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December 11, 2006
Media Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-0341 ext. 17

"Building A Legacy" Exhibition
To Feature MICA Alumni

The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen House Museum presents "Building a Legacy: Evergreen Scholars at MICA," Friday, March 9, 2007 through Sunday, June 3, 2007. This special exhibition features current work by five of the many graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) whose training as innovative, creative, and successful visual artists benefited from the Evergreen House Foundation Scholarship Program. First awarded in 1965, the scholarship supports the efforts of exceptionally talented undergraduate students who have attained the highest level of academic achievement.

More than 30 works by MICA alumni Richard Cleaver ('77), Rita Natarova ('02), Lauren Ross ('93), Colleen Ostrander ('95), and Nestor Topchy ('85) will be on display in Evergreen's exhibition gallery and historic rooms. The media is invited to preview the exhibition on Wednesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Heather Egan Stalfort at 410-516-0341, ext. 17.

Baltimore-based sculptor Richard Cleaver creates meticulously rendered figures in gold-leaf and semi- precious gems that reference reliquaries and icons while resonating with mystery and nostalgia. His work has been exhibited at several museums, and a solo show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is planned for 2007.

Rita Natarova's paintings capture humanity in relation to time, and play with its ability to render anything senseless. She came to America from Russia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad.

Lauren Ross creates work on paper, costumes, performances and paper-based sculptural objects with an interest in art historical subject matter, Dadaism and Modernism in particular. She lives and works in Baltimore.

Colleen Ostrander uses paper, thread and wax to construct surfaces that reference landscapes of the earth and of the body. She received her MFA in fiber arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently lives and works in Chicago as an art therapist.

Nestor Topchy is a sculptor and performance artist whose work references Ukrainian patterns found in Pysanky and textiles, and the sacred art of icon painting. He lives and works in Houston.

The exhibition marks the 55th anniversary of the Evergreen House Foundation, established and endowed in 1952 by arts patron and cultural maverick Alice Warder Garrett to both continue her legacy of supporting emerging artists through exhibitions and grants, and to conserve the Garrett family's collections of paintings, Asian art, sculpture, and rare books. Bequeathed to The Johns Hopkins University in 1942 by Alice's husband, former Ambassador John Work Garrett, Evergreen remains open to the public as both an intimate collection of fine and decorative art, and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists.

"Building a Legacy" was organized and curated by Jacqueline O'Regan, curator of Evergreen House Museum. A series of programs and gallery talks will augment the exhibition, on view to visitors during regularly scheduled guided tours of the museum, offered on the hour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (the last tour departs at 3 p.m.). Admission to the exhibition and related programs is free with regular museum admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students and children 6 and up, free for museum members and JHU affiliates with ID.

Evergreen House is located at 4545 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore. The Museum offers free and ample parking. Public transport routes include the MTA bus #11 and the Collegetown Shuttle (debark at Loyola). For more information, the public may call 410-516-0341 or visit www.jhu.edu/historichouses.

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