Class of 2014
Michelle Ivette Gomez is an independent curator and artist originally from Miami, FL currently based in Baltimore, MD. In 2012, she received her B.F.A. in General Fine Arts with a concentration in Curatorial Studies from MICA in Baltimore, MD. Shortly after, she graduated with her M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice from MICA in 2014.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and academic awards, including the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Merit Scholarship, the Fanny B Thalheimer Merit Scholarship, and was named a 2015 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholar through Alternate ROOTS. She founded and directed Young Blood, an annual exhibition in Miami that showcased alumni from NWSA 2008-2012, has served on the Program Advisory Committee at Maryland Art Place, was a 2013 Latino museum Studies Program Fellow at the Smithsonian Latino Center and Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and most recently was a 2014-2015 fellow of the Urban Arts Leadership Program through the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Gomez has focused on expanded methods of art presentation and community-focused exhibitions, including CONGREGATE art + faith + community and Devociones y Fe (Devotions and Faith). She is currently based in Baltimore, MD where she works collaboratively with under represented audiences and artists to create relevant and accessible art exhibitions and programs about social issues, cultural identity, and community.
Contact: Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org www.michelleigomez.org
Ashley Molese is a festival organizer and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she is the Festival Coordinator for Light City Baltimore, a new annual festival launching in 2016 and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA). In 2014, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from MICA, producing her thesis through a Fellowship of Public Art at BOPA. She returned to Baltimore in 2012 after studying at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia where she pursued a Master of Arts in Arts Management and produced festivals, exhibitions, pilot projects and community arts programs. In addition to freelance production projects, she has worked previously with The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Creative Alliance, The Living Classrooms Foundation, Arts Access Victoria, The Overload Poetry Festival, and with incubator organizations at the Wheeler Center for Books, Writing and Ideas. She is enjoying getting to know her new neighborhood of Hamilton, where she lives with her husband.
Victoria Timpo is a Visual Artist, Educator, and Community Organizer from Chicago, IL. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA. She currently works as a Coordinator of Studio Programs at the Visual Arts Education and Career
Development program, Marwen, in Chicago. She loves to spend her time overseeing youth programs, after-school art workshops, and community-engaged events.
In her pursuit to break boundaries in art
education, she focuses on creating programs that highlight social justice issues and community outreach. She has worked on a range of notable projects and with a variety of organizations including the National Museum-Accra, the Foundation of Contemporary Art-Ghana, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, the Refugee Youth Project, After School Matters, Chicago Youth Symphony
Orchestras, and Alternatives, Inc. She is also the Co-Creator of the community-engaged project, Water for People, launched in 2014 to explore the water crisis in Ghana, West Africa.
Caitlin Tucker-Melvin was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. In 2011, she received a BFA in Curatorial Studies at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an MFA in Curatorial Practice at MICA. During her time at Moore, Tucker-Melvin curated an exhibition of works by Gordon Matta-Clark. She has interned at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, and Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. Her current obsessions include Gabriel Garcia Marquez's In Evil Hour and the paintings of Imi Knoebel and Philip Guston.
Qianfei Wang earned a BFA in Visual Communication at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Graphic Design and an MFA in Curatorial Practice both at MICA. Her academic career has focused on curating, art, and design; she is interested in exploring the visual languages of art with a wide audience and working with people with special needs.
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XIAOTIAN (EVAN) YANG
Xiaotian (Evan) Yang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He received his BFA in Exhibition Design and Planning at Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and an MFA in Curatorial Practice at MICA. Yang delved into Exhibition Design while studying Curatorial Practice at MICA. Yang also enjoys photography, painting, and studying Word War II history.