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.