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Date: March 13, 2003 (03-22)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
(Pager 301-930-3880)

Montgomery College Arts Institute to Host “Evening with Wendell Castle”
Renowned Sculptor’s April 8 Talk Part of Distinguished Lecture Series 

The Arts Institute of Montgomery College will host “An Evening with Wendell Castle,” with a special slide/lecture presentation by the artist on Tuesday, April 8 at

7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Building 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.”

Immediately following the slide lecture, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a reception in the Art Gallery of the campus’ Paul Peck Art Building, where the show is being featured.

            Castle has been a sculptor, designer and educator for over three decades. He is known throughout the world for his innovative designs in wood, plastic and bronze.

            He has been recognized many times over for his contributions to the design and art field in the United States, having received numerous awards, grants and honors for his accomplishments. These include three honorary doctoral degrees; several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Gold Medal Award and being named a Fellow by the American Craft Council; inclusion in Who’s Who in American Art; the Visionaries Award from the American Craft Museum; the Distinguished Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts; and the Award of Distinction which he accepted in 2001 from the Furniture Society.

Castle’s work is represented in many major museum and corporate art collections throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. These include the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; the Chicago Art Institute, Illinois; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; NationsBank, Atlanta; and American Express, New York City. His pieces are currently represented by galleries across the country.

            In addition to his distinguished career as an artist, Castle has contributed to the education of others who aspire to be artists. He began teaching in 1960 at Kansas University and later moved to Rochester, New York to teach at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at Brockport. From 1980–88, he operated his own art school at a studio in Scottsville, New York. Many of his students have gone on to teach and to establish successful careers in the arts and design field. He is currently on the staff of the Rochester Institute of Technology as artist-in-residence, and is much in demand to exhibit, lecture, and teach at many educational institutions throughout the world.

For more information on the April 8 presentation of “An Evening with Wendell Castle,” 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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