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MICA Students Head to Art Basel Miami Beach in Converted Camper Contemporary, Dec. 3-6

15 artists from Rinehart School of Sculpture, Hoffberger School of Painting set up roving exhibition

Posted 12.01.09 by MICA Media Relations

Camper Contemporary


MIAMI--Several MICA students are traveling from Baltimore to Miami this week, joining the thousands of artists worldwide converging on Art Basel from Thursday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 6. The group of students, led by Calder Brannock '10, has retrofitted a vintage 1967 Yellowstone camper into a fully functional roving art gallery. Camper Contemporary, as it is called, is showing the work of 15 artists in an exhibition appropriately titled Here or There.

The artists are all from MICA, except for one who is currently working in Antarctica, and mainly from Rinehart School of Sculpture and Hoffberger School of Painting.

MICA students showcasing their work aboard Camper Contemporary are: Brannock, Brian Spies '10, Seth Crawford '09, Ginny Huo '11, Virginia Wagner '11, Darrell Appelzoller '11, Joe Letourneau '09, Jennifer Coster '11, Adam Junior '11, Benjamin Kelley '10, Christina Martinelli '10, Wendy Tai '11, Timothy Thompson '11 and E. M. Brooks '10. The trip is partially funded by MICA's Office of Research.

According to the Camper Contemporary Web site, the trailer "poses a solution for many problems a gallery faces in the modern art market. ... The mobile gallery model allows the gallerist to maintain a physical space where work can be displayed with all the benefits and gravitas of a traditional gallery while easily reaching collectors at art fairs and other large art markets."

The students applied to various shows in Miami, but are ultimately just going to open up the camper-turned-studio on streets throughout the city, visiting different venues throughout the four-day, city-wide festival. They plan to post their location on their Web site, and they will be easy to spot as they will be donning distinctive bright blue jumpsuits.

To check in on the journey throughout the week, visit the Camper Contemporary Web site, where the group plans to post pictures and updates each evening as well as "a travel log of our adventures and the people we meet," according to Brannock.


Tuesday, 12:15 a.m.: "We are half way to Miami and so far so good," Brannock reports.

Wednesday evening: "Camper Contemporary has arrived safely in Miami. Tommorrow we will be staking out a location in the Wynwood design district," according to a Web site update. More here with new photos.

Thursday, 8:28 p.m.: "After a long trip down yesterday that involved stopping and rewiring lights mid trip, we had an awesome day today. I interviewed with NPR, a food blog from NY covered the camper and specifically Mike Thompson's cupcake sculptures, and we are to appear on several local blogs and the DC art blog. We also gained many fans and generated a lot of buzz. I'll be uploading images of the interior and camper in operation," Brannock reports from Miami. New Web site update and some group and interior gallery photos here.

Friday evening: "We had another fantastic day here in Miami. We had all sorts of wonderful people stop by and visit us. ... At Basel itself, our artists were hastled by security for their blue travelsuits...even that couldn't put a damper on a wonderful day!" according to a Web site update. More here with 19 new photos.

Saturday evening: "We met all kinds of exciting people and were invited to show all over the US. The day ended with a van of burlesque dancers and a fire twirler doing a photoshoot [check out photos here] in front of the camper," according to a Web site update.


Friday, Dec. 18: Camper Contemporary will be having its Baltimore opening from 7-9 p.m. in the Station Building parking lot. Feel free to bring everyone you know.


Photo caption: MICA students travel to Art Basel Miami Beach in roving art studio.

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.