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Honors Received by the MICA Community

Art Education Director Wins Educator of the Year Award from NAEA

Posted 03.01.10 by mica communications





This is an ongoing list of honors given to members of the MICA community: 

Art Education Director Wins Educator of the Year Award from NAEA
Sharon JohnsonM.A. in Art Education Director Sharon Johnson has been selected by her peers to receive the National Art Education Association's (NAEA) Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award, given to her at the 2011 NAEA National Convention in Seattle on March 12-20. Johnson launched the M.A. in Art Education program when she came to MICA more than a decade ago. In this program, Johnson has a strong commitment to mentoring her students' individual research interests derived from their experience teaching art in school, museum and community settings. For more on her and the program, click here.

Student Wins Chronicle Film Contest With Animated Short
Heather Winchell ’14, Unpredictable, animation, 2010Heather Winchell '14 has won the Chronicle of Higher Education, Arts & Academe's first monthly film contest. Her animation, Unpredictable, was completed as a final project during her Electronic Media and Culture class in fall 2010. We "find Unpredictable the coolest, quirkiest, and most ... unpredictable" of the films entered, said the judges. "We like the way the stuttery soundtrack matches the jerky animation, the fine use of stop motion, and the humor of the ‘story,' too." To watch the film, read what the Chronicle judges said about it and to find out about the monthly competition, click here.

Alumnus Named Vermont's First-Ever Cartoonist Laureate
James Kockalka '91, Vermont's cartoonist laureateJames Kochalka '91 (Mount Royal School of Art) has been named Vermont's first cartoonist laureate. Kochalka, who draws the autobiographical daily comic American Elf, will heighten the profile of cartooning in Vermont during his three-year term, which begins March 10. Click here to listen to an interview with him on Vermont Public Radio; and here for the official announcement from The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Joyce J. Scott Wins United States Artist Award
Joyce J. Scott '70 (art education) accepted the United States Artist Award at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Through the US Artists Fellowship program, Scott will receive a very generous, unrestricted funding grant in 2011 as part of this prestigious honor. Each year, United States Artists honors 50 of America's finest artists with individual fellowships. Earlier this year, she was also the recipient of an esteemed Women's Caucus for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2010. The award recognize the contributions made by women who have distinguished themselves by their activism and commitment to the women's movement and the arts.

MICA President Honored With Civic Leadership Award
Partners for Livable Communities will honor MICA President Fred Lazarus IV with a Founders Award for Civic Leadership for his contributions to the Baltimore community through his leadership at MICA and local arts organizations. The award will be presented during the Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit formal dinner and awards program on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Founders Award for Civic Leadership acknowledges individuals for their contributions in the stewardship of our nation's communities, and honorees are recognized as people whose lives reflect a unique leadership that has a significant impact on the quality of life for people across America. To read more, click here.

Print Magazine Honors Program Director, Center for Design Practice
HeroTwo MICA-based projects have won top honors in Print magazine's annual design contest for the East region. The graduate programs catalog, designed by Mike Weikert '06, was honored, also giving credit to several MICA alumni for photography. Weikert, the director of MICA's Center for Design Practice (CDP), was also called out for the CDP's graphic identity and promotional pieces for Hero, an organization dedicated to ending substandard housing in Alabama. He, along with graphic design faculty members Bernard Canniffe and Ryan Clifford, led students Luke Williams, Alex Pines, Hayley Griffen and Brian McDonough on the project. To see the winning pieces, click here.

Webber '08 Turns Oscar-Winning Documentary Into Full-Length Feature, Gets Screened at IDFA
iThembaErrol Webber Jr. '08, who became the youngest cinematographer ever to have shot an Oscar-winning film, has worked with Music by Prudence's producer to turn the documentary short into a full-length film. iThemba takes an in-depth look at Prudence and her classmates-turned-bandmates at Zimbabwe's  King George VI School, and it has been honored with a screening at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Nov. 17-28.  For more information on Music by Prudence click here; to see an interview with Webber (during which he finds out about this honor) click here.

