Faculty Art Exhibition features a variety of works

October 09, 2012

Current McDaniel Art and Art History faculty members display a variety of works in the sixth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition, Oct. 23-Nov. 9, in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.

For more information and gallery hours, call 410-857-2595. The exhibition is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23 with an artists’ talk starting at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the range and depth of works by select McDaniel faculty members. About the importance of this particular exhibition, associate professor and department chair Gretchen McKay said, “All of the faculty in Art and Art History create art. It's important that the students know this – whether we are art historians or artists – the practice of making art is important to understanding art, from either disciplinary perspective. We also emphasize the importance of work ethic to our Studio Art majors. It is important that we model consistent work in our fields, as our studio artists do on a consistent basis all around the country. This biennial show at McDaniel helps our students see work that our professors have in some cases exhibited all across the country.”

Faculty exhibiting include Susan Ruddick Bloom of Westminster, Md.; Walter P. Calahan of Westminster, Md.; Steven Pearson of Westminster, Md.; Susan Scott of Hanover, Pa.; Katya Dovgan Mychajlyshyn of Manchester, Md.; Ken Hankins of Hampstead, Md., and Linda Van Hart of Union Bridge, Md.

Professor Susan Ruddick Bloom and adjunct lecturer Walter P. Calahan are exhibiting photographs in the exhibition. Bloom’s photos (Camellia, below) are digitally manipulated.

“I often employ many layers of complexity,” she said. “I've been really going to town, so-to-speak, with images I'm manipulating on my iPhone and iPad.”

About his work in the exhibition, associate professor Steven Pearson said, “I will be exhibiting some new paintings that explore the way we receive, store and utilize information. These paintings derive from one original source that has been traced and retraced, reorganized and reconfigured through a series of about seven paintings so far.”

Associate professor Susan Scott focuses on Asian style watercolors and will showcase hanging scrolls while senior lecturer Katya Dovgan Mychajlyshyn displays portraits and sculpture (Cheryl, below).

Works exhibited by adjunct lecturer Ken Hankins are comprised of methods learned at a clay workshop that he attended over the summer (below). He has begun experimenting with various glazing techniques with his functional high fire stoneware. He said, “I am throwing with more movement in the sides of pots or, as potters say, ‘gesture.’ I am getting the shapes to have some variety in the surfaces, which also affects the breaking of the glazes. I am trying some new glazes to change my color palette to some more matte colors and, on some of these pots, I am trying a new idea in decorating the handles.”

Showcasing several unique pieces of jewelry and sculpture, lecturer Linda Van Hart has been influenced by a variety of sources. “As a botanical portrait artist, Spanish Moss hanging from a Harry Lauder Walking Stick bush in Old Town Savannah inspired experimentation with reticulation in combination with random granulation and forging and a new series of body adornment was born,” she remarked. “Each work is one of a kind and includes a variety of Akoya and other pearls in natural tones.”

She added, “Another piece, ‘Heart Shields,’ is a ‘cousin’ of my ‘Heart Armor’ series. I filled two milkweed pod silver shapes as a friend told how the love of his life walked out of it and ‘Heart Armor’ was born. ‘Heart Shields,’ like any shield used in battle, is a talisman for those overcoming or avoiding tragedy.”