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September Brings Off-Campus Exhibitions, Events Featuring Alumni, Faculty

MICA artists participate in many off-campus shows this month

Posted 09.01.10 by mica communications

Readsboro: paintings by Regina Tumasella



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


Baltimore-area shows and events

Bubble Battle Baltimore
On Sept. 18, 1-3:30 p.m., Inner Harbor, at the brick bridge connecting Barnes & Noble to the Aquarium
MICA connection: Organized by Kat Buckley '11 (art history)
• This free, fun event brings the idea of Open City to the Inner Harbor.

Readsboro: paintings by Regina Tumasella
On view Sept. 9-Oct. 23 (reception Sept. 9, 7-11 p.m. with music by Erik Spangler, MICA faculty), Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Regina Tumasella '99 (painting)
• In Regina Tumasella's current work, she is mapping her perceptions of specific places through the mingling of color in layers of paint. As she continuously evolves her fingerprint on the work, she is connected to and inspired by the vast, rapidly changing world. Her work considers the mood and hue that's left on the mind after encountering place.

The Temporary Nature of Ideas
On view Sept. 3-Oct. 30 (Closing reception Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m.), School 33, 1427 Light Street
MICA connection: Solo exhibit of Melissa Webb '96 (fiber)
• Webb—part fiber artist, part installation artist, part costume designer, and part event planner—will create an experience that has its origin in theatre but is actually a hybrid of art practices. Drawing from previous projects, Webb and her troupe of performers will create an interactive experience, allowing viewers to participate and add to the installation. Throughout the show's two-month run, Webb will take over the main gallery at School 33 Art Center and use it as a studio space,  creating an environment that is constantly changing and evolving.

Kim Manfredi, Colliding GalaxiesKIM MANFREDI: Cells & Stars
On view Sept. 2-Oct. 2 (reception on Sept. 2, 6-8 p.m.), C. Grimaldis Galler, 523 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Solo show by Kim Manfredi '88 '09 (painting, Hoffberger School of Painting)
• From a review in Urbanite magazine: "In Manfredi's newest solo exhibit at the C. Grimaldis Gallery--Cells and Stars--the viewer is reminded that we live in a precarious state of clarity, balanced in between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds. Firmly anchored between swirling universes of cells and stars, human beings have the opportunity to appreciate the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of life."

On view Aug. 21-Sept. 4 (viewing by appointment only), 5th Dimension, H + H Building, 5th floor, 405 W. Franklin St.
MICA connection: Clarissa Gregory '09 (Mount Royal School of Art), Sarah Jablecki '08 (MFA in Photo & Digital Imaging), Stefani Levin '08 (general fine arts) and Sarah Matson '05 (general fine arts)
• The choice of material used to evoke celebration and honor within a culture is revealing. POMP, an eight-person group exhibition, explores the subtext of material used to express the beliefs of Western society through cultural rites such as pageants or parades. POMP offers new and alternative interpretations of these inconspicuous media.

Ruth Bolduan, Landscape With HorsemanRuth Bolduan: 18th Century Portraiture Redefined
On view Aug. 14-Nov. 6 (reception on Sept. 19; artist talk Oct. 16), Mount Clare Museum House, Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd.
MICA connection: Nicole Bassilone '11, Kyle Freeman '11 and Kristie Winther '11 curated the exhibit

• The exhibition of 18th-century-inspired works by Richmond-based artist Ruth Bolduan was arranged by MICA students to involve Bolduan's paintings in a dialogue with the objects in the Museum's collection. The paintings engage visually and thematically with the 250 year old Carroll family home. Bolduan's paintings incorporate lush color, exuberance, and whimsy in combination with 18th century clothing, motifs and patterning. Click here to read an Urbanite article about the students' project.

