Friday, February 2, 2018


Maryland Institute College of Art | 1300 W Mt. Royal Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21217 |


The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announces a series of winter visiting artist talks that showcase artists and designers working in wide range of fields, including data visualization, fine art, photography, design and more.
Part of MICA’s long-standing tradition of inviting working artists and designers from around the world to speak with students and the local community, the visiting artists scheduled to speak this season represent the diversity of global art, as well as the ways in which art and design influence politics, community activism and media.

Recent visiting artists include internationally renowned Chinese artist Xu Bing, conceptual artist Andrea Zittel and curator and artist Fred Wilson, among others.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For more details, visit

Andrea Polli
A lecture by scholar and artist Andrea Polli, whose work examines the intersection of art, science and technology. Polli’s practice includes media performance and installation, public interventions, curating and editorial, directing and writing. Presented as part of MICA’s Mixed Media Series and by the Rinehart School of Sculpture.
WHEN: Monday, February 5, 4 p.m.
Lazarus Auditorium, Lazarus Center, 131 W North Ave., Baltimore

Type Family: 4 Design Authors @ MICA
Four designers and authors discuss their work, featuring M.F.A. in Graphic Design Co-Director Ellen Lupton, author of Design is Storytelling; Doug Thomas ’16 (Graphic Design M.F.A.), author of Never Use Futura; and M.A. in Graphic Design Director Sandra Maxa and faculty member Mark Sanders, authors of Typographic Design, 7th Edition. Book signings with the authors will follow.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore

Shirin Neshat with Christopher Bedford
The multidisciplinary Iranian artist Shirin Neshat discusses her work, whose themes include gender, identity, politics and contrasting life between the West and Muslim countries, with Baltimore Museum of Art Director Christopher Bedford. Presented as part of MICA’s Mixed Media Series.
WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore

Dawoud Bey
Photographer and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey speaks about his work, which is known for documenting black communities and marginalized groups. Presented by the Photography Department in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation and made possible by MICA alumnus Stuart Cooper.
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 6 p.m.
Lazarus Auditorium, Lazarus Center, 131 W North Ave., Baltimore

Pictured: Shirin Neshat (photo by Lyle Ashton Harris), Dawoud Bey and Andrea Polli.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.