Staff Empowerment Council

Staff Juried Exhibition

This exhibition showcases a wide range of artwork created by MICA staff members, ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber and sound art.

The 2021 Staff Juried Show that was scheduled for January has been postpone due to COVID-19. SEC is working with the Office of Exhibitions to reschedule.

Mineral Grit

2019 Staff Juried Exhibition

January 18 - February 10
Riggs & Leidy Galleries, Lazarus Center
Juried by Betsy Johnson
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-8 pm

Selected Artists

Amber Eve Anderson '16, Mary Baum '17, Heather Braxton '16, Dominique Butler '18, Emily Cucalon '14, Thomas Dahlberg '15, Ashley Eberhart '18, Alison Fischbach, Rachel Guardiola '15, Stel Kline '15, Josh Lohmeyer, Melissa Malguy, Catherine Rupan Mapp '17, Gerald Ross, Emily Schultz '17, Kirk Amaral Snow, Ann Marie Walsh, Beth Whitsel '10

Juror's Statement

It's 2019 and sometimes it seems like the world is on fire. International news reports tell of unprecedented climate change, widespread political unrest, entrenched discrimination, and a global refugee and migrant crisis. Deciding where to place one's energy and resources can be overwhelming in the face of so much need. But people are still making art. Through art we process experiences, share our truths, and imagine the world we want to live in. The work in this exhibition is created by your colleagues, neighbors, administrators, and friends. Here you can catch a glimpse of what MICA is made of.

Juror's Bio

Besty Johnson is a specialist in contemporary art and theory with expertise in curatorial practice, community engagement, museum education, and public programming. She earned a Master of Arts in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University and is ABD in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. As an independent curator she has organized exhibitions for the Washington Project for the Arts, the McLean Project for the Arts, the Arlington Arts Center, Metro Micro Gallery, WAS Gallery, and The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, among others. From 2013 to 2015 she led the development of the visitor experience and education programs at Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland. Currently she is an Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.


This biennial exhibition is organized by the Staff Empowerment Council with support from the Office of Alumni Relations and the Department of Exhibitions.

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