July 22, 2023
Artists Engaging Communities
Reciprocity and Mutuality as Strategic and Ethical Tools
Professor Paula Phillips is the recipient of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 2023 Medal of Honor, the 2018 Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2007 Distinguished Service Award, and a certificate of recognition from the Maryland State Department of Education for curriculum development of summer programs for Baltimore City schools. She has received citations from the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, and served three years as coordinator of MICA’s Community Arts Convening & Research Project, funded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Phillips is Professor Emeritus of MICA, a practicing studio and community artist and former Director of MICA’s Community Arts Partnerships. She is co-developer of the College’s MA and MFA in Community Arts graduate programs, both programs the first of their kind in the U.S.
As a fine artist, educator, and social justice advocate and activist, Professor Phillip’s teachings, community art and art practice intertwine with and lift up the fundamentals of social justice. Phillips earned a BA through Texas Wesleyan University and her Masters of Fine Arts through MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting .