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MICA Presents MA in Art Education Thesis Exhibition July 29-31

Graduate-Level Students Reveal Their Integrated Development as Artists, Teachers, and Researchers

Posted 05.27.09 by MICA Media Relations

Kali Simone Haney, Past, Present, Future, acrylic and chalk on paper.

BALTIMORE--MICA presents the results of eight art educators' year-long visual investigations in the MA in Art Education Thesis Exhibition Wednesday, July 29-Friday, July 31. The art in this exhibition parallels the academic research process the MA student/art educator explores during the low-residency program. Artwork will be on view in Pinkard Gallery of Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, July 31, 5-7 p.m.

The MA in Art Education is designed for experienced art educators who are ready to pursue their development as artists, teachers, reflective practitioners, and leaders in the field of art education. Each art educator identifies a research question of deep personal interest related to student learning in art or teaching practice. These questions are researched in the art educator's art classroom during the academic year. The MA students' artwork, completed research theses, as well as research articles written for submission to peer-juried journals are on display at the thesis exhibition.

Family is one of the many concepts addressed. MA student Amber Ward documents her cultural sources by sewing, drawing, painting, and printing images of utilitarian glass bottles and containers onto vintage kerchiefs and other flea market finds. This collection nurtures and houses her values and beliefs learned, aurally and visually, from matriarchal family members and popular culture.

Kali Haney's body of work is mostly about family, fertility, and motherhood. Her research is centered around student production of personally meaningful artwork in relation to a professional artist's work and its "big ideas."

Artists include: Courtney Bryant, Ronald Chacon, Kali Haney, Jennifer Kloth, Sheena McGeehan, Katherine Neale, Jodie Pellish, and Amber Ward.

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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