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Bessma Khalaf exhibition at Gallery Four

Department — KVH @ 1:07 pm, Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Bessma Khalaf exhibition

Bessma Khalaf, California based artist, has a solo exhibition opening this Saturday at Gallery Four in the H&H Building. From their website:

Balancing mischievousness and malice, Khalaf’s processes of degradation (burning, eating, smashing, etc.) explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image. Khalaf proposes that beyond the nihilism of destruction, voids and absences possess generative possibilities, either in nature or in her practice. Figuratively and pictorially, voids carve an ambiguous space in the representation of landscape and the documentation of performance. Entrenched in process, Khalaf mixes mysticism, futility, and endurance when pitting herself against the overwhelming vastness of her surroundings, and the largeness of the romantic landscape…

Bessma will be visiting our department as a visiting artist next week, conducting critiques along with Nick Karvounis, former Printmaking faculty.

Yes Even You
Gallery Four, H&H Bldg.
April 19th – June 7th
Opening Reception: April 19th 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Basil Alkazzi opening this Friday

Department,Events,Exhibitions — KVH @ 9:34 am, Monday, March 24th, 2014

Basil Alkazzi is a renowned artist from Great Britain whose exhibition An Odyssey of Dreams is currently on display in the Rosenberg Gallery in the Brown Center. The large scale gouache paintings are abstract renderings of landscapes, skyscapes, flora, and vegetation.

alkazzi red flower

The exhibition was curated by Judy Brodsky, the founding director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper, which was later renamed the Brodsky Center, at Rutgers University.

Judy Brodsky is a pioneer in the world of contemporary paper and print. She will be speaking at the opening this Friday at 5 PM. Printmakers are strongly encouraged to attend – a chance to see work curated by her and meet Judy in person is a rare treat.

The exhibition is on display now, and hangs through Sunday, April 20th.

Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Paintings 2003-2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 28th, 5-7PM
Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center.

Spring Break 2014!

Campus,Department — KVH @ 9:27 am, Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Spring Break 2014 is next week, and technically starts this Friday at 5 PM! Woo!


Classes finish this Friday afternoon, and resume Monday morning, March 23rd.

Beginning Friday night, studio buildings will close at 11PM.
Dolphin should be open 7AM-11PM every day.

UPDATE: Printer Hours are limited over break, but will be available Tuesday and Thursday 12-2PM.

Please also note, the MICA store will only be open 9AM-5PM next week, and Campus Shuttles will only run until Midnight.

Other details including dining services and other campus building hours have been sent to your MICA email address.

Enjoy your break!

Juried Printmaking Exhibition opens March 11!

Department,Exhibitions,FUN! — faculty @ 8:15 am, Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Printmaking Department is pleased to present On The Mark, the 2014 Juried Undergraduate Printmaking Exhibition.  This year, the exhibition was curated by Laura Beth Langley.  She says  ”looking at the diversity of works that were submitted for this exhibit, I chose impressions that emphasized a purposeful mark found only in printmaking and works that express the essential character of the medium”.   Please join us March 11 from 3-5pm for the opening!


Print Weekend Baltimore, 2014

cool,Department,Events,Exhibitions,FUN! — KVH @ 10:00 am, Thursday, March 6th, 2014

This is a busy weekend for exhibitions here in Charm City.

First and foremost, the 5th annual Print and Multiples Fair, hosted by Open Space is taking place Saturday and Sunday.


PMF is being held at the D Center, at 16 W. North Ave (next door to Baltimore Print Studios), Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, from 12-6PM.

This is a huuuuge event, spanning multiple venues, 80+ vendors, music, sculpture, readings, interactive events, and so much more than we can list here. Details on all of the events can be found on this extensive Tumblr post.

Then, to get yourself in the mood…

Pregame your PMF weekend with Friday night openings on East Oliver St. The new,  ALLOVER STREET, presented by Process Collective is this Friday. Allover Street is a monthly series of simultaneous openings on E. Oliver St.


