“I Love to Hate You”: an exhibition by Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17) at IA&A at Hillyer, Washington DC

Damon Arhos’ installation I Love To Hate You seeks to expose the destructive nature of prejudice using the artist’s identity as a gay American as its frame. What does it mean to concurrently love and hate something? To experience physical and emotional attraction and repulsion at the same time? How is it confusing to be affirmed and reviled? This disorienting state of affairs embodies the three artworks that comprise his installation: The Antidote, Yesterday’s 30, and Trapped.

This exhibition is on view from August 3 – September 2, 2018 with an opening reception from 6 -9 pm on Friday, August 3. An artist talk will take place from 6:30 – 8pm on Wednesday, August 8.

IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Court NW in Washington, DC.

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“Draw it OUT!”: a series of drawing related events organized by MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt taking place at MICA from February 25 to March 8, 2018.

Organized by MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt with MICA’s Director of
Exhibitions, Gerald Ross, Draw it OUT! presents lectures, by Claire Gilman of the
Drawing Center and Kelly Montana from the Menil Drawing Institute, 11 workshops,
and 2 panels that explore the many questions and interdisciplinary approaches
prevalent in contemporary practices. The conceptually based workshops invite
educators, students, and the public to draw in unusual ways. These take place in
the Meyerhoff Gallery on MICA’s campus. At its core, Draw it Out! seems to be
asking, “What is drawing?”; and “What is its significance today?”. Furthermore, and
perhaps most important, “What can it become?”
The exhibition emerges from a series of daily drawing workshops that take place in
MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery from February 25 – March 8, 2018. A closing reception
will take place on March 8 from 5-7 pm.
The following MFAST students and alumni are participating as workshop leaders
and panelists: Leah Cooper (’09), Chas Foster (’12), Natalia Gonzalez (’11), Phil
Hessler (’10), Nicole Lenzi (’07), Bart O’Reilly (’12), Jassie Rios (’11), Rebecca Rivas-
Rogers (’18), and Andrea Sisson (’20).

For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.

“Perennials”: an exhibition curated by Suzy Kopf (MFAST ’16)

Now through March 10, 2018 King Street Gallery at Montgomery College will host “Perennials”, a group exhibition curated by Suzy Kopf. Kopf will be giving a talk on February 8 at 5pm in the auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

In her curatorial statement Kopf writes, “A perennial is broadly defined as a plant that lives for more than two years, but many perennials live much longer than that. They are the survivors of the plant world, spreading out and taking hold wherever they can. Perennials fight to survive, season after season, year after year in a world that might not want them. What can we learn from them?”

Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus is located at 7600 Takoma Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.

For more information, click here.

Artist talk and exhibition by MFAST faculty member, Renee van der Stelt, at Washington College

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4pm, Renee van der Stelt will give an artist talk at the Larabee Studio Art Center at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. This event is part of the 2017-18 Visiting Artist Lecture Series sponsored by the Art + Art History Department.

New drawings and objects for an exhibition entitled “What Lies Beneath” will be shown at China Hutch Projects immediately after the artist talk at 5:30pm. This is a one-day exhibition.

Larabee Studio Art Center is located at 100 Gibson Ave. on the campus of Washington College. China Hutch Projects is located at 211 Philosophers Terrace in Chestertown, MD. For more information please contact Julie Wills: jwills2@washcoll.edu.

Brett Wallace (MFAST ’19) on panel “The Artist as Culture Producer” at Georgetown University

Editor Sharon Louden will conduct a panel with artist-contributors Zoe Charlton & Chris Doud, Brett Wallace (MFAST ’19), Jayme McLellan, and B.G. Muhn centered around issues and models that come from Louden’s latest book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a collection of essays by 45 visual artists.

All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others.

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:00pm at Georgetown University, Copley Hall, 3700 O St NW, Washington DC 20057.

For more info, click here.

Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12): Guest Artist Lecture at McDaniel College

On Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. Bart O’Reilly will give an artist lecture at McDaniel College. The event will be held in in Peterson Hall, Room 104.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster, MD 21157.

“My work is concerned with the actions of time, light and human activity on places and their objects,” says O’Reilly.  “Within this framework I try to open a space for imaginary and poetic intervention.  Using physical objects or specific places I explore their history and materiality.  A claim to truly know or understand seems at best arrogant and at worst extremely dangerous.  I try to explore the slippage between what we perceive and what we claim to know.”

For more information, please click here.

Jason M. Stewart (’16) Solo Exhibition “Negotiations of Space” at The Monmouth Museum

Through the physical act of painting, Stewart creates a place that attempts to be familiar, yet will always be distant and beyond reality. His process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen, experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, places of personal significance and transience are examined. These studies are abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way that honors the locale while becoming something new. Schematic drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory; memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts. The abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.

An opening reception will take place on June 2, 2017 at 6pm followed by a gallery talk with the artist on Wednesday, June 21st from 7 – 8 pm.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

For more information on the artist, visit http://www.jasonmstewart.net/.