MICA Panel Discussion

TOMORROW: Freelance Tools, Tips & Tricks from Alumni…


Freelance Tools, Tips & Tricks from Alumni

Wednesday, Mar. 8

2:30-3:30 PM / Brown 320

How do you stay organized as a freelancer? In this alumni panel you will learn tips, tricks, and apps that will ultimately save you time and money. In this session you will be introduced to a myriad of tech solutions to help you keep track of hours, invoices, contracts and accounting. Leave with an arsenal of legal, financial, communication and organizational tools. Bring on the clients!

  • Boya Sun ’13 Illustration
    Freelance Illustrator & Concept Artist
  • Michael Miller ’97 Illustration
    Freelance Art Director, Illustrator, Designer
  • Jermaine Bell’13 Graphic Design
    Freelance Designer, Cultural Organizer & Writer
  • Heather Keating ’02 Graphic Design & Photography
    Freelance Photographer

PDN names Eric Helgas in “Top 30 Photographers to Watch” list

MICA Photo alum, Eric Helgas (Class of 2012), featured in PDN Magazine…


MICA Photo is proud to announce that alum, Eric Helgas (2012), has been featured in PDN’s annual list of “30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch” for 2017. Here is the text from PDN.com about Eric, and his work:

“Eric Helgas has long been a fan of reality television, but he’s less fascinated with the lifestyles or the characters it presents than the facade itself. “I feel like I have a critical eye and I’m interested in looking beyond the constructed images of media and fashion,” he says.

Many of his conceptual still lifes and portraits are influenced by manufactured TV realities, and using bright light often helps him execute his vision. “It adds an artificial element. The idea of a set becomes way more apparent when there’s a blatant use of light,” he says. “I think the use of flash adds a performative quality to the work.”

Helgas began working in photography as a studio manager and assistant for Ryan Pfluger in New York. During that year, Helgas started marketing himself beyond social media by sending postcards to about 15 photo editors. “I was reaching out to people I thought I could actually make pictures for,” he says.

About a week later, a Bloomberg Businessweek editor called him to do a shoot that night for a story about what was then called the Apple iWatch. He shot an iPhone taped to a friend’s wrist.

He left Pfluger’s studio a few months later, and began emailing editors to request meetings. That effort led to work from The New Yorker, and other clients followed.

“Eric’s photographic style is unique because of the way he’s able to reimagine the familiar into something that feels slightly offbeat, unexpected and, therefore, striking and new,” says Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor at The New Yorker.

Bohnacker sees Helgas as a “grade-A troubleshooter” who understands that images have to fit the esthetic style of her magazine. Bohnacker says, “He’ll push the subjects, the publicists, whoever it might be, to give him a little something extra.”

—Mindy Charski” – content courtesy of PDN.com

Aperture Summer Internship

4th Annual Aperture Summer Internship …


– Open to all Junior and Senior Photography majors

– $3,500 stipend & 8 Weeks in NYC

The Aperture Internship: 
  • Wednesday, March 8th – Announce & link becomes available to students
  • Friday, March 24th – Deadline for applying

The applications deadline is March 24th by 11:59pm. The full time faculty will select the top 3 candidates to pass forward to Aperture.

Aperture will choose their intern by April 14th.

Application Requirements

The applications must include a properly formatted letter of interest addressed to the Selection Committee that explains your qualifications and reasons for applying, as well as a current professional résumé. Please email the letter of interest and résumé as a single PDF to
Your unique upload address is ready: http://www.dropitto.me/micaphoto
Upload password: micauser and use the following format to title your application file: lastname_firstname_MICA_application. by March 24th, 2017.

Extended Checkouts for Spring Break!


With Spring Break quickly approaching make sure to complete the Request for Extended Checkout form if there is any equipment you would like to checkout over the break!

Meyer Fellowship Application Details!

For details regarding the Meyer Fellowship and to submit your application, visit the following page here: Meyer Fellowship !

JENNIFER GRIMYSER (2006) to exhibit at “GUEST SPOT”

MICA Photo Alum, Jennifer Grimyser (class of 2006) to show at “Guest Spot”…


March 11, 2017 –  April 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11, 2017  7-10pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 15, 2015  2-4pm
1715 N. Calvert St • Baltimore, MD 21202

Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE is excited to announce Jennifer Grimyser’s solo exhibition, “”Air Quotes.   The exhibition will open on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and will be on view through Saturday April 15, 2017. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 7pm-10pm.
Photography is known for its contentious history surrounding issues of body politics and legitimacy. Our understanding of history is greatly influenced by the  reliance on pictorial memory. Today, society has difficulty discerning a multitude of independent objectives. Manipulation and speed are fundamental to our visceral and political landscapes, contributing to our inability to decipher raw data in real time.

The cultural phenomenon of hyper-connectivity has institutionalized the id.

The physical gesturing  of  air “quotes” signals  the critique of falsehood, similar to the way in which the snap of the fingers punctuates the urgency of time.  Jennifer Grimyser’s exhibition “”Air Quotes  examines the cultural conditioning through which digital photography desensitizes society’s preconceived ideas around the manipulated image. The exhibition is at the juncture of  digitization and the aesthetics of a studio-based practice. Jennifer Grimyser’s photography utilizes both iconography and language for a comparative synthesis of play, physicality, and medium. The process is unique where the photographs are reconstructed in physical space rather than through digital manipulated means.

About the Artist:

Jennifer Grimyser was born in Milwaukee, WI and received a BFA from MICA and an MFA from Hunter College. She has presented solo exhibitions at Bronx River Arts Center and Solo(s) Project House. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous group exhibitions including galleries such as Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Lesley Heller Workspace, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Islip Art Museum, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Bronx Art Space, and galleries at both Rutgers University and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been awarded studio residencies including Vermont Studio Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and NARS Foundation. Jennifer has published two limited-edition artist books through Women’s Studio Workshop and Kayrock Screenprinting. Her work is featured in several collections including Walker Arts Center, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Tatiana Gulenkina (2011) exhibition announcements

MICA Photo alum, Tatiana Gulenkina (2011), getting her work shown…

MICA Photo is proud to announce these upcoming exhibitions featuring the work Tatiana Gulenkina (Class of 2011). Here is her “newsletter” describing her future shows…


One of my works is included in the annual Spring/Break Art Show by Washington, DC curator Dawne Langford. The initiative offers independent curators free space to realize their projects, and this year’s show is taking place at 4 Times Square in New York during the Armory Week. Stop by and say hi!

VIP Preview: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Daily Hours: March 1 – 6, 2017, 11 am – 6 pm

With support of Artsy, Spring/Break also hosts an art auction to benefit chashama, a nonprofit organization that nurtures artistic communities in New York City and beyond. You can now bid on my and other artists’ work on-line to help fund their programs.


Grateful to see my work, along with many other outstanding images by Washington, DC photographers, included in UnPresidented photo book, documenting the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Exhibit and book launch is scheduled for April, 28, 2017. Stay tuned for more updates!

Lastly, my portrait of street photographer Messay Shoakena will be included in 202 Creates exhibition taking place at WeDC House in Austin, TX during SXSW, March 12-14, 2017. Stop by if you’re attending the festival!

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