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MICA Community Featured in January Off-Campus Events & Exhibitions

Start the new year with an event or exhibition featuring the MICA community

Posted 01.01.13 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Ira Upin '73 (Hoffberger), "Zero Gravity," 2012, oil on panel.

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



Montgomery Portrait Artist
On view through January 29, Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville
MICA CONNECTION: Jeanean Songco Martin '80 (painting)

The Artist's Compass: Drawings and Painting by Philip Koch
On view January 2 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 apointment at 410.649.3252.

Cancer, A Short Film
On view January 11 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. 

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)


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)

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.


Silent Symphony: A Photographic Composition in Four Movements
On view through January 5, McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean
MICA CONNECTION: Ron Paras '75 (photography)
"Using a four movement symphonic structure as an organizing principle, Ron Paras presents over-sized photographs of both landscape and theatrically charged scenic images. The works are distinctive in their evocative nature, drawing the viewer into scenes both natural and staged. Dividing the works into Allegro, Adagio, Scherzo and Rondo segments, these black and white images pull the viewer into places both highlighted and created by the artist." - McLean Project for the Arts Exhibition Director Nancy Sausser


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


On view January 10 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. 

Earth's Shadow: Landscapes by Philip Koch
On view through January 19, George Billis Gallery, 421 W. 26th St., NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Painting faculty member Philip Koch 

Image caption: Philip Koch, Horizon, oil on canvas.

Drawing on Mandelbrot: A Conversation with Artists James Siena and Joan Waltemath
January 24, 6 p.m., Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St., NYC
MICA CONNECTION: Director of the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting Joan Waltemath
Mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010) believed in the importance of drawing as a necessary tool for translating computer images into easily understandable concepts. This process also applies to the work of contemporary artists for whom drawing is a manual form of thinking. In this conversation with Brett Littman, James Siena and Joan Waltemath—who are inspired by sacred architecture, mathematical algorithms, and illuminated manuscripts—will discuss the role of drawing as a path for generating and clarifying ideas. 

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)

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 January 25 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.


Blackout, 23:15 EST 14 Aug. 2003
On view through January 13Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
MICA CONNECTION: Julie Jankowski '03 (Mount Royal School of Art) 

This Space is Intentionally Left Blank
On view January 12 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 January 18 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 January 29 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.  


Special Preview of Ashé to Amen: African-Americans and Biblical Imagery
January 21
, The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
MICA CONNECTION: Dean Emerita and Founding Director of MICA's Center for Race and Culture Leslie King-Hammond, PhD
This special art exhibition on the day commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birth will draw from Ashé to Amen: African-Americans and Biblical Imagery, an upcoming exhibition organized by Leslie King-Hammond that will be on display at New York's Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) from February 15 through May 26. 


American Promise
On view January 21 through 26, Sundance Film Festival, various locations, Park City
MICA CONNECTION: Cinematographer Errol Webber '09 (video)
This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. The documentary will debut at the Sundance Film Festival and air on the POV independent showcase program on PBS.


Ira Upin '73 (Hoffberger), Zero Gravity, 2012, oil on panel, 36Strong Man
On view January 18 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 January 26 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.


Pretty Blunderbuss
On view January 19 through February 28, Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Houston
MICA CONNECTION: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas  '90 (Hoffberger)

Art on the Edge
On view January 18 through April 14, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Ave., Sante Fe
MICA CONNECTION: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas '90 (Hoffberger)


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


Origo (At Point Zero of the Point of View)
On view January 17 through March 1, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59, A-1090 Vienna
MICA CONNECTION: Jennifer Grimyser '06 (photography)

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