This month’s events include a print show called Black & White, curated by MICA Printmaking folk (Sonja Solvang, Marines Montalvo, Hunter-Savoy Jaffe & Marcel Mandeng), and exhibiting many more  (too many to mention!!).


Black & White, and is hanging in 2 locations:
Penthouse Gallery: 1511 Guilford Ave. Unit B501, aaaand
Annex 2E: 419 E. Oliver, Unit 2E.

The same night you can also find:
SPF Show at Springsteen Gallery, 1515 Guilford, Unit B303,
Techno Bambi at Lil’ Gallery, 1511  Guilford Ave. Unit C403,
Baltimore 1 at Gallery CA, 440 E. Oliver St, aaaaand,
A Print Media exhibition by our own Will McDermott, David Krasner, Matt Carignan, and Angie Heaps at Bodega Gallery 1511 Guilford Ave. Unit A100. More info on this show here. 

FINALLY, concurrent with the Saturday and Sunday PFM show, visit Discard Pile 2 doors over at Liam Flynn’s Ale House. Presented by Open Plough Market and Friends of Ibn Firnas, it’s a print & multiples fair focusing on the DIY, radical, and homegrown. This show was also organized by, and showcases many of our Printmaking Majors and Concentrators. Don’t miss it!

Discard Pile

The fair runs at the same time as PMF, Saturday and Sunday, 12-6PM.
More details can be found here. 

Inbred X Crossbed

Department,Exhibitions — KVH @ 2:26 pm, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

This Friday, March 7th, be sure to visit the opening for the Jackie Riccio’s Solo Exhibition Inbred X Crossbed, 5PM in the Gateway Gallery. Info below!




jriccio_solo show

WPG Excellence in Printmaking

competition,Department,Exhibitions — KVH @ 4:05 pm, Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The 4th Annual Washington Printmakers Gallery Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition just came down from display in their gallery in Silver Spring, MD.

While we’re a bit late with the news, we’re thrilled to announce that this year, their Grand Prize was awarded to our very own Jackie Riccio for her piece Crest.


Crest is a 10-color blend roll monoprint.

The exhibition was curated by Christopher With. You can view the top 4 awarded pieces here, and read a little bit more here about their Excellence in Printmaking exhibition series.

Tamarind bound 2014!

Department,Majors — KVH @ 11:09 am, Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Congratulations to Printmaking major Jackie Riccio (2014) and alumnae Danielle Blevins (2012) on their acceptance to Tamarind in Fall 2014!


Tamarind Institute, part of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, is a one and two year certificate program focused exclusively on Lithographic printing, whose goal is to create a growing pool of master printers.

MICA has been fortunate to maintain a relationship with Tamarind over the past 5 and 10 years, having seen a number of our alumni accepted into their program. We’re thrilled to see these two talented and deserving printers follow in those footsteps and step up to this new challenge. If the levels of abilities and craft gained by previous MICA/Tamarind alumni is any indication, these two will thrive in this new environment.

Congratulations again, we’re proud of you, and know you’ll represent MICA well!

MICA CARES Food Drive!

competition,Department,FUN! — KVH @ 12:00 pm, Monday, February 17th, 2014


The third-annual MICA CARES Food Drive is in full swing. 

The Maryland Food Banks see a deep drop in donations every year after the holidays. February is the worst month, and MICA is pushing to help where it can.


A donation box is located in the 3rd floor hallway of Dolphin (as are many more around campus!). You can find ours located on top of the hallway fridge, next to the faculty office.

The Food Drive is only for the length of February, so time is running out. Please bring non-perishable items to donate.

Items can include:

  • Canned meat
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned stews
  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Oatmeal & Breakfast cereal
  • Rice & Rice cakes
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruits & juices
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned soup
  • Sauces & Salad dressings
  • Evaporated or Powdered milk.


See Kyle if you have any questions!



Department — faculty @ 10:01 pm, Sunday, February 16th, 2014

The submission deadline for the Juried Printmaking Exhibition has been extended.

Work can be dropped off on Monday Feb 17 from 4-7 and Tuesday Feb 18 from 4-7 in the Litho studio.

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