UMES faculty shows new artwork at gallery opening

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    The Mosely Gallery of art at UMES opens the 2011-12 academic year with "Reboot, New Work by Fine-Arts Faculty."

    The show opens with a "meet the artists" reception on Thurs., Sept. 8, from 4-6 p.m. in the gallery.  On display will be a diverse selection of installations, paintings, photographs, ceramics, experimental media and cutting edge conceptual work, said Gallery Director Anke Van Wagenberg.

    "The exhibition creates an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the greater Delmarva community to enjoy the creative new output of the campus' visual artists," said Van Wagenberg.

    Returning faculty artists have contributed to the show as well as some newcomers.

    "Our studio faculty are all active artists as well as educators. This exhibition allows students to see a sampling of what their instructors have done in the past year," said Christopher Harrington, the newly-appointed acting chair of the Department of Fine Arts.  "We show, by example, that art is something continuously lived. If you aren't making art-you're not an artist," Harrington showcases, among others, a Cézanne-inspired painting.

    Brad Hudson, an artist and illustrator at the university for over a decade, has been focusing his energies developing a body of comic book illustrations and characters.  Hudson developed a sequential arts concentration at the school and takes students to national comic book conventions to learn more about the field.

    Hudson's work joins that of faculty members Michel Demanche, Karen Bearman, Helene English and Solomon Isekeije.  Photography professor Demanche submits "Redesign, Self-portrait in Motion," an installation in mixed media, wood, Plexiglas and video.  Bearman will show wheel-thrown, functional pieces in stoneware and porcelain; English paintings; and Isekeije mixed media. 

    Joy Maxwell is a graduate of UMES, who has taught Introduction to Ceramics at the university David Gladden's egeyefor the last eight years.  She is the art director for Go-Getters Inc in Salisbury.  Maxwell "ponders the themes of modern frustrations, influences and enticements" in her work.

    New to the show and faculty at UMES is David Gladden, a graduate of Brooklyn College's Performance and Interactive Media Arts MFA program.  His video and installation piece, "Nothing On Again," depicts mass media culture and its effect on society.  Other newcomers are Dorian Williams and Matt Shockley.

    The Mosely Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The current exhibit "Reboot, New Work by Fine-Arts Faculty" will be on display through Oct. 14.  Call 410-651-7770 or visit www.umes.edu/arts for more information.

    Photo:  David Gladden's "egeye."

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.