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March 15, 2018

MICA Names 2018 Wm. O. Steinmetz '50 Designer-in-Residence

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Images courtesy of the artist, Zachary Lieberman

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) named Zachary Lieberman, a New York-based artist, design technologist and educator dedicated to exploring new modes of expression and play, as the 2018 Wm. O. Steinmetz ’50 Designer-in-Residence.

The two-day residency begins April 16, and includes classroom discussions with students, studio visits and a public lecture on Monday, April 16, 7pm, at MICA’s Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

As a designer and technologist, Lieberman takes an interdisciplinary approach to art and computation, focusing on how technology can be used to explore and extend what it means to be human. In collaboration with an international team of artists and programmers, he helped create EyeWriter, a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that allows paralyzed ALS patients to draw using only their eyes.

Lieberman is also co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation (SPC), an artist-run hybrid school founded in 2013, to explore the intersection of code, design, hardware and theory. The school approaches writing code like creative writing, “focusing on the mechanics of programming, the demystification of tools and hacking the conventions of art-making with computation,” according to SPC’s website.

Named after the late MICA alumnus, faculty member and longtime trustee William Steinmetz (1927 – 2016), the Wm. O. Steinmetz ’50 Designer-in-Residence program was established in 2009 to enhance MICA’s design culture by bringing outstanding practitioners to campus to share their valuable experiences and perspectives with students, faculty and the public. The residency was created thanks to an endowment fund established by Steinmetz’s spouse, Betty Cooke ‘46 as well as gifts from others in honor of him.

Past Steinmetz Residency recipients include Richard Niessen, Chip Kidd, Karin Fong, Cameron Sinclair and, most recently, Conflict Kitchen co-founders Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski.

Graduate Study at MICA
Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate school has been recognized in the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. With 20 unique graduate degree and certificate programs, MICA offers a rigorous experience for highly motivated artists, designers, writers, curators and educators seeking to realize a personal vision, gain the skills and connections needed for professional success, and develop meaningful, collaborative relationships and networks. For a full list of graduate programs and opportunities, click here.

For more information about MICA’s programming, or to visit the campus, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate [​at​] mica.edu

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