First Year Experience (FYE)




Michael Weiss, Associate Dean

Michael Weiss is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Fine Arts and the First Year Experience (FYE), at MICA where he has been a full-time faculty member since 2003, teaching in the Foundation (now FYE), Drawing, General Fine Arts, and Painting departments.

Michael is a Baltimore-based artist who uses traditional painting materials and methods to create contemporary images containing oblique, but not opaque content. He has exhibited widely, his work is a part of numerous private and corporate collections across the world and he has received grants from the Creative Baltimore Fund (2008) and the Maryland State Arts Council (2000).

Carolyn Case, Assistant Chair & Faculty

Originally from California, Carolyn came to Baltimore to earn her MFA from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art. After a brief stint in New York City she has returned to Baltimore where she resides with her family. Carolyn Case has shown throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. In the last year she has shown at McLean Project for the Arts and in Richmond at Reynolds Gallery where she is represented. She also participated in the (e)merge fair in Washington, DC, Carolyn has attended residencies in India and Vermont on a full merit fellowship.

Jenna Frye, Assistant Chair & Faculty

Jenna is a self-described maker, teacher, and joker living and working in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her creative work and ideas about educating artists have been showcased nationally and at several annual conferences including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and The College Art Association.

Frye is Assistant Department Chair of First Year Experience at MICA where she also serves as Coordinator of the Electronic Media and Culture program and founded the college's first dedicated foundation student Maker Space: The Make Cool Stuff Lab. You're likely to find her designing nerdy toys and games for her students to learn with, fiddling with the latest techno-crafts or maybe just playing with blocks.

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as an MA in Digital Art and an MFA in Sculpture.

Ulric Joseph, Assistant Chair & Faculty

Ulric studied computer science at the University of the West Indies for one year before deciding to focus on a career in art. Four years later he was awarded the prestigious 'David Jacob Scholarship' in 1995, which at the time was considered a full scholarship, and left the Caribbean to pursue studies in painting. He went on to earn his BFA in painting and an M.A. in Digital Art from MICA. He has exhibited in America, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom, and has worked for over ten years as a web developer, initially in an intellectual property environment, then in an area of database research and interface design.

Roger Woods, Administrative Coordinator



Mark Augustine, Specialist in English Language Learning 

Originally from Central Illinois, Mark now calls Baltimore home. He researches, makes drawings, and has taught about the intersections of gender, sexuality, and architecture. His professional interests include content-based ESL instruction, curriculum development, and critical pedagogy. Mark is a specialist in English Language Learning.

Mark has exhibited his drawings in Chicago and was co-chair of a College Art Association panel in 2015 focusing on language learning and instruction in art and design colleges and universities. He was a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2012-2015, teaching in the Liberal Arts and Contemporary Practices departments. He has also taught ESL courses at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies from Case Western Reserve University (2008), a Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011), and a Master of Arts in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2013).

Catherine Behrent

Catherine is represented by a major gallery, Meredith Long and Co. in Houston Texas. She has had more than 20 solo shows. She has also received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and numerous others.

Her work has been exhibited widely in this country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and internationally. Permanent collections include the Smithsonian, J.C. Penney and Banc One. She is a recipient of the MICA Excellence in teaching award.

Joseph Carr, Specialist in English Language Learning 

A filmmaker and multimedia designer working and teaching in Baltimore, Joey received an M.F.A. in studio fro, the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His creative interests are in technical photography, scientific illustration and documentary. For the past two years, he has worked teaching English Language Learners in Art Matters courses at MICA.

Mina Cheon

Mina is a media artist, writer, and educator who works between United States and South Korea.She resides in Baltimore, New York, and Seoul and is a faculty member at MICA, teaching in the departments of Foundation; Art History; Language, Literature, and Culture; and Interactive Media. She was also the founder and director of the summer study abroad program MICA Korea that was held each summer in Seoul, Korea between 2004-7.

Cheon is a Doctor in philosophy of media and communications from the European Graduate School (EGS) of European University for Interdisciplinary Studies (EUFIS). She has two MFAs; one from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art and another in Imaging Digital Arts (IMDA) from University of Maryland. She has a BFA in Painting from Ewha Woman's University of Seoul, Korea.

