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Revered Sculptor's Family Donates Significant Piece to Miami Dade College North Campus

Philosophy Sculpture Unveiling

Attending the sculpture unveiling ceremony, are Rose’s sons Johnny Alterman, and Dr. Richard Alterman, MDC North Campus President Dr. José Vicente, and her nephews Paul Saluk, and Art Saluk.

Miami, August 26, 2008 - The family of esteemed sculptor, the late Rose Alterman, has donated one of her most magnificent pieces, The Philosopher, to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus. At a special unveiling ceremony held yesterday at the North Campus, the son of Mrs. Alterman thanked the college’s administration and gift committee for accepting his mother’s sculpture, and reflected on the connection between the artwork’s new home and his family’s long history with the campus.

“The collection [at North Campus] contains an impressive array of works and the family takes great comfort to know that it has a home here where it is surrounded by such esteemed and creative company,” said Dr. Rick Alterman during the unveiling ceremony attended by nearly a dozen relatives and friends of Mrs. Alterman.  

“It is somewhat ironic that this piece will have a home in this part of Miami-Dade County,” added Alterman. “For over 35 years our family’s trucking terminal and general headquarters were located just a few blocks from here. Over these three plus decades, Alterman Transport Lines employed many students enrolled at this campus…and after completing their studies some students stayed with the company.” In addition, Alterman is married to the college’s longtime governmental affairs director, Victoria Hernandez.

The Philosopher is an abstract interpretation of the father of modern logic, Bertrand Russell. Alterman, born in Philadelphia to Ukrainian immigrants, eventually moved to South Florida prior to World War II. Throughout her lifetime, Alterman created more than 90 pieces infused with psychological dimensions connected to the human condition. Many of her pieces were displayed in galleries throughout Florida and many of her shows were consistently sold out. The Philosopher piece will become part of an abundant and growing art collection at MDC’s North Campus, which is home to the renowned Miami International Sculpture Park, and the largest collection of sculptures at the College. Miami Dade College has been a leader in the arts for five decades having a strong arts presence at each of its eight campuses. Each campus has an art gallery. Most have theaters and other cultural facilities.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Alterman and his family for making this invaluable donation,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, MDC North Campus President. “This is an incredible piece with much historical value and a wonderful contribution to our current sculpture collection.”

North Campus, which has been a cultural catalyst  in north Miami-Dade County, is home of the Miami International Sculpture Park which features dozens of sculptures from renowned artists and is one of the largest public collections in the state.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 200 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate of arts and associate of science degrees.

For more information about the MDC North Campus Art Complex, contact: Octavio Roca, 305-237-1266 or

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