Facebook, blogging, Twitter and interactive video. 


Ira Upin '73 (Hoffberger), Zero Gravity, 2012, oil on panel, 36Strong Man
On view through February 26, The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Opening Reception: January 18
MICA CONNECTION: Ira Upin '73 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)
Ira Upin's most recent series of paintings, Strong Man, is an ongoing body of work about aging, looking back as well as forward, and contemplating life's meaning. Using himself as the main character in this play of his own design, Upin tries to imbue the images with enough metaphorical import so that the viewer can find personal relevance in the narrative and excitement in the visual power of the work. 

Image caption: Ira Upin '73 (Hoffberger), Zero Gravity, 2012, oil on panel.


Spinning Yarns
 On view through March 3, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco
MICA CONNECTION: Faculty member Nate Larson
As visual storytellers, the artists comprising Spinning Yarns utilize aspects of open narrative to address their personal experiences, beliefs and imagination to the viewer.


Chamber Music
On view February 9- May 5, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle
MICA CONNECTION: Rafael Soldi '09 (photography)
For this exhibition thirty-six Seattle artists have created new works in response to musical compositions based on James Joyce's volume of poetry of the same name.


Making Connections: A Juried Exhibition of MIAD Printmaking Alumni
On view February 26 through March 23, 2013 in Brooks Stevens Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee
MICA CONNECTION: Shana Goetsch, '11, '12 (MA/MFA Community Arts)


Pretty Blunderbuss
On view through February 28, Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Houston
MICA CONNECTION: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas  '90 (Hoffberger)

Art on the Edge
On view through April 14, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Ave., Sante Fe
MICA CONNECTION: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas '90 (Hoffberger)


On view through February 11, The Archer School for Girls, 11725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
MICA CONNECTION: Dianne Pappas '12 (Studio Art) 

Crocker-Kingsley 2012 Exhibition
On view through May 5, 2013, Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St,  Sacramento
MICA CONNECTION: Patrick Donovan '09 (Post Baccalaureate) 
This tightly focused exhibition features six prize-winning works from the 2012 Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition.


Origo (At Point Zero of the Point of View)
On view through March 1, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59, A-1090 Vienna
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Grimyser '06 (photography)

Festina Lente 
On view through February 17, SACI's Jules Maidoff Gallery, Via Sant'Egidio, 14, Florence 
MICA CONNECTION: Ellen Burchenal '82 (Mount Royal)

Top image caption: Chester Higgins, Jr., Bible and Drum, digital silver gelatin print, 1989, © Chester Higgins Jr./chesterhiggins.com.