MICA Students Win Visualizing.org's 2010 Visualizing Marathon
A team comprised of four MICA students received first place honors for their entry in Visualizing.org's 2010 Visualizing Marathon, a 24-hour design competition that encourages students to use design to tackle complex, real-world problems. MICA graphic design students Christina Beard, Christopher Clark, Chris McCampbell and Supisa Wattanasansanee collaborated on One Day Cause + Effect, which looks at energy emissions and water use over a 24-hour period. To see a PDF of the team's winning design, click here.

Steven Silberg '04 Wins Washington Post's Art Competition
Steven Silberg '04, a graduate from MICA's M.F.A. in Photography & Digital Imaging program, was selected by popular vote as the winner of Washington Post's Real Art DC Competition on Oct. 27, a contest that features artists around the D.C. area. Through his work, he creates what he calls pixel lapse photography, which "combines the temporal nature of long exposure photography and the precise organization of the digital matrix," he said. Silberg deconstructed the digital camera exposure that most people take for granted and recreated it to snap one pixel at a time. The competition was fierce, and Silberg won by less than 200 votes, but took 38% of votes overall. Chloe Watson '08 '10 was also a finalist in the competition.

Student Wins Annual Adobe Design Achievement Award
Pulsus by Anthony Mattox '11Anthony Mattox '11 (interaction design and art) won high honors from Adobe on Oct. 25 in its annual Design Achievement Awards, taking home the Non-Browser Based Design category for his game Pulsus, a flash game in which players must solve puzzles by arranging blockers to direct particles into goal points. For more on Mattox and other gaming-industry alumni, and to play Pulsus, see the Juxtapositions story Gaming Booms With Alumni.

Joy Adams '81 Receives New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
Joy Adams '81, The Flying LessonJoy Adams '81 (Hoffberger School of Painting) has been awarded a $7,000 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in the category of painting. Adams, who is living in Tompkins, New York, is one of 118 NYFA fellows who were chosen from among more than 6,279 applicants in eight categories. To see her portfolio or list of exhibitions, click here; for a complete list of winners, click here.

Alumna Awarded $500,000 MacArthur Grant
On Sept. 28, sculptor Elizabeth Turk '94 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2010, awarding her a $500,000, no-strings-attached grant. The MacArthur Foundation, in an announcement, said Turk was chosen for "transforms her signature medium of marble into strikingly intricate, seemingly weightless objects that defy expectations of a traditionally monumental, heavy, and prone-to-fracture material." The Fellowship is for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. Click here for information on the fellowship, or here for more about Turk.



Alumna's Film Accepted into Children's Film Festival
Imogene Drummond '83 (Mount Royal School of Art) recently had a animation short accepted into the LA International Children's Film Festival, taking place November 2010-January 2011. The three-minute film, Sparky, is "a little film about big ideas." Sparky is a conceptual exploration of "potentiality." Seminal paper cut-out pieces playfully re-configure themselves, create surprising new images. Sparky will be aired on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m.

Recent Alumnus Wins Honorable Mention in International Sculpture Center Awards
Calder Brannock '10 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), with Maren Hassinger as faculty sponsor, received the top honorable mention spot in the 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Awards from the International Sculpture Center. The awards were announced in the October 2010 issue of Sculpture magazine.

Faculty Member Wins Emmy for Cinematography Work
Allen Moore, a faculty member of the Video & Film Arts Department at MICA, served as a principal cinematographer on the 2009 PBS series The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood with a nomination in the category of Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming. The National Parks went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series at the 62nd Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Aug. 21.

Alumnus' Short Film Selected for Seven Festivals
, a short film by graphic design alumnus Carlos Florez '07 with the help of Mike Milano '09 as well as other MICAns, has been selected to play in seven film festivals this year: ACE Film Festival (in NYC), Este Park Film Festival, AOF Film Festival, Black Hills Film Festival, SENE Film Festival, Foursite Film Festival and Dance With Films. Click here to view the short film.

