Department of Art


Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education

Exhibitions and Lectures Series Spring 2015

EXHIBITION Illustrators 56


ON VIEW February 13 to April 4, 2015
LOCATION Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break March 15-22


The Society of Illustrators Annual Travel Show features 40 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year. The Illustrators Annual is open to artists worldwide and a jury of professional illustrators and art directors determine which pieces from thousands submitted will be displayed in the exhibition. Gold and Silver medals are awarded to top illustrators, and all accepted entries are lavishly reproduced in full color in the Illustrators Annual Book. The Illustrators Annual is now in its 56th Year, while the traveling show is celebrating 33 years of touring. Works on display have appeared in magazine and newspaper publications, adult and children's books, calendars, theater posters, fashion labels, cd and album art and advertisements for major corporations. This annual includes work by Scott Bakal, Kali Ciesemier, Eleanor Davis, Lisa Hanawalt, John Hendrix, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Niall McCormack, Victo Ngai, David Plunkert, Jack Unruh, Sam Weber, and more.

EXHIBITION 56 Plus

ON VIEW February 13 to April 4, 2015
LOCATION Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break March 15-22

A small exhibition of regional illustrators provides a companion to Illustrators 56. Included is work by Professor Chris Bartlett, Towson University Coordinator of Illustration for the last four decades. He has been juried into the Society’s Illustration Annual and is known for his medal award-winning 3-D clay illustrations. This exhibition is in honor of his retirement in July. Adjunct professor, George Tuggle’s creative, informative and easy-to-understand style has earned him State Press Association Awards from New Jersey and South Carolina. TU graduate adviser, Rob Wood has had his work accepted into the Society’s Annual many times and is known for his novel covers and for historical mural museum projects. The exhibition also includes renowned Baltimore illustrator, Jerry Dadds, who created the iconic Eucalyptus Studio, and was notably commissioned to secretly create woodcuts of 36 past American Presidents for a USPS stamp issue.


LECTURE Rob Wood, Illustrator

WHEN  Thursday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Rob Wood is an award-winning illustrator of mankind, space earth, science, and history. Wood has been a member of the Society of Illustrators since 1989, and has had his work accepted in their Annual Illustration Exhibition many times. He is also a member of the Illustrator’s Partnership and the Washington Illustrator’s Club. He has received awards for excellence from Communication Arts Magazine, the New York Art Directors Club, the American Illustration Annual, the Art Directors Club of Washington, DC (gold and silver medals), Spectrum’s Best in Contemporary Art, inclusion in the National Geographic book on the best diagrams, Best in Show and gold medals from the Illustrators Club of Washington, Maryland and Virginia. His work has also been included in exhibits at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum and is in the collection of author Stephen King. He has created illustrations for The Field Museum in Chicago, National Geographic Society, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, Scientific American, Time Life Books, Kids Discover Magazine, the National Park Service, The Penguin Group, St. Martin’s Press, and Simon And Schuster.

EXHIBITION MFA: Alex Ebstein: Fovea

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery
ON VIEW February 13 to May 9, 2015
RECEPTION Thursday, February 12, 7:30—9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break March 15-22

Ebstein uses a range of materials to create abstract works that emphasize perceptual shift and variation. Imperfect grids and structures skew fields into and out of a rectilinear geometry, while visual artifacts in the form of ambiguous gestures and vaguely organic shapes are suspended in both the composition and between implied planes. Primarily a painter, she freely uses non-traditional materials—twine, rubber, natural dyes and wood— in addition to pigments, canvas and painting supports. Balancing serenity with humor and a rigorous element of experimentation, Ebstein reveals the physicality of the works’ production and their ties to the corporeal.

EXHIBITION MFA: Christine Wolfe Weller: Nature into Nurture

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery
ON VIEW February 13 to May 9, 2015
RECEPTION Thursday, February 12, 7:30—9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break March 15-22

Weller works with fibers, creating multi-layered constructions that explore the human experience and emotions, symbolized through animals and their actions. Complexly structured compositions present the viewer with a unique visual and tactile encounter. Weller comments, “There is often a wall that separates Fine Art from Craft, but the fiber works in this show act as a bridge between the two.” Materials, process and presentation from both areas of making can be seen in the crochet and fabric forms.


EXHIBITION MFA: Sherwood: Man-Up/Overboard

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery
ON VIEW February 13 to May 9, 2015
RECEPTION Thursday, February 12, 7:30—9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break March 15-22

Sherwood wrestles with the subject of masculinity and the role that it plays in contemporary society. His interest in this stems from personal experiences growing up in rural Ohio and Arkansas, in a long line of hard-working farmers, laborers, businessmen and military servicemen. His struggle to fit masculine role models and negotiate the ever-changing “political correctness” of society, as well as the contradictory, overstated masculinities that saturate mass media is reflected in his paintings and sculptures. Through humor and narrative, the artist attempts to reconcile the personal with the cultural and universal. His chaotic and cluttered work presents a visual overload of found images and objects which communicate the complexity of his subject.


