Thesis Show 2020


In response to Covid-19 related closures of arts institutions all over the country, a collaborative effort started at RISD created the Thesis Shows 2020 digital platform presenting the work of

graduating students of peer arts institutions. We invite you to see the work of the MICA Photography class of 2020, as well other young artists’ works all over the country.

In conjunction, we have built a virtual thesis exhibition to display the hard work, creative labor, and dedication of these students. In it you will find their portfolios and senior book.

“Two months have passed since COVID-19 shut us down. From my new social distance, I’ve witnessed a great range of emotion. Although the disbelief, frustration and anger seem to be shifting, the reality remains. My class continues to work intensely and with great passion. They have created compelling and beautiful work over their senior year at MICA. What I know now, is that their dedication to their practice and to each other has been forged. This will fortify and serve them always.” Regina DeLuise

Maryland Institute College of Art Photography BFA Class of 2020

Emma Cheshire

Sarah Eckstine

Noah M. Fisher 

Jacqueline Foss

Sam Glick

Rebecca Gohn 

Asha Jamila Holmes

Jason Magid

Alli Reichert 

Edgardo Guerrero Salomon

Matthew Wagner

To the seniors, we applaud your work, your commitment to each other and the well being of our society. We have loved seeing your drive to question, to make, and to respond.  This spirit will serve you as you navigate what comes next. What comes next is always unknown, but in these unprecedented times, the weight of uncertainty feels more ambiguous and heavy. We can say, with great certainty, the work displayed in the creation of this site is proof of a ubiquitous collaborative spirit that exists in your generation of makers. It is stronger and more unified than ever before. 


B&H Photo is still open for online & pick-up purchases…

B&H Photo has contacted MICA Photo with an update on where they are at as a company and to assure you that they remain present as a resource and an ally to our students and faculty. Message follows:

“The B&H Photo Video Manhattan SuperStore is temporarily closed for all in-store sales. Our warehouse and used departments are both operating at full capacity and will continue working to support the buy-online/pickup-in-store option as we continue to serve customers in a safe manner. The SuperStore will remain closed through Saturday, March 28th at which time the company will reassess the present situation. We will be extending our return policy to minimize customer disruption during this period and, as always, our outstanding sales staff can be reached through phone, online chat, and email.

Now more than ever, I would encourage your students and staff to sign up for the EDU Advantage Program to make the most of our exclusive product discounts and free delivery. The EDU Advantage Program is for personal purchases for students and staff and it is a great tool that can be utilized while at home and “in class”. We offer a wide array of products including distance learning solutions, laptops, webcams and more.”

B&H is a prime resource for us, and we wanted to pass along this information in case anyone needs to place an order. Best wishes to you all during this difficult period! ~ MICA Photo

Jobs & Opportunities

Recent listing of local, regional, and national jobs in the Arts…

DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Arlington County is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for its official Arlington County Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate will serve as an advocate for poetry and the literary arts and will advance Arlingtonians’ consciousness and appreciation of poetry in its written and spoken forms. He or she will represent Arlington County’s commitment to fostering a creative environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and community participation.

The Poet Laureate will build on Arlington County’s well-received literary programs, including the Moving Words poetry competition, now in its 20th year, bringing poetry to a wider audience and strengthening Arlington’s place in the region’s rich literary community. The Poet Laureate program will be managed as a partnership between the Division of Cultural Affairs in Arlington Economic Development and Arlington Public Libraries.

Before applying, please review the complete Call to Poets describing the Poet Laureate’s duties, eligibility requirements, review criteria, selection process, terms and timeline.

Learn MoreNEW! JOB OPPORTUNITY: Public Art Communication Manager, Lancaster, PA
DEADLINE: Friday, March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m., EST
SALARY RANGE: $41,304.66 – $53,696.06

The Public Art Communication Manager works within the City of Lancaster’s Office of Public Art. Reporting to the Public Art Manager, the position is responsible for managing Public Art Community Engagement (PACE), a program that pairs artists with neighbors to define future public art projects that fit wants, needs and desires of the people that will experience it the most, through art-making-centered conversations.

PACE artists foster deeper connections within the community to create meaningful works of public art with the people for whom it matters most. The PACE Manager works to facilitate resident-driven public art projects in Lancaster City neighborhoods. They have skill sets and knowledge in both public art and community service. 

Education, Training and Experience:High School diploma or GED and formal arts training required; BA/BFA preferred. If applicable, a desired degree is in one of the following fields of study: Art, Design, Communications, Social Work. Five-plus years of experience working in the arts is required.Two-plus years of experience serving community is preferred.Arts Education experience is preferred. Learn More 
 NEW! CALL FOR DIGITAL ARTISTS: Digital Art Installation, Art Installation, Art in Transit, WMATA, Washington, DC Area

As part of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s commitment to promoting art in the region, the Art in Transit (AIT) program is seeking to further develop its offering on the transit system’s growing digital media network with a series of art installations highlighting the creative cultures of the communities served by WMATA.