Chloe Watson, Gossip, mixed mediaChloe Watson a Finalist for Washington Post Arts Contest
In it's first Real Art D.C. contest, the Washington Post named sculptor-turned-painter Chloe Watson '10 (Mount Royal School of Art) as a finalist on Aug. 13 with a full-length feature story and online photo gallery. Though the competition remains open through September, the Post is rolling out its finalists on an ongoing basis. For more about the contest, click here.

Faculty Member Eve Andrée Laramée Awarded $20,000 Grant
Interdisciplinary sculpture faculty member Eve Andree Laramée was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for the production of three new art installations dealing with water pollution and environmental justice. The highly competitive grant was given on the basis of her two 2009 installations, Halfway to Invisible and Luminous Darwin, the latter with supplementary support of a Brenner faculty development grant from MICA. Laramée makes sculptures, installations and works on paper dealing with the complex triadic relationship between art, science and nature. Currently on sabbatical from MICA, Laramée is working in Santa Fe, NM, on several new projects dealing with radioactive pollution of groundwater.

Calder Brannock's Camper Contemporary wins PULSE Presents Award.Calder Brannock '10 Wins PULSE Presents Award
Calder Brannock '10 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) was awarded the PULSE Presents Award, a top honor allowing him to have an exhibition space at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair Miami 2010, for his Camper Contemporary project currently on view at Conner Contemporary's Academy 2010 exhibition. Camper Contemporary, which was created by Brannock and supported by MICA's Office of Research, is a renovated 1967 Yellowstone camper retrofitted as a pristine art gallery and traveled down to Miami in 2009 for PULSE and Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information, click here.

Senior Wins AIGA DC Continuum Fund Scholarship
In the 2010 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, Huong Le '11 (graphic design) won a prestigious AIGA DC Continuum Fund Scholarship. To read her essay about why the scholarship is so important to her and to see some of her portfolio, click here.

Yelena Bryksenkova, Georges PerecSeveral Students Take Home Top Scholarships from Society of Illustrators
When the Society of Illustrators' 2010 Student Scholarship Competition winners were announced several MICA students were among the recipients: Alex Uyeno '09 (Instructor: Whitney Sherman) won $2,000 in Memory of Bernie Fuchs for an ink and Photoshop piece, Two rows of people use Skype; Yelena Bryksenkova '10 (Instructor: Deanna Staffo) won $1,500 in Memory of Helen Wohlberg Lambert and Herman Lambert for the pen and watercolor Georges Perec (pictured); Yao Li '12 (Instructor: Jonathan Fuqua) won $500 in Memory of Frances Means Art Department Scholarship in Memory of Bernie Fuchs for an acrylic on wood panel entitled China; and Willem Rosenthal '10 (Instructor: Daniel Krall) won $500 in Memory of Meg Wohlberg for a pen and digital drawing of Nostalgic and mysterious zodiac: Cancer. With these honors the students' work will be shown in the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators' 2010 Student Scholarship Competition exhibition, May 5-29. Click here for a list and images of all MICA student submissions.

Jessica Damen '01 Awarded Deborah Anderson Award
A painting by Jessica Damen '01 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Here's Looking At You Kid V, was accepted into the 53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art and awarded the Deborah Andersen Award. This annual is a national show is comprised of 24 artists from 17 states who selected from nearly 400 entries by gallery owner and director Kim Foster of Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea, New York. To see examples of Damen's work--"sumi-e" inspired paintings using traditional Chinese brushes, ink and paper but with imagery informed by western cinema, Greek mythology and early 20th century photographs--click here.

Jaclyn Santos '07 wins episode 5Jaclyn Santos '07 Wins Bravo Show's Weekly Challenge
In episode five of Bravo's latest reality competition, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which aired the week of July 7, Jaclyn Santos '07 (painting) won the challenge in which she has to represent "Art That Moves You" and trip the contestants had to take across Manhattan. By winning the challenge, in which she captured images of passers-by, she wins immunity and cannot be eliminated in the sixth episode. For more information on Santos and the competition, click here.

