Lesa Cook’s terra cotta sculpture “Bacchus as Uninvited Houseguest” (2015) comes as advertised. Naked per custom, the Roman god of wine lies on a couch. A laurel wreath and grapes adorn his head. He holds a cup in his hand; his gut is appropriately proportioned for the patron saint of gluttony. The mustachioed figure resembles a familiar uncle, not a denizen of Olympus.
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program has announced the winners of its third Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (BMRE), which opens to the public September 18, runs to December 31, and features works by new and emerging artists from throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.
It’s an understatement to say that Jon West-Bey, who joined UMUC in March as Arts Program Curator, is a renaissance man.
It was barely an hour past the crack of dawn on June 11, when a bus full of art lovers left the parking lot in Adelphi, Maryland, on a day-long excursion to Newark, New Jersey.
Every artist has a unique style and narrative and embeds personal symbols in his or her work. The exhibit currently on display at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, and curated by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program Director Eric Key serves as testimonial.
UMUC Arts Program Director Eric Key hopes that when viewers walk through the exhibit Plurality: The Conceptual Art of Akemi Maegawa, they’ll do so with an open mind.
The Creative Genius of Raoul Middleman on View at UMUC
It began with a phone call that Eric Key, the director of the UMUC Arts Program, received three years ago. The arts patron on the other end of the line, an avid supporter of Maryland artists, wanted to tell Key about a painter named Raoul Middleman.
Art Lovers Mingle with Artists in Their Studios
After a foray to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two years ago and to Brooklyn, New York, last year, the destination for the third annual UMUC daylong art trip was south of the Mason-Dixon line. The Arts Program took a few dozen art lovers and supporters on a 15-hour excursion to museums and artists’ studios in the Virginia tidewater region.
A Day of Discovery
June 7 was a memorable day for art lovers. Some 38 art enthusiasts traveled by bus to Brooklyn on a trip sponsored by the Arts Program at UMUC. The journey began shortly after sunrise at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard in Adelphi. From the time we boarded the bus until we returned safely that evening, art was the topic of the day.