When we got together after the ceremony, Todd asked Colin if he thought MICA had been worth the mega bucks to get his degree. I don't remember Colin's exact words, but it was something like, "Totally. MICA completely helped me define who I am and where I’m going.”
Colin was fortunate for the past few years to share an apartment with seven or eight other students in Baltimore's "Copycat Building." In 1983, the owners of the building decided to rent out part of it as art studios because of its proximity to MICA. But soon the artists began living, as well as working, in their studios. Today, the Copycat is still home to many young artists, musicians, filmmakers, and professionals looking for a large space to live, create, and study in the city. Many of the residents use their living spaces to host art and music events.
The Seniors' Art Show -- held in conjunction with the MICA graduation -- included a section devoted to the Copycat Building. An early release of a book about the landmark structure was on display, and the inscription below provides additional background:
Bet you didn't guess Selsun Blue shampoo!
Here, Colin explains two of his other works to Ann, Jill and Todd:
And what major retailer is represented here?