GALLERY TALK MFA Candidates Alex Ebstein, Sherwood, and Christine Wolfe Weller

LOCATION Holtzman MFA Gallery, Center for the Arts
WHEN Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12 noon

The artists will discuss their work on display in the gallery.


LECTURE Wendy Wick Reaves: Delicious Publicity: the Vogue for Caricature

WHEN Thursday, February 26th, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Wendy Wick Reaves, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Portrait Gallery will discuss celebrity caricatures of the 1920’s and 30’s. Reaves began the graphic arts department at the Portrait Gallery in 1974. The collections she has developed include fine art prints, drawings, rare books, cartoons, caricatures, and posters. She has curated numerous exhibitions and served as the Portrait Gallery’s interim director from June 2012 through March 2013. Reaves has published books on the prints of George Washington, nineteenth-century portrait prints, twentieth-century portrait drawings, celebrity caricature, and the editorial cartoons of Pat Oliphant.

LECTURE Scott Hutchison: Artist and Animator

WHEN Thursday, March 12th, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Scott Hutchison's animations, paintings and drawings depict the figure in a sequence of images. His animations combine traditional painting and drawing techniques with digital technology to create animated portraits which are displayed on small LCD panels or projected large-scale. The artist comments, “Whether layered together in one composition or played back digitally in an animation;
movement and a rhythm is my conduit as I ask the question, Who am I?” Hutchison holds an MFA degree in painting from George Washington University where he has been on faculty since 2007. He also teaches part-time at the Art Student League in Alexandria, VA. He has shown his work at the Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; the Red House Art Center, Syracuse , NY; Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY; the Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC; Eastern New Mexico University, NM; the Linus Art Gallery, Pasadena CA; the Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY; and Flow Art Space, Minneapolis MN.

LECTURE Kevin Rohde: Social Fabric

WHEN Thursday, April 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Rohde was selected from over 20 national and international applicants to be the recipient of Baltimore Clayworks‘ Lormina Salter Fellowship, a year-long residency that provides the selected artist with a studio and materials stipend and which culminated in an exhibition at Clayworks in the summer of 2014. Rohde employs a sculpting process tied to century-old traditions of depicting the human figure. Originally from Binghamton, New York, Rohde earned his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He has taught figure sculpture classes at various educational programs and currently is an instructor at Baltimore Clayworks. He was recently selected as one of Ceramics Monthly's Emerging Artists for 2014.


EXHIBITION Undergraduate Juried Student Exhibition

WHEN April 17, 2015 to May 9, 2015
LOCATION Center for the Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, April 16, 7:30—9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The annual undergraduate juried exhibition features students’ works that represent the various tracks, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, crafts, metalworking/jewelry, ceramics, digital art and design, photography and printmaking. This year’s juror is artist and writer Cara Ober.


LECTURE Cara Ober

WHEN Thursday, April 16th, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Cara Ober, this year’s juror for the Department of Art + Design’s undergraduate student exhibition at Towson University, earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and an MS in Art Education from McDaniel College in 1998. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the American University in 1996 with a BA in Fine Arts. Ober has exhibited her work extensively in the Baltimore/Washington region, with solo exhibitions at McDaniel College, Civilian Art Projects, Randall Scott Gallery, Gallery Imperato, and Flashpoint as well as numerous group shows in New York, Atlanta, Colorado, and Texas. She was a Finalist for the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2013. Awards include an Individual Artist Grant for Painting by the Maryland State Arts Council and a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators. From 2010-2012, Ober was the Online Arts and Culture editor at The Urbanite Magazine and wrote the "Eye to Eye" Arts Column in each monthly issue. She has published art reviews for Art Papers, ARTnews, Surface Design Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Art US Magazine, and numerous curatorial and catalogue essays. She is the editor of BmoreArt, an online comprehensive site for events and reviews on the arts in Baltimore.

LECTURE Janet Stephens: Roman Hairdressing CSI: Reading Between the Lines of Ovid's Amores 1.14

WHEN Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Janet Stephens is known as the “hair archeologist.” Stephens, a hairdresser based in Baltimore by day, has become one of the leading scholars on hairstyles of women in antiquity. Her discoveries about the hairstyles of women in ancient Rome have been published in the Journal of Roman Archeology. Stephens recreates ancient Roman hairstyles and posts tutorials on YouTube in which she demonstrates the construction of these intricate coiffures, discusses the backgrounds of the women who wore them, and considers socio-political issues at stake in their creation. Her work has opened a new avenue for understanding female identity in the ancient world.

