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March Brings Many Off-Campus Exhibitions, Events Featuring Alumni, Faculty

MICA artists participate in many off-campus shows this month

Posted 03.01.11 by mica communications

Spoon Popkin, Pierre, sketch card, sumi ink.







Members of the MICA community have their work showcased in exhibitions off-campus in March 2011. Here are highlights (check back frequently as this will be continuously updated):




Baltimore shows and events

MICA Models Art Show
On view March 31-Aptil 17 (reception on March 31, 6 p.m.), Zella's Pizzaria, 1145 Hollins St.
• This exhibit explores what models do when they have their clothes on through a wide variety of art style and interesting media from MICA models.

Text Message/Poetry + Fiction Writing Workshop
Happening Saturdays, March 19-April 16, 2-3:30 p.m., The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive (Cost: $75 members, $100 non-members)
MICA connection: Led by Baltimore writer Justin Sirois '01

Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch
On view March 11-April 30 (reception on March 12, 2-7 p.m.; artists' mixer on April 9, 5-9 p.m.), Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Christina Batipps '03 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Jennifer Cheek '10 (painting), Daniel Everett '11 (painting), Phylicia Ghee '10 (photography), Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle '09 (painting), Nikia Kigler '10 (general fine arts), Donald Swindler '72 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Jennifer Tam '12 (art history, theory & criticism) and James Williams II '09 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch features 40 artists from across the country who are making an indelible mark on the contemporary art movement with compelling and technically skilled artworks. The exhibition explores the renaissance of artistic expression and creativity in American art, and highlights Baltimore's position as an up-and-coming arts scene while raising questions about where art is going, both geographically and intellectually.

On view March 5- April 6 (reception on March 5, 5-7 p.m.), Sub Basement Artist Studios, 118 N. Howard St.
MICA connection: Pete Cullen '09 (Mount Royal School of Art), Ian MacLean Davis '06 (Mount Royal), Jarrett Min Davis '05 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Katherine Mann '09 (Hoffberger) and René Treviño '05 (Mount Royal). Curated by Timothy Horjus '05 (post bachelorette).

Collective Archive
On view March 4-April 30, School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St.
MICA connection: Chloe Watson '10 (Mount Royal School of Art), Adam Griffiths '04 (video) and Ajay Leister '10 (fiber)
Collective Archive, an exhibition of five artists juried into and curated by Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., considers artwork that shares a deliberate personal vocabulary carefully realized by the artist. Creating a collective archive of meaning from the five artists' work, the exhibition considers the role of the individual and that of the group.

Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered
On view Feb. 26-May 22, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Enshrined Materials
On view Feb. 25-April 1, The Current Space Gallery, 421 N. Howard St.
MICA connection: 11 students from two concurrent interdisciplinary sculpture and art history, theory & criticism classes exhibit artwork
• For more information, click here.

Of House & Home
On view Feb. 19-March 19, The Whole Gallery, 3rd floor of H&H Building, 405 W. Franklin St.
MICA connection: Adam Junior '11 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) is curating and showing artwork, as is Angelo Arnold, Corliss Cavalieri '81 (painting), Kerry Flaherty, Ginny Huo '11 (Rinehart), Ben Lock (faculty, interdisciplinary sculpture), Rod Northcut, Jason Swift '97 (Rinehart), Tim Thomson and Kathryn Zazenski
• We also all have a place that we consider to be home. So what is the difference between house and home? The common assumption is that a house refers to the structure of the building while the home elicits a stronger feeling of sentimentality. Do you consider where you are living right now to be a house or a home? To understand an individual's history is to understand his sense of place. Viewing hours by appointment only; contact Adam at 631.387.6963.

Best In Show: Art of the Dog
On view Feb. 15-March 4, The Antreasian Gallery, 1111 W. 36th St.
MICA connection: Spoon Popkin '90 (general fine arts)
• Original paintings by Baltimore artists inspired by our canine friends, coinciding with The Westminister Kennel Club

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
On view Feb. 12-Oct. 16, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
MICA connection: Chakaia Booker (acting director of Rinhart School of Sculpture), Maren Hassinger (director of Rinehart, on sabbatical), and Joyce J. Scott '70
Material Girls celebrates accomplished women artists whose sculptures, installations and mixed-media assemblages incorporate both traditional and unexpected art-making materials. Using hair, beads, tissue paper, rubber tires, plastic and other materials, the artists craft provocative forms and intricate surfaces that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.

