"The Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA has challenged me more than I could have ever expected."
Laini Nemett '12 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting) had been honored with the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, which awards recipients $15,000 for unrestricted career support.
Nemett said she is grateful for the grant, which will allow her to spend more time working on upcoming projects in her studio while making the transition from graduate school into the professional world. With the grant, she plans to collaborate with dancer Daniel Madoff to create a life-sized painting installation that will "serve as a stage for movement, engaging the body to address the nature and intimacy of how we interact with our surroundings."
Having participated in solo and group exhibitions all over the world-including New York, Italy, Africa, and Spain-Nemett has learned quite a lot, and she especially thanks MICA for her success. "The [LeRoy E.] Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA has challenged me more than I could have ever expected," she explained. "Director Joan Waltemath fosters both a vigorous and supportive environment that allowed me to dedicate the time I needed to my studio while being surrounded by other serious artists with whom I was able to discuss ideas, get feedback, or just have some down time."
Nemett also credits the faculty members she worked with, her experience as a Graduate Teaching Intern, and the overall creative energy on campus as important components of her graduate school experience.