Welcome from the Provost
On behalf of the MICA community—a community of artists, designers, media makers, activists, scholars and educators—it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to graduate study at MICA. We have been preparing all summer for your arrival and are every bit as excited as you are to begin our work together!
As a group, you represent a wide spectrum of talents, interests, and experiences, and you have been selected for your program not only for what you bring to that particular area of work and study, but also, for what you will contribute to the larger MICA graduate community. The graduate experience at MICA emphasizes both the rigor and depth of individual programs and the vitality and richness that comes from the interconnections between specific fields of study and the shared community of graduate students, faculty, and staff. In addition to courses in your own program, you will have the opportunity to take electives with students from other programs, to participate in research projects and teaching experiences, and make use of facilities and attend exhibitions and events across the entire College.
The MICA graduate experience also extends throughout the city of Baltimore, through our community-based projects and programs, our alumni, and our professional and research networks, and nationally and internationally, through our visiting artist programs and travel and research opportunities.
MICA is deeply committed to the role that artists and designers can play in the cultural and economic development of the city of Baltimore. Several years ago, the Lazarus Graduate Center was created as a hub for MICA’s presence in the vibrant and growing Station North Art and Entertainment District. Over the past three years, additional programs and spaces were added to the Graduate Center, providing a total of more than 150,000 square feet of shops, labs, studio, seminar, gallery and office space that makes this one of the premiere facilities for graduate education in North America. In August 2015, we opened the new Film Center just up the street from Lazarus. Built around a collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Film Festival, the Film Center houses our MFA in Filmmaking and provides a state-of- the-art facility for film and media production in the heart of Station North. This past year a new community-based maker space and studio facility called “Open Works” opened on Greenmount Avenue, and we have worked with them to build a long-term educational partnership that will provide additional opportunities for MICA graduate students, such as access to discounted production facilities and space.
All of this is to say, we are immensely pleased that you have chosen to pursue your graduate studies at MICA and we aim to support you in every way possible in developing your work, your own unique voice, and your place within your chosen field. I look forward to meeting all of you at Orientation and to welcoming you in person to this amazing community in this amazing place!
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Convocation Speakers Announced
This year, Graduate Convocation will include a conversation with President Sammy Hoi and three distinguished leaders in the Baltimore arts community: Jed Dietz, Director, Maryland Film Festival, Lu Zhang, multi-disciplinary artist, researcher and organizer, and Maggie Villegas, Executive Director, The Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network.
Jed Dietz oversees all MdFF activities including the Maryland Film Festival, the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship (in partnership with the Sundance Labs), the Maryland Regional Production Guide, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway. Dietz is also a founding Board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, an advocacy group for more film and television production in Maryland.
Lu Zhang, an alumni of MICA Undergraduate in 2004 works in installation, sculpture, drawing, and text - often in response to a chosen site. Since receiving her MA Frank Mohr Institute, the Netherlands, her collaboration with the Baltimore art scene has been extensive including ICA Baltimore, PressPress and SPARE to produce publications and exhibitions; the George Peabody Library to launch a studio residency program, and The Contemporary to build resource initiatives for artists.
Maggie Villegas is a Baltimore-based arts and culture produces who currently develops and oversees community-driven arts initiatives throughout the city on behalf of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), including Art @ Work, Neighborhood Lights, Lots Alive, the Baltimore Mural Program, and the Transformative Art Prize.
Monday, August 21st, 4:30-5:30pm
Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Avenue
Next Week's Schedule
MICARD Solution Center at Lazarus Center
The MICARD Solution Center will be located in Lazarus Center room L175 on Monday, August 21, from 1 PM to 3 PM.
Review the Graduate Facilities Contract
Read up on guidelines and regulations for the use of graduate spaces in the AY2017 Graduate Facilities Contract. We'll take some time at Graduate Orientation to review the contract and answer your questions.