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In the Gallery at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Inspired! Jim Henson at Maryland

June 7, 2019 – May 26, 2020

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library has announced the June 7 opening of Inspired! Jim Henson at Maryland, an exhibit exploring Jim Henson’s experience as a student, artist, and entrepreneur at UMD from 1954-1960.

The exhibit provides a window into the profound impact Henson’s experiences on campus, both in the classroom and in his extra-curricular activities, had on his creative and professional development, laying the foundation for a remarkable career that included the creation of the Muppets and beyond. Featured are 25 pieces of original art created by Jim Henson (1936-1990), theatrical programs and ephemera, photographs, and an interactive digital archive of Henson’s sketchbooks, student projects, and press clippings from The Jim Henson Company Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, and the University Archives. Video clips from the 1950s and 1960s demonstrate the breadth of Henson’s genius, already evident in his early work on local Washington television.

Organized in collaboration with The Jim Henson Legacy and The Jim Henson Company, with additional support from The Jane Henson Foundation and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Endowment, Inspired! Jim Henson at Maryland will be on view for the 2019-2020 academic year, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Jim Henson’s graduation from UMD.

Visitors to the exhibit can also stop at the Stamp Student Union to visit the Jim Henson Statue, view material in The Jim Henson Works digital video collection in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, learn about the UMD Theatre Department’s Jim Henson Scholarship for Puppetry and puppet artist residency, and throughout the year, attend Henson programs across campus.

Press Contacts:

Stephen Henry                                        Karen Falk

Head, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library                   The Jim Henson Legacy