Isolina Minjeong Alva
B. 1997; Lives and works in Baltimore, MD, USA

EDUCATION!
2016-2020
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Ceramics, Baltimore, MD

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES!
2020
Long-Term Artist in Residence
Summer Artist in Residence
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
“MICA Chairs Award Nominee” (Ceramics) To be considered for the Chairs Award, a student must be nominated by his or her Department Chair and present a proposal that indicates the special need to travel in order to pursue the work of interest.
2019
MICA University Fellow
Arrowmont School of Arts & Craft, Gatlinsburg, TN
2016-2020
MICA Awards:
Creative Vision Award
MICA Recognition Award
NAHS Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
Greater Baltimore Ach Award


EMPLOYMENT!
2018-2020
Summer Camp Instructor
Teach themed week long intensives on
handbuilding for children in grades K-8

Children’s & Adult Ceramic Instructor Clay After School, Family Potters Wheel, B. Willow Small Succulent Vessels, Pottery Birthday Parties.
Weekend Gallery Associate Maintain gallery space and artwork, sign people up for classes, artwork sales & shipping, respond to emails, aid all events.
Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, MD
2018 
Figure Model; MICA
Barista, Café Andamiro, Baltimore, MD
2016-2020
Exhibition Department Work Study, MICA
Maintain and prepare gallery for exhibtions; install, pack, handle artwork.

PROFESH  EXPERIENCE!
2020
Virtual Research Assistant Assist in researching ceramicists, opportunities, and resources with visibility of equity as the driving force behind selected artists.
Ayumi Horie (Potter); Portland, ME
September Studio Intern Assist with glaze mixing, application, and large scale slab building
Cristina Cordova (Ceramicist); Penland, NC

Short-Term Glaze Intern
Assist with classroom maintenance and glaze mixing
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Costume Design Assistant
Assist Mack with costume maintenance
Strawberry Mansion Directed by Albert Birney
Mack Reyes (Costume Designer); Baltimore, MD

Graphic Designer Designer of “Bad Head” Look Book, to aid in the feature script for his upcoming movie.
Jimmy Joe Roche (Film Maker); Baltimore, MD
2019
Teaching Assistant
Intro to Handbuilding, Victoria Jang; MICA Assist students on technique by giving demonstrations on shop equipment + building methods, encouraging meaningful critiques and discussions.
Studio Assistant
Assist Victoria in surfacing artworks for upcoming exhibition, load & fire electric kiln, create invoices. 
Victoria Jang (Ceramicist); Baltimore, MD

Mosaic Installation Contractor Work with students & project leader to install ceramic doves alongside the school's entrance.
Western High School: The Dove Project; Arts Every Day; Baltimore MD

Creative Director & Set Photographer
Miki Montebello’s music video, Post-Op feat Dallas James Photograph set and promotional content, fabricate bust for music video narrative.
Directed by Alonzo Hellerbach, Brooklyn, NY
2018
Production Assistant & Set Photographer   Butch Dawson’s music video, Ridin’ Round Talent & behind the scene photographer
Directed by Felix Abeson; Baltimore, MD
Education Intern Help children handbuild & underglaze work, supervise them on breaks, maintain studio
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Assistant Creative Director & Set Photographer    JPEG MAFIA’s music video, 1539 N.Calvert St. Assist Mack in gathering props, fabricate furnituring, and and set design
Directed by Audrey Gatewood; Baltimore, MD 

Art handler
Chasing the Light, Paintings of Raoul Middleman
Directed by Madeline Becker; Baltimore, MD

Entrance Designer & Fabricator
Fabricate and paint wooden birds
and heads with RISD alum, Jiho Sohn
The 40th Annual Korean Festival
Korean Society of Maryland, Catonsville, MD

Studio Assistant
Stretch canvases, document work, upload documentation to catalogue raisonné, maintain studio
Raoul Middleman (Painter), Baltimore, MD

SOLO EXHIBITIONS!
2020
“Pink Mountain”
Curated by Mary Cloonan, Baltimore Clayworks, MD

GROUP EXHIBITIONS!
“WE ARE CLAY”
Curated by Mary Cloonan, Baltimore Clayworks, MD
“NCECA Juried Student Exhibition” Curated by Virginia Scotchie & Salvador
Jiménez-Flores; Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019
“MICA Ceramics Senior Class Show” Curated by George Ciscle, MICA, Baltimore MD
“MICA Ceramics Juried Show”
Curated by José Ruiz, MICA, Baltimore, MD
“Three Goats Cafe Art Show” Curated by Isolina Alva; Three Goats Cafe & Restaurant, Baltimore, MD
2018
“Under Your Roof Apartment Exhibition” Curated by Dee Robinson; 1517 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD

PUBLICATIONS!
2020 
MICA “Ceramics 2020” Catalog
Foreword by David East + Mat Karras
Nominated Guest Essayist: Andrew Liang

“NCECA Juried Student Exhibition” Catalog
Curated by Virginia Scotchie & Salvador
2019
July Artist Spotlight
Interviewed by Sarah Morales Morgan
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD


SKILLS!
Ceramic Fabrication Handbuilding, Hollow Building the Figure, Slab Rolling, Wheel Throwing, Plaster Mold Making, Slip Casting, Studio Maintenance and Cleaning, Clay and Glaze Mixing, Extruding, Electric Kiln Loading and Firing
Sculptural Fabrication Table Saw, Bandsaw, Chop Saw Trained, Intermediate Joinery, Carving, Steam Bending, Bent Lamination, Concrete Fabrication, Plaster Mold Making
Proficient in
Microsoft: WordPowerpoint/Excel
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,

Other
Web Design, Digital Illustration, Art Handling, Gallery Maintenance, Sales