Rough Language
On view Feb. 12-March 4 (pop-up shop on March 12, 4-7 p.m.), Hexagon Gallery, 1825 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Emily Burtner '11 and Nolen Strals '01
Rough Language is a gallery exhibition and pop-up shop of new T-shirts by Emily Burtner and Nolen Strals. Both artists in this show draw on the history of design and punk, with Nolen displaying comedic screenprinted work while Burtner's more contemplative pieces are joined by an alphabet lookbook.

Small Magic: Photographic Transformations
On view Feb. 3-March 9, Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100.
MICA connection: Curated by faculty member Nate Larson
• MAP's 2011 Curators' Incubator series begins with this show. Small Magic features the photography of Adam Ekberg, Peter Happel Christian, John Mann, Libby Rowe, Christine Shank, Michael Sherwin and Marni Shindelman, contemporary artists who work with materials on a small scale to construct a staging ground for their images. Their photographs transform the ordinary to suggest new and inventive ways of understanding our perceptions of the world.

Annie Ewaskio '06, Puppet DateMy Own Junkyard
On view Feb. 3-March 20, Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show by Annie Ewaskio '06
• In an attempt to re-experience highly personal moments within a globalized, industrialized environment, Ewaskio ends up creating situations that feel more truthful than reality. Her images are based loosely on a painterly method of near-collage, a technique that effectively brings the viewer deeper into each scene while unearthing an eerie vibe that's not easily shaken.

Empty Waters
On view Feb. 1-April 15, University of Maryland Baltimore, 621 W. Lombard St., Campus Center on the 2nd floor
MICA conenction: Solo show of Eileen Wold '10 (M.F.A. in Studio Art)
• Eileen Wold hopes to get people thinking hard about their role in degrading the Chesapeake Bay, especially the harbor, through her multimedia exhibition. For more on the exhibition, read the Baltimore Sun review of it here.

Accidental Exuberance and Break Boundary
On view Jan. 29 - March 12, Jordan Faye Contemporary, 1401 Light St.
MICA connection: Jenee Mateer '96 and Debra Rubino '92
• Concurrent solo exhibitions: Accidental Exuberance, new works on paper by Debra Rubino, and Break Boundary, photography and video by Jenee Mateer.

Diaries I & II
On view Jan. 22-March 13, Rocket To Venus, 3360 Chestnut Ave.
MICA connection: Solo show of Jen Plaskowitz '10 (photography)

 Diograma's and Paintings
On view Jan. 1-March 20, Galerie Françoise, 3500 Parkdale Ave., Studio 22
MICA connection: Diograma's is a solo show of Laura Eng '09 (painting) and and Paintings is a solo show of Morgann Nieto '10 (painting)

Glass House of DreamsGlass House of Dreams
On view Dec. 13-April 30, Enoch Pratt Central Library, Second Floor Gallery, 400 Cathedral St.
MICA connection: David Simpson '70
• An exhibit of photographs and antique post cards celebrating the rebirth and flowering of a Baltimore treasure, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park. Based on the book, Glass House of Dreams, by Margaret Stansbury, with photographs by David Simpson, the exhibit chronicles the history of glass houses in the United States, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Druid Hill Park, and pays tribute to the Honorable Howard Peters Rawlings. Click here for more information on the book.

Slouching Towards Yucca Mountain
Video about the project available online at USArtists
MICA connection: Project by faculty member Eve Andree Laramee with assistance by MICA alumni Chelsea Noggle '08 (sculpture), Michel Tallichet '08 (sculpture), Courntey "scrap" Wrenn '08 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Mia Ardito '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Slouching Towards Yucca Mountain
is a video installation dealing with environmental issues and the effects of radioactive waste on human health and water quality, in a Sci-Fi Western film style.

Regional shows

The Process of Peace
On view March 5-May 20 (reception on April 22, 6-8 p.m.), Towson ARTS Collective, 406 York Road
MICA connection: Hannah Brancato '11 (MFA in Community Arts), Colin Campbell '04 (general fine arts), Laura Cohen '09 (MA in Community Arts), Moira Fratantuono '09 (MA in Community Arts), Shaun Martin '05 (general fine arts), Christina Ralls '08 (MA in Community Arts) and Arts Education faculty member Paula Phillips. The exhibition is curated by Sarah McCann '08 (MA in Community Arts)

On view through April 9, Towson University Gallery, 8000 York Road
MICA connection: Marthe Keller '71 (painting)
• Three artists create strongly colored abstract installations with textiles on the 75th anniversary of the American Abstract Artists. There will be occasional performances by Towson University Dance Department students interacting with the art.

