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Personal Vocabulary

September 18, 2008Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (September 8, 2008) – The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, will host an opening reception and gallery talk in its James Backas Gallery to showcase a special art exhibition featuring the work of nine visual artists who have each received a Maryland State Arts Council 2008 Individual Artist Award. The exhibition, entitled “Personal Vocabulary,” focuses on the artists’ current paintings and works on paper.

The reception and talk will take place on Thursday, September 25, 2008, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m., at the MSAC offices located at 175 West Ostend Street in Baltimore. Guests attending the reception will have the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and the curator, and listen to live music by the Rob Levit Jazz Duo. The reception is free and open to the public and free parking is available.

“We are proud to live in a state that supports its artists and arts community,” says Theresa Colvin, MSAC Executive Director, “enabling our artists to continue to create and contribute to the high quality of life in Maryland.”

The featured artists are Seth Adelsberger (Baltimore City), Tom Block (Montgomery County), Alyssa Dennis (Baltimore City), Melissa Dickerson (Baltimore City), Sue Johnson, (St. Mary’s County), W. C. Richardson (Prince George’s County), Chris Siron (Baltimore City), Nora Sturges (Baltimore City), and Jessica Van Brakle (Montgomery County).

Anna Fine Foer, a collage artist and Individual Artist Award recipient herself, is curator of the exhibit. “This multifaceted exhibit centers on a message conveyed in a distinct, one of a kind, visual language; a personal vocabulary,” she said.

The show runs through December 18, 2008. The art exhibition is open to the public at the MSAC offices Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding state holidays.

The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. In 2007, the Maryland arts industry contributed more than $1.2 billion to the State’s economy and provided more than 15,000 jobs to Maryland residents. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council, visit the MSAC web site at or call (410) 767-6555 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519.

EDITORS: Please include in your calendars. For more information about the exhibit or photos of the artworks included, please contact Carla Dunlap, senior program director for the Arts Council who directs the exhibits program, at 410-767-6494.

Click here for a direct link to the gallery.