Current Students

CP19

Jingyao (Joan) Cen is an emerging curator from Nanjing, China. She received her undergraduate degree in Digital Media from the Nanjing University of the Arts. She is interested in the intersection and proportional relevance between people and the lived environment. Her recent exhibition in China, Bleakness and Warmness, examined the relationship between people and changing cities as an agent in hiding cultural narratives in Chinese and Western countries. Her goal at MICA is to gain more hands-on experience in the curatorial field as well as research the useless and futile aspects of capitalism and consumerism from a critical lens.

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Contact: jcen01@mica.edu





Jared Christensen is a photographer and aspiring curator currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah with a BFA in Photography, he worked as an assistant editor, contributing writer, and photographer for 15 Bytes, an online magazine run by the non-profit organization Artists of Utah, and as a custom framer at Tanner Frames. Time spent with these organizations strengthened his interest in critical writing, design, and the presentation of art, and ultimately lead to the decision to pursue further education in curatorial practice. Considering, in retrospect, his experience of coming out as a years-long process of self-discovery and reflection, Jared’s research interests focus on encouraging a more active societal conversation surrounding sexual identity.

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Contact: jchristensen01@mica.edu



Rhonda Dallas is a visionary arts administrator, curator, and creative entrepreneur. Growing up in New York, Rhonda learned early about the transformative power of the arts. As the Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC), she has been a champion for the creative community and has expanded arts opportunities throughout the county by building sustainable infrastructure, targeted alliances and policy driven advocacy. She has advanced the service of PGAHC by managing the county’s Art in Public Places Program, the Prince George’s Film Office, and the Festival of Literary Arts as well as other strategic initiatives that bridge cultural diversity while promoting local creative industry growth, regional partnerships, global connectivity, and national best practices in arts and economic development, arts in education, arts and health, and arts and the environment. Rhonda serves as a Cultural Ambassador for the Prince George’s County Executive’s Business Trade Missions including China and Cuba. She is a Governor’s Appointee for the Maryland Humanities Council, a member of the Fine Arts Advisory Panel for the Maryland Department of Education, and served on the WMATA’s Purple Line Art in Transit Artist Review Committee. She is an active member of the African American Heritage Preservation Group and the Prince George’s Workforce Investment Board Youth Council. Rhonda received a BBA in Marketing from Howard University.

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Contact: rdallas@mica.edu


Maria Emilia Duno is a recent graduate of Rice University where she majored in Art History and Latin American Studies. Emilia had her first introduction to curatorial work as a high school intern in the film department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston under the supervision of Marian Luntz, curator of film and video. Following the 2014 Mellon Summer Academy, Emilia served as a research assistant at Sicardi Gallery advising in the acquisition of Latino and Latin American artists and was later awarded the John & Dominique de Menil Fellowship (2015–2016), which provided her the opportunity to work in the Menil Collection under the guidance of the museum’s curatorial department. She most recently worked at The Museum of Fine Art, Houston in the department of Latin American Art as a Mellon Fellow under the guidance of her curatorial mentor, Mari Carmen Ramírez, The Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, on several significant exhibitions including Adiós Utopia: Dreams, Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, and HOME—So Different, So Appealing, which opens November 2017. Maria Emilia is also a co- founder and editor of a journal of art and critical theory, titled The Menial Collection.

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Contact: eduno@mica.edu


Joshua Gamma is a designer, curator, artist, deejay, and musician, who until recently lived in Austin, Texas. He has lived a quasi-nomadic life due to his father’s service in the in the U.S. Coast Guard, and later, his own service in the U.S. Army. His work is a confluence of visual and audio cultures, having collaborated with artists, designers, record labels, galleries, radio stations, and arts organizations. Gamma is currently exploring how artists and communities use radio as a platform for creativity and exchange, questioning who gets access to media, what the past can tell us about the future of communications, and if “obsolete” technologies can be reclaimed by artists once they have been discarded by the powers that be. Gamma received a BFA in Design and a BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Contact: jgamma@mica.edu



Tracey Jen is a multimedia artist, art instructor, designer, and curator from West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Indiana University in 2015 and her Post-Bac Certificate in Fine Arts from MICA in 2017. She is currently pursuing her MFA in MICA’s Curatorial Practice program. Her artistic practice includes painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, sculpture, installation, social/interactive art, photography, video, graphic design, and interior decorating. As a second generation Taiwanese-American, Tracey is passionate about sharing her perspective with others in hopes to bridge cultural differences and to build a safer community. She believes that the meaning of life is found through experiencing, interacting, and learning. She started Dreams Art Studio in 2013, where she has taught private art lessons to students of all ages emphasizing creativity, self-expression, and collaboration. She has gained valuable experience as a resident artist at Grateful Heart Gallery, where she exhibited her work as well as curated exhibitions. In 2017, she worked as a marketing strategist for Asia Global Market in order to rebrand a 43-year-old ethnic grocery store.

