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1 Sam Acuff '15 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.) and Brendan Choi '16 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture), founders of Two Bolts Studios.
2. Renz Balagtas '14 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.), Sam Rietenbach '16 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.), and Juansebastian Serrano '15 (Painting B.F.A.), founders of Joint Youth Movement.
GFA Alumni-Founded Companies Receive Investment Funding Through MICA Up/Start Initiative
Two Bolts Studios, co-founded by GFA alumnus Sam Acuff '15 (General Fine Arts B.F.A.), received $25,000 in investment funding during MICA's recent Up/Start Venture Competition, a "Shark Tank"-style pitch and startup contest for students and alumni who are launching or growing businesses. Joint Youth Movement (JYM), founded by Renz Balagtas '14 and Sam Rietenbach '16 along with another MICA graduate, also received $15,000 in the competition.
Two Bolts Studios is a small fabricating shop focusing on handmade furniture that incorporates reclaimed materials. JYM's mission is to positively impact cultural and creative exchange in Baltimore by uniting emerging artists and creatives in an equal access, socially conscious manner.
READ MORE about Two Bolts Studios, JYM, and other Up/Start winners.
GFA alumnus Jeff Koons '76 was one of five artists from around the world awarded the U.S. Department of State's first ever Medal of Arts for their outstanding commitment to international cultural exchange and the Art in Embassies program.
WATCH: Jeff Koons talk about his Medal of Arts award with Time Magazine.
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