The Holtzman MFA Gallery in the Center for the Arts focuses on thesis exhibitions and new work by graduate students, invited students and guests from other institutions.
The Holtzman MFA gallery serves as a catalyst for creating dialog in the classroom and the community. It is located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Rachel Horner: Entanglement
Horner explores the interconnection and complexity of our climate crisis, employing saturated hues and abstracted imagery to investigate nature’s immense resilience and simultaneous fragility. Entanglement conveys the delicate entanglement we share with the flora and fauna of our biosphere.
Edelweiss Calcagno: Y?
Calcagno explores abstraction through a variety of media to shed light on abuse survivors. Multiple perspectives and layering represent the changes in those who experience abuse, ADHD, PTSD, dyslexia and other disabilities that are a normal consequence of trauma.
Italo De Dea: Limits of Empathy
De Dea composes warm, monochromatic ink drawing installations of landscapes, urban areas, fauna, flora and figures, contrasting the socioeconomics of the northern and southeastern regions of Brazil from historic books, utilizing various media and field research to create an open narrative.
Bowlby makes drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. For her TU exhibition, she presented an on-going project in which she makes pairs of objects. The materials for each pair vary widely and the objects themselves have various names: painting, drawing, sculpture, pillow, picture frame, poster, photograph, vase of flowers. While each object in a pair is very similar to the other, they are not precisely the same. There is no original, really. They are samples of each other.
Bowlby has received three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships for works on paper and sculpture/installation as well as a Leeway Award for Excellence and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues across the United States and her work is in numerous collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the New York Public Library; and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, NJ. Bowlby recently completed a 700 square-foot mural for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. She is represented by Gallery Joe, Philadelphia and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston.
In the summer of 2019, the Holtzman MFA Gallery hosted a unique exhibition of works created by at-risk youth seeking to convey our common humanity and to build community connections. The exhibition was a partnership with The Children’s Home, Inc. (TCH).
This exhibition is an opportunity to build connections between the TCH youth and the community through art and design,” remarked Kimberly Hopkins, Curator and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at TU, who led workshops with TCH youth, resulting in the showcase.
The exhibition features posters on the subject “What would you like to share about yourself with the community?” as well as a painted car hood from a workshop led by artists Michael Whitehead and Aaron Maybin.
misperception was generously supported in part by a Towson University Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) Grant, BTU, The Children’s Home, Inc., TU College of Fine Arts and Communication, and TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education.