Adjunct Faculty/Artist, MICA
Adjunct Faculty/Artist, MICA
Adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) have been organizing for better working conditions, compensation, and security of employment. Their organizing drive will culminate with an election at the end of April. Adjunct faculty activists Katherine Kavanaugh and Joshua Wade-Smith will talk about why and how the part-time faculty at MICA chose to organize. Panelists will share their views on the role of adjunct faculty in the academic community and related ethical issues.
Katherine Kavanaugh has taught at MICA since 1999 both as an adjunct and a full-time faculty member. She has taught a variety of classes in the Foundation department and currently teaches in the Masters of Art in Art Education program.
As an artist, Kavanaugh constructs site-specific outdoor and indoor installations which sometimes incorporate video. She also makes artist books using collage drawings and etchings. In 2012 she collaborated on a series of artist books with Baltimore poet Jennifer Wallace and also collaborated with composer David Smooke and accompanying musicians on a water and sound piece. The musicians “played” the room-size installation which used running water which dripped and poured into a pool. In addition exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Stevenson University; Baltimore: the bi-annual sculpture competition at the Evergreen House of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD; the Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD; the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. In addition, she has shown at the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, DC; the Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA; the Hemicycle Gallery at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC; and the Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD. Among the awards she has received are two Maryland State Arts Council Grants; a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow for a VCCA residency; and a finalist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship Award for Sculpture.
Joshua Wade Smith is an performance artists and sculptor based in Baltimore since 2007 to complete his graduate studies; he completed an MFA from the Mt. Royal School at MICA in 2010. Smith has since taught part-time in the Foundations Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Last summer, Smith completed a month long social-practice residency in the Netherlands, performing as a door-to-door handyman. Smith's recent exhibitions of artwork make reference to forms of the artist's labor and endurance sports, highlighting their reliance on manual repetition, flexibility, and spectacle.
Smith has exhibited work at the American University Art Museum at the Katzen Center , Arlington Arts Center, Co-Lab Space (Austin, TX), Gallery Four, The Maryland Art Place, and the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, amongst others. Honors include selection for the Maryland Art Place’s ‘30 under 30’ artist lectures series (2013), a two-year fellowship at the Hamiltonian Artists Gallery in Washington D.C. (2011-13) and Finalist for the 2012 Trawick Awards (2012).