Qieer Wang ('16) selected for Holland Animation Film Festival 2016

Two of current ‪thesis‬ student Qieer Wang's animated short films - First Breath and Toe, Petal, Cosmos - have been selected by the Holland Animation Film Festival, HAFFTube competition 2016. 

Her films are among 50 that made the shortlist.

Yiran Guo ('17) winner in Enoch Pratt Library Window Display Contest

Current first year ILP student Yiran Guo, is one of the six winners in Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library Window Display Design Contest. Her window installation, inspired by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is on view at the Central Library through January 18, 2016.

There is also a public vote for the crowd favorite window display. Head over here to vote for Yiran. Voting is open until December 31.

Jia Liu ('16) on her internship at the Port Discovery Children's Museum

During the summer of 2015, I was an intern illustrator for Port Discovery Children’s Museum at Baltimore, Maryland. I think it was a perfect job for me.

My experience was really exciting there because it was my first time to cooperate with many people and learn how to fit my illustration in a big space and interact with children. For almost every illustration I had to interact with children. For instance, one series of three illustrations is about different festivals celebrating agriculture in different culture. At the same position of each illustration, there would be an animation in a case that connected with my illustration, so it limited the possibility of the composition but I learnt a lot in that way. The musuem wanted illustrated backgrounds because they tried many other ways like photo collage but it didn’t work well, at this point, illustration became a solution to resolve problems.

Through my internship at Port Discovery, I learned how illustration works in real life and in a real project, and how illustration can solve problems that other methods can’t.  I am more clear about what I can do with my art. I think this was a wonderful experience for me right before my thesis year! I will keep on exploring how to give my illustration more practical meanings.

Jia Liu is a second year student of the MFA Illustration Practice program at MICA. She always identified herself as an illustrator for children’s picture books and an art educator for kids. She taught children's art classes for three years in China and she is currently gaining teaching experience in the U.S. as well. She is working on her thesis which includes two children’s picture books, one of them a pop-up book.

Eduardo Corral '14 & Megan Jones '15 selected for Pictoplasma Exhibition

Character Selfie
Eduardo Corral '14

Duckface Selfie
Megan Jones '15

Current students Megan Jones '15 and Eduardo Corral '14 have been selected for Pictoplasma’s “Character Selfie” exhibition to be held at the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery in Berlin from May 1-11th.

“To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Pictoplasma is staging a vast group exhibition that brings together new works by the 100+ international artists, designers, illustrators, and filmmakers who have most influenced the project over the years.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery examines the genealogical dimensions of figurative aesthetics in the postdigital age. The installation is part of Pictoplasma’s ongoing investigation into the limits of face creation and animism. What are the minimum requirements needed for something to pass as a face and at the same time arouse maximum empathy in the viewer?
The unifying format of the portrait has been chosen for a reason: even its classical manifestation portraiture has always been less about recreating a person’s appearance than bringing out their true personality as they “look back” at the viewer from inside the image. At the same time the genre has undergone constant change, through first analogue and then digital photography. The exhibition presents paintings, busts, sculptures, animated video portraits by today’s most influential creators of character-driven visuals – also extending this list to accommodate the current obsession with self-portraits taken on a cellphone, gathered by Pictoplasma in an open call for #CharacterSelfies.

From September 2014 to January 2015 the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery will be presented as part of an extensive Pictoplasma exhibition in the Museum for Contemporary Art MARCO in Monterrey, Mexico.