In 2006, local painter Lauren Boilini left the Midwest for graduate school in Baltimore, and she never left. She stayed to teach and become a part of the art community, and now is a painting and drawing instructor at MICA.
Boilini, 29, was born in Bloomington, Ind., moved to Missouri to attend Kansas City Art Institute, and now lives in Butcher's Hill. Her studio is at School 33 Art Center in Federal Hill, where she has been the artist-in-residence since September 2011. As artist-in-residence, Boilini happily donated a piece of her artwork to School 33's annual fundraiser, the Lotta Art Benefit, held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Silo Point. Lotta Art features a lottery-style drawing for pieces local artists have donated, and everyone who buys an art ticket is guaranteed to go home with artwork.
"It is super fun with lots of free food and booze!" Boilini said.
While she is now a solid part of the art scene in Baltimore, Boilini still remembers her Hoosiers, as we found out when she took the time to tell us about sushi in Fed Hill, her first visit to Nashville and more.
Worst pet peeve? When people don't know what a Hoosier is.
What song are you hating/loving right now? I love the A.V. Club's Undercover series, especially Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater doing "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Tom Petty.
Last concert/gig you went to? My sister and I just went to Nashville for the first time and I LOVED the Grand Ole Opry.
Your worst habit? Chocolate milk and not doing my laundry.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? The penny.
Three words to describe your art? Big, Beastly and Brawny.
Last movie you liked/disliked? I loved seeing "Chasing Ice" at the Charles Theatre with my friend Clarissa. I almost walked out of "Warm Bodies".
TV shows you can't get enough of? I am re-watching "Battlestar Galactica" for the third time. So say we all!
Last great meal you had? Soho Eatery sushi in Federal Hill with my studio mates Chad and Jowita.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? My MICA students wear some crazy things that I could never pull off. I don't want to name names, though.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? I don't drink, but I do love a milkshake at Jimmy's in Fells Point.
Best thing about the art scene in Baltimore? Its connection to the music scene.
Best advice you ever got? There'll be no pockets in your shroud, lassie. — Tommy O'Dea
Best place to check out art by local artists? Lotta Art!
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The Book Thing and the American Visionary Art Museum. And the fact that you're never under-dressed here.