THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

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THE NEW INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART RECEIVES HARLESTON PARKER MEDAL

Award from Boston Society of Architects and City of Boston Recognizes Boston's "Most Beautiful Building"

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has been named the 2007 recipient of the Harleston Parker Medal, a unique award presented periodically to the "most beautiful building" in the greater Boston area by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of Boston. The 65,000-square-foot museum, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Perry Dean Rogers Partners, was praised by the jury as a new civic building with a powerful relationship to its site on Boston Harbor.

"It is truly an honor that our new museum has joined the ranks of other illustrious and beautiful buildings in Boston's history," says Jill Medvedow, Director of the ICA. "Our goal was to create a progressive and outstanding built space in the city, and we were privileged to work with Diller Scofidio + Renfro to realize it."

The new ICA features a dramatic folding ribbon form and a cantilever that extends to the water's edge. The building was conceived both "from the sky down," as a contemplative space for experiencing contemporary art, and "from the ground up," providing dynamic areas for public enjoyment. The design weaves together interior and exterior space, producing shifting perspectives of the waterfront throughout the museum's galleries and public spaces.

The Harleston Parker Medal is administered by the Boston Society of Architects and selected by a jury, which is appointed each year. The ICA was selected from more than 160 projects nominated by BSA members and others. Past recipients of the award include the Carpenter Visual Arts Center at Harvard University, the Christian Science Center, and the John Hancock Tower.

An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the ICA has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.  Located at 100 Northern Avenue in Boston, the ICA is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.  Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Free admission on Target Free Thursday Nights, 5 9 pm. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at www.icaboston.org.

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