Maryland Institute College of Art


October 07, 2001|By Sloane Brown

The tent set up on Mount Royal Avenue contained an H.G. Wells kind of universe, one where his time-travel machine had gone nuts. Marie Antoinette was mingling with '60s flower children. Civil War Southern belles rubbed shoulders with zoot-suited hipsters. Bobby-soxers, Wild West cowboys, and hippies danced to the tunes of a swing band. This "Fete of Lights 2001" celebrated the Maryland Institute College of Art's 175th anniversary, so guests were asked to dress in costumes from any of those 175 years.

Bill Steinmetz came as Andy Warhol, with wife Bettye Cooke as Georgia O'Keeffe. Meanwhile, fellow MICA board member Katharine Blakeslee and husband Farlow looked set for a game of tennis with the Great Gatsby. Even MICA president Fred Lazarus got into the act, dressing in attire the institute's first president would have worn.

"It's actually quite comfortable," Fred noted of his black waistcoat, breeches, stockings and slippers. The same could be said of the shindig.

One of the evening's highlights came in a light show and "virtual ground breaking" of the Brown Center, the new MICA building for which local benefactors Eddie and Sylvia Brown contributed $6 million.

Among the 1,150 folks enjoying the night: Ann S. Perkins, MICA board chair; George Dalsheimer, Gwen Davidson, Alice Falvey Greif, Barbara Himmelrich, Dick Manekin, Neil Meyerhoff, Michael Rockliff and Fred Worthington, board members; Nancy Haragan, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance director; Charles Tildon, Community College of Baltimore retired president; Jose Mapily, Howard University architecture professor; Debra Rubino, Goucher College communications executive director; Charles Brickbauer, Ziger / Snead design architect; Bud Meyerhoff, Magna Properties retired chairman; Dr. John Payne, Baltimore area ophthalmologist; Bernhard Hildebrandt, Baltimore artist; Dudley Clendinen, Baltimore author; Rich Dubroff, Wall Street Week executive producer; Cash Hester, Baltimore Museum of Art associate educator; Steve Burnett, Woodcraft Supply manager; Julie Song, J.T. Herbs owner; and Mark L. Strand, U.S. Treasury Department network administrator.

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