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Washington Post Highlights MICA's Leadership in Baltimore Art Scene

"The Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU 88.5 FM discusses topic further with Post critic

Posted 07.11.10 by MICA Communications

Artists at MICA

WASHINGTON--The Washington Post reviewed the Baltimore art scene and highlighted MICA as a leader in the growing artist community in a July 11 article, Expansive lofts inspire expanding minds. Chief Art Critic Blake Gopnik wrote, "We're in Baltimore. Over the past five years or so, the art scene there has taken off. ... There's a fine source for that emerging talent: The Maryland Institute College of Art, one of the country's leading schools, has boosted its enrollment by 50 percent in 10 years." The article was in the Baltimore Arts Special in the Post's Arts & Style section.

  • Listen: The Kojo Nnamdi Show interview with Gopnik.

After reviewing the art in Baltimore as "fun," "wacky" and "weird," Gopnik concluded that "all this mixing of bohemian and sober, of art and music and theater and film, suggests another possibility: that it's the scene itself, in all its fascinating complexity, that is the true work of art in Baltimore."

The article cited the MICA survey of admitted freshman, which found that students think of the art school's location in Baltimore as a major reason to attend the College. Some students revealed they preferred Baltimore over New York and Chicago, citing the former's vibrant arts and music scene.

Several members from the MICA community, including alumni and faculty members, are mentioned in the article.

The Baltimore Arts Special also included stories about the city's film, theatre, pop music, opera and underground sound scenes, in which MICA is mentioned for its leadership role in Station North's development.

Image caption: Image from 2009 Experimental Fashion Event.

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.