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McDaniel College Art and Art History Honors Exhibition

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents its annual Honors Art Exhibition March 5 through March 27 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  An artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 5, with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.  This year’s show, titled “Paraphernalia of Human Experiences,” will feature work by McDaniel students Lauren Baughan, Lauren Beckjord, Sheila Evans, and Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis.

Of her work, Lauren Baughan says, “In nature, there are many smaller elements and details that tend to be overlooked.  Each of my pieces is focused on showcasing these details.”

Mushrooms are an important aspect of Lauren Beckjord’s artwork.  “It’s hard to describe what fungi are, and even harder to comprehend the massive role that they play in human life and history.  In my work, I use both new and traditional media to explore this relationship, drawing comparisons between man and mushroom and emphasizing the similarities between us.”

“From my perspective, it seems that the culture surrounding social media causes people to treat identity like it’s a form of performance,” asserts Sheila Evans.  “A lot of people post about their own lives on social media, either to share or to seem more accessible or relatable to their followers.  However, whether intentionally or not, a lot of times people will only share appealing parts of their life, or purposefully share aspects to make them look better to their followers.  The action of posting on social media blurs the lines between identity and performance, and I like to explore this concept with my art.”

Yacobucci Lapaitis focuses on liminality, or the space between the seen and the unseen, in her work.  “Liminality is constantly approaching the asymptote of existence but never quite reaching it,” she says.  “Society tends to fear and reject this infinite decimal of possibility, but some learn to accept it and embrace it.  In my recent work, I explore this concept through impactful current events that also hold some kind of global.  Liminality is present in all and in nothing, which allows my work to continue to evolve infinitely.”

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.