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MICA Alumni Named 2009 Sondheim Prize Finalists

Baltimore Museum of Art to Exhibit Work June 20-Aug. 16

Posted 04.14.09 by MICA Media Relations

Leslie Furlong's Tokyo to Osaka.

BALTIMORE--Leslie Furlong (MFA '02), Jessie Lehson (BFA '02, MFA '08), Molly Springfield (Post-Baccalaureate certificate '00) and Baltimore Development Cooperative members Scott Berzofsky (BFA '04) and Nicholas Wisniewski (BFA '04) are among the finalists of the 2009 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The other finalists, announced by Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on April 14, are Ryan Hackett and Karen Yasinsky.

Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in conjunction with Artscape, the $25,000 prize recognizes the achievements of visual artists or visual artist collaborators living or working in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia, and southeastern Pennsylvania. This year's contest drew 334 entries.

The 2009 winner will be announced July 11 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. An exhibition of finalists' work will be shown at the museum June 20-Aug. 16. An exhibition of semifinalists' work will be shown at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries July 17-Aug. 2, coinciding with the 2009 Artscape Festival, which takes place July 17-19.

MICA graduate Geoff Grace (BFA, MAT '04) won the 2008 prize for his work, it's the linger, not the long. The 2007 prize was awarded to MICA faculty Tony Shore (BFA '93) and the 2006 inaugural winner was Laure Drogoul (MFA '81).

For more information about MICA's talented alumni, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Leslie Furlong '02, Tokyo to Osaka, 2-channel video still, 2008.

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 48 states and 61 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.

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