Kate Hooray Osmond (MFAST ’19) named Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year 2017

Kate Hooray Osmond has been named Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

In conjunction with this award, an exhibition of 20 new paintings by Osmond will be on view at the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston. The show, titled “Get Low”, runs through November 10. For more information, click here.

Osmond’s paintings – depictions of industry and coastlines from aerial view – offer a different perspective “from how we usually view our life.” She continues, “we go through life each day and drive on streets that are familiar; when we get to view a bigger picture of that daily experience, things shift inside of us.”

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Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17) selected for Academy 2017 by Connersmith Gallery, Washington D.C.

Academy 2017 is the 17th annual invitational survey of outstanding work by MFA/ BFA students in the Washington/ Baltimore area. This year’s exhibition will be held online while construction takes place on the new Connersmith gallery space at 1013 O St., NW, Washington, DC, in the heart of the Shaw Historic District.

Representing Institutions: American University; The Catholic University of America; Corcoran School of the Arts and Design; George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences; Maryland Institute College of Art; University of Maryland, College Park.

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For more information on the artist, go to damonarhos.com.

“Work it out”: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Caitlin Albritton (MFAST ’18) now on view

In her recent paintings, Caitlin Albritton examines the gym as a stage-like, artificial space where competition, gender issues, body politics, and the propaganda of progress are intensified.

As gym culture continues to grow, the grounds are quickly shifting with regard to gym fashion, body trends, and the commercialization of strength, self-confidence, and happiness. Taking inspiration from trips to her local gym, Albritton is interested in exploring the politics of looking through both male and female gazes

 CUNSTHAUS is housed at Tempus Projects, 4634 N Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33603.

This exhibition will run until Friday, October 6, 2017.

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“Targets and Trophies”: Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17) featured on Matthew Shepard Foundation blog

Damon Arhos reflects on his recent thesis exhibition,  Targets and Trophies,  on MatthewsPlace.com, the official blog of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Through a series of mixed media two and three-dimensional works, Arhos conducted an investigation of gay culture as an ongoing target of discrimination and violence.  ­­­

“As a studio artist, I wanted to emphasize how horrific events often make things better for others — how the tragedy of someone like Shepard (or Harvey Milk, whose portrait I also painted for the exhibition) also creates hope.”

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“Blush”, a two-person exhibit featuring Emily Hoxworth (MFAST ’19), on view at the Mansion at Strathmore

This exhibition traces Hoxworth’s evolution from representation toward abstraction in painting, as well as her new fiber-based sculptural work. Probing internal experiences of sensation and desire and external experiences of movement, Hoxworth explores the human body as a part of nature – a force that’s beyond control or understanding – a fluid force of growth and change.

On view through August 6, 2017.

The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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For more on the artist, please visit emilyhoxworthart.com.

“Picture the Wall”, a solo exhibition by Davin Watne (MFAST ’13), on view in Kansas City

Combining the history of oil painting with the visual language of our contemporary lives, Davin Watne’s “Picture the Wall” is an installation of 38 paintings standing ten feet tall and spanning the width of the gallery.

With the upsurge of images being generated by photojournalists and social media outlets alike, “Picture the Wall” combines appropriated images, plein air observational works, and graphic representations of flags to consider contemporary methods of representing nationhood, history, and contemporary American life.

The installation collages these individual representations into an impassable wall; Watne creates a totalizing image from fragments. The combination of these fragments ultimately draws attention to the reality that each painting is an illusion, or construction, and not a transparent or unbiased viewpoint.

“Picture the Wall” is on view through June 24, 2017 at Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty, Kansas City, MO 64102

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