Still, Life is the final thesis exhibition of the eight 2020 graduates of the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Each year, MICA’s second-year MFA students present an exhibition showcasing their thesis work at campus galleries located in Baltimore. This spring, the 2020 MFA graduating class presents their thesis exhibition at Art Cake in Brooklyn, New York.

The eight artists in the graduating class will exhibit paintings representing their second-year thesis bodies of work, as well as works produced between spring 2020 and spring 2021. While each artist represents a distinct form and approach to painting, the title of the exhibition, Still Life, suggests the moment of waiting and change and the challenge of capturing it. Across the eight distinct bodies of work, the materiality of painting, and how its practitioners connect with it, allows painters to raise questions distinct from those posed by other artists in other mediums. The eight painters hail from Wenzhou, China to Salt Lake City, Utah, and work across collage, automatism, portraiture, and other disciplines in a variety of scales.

The LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting and its alumni are at the forefront of contemporary art and painting discussions, which impact not only the well-being of future painters, but how we as a society view cultural theory and art in practice.

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