Tuesday, February 15, 2011


The Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell Annual BSU Exhibition
WHEN:  The public reception with the artists Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6–8 PM; through Monday, April 11 
Room 420 of the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Above: Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell with Black Student Union artists from the 2010 exhibit. (Photo by Jim Burger ’82)

This exhibition showcases the work of members of Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Black Student Union (BSU).

Maryland legislators and residents view and purchase work made by emerging artists of color at an exhibition in Sen. Jones-Rodwell’s office in Annapolis that lasts for the duration of the legislative session.

This year’s show, entitled Skin Deep, is meant to engage and conjecture the notion that each person in society possess qualities that allure and fascinate, but not because of charm and beauty, but because of the diversity beneath the layers of their identity. The show features 11 artists, many from across Maryland.

Co-coordinated by MICA’s Office of Advancement and Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, the show evolved from a request by Sen. Jones-Rodwell to MICA President Fred Lazarus IV for African-American student artwork to display. Now in its ninth year, more than 60 students have participated in the exhibition—some for all four years of their undergraduate careers.

Since its inauguration in 2003, Sen. Jones-Rodwell has presented each participating student with official state citations. Sen. Jones-Rodwell represents the 44th district of Baltimore City. She is a member of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and is chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation. The mission of the BSU, overseen by the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, is to improve the quality of campus life for students of color and provide the best environment to foster the creation of artwork. All MICA students are invited to join the BSU and enter their artwork for consideration to exhibit and sell in the annual show.