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Date: March 26, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Celebrated Sculptor Ivan Schwartz to Speak at Montgomery College April 8
Lecture Marks Fifth Event in Montgomery College’s Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration

Montgomery College celebrates the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial commemoration with a lecture by artist and sculptor Ivan Schwartz on Wednesday, April 8 at 1 p.m. The event will take place in the first floor auditorium (Room 204) of the Resource Center on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

Mr. Schwartz will speak on the topic of “Sculpture and the Visual Storyteller.”  The talk will focus on Schwartz’s new Lincoln sculpture recently installed at the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, D.C., and dedicated on Lincoln’s birthday this year.  This program is free and open to the public.

An independent artist and designer, Schwartz is founder and director of Brooklyn-based Studio EIS, which has produced hundreds of sculpture projects in the public and private sector for major museums and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad. Studio EIS productions for 2008-2009 include, in addition to the new statue of President Lincoln for the Lincoln Cottage, commissioned sculptures for Monticello, Montpelier (the home of James Madison), the National Infantry Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the Gettysburg National Military Park, and the New York Yankees.  In 2005 his design “To Form a More Perfect Union” was incorporated into a U.S. postage stamp.

In addition to receiving numerous awards, delivering lectures and having articles published in magazines and journals, Schwartz has worked for National Public Radio’s program on the New York Firemen’s Memorial, C-SPAN’s program on the founding fathers, and the History Channel’s program on George Washington. 

Sponsored by the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, the program is made possible by a generous grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.

For further information about this event, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at francine.jamin@montgomerycollege.edu or 240-567-1385.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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