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MICA Offers Survey of New Work by Black Alumni, Student Artists, Oct. 18–25

'Transformers II: More Than Meets the Eye' Complements 'Transformations' Conference

Posted 09.23.09 by MICA Media Relations

Stanley Squirewell ’07, The Ease

BALTIMORE--Curator Derrick Adams, a MICA painting faculty member and curatorial director of Rush Arts Gallery & Resource Center in New York City, brings together MICA alumni and current students working in a variety of media for Transformers II: More Than Meets the Eye, Sunday,Oct.18-Sunday, Oct. 25 in the Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.). A reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m.

This survey of new work by black artists highlights MICA's presence and promise in the art world and complements the Transformations: New Directions in Black Art conference. The topic of cultural representation is a matter of great controversy with regards to ownership, obligation, and tradition, Adams says in his curatorial statement.

"Critical discussions on race, religion, sexuality and ownership mutate from the previously established standard formulas of ‘representing' to the endless options for masquerade explored by today's contemporary artists of color," he says. "Living with the many contradictions in the way we embrace and represent culture, these artists are free to interpret the past, giving us an ever changing and expanding perspective on our culture and ourselves."

Participating Artists
Arvay Adams '95
Giselle Bailey '08
Miles Bumbray '09
Andrea Chung '08
Brandon Cox
William Downs '01, '03
Rashawn Griffin '02
Claes Gabriel '99
Kenyatta Hinkle '09
Tonya Ingersol '02
Michelle Jean '07
Jules Joseph '07
Lauren Kelley '97
Annette Lawrence '90
Malcolm Lomax '09
Crystal Marshall '08
Wayde McIntosh '08
Alexis Peskine '04, '05
Andy Robert '08
Marc Andre Robinson '02
Jamilah Adbul-Sabur '09
Jacolby Satterwhite '08
Whitney Simpkins '08
Leslie Smith '07
Stanley Squirewell '07
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum '07
Cosmo Whyte '07
Didier Williams '07
Tedra Wilson '06

For more information on the Transformations: New Directions in Black Art conference, click here.

Image caption: Stanley Squirewell '07, The Ease, enhanced pigment print, 2008.

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.