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.
January 31 – April 18, 2020
GALLERY HOURS: TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 11 A.M.-8 P.M.
CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK MARCH 11-22
Free and open to the public
MFA Exhibitions: Rachel horner, Edelweiss Calcagno, italo De Dea
In 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.Entanglementconveys the delicate entanglement we share with the flora and fauna of our biosphere.
In 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.
In 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.
ASTRID BOWLBY: SAMPLE(D)(R)
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 12, 2019
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 LeewayAward 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 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.