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Amalie Rothschild: The Sketchbooks

Release date: April 19, 2012

Amalie Rothschild: The Sketchbooks, a new art exhibit at Goucher College, celebrates the work of a painter, sculptor, and printmaker who left an indelible mark on the Baltimore art scene.

The exhibit will be showcased on the third floor of the library in Goucher's Athenaeum from Thursday, April 19, to Saturday, June 16. It is free and open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Call 410-337-6477 for more information.

On Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. there will be an opening reception and a book signing and curator's talk by J. Susan Isaacs - a professor of art history and curator of the departmental galleries at Towson University, curator of special projects at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and contributor to the new book Life and Work of Amalie Rothschild.

In an era when artists were typically European men, Rothchild's paint and sculpture work contributed enormously to the cultural and artistic environment of Baltimore. Rothschild (1916-2001) created abstract geometric art using a range of materials and mediums, from Plexiglas and bark to particle board and aluminum, as well as oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

She produced more than 1,500 works - 350 of which are in private collections and museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum. In 1957, she won the purchase prize at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennale, and in 2000, the University of Maryland University College presented her with a Maryland Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Rothschild was a lecturer in fine arts at Goucher College from 1960 to 1968.

The Goucher College exhibition of her sketchbooks takes place in collaboration with an exhibition of her paintings and sculptures in the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University. For more information on the Towson show, visit http://events.towson.edu/center_for_the_arts_gallery