WMATA’s digital media network includes screens in a growing number of metro stations, with several unique screen sizes that present artworks prominently to the public and customers. Artists interested in submitting content for review are encouraged to click here and/or visit the stations for a better understanding of the spaces and digital assets on which the selected artworks will be displayed.

Artists with an experience in new media and capable of creating dynamic and engaging, animated, digital artworks are encouraged to apply. A selection panel composed of local art professionals will review applicants and select finalists to develop proposals for digital art throughout the year.

Each art installation is anticipated to run as part of a scheduled sequence and may be displayed on social media and additional digital canvases throughout the transit system as the Authority digital network expands.

Selection criteria include artistic merit, technical knowledge, demonstrated proficiency, past experience with creating digital artwork and awards. For artists whose work is primarily in other mediums, applications must include a detailed, technical explanation of the artist’s ability to adapt existing content to digital media or to create original digital content independently or in collaboration with skilled, technical partners.

This Call for Submission is open to all artists with new media experience. Qualified artists will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age. Finalists will receive an honorarium to cover oversight of the production and installation of the artwork, with project management by AIT. Honoraria will be determined based on the nature of the project.

If you are interested in applying, please contact

Learn More and Apply NEW! CALL TO ARTISTS AND WRITERS: Art By Bus, Roanoke, VA
DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST

The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to once again to present a unique literary opportunity in summer 2020. 

A writer (or writers) will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a unique work of literature while riding different bus routes. The work may be in any genre including short stories, poetry, essays, plays, etc. and may also include art, music or photography. The work will be published in the form of a chapbook as well as on the participating organizations’ websites and other venues as available.

Learn MoreNEW! REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Department of Economic Initiatives Seeks Expressions of Interest to Transform Container Store Into a Creative Space, 8508 Leesburg Pike, Fairfax County, VA
DEADLINE: Monday, April 20, 2020

The Department of Economic Initiatives seeks expressions of interest to temporarily transform as an interim use a vacant, county-owned space in Tysons into an economic development destination.

The space is located at 8508 Leesburg Pike which is the former location for Container Store in Tysons. The goals of the Request for Interest (RFI) are to:Promote and support innovation, local entrepreneurs and the small business sector.Create vibrant experiences through creative placemaking.Feature the Made in Fairfax network and other local producers or makers.Learn MoreCALL FOR ARTISTS: Community Grants Application Now Open, Takoma Park, MD
DEADLINE: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

The City of Takoma Park’s online grants system is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program now through March 12, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. EST.

This program provides up to $10,000 in financial support for projects and events that improve Takoma Park residents’ quality of life by providing greater access and opportunities for participation in the arts and sciences. Funding is available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and 501(c)(6) business associations for eligible projects taking place July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. 
For more information, please contact the City of Takoma Park’s Housing and Community Development Department at 301-891-7119 or email

Learn More and ApplyCALL FOR ARTISTS: An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
DEADLINE: Sunday, March 15, 2020

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and ‘sindikit invite artists to submit a proposal for the exhibition An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea. Artists are invited to make a new project referencing an artwork they’ve made in the past. This call is specifically interested in the complexity of identity. Based on the prompt, each artist will make an entirely new artwork using a new genre or new medium. 

Five artists will be selected by guest curators Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud, founders of ‘sindikit, and GRACE Associate Curator Erica Harrison. The ‘sindikit project is committed to supporting studio research and experimentation with an emphasis on gender, sexuality and race.
The exhibition is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, long-time board member and staunch supporter of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium and $1,000 for materials. The exhibition will take place Nov. 21, 2020  Feb. 6, 2021.

Apply Now
 CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: American University Museum Project Space, Washington, DC

The American University Museum Project Space, launched in Summer 2019, is dedicated to working with academics and nontraditional curators to create exhibitions addressing special topics of interest across the university and the greater Washington, D.C. community. Project Space exhibitions are held three times per year and include a published e-book catalog. 

Projects are not restricted to art! Are you doing a research project on an unknown composer? Perhaps you want to display sheet music and play recordings. Are you an entomologist? We think insects are beautiful. Always in the library? Let’s feature some famous children’s book illustrators.

American University cannot wait to see what you come up with! Exhibitions should highlight educational themes to engage the university community. 

Learn More  
 JOB OPPORTUNITY: Artistic Director of 3-D, Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Anderson Ranch seeks a dynamic colleague who is driven by the belief that the power of art, inspiration and community can change individuals and the world. This job is ideal for a motivated professional who aspires to live, make art and work outside the box. This candidate will be a practicing artist with a passion for mentoring colleagues, teaching students and creating dynamic and engaging programs for the community. 

