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Nov.-Dec. Exhibition and Event Schedule

MICA Presents a Full Schedule of Talks, Exhibitions

Posted 10.10.13 by MICA Communications

Stephanie Garmey '83 '95 (general fine arts, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting), "Tree of Knowledge" (detail), paper.

Stephanie Garmey: Wetlands
Friday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Nov. 17
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
In this exhibition, drawing and general fine arts faculty member Stephanie Garmey '83 '95 (general fine arts, Hoffberger School of Painting) explores the solitude of travel and place through nature. The artist translates the movement, rhythm, perspective and time of place by looking at water, trees, plants, animals and color. Several vignettes made using cut paper, drawing, encaustics, wood and glass are exhibited throughout the gallery. The viewer walks through these environments, designed to evoke subtle and sometimes surprising shifts of moods and space.

Image Caption: Stephanie Garmey '83 '95 (general fine arts, LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting), Tree of Knowledge (detail), paper.

Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Wednesday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Nov. 24
Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
The work in this annual exhibition is a selection of the best submissions from all four years of undergraduate students. From hundreds of entries, approximately 100 are chosen from a variety of disciplines based on artistic merit, creativity and vision.

LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting Critic-in-Residence Raphael Rubinstein
Monday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: 131 W. North Ave.
Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic who has published numerous books. From 1997 to 2007, he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

Image Caption: Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism: 1990-2002 by Raphael Rubinstein.

Practicing as a Professional
Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Photography Department and the MICA Alumni Association brings graduates Lynley Bernstein '10 (photography), Blair Murphy '05 (photography) and Adam Pape '06 (photography) back to campus to share their experiences of life after college. The discussion will demystify networking with galleries, the curatorial process, graduate school, access to resources and other issues.

Image Caption: Artwork by Rachel Schmidt '07 (Mount Royal School of Art).

Ken Lum
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Canadian artist Ken Lum works in a number of media, including paintings, sculpture and photography. His art is conceptually oriented, and generally concerned with issues of identity in relation to the categories of language and portraiture.

Image Caption: Ken Lum, Shanty of Tivoli Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica, August 2013.

La Lumière Fantastique: Brittany Shines in Baltimore
Saturday, Nov. 9-Sunday, Dec. 1
Graduate Studio Center: Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, 131 W. North Ave.
This exhibition features work by more than 65 MICA artists with connections to Brittany, France. This includes more than 60 artists who have been residents at the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists over the past five years, as well as six MICA alumni and faculty members who, at the request of Brittany officials, participated in the L'Art dans les Cités as artists touring Britanny's historically rich 22 Petites Cités de Caractère (Small Cities of Character) during spring 2010. In the exhibition, photographs and paintings created during or inspired by the residencies are hung floor to ceiling in French Salon style, which originated in Paris in the late 17th century.

The highly competitive Klots residency was started in 1989 by the late Isabel Klots to honor the memory of noted artists Alfred Klots and Trafford Klots, her father-in-law and husband respectively, and to celebrate their generous hospitality to the many artists they welcomed to their home in France. In 1995, MICA began to administer the program. Although the residency has remained in Brittany, a cultural region of northwestern France, since its inception, it was recently moved from its original location in the Klots' family chateau, Rochefort-en-Terre, to Léhon, a small medieval town.

Image Caption: A view up the Rue Bourg, the main street in Lehon, France, that is steps away from Val Rive where the artist residents live.

Amalia Mesa-Bains, The Engaged Connection: Artists, Museums, and Communities
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Amalia Mesa-Bains is an educator, artist and cultural critic whose artworks, primarily interpretations of traditional Chicano altars, resonate both in contemporary terms and in their ties to her Chicano community and history.

Image Caption: Amalia Mesa-Bains, Women's Ceremony of Passage, glicee print, 2013.

Patricia Treib
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
In her abstract paintings, made in one sitting, Patricia Treib seeks to bring about a feeling of simultaneity, the sensation that every act happens at once in a continual present.

Image Caption: Patricia Treib, Correspondence (detail), oil on paper mounted to board, 2012.

Dario Robleto
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Along with a selection of sounds and images, Dario Robleto shares stories that reveal some of the deepest influences behind his artmaking and his approach as an artist, researcher, archivist and storyteller.

Image Caption: Dario Robleto, Some Longings Survive Death (detail), glacially released 50,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusks, 19th-century braided hair flowers of various lovers intertwined with glacially released woolly mammoth hair, carved ivory and bone, bocote, colored paper, silk, ribbon, typeset, 2008..

Lunchtime Lecture: Monica Lapenta
Monday, Nov. 18, 12:25 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Local publisher Monica Lapenta began the children's books series Babetta's World to tell the imaginative stories of famous operas and the composers who wrote them. Her mission is to help children of all ages fall in love with the opera.

Image Caption: Monica Lapenta.

Ellen Altfest
Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Ellen Altfest is a realist painter who has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum in New York City and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She is a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow.

Image Caption: Ellen Altfest, The Leg (detail), oil on canvas, 2010.
Art@Lunch: Garth Clark
Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As a complement to his evening talk (see below for more information), visiting scholar Garth Clark will take questions from students and the general public.

Image Caption: Garth Clark.

