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Fred Lazarus IV, President

As MICA president for 35 years, Fred Lazarus IV H'14 has helped reinvent the role of art and design education in academia, society, and commerce. In the process, he has led the evolution of the College into one of the world’s foremost art colleges and helped transform Baltimore into a globally recognized center for creativity. He is a national leader in using academic institutions to energize communities, and has been recognized both for his work as an education innovator and for his success in creating cooperative models for economic development.

Awards and Boards


Baltimore City Mayor's Arts Award: 1988
Howard County Arts Award: 1998
Honorary Doctorate in the Science of Arts from Osaka University for the Arts, Osaka, Japan: 1999
National Art Education Association's Distinguished Service Award: 2000
Baltimore Magazine's "Power" Issue: 2007, 2011
Preservation Maryland Stewardship Award: 2008
Founders Award- Partners for Livable Communities: 2010
Honorable Mention- Baltimore Sun Marylander of the Year: 2012
Finalist- Baltimore Sun Marylander of the Year: 2013
Roger D. Redden Award from the Baltimore Architecture Foundation: 2013
House of Delegates of Maryland and the Senate of Maryland Resolutions: 2014
Sustainable Growth Award from Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission: 2014
Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year from Maryland Citizens for the Arts: 2014
Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize creation by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts: 2014
Smart Growth Hero from 1000 Friends of Maryland: 2014
Proclamation from City of Baltimore for "Fred Lazarus Day," March 26, 2014
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Maryland Institute College of Art: 2014
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Johns Hopkins University: 2014
Sondheim Public Service Award: 2014

Current Board Memberships:

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design: 1978 - Present (Former Vice-Chair)
Maryland Independent College and Universities Association: 1978 - Present (Former Chair: July 1999 - July 2003)
Partners for Livable Communities: 1982 - Present (Trustee Emeritus)
Friends of Artist Equity (Baltimore): 1986 - Present
Americans for the Arts: 1996 - Present (Founding Chair)
Maryland Commission on Artistic Property: 1996 - Present
Midtown Development Corporation: 2001 - Present
Arts Every Day: 2006 - Present
Central Baltimore Partnership: 2006 - Present (Current Steering Committee Chair)
Maryland Campus Compact, Executive Board: 2009 - Present
Baltimore Fashion, Architecture and Design School (Baltimore Design School): 2010- Present (Vice Chair)

Former Board Memberships:

Afro American Newspaper: 1985 - 2002
American Council for the Arts: 1979 - 1996 (Former Chair, Arts Education Committee)
American Visionary Art Museum: 1989 - 2005
Baltimore School for the Arts: 1980 - 1984 (Founding Trustee)
Carver Center for the Arts and Technology Advisory Board: 1996 - 1998
Baltimore City Schools Fine Arts Task Force
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance: 2002 - 2007 (Former Chair)
Howard Street Development Corporate Board: 1992 - 1996
Maryland Art Place: 1980 - 1998
Maryland Artist Equity Foundation, Trustee
Maryland State Department of Education's Fine Arts Advisory Panel: 1999 - 2002
Maryland State Department of Education's K-16 Leadership Council: 2000 - 2003
National Coalition for Education in the Arts (Founding Chair)
St. Paul's School Board of Trustees Executive Committee: 1992 - 1999 (Chair of Education Committee: 1994 - 1996)
The Baltimore Council for Equal Business Opportunity (CEBO): 1978 - 2003 (Vice Chair: 1985 - 1990; Chair: 1990 - 1998)
WYPR Community Advisory Board, Board Member 2007 -2008
Addiction Art Advisory Board: 2008 - 2009
SNAAP Advisory Board: 2008 - 2012
D:Center: 2009 - 2012