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Students Leave Their Mark on BMA Exhibition

Two MICA seniors witness the product of their hard work in a debut exhibition

Posted 11.14.11 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

Students Nick Simko and Jennifer Tam stand in front of some of the work displayed at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Two MICA students have contributed greatly to Print by Print: Series from Dürer to Lichtenstein, an exhibition currently showcasing at The Baltimore Museum of Art that features prints spanning from the late 15th century to contemporary times. The tough choice of combing through the BMA's collection of over 60,000 prints was undertaken by students Nick Simko '12 (art history, theory and criticism) and Jennifer Tam '12 (painting and art history, theory and criticism), while they were enrolled in Paper Museums: Exhibition Prints at the Baltimore Museum of Art, a course offered in spring 2011 by The Johns Hopkins University.

In order to select the 350-plus pieces included in the exhibition, students surveyed nearly a century of prints each week. Besides drafting labels for the selected prints, the students also learned firsthand about marketing, public programming, conservation and cataloging. The final result is an exhibition that includes prints by Ed Ruscha, Yukinori Yanagi, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Max Klinger, among many others.

READ: The Baltimore Sun's take on student contribution to the Print by Print exhibition.

Simko and Tam went the extra mile, working into the summer to produce four online interactive programs that provide insight on printmaking that goes beyond observing artwork on walls. The educational programs, which are available on the BMA's website, discuss the evolution of printmaking and demonstrate how prints are made.

SEE: The interactive features that Simko and Tam worked on for the BMA.

Rena Hoisington, curator of prints, drawings & photographs at the BMA and the leader of the class, couldn't have been happier with the results. "The students really threw themselves into the project," she said.

The free exhibition at the BMA runs until March 25, 2012. For more information, please visit the museum website, artbma.org.

Image caption: Students Nick Simko and Jennifer Tam stand in front of some of the work displayed at The Baltimore Museum of Art.