LAUNCH 2019 is a showcase of curated works from the graduating students of MICA’s MFA and MA programs. This exhibition coincides with MICA’s Commencement activities including ArtWalk, giving the Graduate Community a strong and compelling presence alongside the Undergraduate Exhibition, during one of the most celebratory and electrifying weekends on campus.
2019 LAUNCH Curators
Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Ginevra's photography and studio practice are in many ways inextricable from her site-specific curatorial work; they reflect one another through their investment in fostering an openness of exchange and dismantling passive engagement. Ginevra uses photography and sculpture to depict poetic moments of observation and adaptation. She is the curator of Rose Arcade and former Artistic Director of The Contemporary. Ginevra is the 2019 Mollie Ruprecht Visiting Artist at the University of Vermont and a 2018 Maryland Individual Artist Award Recipient for Photography. Her solo exhibition "Stars Exalt the Darkening Sky" is on view at NO/ Gallery in Gent, Belgium through April 14. She has lectured and participated in panels at the Queens Museum, the Oakland Museum, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the College Art Association's National Conference, and the Society For Photographic Education's National Conference. Her work and publications are in the libraries of Yale University Art Gallery, The International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jerome Harris is a graphic designer, educator, writer, and curator from New Haven, CT, and currently based out of Baltimore, MD. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a BA in Communications from Temple University. Harris' research into the exclusion of African-American graphic designers has manifested as an exhibition which is showing at various universities and arts organizations throughout 2019. His graphic design practice embraces the aesthetics and methods of cultures on the periphery through his personal and professional work. Harris has most recently worked with Chobani, Yale University's Afro-American Cultural Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and fine artist Brendan Fernandes. Harris also shares his love of music, spinning as DJ Glen Coco, or choreographing for his dance Instagram page @32counts.