ADCAP faculty and staff are trained to develop innovative pedagogical tools and curricula for young artists and are especially qualified to guide the development of dynamic portfolios.

ADCAP students participate in MICA's YPS High School Studios and PreCollege Art & Design Residency Program. Many instructors in these programs are MICA alumni and holders of a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, often also earned at MICA. Several instructors also teach full-time at Baltimore City or Baltimore County high schools.


Meet the Staff and Faculty

Natovian McLeod is the program coordinator for ADCAP and PreCollege. She graduated from MICA in 2015 with her BFA in General Fine Arts and her Master of Art in Teaching in 2016. She is currently an Elementary School art teacher in Baltimore County Schools. She is committed to MICA and hopes to promote more accessibility and educational opportunities in education to students of color in Baltimore.

Born in Detroit, Christopher Batten began his undergraduate training at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and later completed his training at the College for Creative Studies where he earned a BFA in Illustration in 2006. Batten is a 2017 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA program, where he received a Hoffberger Merit Scholarship, the Dr. Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award, and two AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. While at MICA, Batten also served as a Graduate Program Assistant to Joan Waltemath, Hoffberger School Director. His artwork has been exhibited in cities such as Detroit, New York, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Atlanta. Subsequently, Batten’s works have appeared at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Red Bull Arts Detroit.  He has been an Artist in Residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit and the Creative Alliance.  Batten is also an art educator and is currently faculty at Bard High School Early College Baltimore and an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Michelle Dunn is the workshop instructor for seniors in the ADCAP program. She earned a MFA from Towson University in Studio Art with a concentration in Video and Photography. Her work has been shown and screened in galleries, contemporary art centers, and as public, urban projections. She is a certified K-12 educator and taught as adjunct faculty at colleges across the region. Currently, she is an Interactive Media Production Teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Aurelia Javier is a fine artist and arts educator originally born in Miami, Florida. In 2010 Javier earned a prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, and used it to become the first such scholar to attend Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with Cum Laude Honors, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from MICA. Javier was employed by Montgomery County Public Schools upon graduating in 2017, teaching bilingual (English and Spanish) Studio and Digital Art & Photography courses to middle school students. She is the recipient of distinct honors and academic rewards, including the Maryland Teachers of Promise Award in 2017. Personal and cultural identity, familial relationships, and genetic inheritance are some of the concepts that she explores in her artwork. Javier has exhibited her work in Maryland and Miami, Florida. Currently in her pedagogical and artistic practices, she investigates her conceptual ideas in art and researches educational theories while finding relationships to her work with children.

Archie Veale is a studio art instructor for ADCAP and has taught in MICA's Young People's Studios program and is the visual arts chair at Baltimore School for the Arts.