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Words on Wheels Collaboration Project Has Student Work Traveling Around City Via Bus, Train


Posted 04.20.10 by mica communications

Words on Wheels 2010

Words on Wheels--a joint project, now in its 11th year, with the Maryland Transit Administration, the Baltimore City Public Schools and MICA--brings together middle and high school students' winning poetry and MICA students' matching illustrations to create beautiful posters that will be displayed on buses and light rail trains throughout the city for the entire year.

The poetry, juried from a contest open to all Baltimore City Public Schools students, became the inspiration for MICA illustration students, who design the MTA poster artwork based on the themes in the poems. The winning posters will be seen for one year on board some MTA buses and light rail trains traveling throughout Baltimore, as well as one special "wrapped" bus, on the streets the first week in May, featuring a collage of the winning poster art and poems on the outside.

VIDEO: The April 20 launch event brought the poets and illustrators together to share their inspirations. Listen as the students read their poems. 


MICA Illustration Chair Whitney Sherman has overseen the project for the past 11 years. The participating illustration students this year are: Sarah Straub '11, Nick Kalivas '11, Lucy Lui '11, Kelsey Hopkins '11, Kate Brooks '11, Julianna Brion '11, Jimmy Malone '11, Jenny Lumelsky '11, Erin Watson '11, Sam Gauss '11, Christina Daura '11 and Cailin Nealon '11.

Visit www.micaillustration.com or www.mta.maryland.gov for more information on the program.

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.

Words on Wheels 2010

    To see a gallery of the 2009 winning designs, click here.