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motI/On 2005

MICA KOREA 2004-2007


GD MFA MICA PUBLICATION by Kim Bentley and Viviana Cordova


MICA Korea was a summer study aboard program in South Korea that was offered through the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) between 2004-2007. The program was in Seoul, one of Asia’s most dynamic cities, and challenged students to create and exhibit artwork based on their experience of place and culture. This interdisciplinary studio arts program was directed by artist/architect team, Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz, with curator George Ciscle as visiting curator, who worked with students to provide a unique opportunity to experience Korea and to work on art projects at a professional and international level. This cultural exchange culminated in the group exhibition that received national and international press attention every year for the vitality of artwork created by the students as well as the dynamic collaboration experience. The last year, we welcomed Eve Andrée Laramée as visiting artist to the program; Eugene Ahn served as director assistant for the last two year; and En Chang was project assistant for year 2005. In Korea our sister schools assisted this program: The Korean National University of Art for 2006-7 and the Hong-Ik University for 2005. Every year, the MICA Korea recevied generous support and sponsorship from the Korean fashion company SSamzie Co., LTD., as the program affiliated with SSamzie Space, alternative art space of Korea; SSamzie Gil and Gallery SSamzie; and the SSamzie Museum in Paju, Korea. Each year, there was also a satellite exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland which was also very well received by the public.

Mina Cheon, director, a professor at MICA, teaches foundation, interactive media, and cultural theory courses. She has exhibited media-based installations nationally and internationally including solo-exhibitions at the Lance Fung Gallery in New York and Insa Art Space in Seoul, Korea. She is also currently a doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School in philosophy of media and communications. She has an MFA from MICA 's Hoffberger School of Painting, an MFA in imaging and digital arts from University of Maryland, and a BFA from Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, South Korea.

Gabriel Kroiz, director, is the principal of Kroiz Architecture. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Maryland, School of Architecture. His practice has completed award-winning projects in the US and Asia, including the SSamzieGil Shopping Center and residences in Korea's Heyri Art Valley, Paju. In addition, Kroiz has taught at MICA, the University of Maryland, and  Duksung University in Seoul. He is known for his pursuits in sustainable green architecture including his highly acclaimed recent project, GreenHAB.

George Ciscle, visiting curator 2005-7, curator-in-residence at MICA, has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions, created community arts programs, and taught courses in the fine arts and humanities for nearly 30 years. As founder of The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore , he has curated numerous shows since 1989. He acted as the director of the George Ciscle Gallery in Baltimore from 1985 through 1989 and director of the Contemporary Museum until 1996. His Exhibition Development Seminar at MICA offers a multi-semester, hands-on experience planning, curating, designing, and mounting a major exhibition.


Summer 2007, project, “EXHIBITION WHITE: W3 – white day, wedding, women…” exhibition at SSamzieGil Courtyard, Gallery SSamzie, and Gallery 175, reviews for the project include: Review in NY Arts Magazine and by Associated Press of Korea

Summer 2006, project “Jetlag: Traveling Art” exhibition at Gallery SSamzie 1 & 2 and SSamMart, SSamzie Gil, campus the Korean National University of Arts, reviews for the project include: Associated Press, Naver News, NEWSIS, Life and Culture, (July 12, 2006); “Art looks at the unbearable lightness of jetlag,” By Park Soo-mee, J-Style, JoonAng Daily, International Herald Tribune: The World’s Daily Newspaper, Published by the New York Times, edited in Hong Kong and Paris, Printed in Seoul (July 13, 2006).

Summer 2005, project “Plastic Bag” exhibition at Gallery SSamzie and SSamzie Gil, campus Hongik University, reviews for the project include:“Plastic Bag,” Naver, culture Blog Amabella, (July 13 & 16, 2005); “Plastic Bag Exhibition,” Arirang TV: International News Channel, Section on Art, July 15, 2005; "Sight and Issue," Review, Wolgan Misool: Arts Monthly, August 2005 (51); “Responding to Space: Plastic Bag MICA Korea 2005 Exhibition,” Feature Article, Exhibition section, C3: Korea: Architecture & Environment Monthly, August 2005, 0508 no. 252 (142 -145); “Exhibition Plastic Bag” Review, Culture section, Moon-hwa Il-bo: Cultural Daily, July 18, 2005; “Plastic Bag,” Review, Exhibition section, Kyong-hyang Sin-Moon: Economic Newspaper, July 11, 2005.

Summer 2004, project “Open Lid,” exhibition at SSamzie Space, Alternative Art Space and International Arts Residency, reviews for the project include: “Opening the lid of Korea: Artist Mina Cheon and Architect Gabriel Kroiz,” Article by Haewon Kim, People
Section, “Haute” magazine (Seoul, Korea: July 2004, 54); “Seeing the creation of art in the exhibition space,” Article by Yunoo Park, Culture Section, Seoul Economy
Daily (July 19, 2004); “Getting Close to Audience,” “YTN News,” YTN 24 News Channel (Seoul, Korea: July 23, 2004); “Studio as Exhibition,” “News Today,” Cultural News, Cultural Broadcasting, MBC (Seoul, Korea: July 21, 2004).