Number 8 in Jerry's Top 10 U.S. Art Schools Countdown

#8 Maryland Institute College of Art

 Jerry's Artarama has always supported art education and so this year we wanted to show our support of some of the finest in higher art education available in the United States by honoring some of the best schools in our list of the 10 Best Art Schools in the Country.

Coming in at number 8 in our Top 10 list is the Maryland Institute College of Art


 The Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA ranks out at number 8 on our list because of the well-equipped campus, inventive curriculum and illustrious faculty. They are constantly ranked in the top 10 Masters of Fine Art programs in visual arts and U.S. News ranked them as #3 in Graphic Design and #5 in Painting/Drawing. Located in the heart of Baltimore, this private art and design college is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation.

The school offers pre-college, bachelors of fine art, continuing studies, post-baccalaureate programs and even young people's studio art classes on the weekend. MICA has over 1800 undergraduates, over 300 over grad students and even offers classes to high school students and children. It is an art mecca for the Baltimore and Washington DC area with over 1000 exhibitions by students, faculty and professional artists from around the world.

The Breakdown

  • Professors- There is a 10/1 student-faculty ratio and professors have been awarded EVERY national prize offered to artists- Fullbright, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Prix de Rome, Anonymous was a Woman and the Joan Mitchell Grant.
  • Notable Alumnus- Noted American Sculptor William Henry Rinehart, alumni and former MICA president Hans Schuler, abstract painter Elaine Hamilton-O'Neal, pioneering sculptor Jeff Koons and creator of innovative instruments Ned Steinberger.
  • Local flavor- For artists, Baltimore has over 1000 galleries, all night diners, avant-garde theaters and film festivals. The school itself has many visiting artists and speakers.
  • Currently on Display- Be sure to check out MICA's M.F.A. Curatorial Practice class of 2015's LOCALLY SOURCED exhibition


Maryland Institute College of Art student artwork. See more here. 


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Jerry's Artarama 2014 Art Scholarship

 This year, with the help of several sponsors and friends, Jerrys will empower one young artist with a scholarship award of $5000 as well as an eGift Card worth $500 in art supplies from Jerry's is searching out a young talented Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student or High School Senior who is going into the arts. Apply today for your chance to win the Jerry's Artarama 2014 Art Scholarship!

One $5000 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to one special student artist to be used towards tuition and fees required by their educational institution. In addition to tuition and fees, a $500 eGift card to will be provided to the student to use on art supplies and materials. Jerry's will also throw in a $250 Supply Pack to the student's chosen Art Department!

For more information or how to qualify, check out our Scholarship page.

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