Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents the MA in Community Arts (MACA) Exhibition, a collection of the personal art of the community artists in MACA's graduating class of 2009, Thursday, July 16-Saturday, Aug. 1. The work represents the students' growth as artists during their time at MICA and with their community organizations. Artwork will be on view in Leidy Atrium and Rosenberg Gallery of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception with the artists takes place Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
Grounded in the principles of social justice, MACA immerses artists in intensive work with children, youth, and adults in community settings. Real-world experiences are supported by classroom study and independent studio work; students also implement their own community art project.
MACA student Iandry Randriamandroso's mission as a community artist is to connect people through art to find their own creative solution to environmental problems. Randriamandroso's ongoing "flat-can project" combines imprints of discarded, crushed aluminum cans he finds on Baltimore streets to inspire environmental activism while producing remarkable images.
"Individual effort is important in achieving a common goal. I found that in light of the problems we face in our environment today, an individual decision to bring about change is most important," Randriamandroso said.
Other projects include Laura Cohen's work with stoneware clay, slips, glazes, custom decals, and a twochamber, Noborigama-style wood and salt kiln to create thrown and hand-built containers that reflect the coming together of different Baltimore neighborhoods. Through collaborations with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex youth, Sarah Tooley has created a body of work stemming from the power of the collective voice that results from people coming together in parades and marches.