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Visiting Experts Speak at MICA in November, December

Acclaimed Speakers Visit the College

Posted 10.12.12 by MICA Communications

Pepón Osorio, Lolo, pin, digital image, Plexiglas, and slippers, 2008. (Photo by Catherine Serrano)

BALTIMORE -- MICA brings regional, national and international artists and historians to the College to discuss their work, life and career experiences. Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, these lectures offer a rare opportunity to learn about the creative process from prominent contemporary figures in the art world.

Art@Lunch: Melissa HoBarbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt, installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2012.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Melissa Ho, assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., will speak about site-specific projects at the museum. Her talk will cover Doug Aitkin's Song 1, a 360-degree panoramic video projection wrapped around the circular museum last spring, as well as Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt, an exhibition coordinated by Ho which will run through December 2014. Prior to her position at the Hirshhorn Museum, Ho acted as exhibition consultant on Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and as curatorial assistant on the retrospective, Barnett Newman, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ho has taught at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. This fall, she is jurying It... the Juried Faculty Exhibition at MICA. The Art@Lunch lecture series is organized by the Drawing, General Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking Senior Thesis Programs.

Image Caption: Barbara Kruger: Belief + Doubt, installation at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2012

Karin FongWm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence Lecture: Karin Fong, Designing for the Dynamic Screen -- CANCELLED
Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces, a production company that creates and develops content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films and more. As a designer and director, she has helmed spots for Target Brands, Inc., Sears Brands, Herman Miller, Inc., and American Honda Motor Company, Inc., among others. She has created sequences for numerous feature films and television series, including the main titles of Charlotte's Web, The Truman Show, The Pink Panther 2, Boardwalk Empire, American Chopper and Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection, a sequence for which she won an Emmy in 2001. Her work has appeared in the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, N.Y.; the Pasadena Museum of California Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, as well as in numerous publications on design and film. She has taught at Yale College; Art Center College for Design, Calif.; California Institute of the Arts; and Rhode Island
School of Design.

The Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence program was established to enhance MICA's design culture by bringing outstanding practitioners to campus to share their valuable experiences and perspectives with students, faculty and the public. The residency was created thanks to an endowment fund established by his spouse, Betty Cooke '46, as well as gifts from others in honor of Steinmetz. Steinmetz and Cooke are active volunteers, donors and former faculty members; Steinmetz also serves as a trustee.

Image Caption: Karin Fong

Jane GoldenJane Golden
Monday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
Jane Golden has been a driving force for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. Under Golden's direction, the program has created more than 3,600 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with communities, grassroots organizations, city agencies, schools and philanthropies. She has received numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Award, the Girl Scouts Take the Lead Award, the Moore College of Art & Design Visionary Woman Award, an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship and recognition as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. Golden's talk on the relationship between public art and community engagement is sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and her residency is sponsored by the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice

Image Caption: Jane Golden

Melinda BeckMelinda Beck -- CANCELLED
Monday, Nov. 5, 12:15 p.m.
Brown Center: Room 110, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
As part of a three-day residency in the M.F.A. in Illustration Practice, Melinda Beck will lecture on her work as an illustrator, animator and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Beck's clients include Chronicle Books, GQ, Nickelodeon, Martha Stewart Living, MTV, Nike, Inc., Neiman Marcus, The New York Times, Target Brands, Inc. and Time. She has received two Emmy nominations as well as recognition from American Illustration, the Art Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, Print, the Society of Illustrators, The Broadcast Design Awards and AIGA. In addition her work has been exhibited in various shows including a new acquisitions show at the Library of Congress.

