Local couple honored for art book Award: Two professors at the Johns Hopkins University will receive a $15,000 prize for their book about Nicholas Poussin.

Arts Notes

November 16, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Elizabeth Cropper and her husband, Charles Dempsey, authors of the book "Nicholas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting," will receive the 1997 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art at a reception Tuesday at the Knickerbocker Club in New York. Both are professors at the Johns Hopkins University.

The $15,000 prize is awarded annually to recognize authors of books in English for contributing to the study and understanding of the visual arts.

The Mitchell Prize was established in 1977 by Jan Mitchell, a renowned art collector and president of the Mitchell Foundation for the History of Art.

At Hopkins, Dempsey is professor of Italian Renaissance and baroque art in the art history department, which he chaired from 1989 to 1995. He has written two additional books and many articles. Cropper, a professor in the history of art, also serves as director of the Charles Singleton Center for Italian Studies at the Villa Spelman in Florence. She has written several books, and her articles have appeared in many art history journals.

A third prize, the Eric Mitchell Prize of $5,000, will be presented to Suzanne Brown Butters, a senior lecturer in art history at the University of Manchester in England.

Local songwriters

The Baltimore Songwriters Association, a newly formed group geared to bringing together songwriters of all levels, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot in Fells Point.

Songwriters are encouraged to attend meetings to present their songs and receive constructive criticism in a supportive atmosphere.

The group also plans to promote and stage concerts featuring songwriters of the Baltimore region. Call 410-325-5493.

Exhibition proposals

Proposals for exhibitions in the Baltimore City Hall Courtyard Galleries are being accepted through Dec. 5 for the 1998 season.

Interested artists, art organizations and cultural groups should contact the curator's office for proposal forms. Call 410-396-4721 or 410-396-5176.

Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting audition applications through Dec. 15 for the sixth annual ballet training program with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell.

The three-week, intensive ballet course will be offered Aug. 3-22 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Male and female dancers, ages 14-18 as of Aug. 22, 1998, with at least five years of ballet training -- four years on pointe for females -- are eligible to apply for "Exploring Ballet With Suzanne Farrell."

During the summer program, approximately 40 students from around the country will participate in 12 classes a week taught by Farrell.

Additional activities to enhance the students' study of ballet include visiting museums and attending performances.

Auditions will be held at seven sites across the country in January -- at the Kennedy Center Jan. 27.

For audition application forms, call 202-416-8811.


The Arena Players. Casting for shows of remaining season. "Servant of the People: The Rise and Fall of Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party," "Showdown," "Livin' Right," "The Winning Hand." 7: 30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday, 801 McCulloh St. Prepare a two-minute monologue and two-minute song. Bring resume and photo. Needed are actors and actresses of all ages. Call 410-728-6500.

National Christian Choir. By appointment Saturday at First Baptist Church, 55 Adclare Road, Rockville. Needed are altos, tenors and bassos. Call 301-670-6331 or 800-599-4710.

Jewish Community Center's Primetime Players. "The New Kosher Musical Revue." 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at 5700 Park Heights Ave. Older adult performers, singers and dancers needed. Call 410-542-4900.

Heritage Players. "Little Mary Sunshine," musical comedy. 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave. Needed are nine men and eight women, ages 20-30; three men and one woman over 40. All roles open. Bring a prepared song and be ready to read from script. CAll 410-665-7194 after 9 p.m.

Upper Chesapeake Chorus, Sweet Adelines International. Women's four-part harmony chorus has openings in all sections. The group rehearses Monday evenings in Bel Air. Call 410-838-0921 or 410-877-7314.

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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