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Art Market Shines Again

MICA's Art Market has historical roots in the 1920s

Posted 12.05.11 by Katherine Cowan

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...many odd and unusual things suitable for holiday gifts will be shown 

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MICA's Art Market  is a recent development with historical roots at the school. As early as 1922, a sale was held in early December to benefit a travelling scholarship fund, just as 15% of the proceeds of today's Art Market go to scholarships for MICA students.

In the early 1920s, the sale offered "...fans, baskets, paintings, batik work, scarfs, pottery, toys, boxes, bags, etc. ... All the classes of the Institute are cooperating in the production of attractive and interesting articles, and many odd and unusual things suitable for holiday gifts will be shown." (The Evening Sun, Baltimore, 12/8/1922)

The picture here is from 1932, when the festivities of the "Christmas Mart" (as it was then called) -- a "mirror of the student's handicraft" -- were held in the Main Building's "marble court," including a one-act play, "The Good and Obedient Young Man," and an exhibition of marionettes. During the Mart, it was planned, "Girls in peasant costumes will sell cigarettes." (The Sun, Baltimore, 11/25/1932)


Today the event is held in the Brown Center, and this year there will be approximately 300 participants from among the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of MICA, including seven staff members from the Library & MRC (some are also MICA alumni)!

Image from MICA Archives, Decker Library, News Clippings Collection
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Art Market at MICA
December 7 - 10, 2011
Wednesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Brown Center
1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue