Thursday: ArtWalk 2016

May 12

Not enough attention is paid to local artists who are not tied to the Maryland Institute College of Art, especially since the growth of the Station North Arts District, which is home to the MICA studios and more recently the JHU-MICA Film Centre. That said, keep your eyes on MICA's many talented artists, both students and faculty, so long as you're also looking at work by artists outside of the art school bubble (full disclosure; I graduated from MICA last year). The annual MICA ArtWalk is Baltimore's largest visual art display and is probably more than enough MICA art than you need to see this week if not this year. Work by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates fill seven of the college's buildings, spanning two miles—seeing everything in one trip is a true feat. But it's worth it: you get first dibs on purchases, the opportunity to talk to the artists, a free drink, and the pleasure of experiencing thousands of artworks in a variety of disciplines including tradition fine arts as well as illustration, graphic design, environmental design film, fiber art, and performance art. And there will be food trucks on hand to fuel your walk. Afterwards (or the next day—you may need to recover), check out galleries and street art elsewhere in the city. 5-9 p.m, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave., (410) 669-9200,, $20 general admission, $50 VIP admission. (Maura Callahan)

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