Cheon's artwork range from interactive media, video, installation, and performance and merges her artistic practice with theoretical interests. Cheon has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally with invitational solo exhibitions at the C.Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008; Insa Art Space, Arts Council, Seoul, Korea in 2005; and the Lance Fung Gallery, New York in 2002.

She is currently working on a book on shamanism and cyberspace read through a postcolonial, performance studies, and gender theory perspectives. Her current artistic research includes looking at racism in Asian nations found in images of hatred and popular culture.

Dave Cloutier

David received his MFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art Hoffberger School of Painting in May 2005. Previously, he studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a BFA in Painting and a certificate in Art Therapy in 1992. He has also studied at Southern Connecticut State University, the Massachusetts College of Art, and the Worcester Museum School. His work has been featured in shows in Baltimore, Massachusetts, Portland (Maine), and southern New Hampshire.

Eduardo Corral

Eduardo is an illustrator, interdisciplinary artist and graphic designer born in the industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico. His work is based on an ideology that sees the Artist as a brand, which is accomplished by a palpable awareness of the integration between illustration, arts and design creative branches.

He has an MFA in Illustration from MICA and was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship from Fulbright Comexus-García Robles Program for Studies Abroad.

LaToya Hobbs

LaToya is a native of North Little Rock, AR. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her MFA in printmaking from Purdue University.

LaToya's work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity while reexamining the traditional triadic artist, model, viewer, relationship. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibitions such as the Tulipamwe International Artists' Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia (Africa), Prizm Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, the National Wet Paint Exhibition in Chicago, IL and the East/ West Portfolio Print Exchange Traveling Exhibition, the Black Creativity Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL and the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Art Exhibition at the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others. LaToya's work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

In addition to her own studio practice, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists.

Michelle LaPerriere

A native of Denver, Colorado, Michelle knew she would be an artist as a child. She has lived in Maryland since 1987, when she moved to Baltimore for graduate study with Grace Hartigan at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her drawings, paintings, prints and mixed media collages combine image fragments from visual source materials with observed and imagined forms and spaces. Her work has been shown in the United States, France and Japan, and is in private and public collections including Syracuse University and the Borg-Warner Corporation.

Beginning her studies at The University of Colorado, Boulder, and Parsons School of Design, New York, she went on to receive her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Art and Culture, numerous MICA faculty development grants, and MICA’s award for Excellence in Teaching. Selected residencies include the Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, Wyoming (twice), The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, Georgia, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York, and The International Program for Artists in Rochefort en Terre, Brittany, France. She has been teaching at MICA since 1992 and served as Co-Chair of the Foundation Department for ten years (2000 to 2010).

Fletcher Mackey

Fletcher currently teaches in the First Year Experience, Painting and Community Arts M.F.A. programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. After receiving a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he has worked with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to creativity.

Hugh Pocock

Born in New Zealand and raised in the United States, England and New Zealand, Hugh’s work seeks as a location the points of transaction between culture and natural phenomena. The confluence of labor, machinery, civic/institutional infrastructure and natural resources, such as water, air, dirt, wind, bring to the surface that which, in its abundance, tends to become invisible to us. The history and metaphor of the human relationship to natural resources, space, time, consumerism, art and language are among the issues Pocock investigates in his sculptures, installations and videos.

Over the past decade, he has shown his work across the United States, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Antonio as well as internationally in the former Soviet Union, Germany and China. He has shown in galleries and museums as well as in "non-art sites" such as private homes and movie theaters. His most recent project Drilling A Well For Water was realized at Portikus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hugh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and then completed his MFA at UCLA in New Genres. He is now living and working in Baltimore and teaching Sculpture, Installation, Performance and Video at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Jan Stinchcomb

Jan has served MICA in various capacities including chairing the previous Foundation and Fine Arts program, serving as Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty and Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2012, she was invited to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Harford Community College, in Bel Air, Maryland. From 2011 to 2013, she served as President of the International Association of Art and Design Schools (AIAS), the first American to hold the position. Ms. Stinchcomb has served as a visiting evaluator for NASAD since 2009, and as a member of the Commission on Accreditation since 2013. She participated as a member of the NASAD Working Group on Communication Design Standards in 2012, and as an Annual Meeting presenter. Ms. Stinchcomb received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1984, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in General Fine Arts from MICA in 1989.