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Senator Verna L. Jones and Maryland Institute College of Art Present the Sixth Annual Black Student Union Exibition

The Honorable Verna L. Jones and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) present the sixth annual art exhibition featuring diverse works by MICA’s Black Student Union

Posted 02.15.08 by MICA Media Relations

Each year, I am honored to present an opportunity for MICA’s emerging artists to showcase their work to an important audience. - Senator Verna L. Jones 

Senator Jones with Leslie Smith

The Honorable Verna L. Jones and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) present the sixth annual art exhibition featuring diverse works by MICA's Black Student Union (BSU) students. In conjunction with Black History Month, the Senator Verna L. Jones Annual BSU Exhibition is open through Monday, April 7. A public reception takes place on Wednesday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Office of Senator Verna L. Jones in the Miller Senate Office Building, room 420, in Annapolis, Maryland (11 Bladen Street).

The Senator Verna L. Jones Annual BSU Exhibition evolved from a request by Senator Jones to MICA president Fred Lazarus for African American student artwork to showcase in her office in Annapolis. This year's show includes photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, and mixed-media artworks. The nine BSU students in the exhibition are freshmen, general fine arts majors Justin Beasley, Mika Eubanks, and Dellonese Isaac; freshman Lauren Davis (undeclared major); freshman, graphic design major Stephen Edmond; senior, general fine arts major Crystal Marshall; senior, painting majors Wayde McIntosh and Jacolby Satterwhite; and Andy Robert, senior painting and art education major.

Dr. Frankie Martin, director of the multi-ethnic student programs and BSU coordinator, stated, "We are thankful to Senator Verna L. Jones for providing an excellent opportunity for MICA students to exhibit their artwork. Now in its sixth year, there is great anticipation of the exhibition from legislators, staff, and residents from across Maryland. Many of the pieces are purchased by visitors to the Senator's office."

Since its inauguration in 2001, Senator Jones has presented each participating student with official state citations. Senator Jones said, "Each year, I am honored to present an opportunity for MICA's emerging artists to showcase their work to an important audience. This also marks a special year for the exhibition as Dr. Frankie Martin recently announced her retirement. It has been a pleasure working with her on this important project that is very dear to me. I join MICA in congratulating Dr. Martin on her accomplishments and contributions and wish her well with her future endeavors."

Senator Verna L. Jones represents the 44th Legislative District of Baltimore City. She has served as the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland since 2006. Jones was a member of the House of Delegates from 1999-2003 and has been a member of the Senate since January 2003. After 10 years with the Development Training Institute (DTI), she founded Collaborative Solutions, a Maryland-based consulting and training firm specializing in community economic development.

The mission of BSU is to improve the quality of campus life for students of color and provide the best environment to foster the creation of artwork. Many social and cultural activities are planned annually including visits to culturally unique museums such as the Great Blacks in Wax and the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and The National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Other interesting activities include: BSU Alumni Reunion and Black History Month exhibits, art classes at the Bolton Hit! Senior Citizen Home and Student Critiques.

MICA's exhibitions and public programs receive generous support from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Special Programs Endowment; The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, Inc.; the Amalie Rothschild '34 Residency Program Endowment; The Rouse Company Endowment; the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive; and the generous contributors to MICA's Annual Fund.

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.