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“Making History / Making Art / MICA” Receives Award, Praise

Douglas L. Frost, vice president for development emeritus, recounts MICA and Baltimore's history in the book

Posted 07.29.11 by MICA communications

The 'Best of Baltimore' award for 'Coffee-Table Book' was given to MICA.

As part of their annual ‘Best of Baltimore' awards, Baltimore Magazine named MICA's recently published history book, "Making History / Making Art / MICA," the ‘Best Coffee Table Book.' Baltimore Magazine said Douglas L. Frost, the author and vice president for development emeritus at MICA, "did his homework to craft a well-researched, highly readable narrative that traces the school's evolution from the Industrial Revolution to the digital age." The review goes on to applaud the design work done by MICA's Abbott Miller and Jeremy Hoffman ‘00.

"Making History / Making Art / MICA" was also praised by influential graphic designer Steven Heller in his daily column for Imprint, Print Magazine's blog. Heller, who is one of the most respected voices in the design world, calls the book a "page turner." During an interview with Frost, Heller says the "richly illustrated" book debunks the notion that "institutional histories can be as excited as watching standing water." Heller's review was sent out as part of his e-newsletter, The Daily Heller, which reaches over 50,000 people.

READ: Read Steven Heller's review on Print Magazine's blog in The Daily Heller.

MICA History BookFrost will lead a talk at the Wheeler Auditorium in the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. He will be talking about the history of MICA as told in his book, as well as fielding any questions guests have. A graduate of Trinity College, Frost joined MICA in 1966 after obtaining an MA in History from Yale. Upon becoming vice president for development emeritus in 2006, he began researching and writing MICA's history.

LEARN MORE: For details on the talk, check the Enoch Pratt Free Library calendar.

Along with Frost and designers Miller and Hoffman, many MICA family members made up the production team for the book, including Amy Hunter, Mary Ann Lambros '63, Katherine Cowan '81, William J. Evitts, Kim Carlin, Barbara Horowitz '76, Christy Wolfe '74. It was produced in collaboration with Charles McAree of Schmitz Press of Maryland and Mike Davis of Colorprep.

LEARN MORE: To learn more about "Making History / Making Art / MICA" or purchase a copy, visit the MICA History Book page.

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 65 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.

Globe Poster collection - Miles Davis

Baltimore Magazine also awarded MICA a 'Best of Baltimore' award for 'Aquisition.' Earlier this year, MICA announced the intent to purchase approximately 75 percent of the historic Globe Poster company. Since 1929, Globe had been printing posters for vaudeville acts, movie theaters, burlesque houses and carnivals. However, the company became known for its work with R&B and soul performers, including James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner and Solomon Burke-and later hip-hop acts.

"Over the years, Globe designed and printed day-glo saturated posters for virtually every African-American musician of note... and that legacy and design aesthetic, which was developed right here in Baltimore, was in danger of extinction," wrote the magazine.