Experience in sculpture, ceramics and woodworking with an overarching knowledge of digital fabrication will allow for big ideas across media. They will be passionate about building on a strong professional network, have knowledge of trends and understand advancements in their field. They will design engaging curriculum for students and faculty to embark upon unique educational experiences. They will enjoy collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to maintain top-notch facilities, equipment and foster an excellent lineup of guest faculty to assure rigorous artistic offerings.

The successful candidate will take ownership of four artistic practice areas at the Ranch, overseeing fully-equipped sculpture, ceramics, woodworking/furniture studios, as well as a new state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab. Leading four experienced studio program managers and up to 10 seasonal support staff, the Artistic Director will oversee a budget and develop creative and engaging workshops with top artists who make up our guest faculty and Visiting Artists, using the solid foundation of this 50-year-old program to launch a new era for the Ranch as a leading nonprofit arts center.

Learn MoreJOB OPPORTUNITY: Vice President of Private Sector initiatives, Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, D.C. and a second office located in New York, NY.
The Americans for the Arts Private Sector Initiatives Department is responsible for promoting the mutual benefits that arise when the arts and business sector and other private sector leaders work together. Department staff work to stimulate business and private sector support and giving to the arts. They work to create private local and national partnerships by promoting the arts as a key strategy toward helping businesses, foundations and individual philanthropists achieve their goals such as developing a creative workforce, enriching community life and engaging diverse workers. Through research, messaging and visibility, training, strategic alliances and advocacy, the Private Sector Initiatives Department helps these two sectors, the arts and the private sector, come together to build vibrant and equitable communities and workplaces.

Learn MoreJOB OPPORTUNITY: Summer Camps and after School Art Sessions, Creative ReUse Center, Alexandria, VA
DEADLINE: Open until filled
HOURS: Part-time, schedule varies week-to-week 

UpCycle is a nonprofit that connects creativity and conservation by encouraging the community to reuse materials for art and learning purposes. Their art programs for children encourage experimentation and exploration, and participants often learn new skills and processes that incorporate arts media and how to reuse materials. UpCycle operate a materials resource center that supplies our programs and we also maintain a collection of artist tools and equipment to facilitate our classes.

The ideal candidate will provide learning activities appropriate to the age of students with conservation materials in order to develop abilities for creative expression, problem solving skills and knowledge of recycling and reusing materials.

Job tasks and responsibilities: Interest in and experience working with children ages 3–12 years oldEffective planning, preparation and presentation of programs to groups of childrenDevelop and deliver class and/or camp activities where children demonstrate ideas and perspectives through art experiencesPhysically able to set up tables and chairs for programsAll Program Teachers must submit to a Virginia State Police Background Check as well as a screening by the Virginia Department of Social Services, paid for by UpCycle upon hire.

Learn MoreJOB OPPORTUNITIES: Various arts-related positions, MEOW WOLF, Santa Fe, NM and Las Vegas, NVDEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Meow Wolf is an arts collective and production company that creates and operates immersive, interactive multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastical realms of storytelling.

Founded in 2008 by a small group of artists, writers, musicians and makers looking to create an egalitarian space for artistic expression, Meow Wolf’s first exhibits were created in warehouses on shoestring budgets. Since then, Meow Wolf has created 25 exhibits all over the United States and worked with hundreds of artists. The ethos of the company is often described as radically inclusive, where people are given the space to be expressive, creative and effective. Unlike a traditional corporate setting, this produces an environment where no job is too low for anyone and no ambition too high.

Meow Wolf is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference or physical or mental disability.

Principals only. Recruiters, please do NOT contact Meow Wolf about this post. Only finalists will be contacted.

Learn More JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

The Vermont Studio Center (VSC), the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency in the U.S., is seeking a visionary, passionate and inspiring leader to carry on the remarkable spirit and success created over the Center’s first 35 years.
The Executive Director will work with VSC’s engaged trustees and the Center’s experienced and dedicated staff to continue, strengthen and advance the community’s founding mission and core values. The position is charged by the Board of Trustees to provide leadership, strategic direction and vision for the Vermont Studio Center; the Executive Director reports to the Board and is responsible for all operations of VSC and the implementation of the Board’s policies and strategies; the Board is responsible for monitoring the performance of the Executive Director.

Learn More About The Position and ApplyCALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed

The Arlington Public Library is committed to displaying works of art and craft created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community. We exhibit solo and group shows of local artists submitted through the online application process.

