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"UMBC's Fine Arts Gallery is one of the most highly regarded
exhibit spaces in the region dedicated to contemporary art in all its
forms. We are delighted that its publication series also has received national recognition."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Fine Arts Gallery Publications Win First Prize in National Design Competition

July 30, 1999 - The American Association of Museums has awarded UMBC first place for excellence in design for the Fine Arts Gallery publication series, Issues in Cultural Theory.

First Prize for Scholarly Journals was awarded to UMBC this year for Bruno Monguzzi: A Designer's Perspective, which accompanied the
Fine Arts Gallery exhibition on the Swiss graphic designer. Minimal Politics, the first volume in the series, received a first-place award in 1998. The series' designer is Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Associate Professor of Visual Arts.

The AAM design competition, the only national, juried event of its kind, drew more than 1,200 entries. Judges included the director of publishing of the Library of Congress, the editor-in-chief of the National Gallery of Art, and the director of the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibition Service.

Future volumes of Issues in Cultural Theory will be developed from upcoming Fine Arts Gallery exhibitions. Volume 3, Adrian Piper:
A Retrospective, 1965-2000,
will focus on Piper's installations, performances, drawings, and videos, which explore themes of race and gender. The exhibition runs from October 14, 1999 through January 15, 2000. Also forthcoming in 2000 is Volume 4, Paul Rand: A Life in Design. Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts will support publication of this volume.

All of the Fine Arts Gallery exhibitions incorporate educational outreach programs for area school children, and many exhibitions travel to venues across the U.S. and abroad, including the Barbican Museum in England and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.

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