Call for Curators: Curators’ Incubator at MAP!

Curator Incubator (1)

Obama Foundation Fellowship Opportunity!

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The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.

Apply Here!

Symposium TODAY…

MICA’s Constitution Day Symposium: What is Democracy?

The symposium will dive deep into the complex and often problematic issue of defining democracy, and how civic action, education and art factor into the conversation. The panels are questioning our individual assumptions and our understanding of democracy within the United States, probing deeper into the role of the everyday citizen in defining the very concept of democracy. Given the current political climate, many individuals and groups find themselves at a crossroads with regards to race, immigration, education and personal responsibility, amongst other issues. We must ask ourselves whether our actions shape our democracy or does our democracy shape our actions?”
12:30-2:00pm: Panel 1: Restoring Civic Culture

  • Kalima Young – Moderator (Educator, activist, facilitator, owner & at Kubla Khan Productions)
  • Dorcas Gilmore (GW Law, Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE)
  • Graham Coreil-Allen (Graham Projects – New Public Sites walking tour series
  • Gianna Rodriguez (Baltimore Youth Arts)

2:30-4:00pm: Panel 2: Educating for a Democratic Society

  • Amy Scott – Moderator (Senior Education Correspondent for Marketplace, NPR)
  • Zeke Cohen (Baltimore City Councilman)
  • Joseph Manko (Principal Liberty Elementary – Baltimore)
  • Adriane Pereira (MICA MAT)
  • Khadija Adell (North Avenue Knowledge Exchange)

5:00-6:30pm: Closing Conversation
The closing event will pair the artist Mel Chin in conversation with Johns Hopkins Professor of Political Science & Africana Studies, Professor Lester K. Spence. The participants will consider the role of art within a democratic society and the role of the everyday citizen in defining democracy.

Friday, September 22 at 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm

 Falvey Hall: Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA

Call for Entries – Deadline FRIDAY!

A National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition. 6th – 30th November 2017
Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Submission deadline: Friday, 22th September 2017

Call for Entries
Organized by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah, this national competitive juried exhibition will showcase contemporary works on paper by artists throughout the country. The exhibition will take place in the Gittins Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Eligibility & Media
All artists (18 years and older) residing in the USA are eligible to enter up to 3 original works that are either constructed from paper, or utilize a paper support. Works in Book Arts, Collage, Digital Prints, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking (including Monoprints) and 3D Paper Works are eligible. Works must have been completed in the last two years (Students and employees of the University of Utah are ineligible to apply).

Maximum 2D framed size: 50 x 36 inches
Maximum 3D size: 24 x 24 x 24 inches
We will not consider offset reproductions, nor digital reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium.

Juror: Willie Cole
Willie Cole is contemporary visual artist whose work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions: Montclair Art Museum (2006), University of Wyoming Art Museum (2006), the Tampa Museum of Art (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), Bronx Museum of the Arts (2001) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998). Cole’s work has been acquired by many prestigious institutions including: the High Museum, Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, to name just a few. He is represented by Alexander and Bonin Gallery, NY and Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham AL.

Submission deadline: Friday, 22th September 2017.
Notification emails: Friday, 9th October 2017.
Accepted works deadline: Friday, 27th October 2017.
Reception: 6-8pm. Thursday, 9th November 2017.
Exhibition: 6th November – 30th November 2017.

Please enter up to 3 works through Submittable at:

Images should be sized at 72 dpi, 2000 pixels at the longest dimension.

Entry Fee
A non-refundable fee of $22.50 for up to 3 works.

All entries must be uploaded by September 22nd 2017.

Delivery & Return of Accepted Artworks
Works accepted must be either hand-delivered or shipped ready for installation. Works must be framed under plexi (no glass permitted); works must be securely mounted and framed with all necessary hardware attached for hanging. Accepted works that require special installation must be accompanied with instructions and all necessary hardware for exhibition.

Square edged metal or wooden frames only. No ornate frames.

All shipping and insurance costs for artwork to and from the University of Utah are the responsibility of the artist. Make sure your shipping box is sturdy enough to reuse for return shipping and includes sufficient packing. PLEASE NO PACKING PEANUTS. Prepaid return postage and a pre-addressed mailing label must accompany all artwork. No cash payments for return shipping and no C.O.D.’s.

Accepted works must be delivered or shipped prepaid to:
Attn: PaperWest
Works on Paper Exhibition
University of Utah, Art and Art History Department
375 South 1530 East, Room 161
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0380

Hand-delivered works will be available for pick up from the Gittins Gallery: December 1st, 2017, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Sales & Awards
Sales will be encouraged and the organizers will put buyers in contact with artistsNo commission will be collected on artwork sold through the exhibition. A number of awards will be given. The entry fee is used only to cover juror costs, cost of website registration and prizes.

The University of Utah Department of Art and Art History will exercise reasonable care in handling but cannot insure works while in transit. Works are insured during the exhibition. The University of Utah Department of Art and Art History reserves the right to install the accepted works in the manner deemed necessary for exhibition or security reasons. Works that differ markedly from the submitted image will be disqualified. Accepted and exhibited artwork may be reproduced for promotional purposes. Sending an entry constitutes an agreement by the artist to the conditions set forth above. The names of all accepted artists, images of their work and images of the exhibition will be documented on the Art & Art History website.


More from Paul Lai

Complete gallery of Paul Lai’s internship photography…

Baltimore, MD — 8/5/2017 — Hug Don’t Shoot supporters standing on Reisterstown Road waving into the bus passengers . Day 2 of the 72 hours Baltimore Ceasefire. HUG DON’T SHOOT groups march from Druid Hill Park to Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue. Supporters gives out countless hugs and water to local Baltimore city residents. (Photo and caption by Paul Lai)


Here is a link to a full spread in the Baltimore Sun’s Darkroom site by MICA Photo major, Paul Lai. This is the work Paul produced while working on an internship with local photographer, André Chung. We featured the article before, but here is the full spread, 17 images…Kudos, Paul!

Baltimore Ceasefire Photographs

Women Photographers Grant Opportunity!

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PHmuseum is glad to present a new annual grant aimed at supporting women photographers. The PHM 2017 Women Photographers Grant aims to empower the work and careers of female and female-identifying professionals of all ages and from all countries working in diverse areas of photography. It further means to facilitate the growth of the new generations and promote stories narrated from a female perspective, while responding to the necessity to fight against gender discrimination within the industry.

New MICA Photo crib staff

Meet Andrew Vox…


MICA Photo would like to introduce our newest member to the Photo Crib Staff…Andrew Vox. Andrew will now be working evenings & weekends for us part-time. His regular schedule will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings this semester, but you may see him occasionally on other shifts covering for our other staff members.

Andrew has experience with all formats of film photography, has deep experience with the Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, and has worked with 3-D scanning & animation too. FYI…Andrew completed his MFA in Paris, France, and would be a good person to talk about what the experience of studying abroad was like for him. So stop by, say hi, and welcome Andrew into the MICA Photo Staff!