2023 Extreme Arts Final Presentations

HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program Final Presentations

Each year, students from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) work with MICA faculty and JHU researchers as part of the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program. Artists bring their unique perspectives to the problems and methods being explored by HEMI researchers, applying what they learn to their artistic practice.

This year, HEMI hosted three Extreme Arts interns:

  • Shan Deng (HEMI faculty host: Tyrel McQueen, MICA mentor: Liz Enz)
  • Mantis Harper-Blanco (HEMI faculty host: Kenneth Livi, MICA mentor: Giulia Livi)
  • Lianghong Ke (HEMI faculty host: Paulette Clancy, MICA mentor: Jay Gould)

Please join us for final presentations from these artists on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Presentations will be held in Malone Hall, Room 137 and will be followed by a light lunch reception.


September 26, 2023




Malone Hall 137


Parking in the South Garage is recommended. Please see the attached map.

Proposal Deadline: HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Summer Project/Internship

The goal of the Extreme Arts Summer project/internship is to explore visual representations of the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and relationships.

The total award for this summer project/internship is $3,000. $2,000 will be granted to the student as a stipend to cover any supplies or expenses. $1,000 will be granted to the MICA faculty member for his/her time to support and oversee the development of the project. The timeframe is from June 1st to August 15th.

Please plan for the project/internship to be conducted remotely.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Storyboarding and narrative
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design and graphics
  • Interactive arts or products
  • Sculptural Forms or materials
  • Games
  • Information visualization
  • Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Painting

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: February 15th, 2021

Learn more here.

Image by Danielle Duplain, EAP 2020.

HEMI/MICA Artist in Residence Info Session

Learn more about the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program Artist in Residence position and application process at the information session on December 2 starting at 3:00pm at MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center!

MICA and HEMI staff will explain more about the program, and past Artists in Residence will give short presentations on their experiences and final works. A Q&A session and light refreshments will follow.

2020 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program Artist in Residence Application Deadline

The application period for the 2020 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program Artist/Designer in Residence is now open!

The goal of this artist/designer in residence is to bring MICA and JHU faculty together to collaborate and explore ways to represent, visualize, and/or interpret HEMI research. Representations of HEMI research can include, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to research regarding HEMI ‘extreme’ events, collaborations, interdependent systems
  • Interpretation, translation, and/or communication of large amounts of data
  • Creation of experiences that bridge the gap between new audiences and the knowledge created within HEMI
  • Conceptual, textual, ephemeral, and/or visual works that expand the interpretations of HEMI research

The semester in residence is expected to take place in either the fall semester from late August – December 2020 or the spring semester from January – May 2021.

Proposals are due by 5PM on Friday, February 14, 2020. Please email the proposal as a single PDF document to Bess Bieluczyk ([email protected]). Questions may be addressed to Bess as well.

Click here for more information about the requirements and proposal process.

Extreme Arts Summer Project Final Presentations

Join us as we celebrate the completion of projects by our 2019 HEMI/MICA summer program participants!

Laila Milevski (Illustration Practice) worked with Prof. Thomas Gernay (Dept. of Civil Engineering) to create a pamphlet series related to different aspects of fire engineering, as well as a stop-motion animation centered on the experience of wildfire and losing one’s home.

Mae Rowland (Interdisciplinary Sculpture) worked with Prof. Susanna Thon (Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering) on the nature of physics and light in the scope of computational modeling and digital 3D rendering.

Yi Zheng (Illustration) worked with Prof. Sabine Stanley (Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences) on creating illustrations and animations related to planetary magnetic fields and interior structure models.

Presentations will take place in Malone Hall, Room G33/35.

Symmetry & Fracture: Works by Jenna Frye

HEMI research asks fascinating questions about what happens to materials under extreme conditions. Much of HEMI research can’t be perceived without powerful scanning technologies, let alone touched. Touch and perception, however, are both essential to how artists and designers learn and understand the world.

Symmetry & Fracture offers a way to physically connect with the complex research ideas of HEMI labs through hands-on exploration of mineral crystal systems and the grain boundaries of metallic materials.

You are invited to playfully investigate and decide for yourself where or if boundaries lie between art and science.

HEMI/MICA 2018 Artist in Residence Introduction: Prof. Jenna Frye

Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010) was an American popular mathematics and science writer who wrote about math puzzles and intellectual recreations in Scientific American for a quarter-century. Despite his lack of formal mathematical training, his column “Mathematical Games” has had a huge impact on the way people view math and engage with mathematical concepts recreationally. Every year on his birthday, mathematicians, scientists, artists and puzzle enthusiasts around the globe gather to honor Gardner’s work with math puzzles, logic puzzles, hexaflexagons and Möbius strips, magic and card tricks and visual paradoxes.

Join Prof. Jenna Frye, our 2018 HEMI/MICA Artist/Designer in Residence, to celebrate Gardner’s legacy by making your own hexaflagons and solving playful puzzles. Feel free to bring a magic trick, puzzle, optical illusion or recreational mathematics problem to share!

Application Deadline for 2018 HEMI/MICA Summer Program/Internship

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are pleased to announce the Summer Project/Internship. The goal of this project/internship is explore visual representations of the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and relationships. For reference, a list of HEMI faculty and their research can be found here. Visual representations can include, but are not limited to: storyboarding and narrative, animation, photography, graphic design, interactive arts or products, games, information visualization, illustration, or drawing.

HEMI expects the internship to take place between June 1st and August 15th each year.


Current MICA undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply for this internship. The applicant will also need to identify a MICA faculty member who will serve as the advisor for this summer project/internship.


  • Students are required to spend at least 50% of the internship time on the JHU Homewood campus, in a PI’s lab
  • Students should propose a highly interactive project that requires various interactions with HEMI students/researchers
  • The project is independently directed, and best suited for a self-driven student. HEMI faculty/researchers will not provide a project/brief at the outset, but they can provide guidance, insight, and suggestions at the MICA student’s request as their proposed project evolves


The total award for this summer project/internship is $3,000. $2,000 will be granted to the student as a stipend that will also cover any supplies or expenses. $1,000 will be granted to the MICA faculty member for his/her time to support and oversee the development of the project.

Click here for more information on application format and details.  Proposals should be emailed as a single PDF document to the HEMI Senior Administrative Coordinator, Ms. Bess Bieluczyk ([email protected], 410.516.7794). Questions may be addressed to Ms. Bieluczyk as well.