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Two MICA Alumni Exhibit in 'Slash' Show at New York's Museum of Arts and Design, Through April 4

Adam Fowler '01 and Lesley Dill '80 show intricate works of paper

Posted 12.14.09 by MICA Media Relations

Lesley Dill '80, Blind Horseman

NEW YORK--The Museum of Arts and Design is showcasing intricate works of paper in Slash: Paper Under the Knife, in which two MICA alumni are featured. Adam Fowler '01 and Lesley Dill '80 are among the 50 artists from 16 countries who have cut-paper pieces shown in the extensive exhibition, open through April 4.

The December issue of ARTnews included Slash as the main review, talking about both Fowler's and Dill's work. The magazine refers to Fowler's complex piece as "exercises in compulsive cuttery." Untitled (74 Layers) is a multi-layer drawing-turned-sculpture made up of dozens of sheets of paper from which all the white space has been cut away, leaving only the drawn lines -- but that doesn't nearly describe the intricacy of the "thick, hairy 'drawings,'" as ARTnews called it. As for Dill, a veteran "word" artist, her Blind Horseman "brilliantly and disconcertingly unites form and content," according to ARTnews. The rather haunting piece, a black horse made of graphite, carbon and mulberry papers, Tyvek, thread and ink, featured words from an Emily Dickinson poem, a trend in Dill's recent works.

For more about the exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle), click here.

Image caption: Lesley Dill '80, Blind Horseman, graphite paper, carbon paper, mulberry paper, Tyvek, thread, ink, 2009. (Photo by Adam Reich/George Adams Gallery)

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.