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MICA's Graduating Artists Exhibit Work in Annual December Commencement Exhibition, Dec. 4-20

Reception takes place Friday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.; Commencement ceremony at 4 p.m.

Posted 11.18.09 by MICA Media Relations

by Frank Sobczynski ’09

BALTIMORE--MICA presents the December Commencement Exhibition, which highlights work by more than 20 emerging professional artists in MICA's undergraduate programs completing their degrees in December 2009. The exhibition, Friday, Dec. 4-Sunday, Dec. 20, takes place in Fox 2 and 3 galleries, Fox Building (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.); Main Gallery, Main Building (1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.); Brown 3 and 4 galleries, Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.); and Middendorf Gallery, Mount Royal Station (1400 Cathedral St.). The reception will be Friday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

The exhibiting artists' programs of study include: art history, theory and criticism; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; photography; and video and film arts.

The December Commencement takes place Friday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in Brown Center's Falvey Hall.

This year's commencement speaker is Colin Campbell '04, host of the PBS series, TIME TEAM AMERICA. The show, which premiered this summer, features a group of archaeologists and scientists, who have 72 hours to investigate a site and report back on their findings.

In 2005, Campbell, alongside his father Alan Campbell (also an artist), traveled to Antarctica for 10 weeks on a grant from the National Science Foundation's prestigious Artists and Writers Program to produce paintings of the regional landscape and wildlife. Since that trip, his Antarctic paintings have been exhibited across the U.S., and Campbell has traveled internationally to lecture on the experience as well as the role of art in the sciences. Campbell is an environmental artist at Big Huge Games in Timonium, Md.

MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays. For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Frank Sobczynski '09, Untitled, collage, 2009.

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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