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MICA Welcomes New Board Members

Joining the Board Are makeup mastermind Reggie Wells '71 and Rick Gonzalez, Jr., president of REG Architects, Inc.

Posted 11.04.11 by MICA communications

BALTIMORE - On Oct. 28, 2011, at the Annual Members Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the governing body that directs the policies of the College elected Reggie Wells '71 to the board for a three-year term and named Rick Gonzalez, Jr. Parent Trustee for a term of one year.

Reggie Wells '71
Makeup mastermind Reggie Wells '71 is the international creative director for the Hissyfit cosmetics line. He has served a clientele of A-list celebrities, such as Oprah, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Brooke Shields, Mary J. Blige and Lil' Kim. Wells has created the look associated with some of the world's most recognizable faces, from Halle Berry to First Lady Michelle Obama. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on The Oprah Winfrey Show five times, taking home the award for Outstanding Achievement In Makeup in 1995.

Wells' rich career has included perfecting the faces of stars and prominent figures on more than 110 covers of Essence, including cover model Vanessa Williams the week after she became the first African-American Miss America. Wells has also done makeup for more than 120 covers of O: The Oprah Magazine, plus dozens of other publications including Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Time, Mademoiselle, Brides and Life. Although he is based in Chicago, Wells' travels have included a world tour with Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Lauryn Hill.

Wells thanks MICA for providing a creative foundation for his work: "What I learned from MICA was, no matter who you are, art is art," Wells recalls. "MICA gave us an opportunity to express." Besides joining the College's board, his appreciation has been expressed through several visits last year, including speaking at December Commencement and supporting the Annual Benefit Fashion Show with his makeup expertise.

Rick Gonzalez, Jr.
Rick Gonzalez, Jr., president of REG Architects, Inc., and father of MICA sophomore Isabella Gonzalez (interdisciplinary sculpture) '14, opened his practice in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. with his father Ricardo in 1988. REG Architects specializes in architecture, interior design and urban planning throughout South Florida, the Bahamas and Costa Rica. The company's numerous architectural accolades include a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

In 2008, Gonzalez was appointed by then-Gov. Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist to the Florida Historical Commission for a 3-year term, acting as vice chair of the national register review board in 2011. Gonzalez also served on the State of Florida's Board of Architecture and Interior Design after being appointed by former Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, and served as chairman for two years.

In addition to MICA's board, Gonzalez serves on many committees and boards for historic and architectural organizations, including: University of Florida Historic Saint Augustine, Inc.; Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, D.C.; University of Florida, School of Architecture, Historical Preservation Department; and City of West Palm Beach culture. He is also the secretary of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in Tallahassee.

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.