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Contact: tjen@mica.edu
 

Minzi Li was born and raised in Chengdu, China—a city equally famous for its large panda population and its spicy hot pot cuisine. She moved to the U.S. for college and received her BFA in Interior Design from Iowa State University. During an undergraduate class trip to the Venice Biennale in Italy, she was impacted by an exhibition recounting the lives of female prisoners and their struggles of whether or not to raise their children in prison with them. The notion that an art exhibit could also confront social justice issues, and challenge the audience, led her to the Curatorial Practice program at MICA. At the same time, Minzi is fascinated in how different materials, images, and visual effects can trigger a spectrum of sensory experiences. She is currently exploring how certain complex and grand social issues can be visualized through immersive curated environments in order to bring people together.  

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Contact: mli01@mica.edu



Allie Linn is an artist and writer from Baltimore interested in the intersection of crowd-sourced archives, queering space, and the history of artist-run house galleries. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Art History from MICA in 2014 and has attended residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Grin City Collective. From 2014 to 2016, Allie co-ran Bb, a storefront project space in the Bromo Arts District, with a rotating group of collaborators. In 2015, Bb was awarded a Grit Fund to support exhibitions, a lecture series, and various ongoing programming. She has interned with The Contemporary in Baltimore and is a contributor to Post-Office Arts Journal. 

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Contact: alinn@mica.edu

 



Joseph Orzal is a Filipino-Mexican-American artist, curator, and serial collaborator from Washington DC. He received his BFA from the Corcoran College of the Art in 2010 and has been actively exhibiting since then. His works combine physical and emotional observations of the human state and mine the palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies. After his glorious departure from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, amidst his involvement with the Save the Corcoran group, he co-founded NoMüNoMü—an intersectional artist collective and curatorial platform in Washington DC working towards liberation from the perpetual systems of oppression and class domination that permeate throughout the white man’s so-called artworld.

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Contact: jorzal@mica.edu



Jiayi Zhong is an artist, curator, and educator originally from China. Over the past five years, she has focused on how contemporary art can be made accessible to the public. Jiayi was originally trained as an illustrator and spent many years creating picture books. She has also worked as an art educator and encouraged her students to inject themes from their daily lives as well as from their family histories into their work. However, at a certain point, she realized that the artist and educator have a limited reach. In order to bring more progressive artworks to the public, especially in China, she began to work as a curator and continued to research more effective methods in helping the public become more engaged with art, such as through participatory artworks or new media. Currently, Jiayi is pursuing her MFA in Curatorial Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Contact: jzhong01@mica.edu

 



CP20

Andre Bradley lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Hampshire College where he was a James Baldwin Scholar and the recipient of the first annual Elaine Mayes Award for Photography. During his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA 2015), Bradley was named a president’s scholar and a recipient of the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence, which ultimately led to his work becoming part of the permanent collection at the RISD Museum of Art. His book Dark Archives was shortlisted for the Photo-Text Book Award at Les Recontres De La Photographie and the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award, both in 2016. He has been a fellow at Image Text Ithaca, the Creative Media Institute at Hampshire College, and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

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Contact: abradley01@mica.edu




Rodrigo Carazas Portal was born in Lima and raised in the Callao Province of Peru. He studied in the art department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, and later relocated to the U.S. in 2009. Carazas Portal earned his BFA from George Mason University’s School of Art in 2015. Recent awards include the Academic Excellence Distinction in Sculpture (GMU, 2015) and the Best New Project Prize (Lima Biennial Art Fair, 2016). Recent exhibitions include Methods (Brentwood Arts Exchange, 2017), Overload (Tokio Galería, 2017), Local Legends (VisArts, 2017), and Revolution/Revelation (Olly Olly Gallery, 2017).

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Contact: rcarazas@mica.edu




 

Hannah Davis is a curator, photographer, designer, and bookmaker from Richmond, VA. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Arts Administration and Mass & Digital Communication (double major), with an emphasis in Photography, she started her own artistic services business. As a small business owner, Hannah’s focus was on providing artists, musicians, and other creatives the necessary support to maintain a stable practice, through cohesive design concepts, stock and promotional imagery, website building, social media management, and business and administrative planning. Before starting her MFA in Curatorial Practice at MICA, Hannah was the co-curator at Meg C Jewelry Gallery in Lexington, KY. She also has interned at Bolivar Art Gallery at the University of Kentucky, Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, The Aspen Music Festival and School, and The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.

