Welcome to the MICA Photography Department
From the Office of Communications:
Dear MICA Community:
Fall Break begins this Friday evening, October 17, and continues until the morning of Wednesday, October 22. As a reminder, there will be changes on campus regarding hours and services. Students are encouraged to check with specific departments, services and studios to determine when facilities will be available (note that all campus phone numbers are available online at mica.edu/directory). In general, however, please be aware:
Enjoy the Fall Break.
MICA Office of Communications
Excerpt from the Interview:
Wavepool – Can you introduce your ongoing documentary project Funny Animal People? Where do you see the project going in the future?
Tommy Bruce – Funny Animal People is an ongoing photographic and written documentary project focused on the Internet subculture of the Furry Fandom. For the last few years I’ve been investing myself in the community and tracking my experiences at conventions, meet-ups and all types of furry events. I am interested in the furry community as a site of social transgression and intense identity construction. The community holds an important place in my own sense of identity, and I have taken it as my duty to construct an image that accurately represents the complexity and importance I have observed and experienced within it. …
Here is an interview of Chrissy Fitchett (Photo ’15) from the Office of International Affairs discussing her study abroad experience.
Taken from the International Affairs newsletter:
Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Nepal and Northern India. Most of the time I was based out of Boudha, which is a Tibetan community in Kathmandu, Nepal.
What was one of your biggest takeaways from this experience?
One of the biggest take aways I had from my semester abroad were the relationships I formed. My Tibetan host family in particular made a huge impact on me. Being welcomed with so much love into someone’s home was a very touching experience that taught me a lot about humility, generosity, and to be honest, just generally about being a good human being. My host family truly feels like family to me now, and I’m still regularly in touch with them. Being away from the comforts of home definitely had its ups and downs though. Living in a developing country added another layer to the challenges of studying abroad, especially with trying to schedule homework time around power cut offs and availability. Overall, living abroad taught me a lot about creative problem solving and how to be very independent. I studied abroad with SIT, which stresses the importance of becoming culturally literate in your host country so that you can be basically self-sufficient. The last month of the program was completely independent. After navigating apartment hunting and conducting research in a foreign country, I now feel pretty confident that I can live alone abroad in the future, which is really satisfying.
How has study abroad affected your artwork?
My study abroad experience has been pretty transformative to my personal and professional goals. I chose the program because of an interest that I had in refugee studies and the Tibetan diaspora in particular. The SIT program was actually a wholly academic program, so all my photography work was independent. It was really refreshing to be in such an academically rigorous program that gave me the space to do field research. It was a great change of pace from studio work at MICA. The opportunity to live in such an influential hub of the Tibetan community of Nepal and conduct interviews was really incredible and definitely cemented my interest in Tibetan Studies. My thesis work right now is a photo-documentary about first generation Tibetan Americans, so my study abroad experience was very relevant and is still informing the work I’m producing currently.
What is InterLink?
InterLink is a really cool program MICA offers through International Affairs to help connect international students with the MICA community. In addition to being available as a resource for any questions international students might have, anyone can join me and the three other mentors at weekly events on campus. Even though the InterLink program is designed for international students, anyone is welcome to come along! I think it’s a really great program because it focusses on connecting students to the really great events that are already going on around campus. Especially as a Freshman, I was personally really hesitant to attend events unless I had a group of friends to go with me. InterLink provides that community, so you don’t have to feel intimidated that you might not know anyone at the event.
WINNING PHOTOS will be published in the May 2015 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine and entered into Nikon’s Emerging Photographers Hall of Fame. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of College and High School Photography 2015.
EARLY ENTRY: October 14, 2014
Early entry fee is $4.95 per photo entered (all entries must be uploaded or postmarked on or before October 14, 2014).
FINAL ENTRY: November 18, 2014
Early entry fee is $5.95 per photo entered (all entries must be uploaded or postmarked on or before November 18, 2014).
No Limit to Quantity of Entries.
• Rights remain with photographer
• Subject matter is open
• Finalists notified by January 23, 2015
• Winners notified by February 9, 2015
This contest is open to all college and high school students in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
2 FIRST PLACE GRAND PRIZES
2 SECOND PLACE AWARDS
2 THIRD PLACE AWARDS
10 FOURTH PLACE AWARDS
200 HONORABLE MENTIONS
100 College and 100 High School Honorable Mentions will be listed in the May 2015 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a certificate of outstanding merit.
PARTICIPATION GIFT All entrants from the U.S. and Canada receive 2 FREE ISSUES of Photographer’s Forum.
From Professor Jay Gould and Tim Mahoney (Photo ’15)
This exhibition welcomes the varied interactions of photographic rendering and sculptural materiality. We want to see how you choose to interpret this theme by submitting work to potentially be included.
The interaction of photography and sculpture has an incredibly rich history and is constantly evolving. In many cases, both emphasize the materiality of the work and visually demonstrate the properties specific to a material. This may be the materiality of whatever surface a photograph is produced on, or a visual dialog between materials in a photograph and the materials existing in three dimensions. Photographs often serve to record ephemeral sculptures that cannot exist more than a moment or even evade the sensitivity of our eyes.
Where do you see the interaction? Can you show the audience this? We challenge you!
• Artists will be contacted regarding their entries and notified about their status within 3 days of deadline.
• All invited works must arrive at the Middendorf Gallery in the Station Building for installation on Tuesday, November 4 (time TBD) Artists will be expected to install their own work.
• Pedestals may be requested. Questions you have about other installation should be included in the entry document
From MICA Operations:
Dear MICA Community,
As you may know, the MICA College Store is housed in one of Bolton Hill’s historic buildings, dating to the 1850s. Because the building has safety-related needs, the store will close effective today, so that we can begin assessments and planning for enhancements.
For art supplies, students are encouraged to utilize the nearby Artist and Craftsman Supply store next to the Lazarus Center at 137 W North Avenue, or the Blick Art Supplies (formerly Utrecht) store at 229 W. Chase Street. General school supplies can be found at the University of Baltimore’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore across the street from the Mt. Royal Station Building. Students and faculty needing special materials, text books, or ticket sales, etc., can contact the store staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For decades, the MICA store has been not only a source for materials, but for many students, the store has been a gathering place and a symbol of the uniqueness of a MICA education. Through the years, the store has grown with MICA’s student body, and expanded its offerings in a variety of ways. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff.
Vice President for Operations