due to the covid-19 pandemic and in accordance with MICA senior leadership priorities to keep the community safe, the 2020 launch exhibition has been canceled. eligible mfa and ma (class of 2020) students may participate in future ay21 and beyond launch exhibitions.
LAUNCH 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.
All MFA and MA graduate students eligible to walk in May 2020 including Low - Residency (Summer) MFA students. Students will apply via online slideroom application and be notified of selection no later than the first week of May. Students are expected to be available for the installation and de-installation of their work.
2020 Launch Exhibition Curator
Marnie Benney is an Independent Curator working at the juncture of contemporary art and technology. Over the last decade, she has produced 27 exhibitions in city centers, public spaces, galleries and festivals around the world including the New York Hall of Science, University of Cambridge London, the National Aquarium in Maryland, and The Nook Gallery in Los Angeles. Benney is the Co-founder and Curator of AIArtists.org, the world’s largest community of artists using Artificial Intelligence, where she provides a platform for artists to share their practice and investigate the future implications of AI on society.
2020 Online Application opens February 17 - Closes March 16
2020 TIMELINE FOR APPLICATION AND PROCESS
TIMELINE FOR APPLICATION AND PROCESS
• February 17 Online Application Opens in Slideroom
• March 16 Online Application Closes in Slideroom
• March 30 Artists Notified
• April 1 Equipment Requests Due to Exhibitions
• May 11 - 13 LAUNCH Install Dates
• May 14 - 27 LAUNCH On View Dates
• May 14 LAUNCH Preview Reception
• May 15 Artwalk - Gallery Open
• May 18 Graduate Commencement
• May 28 -29 LAUNCH DeInstall
The first LAUNCH Exhibition opened on May 17, 2019 during MICA's Artwalk as a showcase of curated works from the graduating students of MICA’s 16 MFA, MA and Post-Baccalaureate programs. Curated by Ginevra Shay and Jerome Harris, Launch 2019 featured the work of 28 individual artists and an installation from the Social Design, MA cohort. 2019 Catalog design by Greg Fisk, Graphic Design, MFA '20. Launch 2019 was on View at ICA Baltimore from May 15 - May 29, 2019.