MFA in Community Arts Thesis Exhibition

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MICA Place 814 N. Collington Avenue

This thesis exhibition combines the work of students using their own creative voices while investigating the relationship of the citizen artist and art to community building and advocating positive change. The installations are located in the historic East Baltimore neighborhood at MICA PLACE (Programs Linking Art, Culture, and Education).

Participating artists: Shana R. Goetsch, Anne Kotleba, and Jessica Haywood Wyatt

Reception: Saturday, May 12, 5–7 pm

MFA in Community Arts 2012 consists of a small, creative group of women, originally hailing from America's Heartland. These three individuals are highly motivated artists and community arts facilitators. Their MFA in Community Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Heartland, is a culmination of two years of intensive work within communities, both local and abroad.

Please join them for the public reception on May 12, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at MICA PLACE, where you will find a variety of art and surprises. Some of these include: the mixed media pieces of Shana R. Goetsch and Anne Kotleba in the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and a county fair themed reception, refreshments and dance party. Also, Here Comes The Bride! A Real-Life Wedding!, a performance piece by Jessica Haywood Wyatt, will be live in the Project Room on the night of the reception. Experience the thrills and chills of a real-life wedding and get your photograph taken with the blushing bride later that evening.

Studio 208 will feature textile work from Wyatt, a screening of FUNdraising, a documentary by Kotleba which explores the passion behind a team of young people becoming change agents in their neighborhood, as well as Art That Circles The Earth: an Exhibition of Collaborative Mandalas. This series includes the art of national and international artists who worked together for the past three years on community arts
initiatives with Goetsch.

The 2012 MFACA Graduate Candidates will also be hosting <3 Heartland: Artist Talk on the afternoon of Friday, April 27 from 1:15 - 4:00 pm in the MICA PLACE Rouse Company Foundation Gallery.

The MFA in Community Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Heartland runs April 25 through May 16, 2012 at MICA PLACE, 814 N. Collington Avenue in Baltimore. Gallery hours are by appointment; contact MICA PLACE Program Manager Kristy Taylor at 410.225.2254 or ktaylor03@mica.edu.

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