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MICA Takes Part in 30th Annual Artscape in July

Local Outlets Interview President Fred Lazarus IV about bringing the festival to Mount Royal Ave.

Posted 06.16.11 by MICA communications

Giraffes By Spur Design

BALTIMORE--This July, MICA’s campus will again have the honor of being a venue to Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival and organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotions & the Arts. Now in its 30th year, Artscape will feature more arts than ever, and MICA will celebrate with exhibitions, art activities and a special edition of Art Market.

Established in 1982, Artscape was envisioned by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer as “a manifestation of Baltimore’s present commitment to the arts as well as the first flowering of what I hope will become an artistic renaissance and cultural legacy to her future citizens.” MICA President Fred Lazarus IV was central in bringing the festival to Mount Royal Ave., and Artscape is considered an essential part of MICA’s contribution to Baltimore.


WHAT: 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semifinalists Exhibition
MICA will feature an exhibition of work by the semifinalists for the 2011 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Of the 43 semi-finalists in this year’s highly competitive award of $25,000, 19 are members of the MICA community.

The five finalists, including faculty member Stephanie Barber, will have their work displayed at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Saturday, June 25–Sunday, Aug. 7. Visit Artscape's website to learn about exhibition hours during the festival (Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17).
WHEN: Semifinalists Exhibition: Thursday, July 14–Sunday, July 31; 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. Exhibition hours during Artscape weekend (Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17) will reflect festival hours, which can be found here.
WHERE: Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

WHAT: MICA Art Market: Special Edition
MICA’s Art Market, known as a December tradition, is holding a special sale during Artscape. Handmade goods and fine arts by 23 emerging and established artists will be showcased for prospective buyers in this three-day display. A portion of the proceeds will go to student scholarships.
WHEN: Friday, July 15–Sunday, July 17; noon–8 p.m.
WHERE: Brown Center: Leidy Atrium, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

WHAT: MICA Booth at Artscape, Featuring Art Activities
The MICA tent will feature multiple opportunities to participate in artmaking and witness projects being created.

  • Release your inner artist by joining Young People's Studio staff in a hands-on project to create a mural directly on the Brown Center's windows. 
    • Friday, July 15: 5-9 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 16: noon-8 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 17: noon-6 p.m.
  • Presented by the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts programs, bring your young children to create their own works of art. Graduate students will work with children to show them different methods of artmaking and how to harness their creativity. High school students from partnering community centers, schools and other locations will assist. 
    • Friday, July 15: noon- 1 p.m. (with Amazing Grace); 3-4 p.m. (with the Stadium School, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello)
    • Saturday, July 16: 3-4 p.m. (with Guardian Angel Church, Remington); 5-6 p.m. (with Waverly 901 Arts)
    • Sunday, July 17: 3-4 p.m. (with The Club at Collington Square); 6-7 p.m. (with Ednor Gardens, Lakeside)
  • Or, stop by to beat the heat by picking up a free fan featuring artwork by MICA students.












WHEN: MICA Booth: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17

WHERE: MICA Artscape tent, near Brown Center; for more Artscape visitor details, visit www.artscape.org.

WHAT: Loss and Consequences: The Drunk Driving Project
MICA’s Office of Community Engagement, The Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) and Urbanite magazine partnered with students to develop unique anti-drunk driving messages in Loss and Consequences The Drunk Driving Project. More than 400 students participated to create videos, billboards and banners to communicate the dangers of drunk driving. Highlights from student projects and media presentations will be exhibited.
WHEN: Friday, July 15–Sunday, July 17
: Urbanite’s Artscape tent; for more Artscape visitor details, visit www.artscape.org.

WHAT: Gamescape Exhibition
MICA's Pinkard Gallery houses the Gamescape Exhibition, sponsored by MAGfest and Innovate Baltimore. It showcases videogames and the creative people who make them. Gamescape will also feature workshops hosted by local game development professionals focused on game design, illustrating for video games and portfolio review.
WHEN: Friday, July 15- Sunday, July 17, for more Artscape visitor details, visit www.artscape.org.
WHERE: Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.

•WHAT: Support the Poe House and Museum
A limited quantity of special edition prints by MICA alumnus Gaia '11 will be available for sale to raise funds for the Baltimore Poe House and Museum. Famed writer Edgar Allen Poe called the 180-year old building home in the 1830s and wrote many of his stories and poems there. Today, the Poe House showcases Poe artifacts, memorabilia and historic items from the time period Poe lived in the house.

Gaia is an artist and printmaker who is the winner of SGC International's 2011 Undergraduate Fellowship Award, which honors individuals who exhibit outstanding promise in the fine art practice of printmaking. His work seeks to address problems of poverty and segregation. The artist has shown work across the country and the world, including in New York; San Francisco; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; London; and Seoul, Korea, and has been included in the anthology Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art. Gaia works and lives in Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore.
WHEN: Friday, July 15- Sunday, July 17
WHERE: Urbanite's Artscape Tent, corner of Charles Street and Lanvale Street

WHAT: Café Doris
Refresh yourself with sandwiches, salads and other light cuisine
WHEN: Friday, July 15- Sunday, July 17, noon- 5 p.m.
WHERE: Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

WHAT: Stages on Campus

  • Wells Fargo Main Stage - located in front of MICA's Mount Royal Station building, a national landmark, which houses sculpture, fiber and foundation courses.
  • Festival Stage- located in front of MICA's Bunting Center, which houses the Pinkard Gallery, MICA's library and classroom space.












Image caption: Giraffes by Spur Design (owned by Joyce Hesselberth and David Plunkert) will be available at Art Market.

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.