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McDaniel College hosts solo exhibition by 2012 alumnus Stefon Kelly

A solo exhibition of self-portraits created by alumnus Stefon Kelly '12 is on display in the college's Esther Prangley Rice Gallery.

Week 1 (Stefon Kelly)

“Week 1,” 2017, Digital (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator), 8"x10" by Stefon Kelly '12 

McDaniel College hosts a solo exhibition of self-portraits created by alumnus Stefon Kelly '12.

Week 35 by Stefon Kelly '12

“Week 35,” 2018, Digital (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator), 8"x10" by Stefon Kelly '12

"Stefon Kelly – 52: A Year-Long Self Portrayal Series Exhibition” runs Thursday, Aug. 26-Friday, Oct. 8. An opening reception takes place Thursday, Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Stefon Kelly is a visual storyteller who created a series of self-portraits, one per week for 52 weeks, starting in 2017.

Of the process, Kelly says he utilized “form storming, a process of coming up with ideas, which is the catalyst of my design thinking. For example, if you write down the word ‘eye,’ you associate that work with another, like ‘face,’ then you associate that word with another, like ‘emotion,’ and so on and so forth. With form-storming, one idea leads to the next until you come up with a concept. I then used a wide range of mediums to create likenesses of myself.”

Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Studio Art with a focus in Graphic Design from McDaniel in 2012. In 2018, he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a teaching certificate from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He has worked on numerous graphic design projects ranging from branding and projection mapping to publication and packaging design. Visit his website for more information about him and his work.

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. The Esther Prangley Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Call 410-857-2595 for more information.

Additional information:

  • McDaniel College follows current CDC protocols and recommendations related to COVID-19 and ask that visitors adhere to all policies and regulations in accordance with the latest guidelines. Visit the college’s Return to the Hill (RTTH) webpage for the most up-to-date campus information.
  • Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.