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MICA's Jan.-March 2013 Exhibition Schedule

The College's galleries and other sites around Baltimore will be filled with art by students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists

Posted 01.01.13 by mica communications

Jeffrey Kent ’10, "A Beautiful Sunset that was Mistaken for a Dawn," acrylic, collage, slave-picked cotton, gold leaf on canvas, 2012.

BALTIMORE—From January through March, MICA will host a wide range of programming, including exhibitions showcasing the talented students enrolled in the College's internationally renowned graduate programs, honoring the legendary fiber artist Lenore Tawney H'92, drawing parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the current fight for marriage equality, and examining the social themes that define contemporary Turkey.

Sorrento Again
Through Sunday, Jan. 13
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
General Fine Arts faculty member Ellen Burchenal has spent the past 17 summers on the Sorrentine peninsula in the Bay of Naples as part of MICA's summer abroad program in Italy. Through selected mixed media drawings and digital prints, she explores the various influences of baroque decoration and contemporary Southern Italian culture on her work. 

Image caption: Studio detail of three inkjet prints by Ellen Burchenal.

Master Guild: Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence
Through Friday, May 31
MICA Wellness Center, 1501 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The MICA Alumni Association is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the members of MICA's Master Guild, a designated group of alumni who are celebrating- or have celebrated-the 50th anniversary of receiving their degrees. A group of alumni with graduation years ranging from 1941 through 1963 are participating. Individually and collectively, this distinguished group of alumni reflects the solid foundation on which MICA was built. Artwork can be seen by the public in the entryway and lobby of the MICA Wellness Center and will also be displayed in some patient and conference rooms.

Image Caption: Beatrice Temko '41 (general fine arts)

Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For
Friday, Dec. 7-Sunday, March 17
Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Brown Center: Leidy Atrium,
1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m.
The Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For exhibition and accompanying programs will honor Lenore Tawney H'92 (1907-2007), a leading figure in the contemporary fiber arts movement. Presented in conjunction with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, the exhibition will feature her drawings, weavings, sculptures and installations, as well as provide the first public viewing of studio materials and personal belongings inspiring her work. University of the Arts in Philadelphia will host a complementary exhibition this winter under the same title.

Image Caption: Lenore Tawney H' 92, with The Crossing, 1998. (Photo by George Erml; photo courtesy Lenore G. Tawney Foundation)

Sandra Brownlee: Keeping On
Friday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Feb. 10
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Gallery Talk: Friday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Similar to Lenore Tawney H'92, Nova Scotia-based artist Sandra Brownlee experiments with the intersections between weaving, drawing andjournaling. On the loom, she builds fine white linen fields marked by abstract figures and woven notations. Brownlee uses notebooks as repositories for quotations, drawings, collages and stitching, as well as collections of buttons, colored fabrics, paper ephemera and even dirt. Brownlee's Keeping On features recent weavings, a selection of her notebooks, a studio wall of her inspirational materials and an interview video.

Image Caption: Sandra Brownlee, Weavings Remembered #1 (detail), mercerized sewing thread, 2011. (Photo by Jack Ramsdale)

First Year Juried M.F.A. Exhibitions
Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 8-Sunday, Feb. 17
Fox Building: Fox 3 Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Receptions: Friday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.
The work in this annual exhibition is a selection of the best submissions from the College's M.F.A. students in their first year. Working in many mediums, all students from the graduate programs are eligible to submit work. The juror for both shows this year will be Adelina Vlas, the assistant curator for modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Tony Shore '93: Harry
Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, March 17
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.
General fine arts faculty member Tony Shore '93 (painting) has created a wide range of paintings over his lifetime, but one subject has continually reappeared in his work: his father. In this exhibition, Shore will showcase paintings of his father created over a 25-year period, chronicling his growth as an artist while documenting the aging process. Intimate and unabashed, the paintings reveal an inside glimpse of his father's dignity, humor and humanity. This will be Shore's first solo exhibition since his father's death in 2010.

Image Caption: Tony Shore '93 (painting), Dialysis, acrylic on velvet, 2007.

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent
Thursday, Feb. 7-Sunday, March 31
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park: Bearman Gallery, 1417 Thames St.
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m.
Tickets: No entry fee for MICA students with ID; a donation is otherwise requested.
In this solo show curated by the Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) at MICA, Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent '10 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) uses racially charged imagery to criticize what he sees as some of the opinions maintained within the black Christian community on marriage equality for same-sex couples. Using painting, collage, sculpture and mixed-media installation, Kent draws parallels between the Civil Rights Movement and the recent fight for marriage equality in the United States. The exhibition at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park is open Tuesday-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday-Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent is made possible partially through generous support from the Friends of the Exhibition Development Seminar. Visit the exhibition website at preachjeffreykent.com.

Image Caption: Jeffrey Kent '10, A Beautiful Sunset that was Mistaken for a Dawn, acrylic, collage, slave-picked cotton, gold leaf on canvas, 2012.

