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Five Maryland Icons

September 7 - October 29, 2011


Grace Hartigan
Eugene Leake
Herman Maril
Keith Martin
Raoul Middleman

“Five Maryland Icons” presents a range of styles starting in the 1940s and continuing into this century.  While influences are apparent, each artist developed a style that was uniquely their own.  The exhibition includes thirty-six pieces—paintings, watercolors, collages, and drawings—with four to ten per artist, that amount to mini-retrospectives.

All of the artists have strong connections to Maryland and spent the greater portion of their careers living, working, and teaching here.  For decades scores of young artists have been influenced by them.  Herman Maril and Raoul Middleman were born in Baltimore.  Maril, a MICA alumnus, taught at the University of Maryland College Park, and except for summers in Provincetown, was a life-liong Baltimorean. Middleman, who studied at Johns Hopkins and the Pennsylvania Academy, before returning, at Bud Leake’s invitation, to teach at MICA for the last 50 years continues to make Maryland his home.  Leake, trained at Yale, came to Baltimore as MICA’s president and and hired Grace Hartigan to head the Hoffberger School of Painting which she did for 40 years until her death in 2008. Keith Martin, while born in Nebraska, lived in New York and abroad before coming to Baltimore in 1948.


While these five artists spent most of their careers in Maryland, they are much more than regional artists as this partial list of collections illustrates:  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Corcoran, Phillips, National Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Hirshhorn, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, Walters Art Museum, Berlin’s Neues Nationalgalerie, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


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