"Abraham Lincoln: One Man, Two Views" Exhibition Open at Montgomery College

Montgomery College will host the exhibition “Abraham Lincoln: One Man, Two Views, StudioEIS and the Art of Visual Storytelling; Two New Sculptures of Abraham Lincoln in His 200th Year” by sculptor Ivan Schwartz from February 8 – March 4, 2010, at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.  “Lincoln: One Man, Two Views” provides a visual journey through the creative process used by Schwartz and his creative team at StudioEIS to arrive at two new bronze sculptures of President Lincoln, both dedicated last year in celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. An independent artist and designer, Schwartz is founder and director of Brooklyn-based StudioEIS, which has produced hundreds of sculpture projects in the public and private sectors for major museums and cultural institutions in the United States and abroad. The exhibition follows the process — from simple sketches to final installations — of two of Schwartz’s latest bronze sculptures, including “Lincoln and his Horse at President Lincoln’s Cottage” at the Soldiers’ Home, Washington, D.C. and “Lincoln at the National Military Park and Visitor Center, Gettysburg, Pa.”  The opening reception for the exhibition was held on the evening of February 16th.  The program, which included President Lincoln’s Cottage Acting Director /Curator Erin Carlson Mast, will be broadcast by Montgomery College.

The exhibition at Montgomery College features the early designs, photographs and scale models of the sculptures in various stages of production, as well as a small replica of the artist’s studio at StudioEIS. This exhibit developed after Schwartz presented a lecture on “The Sculptor as Visual Storyteller” at Montgomery College in April 2009. Sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, Schwartz’s lecture was one in a series of events held at the College, supported by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, to commemorate the Lincoln Bicentennial.

The exhibition “Lincoln: One Man, Two Views” will be located in the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The center is located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street, Silver Spring, Md. Gallery hours will be weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For additional information about the upcoming exhibit and the gallery, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/artstp/gallery

Read a review of the new exhibition here: http://www.gazette.net/stories/02102010/entemon120316_32550.php

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