Spring Mixed Media Speaker Series: Hank Willis Thomas

Spring Mixed Media Speaker Series: Hank Willis Thomas

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art.

February 15, 2019
Spring Mixed Media Speaker Series: Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas, For Freedoms Project Co-Founder
March 13, 2019, 7pm
Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies
131 West North Avenue
21201 Baltimore Maryland
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Hank Willis Thomas will speak next month at MICA as a part of the Spring Mixed Media Speaker Series. The panel discussion, “Monday-Freedoms,” features Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist and co-founder of Four Freedoms; Devin Allen, a documentary photographer who rose to national attention after the Baltimore Uprising; and Bilphena Yahwon, a Baltimore-based writer, researcher, organizer and womanist; and is moderated by MICA Curatorial Practice MFA student Tiffany Ward ’20.

The event is a public panel discussion and will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm in the Fred Lazarus IV Center, 131 W. North Ave.

This past fall, as MICA’s first Creative Citizenship Fellow, Thomas worked with the Curatorial Practice MFA students to develop an exhibition related to his For Freedoms 50 State Initiative. The exhibition Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms, opened February 1, 2019 and reimagines civic engagement beyond voting in elections. The group exhibition considers how a democracy could be free from disenfranchisement; forming a critique of the frayed political climate from a multiplicity of perspectives. Featuring local, national and international artists at all stages of their careers, their artwork frames participation and activism through photography, video, game design, sculpture, installation, data visualization, text and textiles.

Everyday, Everyday, Everyday, Everyday Freedoms runs through March 17 in MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm.

Thomas received a BFA in Photography and Africana Studies from New York University, an MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts, and an Honorary Doctorate from MICA. Thomas’s monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited internationally at such venues as the International Center of Photography, New York; Public Art Fund, New York; The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain; Studio Museum in Harlem; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


About MICA
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 54 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

MICA nurtures, supports and celebrates diversity in all of its forms including aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, socio-economic status and marital status.

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