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David Ubias

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MFA, Mount Royal School of Art

Class of 2009

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Company: Urban Outfitters, Inc.

Location: Baltimore Inner Harbor, Maryland

Position: Display Artist

Brief Description About Your Position: I have a monthly budget used to shop for materials to interpret creative direction and transform the store’s environment of 10,500 square feet. I have also had several opportunities to travel to seasonal concepts (or prototypes), store openings, and renovations in locations, such as Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and DC.

Favorite Aspects of Your Position: Having my own woodshop/studio at work, traveling, mentoring a display assistant, and working with other display artists.

Lessons Learned Throughout Your Career: Measure twice... cut once. Always have a plan B. Six in the morning is not really that early. Spray mount is the most effective way to catch flies.

How Did You Get Where You Are Today: I have always enjoyed drawing. Early on, my Mom would buy me those giant sketch pads from Walgreens to keep me occupied so I wouldn’t fight with my brother. Prior to graduate school, I was a studio assistant for artists Michael Jones McKean and Aaron Parazette. I have also worked with museum programs and gallery exhibitions at Blaffer Museum, Walters Art Museum, and Reginald F. Lewis Museum. My personal studio is currently located in the artist warehouse, Area 405, in Station North.

How Did MICA Prepare You For Your Career: In graduate school I had the resources and encouragement to realize ambitious projects. The sculpture portfolio I built then proved invaluable during the interview process with Urban Outfitters.