Eric Simelton is a senior at MICA studying animation. His art, inspired by his love for anime (such as shows like Dragon Ball Z), draws on his passion for high octane fights and motion graphics. Simelton is currently working on his portfolio for graduation, and is looking to work in the animation industry.
MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.
Nicknamed “Charm City”, Baltimore is home to the Inner Harbor, rich history, thriving arts scenes, and some of the nation’s best festivals attracting both lifelong Baltimoreans, tourists, and everyone in between.
Light City, the country’s first large-scale festival of art, music, and innovation is in its fourth year in Baltimore and continues to earn praise from critics and locals, alike.
For the first time, the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City have been combined prompting the Baltimore Sun to explain that organizers combination of both emphasized brilliance, “both in the light exhibits and in the imagination inspired by the books.”
“Light City reimagines the waterfront into a premier cultural destination: fully accessible, free and open to all. Located along the Inner Harbor’s brick-lined promenade, the festival features awe-inspiring art installations, performances, concerts, a fun-filled family zone and special moments including an Opening Night Parade and a Closing Night fireworks finale. The festival’s food and beverage offerings are proudly 100% local, reflecting Baltimore’s burgeoning cuisine scene” (via Brilliant Baltimore)
Jeff Dominguez is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the UB Post.
The Baltimore Book Festival, brought to you by B.O.P.A. (Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts), will back for its 22nd year and will be returning to the Baltimore Inner Harbor. This is a festival that caters to the literary arts. There will be book signings, live readings, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and more to keep you occupied. This event is a family-friendly event, so there will be fun activities that will cater to everyone in the home, from parents, teens, and younger children.
The book festival kicks off on Friday September 22 and ends on Sunday September 24. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m each day. For this year, there will be 500 presenting authors featured, 11 stages, 90 literary exhibitors and 3,000 plus books that will be available via The Ivy Bookshop. Food and beverage vendors will be available around the promenade. You can expect to see authors such as, radio host and Professor Michael Eric Dyson, (Tears We Cannot Stop); Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, (Purple Hibiscus); Patricia Altschul, Bravo reality TV show (Southern Charm); renowned poet Eileen Myles, (Afterglow: A Dog memoir); Ada Calhoun, (Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give); and many more!