Rowland Ricketts: Keeping On
Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, March 17
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Gallery Talk: Friday, Feb. 15, 4 pm
Reception: Friday, Feb. 15, 5-7 pm
Indiana-based artist Rowland Ricketts seeks the essential in his work, using simple clear forms to reveal quiet distinctions about his process. Ricketts' work comprises weaving, surface design, site installation and sound, utilizing natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles. Ricketts' creative practice as an artist traversing art, design and social practice, while engaging new technologies, aligns him with the newest generation of fiber artists.

Image Caption: Rowland Ricketts, Past Present (installation detail), indigo dyed karakul wool installation at Wright State University, 2010, photo: Rowland Ricketts.

M.F.A. in Community Arts First-Year Exhibition
Friday, Feb. 22-Sunday, March 3
Graduate Studio Center: 131 W. North Ave.
Reception: Friday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.
This show embodies first-year M.F.A. in Community Arts students' artistic responses to their community experiences related to their AmeriCorps residencies. The work previews their culminating exhibition that will take place throughout the community at multiple partner sites starting early May.

Materializations: Uncanny Images

Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 17
Brown Center: Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, March 8, 5-7 p.m.
Materializations: Uncanny Images will display a series of haunting images of mysterious origin. The main feature is a gigantic opaque muslin cloth, which when lit from behind reveals what appear to be spiritual images. Artist and photographer Athalyn Rose considers this so-called "miracle cloth" unquestionable proof of the impending advent of the Apocalypse. Also on display will be a number of "thoughtographs," Polaroid images by a Chicago bellhop named Theodore "Ted" Judd Serios that he claimed were made using psychic powers. Additional mysterious images from historical collections will also be on display. Mark Alice Durant, a photography professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County, will lead a gallery talk during the reception.

Image Caption: The Miracle Cloth of Athalyn Rose.

M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice Individual Thesis Exhibitions
Beginning Saturday, March 2
Various locations and admission prices
From March through June, students in the inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program will present individual thesis exhibitions at select venues throughout Baltimore. Held at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore Clayworks, Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore American Indian Center Museum and other locations, these exhibitions will explore topics ranging from the history of African-American music to humans evolving relationship with technology and nature. The artwork presented will both pull from historical collections as well as showcase the latest by contemporary local and international artists.

Visitor hours and admission prices for individual sites vary. Individual exhibitions have been announced. Details will become available at mica.edu.

Image Caption: Jacob Lawrence, Antiquities, gouache on paper, 1964. This painting will be on display as part of Reloading the Canon: African Traditions in Contemporary Art, an exhibition at James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University curated by Allison Gulick.

7 Turkish Artists
Thursday, March 28-Sunday, April 14
Mount Royal Station: Middendorf Gallery, 1400 Cathedral St.
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 5-7 p.m.
Based on the artists' book The State of Ata, this exhibition examines the social themes that define contemporary Turkey and that specifically examine the imagery of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the country's revolutionary leader after World War I. According to the artists, his image has become a symbol in opposition to the rise of the Islamist political movement. The exhibition provides a critical visual exploration on the meaning and use of Ataturk's imagery in Turkish society today.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a special photographic project by MICA students who traveled to Turkey during the summer of 2012. Students will present their responses to discovering the many visual forms Ataturk's image takes in public spaces. The project will be on display in Brown Center's Rosenberg Gallery (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.) for the duration of the 7 Turkish Artists exhibition.

Image Caption: Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, Postcards on a Rack, found postcards.

Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design Spring Show
Friday, March 29-Sunday, April 14
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition features the work of students in the one-year Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design program. Following a personal process of generative thinking and making, students exhibit artifacts, experiences and ideas based on a theme. These 17 students bring a wide range of experience to creating and defining design.

M.F.A. Thesis I & II
Friday, March 29-Sunday, May 5
Fox Building: Decker, Meyerhoff and Fox 3 galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.; Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery, 131 W. North Ave.; D Center, 16 W. North Ave.; One West North Ave.; Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St.

M.F.A. Thesis I
Friday, March 29-Sunday, April 14
Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-7 p.m.
Graduating students from the M.F.A. in Community Arts, M.F.A. in Graphic Design and M.F.A. in Illustration Practice will exhibit work.

M.F.A. Thesis II
Friday, April 19-Sunday, May 5
Reception: Friday, April 19, 5-7 p.m.
Graduating students from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, Mount Royal School of Art, M.F.A. in Photographic and Electronic Media and Rinehart School of Sculpture will exhibit work.

Image Caption: Benjamin Andrew '13 (Mount Royal School of Art), Crickets in the Dark, performance and fabricated objects, 2012.

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.


MICA's exhibitions are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activites.


Top image caption: Jeffrey Kent '10, A Beautiful Sunset that was Mistaken for a Dawn, acrylic, collage, slave-picked cotton, gold leaf on canvas, 2012.

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.