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MICA Graduate Artist Receives Prestigious Joan Mitchell MFA Grant

Foundation Awards Painter James Williams II '09 $15,000 to Further Artistic Career

Posted 05.21.09 by MICA Media Relations

Painting by James Williams II.

BALTIMORE--MICA graduate artist James Williams II '09 is one of 15 recipients nationwide to receive a prestigious $15,000 MFA grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation this year. The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters and sculptors further their artistic careers and aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.

The grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the country. Nominated artists' images were reviewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel, which convened in April.

Prior to coming to MICA, Williams earned an associate's degree (2000) in graphic arts from Onondaga Community College and a bachelor's degree (2004) in studio art from the State University of New York at Cortland. He graduated on May 18 with an MFA from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art.

Williams' work discusses the importance of relationships to culture and society. "Without relationships we have no identity, self-worth, or defining of involvement to the world we live in," Williams says.

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.

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