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Sale of Drawings by Distinguished MICA Alumnus Reuben Kramer '34 Benefits Annual Fund

Exhibition on View Through March 2 at Galerie Francoise II in Baltimore

Posted 01.05.09 by MICA Media Relations

Drawing by Reuben Kramer

BALTIMORE--Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in partnership with Galerie Francoise II, presents Drawings by Reuben Kramer from the Collection of Maryland Institute College of Art, which is on view now through Monday, March 2 at Galerie Francoise II, Studio 20, 3500 Parkdale Ave. A reception takes place Sunday, Feb. 1, 3-6 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Reuben Kramer ’34 artwork in this exhibition will benefit the MICA Annual Fund. The fund supports the most essential needs of the College—from scholarships for deserving students to resources for innovative programs and student life.

Kramer, born and raised in East Baltimore, is one of MICA’s most distinguished alumni. Best known for sculptures in bronze—including small works that illuminate moments in daily life and monumental public sculptures, including the portrait of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that stands at the federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore—Kramer was a prolific artist during his 70-year career. His drawings and sketches offer an intimate view into his creative process and aesthetic vision.

Kramer attended MICA on a scholarship beginning at the age of 15. He graduated from the Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1934. At 24, Kramer was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome, and it was in Rome that he discovered his unique vision of working in the medium of bronze to create abstract human forms. In 1939 after returning to Baltimore, he had the first of many solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

He co-founded and became director of the Baltimore Art Center, the first ethnically integrated art school registered in Maryland, remaining director through 1956. He also taught art at American University, Jewish Community Center in Baltimore, and MICA. Upon his death in 1999, Kramer bequeathed much of his artwork to MICA, as well as his unique home/studio, which he shared with his wife, the artist Perna Krick ’34. Kramer House is used as a residence for visiting artists.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

Galerie Francoise II also features installation artist and MICA alumna Jaime Bennati ’08, whose work was discovered by gallerist Mary Jo Gordon during the 2008 ArtWalk, a special MICA pre-Commencement Exhibition event. Bennati, who earned a BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree at the College.

For more information about the exhibition, call 443-632-4785, e-mail galeriefrancoise@me.com, or visit the gallery’s Web site.

For more information about MICA's Annual Fund or Kramer House, call 410-225-2300.

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.