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"Invited: Celebration Station," Oct. 21-Nov. 11

Artist Biographies

Posted 07.20.12 by MICA Communications

MICA's inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class invites Baltimore to celebrate 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 that 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.

Nine artists will take part in Invited: Celebration Station, the culmination of the two-part Invited series and kick off to the re-opening of MICA's newly renovated Graduate Studio Center (131 W. North Ave.).

Artist Biographies

Nobutaka Aozaki

New York-based Nobutaka Aozaki was born in Kagoshima, the southern prefecture in Japan. Aozaki plays with everyday interactions to explore the relationship between art and everyday artistic and non-artistic labor, and artists and their audiences. He often collects or produces traces of interactions with other people as mementos of collaborations and creates collective mixed media installations. His recent exhibitions include Play It Again at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, Art in Odd Places 2011 and New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, all in New York. Aozaki has an M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York.

Pippin Barr
Pippin Barr, Ph.D., is a video game maker and critic. He teaches experimental game design in the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. His games address everything from airplane safety instructions to contemporary performance art. Barr also writes a regular blog on games and game design criticism, and his recent book, How to Play a Video Game, introduces the uninitiated and culturally curious to the world of video games. Barr holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Graham Coreil-Allen is an interventionist public artist. Through urban analysis and research, he develops projects that test the boundaries of pedestrian agency, interprets the overlooked and banal, and investigates the negotiable nature of public space. His ongoing New Public Sites project addresses how lost spaces and overlooked features of the city are experienced at a pedestrian level. The project starts with a radically expanded understanding of civic space- and through mapping, installations, video, tours and print media-it proposes alternatives for representing and activating the potential for these under-recognized sites. New Public Sites will be featured in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

DEUXO Studio with J.T. Holly '11 (graphic design) and Huong Le '11 (graphic design)
DEUXO Studio is the creative partnership of J.T. Holly and Huong Le, who have formed a small graphic design studio based in Baltimore. With experience in both print and web, their projects range from branding, publications, environmental graphics, art direction and illustration. They are largely inspired by art, architecture, history, music, nature and urban environments. Le's love for visual metaphors and bold colors complements Holly's interest in modernism and typography.

Paul Gagner
Paul Gagner is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown in numerous group shows in New York and has work in the print archive's permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He received his M.F.A. in painting and sculpture from Brooklyn College and his B.F.A. in illustration from the School of Visual Arts, both in New York.

Skye Gilkerson
Skye Gilkerson's work has been shown in exhibitions across the United States, including Samsøn Projects in Boston, Temple University Gallery in Philadelphia and the DUMBO Arts Festival in New York. Gilkerson was named a 2011 Trawick Prize Finalist, and she has been recognized with a first place award from the Majestic Gallery, Ohio, and a Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation grant. She has received artist residency grants from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colo.; the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Neb.; and the Philadelphia Art Hotel. Skye earned her M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Adehla Lee
New-York based Adehla Lee is a visual artist who was born in South Korea. Previously an art therapist, Lee decided to come to the states to pursue an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York after being inspired by the happiness art projects brought her patients. Lee paints and makes installations with vivid colors, decorative party supplies and plastic materials. She has exhibited work in many galleries in the region.

Chris Manzione '07 (Post-Baccalaureate)
Chris Manzione works in the digital realm, creating artwork that can only be seen virtually. He utilizes developments in Global Positioning System technology and media to create three-dimensional virtual sculptures, which his audience can interact with through smartphone technology. Manizone has an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a post-baccalaureate degree from MICA and a B.F.A. in studio arts from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

Kwantaeck Park
New York-based Kwantaeck Park was born in Seoul, South Korea. Park's work is interdisciplinary, using such media as photography, video, installation and performance. He is interested in history and the interaction between individual life and the system of civilization. His work has been shown in the United States and South Korea at venues, including the Chelsea Art Museum, N.Y.; CAIS Gallery Seoul; and Gallery Light Box, Seoul. He is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York and was recently awarded a residency at the Philadelphia Art Hotel. He received an M.F.A. and a B.F.A. from Seoul National University.

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.