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Animation Faculty Member Karen Yasinsky and Sculptor Richard Cleaver '78 Win Top Prizes in 2010 Baker Artist Awards

Baltimore Sun Article Profiles Baker Artist Award Winners

Posted 03.04.10 by MICA Communications

Richard Cleaver '78, 'Lover's Eye'

BALTIMORE--Karen Yasinsky, animation faculty member, and sculptor Richard Cleaver '78 (ceramics) are two of the three Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners, announced on March 3. This prize, which offers $25,000 to each winner, is part of the Baker Artist Awards, a program that recognizes Baltimore visual and performing artists of all mediums. The winners are selected by a private jury. Musician Peter Minkler also won.

Baker Artist Awards Web site Describes the Prizes:

The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund established the Baker Artist Awards to recognize Baltimore's artists and engage the public in supporting their work. The 2010 Baker Artist Awards consists of two separate prizes, the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and Baltimore's Choice. All Baltimore area artists working in any creative discipline are invited to register and compete. By utilizing the latest web technology, artist nominees represent themselves through video, audio, image and/or text. The online platform is designed to reach the broadest possible audience and invite their full participation. All site visitors are invited to create a personal user page and to vote on their favorite artists.

All winners will be presented in the Baker Artist Awards Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art from April 7 to June 27.

Hadieh Shafie, director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development at MICA, was one of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners in the inaugural Baker Artist Awards competition last year. Also in 2009, alumnae Becky Alprin (M.F.A. '08) and Milana Braslavsky (B.F.A. '05) were honored with the Baltimore's Choice Awards of $1,000 each.

For more information on the Baker Artist Awards, visit the Web site here. Read the Baltimore Sun's article about the winners here.

Image caption: Richard Cleaver '78, Lover's Eye, hand built ceramic, fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, wood, wire, carnelians, garnets, metal, gold leaf, painted in oil, 2009, Photo by Dan Meyers.

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.