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Howard Community College Dedicates Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) recently dedicated the Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery

The art gallery is located on the first floor of McCuan Hall, connected to the lobby of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The gallery, devoted to exhibiting artists in the college community, provides HCC students, faculty, alumni, and community artists the experience of organizing and presenting their locally-produced art work, as well as exhibits by local, state, national, and international artists.

The gift to name the gallery allowed the family to create the Richard B. Talkin Family Visual Arts Program Endowment. This endowment provides funds for programs such as: visiting artists, faculty and scholars; workshop series; art shows; and guest lecturers. In its first year, the endowment supported the 2017 visiting artist and workshop series featuring Professor Julie Shapiro. Ms. Shapiro has her MFA from Yale University and has taught at Hampshire College and Southern Methodist University.

Talkin, a longtime supporter of the college, has spent 50 years in Columbia as an attorney and also supports many other organizations in Howard County. He served six years as a Howard Community College Educational Foundation board member. Four years later he came back and co-chaired a $12 million campaign from 2000 to 2007 for the construction of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center and for student scholarships. The campaign exceeded the original goal and raised $14 million. Talkin also took part in a second campaign council in 2010 to raise $4 million for HCC’s 40th anniversary. He continues to connect people to the college and encourage them to provide support to student scholarships. 

Talkin says the gallery is “a vehicle to support the visual arts programs at HCC and to have a venue for the community to view visual arts of all types.” As he explains, the gallery and the related programs “married my interest in the educational opportunities at HCC with my interest in the visual arts.” 

The Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery opened its newest exhibit on October 19, 2017. James Lubitz, "Under Construction," is a digital photography exhibition documenting various stages of construction progress to the Science Engineering and Technology Building at Howard Community College. For more information about the gallery, visit

Topics: Arts & Culture
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