“Draw it OUT!”: a series of drawing related events organized by MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt taking place at MICA from February 25 to March 8, 2018.

Organized by MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt with MICA’s Director of
Exhibitions, Gerald Ross, Draw it OUT! presents lectures, by Claire Gilman of the
Drawing Center and Kelly Montana from the Menil Drawing Institute, 11 workshops,
and 2 panels that explore the many questions and interdisciplinary approaches
prevalent in contemporary practices. The conceptually based workshops invite
educators, students, and the public to draw in unusual ways. These take place in
the Meyerhoff Gallery on MICA’s campus. At its core, Draw it Out! seems to be
asking, “What is drawing?”; and “What is its significance today?”. Furthermore, and
perhaps most important, “What can it become?”
The exhibition emerges from a series of daily drawing workshops that take place in
MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery from February 25 – March 8, 2018. A closing reception
will take place on March 8 from 5-7 pm.
The following MFAST students and alumni are participating as workshop leaders
and panelists: Leah Cooper (’09), Chas Foster (’12), Natalia Gonzalez (’11), Phil
Hessler (’10), Nicole Lenzi (’07), Bart O’Reilly (’12), Jassie Rios (’11), Rebecca Rivas-
Rogers (’18), and Andrea Sisson (’20).

For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.


Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12): Guest Artist Lecture at McDaniel College

On Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. Bart O’Reilly will give an artist lecture at McDaniel College. The event will be held in in Peterson Hall, Room 104.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster, MD 21157.

“My work is concerned with the actions of time, light and human activity on places and their objects,” says O’Reilly.  “Within this framework I try to open a space for imaginary and poetic intervention.  Using physical objects or specific places I explore their history and materiality.  A claim to truly know or understand seems at best arrogant and at worst extremely dangerous.  I try to explore the slippage between what we perceive and what we claim to know.”

For more information, please click here.

Davin Watne (MFAST ’13) featured in solo exhibition at Western State Colorado University

With the upsurge of images being generated by photojournalists and social media outlets alike, Davin Watne’s Picture the Wall combines appropriated images, plein air paintings, and graphic depictions of flags to consider contemporary methods of representing nationhood, history, and contemporary American life.

The history of oil painting is steeped in the rhetoric of power. Evidenced by painters like Jacques-Louis David, who created public relations campaigns for political figures like Napoleon, and Gilbert Stewart, who painted the iconic portrait of George Washington. Drawing from this legacy, Picture the Wall employs the same visual language to interrogate how we understand our contemporary times and our social landscape through the images produced today.

Picture the Wall will be on view through February 17, 2017 at Quigley Gallery, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.

Artist’s lecture will take place at Kincaid Concert Hall on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30pm.

For more information on the artist, visit  www.davinwatne.com





John Penny: Stillness on view at Elon University

John Penny is a  mentor and professor of critical studies in the MFA in Studio Art program at MICA. He currently has a solo exhibition, entitled John Penny: Stillness, at Elon University’s Gallery 406. Much recent attention, particularly in Europe, … Continue reading