First Year Experience (FYE)

FYE Team



Mina Cheon, Associate Dean


Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a global Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul, Korea. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally and draws inspiration from global media and popular culture to produce artworks that intersect politics and pop art in subversive and provocative ways. While she creates work that ranges in medium from new media, video, installation, performance, and public projects to traditional media of painting and sculptures, her thematic focus includes geopolitical and contested spaces, race culture and postcolonialism, and Asia’s relationship to the Western world in global media culture. In particular, Cheon has worked on North Korean awareness and global peace projects since 2004 and the content of the work is in historic alignment to appropriation art and global activism art. Cheon’s specific focus on East-Asia reflects the transgenerational trauma of Korea’s history, of its division and war and of Japanese colonization. Having parents originate from the North and herself part of the Korean global diaspora, Cheon’s art results from a life-time of working with a cultural comparative lens and understanding Asia through its power relations with the world. Cheon recently shared her work at the Busan Biennale 2018, and has exhibited her work and/or in the collection of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, American University Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place Contemporary Art Center, Insa Art Space Korean Arts Council, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Trunk Gallery, and represented by the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York.

Cheon is the author of Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, Dresden and New York, 2009), contributor for ArtUS, Wolgan Misool, New York Arts Magazine, Artist Organized Art, and served on the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association, as well as an Associate Editor of the peer review academic journal Media-N. Reviews for Media-N include critical essays covering SeMA Mediacity Seoul Biennale 2016 and the Venice Biennale 2017. Awarded the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Unity Week Award for her efforts promoting cultural diversity within and beyond her college, she is a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); was a visiting professor and lecturer at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea where she teaches during the summers; and a mentor of Art-Uni-On, a global mentorship network by Hyundai Co. and the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts. Cheon received her PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, Switzerland; has two MFA degrees, one in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA and another MFA in Imaging Digital Arts from UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland; and her BFA is in painting from Ewha Womans University.

Michelle LaPerriere, Department Chair and Faculty

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).


Jerron Shropshire, MCS Lab Manager

Amy Klainer, FYE Studios Manager



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.

Carolyn Case

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.

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.

Jenna Frye

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 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.

Rebecca Green

Raised on Ferlinghetti, foraging, fireflies and Freire, in the farmlands of Jersey, Rebecca Green’s dedication to
international education and cross-cultural exchange through art-making and traditional healing practices was
further explored as a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  She graduated in 2009 with a
BFA in General Fine Arts (GFA), which has supported her in exploring a variety of processes.  In her teaching
and making, there is a focus on events of the unfolding, which cultivates the understanding that a well-
attended practice results in true transformation. 
Through the privilege of teaching Arts-based and Mindful ELL in Baltimore’s refugee communities, with the
support of institutions like Baltimore City Community College, The International Rescue Committee, and The
Walters Art Museum; she began to experience the raw power of image and resting in the heart space as a
catalyst for social equity and a tool for raising critical consciousness.
In the interest of expanding her own communicative competency and respect for individual and culturally
linked learning/making styles, Reb pursued a MA TESOL at The School of International Training (SIT).  Reb has
served in residence, and has facilitated projects with Mildred’s Lane, AmeriCorps Community Art
Collaborative, Luminous Intervention, ArtScape, The Sanskriti Foundation, World Education, Peace Corps, and
The Experiment in International Living.  She has recently also become a certified Mindfulness and Ayurvedic
Educator, with Mindful Schools and Shakti School.  In many of these contexts, she has found Yantra and the
Mandala form to transcend opposition and create space for our frequencies to vibrate at a more connected
state, thus broadening our own webs of communication.    
In her own work and daily practice, Reb explores the act of working in -not through- the interruptions,
traumas, releases and the healing.  Just as in the relationship of language and culture, these are not separate. 
To meddle at the seams of integration is where the transformation tears out a stain of clarity.  Her work is in
response to this perpetual churning to find balance and the belief that Artists and Educators are problem
posers that inspire change and healing for the collective mind.
Currently, this focus on humanistic alchemy saturates her work as a multidisciplinary community artist and
English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist at MICA.

Stephen Hendee

Stephen Hendee (California, US 1968) is a sculptor best known for producing large-scale architecturally ambitious installations. Inspired by digital culture, he is considered a pioneering figure in the low-poly aesthetic, conveying vectorized properties to physical objects and materials, creating real-world simulations of virtual space. 

Hendee’s work has been exhibited at PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, The New Museum of Contemporary Art,  Sculpture Center LIC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in New York. His public sculpture commission 'Monument to the Simulacrum’ is also the time capsule for the City of Las Vegas to be opened in 2105. Recent awards include a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Grant and a 2021 HEMI Extreme Arts Fellowship at JHU. His permanent installation commission "Upload Ghosts" (in collaboration with the band Beach House) was unveiled at Meow Wolf's OmegaMart in Las Vegas in spring 2021.

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.

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.