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MICA Mounts M.F.A. in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition, June 29–July 10

A closing reception will take place Friday, July 9, 6-8 p.m.

Posted 06.03.10 by mica communications

Kristen Kovak, Still Life with Bauble (detail), oil on panel, 2009

BALTIMORE--The summer thesis exhibition for the M.F.A. in Studio Art program will feature the work of eight graduating artists from this unique low-residency program, on view Tuesday, June 29-Saturday, July 10 in the Fox Building's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.) and the Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). A closing reception will take place Friday, July 9, 6-8 p.m.

Designed to expand understanding of contemporary art through research-based studio practice, this interdisciplinary program consists of four intensive six-week summer residencies combined with independent work during the academic year. Many of the exhibiting artists are interested in engaging with the everyday, ordinary life; it is a theme found throughout much of the diverse work in this exhibition.

Elizabeth Renee Hamilton begins with everyday objects and uses simple hand tools to create works that embody both the aspects of the material's properties and the action of the body. Phil Hessler's site-specific photographic projects are influenced by his interest in Pennsylvania's architecture and his grandfather's tenure in the region's steel mills. Matthew Keeney uses the Internet to explore the artist's contemporary role within today's newly emerging user-generated culture. Kristen Kest's work is informed by a feminist methodology where she seeks to reveal the truth within a tale.

In her work, Kristen Kovak looks at how paint articulates the abstract nature of our perceptions and seeks to celebrate the remarkable within the ordinary. In his site-determined installations and actions, Dwight Lissenden investigates the zone of contingency that is the part of the dialectic process of change. Kate O'Donovan-Cook uses digital photography to create images about the construction of appearance and the artifice of identity. Eileen Wold explores our ecological relationship with power production through sculptural installations, photography, drawing and video.

Photo caption: Kristen Kovak, Still Life with Bauble (detail), oil on panel, 2009.

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.