Work by Jeffrey Kent '10 is displayed at MAP's Young Blood exhibition.Young Blood
On view Aug. 3-Sept. 3, Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100
MICA connection: Maggie Gourlay '06 (post-bac), Tim Horjus '05 (post-bac), Benjamin Kelley '10 (Rinehart School of Sculpture), Jeffrey Kent '10 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Natalia Panfile '07 (general fine arts) and Ailsa Staub '07 '10 (post-bac, Rinehart School of Sculpture)
• Maryland Art Place presents Young Blood, its annual exhibition of work by recent Masters of Fine Art graduates from the Maryland Institute College of Art, The University of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, and The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Allen Moore, 4x8baltimore vs. the world
On view July 10-Oct. 1 (closing reception on Oct. 1, 7-10 p.m.), Current Space, 421 N. Howard St.
MICA connection: Allen Moore (video faculty), Jenny Mullins '09 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Lotfy Nathan '09 (painting), Robbie Rackleff '09 (Mount Royal School of Art), Alex Roper '99 (graphic design), Erin Womack '09 (illustration) and Dustin Wong '05 (sculpture) are among the artists representing Baltimore
baltimore vs. the world is a collection of videos from participants located in Baltimore and around the world. The exhibition features a wide range of works including documentary, animation, home video, experimental, music videos, shorts and more. This is the first exhibition in Current Space's new location.

Phyllis Berger, View from Cap Frehel (detail), Giclée print on paper, 2007.Sculpture at Evergreen 6: Simultaneous Presence
On view April 2-Sept. 26, Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St.
MICA connection: Curated by Jennie Fleming '98 (Mount Royal School of Art) and featuring C. Ryan Patterson '06 (sculpture), Michael Benevento '05 (sculpture), Gary Kachadourian '79 (general fine arts), Sarah Doherty (faculty, interdisciplinary sculpture) and  Jonathan Taube '10 (interdisciplinary sculpture)
• Curated by artist Jennie Fleming and architect Ronit Eisenbach, the exhibition features 10 new site-specific temporary outdoor sculptures.

Regional shows

Meredith Springer Award Winners: Jan McIntyre Lamb and Kristin Bohlander
On view Sept. 4-26, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, F&M and Kline Galleries, 40 S. Carroll St.
MICA connection: Kristin Bohlander '95 (general fine arts)
• The Meredith Springer Award of Special Merit is given to an artist or craftsperson whose work most reflects Springer's own artistic and community ideals. In addition to being an exceptional artist the award winner must have played a key role in the growth and strength of the Frederick arts community. The exhibition honors two winners from previous years, Kristin Bohlander (2007) and Jan McIntyre Lamb (2008).

James Rieck: Wolf, 2010. Oil on canvas, 507 × 360

Mead Hall
On view Sept. 18-Oct. 30, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, Suite 101
MICA Connection: James Rieck '87 '03 (painting, Mount Royal School of Art)
James Rieck subtly explores classic myths and iconography in five paintings inspired from the medieval poem Beowulf as well as lectures by J.R.R. Tolkein. 

Steven M. Cummings, Ghost (detail), silver gelatin print, 2010.WASHINGTON, D.C.
Introductions 6: The Annual Exhibition of New Works by Recent Art College Graduates
On view July 31-Sept. 4, Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St. NW
MICA Connection: Steven M. Cummings '10 (Photographic & Electronic Media)
• Irvine Contemporary presents its sixth curated MFA annual that brings a selection of new artists from leading art college programs to Washington, D.C. Cummings, one of six artists selected from more than 200 scouted, has been a documentary photographer for many years and his work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. For more on Cummings' work, click here or here.

New Now
On view July 24-Sept. 4, Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW
MICA connection: Three of five new So Hamiltonian Fellows are MICA alumni--Ryan Hoover '06 (Mount Royal School of Art), Joyce Lee '10 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Elena Volkova '02 '07 (photography, M.F.A. in Studio Art)
• Hamiltonian Gallery hosts an introductory group exhibition of these five new fellows. Each artist will be displaying the work with which they were accepted.

