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MICA's Sculptural Forms Class Creates Installations for Newly Renovated Miller's Court

The building offers homes for teachers and offices for educational nonprofits

Posted 09.21.09 by MICA Media Relations


BALTIMORE--Foundation faculty Dominic Terlizzi's freshman Sculptural Forms class, with graduate teaching intern David Ubius '09, created site-specific sculptures for the opening of Miller's Court, 2601 N. Howard St.  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, Enterprise Community Investment, Seawall Development Co., SunTrust Bank, U.S. Bank and community partners celebrated the grand opening of Miller's Court on Sept. 14.

In fall 2008, the class worked with Donald Manekin of Seawall Development Co. and architect Tom Liebel of Marks, Thomas Architects to consider ideas for Miller's Court. Small groups brainstormed material and site specific concerns as well as concepts poignant to the building's history and future. Local site materials provided historical and functional content ready for interpretation, research and reinvention. Of these projects, three have been installed on site. A pair of sheet metal riveted dragons are in the main entrance, a tree made from elevator cables stands in the rear entry and a serpent with sheet metal scales covering mechanical part artifacts lies in the courtyard.

Originally built at the turn of the 20th century as the H.F. Miller & Sons tin box and can manufacturing plant, Miller's Court recently underwent a $21.9 million renovation. Now it is a green, mixed-use apartment building with 40 affordable homes targeted for teachers and office space with reduced rent for Teach for America and other educational nonprofits serving Baltimore City Public Schools.

Image caption: Visitors enter Miller's Court main entrance, featuring wall installation Dragons. Isaac Wong, Ryan Von Dohlen, Chris Kapsaroff, William Jenison, David Ubias (intern), Dragons, riveted sheet metal from fire doors, 2008.

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.