Pop-Up Exhibition “Windy Ridge: A Collaboration Series I” featuring new work by MFAST faculty and alumni

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 the first of an annual fall weekend pop-up event called “Windy Ridge: A Collaboration Series I” will take place at the studio of Matthew McConville and MFAST faculty member Renee van der Stelt.

This one-day event will include recent paintings, drawings, poetry and installations by Matthew McConville, Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12), Jassie Rios (MFAST ‘11) and Renee van der Stelt.

Please email Anna Skarbek at askarbek@mica.edu for more details.

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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/.

 

“Open Plan”: Todd Keyser’s (MFAST ’11) Solo Exhibition at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia

Todd Keyser’s use of constructed pictorial space maximizes the expressive potential found within both the self-imposed limitations chosen by the artist and the inherent constraints of working on a rectangular canvas. With his compositions rigorously decided, Keyser finds openness through engagement with the edge of the canvas and the physical space beyond the image. He says that the “intent [of his compositions]…is to suggest that more could be added to each painting…that the space beyond the painting can continue.”

His use of paint treatment, texture, and color vary from painting to painting, but occur within repeating, predetermined geometric structures. Through Keyser’s range of related versions, the viewer is reminded of the richness which can be experienced through variations on a theme which occur frequently in the world of music and, in the visual arts, that harken to Josef Albers’ chromatic painting series: “Homage to the Square.”

Open Plan will be on view from May 3 – 26, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 5 – 7 pm.

Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S. Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-665-8138
http://www.grossmccleaf.com
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 – 5

“Is it Just Me?”: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Clough (MFAST ’17) at MICA’s Gateway Gallery

“These paintings are rooted in graphology and semiotics, and begin as mere words. The form the text assumes responds to the content of the phrase; sometimes it is measured and precise, sometimes it’s scrawled and imperfect. They are meant to be seen in sunlight, under ultraviolet light. These works allow the viewers to control their experience: what is illuminated, what is unearthed, what remains buried or unexamined. This experiential series demonstrates the subjectivity of perception, the impossibility of a shared and common vision, and the deficiencies of language – its potential for vacuity, arbitrariness, and incomprehensibility.”  -Sarah Clough

Opening on Friday, March 24, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, and on view through April 13, 2017

Gateway Building, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore MD 21217

For more on the artist, visit www.sarahclough.com