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MICA's Juried Undergraduate Exhibition Takes Place Oct. 29-Nov. 15

The show highlights the best of the best of undergraduate students’ artwork

Posted 10.06.09 by MICA Media Relations

Sophia Pousson, "Large Flying Beast #20"

BALTIMORE--After an intensive jurying day and fast-paced installation, MICA's Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, which highlights the best of the best of undergraduate students' artwork, opens Thursday, Oct. 29 in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, Fox Building (1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The reception on Thursday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m., which is open to the public, will include a presentation of merit awards chosen by the jurors. The exhibition remains on view through Sunday, Nov. 15.

Each year students send in approximately 200-300 submissions, due the day before the jurors' selection. This year's jurors are artist Paul Daniel '75 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) and curator Rena Hoisington, who can offer varying perspectives on art and exhibitions. They will choose work from a variety of disciplines based on artistic merit, creativity and vision, ending with the posted results for the exhibition.

From year to year, the prestigious exhibition, now a tradition at the College, can vary in the number of selections and the tone, though the level of energy and enthusiasm in the work remains constant.

"This show is MICA," said Gerald Ross, director of exhibitions. "All students and majors are represented, from foundation to video and installation."

Alex Roulette (painting, '09) participated in the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition all four years he attended MICA and received a merit award in 2008 and 2009 for his paintings. "I would plan ahead for the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition so I could make something I was proud of, and when it got included I felt honored," Roulette said. "The selection process is especially exciting, waiting for the list to be posted to see if you were picked. It's a lot of fun."

Krysten Watson (general fine arts, '11) was an award winner from last year's exhibition. "The most exciting part was seeing so many other students' work in a gallery setting," Watson said. "One of my favorite aspects about MICA is how much student work is always displayed at the school and how often it changes."

The jurors:
Paul Daniel is known for his kinetic outdoor sculptures, which address facets of nature--wind, light and movement. Many previous works have been exhibited on streetscape medians, sculpture gardens, plazas and private gardens.

Rena Hoisington is the associate curator and department head in the department of prints, drawings & photographs at Baltimore Museum of Art, where she recently organized Looking Through the Lens: Photographs 1900-1960 and is overseeing the biennial Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions.

Image caption: Sophia Pousson, Large Flying Beast #20, tempera paint and sumi ink on canvas, 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.