Faculty Exhibition Showcases University Artists
By Dr. Anke Van Wagenberg, Mosely Gallery director and teacher of art history at UMES
PRINCESS ANNE, MD-It is once again time at the Mosely Gallery at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the annual faculty exhibition that is traditionally held at the beginning of each fall semester. This year's show is slated for September 3 through October 8, with an opening reception during Founders' Week on Thursday, September 17, from 4-6 p.m.
The show is held to create an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the greater Delmarva community to see the creative output of the campus visual artists created since the last show. This year's outstanding show features diverse artwork with paintings, photographs, ceramics, experimental media and cutting edge conceptual work. On view will be ceramics by Ernest Satchell, the highly-respected Department of Fine Arts chairman with a 37-year history at UMES. His newest work consists of large floor urns, raku vessels in the neoclassical genre with surface embellishments and polychrome glaze patterns.
Printmaker Brad Hudson's work is inspired by pop culture, studies in ancient iconography and patterning, and the human form. Recently, he has been studying 40s and 50s pin-ups, nose art from WWII and classic comic book illustration. He continues to build and establish Coldstream Studios, a website, on-line gallery and shop for his artwork and comic book illustrations. His academic efforts have been focused on the creation and approval of a new sequential arts concentration within the Department of Fine Arts. This new concentration is an evolution of the two classes he has been teaching on experimental bases. In coordination with Christopher Harrington, Hudson is working on two books, Draxx #2 and Rocket Girl #1.
Christopher Harrington is an associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts at UMES where he has taught drawing, painting and art history. He has studied with Richard Pousette-Dart, Grace Hartigan and Sam Gilliam. Harrington's work has been exhibited at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, Mass., the Resurgam Gallery in Baltimore and the traveling show Roadmap organized by the Maryland Art Place. He received the highest honors for his work at the Period Gallery in Omaha, Neb. Internationally, his work was exhibited in London, England in the International Juried Affordable Art Exhibition in 2003. His works include Linear Vortex III.
Associate Professor Michel DeManche remains in charge of photography. Over the summer, she participated in a very successful group exhibition of sculpture in New York and a national competition of photography in Pennsylvania. She was nominated and submitted work for the Honickman First Book Competition and the LUCIE Awards. DeManche's works includes Jerry's Flowers.
Other faculty members with artwork on view include Karen Bearman, ceramics; Helene English, paintings; and Joy Maxwell, ceramics. A postcard invitation was designed by graphic-design students Robert Bennett and Darrius Correy.
The Mosely Gallery, located in the Arts and Technology building on the UMES campus, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 410-651-7770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.umes.edu/mosely/.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relation, 410-651-7580, email@example.com.
Photo: Jerry's Flowers by Michel Demanche