November 7, 2015

Visiting artist lectures

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Maren Hassinger, Women’s Work, first performed 2006. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

With its monthly artists lecture series, MICA continues to be at the forefront of conversations in the fields of illustration, filmmaking, social design, activism, public art, sculpture, fashion, installation, painting, performance, and type design. Have a look at a sample from the packed roster of upcoming innovators and arts leaders visiting MICA and Baltimore in November, and stay tuned for more updates from MICA coming soon.

All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the general public.

Tuesday, November 10, 1:30pm
Charles Long 
Sponsored by MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture, and Mixed Media Speakers Series
Charles Long’s sculptural works often engage with psychological, philosophical, political, and poetic concepts of the body, the mind, and nature. His work was included in the 1997 and 2008 Whitney Biennials and has been featured in over 40 solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries internationally.

Wednesday, November 11, 11am
Susanna Newbury
Sponsored by MICA’s Critical Studies Program
Susanna Newbury is assistant professor of contemporary art history, theory & criticism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her lecture “Speculations: Art, Real Estate, and the Image of Los Angeles” will examine the speculative roles played in charting the economic geography of contemporary art, particularly in downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 11, 7pm
Pablo Helguera 
Sponsored by MICA’s Curatorial Practice, Community Arts, Critical Studies, and Interdisciplinary Sculpture (BFA) Programs
Pablo Helguera is an artist, curator, champion of socially engaged art, and director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art. He has exhibited and performed at venues including the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, the Havana Biennial, and SITE Santa Fe.

Monday, November 16, 7pm
Maren Hassinger and Bill Schmidt 
Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Graduate Studies
Maren Hassinger is director of MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture MFA. In 2015, The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art organized and presented the retrospective Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming. Her work has also been featured in the exhibitions Now Dig This!: Art of Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists, and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. 

Bill Schmidtis director of MICA’s Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Arts Certificate. Schmidt’s abstract paintings and drawings have been exhibited at The Painting Center, Goya Contemporary, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Hillyer Art Space, Maryland Hall, and McDaniel College.

Tuesday, November 17, 1:30pm
Michelle Kuo
Sponsored by MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art, Critical Studies Program, and Mixed Media Speakers Series
Michelle Kuo is the editor-in-chief of Artforum. She also contributes to October and The Art Bulletin. She has written on subjects including Robert Rauschenberg, Fluxus, and Jeff Koons, and has lectured at institutions including the Centre Pompidou and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30pm
Kris Swanberg 
Sponsored by MICA’s Filmmaking MFA and the Maryland Film Festival
Kris Swanberg will introduce and screen her third feature film, Unexpected, and answer questions following the film. Co-written with Megan Mercier, Unexpected focuses on two women who discover their unplanned pregnancies at the same time.

Tuesday, November 24, 1:30pm
Byron Kim 
Sponsored by MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art, Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, and Mixed Media Speakers Series
Byron Kim’s work has been featured in several exhibitions in museums and galleries including the Berkeley Art Museum, Samsung Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Monday, November 30, 12:15pm
Sarah Templin 
Sponsored by MICA’s Illustration Practice Program
Founder of Baltimore’s own Radica Textiles, Sarah Templin will discuss why small businesses are worthwhile and creatively fulfilling. She will also explain how she combines digital and analog techniques to create whimsical, marketable, bold graphics and hand-drawn pattern designs on fabric.


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 nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs.

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