Queer Threads: Students Engage With Traveling Exhibition
Fiber faculty and artist Aaron McIntosh collaborated with curator John Chaich and the MICA Exhibitions Department to bring “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” to the Decker Gallery this academic year. The traveling exhibition examines lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities and ideas through fiber crafts. A dynamic series of artist talks and craft events were held throughout the exhibition, including a month‐long project facilitated by Aubrey Longley‐Cooke to engage community members in creating stitched portraits celebrating Baltimore’s LGBTQ leaders and everyday people. Other visiting artists included Harmony Hammond, Jesse Harrod, Rebecca Levi, John Thomas Paradiso, and Nathan Vincent. McIntosh also developed a course “Queer Threads: Response” that convened during the Spring semester to engage students with the objects, processes and issues in the exhibition. Students developed studio projects in response to the show, curating and producing their own exhibition.
Fiber Alumni Win 2016 Sondheim Prize
Close up of Monument Quilt
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, an artist collective and activist effort founded by Hannah Brancato '07, '11 (Fiber BFA, Community Arts MFA) and Rebecca Nagle '08 (Fiber BFA), was recently named winner of the 2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. This prestigious honor includes a $25,000 fellowship for artists living and working in the Greater Baltimore region and the opportunity to exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
FORCE is currently comprised of a 30-member, national team. Their efforts have been felt nationwide-going viral during a provocative social media campaign and literally blanketing city streets and green spaces across the country through the large-scale, collaborate fiber piece, The Monument Quilt.
Learn more about Brancato and Nagle's efforts to upend attitudes surrounding rape culture.