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Long-Serving Faculty Member Establishes Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship open to undergraduates, working in any medium, whose work explores the human figure

Posted 01.01.70 by mica communications

Tylden Westcott Streett '54, '57

BALTIMORE--MICA is proud to announce the establishment of the Tylden Westcott Streett Scholarship for Figurative Art, created through a generous gift from alumnus and longtime interdisciplinary sculpture professor Tylden Westcott Streett '54, '57 (general fine arts, Rinehart School of Sculpture). The scholarship will be established with an initial gift of $25,000, and an additional $175,000 will be added through a bequest.

"Tylden's first priority has always been encouraging young artists, both as a faculty member and now as a scholarship donor," MICA President Fred Lazarus IV said. "I can't think of a more fitting legacy to share with future generations of MICA students."

The endowed scholarship will be open to MICA undergraduates, working in any medium, whose work explores the human figure. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and merit, and recipients will be chosen among candidates entered in MICA's juried annual Student Scholarship Competition.

"I'm a strong believer in the use of the figure as a learning process for not only sculpture but any art. It's a discipline, and it's difficult to do," Streett said. "I thought I could contribute to MICA by offering a scholarship that could encourage students to pursue figurative work."

Streett's establishment of this scholarship marks another chapter in his rich career, spanning decades, in which he has worked both as a renowned sculptor and a member of MICA's faculty. After graduation, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and worked as an assistant to sculptor Lee Lawrie upon returning to the United States. In 1959, Streett rejoined MICA as a teacher of figurative sculpture. He also served as director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture from 1959 to 1960 and as director of graduate programs from 1965 to 1971.

Streett was awarded the Medal of Honor, a distinguished-service award given to long-serving and respected faculty members, during MICA's spring 2009 Commencement. A permanent teaching studio has also been named in his honor in Mount Royal Station.

Streett has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Sculpture Society in New York City. He has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a grant in figure studies from the Union of Independent Colleges of Art. His commissions include a bronze, gold-coated steel Great Seal of Kuwait at the Kuwait Embassy and a limestone gargoyle at the National Cathedral, both in Washington, D.C. In Baltimore, his commissions have included a downtown fallen firefighters memorial, the statue of John O'Donnell in Canton Square and the Maryland State Seal at the Maryland State Courthouse.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.