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Contact: hdavis@mica.edu



Imani Y. Haynes is a curator, exhibition designer, historian, and arts administrator. In 2014, she graduated from Savannah State University with a BA in History. On top of her work in MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice, Imani serves as a curator at The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, a historian and grant manager for The Baltimore National Heritage Area, and as a GBCA Urban Arts Leadership Program fellow. Her work and research focuses on how movements by and for black women have galvanized, won social liberties, and changed the course of history. She has also worked as a research and education assistant for The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and as an Assistant Curator at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art. Imani's mission is to curate the stories of those who continue to be silenced by society.

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Contact: ihaynes01@mica.edu



Ashley (Qing) He is an artist and curator from Dalian, China. She received her BA in Studio Art and Economics from SUNY Albany in 2017, where she co-curated the exhibitions Excision, Fracture, and Prelude 174 across campus galleries and throughout the city. These experiences in working with contemporary art and artists have been transformative and led her to pursue her own curatorial practice. Ashley’s current thesis research focuses on the psychological space between the protagonist and antagonist, the monster and martyr, and how certain subjects are misconstrued in popular culture, film, and modern myths.

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Contact: ahe01@mica.edu

 





Sungah Kang is a painter and curator originally from Seoul, South Korea. She received her undergraduate degree in Painting from Sangmyoung University where she focused on the intersection of abstraction and feminism. Her work at the time was a reaction to the dominant modes of gender inequality and the challenges of engaging in overt social and political commentary in traditional Asian culture. Sungah would later work at a printshop and gallery in Seoul called, Printbakery, where she became interested in how making exhibitions and curating can engage the public in unexpected ways. In 2017, she moved to Baltimore to complete MICA’s Post-Baccalaureate program and soon after enrolled in its MFA in Curatorial Practice program.


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Contact: skang03@mica.edu



 

Eva Sailly is a writer, artist, photographer, and curator. She received her undergraduate degree in advertising from the University of Florida with a minor in French language at La Sorbonne in Paris. Eva gained an understanding of client relations and media from her work as an account executive at her local newspaper and transitioned to public engagement, cultural work at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL. She also worked in social media management and archives during her time with the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL. Passionate about publication design and film, Eva was an illustrator for The Fine Print Arts magazine as well as the art director for Spill Arts magazine and Chompics Production, a national web-series.

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Contact: esailly@mica.edu




Nathalie von Veh is an arts worker, writer, and curator living and working in DC. She is the Resident Storyteller at Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), helping to co-produce artist-driven programs, content, and knowledge. Over the past four years at WPA, she has co-produced dozens of exhibitions, events, and workshops, managed an artist-residency program in DC Public Schools, and assisted in grant writing and strategic development. In her independent work, Nathalie began collaborating with artists in 2015, curating an all-day, interdisciplinary festival called { the space between }. Nathalie has also co-organized and participated in advocacy initiatives for DC artists in response to the city’s rapid gentrification. She is interested in speculative temporalities, experimental performance, alternative pedagogies, artist-run spaces, publishing, and collaboration as a radical practice.

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Contact: nvonveh@mica.edu




Minwen Wang is a curator and artist from Nanjing, China. Prior to joining MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice program, she worked for several emerging art institutions and co-developed one of the galleries in The Dreamland – Zhuang Hongxing Watercolor Painting Exhibition at The National Art Museum of China, an expansive exhibition in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of China. Minwen is now passionate about the possibilities of public engagement in the field of curatorial practice as well as supporting artists to convey their work and ideas in uplifting, cross-cultural, communal spaces. She is interested in curating installation art, new media, and artists who innovate with materials in order to create immersive exhibitions and exhibition design projects that can bring the artworld closer to the everyday public—generating both inspiration and conversation while at the same time giving social value to the art market.

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Contact: mwang04@mica.edu



Tiffany Auttrianna Ward is an African American independent curator and scholar based in Baltimore. She received her BA in History from Manhattanville College in 2011 with a focus on Afro-Latin American Studies. During the past ten years, Tiffany has centered the stories of the African Diaspora through her academic and professional pursuits, which have taken her to Brazil, Puerto Rico, and throughout the continental United States. In 2015, she started a bilingual Portuguese and English online journal called Cores Brilhantes – a contemporary online space for Afro-Brazilian art. Since founding the journal, she has also been a contributing writer for AFROPUNK and Sugarcane Magazine as well as assisted artists from across the diaspora with public relations and marketing support. Tiffany plans to co-open a residency and international exchange program in Baltimore for artists from the African Diaspora.

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Contact: tward@mica.edu


 

Aden Weisel is a Baltimore-based curator, art historian, and writer. In addition to pursuing her MFA in Curatorial Practice, she is the Founding Director of Gallery WW and the Exhibitions Director & Gallery Curator for Stevenson University. Weisel is returning to MICA, following the completion of her BFA in Art History, Theory & Criticism in 2013. In the interim, she has served as the Curatorial Assistant for the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Gallery Director for Galerie Myrtis, and a contributing writer for BmoreArt.

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Contact: aweisel@mica.edu