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PRS Guitars Discusses the Business of Art and Design, Kicks Off New Degree Program, May 29

Paul Reed Smith and Paul Miles ’91 deliver keynote talk about their experiences in the guitar world

Posted 05.02.11 by mica communications

Paul Reed Smith

BALTIMORE--Paul Reed Smith and Paul Miles '91 will deliver a keynote talk, kicking off MICA's new Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Art + Design program, about their experiences as innovative artists and creative entrepreneurs in the guitar world on Sunday, May 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Brown Center's Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Smith and Miles have traveled the world and worked with artists, including Carlos Santana, Orianthi and Mark Tremonti, to "not only create the most beautiful and best playing guitar money can buy, but the best sounding," according to Smith.

During the event, Smith and Miles will perform, and the company's guitars will be on display. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as speak individually with Smith and Miles during the signing, following the discussion. The Art of PRS coffee table book-a stunning collection of selected PRS Private Stock guitar, bass and acoustic models as seen through the lens of Japanese photographer Tomuji Ohtani-will be available.

The online master's of professional studies program is the first business degree of its kind focusing on the unique needs of creative professionals by providing a comprehensive business management program geared toward artists. For more details on this MPS program visit: www.mica.edu/business.

Tickets are $15 general public; $5 MICA faculty, students and staff. A portion of the proceeds will be donated on behalf of PRS Guitars to Johns Hopkins Medicine Living With Cancer Resource Program. To purchase tickets for this event visit, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/164931.

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.