ETC Announces Winner of First Ever Mural Design Competition

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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students were invited to submit concepts around the theme Ride the Wave of ETC Innovation, ultimately competing to have their mural design showcased at the ETC Haven Campus, as well as, be awarded a $1,000 cash prize towards their continued education. The winning mural design was by MICA sophomore John Gingrich of Baltimore.

The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) –Baltimore City’s award-winning technology innovation center– boasts a new mural installment at their ETC Haven Campus featuring Baltimore “firsts.” The mural is located inside the ETC facility, covering a concave 22 ft. by 8 ft. wall. The mural depicts the diversity that exists in Baltimore as a result of the significant innovations that took place during the 19th and 20th centuries. Images selected include the gas light, George Peabody, Bromo-seltzer and Mother Mary Lange; all notable Baltimore “firsts.”

Gingrich, a sophomore at MICA and local artist, completed the mural in mid-January, and added a guide for visitors to learn more about the images portrayed. Gingrich commented on his accomplishment, stating: "Painting this mural at the ETC was an enlightening experience. While doing research for this project, I learned about how entrepreneurship and technology are integral to the history of Baltimore. After painting this mural, I value even more the connection between art and technology.”

The design competition was announced and advertised to MICA students through the School for Professional and Continuing Studies in late September 2014. The application called for students to submit a drawing of their design and explain how their design related to Baltimore, technology, entrepreneurship and community overall.

Applications closed in October 2014 with the deadline to finish the mural by January 2015. The winner was chosen by the ETC staff and based on a selection criteria of idea, design and relativeness to the theme.

“We are thrilled to bring innovation into ETC in many ways, especially through the connection of art and technology and our long standing partnership with MICA,” commented ETC President Deborah Tillett. “It was important for the ETC to highlight this creative initiative and partnership with this top Baltimore based educational institution, MICA. We look forward to collaborating with them again next year on this project."

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About the ETC (
The ETC, a venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation, is a 501(c) (3) technology and innovation center focused on growing early-stage companies. The ETC promotes economic development, providing business, technical, and networking connections to help these companies grow. Since 1999 ETC has provided assistance to over 350 companies, 87% of which are still in business, creating more than 2,325 jobs and have raised over $1.6 billion in outside funding.

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