It is springtime, which means it is graduate exhibition season at MICA. Each year MICA hosts a series of exhibitions ubiquitously titled Grad Show I–V along with numerous other presentations, public programs, and student-curated installations to introduce graduate thesis work to the public. The first in the series of Grad Shows, Grad Show I, features work by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and was curated by Tru Ludwig, an adjunct faculty member and student advisor at MICA.

I’m always interested to see what MAT students make, as their program is not based on a studio practice. Unsurprisingly, students mentioned education or learning in their artists’ statements and overwhelmingly focused on art as a tool, not an object. Even with a similar pedagogical approach to artmaking, the work itself was quite varied, offering something for everyone.  

 

Violette Liu, Where the Current Takes me

 

Monique Johnson, Undercurrents

 

Sara ReinhardtSeeing Through You

 

Claire Popovich, Asphalt Wandering 

 

Maria Victa, Kitchen Portraiture 

 

Emma Chin, The Anagama Experience

 

Christina Rinker, Bananas

 

Claudia Ennis, Coping

 

 

Aura Evans, Habitable Habiliment 

 

Korey Rosenbaum, places, spaces, faces, and other scraps found along the way

 

Courtney PayneMonsters and Friends 

 

Jet Orsi, Misperceptions

 

Taylor McManus, Bloom

 

Amy Horrigan, Absorbing Color

 

Rebecca Oh, Learning Garden

 

Sydney Lussier, Concealed Duality

 

Joyce Lin

 

 

Grad Show I will be up through March 11th at MICA’s Lazarus IV Center. Click here more information about the exhibition and the other Shows.