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Samuel Hoi

Samuel Hoi

President
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Samuel Hoi

Samuel Hoi

The ultimate goal of Samuel Hoi’s work including as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art is to safeguard and preserve fundamental art and design education and have others value and appreciate the roles of educators.

Growing up in Hong Kong, Hoi was introduced to art by his mother, who signed him up for Chinese brush painting and pencil drawing classes. He earned undergraduate degrees in French and psychology from Columbia University and then returned to the Ivy League school to get a law degree. After passing the New York bar exam, he decided to enroll in Parsons School of Design for an associate degree in illustration. He was asked to be the director of the school’s Paris program and his passion for arts education was ignited.

Hoi went on to serve as dean for Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington and as president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles before coming to MICA in 2014. He was named a 2017-2018 Art of Change Fellow by the Ford Foundation.

Arts education combines Hoi’s passion for creativity and his desire to make society better.

“I have to say just how meaningful it is to work with young people and empower them to be the next generation of professionals and change makers in society,” he said. “I love my job because it combines artistic creativity, innovation and social impact. I love the fact that I work with incredibly creative and passionate people of all ages, from young students to more mature faculty and staff members. It’s a great privilege to be doing a job you love.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Influential Marylanders awards.

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