October 27, 2014

WICE Cultural Studies: Spotlight on Maggie Cardelus

WICE presents its Up Close and Personal series to give you an insider view of the fascinating members and staff who make up this remarkable association.  This week's focus is on Maggie Cardelus, WICE's Cultural Studies instructor. 

Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City  

Maggie in her own words:
I am an artist who has worked for 20 years in a variety of media, and most of my work is photo-based. Photo-based work deconstructs photographs and concentrates on specific aspects of the medium, be it its formal qualities like time or flatness, questions related to process, questions related to how society has used photography to document and remember, questions related to its cultural ubiquity and ability to create desire, and much, much more. A look at how contemporary artists delve into these questions is a great way to understand how artists think of photographs not as images but as complex nodes of power that shape how we think.

October 8, 2014

The New Cultural Studies Department

Join WICE in welcoming Nancy Jochimek, the new Cultural Studies Department Director, as she takes this department in the exciting direction of learning experiences with a social twist to them.   Nancy brings to WICE a rich history of working with groups and organizations that use art and cultural events as a fantastic way to bridge the gap between the international and local communities.  

Nancy Jochimek
Cultural Studies Department Director
photo by Ruben Jochimek
As a lawyer turned creative communications manager, Nancy’s extensive experience managing creative talent to produce various projects led her to cofound an organization that promotes art and culture to international communities by way of events that offer both an educational and social experience.  Her organization worked with creative talent and cultural institutions such as the world renowned designer Ron Arad, Bat Sheva Dance troupe, and the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.

September 30, 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014

Time to stay up all night and see Paris like you’ve never seen before.

For one night only, this Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Left Bank of Paris will become an open air museum with art installations from over 50 international contemporary artists.  Every first Saturday in October for the past 13 years has become the annual Nuit Blanche citywide art exhibition which changes neighborhoods and themes each year.   To accommodate the ever growing number of visitors, this year’s theme, Itinéraire de la Grande Randonée Artistique, features six neighborhood walks that will allow everyone to leisurely appreciate the various works of art which will be mainly displayed outdoors.  Some of this year’s artists include the American street artist Mark Jenkins and French aerial artist Chloé Moglia.   

  • For added convenience, several restaurants and food trucks will be open throughout the night along each of the six itineraries. 
  • For families unable to stay up late, a free Sunday Brunch will be offered at both the Cité de la Mode et du Design and Hôpital Necker so that the kids can still see some of the art installations that will not be taken down until Sunday evening.

For more information:

Bonne Nuit Blanche 2014!

September 22, 2014

Open House 2014 – Find Your Piece of Paris in the International Community of WICE

Come and join us this Saturday at WICE’s annual Open House event, where you can have fun finding out about WICE and how it can enrich your stay in Paris.   Open House 2014 is a free event that is open to the public.  Complimentary wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available.

When:   Saturday, 27 September from 14h30 to 18h30
Where:  American Church of Paris, 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
             Metro: Invalides, Alma-Marceau

WICE holds a unique spot in the Paris expat community, with its diverse offering of courses in English.  WICE also holds free weekly French-English conversation groups and many free social events throughout the year.  

September 2, 2014

WICE Visual Arts: Spotlight on Nica Junker

WICE presents its Up Close and Personal series to give you an insider view of the fascinating members and staff who make up this remarkable association.  This week's focus is on Nica Junker, WICE's Film instructor. 

Nica Junker

1)     What brought you to Paris?
 I was assigned by the Quattropole (Metz, Luxembourg, Saarbrücken, Trier) for 2013-2014 for an installation called silent neighbors, that was exhibited there for one year.  Previously I lived in Paris in 1995 studying at the Sorbonne and I always wanted to come back in my mid-thirties. Now I’m here to stay for a while.
2)     How has WICE affected your stay in Paris?
I have met a lot of very nice people at WICE. Having an exchange with all the members has inspired my stay here. WICE is a wonderful network to meet great people.

June 24, 2014

Coming Soon at WICE: Fall Courses Preview

With this great weather, everyone’s gearing up for their summertime vacations.  But it’s never too early to start thinking about and planning exciting activities for the Fall.  The WICE Program Directors are pleased to bring you an impressive Fall Course selection that will make you look forward to the Rentrée, all summer long. 

But first, kick off the new season with WICE’s Open House on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the American Church in Paris, where you can:   
  • Meet the Instructors
  • Participate in Workshops and Demonstrations
  • Learn more about WICE and its Courses and Events

See photos of last year’s Open House on WICE's Facebook page.

Fall Courses

Get the Ink Flowing with Creative Writing's:

  • Short Stories
  • How to Write a Novel
  • Fairy Tales & Myths
  • Paris Vignettes - How to Capture, Revealing moments, Encounters, and Events in 1500 words or less
  • Flash Fiction - Narrative, Voice and Imagery under 1000 words  
  • Getting Published Part I
  • Getting Published Part II

June 20, 2014

Strutting in the Parc de Bagatelle

Parc de Bagatelle
Photo © Masina Hunnicutt
The WICE Photo Exploring classes travel to all corners of Paris to discover—and rediscover—the most captivating places the city has to offer.

For the last journey of the spring course, the adventurous photographers traveled to the Bois de Boulogne to wander in the lush Parc de Bagatelle.

How many photographers does it take to capture "essence of peacock"?
Photo © Meredith Mullins
The chateau and gardens were built in the late 18th century by Marie Antoinette's brother-in-law in just 64 days, because she bet him it couldn't be done. He won the bet.

The odds are in our favor.
Photo © Meredith Mullins
The gardens now boast the summer rose competition, as well as irises, waterlilies, vegetables, pagodas, and a very vocal pride of peacocks (also called a "muster" or, even more aptly, an "ostentation").

Amelia Vargas . . . stalking the wild peacock
Photo © Meredith  Mullins
One of the class assignments was to capture the essence of peacock. Our group proved to be excellent peacock stalkers.

The subjects seemed to relish the attention and put on quite a show for our cameras. They strutted, ostentatiously, and flaunted their beautifully designed feathers and jewel toned bodies.

There were so many creative peacock shots that a friendly competition was born, and a prize was awarded by instructor Meredith Mullins for the best peacock photo. The photos were judged by the curator of the Yousuf Karsh photography estate, Jerry Fielder.

Bob Levy faces off with one of the "muster."
Photo © Meredith Mullins
Congratulations to the peacock prizewinners . . . and all the WICE photographers. The peacocks never looked so good! Which are your favorites?

1st: Marike Vermeer
2nd: Elizabeth Rand
3rd: Margot Hanley
4th: Bob Levy

1st Award: Marike Vermeer
2nd Award: Elizabeth Rand
3rd Award: Margot Hanley
(And Winner of the Class Popular Vote)
4th Award: Bob Levy

Posted by Photography Instructor Meredith Mullins, with thanks to the WICE Exploring photographers and to Jerry Fielder for his peacock judging expertise.

The Fall Photo Exploring Class begins on September 23. Join us!