Barry Nemett installs a piece at Stevenson University. (Photo by Joseph Hyde)Adam's Crayons: A Tale of a Few Stories
On view Feb. 14-April 16, Stevenson University's Gallery, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road
MICA connection: Exhibition created by Painting Department Chair Barry Nemett and his daughter, Laini Nemett '12 (Hoffberger School of Painting)
• The story behind this exhibit starts with a children's book, Adam's Crayons (Galileo Press, 2011) written by Niki Leopold and illustrated by Laini and Barry Nemett. The book, scheduled for release in March, is almost 30 years in the making. In 1983, Barry Nemett had a painting exhibition featuring gatherings of animals, titled Peaceable Kingdoms, at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. Inspired by Adam, the artist's then two-year-old son, the exhibit inspired author Niki Leopold. She approached Barry and his daughter, Laini, to illustrate her story. This exhibition--which includes all the images from the book as well as related examples of the collaborating artists' drawings and paintings--tells these intertwined story of Adam's Crayons and the book's creation.

Annet Couwenberg, Pansori  video produced at the GCC residency in Korea, 2010.Annet Couwenberg, Clothing as Interface: Cross Cultural Identity
On view March 25-April 29 (reception March 25, 7-9 p.m.), C Street Gallery, 19 C St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Annet Couwenberg, fiber faculty member (former chair), who runs MICA's Collaborative Smart Textiles Research Lab
• Annet Couwenberg's work is based on the concept of clothing as metaphor that examines the precarious balance between the constraints of social norm and our private desires. This conflict between self-determination and dependency is a quest for her on a personal level. Our clothing functions as a place for addressing our understanding of self and culture. The work she makes becomes a receptacle for introspection to distinguishing between what we are and what we have learned to be.

Olivia Taliaferro, ErykahSkin Deep: Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell Annual BSU Exhibition
On view through April 11, Sen. Jones-Rodwell's office, Maryland State House, 11 Bladen St.
MICA connection: The work of 11 members of MICA's Black Student Union
• Skin Deep
is meant to engage and conjecture the notion that each person in society possess qualities that allure and fascinate, but not because of charm and beauty, but because of the diversity beneath the layers of their identity.

Minna Newman Nathanson, Amendment, 2006, stainless steel, 13.5 x 14 x 6Visionary Distillations
On view Nov. 8-April 29, The American Center for Physics, One Physics Ellipse
MICA connection: Minna Newman Nathanson '42 (art education)
Visionary Distillations brings together the photographs of Robert Cassanova, the paintings of Kim Dylla and the sculptures of Minna Newman Nathanson. While their mediums differ, they each seek out the unexpected, and using their imagination, essentialize form to reveal fundamental patterns and connections.

Bound and Unwound: A group of recent paintings by Jonathan Stonely
On view  Feb. 11-March 9 (reception on Feb. 11, 5-9 p.m.; artist meet and greet on Feb. 23, 6-9 p.m.), Subtle Rebellion, 3007 Emmorton Road
MICA connection: Jonathan Stonely '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)

On view through March 5, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW
MICA connection: Katherine Mann '09
• An exhibition of new works by Hamiltonian Fellows Katherine Mann and Selin Balci. Whether in Balci's laboratory approach or Mann's painterly exploration, both artists create vivid abstractions, ripe with notions of growth, wonder and subjugation. Within the context of aestheticism, both examine the limits of their medium, as well as notions of humanity within an expanded ecologic understanding of the living world.

Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions
On view through March 10, Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW.
MICA connection: Curated by Christopher Cozier '86 (painting)
• An exhibition of contemporary art from twelve Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The exhibition is curated by artist and curator Christopher Cozier and art historian Tatiana Flores.

On The Road
On view Feb. 2-April 3 (reception on Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m.), Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd.
MICA connection: Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Graham Coreil-Allen '10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
ON THE ROAD features artists who work in the world, away from gallery or studio environments, inviting unexpected encounters. Many of their projects are created in temporary residencies, and explore tourism, informal public spaces, and nomadic peoples.
• In her Securicorp project, Baltimore artist Andrea Chung marks sites in Mauritius where sexual harassment is prevalent-by accompanying island women during their daily errands while dressed in her own self-designed security guard costume.
• Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen will present his book The Typology of New Public Sites along with videos exploring informal, disused spaces within walking distance of AAC.

Out-of-town shows

On view March 17-April 8, Reference, 216 E. Main St.
MICA connection: Bettina Yung '11 (illustration)
• Curated by Alex Ebstein of Nudashank, the show features Seth Adelsberger, Michael Hunter, Noam Rappaport and Bettina Yung.

