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Date: February 10, 2005

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Montgomery College to Host Talk by Designer of New Jefferson Nickel
Artist Joe Fitzgerald to Discuss His Work at Takoma Park Campus, March 9

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Montgomery College will host a talk by the designer of the new Jefferson nickel, Silver Spring artist Joe Fitzgerald, on Wednesday, March 9, at 2 p.m. on the Takoma Park Campus.  It will be held in the Film Lab (Room 204) of the Resource Center, which is located on New York Avenue between Takoma and Chicago Avenues in Takoma Park, Maryland.  Presented by The Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College and the Takoma Park Campus Professional Development Committee, this event is free and open to the public. 

Fitzgerald’s designs were chosen by the United States Mint for the obverse and reverse of one of the new Jefferson nickels, released in February 2005.  The coin bears on one side a new likeness of Jefferson and on the other a view of the northwest coast with a quotation from the journal of Captain William Clark on his first sight of the Pacific Ocean. 

A 5th-generation Washingtonian who lives just a few blocks from the Takoma Park Campus in Silver Spring, Fitzgerald received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park and did graduate work in printmaking at the State University of New York at Oswego.  He is an artist in many media, including oils, pastels, and woodcuts. 

During the day, Fitzgerald works for the National Library of Medicine at NIH, directing the production of computer-generated illustrations and animations and the interactive medical education programs.  On his own time, he creates art that has won regional, national, and international recognition.

Fitzgerald has exhibited widely.  In Washington, DC, his works have been shown at the Studio Gallery, the Foxhall Gallery, the Franz Bader Gallery, and the Vince Lombardi Center for Cancer Research at Georgetown University.  In suburban Maryland, he has exhibited at White Flint Mall, Gallerie Ingrid Cooper, the National Institutes of Health, the Audubon Society, and the George Meany Center for Labor Studies.  His art has also been on view at the American embassies in Turkey, Singapore, and Grenada.

For further information or to request accommodations for a disability at least two weeks in advance of the event, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at or (301) 650-1385.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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