Rachel Schreiber,

The Face of MICA, 2006

The Face of MICA is a site-specific public art work that was installed at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore during the time that I taught at the college. The piece honors laborers whose service is often performed behind the scenes of the institution. Workers who often circulate unnoticed in the context of the institution were presented in large, individual photographic portraits in a highly visible location. At the same time, the piece critiques the promotional literature published by institutions that typically highlights the handful of people of color among the faculty, students, and administration in order to demonstrate the institution’s diverse population. Although their roles are central to the operation of the institution, the individuals presented in my piece are not those typically used to advertise the school.