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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 2016 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions presented a broad range of new painting, sculpture, textile, photography, performance, and video work by: Lindsey Bailey, Jacqueline Bishop, Howard el-Yasin, Suzy Kopf, Kirk Daniel Palmer, Georgeann Schellenger, and Azucena Trejo Williams.

The MFA in Studio Art (MFAST) is an interdisciplinary low-residency program designed for experienced artists. The strength of the program is the integration of art practice with critical theory. Uniquely, MFAST students complete their graduate studies over three years plus one summer. Each year, students complete an intensive six week summer residency in Baltimore before returning to their independent studio practices all over the world. This year’s graduates currently reside in six different states and Qatar. During the time that students are not on campus, they keep in touch with their dedicated faculty mentors and peers through distance learning tools. Intensity and length of the program help to create a strong network of visiting artists, critics, and alumni that deeply influence the students thinking and practice.

The artists featured in this exhibition utilize a range of investigations, material choices, and cross-disciplinary approaches. Each artist channels a unique range of influences that capture their perspective, while representing a contemporary aesthetic. This exhibition promises to generate a lively dialogue in the academic community of the MICA campus and the audiences of Baltimore, Maryland and beyond.

Azucena _2Installation view of Reflection/Refraction by Azucena Trejo Williams.

Azucena_1The artist Azucena Trejo Williams in her installation, Reflection/Refraction.

Georgeann_1The artist, Georgeann Schellenger in her installation, crossing lines.

Georgeann_2Georgeann Schellenger’s Pile of Rags, mixed media with cloth.

Georgeann_3Installation view of Georgann Schellenger’s crossing lines.

Howard_1Howard el-Yasin in his installation work, Lint Collection.

Howard_2The artist, Howard el-Yasin preparing to enter his work, Lint Collection.

Howard_3Reception attendees playing in Lint Collection by Howard el-Yasin.

Howard_4Lindsey Bailey and Sarah Edelsburg in front of Lint Collection by Howard el-Yasin.

Howard_5Reception attendees playing in Lint Collection by Howard el-Yasin.

Howard_6Reception visitors observing Lint Collection.

Jacqueline_1Jacqueline Bishop in her installation, The Female Sexual Desires Project.

Jacqueline_2Installation view of Jacqueline Bishop’s The Female Sexual Desires Project.

Jacqueline_3Observing The Female Sexual Desires Project by Jacqueline Bishop.

Kirk_1The artist Kirk Daniel Palmer in front of No More Soldiers, an oil on linen triptych.

Kirk_2Installation view of Kirk Daniel Palmer’s No More Soldiers, an oil on linen triptych.

Kirk_3The artist Kirk Daniel Palmer in his installation Voyeur, an oil painting and found objects, and Talismans for the Glitter Thief, a group of oil paintings.

Kirk_4Installation view of Kirk Daniel Palmer’s Voyeur, an oil painting and found objects, and Talismans for the Glitter Thief, a group of oil paintings.

Kirk_5Installation view of Kirk Daniel Palmer’s Voyeur.

Kirk_6Installation view of Kirk Daniel Palmer’s Voyeur, an oil painting and found objects.

Kirk_7Installation view of the artist Kirk Daniel Palmer’s A Clear Day and No Memories.

Lindsey_1The artist in her installation, #bangagitatetransitrepeat.

Lindsey_2Entering Lindsey Bailey’s installation space and observing a video projection from #bangagitatetransitrepeat.

Lindsey_3Observing a gif projection in #bangagitatetransitrepeat, Lindsey Bailey’s installation.

Suzy_1The artist Suzy Kopf standing in front of her screenprinted wallpaper, Untitled (Cars+Cameras) with a book from her edition of thirty hand bound artist books, American Monument.

Suzy_2The artist Suzy Kopf standing in front of her screenprinted wallpaper, Untitled (Cars+Cameras) with a book from her edition of thirty hand bound artist books, American Monument.

Suzy_3Installation view of Suzy Kopf’s screenprint and watercolor series Gatekeepers.

Suzy_4Installation view of Suzy Kopf’s exhibition American Monument.

Suzy_5Installation view of Suzy Kopf’s exhibition American Monument.

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