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Grace Hartigan's Bequeathal to MICA Tops Baltimore Magazine's List of Top Art Happenings in 2009

Former director of Hoffberger School of Painting leaves MICA and Maryland Art Place more than $1 million in paintings

Posted 12.01.09 by mica media relations

Grace Hartigan, Night in Tunisia

In its December 2009 issue, Baltimore magazine highlights the most interesting moments of 2009 in an article entitled High Five! The news of former director of Hoffberger School of Painting Grace Hartigan bequeathing more than $1 million in paintings to MICA and Maryland Art Place topped the magazine's list for Arts & Culture.

"When Grace Hartigan passed away last November, Baltimore lost more than its most celebrated artist. We lost an educator and arts advocate who consistently looked toward the future. Hartigan, who made her name in the 1950s as an abstract expressionist and friend of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, contributed mightily to Baltimore's art scene as the director of MICA's Hoffberger School of Painting (for more than 40 years!) and as a champion of up-and-coming artists. And her legacy figures to continue.

"In September, it was announced that Hartigan had left more than $1 million in paintings to MICA and Maryland Art Place (MAP), the contemporary art center in Market Place. Hartigan bequeathed a dozen pieces to MICA, and five to MAP, to benefit young artists and help fund future projects. In an announcement posted on MICA's website, President Fred Lazarus noted the significance and spirit of the endowment. 'Grace mentored generations of artists during her lifetime,' he said. 'Her teaching legacy continues with this extraordinary gift.' "


Image caption: Grace Hartigan, Night in Tunisia, oil on linen, 2000, 60" x 78."


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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