Image Caption: Melinda Beck

Andrew Blaize Bovasso ’09Practicing as a Professional
Monday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Photography Department and the MICA Alumni Association will bring B.F.A. graduates Aiden Simon '09, Jen Plaskowitz '10 and Andrew Blaize Bovasso '09 back to campus to share their experiences of life after college. The discussion will demystify writing grant applications, dealing with galleries, getting access to resources and other issues. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Image Caption: Andrew Blaize Bovasso '09

Carrie Moyer, Frilly Dollop, acrylic on canvas, 2011.Carrie Moyer
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Carrie Moyer is a painter and writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has exhibited extensively in both the United States and Europe, and her writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Brooklyn Rail and Modern Painters. She has received grants and honors from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, Creative Capital, National and International Studio Program at the MoMA PS1, Art Matters and more. Additionally, she co-founded one of the first queer interventionist public art projects, Dyke Action Machine!, with photographer Sue Schaffner. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Hunter College in New York and serves on the board of the Skowhegan School of Art in Maine. This lecture is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Carrie Moyer, Frilly Dollop, acrylic on canvas, 2011.

JoAnn Gonzalez-HickeyJoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey has spent much of her adult life engaged in the visual arts as a practitioner, patron, friend and advocate. While amassing a considerable portfolio of contemporary art through the years, she never thought of herself as a collector. Employing no formal approach, she purchased work as interests, opportunities, life circumstances and space allowed. In 2005, having gained clarity and vision after moving to New York City and visiting with private collectors, she set out to formally build a collection focused entirely on unique contemporary abstract works on paper. Today, she owns more than 1,300 of these works by more than 240 international early- to mid-career artists. At this talk sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting, Gonzalez-Hickey will speak about her experiences.

Image Caption: JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey

Bill Plympton
Wedneseday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Bill Plympton is an American animator, cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short Your Face and his series of shorts Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog and Horn Dog. His illustrations and cartoons have been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse and National Lampoon. His political cartoon strip Plympton, which began in 1975 in the Soho Weekly News, eventually was syndicated and appeared in over 20 newspapers.At this lecture, Plympton will talk about his career as an independent animater who makes a living creating independent films. He will show some of his classic shorts, music videos, and clips of his recent work. He was also give a drawing demonstration and talk about how other filmmakers can make a living creating short films. This talk is sponsored by the Animation Department.

Mark Franchino
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Currently Mark Franchino is an associate professor of art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Previously he was an assistant curator and the Print Studio Coordinator at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D. where he organized an international artist residency program. Over the past 10 years his work has sought to explore constructions of everyday spaces and the nature of human dynamics that evolve within them. His works have been shown in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, and he has received numerous awards including the H. Douglas Pickering Memorial Award.This talk is sponsored by the Printmaking Department. 

Pepón Osorio, Lolo, pin, digital image, Plexiglas, and slippers, 2008. (Photo by Catherine Serrano)

Pepón Osorio

Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Pepón Osorio, best known for large-scale polemically charged installations and assemblages, was born in Puerto Rico. Influenced by his experiences as a social service worker in New York City, his pieces frequently evolve from interactions with the neighborhoods and people with which he works. His work has been shown at Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; El Museo del Barrio, N.Y.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C.; Museo de Arte De Puerto Rico; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia where he teaches art and art education at Temple University. The Mixed Media Lecture Series, the Office of Community Engagement, M.F.A. in Community Arts and the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice sponsor Osorio's talk.

Image Caption: Pepón Osorio, Lolo, pin, digital image, Plexiglas, and slippers, 2008. (Photo by Catherine Serrano)

Claire Sherman, Cave V, oil on canvas, 2010.Claire Sherman
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Claire Sherman is an American painter currently living and working in New York City. Her main body of work consists of landscapes-icy glaciers, ominous islands, rocky terrain and foliage-painted with oil on canvas. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Ltd., Art Agenda and Flash Art, and is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, and other noteworthy public and private collections. She is currently an assistant professor at Drew University in New Jersey. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

Image Caption: Claire Sherman, Cave V, oil on canvas, 2010

Artwork by Kathy HighKathy High
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist who produces videos, performances and installations about gender, technology, empathy and animal sentience, or the ability to experience and express emotions. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, and has completed residencies in Australia and Japan. She currently teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. At this talk, sponsored by the Fiber Department, High will show examples of her work followed by a screening of Death Down Under, a documentary looking at the ecology of death and sustainable methods of burial.