Untiring: Tires, Textures and Triumphs!
On view Jan. 30-March 13, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Ave.
MICA connection: Solo show of Chakaia Booker, interim director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture
• Internationally renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker will present large-scale works crafted from repurposed automobile tires-similar sculptures made a splash at the Whitney Biennial in 2000. The exhibition is for Black History Month and in celebration of the art center's 10th anniversary.

Ryan Hartley Smith, projections for Histoire du Soldat performance at Lincoln Center

Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat performance at Beyond the Machine Festival at the Juilliard School
Happening March 24-25, 8 p.m., Lincoln Center, 155 W. 65th St.
MICA connection: Ryan Hartley Smith '06 (painting) created a series of projections for the Stravinsky production
• The Lincoln Center premiere of an adaptation of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, for which Ryan Hartley Smith has created a series of projections (see above), is part of the Beyond the Machine Festival at the Juilliard School and is free to the public. Histoire du Soldat is based on a Russian fable about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the stock market. For this production, directed by Yara Travieso, Smith worked with an animator and video artist to create a projected world for the devil to inhabit. Click here for more information.

Raoul Middleman, Thea, oil on canvas, 1990.NEW YORK
Baltimore Babes
On view March 4-April 2, Kouros Gallery, 23 E. 73rd St.
MICA connection: Solo show of painting faculty member  Raoul Middleman
• The "Baltimore Babes" paintings are vibrant encounters in paint of an idiosyncratic variety of Baltimore women. Middleman paints both the "babe" and the soul beneath the surface. These women may be somewhat clothed but their souls are laid bare.

The Review Panel
Happening March 4, 6:45 p.m., National Academy Museum & School, 1083 Fifth Ave.
MICA connection: Hoffberger School of Painting Director Joan Walthemath
• An evening of critical conversation about art with Robert Storr, Sarah Valdez and Joan Walthemath, moderated by David Cohen of artcritical.com. (Tickets: $10) If you are unable to atend, the Review Panel will be posted online at artcritical.com.

Whitney Sherman, Prometheus and Copernicus

Annual Exhibition: Illustrators 53
On view Feb. 23-March 19 (reception on March 4, 6 p.m.), Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St.
MICA connection: Whitney Sherman '71, director of MICA's new MFA in Illustration Practice program and the co-director of the Dolphin Press & Print, showing Prometheus and Copernicus
• For more information about the exhibition and Sherman's honor, click here.

Grace Hartigan, Shinnecock CanalAbstract Expressionist New York
On view Oct. 3-Apr.25, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St.
MICA connection: Longtime Hoffberger School of Painting Director Grace Hartigan
• Drawn entirely from the MoMA's vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the 20th century's greatest masterpieces. Grace Hartigan's Shinnecock Canal hangs next to masterpieces by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Joan Mitchell.

Transfixed: The Artist's Hand in Photographic Processes
On view Feb 17- March 10 (reception on Feb. 17, 5 p.m.), Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky, Rose Street
MICA connection: Photography faculty members Regina DeLuise and Laurie Snyder (chair) are in the exhibition
• The artists in this exhibition use additional, and possibly unexpected, photographic tools to express their artistic ideas. They are all 21st century photographers working with 19th centuryphotographic processes. These alternative processes require extensive hands on time with the image, post camera. One cannot go to the local camera store and buy pre-coated daguerreotype plates or platinum coated paper. These artists choose to start from scratch and take control of every part of the printing process. They delve into our history as photographers to create an image that matches their idea, even if that means bringing out their inner scientist to work along side their artist selves.

On view March 4-25, Emporium Arts Center, 100 S. Gay Street
MICA connection: Keegan Luttrell '08 (art history)
• This solo exhibition catalogs the six months (October 2010 - March 2011) of Luttrell's residency at the Emporium Center, and includes paintings, sculptures, performance, and installations. " uproot takes the viewer on a journey to re-experience childhood memories," says Luttrell. "Comprised mostly of found objects and assemblage, my sculptures confront themes of escapism and fear. The reconstruction of home life and my own personal development into womanhood are illustrated in abstract gestural paintings."

New Voices, Unique Visions
On view through April 12 (reception on March 3, 5-7 p.m.), Carol Grillo Art Gallery, 376 Hale Street.
MICA connection: Harry Skourtis '10 (graphic design)
• AIGA Boston and the School of Visual + Performing Arts at Endicott College presents the best of the student design community. The 42 piece exhibit is a select group of undergraduate and graduate student projects representing twelve reknown colleges and universities in New England. Categories of works include: identity branding, posters, publications/books, packaging, and motion design.

