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Baltimore Museum of Art Exhibits Work by Winners of Baker Artist Awards April 29-June 28

MICA's Director of Career Development is One of Three Winners of $25,000 Prize

Posted 04.29.09 by MICA Media Relations

Overlap by Hadieh Shafie.

BALTIMORE--The Baltimore Museum of Art celebrates the 10 inaugural winners of the Baker Artist Awards with an exhibition of sculpture, photography, drawings, and multimedia presentations displayed in three galleries of the Museum's West Wing of Contemporary Art. On view April 29 through June 28, Baker Artist Awards 2009 features 28 works of art from six visual artists and video footage of four music or dance performance artists.

Hadieh Shafie director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development at MICA, sculptor John Ruppert, and jazz musician Carl Grubbs each received a $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize determined by a multidiscipline jury. Highlights of their work on view at the BMA include six paintings and 12 works on paper by Shafie, a dramatic display of five sculptures by Ruppert, and a DVD of Grubbs in performance. These works are presented along with visual art and performance examples by Baltimore's Choice award winners Becky Alprin (MFA '08), Milana Braslavsky (BFA '05), Sarah House, Adam Hopkins, Rob Levit, Jim Lucio, and Vincent E. Thomas, each of whom was selected by popular vote to receive $1,000.

General admission to the BMA is free; special exhibitions may be ticketed. The BMA is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (except major holidays). The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The BMA is located on Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets, three miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. For general museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit the BMA's Web site.

Caption information: Hadieh Shafie, Overlap, ink on paper on board, 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 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.

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