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City of Baltimore Honors President Fred Lazarus IV With Namesake Artscape Prize

The Fred Lazarus Artscape Prize will give a rising high school senior a $1000 cash reward and a solo show at Artscape

Posted 05.28.13 by mica communications

(left to right) Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts Executive Director Bill Gilmore, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, WBAL-TV 11 News Anchor Mindy Basara and MICA President Fred Lazarus IV.

BALTIMORE—At a press conference Tuesday, the City of Baltimore announced a new prize named in honor of MICA President Fred Lazarus IV's dedication to Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival that was originally designed by Lazarus and other city leaders.

"Years ago, members of Baltimore's cultural community came together to create Artscape to showcase established and emerging artists," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office for Promotion & the Arts (BOPA), at the press conference. "One person who was part of that establishing crew was Fred Lazarus, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Just a few weeks ago, Fred announced that he would retire. In honor of his dedication to Artscape, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts has created the inaugural Fred Lazarus Artscape Prize."

Gilmore went on to describe the Fred Lazarus Artscape Prize, which will be open to visual arts students who will be rising high school seniors in the summer of 2014. The winner will receive a $1000 cash reward, along with his or her own show at Artscape in the summer of 2014. The prize includes an allowance for materials and supplies, and the opportunity to work with BOPA's professional curatorial team. Contest details will be posted on Artscape.org in December 2013, and a winner will be announced in March 2014.

Each summer, MICA's campus serves as an anchor for Artscape, where hundreds of thousands of people sample art, culture and cuisine. As part of its sponsorship of the festival, MICA provides campus space and facilities and hosts exhibitions, such as the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists, one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Maryland: a $25,000 fellowship.

 

Image caption: (left to right) Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts Executive Director Bill Gilmore, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, WBAL-TV 11 News Anchor Mindy Basara and MICA President Fred Lazarus IV.