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U.S. News & World Report's New Grad School Issue Lists MICA's M.F.A. Programs as No. 4

Magazine Also Includes Story About Being a Living Artist, Featuring Interviews With Several in the MICA Community

Posted 04.15.10 by MICA Communications

Studio Center

BALTIMORE--U.S. News & World Report's new America's Best Graduate Schools edition, released online on April 15, 2010, lists MICA's Master of Fine Arts programs as No. 4 in the nation. This ranking was based "solely on the results of a peer assessment survey of art school deans [asked to] rate the academic quality of programs" at 220 colleges and universities, according to the magazine. MICA was nominated for inclusion in the survey by top art college administrators nationwide as a program noted for excellence in the area of fine arts. The complete rankings will appear in the America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook, on sale April 20, and highlights will be featured in U.S. News & World Report's May issue.

MICA has long been recognized as one of the nation's top colleges of art and design; its undergraduate program regularly appears in the top four nationally in U.S. News rankings of undergraduate programs. In addition to being ranked fourth overall for its Master of Fine Arts programs, MICA is also ranked No. 4 in painting/drawing, No. 6 in graphic design and No. 7 in sculpture in the specialty rankings. U.S. News & World Report honors MICA along with prominent art schools, such as Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Yale University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The College has been honored by many other national awards and rankings recently as well. MICA was named in the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In 2008, MICA was ranked No. 1 in the nation among specialty schools as a producer of Fulbright Fellows by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the mid-Atlantic region and organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in conjunction with Artscape, has been awarded to a MICA-affiliated person or group every year since its inception. This week, three alumni from MICA's graduate programs were announced as this year's finalists: Leah Cooper '09 (M.F.A. in Studio Art) and staff member; Matthew Janson '09 (Mount Royal School of Art); and Christopher LaVoie '08 (Rinehart School of Sculpture). Past winners with MICA graduate connections include: Geoff Grace '04 (B.F.A., M.A. in Teaching) in 2008 and Laure Drogoul '81 (M.F.A.) in 2006, the inaugural year.

MICA enrolls 218 students in its graduate programs. The Graduate Division at MICA is one of the largest and most wide-ranging in the U.S. and offers programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts in: Community Arts (led by Ken Krafchek, a recognized leader in the area of community arts), Graphic Design (directed by acclaimed designer, writer and curator Ellen Lupton, whose 2008 textbook, Graphic Design: The New Basics, has become the standard design text at the college level), Photographic and Electronic Media (headed by Timothy Druckrey, a writer, curator and expert in digital arts), and an innovative low-residency summer M.F.A. program in Studio Art; as well as MICA's nationally renowned named programs including the Hoffberger School of Painting (one of the most competitive painting programs nationwide), Mount Royal School of Art (a multidisciplinary program with connections to the contemporary art milieu) and Rinehart School of Sculpture (the oldest program of its kind in the country and a major influence in contemporary sculpture). MICA also offers cutting-edge Master of Arts programs in Community Arts, Teaching and Art Education.

For more information about the rankings, which were originally published in 2008, please visit U.S. News & World Report's Web site.

Image caption: MICA's Studio Center houses several of its graduate programs.

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.

Also in the issue:

The Art of Keeping Oneself Fed in Art School talks to two MICA alumni, Michael Dax Iacovone '09 and Cara Ober '06, who also teaches at the College. To read the article, click here.

Michael Dax Iacovone at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington. (Charlie Archambault for USN&WR)

Photo caption: Michael Dax Iacovone at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington. (Charlie Archambault for USN&WR)