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MICA Presents Two-Part Exhibition Celebrating Station North's 10th Anniversary, September-November

"Invited" Highlights the College’s Long-Term Commitment to Support Station North as a Developing Cultural Hub

Posted 07.20.12 by MICA communications

Nobutaka Aozaki, Smiley Bag Project, participatory project/drawing performance.

BALTIMORE - MICA's inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class celebrates the 10th anniversary of Station North Arts & Entertainment District by presenting Invited, a two-part exhibition. The series will feature major site-specific artworks in 10 area businesses as well as a party-themed gallery show in MICA's newly renovated Graduate Studio Center.

The work by MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program highlights the College's active role in community revitalization, ensuring all businesses and residents in nearby Station North-one of the nation's first state-endorsed Arts & Entertainment Districts-embrace and are engaged with the unique artistic nature of the district.

Invited: The Anniversary List
Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Nov. 11, Select Station North Locations
Opening: In Conjunction With Station North's Final Friday Event, Friday, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m., Rooftop At The Charles Street Parking Garage (Across From Charles Theater), 1714 N. Charles St.
For Invited: The Anniversary List, 10 international and local artists have come together to partner with 10 Station North business owners to celebrate the anniversary of her or his selected business. Invited: The Anniversary List is inspired by the wedding anniversary gift list, a collection of materials symbolizing the length of time shared in a relationship. Each participating artist will use the material associated with the number of years her or his partnering business has been open as of September 2012. The resulting installations-many of which are new commissions and some of which will become permanent-will show art audiences, customers and residents the positive effects the arts can have on the community and the economy.

"Invited: The Anniversary List will highlight businesses by forming a network within the context of Station North's 10th anniversary, matching artists with business owners to activate their retail spaces," said Matthew Spalding, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice candidate and co-curator. "This synergy will celebrate the anniversary of each business, promote the inclusion of all businesses within the mission of the arts district and create new relationships within the arts community."

This synergy can be seen with Amanda Moyer's installation for Korean grocery store Sun Grocery, in which the artist will take inspiration from Korean culture-including the traditional 12th anniversary gift of silk-bringing beauty and harmony to the chaos of dozens of competing packaging designs lining the shelves of the store. Faculty member Amy Boone-McCreesh will install a garland window display in Pearson's Florist to celebrate its past with silver and crystal, present (30th anniversary) with pearls and lilies, and future with diamonds. Emily C-D '05 (illustration) plans to cut intricate designs into paper cones, used for selling nuts, in honor of Nutty Sensations' first anniversary.

The site-specific installations include work by: Jaime Bennati '08 '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture, M.A. in Teaching) for C & N Deli Grocery's first anniversary (paper); faculty member Lauren Boilini '08 (Mount Royal School of Art) for Heavenly Blessings' 37th anniversary (mixed gems); faculty member Amy Boone-McCreesh for Pearson's Florist's 30th anniversary (diamond/pearl); Emily C-D '05 (illustration) for Nutty Sensations' first anniversary (paper); Nick Clulow '01 (painting) for Chaudron Glass & Mirror Co., Inc.'s 112th anniversary (oak); Shana Goetsch '11 '12 (M.A. and M.F.A. in Community Arts) for Honey Carry-Out's sixth anniversary (iron); Carolina Mayorga for Nak Won Korean Restaurant's fourth anniversary (linen/silk); Amanda Moyer for Sun Grocery's 12th anniversary (silk); Cathleen Sachse '09 '12 (painting; Mount Royal School of Art) for Soul II Soul Barbershop & Hair Studio's seventh anniversary (wool); and Nancy O'D. Wilson '81 (Hoffberger School of Painting) for Caribbean Paradise's 13th anniversary (lace).

Invited: Celebration Station
Sunday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Nov. 11, MICA's Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs And Leidy Galleries, 131 W. North Ave.
Reception And Graduate Studio Center Open House: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m.
Invited: Celebration Station, the culmination of the two-part series, will kick off the re-opening of MICA's newly renovated Graduate Studio Center. The exhibition will fill two gallery floors with celebratory-themed artworks-many commissioned for the exhibition-as well as documentation of the 10 Station North business installations. Nine international and local artists will take part in the first-ever show in MICA's new galleries, featuring party icons-shiny Mylar balloons, colorful streamers and interactive games-to celebrate both the 10 selected sites and the Station North community at large.

"Invited: Celebration Station is meant to commemorate Station North's history while trying to inclusively involve the district's diverse community of businesses, arts, nonprofit organizations and residents," said Allison Gulick, M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice candidate and co-curator.

Video game maker and critic Pippin Barr contributes to Invited: Celebration Station with Celebrate FTW (For The Win), a game in which two players go head-to-head attempting to digitally out-celebrate each other by feverishly pressing buttons on a keyboard. In Smiley Bag Portrait, Nobutaka Aozaki draws pedestrians' portraits with a Sharpie marker on the smiling faces of plastic take-out bags, which participants can keep as free takeaways.

Participating artists include: Nobutaka Aozaki; Pippin Barr; Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mount Royal School of Art); DEUXO Studio run by J.T. Holly '11 (graphic design) and Huong Le '11 (graphic design); Paul Gagner; Skye Gilkerson; Adehla Lee; Chris Manzione '07 (Post-Baccalaureate); and Kwantaeck Park.

Invited is presented by the 10 inaugural students in MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program, under the guidance of faculty members Jeffry Cudlin and Gerald Ross, who also serves as the College's director of exhibitions. Designed to forge connections among art, artists and the community, the graduate program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation-thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. The graduate program is the first M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice in the United States and benefits from being shaped by the work of George Ciscle, MICA's curator-in-residence and creator of the College's groundbreaking Exhibition Development Seminar.

MICA's Graduate Studio Center, a century-old former JoS. A. Bank factory, has served as a home for the College's graduate students and an anchor to Station North for more than a decade. The Studio Center, which will have completed a $20 million renovation by this fall, is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Central Baltimore Partnership to revitalize the area.

A catalog designed by MICA alumni-led DEUXO Studio is scheduled to be available during Invited: Celebration Station.

Invited is free and open to the public. The Graduate Studio Center gallery hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. The Graduate Studio Center galleries are closed on major holidays.

Invited is made possible partially through the support of MICA's Office of Community Engagement, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. and Friends of Curatorial Practice.

Updates on the exhibition will become available at mica.edu/invited.



On the Final Friday of each month, spaces in Station North are transformed into spectacular celebratory environments filled with musicians, performance artists, art installations, and food. Final Fridays generally run from 5-8 p.m., after which the excitement continues with events in all of your favorite Station North theatres, galleries, venues, bars and restaurants. Final Fridays are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards (www.bakerartistawards.com). More information about Final Fridays can be found at www.stationnorth.org/finalfridays.


Image caption: Nobutaka Aozaki, Smiley Bag Project, participatory project/drawing performance.

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.