March 29, 2013

MICA’s inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class presents individual thesis exhibitions

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

From March through June, Maryland Institute College of Art students in the inaugural M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program will present individual thesis exhibitions at select venues throughout Baltimore. The innovative M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice, the first of its kind in the United States, prepares students to take a responsible approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life. Designed to forge connections among art, artists and the community, the program’s collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation.

The line up of exhibitions includes the following:

Global Perspectives is an exploration of cultural identity, connecting Baltimore refugees to the pottery traditions of their home countries. Curated by Jaimianne Amicucci.
Baltimore Clayworks, March 2–April 13.

Reloading the Canon: African Traditions in Contemporary Art aims to address the influence of African art on the Western Canon of Art History. Curated by Allison Gulick
James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University, March 5–April 2.

Perception & Ability is an exhibition at Evergreen Museum & Library that addresses the way imposed labels can limit our perceptions of an individual’s abilities. Curated by Gabrielle Buzgo
Evergreen Museum & Library, March 10–May 26.

EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency, an experimental socially-engaged art project exploring the concept of home and integrating contemporary art into everyday life. Curated by Hyejung Jang.
School 33 Art Center, March 22–May 25.

@ the Trails is an exhibition that asks you to explore the grounds of Cylburn Arboretum with the help of your smart phone using technology to create artfully interactive experience. Curated by Matt Spalding.
Cylburn Arboretum, April 19–May 15.

Clifton Park Works, an outdoor site-specific exhibition in Clifton Park features new work to engage visitors with fascinating, yet largely forgotten history. Curated by Emily Clemens.
Civic Works at Clifton Park, April 20–May 25.

Stories in Form from the Baltimore American Indian Center focuses on contemporary forms of storytelling including collective publications, graphic novels, performance and documentaries. Curated by Catherine Akins.
Baltimore American Indian Center Heritage Museum, April 26–May 26.

Globe Poster: Not to be Missed! is an exhibit celebrating Globe Poster Printing Corp. and their iconic posters promoting African-American music from golden era R&B to Go Go. Curated by Chloe Helton-Gallagher.
Creative Alliance at the Patterson, April 27–June 15.

Baltimore Satellite Reef will feature City Arts resident Karida Collins as the last in a two year series of community-based exhibitions. Curated by Deana Haggag.
Gallery CA, City Arts Apartments, May 3–June 28.

These thesis exhibitions are only one part of the thesis work on view in Baltimore this Spring. Exhibitions for M.F.A. candidates in the Hoffberger School of Painting, the Mount Royal School of Art, the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Photographic and Electronic Media, Community Arts, Graphic Design, and Illustration Practice will fill galleries on the MICA campus as well as in the Station North Arts District. The first round of shows runs from March 29th to April 14th. The second round of shows runs from April 19th to May 5th.

In addition, lectures by the artists will be held in the auditorium of MICA’s Graduate Center on April 23, 24, and 25. A symposium on the theme of “The Real and the Ideal” will take place in the Walters Art Museum on May 4th from 10am to 6pm.

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