Three Alumni Among Newest So Hamiltonian Fellows in D.C.
Hamiltonian Artists, a two-year artist fellowship in Washington, D.C., has selected five new distinguished So Hamiltonian Fellows for 2010, including three who are MICA graduates. Ryan Hoover '06 (Mount Royal School of Art), Joyce Lee '10 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Elena Volkova '02 '07 (photography, M.F.A. in Studio Art) join other MICA alumni who are currently with Hamiltonian, including Magnolia Laurie '09 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Katherine Mann '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting). For exhibition information, click here.

Parkhurst Dining Services at MICA Awarded With Employer of the Year Award
Maryland Works Inc.
, a statewide organization that advocates for employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, awarded Parkhurst Dining Services at MICA with its Employer of the Year Award. Since the opening of the Meyerhoff House Dining Room, MICA's dining service partners have employed developmentally challenged men and women from Chimes International. The College has 15 employees that run the dish room and service the dining room and servery area. The award was presentd on June 24 at the Maryland Works Employment Awards by Cathy Raggio, secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, Alexander Sanchez, secretary of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and Bob Hofmann, president and CEO of Maryland Works.

John Parot '98, The Time Machine CoverJohn Parot '98 Wins Reality Show Challenge, Getting Artwork on Cover of Penguin Classic
MICA alumnus John Parot '98 (Mount Royal School of Art), who is competing on Bravo's latest reality TV show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, won the challenge in episode three, which asked the artists to design a book cover for a Penguin Classic book. Parot's brightly colored abstract painting for The Time Machine beat out all the others and has been published by Penguin, available here. For more information about Parot and the show, click here.

Hilton Carter, Moth

Alumnus' Film Nominated for Best Film Short at HBO, MIFF Awards
Hilton Carter '02 (general fine arts) has a film, Moth, which premiered at MICA last December, was one of five finalists at the HBO Short Film Competition in conjunction with the American Black Film Festival June 26, and was nominated for Best Film Short at the  2010 Milan International Film Festival, which took place May 11. HBO is going to purchase the film, with exclusive rights to show it and it will air on HBO in the coming year.

Graphic Design Senior Wins Prestigious AIGA Award
Senior graphic design major Huong Le '11 has won a prestigious AIGA Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship (click here for more information about the Worldstudio Foundation). She is also recipient of a Baltimore Production Club scholarship.

The Guggenheim by Abbott Miller 


Abbott Miller Honored for Guggenheim Book
Graphic design faculty member Abbott Miller has received first prize by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in the Books category of the 2010 AAM Publications Design Competition for his book The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum, which was published to commemorate the museum's 50th anniversary last year. For more information, click here.


Dr. Leslie King-Hammond Named 'Trailblazer'
The Associated Black Charities named Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, the director of MICA's Center for Race and Culture, as a "Trailblazer" honoree to be recognized at the Associated Black Charities' 25th Anniversary Gala on June 12, where Gov. Martin O'Malley will be on hand to honor the awardees.

2010 Commencement Award Winners Announced
An extensive list of awards was announced at the 161st Commencement ceremony at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on May 17. This included the faculty and staff, graduate student and undergraduate student awards. For a complete list, click here.

ICFF Editors AwardsEnvironmental Design Exhibition Wins Best Design School Category at ICFF
MICA's department of environmental design was voted the best design school at the 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, May 15-18. With competitors including Yale, Parsons and Pratt, MICA took home the top honor in the much-lauded category. The winning project is based on finding new solutions for reused materials. Metropolis magazine noted the students' "ingenious" design concepts. For the complete story, click here.

Frankie Gamber Wins Graduate Student Research Honor
Frankie Gamber
, AmeriCorps coordinator for the Community Arts Corps (CAC) at MICA and adjunct faculty member for MACA, won the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she recently received her doctorate in history. Gamber earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Afro-American Studies in 2003 at Harvard University, and during her time at SIUC wrote for highly competitive peer-reviewed journals, book-length anthologies, encyclopedia articles and reviews on African-American history, American studies, material culture and women's studies. For more information, click here.

