Feeling uninspired lately? With the gloomy winter weather on the rise, no one can blame you. Here’s a solution: Get to know some of Baltimore’s rising artists and discover unique, local art.
If you’re not sure where to begin, stop by one of MICA’s events. For the past couple of years, MICA has been featuring emerging artists at their annual holiday market, based in the Brown Center’s contemporary glass building. This year—their 10th anniversary—is no different. With a large number of MICA students showcasing their artwork and wares for attendees to admire and purchase, it’s impossible not to find something that will catch your eye.
But what is truly amazing, especially for a 20-year old college student like me who can’t draw for her life, are the young artists arriving to the scene. They are fearless, ingenious and all in all, extraordinary, especially in their creative process and the way they can transform experiences and ideas into real, tangible art.
Eric Rivera, a 21-year-old MICA student from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, is someone to definitely watch out for. He’s been making art since he was a child laying on his daycare mat and doodling next to his mom in the back office of a cafeteria his grandparents managed. “I mostly do paintings and wooden sculptural work, as well as illustration,” he says. As for the themes he tries to pursue in his work, he is currently “investigating the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, politically and culturally.”
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