Joan Mitchell Foundation grant information…


The Joan Mitchell Foundation is excited to announce the Emerging Artist Grant Program, a new initiative designed to assist emerging visual artists across the United States. This pilot program will award a diverse group of ten artists with an unrestricted grant of $12,000 per artist in addition to professional support throughout the year.

The Foundation seeks to award visual artists who demonstrate excellence in their work, a commitment to their careers and artistic communities, and a willingness to engage in the varied support provided by this program. Recipients will have the opportunity to build relationships with one another, the Foundation, and an expansive community of arts professionals. The combination of funding and supplemental programming is intended to further recipients’ artistic practice, encourage career sustainability, and best equip them to make their own artistic choices and forge a unique career path.

A primary purpose of this program is to provide artists with access to opportunities that can effect positive change in their lives and, in turn, the field at large. Historically the Foundation has supported emerging artists through our MFA Grant Program; this program was suspended in 2013. As an organization that values cultural equity, we hope through this new initiative to benefit a population of artists beyond just the sphere of higher education, a system that can suffer from homogeneity and a lack of equity. We will thoughtfully engage a broad group of emerging artists and prioritize diversity in all areas, including artistic practice, geographic location, gender, age, background, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and all levels of educational attainment.

The Foundation defines “emerging” as those early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), who are gaining momentum, and may be at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be the most impactful. These artists demonstrate potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, and are not yet considered well established professionally by indicators such as major gallery representation, significant exhibition history, awards and commissions, or sustaining an income derived solely from art sales.

The Foundation will engage nominators nationally to recommend artists and an independent jury panel will select the program finalists. Nominators will include visual artists, curators, and professionals from arts organizations and the academic community. Nominators will be selected by the Foundation and participate anonymously: we cannot accept unsolicited requests or applications.

For expanded thoughts about this grant and our nominator process, please visit our From the Foundation page.

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Opening tonight featuring Regina Deluise…





If you happen to be in Essex, CT, this evening…then stop by Cooper & Smith to see work by MICA Photo Chair, Regina DeLuise. Come see the art and enjoy the music…!

Wallpaper* Magazine wants to showcase recent graduate work…

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                                             Above image example of a previous artist featured courtesy of Wallpaper* Magazine
“At Wallpaper* Magazine we are starting to look for 2015 graduates to feature in our Next Generation Graduate Directory Issue. We will choose a selected group of graduates, worldwide from BA courses that specialise in photography. This opportunity of showcasing the emerging photographic talent from photography courses across the world provides students with a platform to promote their work in our print issue and online.From the students we require a short blurb about their project and a few images to accompany this, an e-mail address and a link to the students website. Every applicants work will be reviewed and discussed by our photography team at Wallpaper*.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with
Attached is a link to our graduates from previous years;

The end of an era…

Changes Coming to MICA Photo Color Lab




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Today marks the end of an era for MICA Photo. This is the start of the renovation of the Color Photo Lab into a new multi-purpose space that will feature an expanded digital photo lab, and a flexible open area to be utilized for video installations, photo studio, and multimedia presentation. We bid a fond farewell to the hard working Omnia color print processor that served many a Basic Color class in the past. We will still support the processing, shooting, and scanning of color film, but the processor is moving on to a better place…wasn’t there a farm upstate that takes old processors to retire and roam freely in the pastures?

“Native Son” book release event…



We are happy to announce the second edition of Native Son by Joe Leavenworth.

Native Son, a series of photographs made between 2009-2012 while crisscrossing the Southeastern United States, was originally published by VUU in January 2014, and has been featured with Burnaway, Paper Journal,Capricious, Ain’t Bad, PDN and Vice, among others.

Please join us for the book release and signing hosted by Mast Books.

Thursday, June 25, 6-8pm

Mast Books
66 Avenue A
New York, New York

RSVP here!



Patrick R Pilkey



BFA in Photography – Class of 2014

“I graduated from MICA with a BFA in photography in 2014. At the time, I worked as a photographer for the Baltimore City Paper under Joe Giordano. After graduating, I left the paper and moved to New York to pursue an internship with photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Upon arriving, I began to intern at her studio in Soho as well as regularly assisting her on set.
I also began to work freelance as a photography assistant. and as a digital retoucher. During this time, I also worked as a behind the scenes set photographer for feature films such as Stereotypically You.
Three months after moving to New York, I landed a position as intern at National Geographic photographer Robert Clark’s studio. Not long after I began, I was moved from intern to Studio Assistant. Around this time, my internship with Mary Ellen Mark ended and I decided to stay in New York where I continued working for Robert Clark.
Recently, I have been promoted to Studio Manager for Robert Clark and work full time at his studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yards.
My duties mostly consist of managing the rental of the professional photography space in house, as well as acting as Robert’s First Assistant which includes editing, booking trips for National Geographic, and operating his photographic archive.
 I love my job…every day is a new and exciting adventure. Whether it’s thumbing through Robert’s archive of unbelievably beautiful and exotic photographs, to booking a Vogue shoot in the studio…there is never a dull moment. Although the position is taxing and requires a great deal of energy and time, I am still photographing and creating work as often as possible on my spare time.
I am currently working on a body of photographs about the culture of the American Appalachian region which was just featured online alongside an interview on Appalachian Appreciation. The end goal of the project is to complete and publish a book of the photographs. ”  – Patrick R Pilkey


MICA Photo student, Noorann Matties, is getting noticed…!

Noorann Matties makes Complex’s “20 Best Photographers Under 20″ list!

The website “Complex” (, a style, news, and popular culture website, has published a list of the “20 Best Photographers Under 20 Right Now”. We are pleased to announce that Noorann Matties, a MICA photo major, was listed among the twenty artists featured on the list!

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Please check out the link to the article on Complex:


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