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Urbanite Follows Author Larry Witham's MICA Journey; Arts Issue Mentions College in Several Articles

Author Chose MICA Because of College's Growing Prominence on National Art Scene

Posted 05.01.10 by mica communications

A professor at Cooper Union told his students that Baltimore has a more lively art scene than New York now. 

Urbanite May 2010 issue on "State of the Arts"

In its May issue, Urbanite writes about long-time journalist and author of 10 books Larry Witham, who has been observing the educational and social experiences at MICA for more than six months, "engaged in this unobtrusive participation" as research for his next book, tentatively titled Art Schooled. Witham said the publication date is not set yet, but it will likely be in 2011.

Witham visited schools in Philadelphia, D.C., New York and Chicago in the course of his research, but ultimately chose MICA as the main subject for the book because he said the school is "on the curve of prominence."

"It's a great time to tell its story, even though it's not a New York or a Los Angeles school, which are, typically, the big urban art scenes. It's grown, and it's reached a plateau in its growth and is now learning how to make the most of its scale. ... Someone just told me that a professor at Cooper Union told his students that Baltimore has a more lively art scene than New York now," Witham said.

The article also quotes Provost Ray Allen, sculpture faculty member Kenneth Martin and teaching intern Ginny Huo.

"Being an artist is one of the more challenging ways to make a living," Witham said. "Art schools are trying to gear themselves to providing broader skills so that graduates can do any number of things in the world."

To read the entire article, click here.

Urbanite featured MICA in the State of the Arts article as well as highlighted College-supported documentary Music by Prudence and Bearing Witness exhibition, also in the May issue.

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.