Open House for inaugural classes to be held in January 16, 2010.
The Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art (RICA), an atelier school founded by artists for artists of all levels in the Triangle area, will hold its first open house on Saturday, January 16, from 12-3 p.m. at 2123 Atlantic Ave. #102, Raleigh, NC 27604
Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art is excited to announce the grand opening. The event will be held in the actual space. It will include an exhibit of works by RICA instructors. You will have a chance to meet the instructors and learn more about the classes.
The brainchild of well-known Raleigh artists Mia Yoon, RICA’s mission is “to provide an affordable, high-quality institute for art education that will give all aspiring artists a place to reach their greatest potential,” said Yoon, who attended both the Pratt Institute and Art Students League in New York. “We want RICA to be a community of artists who come together to teach and learn, very similar to my experiences at the Art Students League in New York where both new and very successful artists can take a variety of courses to expand their horizons and grow.”
RICA’s instructors are all regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized professional artists with a contemporary perspective. The inaugural roster of instructors includes: Marty Baird, Lope Max Diaz, Bill Koeb, Dave Green, Gayle Stott Lowry, Gerry Lynch, David McConnell, Shaun Richard, and Derek Toomes, as well as Yoon and Craighead
“By design, our instructors bring a range of artistic philosophies and approaches to the educational process,” Yoon said. “We all share the belief that education is the foundation of great art communities. We also believe that on-going education is the foundation for great artists.”
ICA class sessions will span six weeks with one three-hour session per week. Each six-week session is $250. Individual courses range from a Youth Class taught by Derek Toomes and Mary Baird’s Basic Drawing class to Lope Max Diaz’s Advanced Painting and Jason Craighead’s Freeform Drawing classes.
Yoon noted that new instructors and a photography class will be added for the Session #2 in March.
Scheduled to open January 18, 2010, the Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 2123 Atlantic Avenue. For more information, go to www.ricanc.com or call 919-800-0208.
About the Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art:
Founded by artists Mia Yoon, the Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art is committed to maintaining an affordable, high quality art education for all who wish to engage in the process of making art. Located at 2123 Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh, the art institute offers a wide variety of art classes taught via six-week sessions with one three-hour class per week. All instructors are regionally, nationally and internationally accomplished artists who believe in the need for on-going education for all artists, regardless of skill level. Classes are available from Youth and beginner to advanced. For more information go to www.ricanc.com.