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Master’s alumna to exhibit new work in solo exhibition

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October 15, 2013

Baltimore artist Cara Ober exhibits new work in a solo exhibition, “Translation: New Works by Cara Ober,” running Oct. 22-Nov. 15, with an opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. and artist talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall.

In her work, Ober layers drawing, painting and printmaking into mixed media works that reinterpret sentimental imagery. Working in series, she combines culturally mediated imagery from children’s schoolbooks, home décor, historical texts and greeting cards to explore notions of authenticity, appropriation, personal identity and vocabulary.

“My work exploits a range of opposites,” said Ober. “I combine unrelated images and text to form layers of (mis)understanding, reinterpreting sentimental imagery through layers of drawing, painting and printmaking. I employ a collage aesthetic in all my work, although my materials include paint on canvas, collage of paper, gold leaf and a variety of drawing media.”

She added, “In my most current series of paintings, I have chosen to focus exclusively on the patterns I have collected over many years in order to investigate their power. Rendered in a simple palette of black, white and metallic paint, these ornamental embellishments are divorced from their original context and take on an iconic, totemic presence.”

Cara Ober is a fixture on the Baltimore art scene with her award-winning local art blog BmoreArt. Originally from Westminster, Md., she received a master’s degree from McDaniel College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from American University. She was the recipient of a 2006 Maryland Individual Artist Grant for painting and took second prize in the 2007 Bethesda, Md., Painting Awards. She was awarded the Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006 and a Best in Show award in the Juried Painting Exhibit at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Va., in 2006. More information about Cara Ober can be found at

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.