Learn MoreCALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None ListedThe Humanities Project is Arlington County’s artist-in-education program that sponsors performances, workshops and residencies for students in Arlington County’s public schools and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.
If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. If you have any questions, please contact the Humanities Coordinator at 703-228-6299.

Durant Arts Center
1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free Parking 
Metro: King Street-Old Town
Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recyclable materials and turning them into works of art, home decoration or other useful objects. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. We collect, organize and prep items for use in a variety of creative capacities.
Visit our reuse shop for all of your creative needs! Our inventory is affordable, dynamic and always changing. Materials memberships are available on a daily (fill a bag for a flat fee) or annual basis (unlimited access to our materials for a period of one year).
Stop in to see what’s in store for you today.

MICA Film Events

FILM + ANIMATION FESTIVAL, hosted by Lilly Sparks + Christina Fidler




LARRY HOTT, documentary filmmaker, screening with Q & A, intro by Allen Moore and Shawn Chia


ALAN LICHT, artist, musician and author, intro by Jason Sloan
Sponsored by Interactive Arts and the Sound Art Concentration




An exhibition curated by MICA Film and Video Seniors,
reception details coming soon 

Internship Opportunity

Smithsonian seeks paid intern for Audiovisual program…Deadline soon!

Audiovisual Archives Internship

Application Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM

The Archives Center Film Processing and Digitization Project seeks to arrange, describe, and preserve the Center’s deteriorating film holdings in the face of environmental instability and format degradation. The Archives Center holds 4958 motion picture films in its collections, the majority of which are unprocessed, undigitized, and inaccessible to researchers. In 2016, Smithsonian Institution Archives partnered with the Smithsonian audiovisual archives interest group to produce an extensive survey of audiovisual collections across the Smithsonian. The resulting Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections helped the Archives Center identify how many films are in its holdings, alongside relevant data about film format, estimated footage, and number of reels per motion picture. The survey lacks, however, crucial information central to identifying and tracking the films, such as updated shelf location, Archives Center collection name/number, and item-level description. Building on the foundation set forth by the Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections, the Archives Center seeks an intern to survey the films in our holdings and identify the following: collection the film belongs to, whether the collection has been processed, physical condition of the film, and any preliminary data garnered from the container/housing. This is an essential first step in our process to extend intellectual control over the film assets in our holdings. In the future, the Archives Center will arrange and describe all unprocessed films and outsource the digitization of high-priority films to an external vendor.

Goal: Overall, this internship is a professional learning experience that aims to provide hands-on experience identifying, handling, and inventorying motion picture film; insight into real-world challenges impacting the stewardship and preservation of audiovisual archival collections; and experience working in a professional archival setting.

Anticipated Learning Objectives: By the end of this internship, the intern will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the challenges inherent to collecting, maintaining, and preserving motion picture film.
  • Identify and assess physical condition for 4958 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm film reels.
  • Handle motion picture film according to professional best practices.
  • Complete a survey of film in the Archives Center’s storage rooms to aid in future arrangement, description, and digitization of film assets.

Expected Responsibilities: During the internship, the intern should expect to:

  • Conduct a survey of motion picture film in the Archives Center’s storage rooms, recording shelf location, container details, physical condition, and other contextual information for each reel.
  • Handle motion picture film throughout its life cycle.

Ideal Qualifications / Prerequisites: The ideal intern applicant is/has:  

  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Film Studies; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation; or Archives and Records Management with a focus on audiovisual preservation.
  • Knowledge of film formats, handling practices, and preservation issues encouraged, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience using ArchivesSpace to create, edit, or review archival finding aids.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently

Audience: This internship is specialized, for individuals who have experience in this field. This internship is intended for 1 intern. Current and recent graduate students from a graduate program in Film Studies; Moving Image Archiving and Preservation; or Archives and Records Management with a focus on audiovisual preservation are encouraged to apply.

Timeline: This internship will take place during Summer 2020. This internship is expected to be full time.

Eligible for Academic Credit: Yes! Interns may receive program or course credit for this experience if approved by their educational institution. Though NMAH does not itself award credit, the Interns and Fellows Office will help coordinate the requirements for credit with the educational institution.

Optional Enrichment Opportunities: Interns are invited to participate in optional opportunities during the internship that support professional growth and foster understanding about the museum field.

Financial Information: This opportunity has a guaranteed stipend of $7,000. Additionally, selected interns will have the opportunity to apply for a stipend based on financial need; the amount of internship stipends depends on the amount of museum funds available and is at the discretion of NMAH. Internship stipends issued by the Smithsonian are not considered salary or meant as compensation, but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. If an intern is awarded a stipend, stipends cannot be distributed before the start of an internship, and we typically recommend that an intern has at least enough external funding to cover the first month’s expenses to accommodate the wait time required in stipend processing. To learn more, please check out our Internship FAQ page.