MICA Photo alum featured in new documentary film

Elle Perez (class of 2011) is featured in a new film as part of the “New York Close Up” series…

“Really great photographs,” Robert Adams once told us, “suggest more than just what they show literally.” Over these last few weeks, we shared the stories of two photographers who each take a unique and exceptional approach to capturing compelling imagery that contain narratives larger than what the images depict.

Still frame from the film

Elle Pérez, in a film from our New York Close Up series premiering this week, demonstrates their approach to staging pictures that also capture a raw and emotionally authentic quality. “I don’t think there’s a way to involve a camera without immediately involving a kind of fiction,” says Pérez, recalling their experiences of photographing entertainment wrestlers.

Kudos to Elle!

Upcoming internship deadline

Art museum internship deadline is approaching…

The deadline for the Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD is fast approaching. The WCMFA must have received all materials from applicants by Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM. The internship provides an in-depth behind-the-scenes art museum learning experience, with potential work in curatorial and educational activities. The intern will receive a $1,000 stipend.

The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of

The intern will become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the WCMFA and contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions, under the supervision of the Museum staff. The work of the intern will support WCMFA art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the Museum’s operations as
well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices.

Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills. The intern must submit to a background check/drug test.

The intern will be chosen by a Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director, and Staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art
Internship Fund.

The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.
To apply: Please submit the following required materials by April 5, 2019:
 Résumé
 Current, official transcript
 Letter of interest (cover letter)
 One letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor

Send complete application packet* to:
Jean Cushwa College Internship
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 423
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
*Official transcript may be sent by your school separate from your application packet.
After conducting interviews, the Museum will notify the selected applicant no later than April 19, 2019.
Find this online at http://wcmfa.org/internship-and-scholarship-opportunities/.
Questions may be directed to Jillian MacMaster at 301-739-5727 x 124 or educ.marketing@wcmfa.org.

Kottie Gaydos to show at Current Space Gallery


Current Space is proud to present Unfixed, a solo exhibition by Kottie Gaydos and Matisse in Bath, paintings by Se Jong Cho and sound by Marc Miller. Please join us for the opening reception.

Unfixed –
Kottie Gaydos

This work investigates the intrinsic role vulnerability plays in the healing process, and probes the instances in which the efforts of systems designed to protect and withstand harm, fail. Once stacked, ceramic vessels dipped in cyanotype, a light sensitive photographic emulsion, and left unfixed embody the liminal space between being and failure. These cairns function as counterpoints to archival pigment prints of unfixed cyanotype paper, framed and hung low on the walls. Coated with cyanotype emulsion, the frames are inherently photographic and bear witness to the environments in which they are hung, personifying the experience of the body as affected by internal and external forces. In concert, the cairns and photographic field of blue are a portal into a dialogue between the ideal and problematic body.

Kottie Gaydos holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She serves as Curator and Editor-in-Chief of Special Publications at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP) in addition to teaching at MICA and at Towson University. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S., China, and Japan and is in private and public collections, including the Cranbrook Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include the 40th Annual Paper in Particular, Curated by Eric Lutz, Columbia College Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia, MO, and Sentinels (III) : Organize, part of The Neon Heater’s Year Seven: The Temperature, curated by Ian Breidenbach, The Provincial, Kaleva, MI.

Opening Reception: March 30th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: March 30th – April 20th
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, noon – 4pm

MICA Photo alum featured on “Lens Scratch”

Angelo Ries (class of 2018) featured in group show…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that Angelo Ries has his senior thesis work exhibited in a group show on “Lens Scratch” in partnership with For Freedoms at International Center of Photography (link to show below).


Congratulations to Angelo for this great opportunity. Best of luck for continued success!

Spring Break Extended Checkout Requests!


If you would like to check out equipment over Spring Break complete the Google Form below!

Spring Break 2019 Extended Checkout Request

Purple Cow Art Swap

MICA is planning an art swap for the student body…

MICA students are encouraged to participate in a school-wide “art swap” where students trade artwork with their peers. Whether you have many pieces to trade, or just one, please come and share your work with someone else here at MICA.

The art swap is called The Purple Cow Art Swap and will be held in the lobby of Brown, this Friday, March 8, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. At this event, there will be students who display their work at tables, and are free to “swap” their work with other artists, but also students who are not tabling, who only have one work can casually arrive at the event to swap. It is recommended that all students who plan to attend fill out a table reservation form, which can be accessed through this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/wP9XxSEzjhoEBJjw1.

So come participate in this organized art trading fair, and collect some art from other students at MICA. Bring your work, or get a table from the link above.

More MICA Photo award nominations

Akea Brown (class of 2018) selected as a semifinalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that Akea Brown has been nominated as a semifinalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize for 2019. Details from the press release are listed below:

©Akea Brown – From the series “Black Picket Fences: Part II”

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the semifinalists for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Twenty-four artists have been selected for the semifinal round by 2019 jurors Laylah AliRegine Basha and William Powhida. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. A semifinalists’ exhibition kicks off Artscape weekend, July 19–21, 2019. Finalists for the competition are announced mid-April 2019.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists

  • Negar Ahkami, Arlington, VA
  • Stephanie Barber, Baltimore, MD
  • Akea Brionne Brown, Baltimore, MD
  • Amanda Burnham, Baltimore, MD
  • Call Your Mom, Baltimore, MD
  • Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Havre de Grace, MD
  • Zoë Charlton, Baltimore, MD
  • Mina Cheon, Baltimore, MD
  • Schroeder Cherry, Baltimore, MD
  • Bobby Coleman, Baltimore, MD
  • Nicole Dyer, Baltimore, MD
  • Christine Ferrera, Baltimore, MD
  • Phylicia Ghee, Randallstown, MD
  • Gun Show Project (Richard Chisolm & David Hess), Baltimore, MD
  • Taha Heydari, Baltimore, MD
  • Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper, Baltimore, MD
  • Sara Kaltwasser, Baltimore, MD
  • Khanh Le, Washington, DC
  • Tsedaye Makonnen, Washington, DC
  • Jackie Milad, Baltimore, MD
  • Nara Park, Washington, DC
  • Antoinette Suiter, Baltimore, MD
  • Stephen Towns, Baltimore, MD
  • Stephanie Williams, Washington, DC

Congratulations, Akea!