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A Letter from Fred Lazarus

To All Members of the MICA Community

Posted 01.15.10 by Fred Lazarus

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that a member the MICA community, Flores McGarrell '97 '98, was killed when a hotel in Jacmel-a beach town south of Port-Au-Prince-collapsed during Tuesday's earthquake. Flo was serving as director of FOSAJ (Fantal Otantik Sant D'A Jakmel), a nonprofit art center in Jacmel, fulfilling a lifelong dream to work in Haiti.

The loss of any member of our community grievously wounds us all. I know that you will join me in conveying heartfelt condolences to Flores' parents, family, and friends.

Flores received his BA in Fiber from MICA in 1997 and MA in Digital Arts the following year, and served as a faculty member in 2001 and 2002 at the College teaching E-Mac and Video 1 and 2. He was an accomplished artist, a dedicated community organizer, and most of all an incredible person cherished by his loved ones.

Friends and family, faculty and alumni will gather to celebrate Flores' life on Wednesday, January 20, at 7 pm in MICA's Middendorf Gallery, Mount Royal Station. If you have images, videos or other mementoes, or would like to write a note, you are encouraged to bring it to the gallery or send it to fiber faculty member Annet Couwenberg, who is organizing the event.

As Haiti continues to struggle with the horrific effects of the earthquake that struck earlier this week, I know many of you in the MICA community are eager to help. The College's Alumni Association is making a gift in honor of Flores to Yéle Haiti, a foundation chosen by his family that is devoted to transforming the country through programs in education, sports, and the arts. We encourage everyone in our community to do the same.


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 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, 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.