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Maryland Salutes Lazarus

Local organizations, government, and media recognize President Lazarus

Posted 05.01.14 by mica communications

(first row; left to right) Maryland Delegates Melvin L. Stukes, Keith E. Haynes, Frank M. Conaway, Jr., Mary L. Washington, Barbara A. Robinson, Maggie McIntosh and Jill P. Carter, and MICA President Fred Lazarus IV, and Delegates Shawn Z. Tarrant and Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.; (second row; left to right) Delegates Luke Clippinger, Curtis S. (Curt) Anderson, Nathaniel T. Oaks and Samuel I. Rosenberg, Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael E. Busch, and Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn.

House of Delegates of Maryland and the Senate of Maryland
In 2014, the House of Delegates of Maryland and the Senate of Maryland celebrated Lazarus with separate resolutions, a testament to Lazarus's service to the state. Delegate Samuel Rosenberg, Senator Catherine Pugh, and Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. sponsored the resolutions.

Senate Resolution: "Be it hereby known to all that the Senate of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Fred Lazarus IV, in recognition of his leadership in the advancement and integration of the arts, education and community development, and in appreciation for his dedicated service as he retires after thirty-six years as President of the Maryland Institute College of Art."

House Resolution: "Be it hereby known to all that The House of Delegates of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Fred Lazarus IV in recognition of thirty-six years as President of the Maryland Institute College of Art and his dedication to the arts community in Baltimore."

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Lazarus received the 2014 Maryland Citizens for the Arts' Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award for his commitment to and leadership in the arts, which are responsible for strong policies and practices on the local, state, and federal levels that help support area artists, arts administrators, and arts organizations.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts' Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize ("The Fred") recognizes Lazarus's role in the creation of Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival, by awarding a Baltimore City high school rising senior a $1,000 prize and a stipend to produce a solo exhibition to be featured during the festival.

Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun named Lazarus a finalist for 2013 Marylander of the Year. The Sun referenced his leadership in moving the College to an institution "with global reach, offering state-of-the-art instruction and an avant garde mentality." The paper also highlighted Lazarus's role in helping transform Baltimore City over 35 years and the work that MICA students, professors, and alumni have done to revitalize an area of the city "that might have been given up for lost."

The Johns Hopkins University
In April 2014, The Johns Hopkins University announced that Lazarus would join its 2014 class of honorary degree recipients along with others, including YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch, and Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the U.S. government led the Supreme Court to declare the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Image Caption: (first row; left to right) Maryland Delegates Melvin L. Stukes, Keith E. Haynes, Frank M. Conaway, Jr., Mary L. Washington, Barbara A. Robinson, Maggie McIntosh and Jill P. Carter, and MICA President Fred Lazarus IV, and Delegates Shawn Z. Tarrant and Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.; (second row; left to right) Delegates Luke Clippinger, Curtis S. (Curt) Anderson, Nathaniel T. Oaks and Samuel I. Rosenberg, Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael E. Busch, and Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn.