Bragging Rights: Incoming Students

A glimpse into the portfolios of MICA's incoming undergraduate and graduate students.

Breath (video still) by Riley Cox

Undergraduate: Max Woods

With a veracious work ethic and a massive desire to be successful, Max Woods' gregarious personality adds excitement to any room he enters. As a MICA Pre-college alum, his work is meant to capture a viewers full attention, while providing a glimpse into his weird and colorful subconscious.

Graduate: Miguel Braceli

Miguel Braceli is a Venezuelan artist, Professor of Architecture and founder of Proyecto Colectivo, a contemporary art platform developing works from participatory models in public space. Braceli has exhibited his work internationally and has collaborated with institutions all over the globe. One of MICA’s incoming Fulbright scholars Braceli “want(s) to direct (his) research towards works of art that can transform society from collective actions and educational projects starting from the body as a social space.”

Undergraduate: Riley Cox

There isn’t a medium Riley Cox can’t handle. Growing up in North Carolina surrounded by strong women working in textiles, Cox has always been drawn to surface, material and texture. Taking inspiration from natural forms like mold and bacteria, Cox seeks to explore the space between the natural and man made, beauty and disgust, delicacy and decay.

Graduate: Ben Chatag

Ben Chatag’s artist practice combines elements of Tibetan and Western influences, focusing on the topics of assimilation, exile and identity. As a refugee from Tibet he came to the United States when he was 15 and found the ability to communicate in a new environment through art. He returned to the Tibetan diaspora in India to study traditional Tibetan Thangka painting and uses these techniques in his art now, working to show the values of the culture he was raised in and their relevance to the culture that he lives in now.

Undergraduate: Breanna Coon

Thematically linked by colorful human figures experiencing a broad range of existential emotions. A sense of ennui and unrest persists as Breanna Coon uses these figures to explore concepts of body image, mental health, and self love. 

Graduate: Jerrell Gibbs

Jerrell Gibbs is a self-taught artist whose work is rooted in experience. Raised in Baltimore City and then Baltimore County, he was exposed to a broad range of human experience and seeing the drastic differences in his life and others lives impacted him deeply. His work revolves around the topic of human relations and the way that preconceived notions and stereotypes often leak into human interactions, shedding light and bringing consciousness to the way people interact with those who are perceived as being different from them.