2011 Annual Still Life Exhibition
On view through March 12, William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St.
MICA connection: David Harrison '76 (general fine arts)

Frances Barth
On view Feb. 26-April 9 (reception on Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m.), Marcia Wood Gallery, 263 Walker St. SW
MICA connection:
Solo show of Frances Barth, director of the Mount Royal School of Art
Frances Barth's accomplished paintings are wholly individualistic and other than to say they are "radical abstractions," they are eccentric enough to elude classification. Barth refers to aspects of her work as a combination of comic restraint and purist abstraction. Combining contradictory elements of local color with abstract color, vocabularies of both painting and drawing, disorienting spatial relationships, Barth creates works that are as provocatively ambiguous as they are soothingly beautiful. 

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
On view Feb. 26-Aug. 7, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
MICA connection: Takeshi Yamada '85
• A documentary video of Takeshi Yamada and his rogue taxidermy artworks (such as 32-foot giant sea serpent, 4-foot mermaid, sea rabbit, etc.), which was created by the American Museum of Natural History, is a part of the international traveling exhibition.

GAIA: Resplendent Semblance
On view March 25-May 7 (reception on March 25, 6-9 p.m.), at both Maxwell Colette Gallery and Pawn Works
MICA connection: Joint solo shows of Gaia '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Pawn Works and Maxwell Colette Gallery have joined forces for GAIA: Resplendent Semblance, with a series of projects showcasing the artist Gaia. The events will include a show of new, large scale paintings and decollage on wood art works at Maxwell Colette Gallery, a site specific installation and show featuring additional pieces at the Pawn Works space and a massive window installation at State Street and Adams presented in conjunction with The Chicago Loop Alliance's Pop Up Art Loop initiative.

Typefore 2
On view through March 7, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan St.
MICA connection: Jessica White '10 (graphic design), Justin Gillman '10 (graphic design) and Tami Churns '08 (graphic design)

Peter Eide
On view through March, Flagship Salon, 8345 Crystal View Road, Suite #202
MICA connection: Solo show of Peter Eide '1p (painting)
• Peter Eide's latest body of work focuses on the abstraction of space and figures in interior settings, with an emphasis on the deterioration/fragmentation of narrative. Figures are draped in veils and bathed in heavy light to distort the hierarchy of the human form in traditional narrative settings. Through the removal of figure as the main subject, the various other objects contained in his interiors are able to take the stage and act independently of one another.

New Mexorado: Artists Living & Working in the Albuquerque-Denver Corridor
On view March 5-June 19, Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street.
MICA connection: Jeff Brown '70 (graphic design and illustration)
• This juried show includes 124 pieces by 80 artists and covers the gamut from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography. The exhibit celebrates technical excellence, personal vision, and the bonds connecting the community of artists living and working in this unique part of the world.

Rances Barth, installation from Sundaram Tagore Gallery show

Frances Barth: Scale, Economy and Unnamable Color
On view March 17-April 23 (reception on March 17, 6-9 p.m.), Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 9606 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
MICA connection: Solo show of Frances Barth, director of Mount Royal School of Art
• Frances Barth forges imaginary landscapes that are at once confounding and sublime. Barth synthesizes contradictory ways of expressing light and space in her paintings that challenge the viewers' notions of pictorial space and time.

Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow
On view through April 8, 2011, LAX International Airport, Terminal 1, ground floor
MICA connection: Large-scale mural commission by Marshall Roemen '00 (painting)
• Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) unveiled two tapestry-like paintings totaling over 55-feet wide and over 9-feet high at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Los Angeles artist Marshall Roemen painted Oratorio at the End of a Black Rainbow, a site-specific abstract artwork for the benefit of passengers and the waiting public in Terminal 1 on the Arrivals Level.

International shows

ARTchSO Video Festival 2011
Happening March 18-April 4 (opening: March 18, 7-midnight), Confucius Institute, 17 rue de Brest
MICA connection: Chang Deng-Yao
'10 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Chang Deng-Yao is one of 13 artists featured in the juried film festival. For more information, visit changdengyao.com.

The Fifth Art on Paper
On view March 22-March 27, Toyota Municipal Art Museum
MICA connection: Patricia Cole '75 and Ryozo Morishita '74



If you would like to be included on this or subsequent-month listings, please e-mail the exhibition information to news@mica.edu 

Photo caption: Spoon Popkin, Pierre, sketch card, sumi ink.