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Date: March 11, 2003 (03-20)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
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Montgomery College Arts Institute to Host “Evening with Albert Paley”
World-renowned Metal Sculptor’s April 1 Talk Part of Distinguished Lecture Series 

The Arts Institute of Montgomery College will host “An Evening with Albert Paley,” with a special presentation by the artist often described as the world’s most famous living metal sculptor, on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus. The event is part of the Institute’s ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series and is being presented in conjunction with its March 31-April 18 art show entitled: “Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, and Leonard Urso: National Wood and Metal Invitational Exhibition.”

Guests for the April 1 evening presentation will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a reception, following Mr. Paley’s slide lecture, in the Art Gallery of the campus’s Paul Peck Art Building, where the show is being featured.

Albert Paley is professor and artist-in-residence holding the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowed Chair, School for American Crafts, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He is on the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center.

The Hawthorne Gallery notes that his work “is celebrated around the globe” and that he has been “heralded for his inventive approach to form development and metal technique.” Paley’s monumental metal sculptures are featured in such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art. Among other major commissions locally, he was commissioned by Montgomery County, Maryland in 1992 to produce “Criss-Cross”, an exterior sculpture located in Silver Spring. He has permanent collections in dozens of museums around the world, and has done exhibitions on five continents. He has earned, among many awards, the Smithsonian Institution’s Masters of the Medium Award and the American Institute of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Paley holds a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. and several honorary doctorate degrees.

For more information on the April 1 presentation of “An Evening with Albert Paley,” the March 31-April 18 exhibition or other programs of the Arts Institute of Montgomery College, contact Professor James L. Brown, director, at 240-567-7644 or email: jlbrown@mc.cc.md.us. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Professor Komelia Hongja Okim at 240-567-7647, or via email: kokim@mc.cc.mc.us, at least two weeks prior to the event.

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