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MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting comes to New York!

Build on the efforts of 8 students bringing their MFA thesis exhibition to New York City to amplify our exposure as graduating painters

MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting comes to New York!

Build on the efforts of 8 students bringing their MFA thesis exhibition to New York City to amplify our exposure as graduating painters

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About

Our initiative

The LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting is a unique MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in its distinction as one of the top graduate programs in the country that remains focused on painting. It is known for its high level of intellectual critical discourse, visiting artist roster, and communal critique environment.

Annually, the second-year MFA thesis cohort presents an exhibition showcasing the culmination of their two years of MFA work. To date, this exhibition has only taken place at campus galleries in Baltimore. This year, we are taking the show on the road to Flux Factory in New York!

As a student produced and funded initiative we need your help in order to realize our goals.

Why is this important? 

The art world today is increasingly competitive, and exposure remains paramount to meeting the curators, writers, supporters, and fellow artists who will become a part of any painter’s career. Presenting our ultimate work in New York City is invaluable to helping us make these connections as we move forward in the next stages of our careers.

We hope to use this opportunity and exposure to further strengthen our individual artist’s voices, as well as our program’s growing discourse and vision in contemporary art during the height of MFA season.

Some of what we are working on as we speak!

Timo Kuzme 8'x10' Charcoal, Graphite, and Oil on Canvas
Eric Birkin Oil on Panel
Carolyn Forrester, Mixed Media on Canvas
Mimi Pinnow 4'x6' Oil on Canvas
Xuanlin Ye, Oil and Ink on Canvas
Michael Pajtas, Oil and Graphite on Canvas 96"x66"
Jerrell Gibbs, "Turner' 60" x 48" Oil, Acrylic, Oil stick on linen
Edward Moore 12"x12" Oil on Canvas

The LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting

Learn more about program, its history and see even more student work.  We even have a newsletter you can sign up for!

 MICA LeRoy E Hoffberger School of Painting, NYC Thesis Show 

What your contribution will support

We are an official artist Non-Profit! So your donations will be tax deductible! 

Your contribution will go towards our space rental, artwork transportation, installation supplies and materials, communications materials, travel and accommodations for gallery attendants, and everything in between.

We are the artists, producers, promoters, sitters and fundraisers for our own show. While we would deeply appreciate you backing our campaign, we also want to encourage our community to help share this work with other art lovers and help bring this project to life'

Reaching out to our community through kickstarter!

Kickstarter’s large network of contributors, online presence, and infrastructure provides us the ideal platform for bringing awareness to independent initiatives. 

Although part of MICA, this show is an independent initiative where we are the artists, producers, promoters, sitters and fundraisers for our own NYC show. It is an exciting endeavor with many challenges - one of the largest being the financial one. Just as artists rely on their patrons for levity, we too ask of our community for help to realize our goal to showing our work in NYC.

Risks and challenges

Making it to New York City is the first half of the work-- we still have to get the word out once we’re here! As a major hub for the contemporary art world, thousands of artists, curators, galleries, and museums are vying for the center spotlight at any one time -- your contributions will also go towards advertising and PR efforts, honoraria for individual visits with curators held during the exhibition, and general outreach efforts.

Our exhibition will be on view for two weeks, we’ll need to spend as much time and energy as possible making sure the exhibition is seen and appreciated by as many people as possible while we’re there. We’ll be creating a schedule of invitations, tours, and gallery sitting hours with the artists in the exhibition , and we need your help with their accommodations while they’re in town!

Finally Shipping our paintings from Baltimore to New York City will be x dollars or x% of our budget and we will need x days to create an impeccable installation once we arrive.

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    Thank you!

    A grateful thank you from all of us at Hoffberger with a link to the blooper reel from the filming of our kickstarter video! Every dollar counts, thank you so much!

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    Hand Made Art Card

    A hand written "Thank You" card, signed by all the artists with a print of a Hoffberger original painting on the cover.

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    Limited Edition Print of Show Poster

    Every week when our visiting artists come, a team of us creates a beautiful art poster to both advertise the day and immortalize the event on the walls of our halls for years to come. This year we have also been working on a very special design to commemorate our New York Show. You will receive a personal edition of the show poster, printed on high quality artist paper. With a hand written note signed by all the artists!

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    Giclee Print of a Painting from the Show

    A high quality giclee print on canvas of a piece from the show. This new technology has allowed so many to bring beautiful quality reproductions, that look almost identical to original paintings into their collections and homes. We can even put you in touch with someone that could stretch it on canvas bars to further increase its impact on your walls.

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    Studio Visit

    We live in our studios here at MICA. The walls (and floors and ceilings) are covered with shrapnel of our creative energy. We will give personal studio visit with any of the artists from the show and bring you to our favorite lunch spot! Come see their thesis work in progress, and walk through their ideas after graduation. You might just become one of their first collectors ;-)

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    Hand Made Editioned Print

    Paint on a brush isn't all there is to creating the visual image. We will send you an original hand-made editioned print from one of the artists in the show that is a skilled printer. We'll put you in touch with the artists to figure our the right piece for your collection! Woodblock, screen print, monotype, lithograph, etching, there are so many options!

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    Original Drawing

    Original drawing from one of the artists from the show. We will put you in touch with the artists to find someone that speaks to you. The two of you will then figure out the perfect original piece for you adopt into your loving home.

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    Special Opening Invite

    Be invited to a special exclusive opening of our Baltimore and New York show before the public sees it. This includes both our preliminary show in Baltimore and Full Show in NYC. We will have special snacks and beverages to keep you fueled while we tour you through our hard work. We then look forward to sitting down afterwards at one of our favorite hang out spots, and sharing stories and ideas about art and life!

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    Dinner cooked by the Artists!

    “Food as Art” dinner for you and two friends cooked by the artists (at your home in Baltimore or New York). We will discuss a time, locations, flavors, smells and more to create a dinner like you have never had for you and two friends. We even have a retired NY sous chefs on our team! We’ll do the dishes, too!

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    Original Painting

    An original painting from your choice of the artists from the show. We will put you in contact with the artists to select and artist, then discuss the perfect painting for you to take home!

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