Myths and Transformations
On view Sept. 20-Oct. 15 (reception onSept. 23, 5-7:30 p.m.), atrium of Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, 930 King St.
MICA Connection: Leslie Shellow '99 (general fine arts)
• In Myths and Transformations, artists will explore themes of change and transformation through a variety of mediums, including print, installation, and wax.

Out-of-town shows

Eve Andrée Laramée, Magic Lantern: The Memory of the Stones, copper, brass, stainless steel, glass lens, videoLuminous Darwin: The Lost Notebooks of Charles Darwin part of the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition
On view April 17-Oct. 17, American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. Fifth St.
MICA connection: Eve Andrée Laramée, faculty member in interdisciplinary sculpture
Lumnious Darwin, by Eve Andrée Laramée, is an artistic intervention within the historical exhibition, Dialogues with Darwin. Reponding to the visual culture of the mid-19th century, the artist made sculptures that play on historical scientific instruments as well as 19th-century pre-cinematic devices. Laramée presents video-sculpture interpretations of evolution in relation to the animal, vegetable and mineral realms. This unique model for an artist's project allows the viewer to absorb the historical material and simultaneously reflect on the contemporary material, thus bridging thought processes on evolution of a 21st-century artist with a 19th-century scientist creating an imaginary "conversation" spanning 200 years.
• Larmée will participate in a panel discussion entitled A Priest, a Rabbi, and Charles Darwin Walk into a Bar... on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at the APS Museum in Philadelphia.

Jason Bryant_I Live for that Look 2009_oil on canvas_60x40


Trilogy: Three Series of Paintings by Jason Bryant
On view Sept. 16-Nov. 12 (artist talk on Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m.; opening reception on Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.), Raandesk Gallery of Art, 16 W. 23rd St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Jason Bryant '04 (Mount Royal Scool of Art)

Trilogy is a continuation and further exploration of Bryant's fascination with film, skateboarding culture and the presentation of the self. The body of work showcases his signature photorealistic style through aggressive compositional cropping and the uniform editing out of a subject's eyes with highly technical refinement. 

Night Walk
On view Sept. 15-Oct. 24 (reception on Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.), Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard St.
MICA connection: Solo show of Judith Page, faculty member in general fine arts
Night Walk features wall-mounted, floor-based and free-hanging sculptures and difitally-debased and painted photographs.

Ain't I A Woman
On view July 15-Dec. 19, MoCADA (The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
MICA connection: Andrea Chung '08 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• This group exhibition offers contemporary artistic depictions of women of African descent, focusing specifically on their interiority. Andrea Chung will be featuring a video piece based on her Fulbright research in Mauritius. For more information and related programming dates, click here.


The Unbroken Thread: Landscape and the American Imagination
On view June 4-Sept. 5, Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 South Main St.
MICA connection: Solo show of longtime faculty member Philip Koch
• In celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Midwest Museum of American Art, an exhibition of works by Maryland artist Philip Koch will continue through September 5. The exhibition contains a group of drawings, pastels and paintings that Koch created over the past seven years at various locations in New England. He considers himself very much part of the "unbroken thread" that has evolved through the tradition of depicting New England in art for over 200 years.

Pop-up Now! A Juried Exhibition of Movable Books
On view Sept. 22 to Oct. 30, 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Ave.  MICA Connection: Show featuring the work of illustrator Philip Bel '09
• Bel's work will also be featured in a new book, Adventures in Letterpress. His graphic illustrations can be seen here.


Portrait Paintings by Arthur Milton

On view Aug. 6-Sept. 3 (reception on Aug. 6, 5-7 p.m.), Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry Street
MICA Connection: Solo show of Arthur Milton '89 (Mount Royal School of Art)
• Savannah native Arthur Milton presents celebrity, family & presidential images in this solo exhibition spanning a body of work of 20 years. These large scale portrait paintings include favorites such as Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey, and are sure to delight. Other highlights include the presidential first family, a recent inspiration to the artist.

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: Regina Tumasella '99, Lisbon, acrylic on board, 2010.