Thursday, February 23, 2012


imageFilm Screening: Bezalel on Tour Student Animation Films
WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 5–9 PM
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Celebrate the display of Bezalel on Tour, an exhibition showcasing some of the best contemporary creations by more than two dozen Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem alumni, with a reception from 5–7 PM. Afterward, there will be a screening of 12 Bezalel student short animation films from 7–9 PM (Above: Student work from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design by Lior Ben Horin [Screen Based Arts Department]).

imageEdible Shelters
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 3:30 PM

WHERE: Fox Building: Cafe Doris, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

This year’s Exhibition Development Seminar class will partner with the younger students of the Young People’s Studios program at MICA to create Edible Shelters. After touring a portion of the Under Cover exhibition, students will use various edible materials to create individual shelters in response to the show that they can eat or take home. Registration information is available at (Right: Keith Perelli, Evacuate, oil on paper on wood, 2005.)

imageAnn McCoy
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 10:30 AM
WHERE: Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, curator and writer who has been involved in studies of comparative religion, Jungian psychology, 15th-century alchemy and Native American culture for 30 years. McCoy worked with founder of analytical psychology Carl Gustav Jung’s main successor, Dr. Carl Alfred Meier, in Zurich for 28 years and has studied alchemy both in texts and in her dreams. McCoy has worked on alchemical studies in the Vatican Library and the Corsini in Rome. Her work is included in the collections of major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirschhorn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the winner of a Prix de Rome, a DAAD Berliner Kunstler grant, an Award in the American Arts, a Pollack Krasner, and a Gottlieb, among others. For the last three years she has created fairy tales dealing with the alchemical theme ―the death of the king. Her Berlin exhibition on this theme has been featured in the Berlin Zeitung, Fabrik Magazine and the Huffington Post. This talk is sponsored by the Hoffberger School of Painting.

imageMonday Artist at Noon: Irina Nakhova
WHEN: Monday, March 5, Noon
WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. M
ount Royal Ave.

Irina Nakhova graduated from the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts in 1978. She is an installation artist and an academically trained painter who parlays art historical references into interactive environments that are humorous and poignant,‖ according to Marina Mangubi, landscape painter and professor at Ebert College of Wooster in Ohio. Nakhova has had a long and distinguished career with numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Moscow, Austria, Estonia, Chicago and London. She is a member of an unofficial artist group that is now known as the Moscow Conceptual School and has been a member of the Union of Russian Artists since 1986. Since 1992, Nakhova has lived and worked between Russia and the United States. Nakhova taught contemporary art at Wayne State University in Detroit, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Her artwork is in museums and private collections in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Practicing as a Professional
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 4 PM

WHERE: Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The Photography Department and the MICA Alumni Association will bring B.F.A. graduates Melis Bürsin ’06, Lindsay MacDonald Hite ’08 and Christopher Simpson ’09 back to campus to share their experiences of―life after college. The discussion will demystify the process of writing grant applications, dealing with galleries, getting access to resources and other issues. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

imageAfter receiving the 2006 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship, Bürsin collaborated with Adam Pape ’06 on a project titled ‘Turkish’ Photographs. Bürsin, who is from Istanbul, has been photographing throughout Turkey for the past five years and has participated in various group shows. Currently, she is pursuing a M.F.A. at Columbia University.

After graduation, Hite channeled her interests into an entrepreneurial wedding photography career that combines her experiences in documentary, fashion and editorial work. She has documented celebrations in places that range from New York and Palm Beach to Mexico and Saint Lucia. This year, she and three business partners launched a boutique photography collective, Readyluck. Their work has been recognized by Martha Stewart, Vera Wang and Brides magazine, among others.

Since graduating from MICA two years ago, Simpson has been busy creating his own work, developing documentaries and shooting for various clients—including Dannon, Nutrisystem, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and Calvin Klein, among others. Working as a photographer has taken the New York-based artist to the Mojave Desert, vineyards in Portugal and the Caribbean, where he spent three months producing work on the people and culture of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Currently, Simpson is working with his father, Jerry Simpson, on a documentary about world-renowned studio drummer Steve Gadd. (Above top to bottom: Christopher Simpson ’09, Landing Gear, digital C-print, 2009; Work by Lindsay MacDonald Hite ’08; Melis Bürsin ’06, Untitled, 2011.)

imageMark Cordell Holmes: Story by Design
WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 7 PM
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Cinematic storytelling, an examination of storytelling in film, is a look at the theory and application of visual design to narrative storytelling. Cinematic storytelling conveys meaning, emotion and mood in the service of story. Looking across a range of feature films and animations, design choices can be examined for their clarity of intent—how the visuals reinforce, complicate or contradict the intents of the story. A veteran of the Pixar Animation Studios art department for more than 15 years, Holmes has had the privilege to work with and learn from some of the industry’s most successful storytellers, artists and craftspeople. With a background in environment design, graphic design and art direction—as well as writing fiction and screenplays—Holmes continues to explore how each craft can inform the other. Holmes’ talk is sponsored by the Animation Department.
Photo from Ignite Baltimore 9.

imageIgnite Baltimore
WHEN: Thursday, March 15, time and price TBA

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Five minutes, 20 slides. What would you say? At every Ignite Baltimore, 16 selected artists, technologist, thinkers and personalities take the stage to answer this challenge with the goal of sparking new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines. Ignite Baltimore will celebrate its 10th show this year. To be notified of event updates or for more information, visit (Image: Ignite Baltimore 2009)