Call for Entries

“New York Arts Practicum” is seeking applicants for Summer 2018…


New York Arts Practicum 

Call for Applications 

Deadline: March 12, 2018

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world. The program is structured around apprenticeships with mentor artists, a critique seminar where participants produce work without access to their institutional facilities, and site visits to artist workspaces, galleries, and museums.

The intensive eight-week program offers participants a structured environment to experience the challenges of life as an artist. Mentees work in their mentor’s studio two to three days per week, meet Monday and Tuesday evenings for a critique seminar, and convene on Fridays for site visits in artist studios, galleries, and museums. Past participants have called the experience “demystifying,” “life changing,” and an “inspirational reality check.”

Want to learn more? Join program director Michael Mandiberg for a Google Hangouts info session on February 26 at 7:30PM EST. RSVP to

Mentors for Summer 2018

  • Chloë Bass will be studying scales of human intimacy, working on an experimental documentary, trying to set up an organized archive, and thinking about glass.
  • Doreen Garner will be recreating body parts in silicone in the studio; the silicone skins may take the form of impenetrable sex toys.
  • Heather Hart will be drawing in the studio and working on Black Lunch Table, an oral history project that fills gaps in art historical records on artists of the African Diaspora.
  • Pablo Helguera will be working in the studio on a new project at the intersection of art, education, and publishing, and planning a large solo exhibition for later in the year.  
  • Marisa Morán Jahn will be creating an experimental project using ritual and theatrical masks, digital screens, and mirrors, and planning an exhibition about Bibliobandido, a character who eats kids’ stories.
  • Amy Khoshbin will be in the studio working on performance, video, collage, costume and sound projects. 
  • Jen Liu will be working on stop motion and 3D animation for a new video; altering the genetic code of cow cells at Biotech Without Borders; and refilling her mind with ideas about women in technology, Asian Futurism, and the future of productivity.
  • Mary Mattingly will be working on public food with Swale and transforming military equipment this summer.
  • William Powhida will be making drawings about politics, money, and art in the studio and preparing for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Dannielle Tegeder will be working on a series of new projects exploring architecture and abstraction involving painting, poetry, and installation.
  • Penelope Umbrico will be working on a project that stages an e-waste upcycling environment within a gallery. You’ll collect/disassemble/repurpose e-waste (mostly monitors and TVs), and brainstorm ideas for programs on technological obsolescence.
  • Clement Valla will be creating a set of wrapped photo-sculptures of rocks and plants using 3D imaging technology, photogrammetry, and different 3D manufacturing processes to blur the boundaries between the immaterial and material worlds.

Last Year’s Practicum: 

Last year’s mentors were Chloë Bass, Taeyoon Choi, Brendan Fernandes, Doreen Garner, Heather Hart, Pablo Helguera, Marisa Morán Jahn, Simone Leigh, Mary Mattingly, William Powhida, Kenya (Robinson), Dannielle Tegeder, Brad Troemel, Penelope Umbrico, and Clement Valla. In addition to working with mentors, we had site visits with Park McArthur at the Whitney Biennial; Simone Leigh at Marcus Garvey Park; Amy Ritter and Devra Freelander at Socrates Sculpture Park; Geetha Thurairajah at Interstate Projects; and Brendan Fernandes at Recess. We toured the Guggenheim Museum with curator Anna Harsanyi; visited the studios of Sherry Milliner, Ernie Larsen, Amy Khoshbin, and Christopher Willauer; and had individual critiques with guest critic Wendy Vogel. As a group, we visited galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, and the Lower East Side; toured the Ribuoli Digital International Print Center; offices; Studio Museum Harlem; New Museum; Eyebeam; and Artsy headquarters; and participated in the Art+Feminism / Artsy Wikipedia Edit-a-thon and MoMA Wiki Loves Pride edit-a-thon.

Peabody Student needs a photographer

Photographer needed to shoot student musical performance…


Hello MICA Photo people…we just had a request for a photographer coming from a student at the Peabody Conservatory in Mt. Vernon. Please contact them if you can fit it into your schedule. Here is their request:

Dear All,
My name is Guilherme Andreas and I’m a student at the Peabody Conservatory. I have a performance with orchestra coming up this Sunday at Peabody at 3pm, and am looking for a photographer (I need to register the moment). Please this is a little urgent. Feel free to get in touch with me through this email or text/call 540 246 6029.
Thanks so much,
Guilherme Andreas

Junior Seminar show in Main 0 Gallery!

Join us for the Junior Seminar exhibition in Main 0 Gallery featuring current work from photography majors!


