Fellowship is the first of its kind for the program
Posted 05.20.13 by MICA communications
BALTIMORE—After earning a B.F.A. from a liberal arts college and working in advertising for three years, Peter W. Brooke '87 (Mount Royal School of Art) knew he wanted to paint. He chose to immerse himself in the art world through the Mount Royal School of Art, the first school he, in his own words, had an "identity connection" with.
"The egalitarian nature of the Mount Royal School of Art was extremely attractive to me when I was considering graduate programs," Brooke said. "I was not interested in an autocratic program with a dominant aesthetic. Rather, I wanted to work among my peers in relative independence."
Brooke credits Babe Shapiro, the inaugural director of the Mount Royal School of Art, with creating a program that accommodates those diverse artistic views and attitudes, while also giving students the tools to succeed in professional careers as artists.
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After a 12-year teaching career that began while at Mount Royal, Brooke is now a full-time painter in Vermont. Separated by distance, Brooke said although he can't physically be a part of what goes on at MICA on a day-to-day basis, his "connections run deep."
In addition to staying in touch with faculty and administration and serving on the Alumni Council, giving is one way he has continually remained connected, and that mindset is why he has spearheaded The MICA Community Endowed Fellowship for the Mount Royal School of Art—the first of its kind for the program.
Brooke created this merit- and need-based fellowship with hopes that MICA community members will grow an interest in developing and sustaining the scholarship. The $1,500 award will go to one student each year, and Brooke encourages the community to become involved by contributing to the open fund.
"A fellowship like this, that aids an individual's artistic development and is supported by the whole MICA community, is in keeping with the spirit of the Mount Royal School of Art," Brooke said.
This year's MICA Community Endowed Fellowship for the Mount Royal School of Art recipient is Allana Clarke '14 (Mount Royal), a conceptual artist who was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. Clarke often uses materials linked to her heritage, including hair, sugar and cocoa butter, in her sculpture and photography work.
Gifts to the fellowship can be made online with a debit or credit card at mica.edu/give.
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 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 48 states and the District of Columbia 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 10 by U.S. News & 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.