Bill Gaskins returns to MICA as Director of the Photographic & Electronic Media MFA uniquely suited to lead and take it to the next level. His depth of experience represents a rich tapestry of practice, teaching, and research in photography and media.

Bill Gaskins is an informed and inspired professor, acknowledged by his students and peers for his teaching as a winner of the Watts Prize for Faculty Excellence, Cornell University Department of Art in 2016, and the University Distinguished Teaching Award at the New School University in 2011.

Bill explores questions about visual and media culture in the twenty-first century through photography and media from an interdisciplinary professional and academic foundation that includes his body of arts and culture writing framed through photography, the history of photography, visual and material culture, and American and African American Studies scholarship. A critical entry point for Gaskins’ work is his fascination with the myths of photography, and American life through depictions of race in visual culture.

He is the author of the groundbreaking monograph, Good & Bad Hair: Photographs by Bill Gaskins, and has published essays and reviews in numerous journals including, The Society of Contemporary Craft, Artsy, Exposure The Journal of The Society of Photographic Education, and The New Art Examiner, among others. His relevance as a contemporary artist has garnered attention through books, catalogs, solo and group exhibitions at major venues including the Crocker Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Smithsonian Institution.


Artist in Residence: Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theater and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer and creative producer. Previously she was the senior director of cultural production at Powerhouse Workshop, a contemporary arts center and fabrication facility scheduled to open in 2020, and the director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital (2012-2017), leading the financial and advisory services programs and advising artists towards the full realization of their projects.

Prior to joining Creative Capital, Lisa was associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she organized exhibitions including Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration, Currents: Latifa Echakhch, and Supply & Demand. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and has held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and from 2004-08 owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member Triple Canopy.


Artist in Residence: Mark Alice Durant

Mark Alice Durant is an artist and writer living in Baltimore. He is author of 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography, Robert Heinecken: A Material History and McDermott and McGough: A History of Photography. His essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Art in America, Aperture, Dear Dave, FOAM Magazine, Photograph, and many catalogs, monographs and anthologies, including Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing, Jimmie Durham, Marco Breuer: Early Recordings, Richard Learoyd: Portraits and Figures, and The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire. With Jane D. Marsching, he was co-curator and co-author of Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal. He was co-curator and co-author of the traveling exhibition Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Post War America and curator of Celestial at the Camera Club of New York and Notes on Monumentality at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  He has served on the faculties of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College, and Syracuse University. He is a professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Maryland. In 2011 he started the website which is devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art.  In 2017 Durant began publishing Saint Lucy Books.