From Minister to Painter, R. Benjamin Jones’ Artistic Vision Is Full of Life

Benjamin Jones’ “Old Green” (2008), an acrylic painting on Masonite board, is perhaps best described as a portrait of a truck. The rusty, vintage pickup truck, which is green—thus the title—sits in the grass in front of a brick house and some trees in the photo-realistic painting. The artist has so attended to every detail of the truck that it’s almost as if he has personified it.

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Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Paintings Blend East and West

Yumi Hogan’s massive painting “Untitled 50” (2010), which measures four by 14 feet, leaps off the wall from across the gallery. But upon closer inspection, the sumi ink painting on Korean hanji paper, displays intricate details: mountains, trees, grass, and rocks. The work somehow manages to be both large and small, bold and gentle at the same time.Continue Reading

New Exhibition Celebrates Art of First Lady of Maryland

Yumi Hogan: Cultural Traditions Unbounded

University of Maryland University College Arts Program features works by Korean-born artist and First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan at its upcoming exhibition “Cultural Traditions Unbounded,” May 6 to June 30 in the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Painting Gallery at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, Adelphi, Maryland. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held Wednesday evening, May 8. Continue Reading

Show Opening Feb. 17 Features Top Works by Promising Student Artists

University of Maryland University College Arts Program opens its 2019 exhibition season with the Maryland High School Juried Art Exhibition, the premier visual arts competition for students across the state. The show, featuring works in all mediums, provides students the opportunity to enhance their classroom learning while celebrating their artistic achievement.Continue Reading

Music and Civil Rights Activism Unite Artists Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubré

Floyd Coleman’s dad kept quiet about his son’s whereabouts when two Ku Klux Klan members showed up at his Alabama home in 1960. Coleman, then an Alabama State University student, and his roommate were inspired by the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins and decided to organize their own Jim Crow protests at the university. After the Klansmen left, Coleman’s father phoned him at school.

“Don’t stop your activism. Don’t stop the sit-ins,” Coleman’s father told him. “But don’t come home.”Continue Reading

Rhythmic Impulses: The Art of Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubre

Joint Art Exhibition Features Artist and Mentor

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) celebrates artists Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubre in a joint exhibition on view Sept. 30 through Jan. 20 at the UMUC Arts Program Gallery, lower level, College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Adelphi, Maryland.Continue Reading

Washington Color School Co-founder Gets Posthumous One-man Show at UMUC

Years ago, Eric Key, director of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program, and artist Paul Reed agreed to put on a one-man show of Reed’s work at the university. Key had visited the painter, one of the founders of the Washington Color School, in his Virginia home to discuss the exhibit, and planning for the solo exhibit had begun. Then Reed called to tell Key that, unfortunately, he didn’t have time for the one-man show.Continue Reading

Arts Program Day Trippers Visit ‘Thriving’ Richmond Art Scene

“Richmond has a totally different energy than it did five or six years ago,” said artist Hamilton Glass, who counts about 80 of his murals in the Richmond, Virginia, area. Glass, a Philadelphia native, was standing in the entrance to the new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University where a group of art lovers participating in a daylong University of Maryland University College (UMUC) art trip became the first adult group to tour the new museum, which opened to the public on April 21.Continue Reading

“The Camera and Three Lenses” Exhibit: Exploring New Ways of Seeing

The latest exhibition at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, features the photography of William Anderson, Mignonette Dooley, and Bruce McNeil and presents three unique perspectives on the world through the lenses of these diverse and dynamic photographers, who each have used his or her own life experiences and mastery of the camera to produce images that make viewers think, wonder, and smile.Continue Reading