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MICA Exhibits Faculty Member Philip Koch's 'Inspired Landscape' Work

Unbroken Thread: Nature Paintings and the American Imagination. The Art of Philip Koch on View Jan. 30-March 15 in Pinkard Gallery

Posted 12.17.08 by MICA Media Relations

The inspired landscape painting of Philip Koch has two distinct sources of originality. 

Otter Cove painting by Philip Koch

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Unbroken Thread: Nature Paintings and the American Imagination. The Art of Philip Koch Friday, Jan. 30-Sunday, March 15 in Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center, 1401 Mount Royal Ave. A reception takes place Thursday, Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Organized by the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), this traveling exhibition features 35 of MICA faculty member Philip Koch's oil paintings, vine charcoal drawings, and color pastels. Koch, whose paintings are in the permanent collections of 12 American art museums, teaches in the drawing and foundation departments at the College.

A former abstract painter, the artist was inspired in his early 20s to turn to realism after viewing the work of Edward Hopper. Koch grasped the power of a well-painted realist image to entice and involve the eyes of all kinds of viewers. He discussed the Hudson River School painters and other influences in a Feb. 4 interview on WYPR-88.1 FM.

Since 1983, Koch has enjoyed 12 residencies in Hopper's former studio on Cape Cod, Mass. Koch was labeled a "contemporary master" by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

"The inspired landscape painting of Philip Koch has two distinct sources of originality," said Robert Donovan, assistant director of the art program at UMUC. "The first is the artist's subjective imagination and how he responds to the geography of place. The second, and perhaps equally important, is his fidelity to the American landscape artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries."

Exhibition curator and art historian Eva J. Allen has written a 92-page scholarly catalogue on Koch's work from the last decade that focuses on the art legacy of the New England coast.

Unbroken Thread is on a national tour through 2011 that includes stops at MICA, Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass.; Clymer Museum of Art in Ellensburg, Wash.; Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Ind., and Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, Mich.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

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.