Garth Clark: I Hate Ceramics...The Mind Mud of Ai Weiwei
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Visiting scholar Garth Clark, a leading writer and commentator on modern and contemporary ceramics, lectures on the ceramic work of Ai Weiwei. Clark has written, edited and contributed to more than 60 books and has authored more than 200 essays, reviews and monographs that have been translated into dozens of languages.

Image Caption: Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, middle view of three triptych of gelatin silver prints, 1995.

Colette Veasey-Cullors: Life Interpreted
Friday, Nov. 22-Monday, Jan. 20
Bunting Center: Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-7 p.m.
Life interpreted represents Colette Veasey-Cullors' '96 (photography) visual journey in attempting to understand and reach a personal sense of achievement and fulfillment while balancing the many hats she wears in life, including mother, artist, wife and educator.

Image Caption: Colette Veasey-Cullors '96 (photography), Room With A View.

Baker Artist Awards
Thursday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 15
Station North Market: D center Gallery, 16 W. North Ave.
Reception: Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m.
MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program partners with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to create an exhibition celebrating the 2013 Baker Artist Awards b-grant winners. These nine Baltimore-area dancers, musicians, writers and visual artists were honored with b-grants, prizes for innovation and excellence awarded on the basis of nominations on the Baker Artist Awards website, bakerartistawards.org.

Additional mentoring support for MICA students has been provided by representatives of D center Baltimore. The Baker Artist Awards is a program of The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and is supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Image Caption: Robby Rackleff '09 (Studio Art), Adult Occult, video, 2013.

Wing Young Huie
Monday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Wing Young Huie's photographic projects document the socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society. He seeks to create societal mirrors that reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible yet seldom noticed.

Image Caption: Wing Young Huie in front of The Third Place, a gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, giving a walking tour of We are the Other.

MICA Art Market
Wednesday, Dec. 11-Friday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brown Center: Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall lobby, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
At this festive sale, holiday shoppers and collectors can discover work by emerging and established artists. Fine art and handmade objects by hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff will be on sale. One-of-a-kind gifts include jewelry, illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, mosaics, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, book arts, toys and wrapping paper.

Sponsored by the MICA Alumni Association, the market fosters student professional development and peer-to-peer networking, while also providing funding for need-based student scholarships.

Vendors will accept all major credit cards, MICARD, cash and check for payment.

Image Caption: Lindsay Aura Miller '14 (ceramics, Teaching), laser-cut wooden jewelry with gold findings.

The Amazing Johnny Eck
Friday, Dec. 13-Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.
MICA presents a never-before-seen exhibition of personal objects, artifacts and artworks by one of Baltimore's most famous citizens, Johnny Eck. Though healthy, Eck was born with no lower half. Despite his lack of legs, Eck lived a full life as a sideshow performer, artist, photographer, magician, puppeteer, swimmer, gymnast, actor, train conductor and traveler.

Perhaps best known for his role as "the half-man" in Tod Browning's film Freaks (1932), Eck later achieved worldwide fame as Robert Ripley's "most remarkable man alive" and traveled throughout the United States and Canada, performing with his brother, Robert, until the late 50s.

The exhibition is the first ever of its size, showing hundreds of Eck's works on paper, sculptures, drawings and paintings-including a selection of his many painted screens, a Baltimore folk art tradition. Additionally, The Amazing Johnny Eck features personal objects, film memorabilia and family photographs, creating a vivid portrait of Eck, whose many achievements were brought about through his love of life and his will to create.

Image Caption: Johnny Eck with his hand-built miniature race car, circa 1936. Image courtesy of the Johnny Eck Museum.

PICTURE WINDOWS...The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond
Friday, Dec. 13-Sunday, March 16
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.
MICA marks the centennial of Baltimore's tradition of painting vivid images on row house screens with the exhibition PICTURE WINDOWS ... The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond. Together with Maryland folklorist Elaine Eff, co-founder of the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, MICA presents for the first time a comprehensive look at the history of screen painting--a functional and ornamental art with roots in the 1700s in London and from a forgotten Victorian decorative art.

PICTURE WINDOWS is the first and only exhibition of its kind to show this beloved practical folk art alongside its decorative antecedents from Europe and America, as well as today's high-tech iterations.

PICTURE WINDOWS is made possible partially through generous support from the Brenda Brown Rever and Lipitz Siblings Foundation.

Image Caption: Blue Bungalow screen by Johnny Eck, 1982. Elaine Eff collection.

Meet the Screen Painters: A Conversation with Baltimore Screen Painters 1940-2013
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Brown Center: Leidy Atrium and Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed (256 pages, 300 illustrations), written by Elaine Eff and published by University Press of Mississippi, is available this fall in area bookstores, including the Ivy Bookshop (6080 Falls Rd.) and the MICA Store (1200 Mount Royal Ave.). Filmmaker John Waters called the book "an un-ironic (thank God) treasure trove of amazingly researched information that elevates the most Balto-centric onetime row house kitsch to its proper place in art history." Eff will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. in Brown Center's Leidy Atrium followed by a talk at 3 p.m. in Brown Center's Falvey Hall.

Image Caption: Elaine Eff (Photo by Edwin Remsberg).

Events and exhibitions are free, unless a price is otherwise noted. Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

Additional events may be added to the schedule. For updated event information, visit events.mica.edu.

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.