Curatorial Practice is based in the Maryland Institute College of Art Fred Lazarus IV Center, within Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Here is what one writer has to say about how Curatorial Practice MFA students are designing exhibitions and engaging with the Station North community:
"In effect and in presentation... “Locally Sourced” is as much about the curators’ engagement with the community as the artists’. Covering an entire wall is an interactive display in which the audience is invited to write about their personal connection to Station North by selecting and filling out a card with one of six prompts (“My favorite place to meet my friends is . . .,” “I remember when . . .”) to then hang on a string. On the opening day of the show, many cards bearing various anecdotes had already been hung.... Especially in the context of “Locally Sourced,” this particular display effectively highlights the overlooked reality that Station North is not about one group of people—like all urban communities, it’s composed of and propelled by people from all walks of life. In a world where many gallerists and curators often neglect their immediate community, it’s encouraging to see this group of young curators starting their work with this kind of outreach."
- Maura Callahan, "Locally Sourced: MICA exhibit explores the relationships between artists and their neighbors in Station North," City Paper Blogs: Noise, Baltimore City Paper, September 5, 2014
MICA Curatorial Overview
- Hands-on, collaborative, inclusive, and diverse,
- Artist-focused, object-focused, and audience-focused.
- We congregate. We invite. We engage. We discuss. We write. We design. We research. We build.
- Thinking about institutions, social practice, performance, politics, and culture.
- At Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), graduate and undergraduate courses in exhibition-making lead to student-curated community-focused exhibitions and programming that address important issues with far-reaching implications for artists, individuals, and communities.
MICA's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Curatorial Practice prepares students to take a responsible approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life in the 21st century's global society. Designed to forge connections among art, artists, and the community, the program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation—thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. New models include considering the surrounding community or history of the venue as inspiration when organizing exhibitions. This innovative graduate program is the first MFA in Curatorial Practice in the United States.
The Curatorial Studies Concentration at MICA is offered as a result of a growing interest and stated need for a professional development opportunity that expands students’ experiences, research, and knowledge in the field of museum and curatorial practice. The concentration is intentionally interdisciplinary in its structure, choices, and experiences, and it is open to students in all majors. Required courses include the Exhibition Development Seminar and an internship in an appropriate field. Elective courses may be drawn from a wide range of relevant courses offered in the undergraduate degree program, Division of Continuing Studies, and by area colleges participating in MICA’s academic exchange program.