MICA Photo student accepted into Midwest Center for Photography exhibition

Nat Raum to exhibit in “2018 Midwest Photo Emerge” exhibition…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that Nat Raum has an image accepted into the 6th Annual Midwest Photo Emerge, a nationwide exhibition for emerging photographers. Congratulations to you , Nat!

Exhibition Dates:

MARCH 30 – APRIL 13, 2018


Midwest Center for Photography

1215 Franklin

Wichita, KS 67203

2018 Midwest Photo Emerge

MICA Photo alum wins award

Jack Sorokin (Class of 2015) wins award for food photography!

MICA Photo is proud to announce that Jack Sorokin has won an international award for his editorial work with food photography.


Here is Jack’s announcement:

“I’m excited to announce that I was a winner in the 28th Foodelia international food photography awards. My winning image below is from a shoot this past fall for Our State Magazine. I spend a an afternoon with chef John Fleer of Rhubarb here in Asheville, NC as he made his take on the traditional southern Appalachian, Buttermilk Cornbread Soup.”

MICA Photo wants to take this moment to congratulate Jack on this well-deserved award for his continuing hard work. Kudos, Jack!

Winner of 2017 Chairs Award exhibition on display in Wilgus Gallery

Zeina Zeitoun’ s exhibition “Half a World Away” opening reception this Thursday, February 22nd…

MICA Photo is proud to announce that last years winner of the “Chairs Award”,Zeina Zeitoun, is now exhibiting her work produced as a result of winning the award. Please come celebrate Zeina’s award & exhibition this Thursday evening at 7:00PM in the Wilgus Gallery located on the ground floor of the Main Building at 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

Zeina’s statement follows:

 “During the summer of 2017, after spending my undergraduate career trying to tell stories that are seldom heard or cared about from a place far away, I finally had the opportunity with the Chairs Award, to travel to the motherland of Lebanon to visit Syrian refugee camps and work alongside an educational program for Syrian refugees. With more than three thousand children enrolled, Jusoor (bridges in Arabic), creates a path to potential greatness for children who never thought greatness was in their future. While walking through the the camps and classrooms in the Bekaa Valley, I met children who have smiles that will break down all of your walls, eyes that glisten, and resilience and curiosity that could move mountains.
      These resilient children were born into war, they are children of war, but what I saw and experienced was the opposite. They have stories and are eager to tell them. They have faces and they are eager to show them. They are humans and they deserve to be seen as just that. Photographing them, learning their names, and recording their voices created a sort of blueprint in the world that will be seen and remembered.”
A little bit about the journey/how I got there:
I was a part of a group of volunteers from around the world who came to Lebanon to help with the summer school program. There were people from Spain, Italy, Germany, America, Dubai, and more. For some, it was their first time in a Middle Eastern country. I first spent some time at their Beirut location, and then I started traveling to the Bekaa Valley which borders Syria. Every day I would wake up at 5:30am to drive to Beirut from the mountains to catch the two hour long bus ride up to the valley. Being there, I would alternate and go to both of the locations. The volunteers would teach classes and lead outdoor games while I floated around each group taking photos, videos, and recording audio. I had all my gear on me at all times in case I needed it right away, and kept a notepad to attempt to keep track of names. It was physically and mentally exhausting, but when I got home I would sit and review everything that happened in my head which would make me even more excited about what the next day held.

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“Half a World Away” – Zeina Zeitoun

Thursday, February 22nd

7:00PM in the Wilgus Gallery

Ground Floor of the Main Building

1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

MICATalks 2018 – This Friday!

Join Alumni for MICATalks on Friday…

Come join us for a night of TED Talk inspired lectures as a hand-picked panel of successful alumni from a wide range of professional worlds share their journey with the MICA community. Speakers will be presenting on their current work and how they navigated life after graduation to get where they are today. The panel features alumni:

Jaime Bandres ’06 Graphic Design [UNIQLO]
Sara Dittrich ’14 Interdisciplinary Sculpture [Interdisciplinary Artist]
Melani Douglass ’15 Curatorial Practice [National Museum of Women in the Arts]
Jess Marx ’12 Photography [Freelance Product and Food Photographer]
Babs Tarr ’10 Illustration [Freelance Illustrator]

These incredible artists and designers will be each giving short presentations and taking questions as a panel. The event will be followed by a catered mix and mingle outside of the lecture hall, so come prepared to be a part of the interaction in this intimate lecture setting.

Register to Attend –

Free for MICA students and alumni. RSVP Required.