Image Caption: Artwork by Kathy High 

Randy Malamud (Courtesy Georgia State University)Randy Malamud
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Randy Malamud, Ph.D., is a professor of modern literature, ecocriticism and cultural studies at Georgia State University. He is the author of books on zoos, animal images and animal souls. He is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Society & Animals, a journal of human-animal studies; Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series; and The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series. His most recent book is A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age. This talk is part of the M.A. in Critical Studies' Graduate Colloquium lecture series, which is focusing on the theme "Human /Animal" for the fall semester.

Image Caption: Randy Malamud (Courtesey Georgia State University)

Lee Davis
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave. 
Social entrepreneur and designer Lee Davis will present "From Baltimore to Brazil: Designing a Global Social Capital Market." Davis is co-Founder and chief innovation officer of NESsT, and served for 15 years as co-CEO. NESsT has pioneered the field of social enterprise in emerging markets and was a 2004 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Lee is a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management, and currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley of California. 

Robert K.C. Forman
Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Gateway: BBOX, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.Robert K.C. Forman

Robert K.C. Forman, Ph.D., will read from his book, Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be, and lead a conversation at this lecture sponsored by the Humanistic Studies Department. A tenured professor of religions at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a professor at Vassar College, Union Theological Seminary and the New School for Social Research, all in N.Y., he teaches courses on mystical experiences and spiritual goals in every tradition, and his books are used in classes around the world. One of the leading voices in the academic debate on mysticism, Forman has been awarded numerous grants.

Image Caption: Robert K. C. Forman

Ceramics and New Technology SymposiumCeramics and New Technology Symposium
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7-8:30 p.m.
Graduate Studio Center: Auditorium, 131 W. North Ave.
MICA will host the Ceramics and New Technology Symposium-a series of lectures and panel discussions with some of ceramics leading artists: MICA Ceramics Department Chair David S. East, Neil Forrest, Rory MacDonald, Jeanne Quinn and Julie York. Having completed the Creative Residency in Ceramics and New Technologies (CRCNT) at MICA this past summer, the participants will discuss their experiences and work as ceramic artists and educators.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, CNCNT was a three-week residency at MICA this past June. Residents worked collaboratively and individually while researching and developing a new body of innovative artwork, and explored the creative potential of the intersections between ceramics and the new technologies of digital fabrication, the act of transforming a digitally- designed concept into a physical object. Future exhibitions of the works created during the residency are also being planned.

Image Caption: Jeanne Quinn, Everything Is Not As It Seems, porcelain, wire, paint, electrical harware, 2009.

Christian WulffenChristian Wulffen, Knowing and Doing
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
This fall, the Hoffberger School of Painting welcomes German-born Christian Wulffen as a critic-in-residence. After becoming interested in the concrete art movement associated with Max Bill, Wulffen developed a model of working based on systems and a concern with material expression. His current work focuses on information-how it is defined, gathered, processed, encoded, decoded, assembled, displayed, received and perceived. Wulffen teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art and has served as a visiting artist at institutions worldwide. He has exhibited widely, including at the Museum at Contemporary Art in Cleveland and at Dallas Contemporary. An archive in his name is housed at the Foundation of Concrete Art in Reutlingen, Germany. During his tenure at MICA, Wulffen will present a series of lectures focused on the rubrics of Knowing and Doing.

Image Caption: Christian Wulffen

Thomas Eggerer
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m.
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. 
Born in Germany, Thomas Eggerer moved to New York in the early 1990s and is now based in Los Angeles. In most of his work, which focuses on identity and gender issues in public space, the figure appears uneasy and out of place, creating a visual and psychological tension. His shows often consist of a variety of media, including drawings, collages and paintings. His work is in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles; and more. He has taught at Bard College in New York and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting. 

Image Caption: Thomas Eggerer, Fence Romance, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2009.


Top Image Caption: Pepón Osorio, Lolo, pin, digital image, Plexiglas, and slippers, 2008. (Photo by Catherine Serrano)

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.