EXHIBITION Bridges Math/Art 2015

WHEN June 26 to July 25, 2015
LOCATION Center for the Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, June 26th,7-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The University of Baltimore is hosting the international BRIDGES BALTIMORE 2015 Conference on Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, and Culture, July 29 - August 1, 2015. As an extension of that conference, there will be a month–long exhibition of two and three-dimensional mathematical art, ranging from computer graphics to quilts to geometrical sculptures at Towson University. This will then travel to UB for display during the conference. Curated by the Director of the University Galleries, Professor Christopher Bartlett and Robert Fathauer and juried by a Bridges panel.



 

Archive: past exhibitions & lectures

 

EXHIBITION Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012

EXHIBITION LOCATION Center for the Arts Gallery, CA 3040

ON VIEW Friday, November 14—Saturday, December 20, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, November 13, 6:30—8:00 pm

GALLERY HOURS Tuesday—Saturday, 11 am—4 pm

Closed for Thanksgiving November 26—November 29, 2014

This exhibition showcases a selection of 122 posters which offers the public a chance to experience a vast number of empathetic and visually compelling messages for our time. Posters as described by its curator, Elizabeth Resnick, act as a medium for social change. They “record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information and opinion. Posters are dissent made visible—they communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography. Posters also serve as a telling indication of a graphic designer's commitment to society when non-commissioned posters are created as vehicles to raise money to support political and humanitarian causes. Without a doubt, the poster remains the most resonant, intrinsic and enduring item in the arsenal of a contemporary graphic designer.”

MFA EXHIBITION Matthew McCormack: Recent Works

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery

ON VIEW October 31—December 20, 2014

RECEPTION Thursday, October 30, 7:30—9:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

McCormack is an interdisciplinary artist who works in glass and other materials with a strong interest in kinetic and sound sculpture. He physically engages visitors through installations and sculpture. He believes that through the shared experience of art our community will better appreciate all life forms, people and ideas.

MFA EXHIBITION Anita M. Schreibman: Mis-fit

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery

ON VIEW October 31—December 20, 2014

RECEPTION Thursday, October 30, 7:30—9:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Schreibman looks back to iconic American clothing of earlier decades, the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, for inspiration in her own works, using it to directly emboss forms into paper. The simplicity of the fabric is enhanced as each item is pressed, with underlying subtleties arising from the lines of the clothing. The push and pull of each seam, button, zipper and stray thread brings the fabric to life, un-masking a built-in tension that lives within the fabric and clothing designs which then gain new life in the artist’s works.

LECTURE Stephen Hendee: Future Imperfect

LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, Center for the Arts, Room 2032

WHEN Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm

Hendee is a sculptor who builds objects inspired by digital culture, speculative fiction, and architecture. He will be discussing his installation work and its relationship to the subtexts of science fiction. His work has been exhibited at PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, The New Museum, the Sculpture Center, and The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, all NYC. Other national exhibitions include those at the Smart Museum, Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, MO, The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, the Southeaster Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, NC, and Rice University Art Gallery, Houston. He is on faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

GALLERY TALK by MFA candidates Matthew McCormack and Anita M. Schreibman

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery
WHEN Wednesday, November 5th, Noon

The artists will discuss their work on display in the gallery.

LECTURE Clint Jukkala: Paintings

LOCATION Art Lecture Hall, Center for the Arts, Room 2032

WHEN Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:30 pm

Jukkala is a painter whose works float between abstraction and representation. They are created with an intuitive approach, and the artist finds his images through the act of making. He received a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited widely including at Bravin Lee Programs and Feature Inc. in New York, The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, and Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. In 2013, he was awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Jukkala has taught at Yale University where he was the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art and is currently the Chair of Graduate Programs at PAFA—the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts— in Philadelphia.

EXHIBITION Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?

LOCATON Holtzman MFA Gallery

ON VIEW Wednesday, September 10—Saturday, October 18, 2014

RECEPTION Thursday, September 11, 7:30—9:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sculptor and printmaker, Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker received a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green (2000), her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

LECTURE Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?

LOCATION Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the Arts 3042

WHEN Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:30 pm

Booker will be discussing her career and the work in her current exhibition at Towson University. She is an interdisciplinary artist with interests in racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender issues. Booker has exhibited her work extensively throughout the US and the world. Her works are in numerous public collections including: The Studio Museum, Harlem, NYC; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NYC; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, Newark Museum, NJ; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, MO; Bronx Museum of Art, NYC; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL.

EXHIBITION Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition

LOCATION Center for the Arts, Center for the Arts Gallery

ON VIEW Friday, September 12—Saturday, November 1, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, September 11, 7:30—9:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Towson University's Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education presents faculty examples of their recent aesthetic concerns in a broad range of media.


 

 

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