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Why Curatorial Practice (MFA) At MICA?

OUT OF THE GALLERY, INTO THE FIELD
Aspiring curators connect directly with community audiences, creating relevant, timely and creative exhibitions in both traditional & non-traditional venues.

Meet our alumni

Deana Haggag
Curatorial Practice, MFACP ‘13

Deana is the President & CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL. Before joining USA in February 2017, she was the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, MD, for four years. In addition to her leadership roles, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications and has taught at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. dhaggag.com

Life is defined by the choices you make, and this is a big one.

Sometimes, life requires big risks for dreams that no one can see but you. Deciding to go to graduate school to pursue your dreams in art and design is an important and personal decision. It starts as an inkling of an idea, just barely scratching at the surface. You toy with the idea, come up with reasons for “why graduate school” and “why now.” And then it becomes a dream. A big dream.

Give us a call, send us a DM, set up an appointment with one of our counselors – just don’t make this decision in a vacuum.

Graduate Admission Contact:
Christopher Harring, Director
410-225-2256  
charring@mica.edu

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CHANGE THE CONVERSATION
Work closely with practicing artists, writers and scholars as you plan your own career path in the arts. 

COLLABORATE & CURATE
Exhibit two major shows--the collaborative first year practicum and the individual second year thesis--during your time at MICA. 

INTERCULTURAL PRACTICES

By working with a group of cultural producers, students analyze the politics and ethics of intercultural practices from the position of intersectionality and how they can engage, instruct, alter perception, energize communities and keep pace with culture. 

Nick Petr
Curatorial Practice, MFACP ‘16

Nick is a co-founder, resident curator, and instructor of cultural studies at the Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture in Baltimore. Starting with a background in industrial design, architecture, sculpture, and social activism, his current work explores the role of art making and cultural production in education and in social movement building. Currently, he serves as a Curatorial Fellow at the DC Public Library Foundation in Washington, DC.

Melani Douglass
Curatorial Practice, MFACP ‘15

Melani is the Director of Public Programs at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC where she cultivates a network of diverse constituents through community partnerships and collaborations. She also heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change initiative, which elevates museum programming to a new standard with curated conversations, communal dinners and transformative events. A native Baltimorean and alum from Morgan State University, she is also a proud mother and educator. melanidouglass.com

Program Courses

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HOW TO APPLY

Final Deadline:
April 3

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Fieldwork and research

In partnership with arts, education and community organizations, students consider urban public spaces as contexts and environments for presenting art and explore alternative exhibition designs and education initiatives both within and outside of traditional venues. 

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