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Former Art Education Chair to Receive First Eisner Award for Lifetime Achievement

Honor Bestowed to Al Hurwitz '41 at NAEA Conference

Posted 03.03.11 by MICA communications

Dr. Al Hurwitz '41, chair emeritus for Art Education (photo by Karen Carroll)

Dr. Al Hurwitz '41, chair emeritus for Art Education, is being honored with the Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Art Education Association Board of Directors took action to establish and inaugurate this new award intended to recognize individuals in the field of art education who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the field through their work as a teacher, lecturer or artist. It seeks to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to the field of visual arts education through a lifetime of work. He will receive the award on Friday, March 18 at the national conference in Seattle.

"Al Hurwitz gives new meaning to 'lifetime achievement,' " said Karen Carroll, current dean of Art Education at MICA, in a letter of support." At 90 he is still professionally engaged and still deeply intrigued with everything related to art education."

"Having 'retired' ... at an age when he could have retreated into his canvases and books, Al took up a new challenge, to rebuild the Art Education program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Once there he launched a new Masters of Art in Teaching program and put MICA back on the art education map," she continued.

In December, Hurwitz was featured in Arts & Activities magazine through both narrative and accolades. In the article, the author honors Hurwitz, who retired to Martha's Vineyard to paint landscapes (that are influenced by King Kong) and write, saying he is "'Kong-like' in our field."