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Off-Campus May Events, Exhibitions Feature MICA Community

MICA artists participate in many off-campus shows this month

Posted 05.01.11 by mica communications

Eve Andrée Laramée, "Halfway to Invisible"







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


Baltimore shows and events

8th Annual Transmodern Festival (Live.Art.Action), April 28- May 1
The H&H Galleries, 424 N. Eutaw St., Current Gallery, 421 N. Howard St. and the 14 Karat Cabaret, 218 Saratoga St. Tickets are $12.00 or $30.00 for a festival pass.
•The organizers have brought a diverse, impressive and magical array of artists together for four exciting days to celebrate the expansive notion of "performance art" and to activate the downtown spaces between each of the venues through outdoor installations, murals, street performance and window installations.
MICA connections: Stephanie Barber-faculty, Olivia Robinson '98/faculty, and Tracy Thomason '06 to name a few of the many MICA community members to be featured. For more information about featuring artists visit, www.transmodernfestival.org

On view April 9-May 7, 120 W. North Ave
•This exhibition is about the concept of the interaction between the skin and the body. It touches on issues like racism, cultural influences and sex. The exhibition will also express ways in which humans decorate and abuse, their skin.
MICA connection: Nikia Kigler '10. For more information visit, loadoffun.net

Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered
On view February 26-May 22, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: 11 students from two concurrent interdisciplinary sculpture and art history, theory & criticism classes exhibit artwork
• For more information, click here.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
On view February 12-October 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.

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.

Baltimore Liste
On view May 18-22, May 25-June 3, Opening receptions-May 20, 7-10 p.m. and May 27, 7-10 p.m.
Contemporary Museum, 100 West Centre Street
MICA connections: Nicholas Gotlund '05, Caitlin Cunningham '05 and Josh Wade Smith '08 (May 18-22), Garry Kachadourian '79 (May 25-June 3).
•The Contemporary museum has joined forces with seven local galleries (Area 405, Open Space, Current Gallery, Gallery Four, Nudashank, Subbasement Gallery and Jordan Faye Contemporary Art) to select a total of twelve artists, three from each gallery, for solo exhibitions this month. This month "Every day is 'May Day' this May" at this museum.
For more information, visit

Regional shows

Travel Season

Solo show on view from April 15-May 8, Artist Talk, May 7, 5 p.m. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW
MICA connection: Chloe Watson '10
•These paintings created with coloring pencils, acrylics and contact paper, present viewers a world of places such as hotel rooms, galleries, studios and other previous dwellings. The removal of some small details allows for reflection and projection experience. For more information, visit dcartscenter.org

Off in a Corner
On view April 1-May 7, Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G Street, NW.
•The exhibition brings together works that explore issues of drinking and adulthood as influenced by the artists' mutual interest in biography and narrative.
Over the past two years, Maier has completed more than 400 pen/ink drawings on bar coasters. These pieces serve as an autobiographical depiction of the artists travel history as well as an obsessive and unique depiction of modern life.
MICA connection: Dana Jeri Maier '04. For more information visit, flashpointdc.org


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)

Delicate Visions
: Rebecca Clark, Joanna Barnum and Elaine Brandes
On view May 17-July 30, Free Artists Reception, June 3, 5-7 p.m., Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road
MICA connection: Joanna Barnum '06
•Created in a rather unusual way along with her romantic images of wildlife, Barnum's portraits depict biologists who made contributions to natural history. For more details, please visit explorenature.org


AAC SOLOS 2011, April 15-June 5, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd
•DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Australia, selected this year's crop of promising emerging contemporary artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. MICA connection: Jennifer Coster '11, Joshua Wade Smith '08, '10 and Ailsa Staub '08 & '10. For more information visit, arlingtonartscenter.org

Out-of-town shows

On view April 29-June 12, North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane
•The artist presents sculpted columns and towers, obelisks and wood turnings in brilliant geometric patterns reminiscent of ancient Moorish architecture in a special exhibition for the 2011 North Charleston Arts Festival.
MICA connection: Liz Whitney Quisgard '49. For additional information, please visit, northcharleston.org

Consumer Foreplay

On view until May 13-June 24, Studios Inc, 1708 Campbell Street.
MICA connection: David Watne '13
•Featuring new work from 2010 -2011 which includes installations, sculptures and paintings. In his current work, Watne seeks to discover how the concept of attraction exists in the marketplace with an interest in the ways products that enhance appearance are marketed. He uses these raw materials to create sculptures to mimic procreation within our culture. For more details about this exhibition, please visit http://thestudiosinc.org/2011/04/27/consumer-foreplay-an-exhibition-by-davin-watne/

Fractal Art

On view through October 10, Portland International Airport, Concourse B
MICA connection: Sara McCormick '05
•This artist uniquely creates digital art through the use of mathematical formulas to imitate prototypes that can be seen in nature such as leaves and snowflakes.
For more information visit, portofportland.com

Annual Members Juried: Duets

On view for May 6-August 14, Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery, Delaware Center for Community Arts, 200 South Madison Street
MICA connection: Nicole Lenzi ‘07
This exhibit, featuring the work of fourteen artists honors intimate, one-on-one relationships by inviting viewers into a dialogue created by each pair of individuals through their creation of two works. The paired works in Duets jump start and enhance our imaginations about the non-static process of creating intimacy with people, places, and things. For more details, please visit, thedcca.org

Solo exhibition opening April 28-June 4, Nancy Margolis Gallery, 523 W. 25th St.
MICA connection: Gina Ruggeri '92
•The exhibition consists of two very unique yet interconnected pieces of painting and drawings. The drawings, accomplished with fluid lines, shape a conceptual counterpoint to the Mylar paintings crystalline detail.
Also on view, April Sky, a group exhibition consisting of work by Gina Ruggeri, Vaudeville Park, 26 Bushwick Avenue. Closing reception on April 30, 2011 at 7 p.m. For more information visit, www.vaudevillepark.org

Intervals: Future Farmers
On view May 4-14, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue
MICA connection: Dan Allende '10, Ian Cox '11
•This San-Fransisco based art collective is geared toward developing projects that are unique in their production and the ways in which the works capture audience attention. Typical of a future farmer's project is the perfect balance between positive and essential thought processes and its use of inventive and pragmatic design elements.
For more information visit, Guggenheim.org

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
On view February 26-August 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, 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.


"Developed Work"- 2011 National Photography Fellowship Competition
On view until May 20, at the Midwest Center for Photography, 111 Ellis St.
MICA connection: Andrew Bovasso '09
•A $500 award will be given to one recipient along with a one year artist representation by the Center Gallery at the Midwest Center for Photography. For more information, visit http://www.mwcponline.org/Midwest_Center_for_Photography/exhibitions.html


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

The Work of Eve Andrée Laramée & Kim Stringfellow Exhibition
On view April 22-May 31, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sante Fe Art Institute, 1600 St Michael's Drive.
MICA connection: Eve Andrée Laramée, interdisciplinary sculpture faculty

Other events at the Sante Fe Art Institute featuring Eve Andrée Laramée:
Workshop, Invisible Fire: Mapping Our Atomic Legacy, April 30- Sunday, May 1
For more info, please visit, sfai.org



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

Image caption: Eve Andrée Laramée, Halfway to Invisible installation.