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MICA's Hadieh Shafie Wins $25,000 Baker Artist Award

College's director of career development is one of three winners of inaugural prize

Posted 03.26.09 by MICA Media Relations

Overlap by Hadieh Shafie.

BALTIMORE--Hadieh Shafie, director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development at MICA, is one of three $25,000 winners of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in the inaugural Baker Artist Awards competition. Alumnae Becky Alprin (MFA '08) and Milana Braslavsky (BFA '05) also were honored with the Baltimore's Choice Awards of $1,000 each.

The Baker Artist Awards competition, which was funded by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and administered by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, took place online and drew 656 entrants. All of the submissions can be seen on the Baker Artist Awards Web site. The Baltimore Museum of Art will mount an exhibition of the winners April 29 to June 28.

Shafie, along with jazz musician Carl Grubbs and sculptor John Ruppert, were selected by a secret jury for the competition's $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Shafie was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1983. The themes explored in her work are the temporary nature of memory, history and personal experiences related to otherness and the Iranian diaspora.

"I am very honored and humbled by this recognition," Shafie said.

Another seven artists, including MICA alumnae Becky Alprin, a graduate of MICA's Mount Royal School of Art, and photographer Milana Braslavsky, were named winners of $1,000 "Baltimore's Choice" awards, which were selected by public voting on the Baker Artist Awards Web site. Alprin, a multimedia artist, was previously a semifinalist for the 2008 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

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.

Press coverage of the Baker Artist Awards