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MICA Presents an Exhibition Celebrating the Beauty of Rochefort-en-Terre, May 29–June 20

Twenty-Two Artists Highlight the ‘Magic’ of Brittany, France; Plus Selection of Paintings by Trafford Klots

Posted 05.04.10 by mica communications

Jean Brinton-Jaecks ’72, The Red Door

BALTIMORE--MICA presents an exhibition highlighting the work of 22 participants in MICA's celebrated artist-in-residency program, as well as a small selection of paintings by Trafford Klots. MICA@Rochefort-en-Terre: MICA Artists, Rochefort Alumni is on view Saturday, May 29-Sunday, June 20, with a reception on Tuesday, June 8, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Fox Building's Meyerhoff and Decker galleries (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

Rochefort-en-Terre (rock in the earth) is frequently described as a place where "special things happen." As the setting for MICA's noted artist-in-residence program, Rochefort-en-Terre offers a take on light, color, landscape and air like few other places on earth. Located in Brittany, France, the medieval village has been designated a Petite Cité de Caractère (village of character) and is home to many creative craft and fine artists.

Drawing from an alternate sense of history and time, MICA Rochefort-en-Terre artists translate deeply etched memories into a broad range of expression. Although traditionally associated with plein air painting (literally translated as in the open air), MICA@Rochefort-en-Terre: MICA Artists, Rochefort Alumni showcases an array of media that includes not only plein air, but also the wider painting genre, photography, mixed media, illustration and installation. With the opportunity to devote time and attention to the moment, each artist interprets the nuance of place and existence; reflecting on the force of inspiration-transporting the viewer into the Brittany landscape of color, light, air and beyond.

Former Rochefort-en-Terre artists-in-residence participating in the exhibition include:

Pat Alexander '81, Phyllis Berger '93 '98, Jean Brinton-Jaecks '72, Henry Coe '72, Lew Fifield (faculty), Carol Frost '86, Stephanie Garmey '83 '95, Sarah Hammond '02 (staff), Henry Jones '63 '69, Katherine Kavanaugh (faculty), Martin Kotler '75, Raoul Middleman (faculty), Paul Moscatt (faculty), Neil Meyerhoff (trustee), Sayra Meyerhoff, Quentin Moseley '72 (faculty), Christine Neill '71 (faculty), Phyllis Plattner (faculty), Whitney Sherman '71 (faculty), Robert Seyffert '75 (faculty and residency program director, 1998-2006), Alzaruba '90 (faculty) and Susan Waters-Eller '72 '78 '98 (faculty).

In 1989, Isabel Klots founded the MICA Artist Residency Program at Rochefort-en-Terre in memory of her father-in-law, Alfred Partridge Klots, and husband, Trafford Klots, both artists, and their hospitality to other artists. In 1995, MICA began to administer the residency program to provide time for uninterrupted work in an inspiring and historic setting made unique by Brittany's extraordinary light, distinctive landscape and rich cultural traditions.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Photo caption: Jean Brinton-Jaecks '72, The Red Door, oil on panel.

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.