CHESTERTOWN, MD—Two exhibitions running April 22 through May 12 will showcase the thesis works of senior Studio Art majors and selected works from other Washington College art students in gallery areas inside the Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts.
An Opening Reception in honor of the artists will be held Friday, April 22 at 5:30 pm. The gallery show and reception are free and open to the public.
The senior Studio Art majors show, "Liminal States-Evolving Boundaries," will fill Kohl Gallery with the work of 11 graduating students in the Department of Art and Art History. Exhibition curator Monika Weiss, assistant professor of art, says the student artists have worked across disciplines in a fluid manner, merging traditional techniques with New Media and incorporating painting, installation, video, animation, sculpture, sound and photography.
Weiss gives an overview of the works in her curatorial statement:
“ ‘Liminal States-Evolving Boundaries’ combines works by eleven artists exploring physical and conceptual states of passage and transition. While some of the artists focus on the body and its biologically and socially fragile envelope (Kristin Tremblay, Kristina Kelley), others explore its physical and mental limits (Susanne Vaughn), or the visually anthropomorphic qualities of animal body (Kathryn E. Johnson).
“Science becomes a point of reference in some of the new media work (Joe L. L. Yates), while abstraction is once again redefined through the discussion of embodiment (Allison Mae Schellenger). Artists in this exhibition invite the viewer to experience journey and change as a form of meditation, dealing with time and loss (Elizabeth Claud) while also exploring personal geographies and revisiting ancient cultures and their lost relationship with nature (Caroline Amelia Knuth, Shannon Davis). Internal and external spaces are being examined as a continuous negotiation between the place (Sarah Cannon) and the self (Michael Powell) through mapping out inner and outer territories of experience.”
The Annual Exhibition of Selected Works by Studio Art Students will be installed in the William Frank Visual Arts Hallway adjacent to the Kohl Gallery. Curated by visiting professor of art Ricky Sears, the show will include works from various divisions of the studio program, including drawing, painting, photography, video and sound, ceramics, and design.”
This year’s exhibition jurors are art dealer Carla Massoni, artist and art critic Mary McCoy, and artist Randi Reiss-McCormack. The Gibson Center for the Arts is located on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. Kohl Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m., Friday noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Participating students include:
Senior Thesis Exhibition "Liminal States-Evolving Boundaries":
Kathryn E. Johnson
Caroline Amelia Knuth
Allison Mae Schellenger
Joe L. L. Yates
Selected Works by Studio Art Students: