9-20-11: Art, History
In November 1825, 22-year-old lawyer John H. B. LaTrobe gathered a group of some of Baltimore’s most prominent citizens to organize a new school. LaTrobe was an amateur artist and the son of the architect who designed the U.S. Capitol. They called the school the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts.
Over the nearly 190 years since, the school has weathered floods, fires, and various financial crises, and has found ways to adapt their focus, attract leading teachers, and become one of the preeminent art colleges in the world.
We know it as the Maryland Institute College of Art, and its fascinating history is chronicled in Making History, Making Art: MICA, a beautiful new book by Douglas Frost, who served at MICA for 40 years on the faculty and as Vice President for Development.
The Maryland Historical Society and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will host Douglas Frost tonight at the Central Library at 7pm. More information at the Pratt’s website.