Class of 2014

Ashley Lathe


Ashley Lathe, from North Carolina, has exhibited his work nationally and is included in several corporate and private collections. A two-time McColl resident, he was a founding member of two Charlotte art advocacy organizations; Charlotte Artery (multiple grant recipient from Charlotte Arts and Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council) and Core Visual Art. He is currently an MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Recent Work:




Laura Borneman


Laura Borneman is a native of Buffalo, NY. Borneman’s work is often based on her immediate surroundings and combines direct observation with fantasy and dream imagery. While she has always identified herself as a painter, Borneman’s current project takes the form of a sculptural installation inspired by artist’s such as Ilya Kabakov and Louise Bourgois. Using simple materials such as cardboard, plaster, cement, latex paint and dollhouse miniatures, she combines dark humor, fantasy, and dream imagery, inspired by concepts of the Theater of the Absurd, to create a world that is both a critique of human behavior, as well as a flight into a dream world. She has multiple degrees in art, literature and education and recently resigned from her position as a tenured professor of painting and drawing at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, CA. to return to the East Coast. Borneman has had solo shows in Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and has participated in numerous national group shows.

Recent Work:

1. Round and Round

2. The Foolish and the Determined

3. Believe

Jennifer Bell

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“There is a transcendental dimension beyond language. It’s just hard as hell to talk about!”
~ Terence Mckenna

Born in 1980, Jennifer Bell is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA. She trained in the classical tradition, specializing in portraiture while studying at Montgomery County Community College and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. In 2009 Jennifer received her BFA with honors in painting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Currently Jennifer is attending the Maryland Institute College of Fine Art Low-Residency Masters program, where she will graduate in 2014. When she is not working on public projects or in her studio, she can be found cultivating the art of her teaching at Montgomery County Community College. Examples of her performative interventions, outdoor sculpture, paintings, drawings, and portraits can be viewed at

Recent Work:

Bell_Jennifer_1 Froggy

Bell_Jennifer_2 Meet You

Bell_Jennifer_3 Waterlilies

Nikki Moser

nikki at furnace 2013 copy

Nikki Moser is a sculptor, teacher, mother, goddess, friend, and student in different orders on different days. Her work has manifested itself in cast iron, printmaking, photography, mixed media, video and sound. Driven by a desire to assemble objects and ideas in ways that recast light, propose an alternate dialog and subtly implicate the viewer, her media corresponds intimately to the concepts. She is a Pennsylvania Council on the Art Rostered Artist, an Instructor at Keystone College, and President of the Board at Artists for Art Gallery in Scranton PA. In 2010 she co-founded Keystone Iron Works, an Iron Casting program for at risk high school students, which has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts awards. She has a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. Sugar Jones, her design and fabrication company has served clients in the local and global market since 1991. She regularly exhibits her work and has sculptures in many private collections. She sews, likes playing with fire and makes lots of chocolate chip cookies.

Recent Work:

Do You Buy It_ cash box side

Do you Buy It_ candy detail


Miguel A. Navarro

Navarro headshot

Miguel A. Navarro was born in Los Angeles, California.  He received his BFA from University of California at Santa Cruz and is currently completing a low-residency MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland.  Miguel works in sculpture, video, installation and performance.  He has exhibited at The Plastic Factory in Los Angeles and attended the MakeShift residency in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Miguel lives and works in Los Angeles, California with his two sons.

Recent Work:

Navarro 5x7 Pryor

Navarro 5x7 shot N

Navarro  Beuys

Erin Barach

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Erin Barach is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on drawing and installation. She received her bachelors from Skidmore College and is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at Maryland Institute College of Art. Erin studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and in 2011 she did a drawing commission for the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions hosted at CUE Art Foundation. Erin was an artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Center at Woodside and Brooklyn Art Space (formally Brooklyn Artist Gym). While living in New York, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Kentler International Drawing Space, and Pace Prints. She is a member of the Art Advisory Committee of Millburn/ Short Hills, NJ. Currently Erin lives in Baltimore, MD where she works at Make Studio, a community-based studio for artists with disabilities.

Recent Work:




Joy Moore


Joy Moore is a Texas-born artist who has earned degrees in Sculpture and Psychology from the University of Houston. She is a current MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. Observer, modifier, and subverter, she generates visual and performative inquiries into human conditions.

Following academic study at MICA, Joy will pursue studio residency, a research project, and participation in the continuing development of empowering pedagogies for the 21st Century.

Recent Work:

1_Joy Moore_How to Explain Death to an Imaginary 5-Year-Old

2_Joy Moore_These Things Are Killing Me

3_Joy Moore_These Things Are Killing Me

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