Friday, April 29, 2011


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) celebrates its 162st Commencement with a weekend of arts-related events and exhibitions that invite the community to the College.

Friday, May 13–Monday, May 16; Friday, 11 AM–8 PM; Saturday–Monday, 11 AM–5 PM
WHERE: Campuswide

  • Animation Senior Screenings: Friday, May 13, 7 PM, Brown Center: Falvey Hall
  • Senior Video Screenings: Saturday, May 14, 7 PM, Brown Center: Falvey Hall
  • Campuswide Reception: Sunday, May 15, 1:30–5 PM

The 2011 Commencement Exhibition highlights works by 400 emerging artists in the undergraduate class of 2011. By transforming the College’s permanent galleries, hallways, classrooms and open spaces into one expansive gallery, each student is able to show a substantial body of work. Programs of study: animation; art history, theory, & criticism; ceramics; drawing; environmental design; fiber; general fine arts; graphic design; illustration; interaction design & art; interdisciplinary sculpture; painting; photography; printmaking; and video & film arts

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 5 PM
WHERE: Campuswide, starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. TICKETS: $25 for exhibition and casual buffet
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Office of Advancement at 410.225.2339.

imageStroll through the MICA galleries, mingle with young artists and fellow art enthusiasts, and discuss the students’ artwork at the special preview party of the 2011 Commencement Exhibition. ArtWalk guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public. (Hope Guzzo uses “wounded” food imagery—that is both repulsive and attractive—to explore the process of abjection, the visceral response when confronted with trauma and damage of the bodily envelope. Pictured: Tomato, C-Print, 2010)

imageArtWalk guests begin their evening at the celebration tent at Cohen Plaza, just outside of Brown Center, where they will be given maps to stroll through the galleries, open spaces, hallways and classrooms of six architecturally significant MICA buildings that are filled with graduating students’ artwork. It is a visually energizing 3K walking tour. Many seniors will be on hand in their exhibition areas to meet ArtWalkers and discuss their artmaking processes. (Photography major Lynley Bernstein’s senior thesis, Shifting Structures, explores the instability of Baltimore’s housing, both structurally and as the market is transformed by gentrification, institutional expansion, speculators and other elements. Pictured: Middle East/Broadway, East Baltimore, C-Print, 2010)

In between strolls and after the exhibitions close at 8 PM, guests are invited to relax and enjoy casual dinner fare and have a glass of wine at the Finish Line Café, located inside the celebration tent on Cohen Plaza.


MICA Masters Benefit Art Sale
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, noon-4 PM
WHERE: Studio Center, 113-131 W. North Ave.

This annual benefit art sale offers a chance to browse and buy inexpensive works of art from students in the Mount Royal School of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, Rinehart School of Sculpture, M.F.A. in Graphic Design, M.F.A. in Photographic & Electronic Media and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art departments. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will support a graduate-specific scholarship. The sale, which includes a reception, is a rare opportunity to visit the studios and facilities of the College's graduate programs. The Studio Center has a unique and fascinating history, and the building serves as an anchor of the burgeoning Station North neighborhood.

InterArts: MICA/BSO Exhibition
WHEN: Friday, April 29-Tuesday, May 17 (including Commencement)
Reception on Friday, April 29, 5 PM
WHERE: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby, 1212 Cathedral St.

The spring semester InterArts: MICA/BSO class culminates in an exhibition presented by MICA student artists, with works inspired by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This MICA/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra collaboration was launched by MICA faculty member Pat Alexander and BSO violinist and MICA artist-in-residence Ellen Orner in 2005. The goal of the class is to present visual art in the context of the symphony space. Students working in a wide range of mediums attend rehearsals and concerts and research the symphonic program as they are guided through the process of transforming a concept into a site-specific work of art, preparing it for exhibit, and presenting it to a non-traditional visual art audience.