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Women's Caucus for Art Honors MICA Graduate Faculty Maren Hassinger, Joyce Kozloff for Lifetime Achievement

Artists Recognized for Distinguished Achievement at Conference in Los Angeles

Posted 02.24.09 by MICA Media Relations

Artist Joyce Kozloff

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) faculty Maren Hassinger, director of Rinehart School of Sculpture, and Joyce Kozloff, interim director of Hoffberger School of Painting, are two of five recipients of the 30th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA). They will be presented with the 2009 awards at a ceremony and dinner in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, during the annual conference of the WCA. The caucus is a national non-profit organization committed to expanding opportunities and recognition for women in the arts.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter's Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Past honorees have represented a full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts. They include artists, art historians, and museum professionals.

Hassinger, a visual artist who works in many media and formats, including public art and performance, has received many grants, including Joan Mitchell Foundation (1996), Anonymous Was a Woman (1997), and Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2007). A widely exhibited artist, her voice and work are not only central to feminist art, but also to the history and dialogue of contemporary African-American art.

Kozloff, a founding member of the 1970s pattern and decoration movement, is a political activist and feminist artist. She works in a variety of media, including public art. Kozloff is the recipient of many grants and residencies, including the Jules Guerin Fellowship and Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She has had many solo shows and numerous group exhibitions.

This year's other recipients are Ester Hernandez, Margo Machida, and Ruth Weisberg.

The WCA conference takes place in conjunction with the College Art Association conference.

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.