This little tidbit of news doesn’t have anything to do with our shop at all, but it’s just too fantastic to not talk about.
The expansive, exquisite, and one-of-a-kind collection that is Globe Poster will be purchased by the Maryland Institute College of Art, right here in Baltimore, MD.
If you know anything about Baltimore’s Globe Poster, this is humongous news. The discussions had been back and forth across the table, and the owners Bob and Frank Cicero, had been entertaining offers of other buyers around the country. This would have ultimately led to the collection being parted out, losing its local heritage, and, for the most part, being forgotten.
MICA has stepped up to the plate. They will be buying the majority of the collection this spring and ultimately using it in the classroom, hands on with students, in Illustration, Graphic Design, and of course, Printmaking.
Final negotiations are under way, and contracts are being written.
Kudos to MICA for doing the right thing.
A few links to pass along:
The long list of Thank Yous from the MICA Printmaking Department.
Globe Poster’s Etsy page (go buy some lovely reprints of their classics – there aren’t many restrikes left!)
Some articles from the Baltimore City Paper: Letter Men – 2009 and Pressed for Time – 2011, in case you want a brief history
Globe’s Flickr page (where we pulled our images from)
And, most importantly, the student-run, grassroots Friends of Globe, who were instrumental in these final stretches.
Here is the trailer for what we believe was an unfinished documentary. Truly Baltimore, through and through!
Today is a good day.