MFAST Alumni and Faculty Highlighted in “Project Line 180” Video Series

MFAST alumna Elena Volkova (‘07) along with filmmaker Yevgeniy K’banchik have launched “Project Line 180,” a video series featuring interviews with contemporary artists from the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. In the first installment, Elena Volkova discusses her photography with actress Estelle Bajou. MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt explores expanding notions of drawing in the second video of the series. In the third installment, Billy Friebele (MFAST ’08) explains his process of repurposing found objects in his sculptures and installations. Two more installments are due to launch at the end of 2015.

Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone awarded residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington D.C.

MFAST alumni and faculty Billy Friebele (’08) and Mike Iacovone (’09) have been awarded the “Maker-In-Residence” residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington, DC through August 2016. Along with exploring 3D printing, scanning, laser cutting, and interactive technologies in their residency, Friebele and Iacovone will also host workshops and open studio hours at the MLK Library and the Tenley-Friendship Library. To see their progress, visit:

Renee van der Stelt’s Solo Exhibition at Barea College, KY

Doris Ulmann Galleries at Barea College is presenting “Borders & Migration: Shifting Geographies,” a solo exhibition of works by MFAST mentor Renee van der Stelt. In recent years, millions of refugees have been migrating throughout the Middle East due to violence and contested territories. Global economic power struggles for oil along with the control of governments continue to cause lines on the land to shift. This exhibition presents a visual response to the complexity of borderlines and ongoing human migration from the Middle East.

Renee van der Stelt is currently a faculty member in the MFAST program and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. In her mixed media works she seeks formal and conceptual ways to assimilate drawing into the sculpted form.

The exhibition is on view through October 18, 2015 at Barea College in Barea, Kentucky. An artist talk will be held September 3 at 4:30 p.m.