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North Campus to Unveil Rose Alterman's The Philosopher

The Philosopher

In this undated photo, the late Rose Alterman poses with the sculpture, The Philosopher.

Miami, August 15, 2008 - The family of esteemed sculptor, Rose Alterman, has donated one of her most magnificent pieces, The Philosopher, to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus. It will be unveiled on Monday, August 25, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the North Campus Arts Complex, Building 5000.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Rick Alterman, her son, 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.” Rick 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.

This piece will join MDC’s North Campus abundant art collection, 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 seven campuses and two centers. Each campus has an art gallery. Most have theaters and other cultural facilities.

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 175,000 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 seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate of arts and associate of science degrees.

For more information on this dedication, please contact: Jessica Delgado at (305) 237-1123.

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