U.S. News & World Report's New Grad School Issue Lists MICA's M.F.A. Programs as No. 4
U.S. News & World Report's new America's Best Graduate Schools edition, released online on April 15, lists MICA's Master of Fine Arts programs as No. 4 in the nation. MICA was nominated for inclusion in the survey by top art college administrators nationwide as a program noted for excellence in the area of fine arts. For more about the honor, click here.

Four Take Home Prizes in the Society of Illustrators Student Competition
Four MICA illustration majors won awards in the Society of Illustrators Student Competition: Alex Uyeno '09, who received the $2,000 in Memory of Bernie Fuchs Award; Yelena Bryksenkova '10, who received the $1,500 in Memory of Helen Wohlberg Lambert and Herman Lambert Award; Willem Rosenthal '10, who received the $500 in Memory of Meg Wohlberg Award; and Yao Li '12, who took home one of the Society's top prizes, the $500 in Memory of Frances Means Award as well as a two-year scholarship to The Art Department, formerly called The Illustration Academy, the value of which is $40,000.

Niv Bavarsky '10, poster for MICA Halloween Party (detail), 2009.Student, Faculty Member Accepted in Communication Arts Illustration Annual
MICA illustration major Niv Bavarsky '10 and faculty member Jaime Zollars have each had one of their pieces accepted in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, in the May/June issue. This professional illustration competition draws entries from across the United States and is highly competitive. Click here for more information. 

Several Members of MICA Community Win Creative Baltimore Fund Grants
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced April 15 the recipients of the Creative Baltimore Fund Grants for 2010. The program awarded grants to 20 local artists and more than 75 cultural organizations serving Baltimore City this year. Those who won within the MICA community include: Leslie Furlong '02 (MFA in Photo & Digital Imaging); Robby Rackleff '09 (Mount Royal School of Art); Laure Drogoul '81 (Rinehart School of Sculpture); and faculty members Lynn Silverman, Hugh Pocock and Jann Rosen-Querault.

Three Alumnae Receive Notification of Fulbright Fellowships
Jenny Mullins '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting) has been awarded a Fulbright to India in the field of painting to study the effects of Westernization on Indian traditional and fine art. Ellyn Stokes '10 (printmaking) has been awarded the full grant to Turkey in the field of performance art to study traditional Turkish shadow puppetry. Stokes has also won a Critical Language Enhancement Award, which will bring her to the host country early for an additional period of intensive language study. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Brooks '10 (M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media) will travel to Tanzania with her Fulbright in the field of photography to conduct research in Zanzibar about the Swahili concept of the spirit world. For more information, click here.

From the Series Lynn Silverman Awarded Fulbright to the Czech Republic
Photography faculty member Lynn Silverman has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year to teach abroad. She will be traveling to the Czech Republic where she will be working with undergraduate and graduate students next year at two art schools, the J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem and The Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
In addition to teaching, Silverman will also be busy working on various new photographic projects while she is abroad. For more information, click here.

Faculty Member Karen Yasinsky Awarded Rome Prize
Animation faculty member Karen Yasinsky, who also won a Baker Artist Award and is a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sonheim Artscape Prize this year, is a recipient of the 114th annual Rome Prize given by The American Academy in Rome. The Rome Prize is awarded annually through an open national competition that is juried by leading artists and scholars in the fellowship categories, and recipients of the prize are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of 6 months to 2 years in Rome, Italy. Yasinsky will leave on sabbatical for Rome, but will return to MICA next year.

Sanford Biggers First Visual Artist Recipient of the Annual Greenfield Prize
Sanford Biggers '97 (post-baccalaureate) received the 2010 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Fla. The award includes a $30,000 commission, arist residency and public exhibition. For more information, click here.

Leah Cooper '09MICA Community Well-Represented in Sondheim Finalists, Semifinalists
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced April 13 the seven finalists for the fifth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the mid-Atlantic region, and five of the finalists are members of the MICA community. There are 24 visual artists or collaborators with MICA connections among the 38 who on Feb. 24 were named semifinalists for the award. The winner will be announced July 10 at Artscape. For a complete story and names of all the finalists and semifinalists, click here.

