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MICA to host Elizabeth King, artist known for figurative sculpture with stop-motion animation, for public lecture

WHAT: Public Lecture with Elizabeth King

WHERE: Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

WHEN: Noon on Monday, April 8

DETAILS: In addition to the public lecture, there will also be a film screening of Double Take: The Art Of Elizabeth King by Olympia Stone at 7 p.m. Sunday April 7 in Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will host artist Elizabeth King as part of the college’s Mixed Media Speaker Series, which spans from January through April. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact

King combines figurative sculpture with stop-motion animation in works that blur the boundary between actual and virtual object. Her most recent solo show, "Radical Small" at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), was on view from February 2017 through January 2018. A retrospective exhibition entitled ''The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye,'' curated by Ashley Kistler, traveled to five museums and art centers in the U.S. between 2007 and 2009.

Her work is in public collections in the US including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hood Museum of Dartmouth, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Awards include a 2014 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a 2006 Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1996-97 Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, now the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

She was Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College in the spring of 2008, and was among artists in residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017. She was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Design in November, 2017.

Her book, Attention's Loop (A Sculptor's Reverie on the Coexistence of Substance and Spirit) was published by Harry Abrams in 1999. She is currently finishing a second book with co-author W. David Todd of the Smithsonian Institution: The Monk: A Sixteenth-Century Automaton and Its Legend.

She earned BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1970s, and is now a Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University where she taught from 1985 to 2015 in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media.