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Jon Latiano '12

Jon Latiano

Mount Royal School of Art

Class of 2012

Jonathan Latiano graduated from the Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art in 2012. His large, site-responsive, installation sculptures investigate concepts of time and our subjective perception of the past, present and future. The crux of Jonathan's artwork lies within the greyer notions of the physical world and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within it.

Jonathan Latiano chose Mount Royal because he wanted a graduate program that would offer him an artist community unparalleled to other schools in major cities. He felt the interdisciplinary nature of the program would allow him to continue the diverse conversations that had influenced his sculptural practice in New York. Jonathanʼs original plan after graduate school was to move back to New York. However after two years he fell in love with Baltimore and its art scene, or more appropriately, the people and non-profit galleries that make up the scene.

Jonathan came into Mount Royal as a sculptor with an open mind and willingness to "fail gloriously." What Jonathan found in the program was "a giant open source think tank with incredible artists and peers who opened my eyes to what my work could be." Mount Royal offered Jonathan a safe environment to take risks and think big. Jonathanʼs work was profoundly affected by the subversive and bizarre ways works in a variety of disciplines began to interact. After two intensive years at MICA in "hyperdrive" Jonathan felt that the progress he made would of taken him 10 years without his time as a Mount Royal.

Since graduation, Jonathan chose to stay in Baltimore due to the relatively affordable physical space to make work and the supportive creative community. Staying in Baltimore has proven to be a wise choice by Latiano, who has since then taught as an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University both in Washington DC, Towson University, and at MICA. He also won the prestigious Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in Art in 2013, which he attributes to his Mount Royal education. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and London England and his work has been featured regularly in local, national and international art publications. He recently been awarded a public arts commission by the city of Baltimore, scheduled to debut in 2018 and is also currently serving as the first Bunting Teaching Fellow in Fine Arts at MICA.

This page was last updated on 04/05/2017.