Nicole Herbert resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lafayette College with degrees in Anthropology and Art. Her interest in studying other cultures led her to spend a summer trekking in Nepal and influenced her decision to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she was awarded the MFA in Studio Art Scholarship and the Surdna Art Education Studio Fellowship. Nicole recently served as a post-graduate fellow at MICA as well. She currently teaches high school drawing, painting, and sculpture courses and has also taught sculpture courses at Lebanon Valley College. Nicole has exhibited her work and participated in public arts projects in California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Beijing, New York, and Washington D.C.
Kerry Adams was born and raised in Central New Jersey. She first learned about sculpture and installation art through making in a way that seemed most natural to her and began making large-scale multi-media concept-based installations while still in high school. In 2004, she received her BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and in 2009 she received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Kerry has exhibited her work in solo and group shows and as a grant recipient.
She sees her sculptures and installations as an interrelated body of work where each piece informs the others, across all media. In her work, Kerry uses the accumulation of handwork and time consuming actions to draw attention to passing free time that is usually viewed as insignificant. She is interested in the fact that our lives are made up of finite time and raises questions about the way that time is spent, accumulated, or valued.
Michael spends his time investigating public space, walking through cities, and driving across bridges. He makes maps, photos and videos of his experiences. He is interested in formulas and creating systems to generate art. He is co-founder of the Free Space Collective. He has a BS in Photography and Art Education from the State University of New York, an MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Budapest, and London. Domestically he has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Orlando, Baltimore, Washington D.C., among other places.
Leah Cooper is a Baltimore artist who is captivated by the everyday. Her focus often narrows to the smallest of cracks on the sidewalk and the faintest of shadows on the wall. Using contextually dependent installation she explores an expanded notion of drawing that questions where the liminal state exists between what is noticed and what is overlooked. She is an avid observer, a determined thinker, a purposeful maker, and an artist who designates a piece successful when it has generated more questions, rather than illustrated a single answer.
Leah received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, where she was awarded the MFA in Studio Art Fellowship. She completed her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Baltimore, Maryland. Leah was a 2010 Sondheim Finalist, a 2011 recipient of a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant, a 2012 Sondheim Semifinalist, and a 2013 William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund B Grant recipient. She has shown in The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, Arlington Art Center, Montpellier Arts Center, and RTKL Architecture Firm.