Curatorial Practice

Current Students

CP18

Ian Chen is a graphic designer, interior designer, and curator from Taiwan. He is strongly interested in the relationship between space, color, and people. In 2012, Chen received his BFA in Interior Design from Hwa-Hsia University of Technology in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduation, he worked in the Taiwanese military and as a construction engineer. In 2017, Chen interned at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China, where he was responsible for marketing, maintaining the registry, and curating the exhibition, Pre-Millennium: Printmaking from the 90’s.

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
Contact: ychen05@mica.edu

 

 


Alexis Dixon was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication and Digital Media Art from Bowie State University in Prince George’s County, Maryland. At Bowie, Dixon assisted in the creation and curation of several exhibitions within Bowie’s Fine Arts Gallery. With her master’s thesis and personal work, Dixon is interested in exploring Black women’s spiritual nature and its parallels to ancestry, healing, self-preservation, and liberation. Currently, Alexis Dixon is an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Preferred pronouns: She/Her
Contact: adixon01@mica.edu

 


 

Fang Yu Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Shih Chien University, Taiwan in Applied Foreign Languages. Lee worked with refugee students in Germany in the “Geschichten und Bilder aus aller Welt” (The History and Pictures from the World) project. There, she taught various art workshops to help young immigrants document the environment around them and to remember the home they left behind. The project helped Lee understand the diverse social conditions revolving around refugees and immigrants in Germany, how to foster community through a timed-based project, and to become a more efficient and creative curator. Lee’s goal while at MICA is to gain more experience in cultural competency, and learn how to effectively engage and support the social needs of various communities. She was a curatorial intern at Creative Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Highlandtown, Baltimore during the summer of 2017.

Prefered Pronouns: She/Hers
Contact: flee01@mica.edu


Hui (Becky) Li received a BFA from the Southwest University in Chongqing, China where she majored in Studio Art with an emphasis on drawing, painting, and sculpture. After her undergraduate studies, she immersed herself in the Chinese contemporary artworld as a practicing sculptor. From studying and practicing art, she began to research the social impact that art can have on society as well as inform identities and cultural consciousness, which led her to the MFA in Curatorial Practice program at MICA. Li believes that curators are the agents that can efficiently support artists while cooperating with communities to address shared goals.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Contact: hli03@mica.edu


 


Rebecca Lu is a curator, food blogger, recipe writer, barista, and traveler. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but raised in Taiwan, Lu earned her BA in Arts Management from the National Taipei University of Education. In her undergraduate work, she focused on the connections between design, history, architecture, and community by renovating an old building and re-activating it through exhibitions and programming. Lu is passionate about cooking and the ways to present food. She also enjoys exploring food culture while traveling around the world. Lu’s experience as a barista and assistant coffee shop manager became the catalyst for her to further combine art, design, community, and food through her thesis work at MICA.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Hers
Contact: rlu01@mica.edu

 


Ash Lynch is a black queer abolitionist who uses Hip-Hop as their soundtrack toward freedom dreams. Self-proclaimed military brat, Lynch grew up as a nomad and is still in search of home. They received their MA in History from North Carolina Central University and is also currently a PhD candidate in the African Studies department at Howard University. Their aim is to further the human rights discourse of black LGBTQIA+ globally through audio/visual art and curatorial practice. As a 2017-2018 France-Merrick Fellow, they hope to move the discourse around black trans* people forward by using art to share important and critical stories. Believing in the importance and power of Sankofa, they also serve as an adjunct history instructor at Prince George’s Community College, teaching African-American History and Latin American History.


Preferred pronouns: They/He
Contact: alynch01@mica.edu

 

Fitsum Shebeshe is a painter and curator from Ethiopia. Prior to MICA, he worked as an assistant curator at the National Museum of Ethiopia as well as taught undergraduate Drawing courses at the Fine Art School of Addis Ababa University. As part of a new generation of African curators, he hopes to bring the ambitious art scene of his region to the international stage. In 2012 Fitsum co-founded the 1957Initiative, a series of annual art events in celebration of the liberation of African countries from colonialism. His recent curatorial experience includes the 1957 Art Show, which took place at the National Museum of Ethiopia on the occasion of the 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary of the African Union, and the NIGS painting exhibition by Mezgebu Tessema, one of the most prominent realist painters in Ethiopia. Shebeshe was also part of the curatorial team for the Addis Art fair that was held in 2014 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has participated in several international curatorial intensives and residencies, including the Independent Curators International Curatorial Workshop and the CCA/Lagos Asiko International Art School Curatorial Residency Program in Maputo, Mozambique.

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
Contact: fshebeshe@mica.edu


Yuzhuo (Mark) Zhang  is originally from Yixing, China and moved to Baltimore for graduate school at MICA in 2016. He received his undergraduate degree at the Nanjing University of the Arts, focusing on Art History. Writing has been a large part of Zhang’s practice, and he has written several exhibition essays and reviews in China. He is now the lead organizer of MICA GradEx Club, which is a student organization dedicated to providing graduate students with opportunities for professional solo and group exhibitions. He has curated and co-curated several intriguing solo and group GradEx exhibitions since 2017. Recent curatorial projects include Baltimore’s White Lies, at Spacecamp Gallery, Spectrum II at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center. 

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
Contact: yzhang04@mica.edu

 

 

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.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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.

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
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.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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.

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
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.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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.  

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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. 

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
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.

Preferred Pronouns: He/His
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.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Contact: jzhong01@mica.edu