May 30, 1997
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410)955-5384

When renowned portrait painter Herbert E. Abrams visits Hopkins June 7, he will drop off three of his latest creations -- a portrait of former Hopkins medical faculty dean Michael Johns, M.D., a portrait of Johns Hopkins University trustee Lenox D. Baker, Jr., M.D., and his wife Francis Watt Baker, M.D., as well as a painting of R. Robinson Baker, M.D., professor of surgery and oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. When he leaves, he will take something with him -- an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, awarded in recognition of four decades of capturing VIPs on canvas.

The new portraits painted by Abrams will be presented to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on Saturday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m. in the Turner Auditorium at The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association's Biennial meeting, June 5-7, 1997.

Abrams has completed more than 100 portraits, including those of presidents Carter and Bush, four state governors or lieutenant governors, the Chief Justice of a State Supreme Court, three Army generals, sixteen senior members of the Johns Hopkins University medical faculty and more than 60 top business officials. Along the way, he also painted various scenes of life in the U.S.

"Fine portrait artists, like good physicians, see beyond what meets the ordinary eye," said Edward D. Miller Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Some of the subjects of Abrams' art have made an indelible impression on world events, and on world health; hence on the quality of life for all of us."

Born in New England in 1921, Abrams attended art schools for ten years, winning scholarships and honors at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. In addition to his painting, he is well-known as a lecturer and teacher to art groups throughout the nation. He has been heard on radio in cities and seen many times on television, painting portraits in oil as he lectured. Abrams' one-man shows in New York have been highly rated by the public and the critics.

If you would like to attend or cover the presentation or Biennial event, please call me at 410-955-5384.

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