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Steven Pearson: Manipular

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, December 10  to  Sunday, January 18, 2015
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Steven Pearson: Manipular

Steven Pearson, To the Brink, 2014, Acrylic, graphite, marker, spray paint on paper collaged on panel, 54.5 x 76.75 inches

The paths, patterns and maps of connectivity, data and paint coalesce in Steven Pearson’s arresting large-scale paintings.

About the Artist: Steven Pearson is a Painter and an Associate Professor in the Art & Art History Department at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD where he has been teaching various art courses since 2004. He is also the Director of the college’s Rice Gallery.

Steven was born in Johnstown, NY, and upon graduation from High School he served honorably in the United States Navy. He received his Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

Steven has exhibited both nationally and regionally and has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, 2006, 2003, as well as the Ragdale Foundation in 2005. He has received several grants, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (2010), Artists Grants from the Vermont Studio Center (2010, 2006, 2003), and Faculty Development Grants from McDaniel College (2012, 2009, 2008, 2005).

Steven’s work can be found in several public and private collections including: Schenectady Museum, University of Mary Washington, Siena College, College of Saint Rose, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, PNC Bank Regional Headquarters, Baltimore, MD, Prologue Inc., FTI Consulting, Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, The League For People With Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.

Steven currently lives in Westminster, MD, and works in his studios on Campus at McDaniel College, and at the Oliver Street Studios in Baltimore.

Artist Talk: During the opening reception Friday, December 12 from 7–9pm

Happy Not Sappy

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, December 10  to  Sunday, January 18, 2015
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery
Happy Not Sappy

Fabienne Lasserre, Pitchable #12, 2013, Linen, acrylic polymer, wire, acrylic paint on panel, 14.5 (h) x 14.75 (w) x 11.5 (d) inches

What role does happiness play in contemporary art? Is it hard to make artwork that is happy without getting sappy? The eight artists in this exhibition bring a mix of exuberance, independence, irreverence, and play to artwork and the practice of making art. Even when borrowing from nostalgic sources and popular mythologies, their work seems “happy”. They channel a Matisse-like attitude toward happiness; one of acceptance rather than escape from a life permeated by joy, sadness, loss and victory. Gravitating toward idiosyncratic materials and unpredictable studio practices, they open a conversation about the relationship of happiness and sappiness to contemporary art and culture.

Artists include: Stewart Watson, Kelley Bell, Margo Malter, Nick Peelor, Amy Boone-McCreesh, David Krueger, Bonnie Crawford-Kotula, Fabienne Lasserre.

Artist Talk: During Reception Friday, December 12 from 7–9pm, 

Artist Discussion: Sunday, January 11 from 2-4pm

 

 

William Peirce: Re-Arrangeable

Gallery Show date:
Wednesday, December 10  to  Sunday, January 18, 2015
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
William Peirce: Re-Arrangeable

William Peirce, Bowl, Symmetrical mixed woods 67, 8¼ (H) x  9½ (W) inches

Solo exhibition featuring the re-arrangeable wood sculptures and vessels of William Peirce.

About the Artist: William Peirce williampeirce.biz

Artist Talk: During Reception Friday, December 12 from 7–9pm

Lynn Silverman: Lookout

Gallery Show date:
Friday, October 17  to  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Lynn Silverman: Lookout

Lynn Silverman, Lookout #16, 1998-2012, Black and white gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches (framed)

Lynn Silverman presents black and white photographs of windows in United States, Great Britain, Australia, and the Czech Republic, countries where she has lived for extended periods of time. “Lookout” is a collection of observations into how we live in proximity to other people and nature, and how we strike a balance between the desire for contact, concern for security, and our need for privacy. Her minimal compositions place the window at the center. It functions as both a transparent boundary and an opening between inside and outside.

About the Artist: Lynn Silverman received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College in London, England. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Past projects include Furniture Fictions, 1:1, Corporation House, and Interior Light. In addition to publishing four books, her work may be found in public and private collections in Australia, US, and Great Britain. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and photograph in the Czech Republic. Recently her work was exhibited at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Goya Contemporary Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1999, she has taught photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. lynnsilverman.com

Artist Talk: Sunday, November 2, 2:00 p.m.

Strange Bedfellows

Gallery Show date:
Friday, October 17  to  Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gallery Show Cost:
FREE & Open to the Public
Location:
Kaplan Gallery
Strange Bedfellows

Sebastian Martorana, Yours Mine Ours, Marble, stainless steel

Organized by the Washington Project for the Arts
Curated by Blair Murphy

The word intimacy refers most often to human relationships, acting as a metric of the physical closeness, emotional bonds, or personal knowledge shared by two people. It can describe the accumulation of knowledge about complex topics or–as in the phrase intimately aware–a familiarity with difficult truths. While intimacy is often reciprocal, it’s not unusual to be bound tightly to objects, people, or knowledge we would prefer to avoid or forget. Highlighting artists whose work touches on intimacy in complex and unexpected ways, Strange Bedfellows explores the way proximity to others–whether physical, emotional or intellectual­—shapes our individual identities, civic life, technological development, and physical spaces.  Included Artists: Ingrid Burrington, Bean Gilsdorf, Katie Hargrave, Leslie Holt, Benjamin Kelley, Jennifer Levonian, Sebastian Martorana, A. Moon, Dustin Nelson, Jacob Rhodes, Jenny Walton, Stephanie Williams

About the Curator: Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she spent seven years in DC working as an administrative jack-of-all-trades for various arts organizations, including Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC Arts Center (DCAC), and Provisions Library. She was Program Director at WPA from 2011 to 2013 and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DCAC, from 2008 through 2011. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University. She’s currently the New York City correspondent for Bmoreart and a contributor to M Daily.

Curator Talk: Saturday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.

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