Maryland Institute is a national leader

October 22, 1995

ALTHOUGH THE SUN has been reporting on the Lucas Collection story since last January, it has consistently failed to recognize the position of the Maryland Institute, not only as a great asset to the community of Baltimore, but also as one of the leading art colleges in the nation.

In your recent editorial you blithely refer to the Institute as ''the dominant studio art school in this region'' -- a comment which fails to recognize the college's reputation that extends internationally.

The Maryland Institute, College of Art was recently ranked among the top three visual art colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

This year, three students from around the country were awarded U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Visual Arts.

All three chose to attend the Maryland Institute, the first time in that program's history that all winners in one discipline have chosen to attend the same college.

Our faculty are represented in over 250 collections around the world.

The Maryland Institute's campus has also attracted widespread

attention.

The Mount Royal Station is but one example of the kind of preservation of Baltimore's past that has served as a real catalyst in the creation of a unique educational and cultural district in the Mount Royal area.

We are a city institution that has been here for almost 170 years and aren't planning to flee our proud heritage.

In fact, our only aim is to strengthen our endowment so that we can continue to serve our students and our city as well as we have in the past.

Alonzo G. Decker Jr.

Towson

RF The writer is a trustee of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

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