Image by Kottie Gaydos, 2010 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship recipient2010 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Winner Announced
The 2010 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship winner, photography major Kottie Gaydos '10, was announced at the opening reception for 2009 winner Georgi Ivanov's exhibition. Gaydos is headed to Sichuan Province in China, just east of the Yangtze River on the Tibetan Plateau, home to the Khampas, a Tibetan ethnic group. The Meyer Fellowship is awarded annually to a senior photography student to help finance a personal photographic project in the United States or abroad after graduation. The award winner has a year to complete the project, and in the late spring has an exhibition, reception and artist talk concerning the work completed with the aid of the fellowship.

Student Wins First Place in Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Photography Competition
Photography major Tatiana Gulenkina '11 won first place for her photograph Gas Station in the first Mid-Atlantic Juried Undergraduate Photography Exhibition, run by Stevenson University. There were more than 220 submissions from 76 institutions in the competition, and Gulenkina's winning image was purchased by the SU Gallery and she was awarded a cash prize.

Jeansoo Chang '09, Circus Circus Master, watercolor, 2009.


Illustration Alumna Picked in CMYK Magazine Showcase
The April issue of CMYK features the artwork of Jeansoo Chang '09 in its Illustration Showcase 46. Change created the winning illustration, Circus: Circus Master, for her 2009 Commencement Exhibition series of animals as circus characters, under the supervision of instructor Rebecca Bradley. For more information or to see a PDF of the article, click here.


Christopher Sims '08Alumnus Receives Award for Emerging American Photographers
Christopher Sims '08 (M.F.A. in Studio Art) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. The award, recently announced by the Baum Foundation and SF Camerawork, includes a solo exhibition at SF Camerawork and a $10,000 grant. Click here for more information.

Faculty Member, Two Alumni Shortlisted for Prize Honoring the South
Willie Birch '73, Joyce Scott '70 and Leslie King-Hammond, founding director of the MICA's Center for Race and Culture and graduate dean emeritus, have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2010 Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize from The Gibbes Museum of Art. The Factor Prize, awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Still from MICA-Supported Documentary Wins an Oscar
Music by Prudence, a documentary short subject film co-produced by Patrick Wright, chair of MICA's video and film arts department, has won an Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced March 7. The film follows the lives of eight physically disabled young Zimbabweans who play in the Afro-fusion band, Liyana. It is scheduled to air on HBO in May. Click here for more information.

Faculty Member, Alumnus Win Top Prizes in 2010 Baker Artist Awards
Animation faculty member Karen Yasinsky and sculptor Richard Cleaver '78 (ceramics) are two of the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners, announced on March 3. This prize, which offers $25,000 to each winner, is part of the Baker Artist Awards, a program that recognizes Baltimore visual and performing artists of all mediums. To read the full story, click here.

MICA Receives Presidential Community Service Award
On Feb. 25, MICA was named in the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, click here.

Detail from Jose Villarrubia Nominated for Glyph Award in Connection With The Way Home
The comic-book story The Way Home by writer Joshua Dysart, artist Pat Masioni and colorist (and MICA illustration professor) Jose Villarrubia, has been nominated for Story of the Year for the 2010 Glyph Awards. The story appeared in Unknown Soldier #13-14, and was the U.S. debut of Pat Masioni, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Glyph Awards honor the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color.

Sophomore Wins Grand Prize in MYARTSPACE.com Competition
Sophomore painting major Aaron Dunn was the grand prize finalist for the MYARTSPACE Art Scholarship in the undergraduate category, winning $5,000. MYARTSPACE.com is a website designed to connect artists online. For more information, click here.


This list is ongoing and is not comprehensive. For awards dating back further than March 2010, click here. If you have an item that should be added, please send it to news@mica.edu.


Image caption: Steve Silberg's"pixel lapse photography" explores the intersection of images and digital technology.

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