Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) this spring features three exciting and provocative exhibitions of thesis work by master of fine arts candidates from MICA's Graphic Design, Hoffberger School of Painting, Mount Royal School of Art, Photographic and Electronic Media, and Rinehart School of Sculpture programs. All shows take place in MICA's Decker, Meyerhoff, and Fox 3 galleries, located in Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
A public reception with the artists for MFA Thesis Exhibition I (Friday, March 27-Sunday, April 5) takes place Friday, March 27, 5-7 p.m., and gallery talks are Wednesday, April 1, 1-4:30 p.m. MFA Thesis Exhibition II (Friday, April 10-Sunday, April 19) features a reception on Friday, April 10, 5-7 p.m., and gallery talks Wednesday, April 15, 1-4:30 p.m. A reception for MFA Thesis Exhibition III (Friday, April 24-Sunday, May 3) takes place Friday, April 24, 5-7 p.m., and gallery talks are Wednesday, April 29, 1-4:30 p.m.
Graphic Design MFA students use graphic design as both a formal medium and a means to engage contemporary culture through work that ranges from the scholarly to the experimental to the political. Rinehart School of Sculpture students reflect the dynamic and diverse nature of sculpture today using a range of media-including performance, video, and multi-media installation-and materials as traditional as metal and stone or as unusual as rice and human hair. Artists in the multidisciplinary Mount Royal School of Art create solo performances (live and video), complex color photo prints of invented conceptual worlds, experimental animations, sculptures confronting issues of identity and baroque construction using industrial materials, and paintings dealing with vignettes of dark American scenes.
Hoffberger School of Painting MFA candidates emphasize a deeply held relationship with a symbolic order, often with pop sources taken from the Internet, films, or pulp fiction. While painting is a primary vehicle, the works themselves often contain fragments from multiple disciplines, and the thinking behind them embraces an intuitive grasp of concepts stemming from contemporary mathematical, scientific, or philosophical thought. Candidates in the newly restructured MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media are examining the impact of technology on the diverse practices of photography-creating work that utilizes techniques of digital cinema, interactive environments, sound installations, Web-based practices, social networking, and wireless media.
These emerging artists are fully engaged in defining the expanding role of the artist in contemporary society and exploring new possibilities for creative expression afforded by emerging technologies.
MICA's galleries are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
For more information, call 410-225-2300.