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MICA Illustration Students Interpret Oz for Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Yellow Bricks & Emerald Cities Exhibition on View July 2009-January 2010

Posted 07.16.09 by MICA Media Relations

Yellow Bricks & Emerald Cities Exhibition at Geppi's Entertainment Museum.

BALTIMORE--MICA illustration seniors Crisanto Cimatu, Michael Clayton, Maggie Cerveny, Tiffany Nguyen, Elly Kim and Cody Griffith, under the art direction of illustration department chair Whitney Sherman, have created original art wall graphics and cutout figures for Yellow Bricks & Emerald Cities. The exhibition at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, on view now through January 2010, celebrates the legacy of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It showcases first editions of the first 40 Oz books authored by Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson and John R. Neill. The books are on loan to the museum from local collector Fred Trust.

Each of the students on the MICA Oz Project Team created original interpretations of characters and scenes inspired by Baum's books, the MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, and their own ideas about the story of Oz. The team attended planning meetings, translated their work to digital formats, installed the works and created additional objects and public activities in the exhibition space.

"We were very excited to have this opportunity to partner with MICA to bring something extra to this exhibition," museum curator Arnold Blumberg said. "By encouraging the students to follow their own vision for what Oz means to them, we've been able to create an environment in our Special Edition gallery that pays tribute to exactly the kind of pure imagination that L. Frank Baum shared with children of all ages in his very first Oz book. It's certainly a beautiful and unique way to celebrate Baum's legacy."

The illustrators, who will receive academic credit as an internship for their extensive work on the show, expanded their creative and professional development abilities as well as their leadership skills.

Geppi's Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards is located at 301 W. Camden St. For ticket information or additional details about the exhibition, call 410-625-7060 or visit the Web site.

To interview illustration department chair Whitney Sherman or the participating students, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Art wall graphics and cutout figures by MICA illustration students for Geppi's Entertainment Museum.

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 65 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.