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Date: September 25, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College to Exhibit Original Art from Arena Stage Posters, Oct. 1–26
Collection of Artists Give Arena Stage’s Illustrated Posters Recognizable, Distinct Look

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Each year, Arena Stage announces its upcoming season of theater productions with illustrations by nationally known artists. The resulting posters are unmistakable and memorable, filled with bold colors, sharp angles and strong images. For the first time in the Washington metropolitan region, these original works of art will be on display in an exhibit at Montgomery College’s Communication Arts Technologies (CAT) Gallery from October 1 to 26.

The reception to celebrate the Arena Stage theater posters exhibit will be held Wednesday, October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The CAT Gallery is in Room 106 of the Technical Center, which is located on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.

The exhibit’s unique illustrations reflect the artistic mission of Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, who joined the theater in 1998. With works by artist Jody Hewgill serving as the backbone, Arena Stage’s posters have become instantly recognizable and a widely admired anthology of contemporary illustration.

An all-star list of artists, including Mike Benny, Marc Burckhardt, Olaf Hajek, Jody Hewgill, Gary Kelley, Wilson McLean, Balvis Rubess and Mark Ulriksen, created the illustrations in the exhibit. The illustrations are currently on loan from the Society of Illustrators, which organized the exhibit in New York City.

The CAT Gallery is open Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

For directions to and around the College’s Rockville Campus, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps/Rvic.html. For more information about the exhibit, call 240-567-7521.

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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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