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VisArts will be closed for Thanksgiving


VisArts Administrative Offices and Galleries will be closed from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Current Gallery Shows

Project 837: Home and Homelessness, Part 2

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, October 28  to  Sunday, December 13, 2015
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Kaplan Gallery
Project 837: Home and Homelessness, Part 2

Cici Wu, A room with voices makes it less lonely, 2015 Found objects (Installation view of Project 837 Part 1)

Opening Reception and Workshop: Friday, October 30, 7 - 9 p.m.

Project 837, Part 2 is an exhibition series* designed to start a conversation about the definition of home and homelessness. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of contemporary artists, the public, activists and organizers for workshops, gallery exhibition and symposium. The exhibition encourages interaction and participation from the community.

“Home” conjures diverse emotions, images, and concepts, which are rooted in a person’s identity. With that in mind, Project 837 looks at home from various perspectives: as the place where we currently reside, a memory of a place where we previously lived, and, widening the parameters, a hometown or country we may have left behind. It also seeks to challenge the definition of homelessness, while raising awareness about realities faced by Baltimore and Rockville’s homeless population. This exhibition. One of the major components of Project 837 is a series of workshops with residents at homeless shelters, mainly at Project PLASE.

The number 837 refers to the space, in square meters, that each homeless person could occupy if Baltimore’s vacant buildings were renovated into adequate housing. The figure is equivalent to 9,009 square feet per person.

*Project 837 Part 1 was held at Project PLASE, a homeless shelter in Baltimore from March 17 to April 30, 2015.


KATE WESTFALL: DAEDAL Adj. rich, intricate, adorned

Gallery Show date:
Friday, November 13  to  Sunday, December 13, 2015
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
KATE WESTFALL: DAEDAL Adj. rich, intricate, adorned

Kate Westfall, "Tulipiere", 19 3/4"x10"x9", Wheel thrown iron saturate stoneware

November 13 – December 13
Common Ground Gallery
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, November 20, 7 – 9 p.m.
Closing Reception: Sunday, December 13, 2 - 4 p.m.

Solo exhibition of new work by ceramic artist Kate Westfall. In a world where speed and efficiency are prioritized, the handmade object connects, grounds, and reminds us to live in the moment. The functions of the vessels included in this exhibition vary from daily use to ceremonial, underlining the importance of ritual, community and beauty in every aspect of our lives. About the Artist:
Born to two artists, a woodworker and an interior designer, Kate Westfall fell in love with art at an early age.  Originally a painting and drawing major in college, she discovered the third dimension through clay in her sophomore year at Alfred University. She immediately connected with the material and has since dedicated herself to creating elegant functional vessels inspired by Baroque cathedrals, Victorian wallpaper, steampunk imagery and the fictional city of Rivendell. After graduating college in 2012, Kate moved south to Maryland, where she discovered VisArts at Rockville - a thriving community arts center. She became a resident artist and accepted a teaching position at VisArts while also building her business, Heirloom Pottery Studios. In the spring of 2015, Kate was juried into the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and offered a studio space. She moved to Virginia, built a home studio and is now focusing on developing her portfolio and business while showing work at the Torpedo Factory and participating in group and solo exhibitions along the east coast. heirloompotterystudios.com

Gallery Hours

Mon - Tues Closed
Wed-Thur 12 noon to 4:00 pm
Friday 12 noon to 8:00 pm
Sat-Sun 12 noon to 4:00 pm

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