Saturday, July 14, 2012

ARTSCAPE 31 AGAIN MAKES MICA THE CENTER OF BALTIMORE’S ART WORLD

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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) continues to serve as the anchor for Artscape, the nation’s largest free arts festival, from Friday, July 20–Sunday, July 22. Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and now in its 31st year, crowds of hundreds of thousands are expected to sample art, culture and cuisine in the streets around campus and in MICA’s galleries. This year, MICA will once again host the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists and will hold a special edition of MICA Art Market.

2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists
WHEN: Friday, July 20–Sunday, August 5; Reception: Thursday, July 19, 6–9 PM
Special Gallery Hours During Artscape: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 11 AM –9 PM; Sunday, July 22, 11 AM –8 PM
WHERE: Fox Building: Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

As part of its sponsorship for the festival, MICA provides campus space and facilities to host the annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists. The prize is one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Maryland: a $30,000 fellowship. Jurors this year include Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and alumna Shinique Smith ’03; Jane Hait, co-owner and director of Wallspace Gallery in New York City; and Carlos Basauldo, curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

MICA community members vying for the prize as finalists are student Jonathan Duff (Mount Royal School of Art), Matthew Janson ’09 (Mount Royal) and Photographic & Electronic Media faculty member John McNeil ’11. Additionally, those who made it to the semifinalist round include staff member John Bohl ’05 (painting), faculty member Lauren Boilini ’08 (Mount Royal), faculty member Gabriela Bulisova ’02 ’05 (photography, Photographic & Electronic Media), Leah Cooper ’09 (Studio Art), faculty member Brent Crothers ’89 ’03 (sculpture, Rinehart School of Sculpture), Caitlin Cunningham ’05 (general sculptural studies), Annie Farrar ’04 (painting), staff member Shaun Flynn ’01 (general fine arts), Carrie Fucile ’04 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts), Clarissa Gregory ’07 ’09 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts, Mount Royal), faculty member Joshua Haycraft ’09 (Mount Royal), Ricardo Hoegg ’88 (Hoffberger School of Painting), Lillian Hoover ’05 (Mount Royal), faculty and staff member Ryan Hoover ’06 (Mount Royal), Laura Hudson ’11 (Mount Royal), Mark Isaac ’07 ’08 (Digital Arts, Photographic &  Electronic Media), faculty member Nate Larson, Nicole Lenzi ’07 (Studio Art), Katherine Mann ’09 (Hoffberger), faculty member Matthew McConville, Sarah McNeil ’11 (Mount Royal), Steven Pearson ’97 (Hoffberger), faculty member Molly Springfield ’00 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate) and faculty member Michael Zebrowski.

MICA Art Market Special Edition
WHEN: Friday, July 20–Sunday, July 22, 11 AM –8 PM
WHERE:
Brown Center: Leidy Atrium, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

A special edition of MICA Art Market, a December holiday tradition, will be held over Artscape weekend. Twenty-five staff and faculty members will showcase and sell fine art and handmade objects. Visitors can talk one-on-one with artists about their work while enjoying the market’s lively atmosphere and supporting the local economy. A portion of the proceeds from sales at MICA Art Market go to student scholarships.

“Artscape now draws audiences from all over the globe and continues to prove that art enthusiasts span the spectrum of ages, races, genders and cultural backgrounds,” said President Fred Lazarus IV, who worked with other city leaders to establish the festival.

Unless otherwise noted, hours for MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays–Saturdays, 10 AM–5 PM, and Sundays, noon–5 PM,

Photos from Artscape 2011 by Phylicia Ghee ’10.