College of Southern Maryland
Fine Arts Center Box Office
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
240-725-5499, ext. 7828
443-550-6199, ext. 7828
301-870-2309, ext. 7828
Box Office Hours:
Monday & Friday: hours vary
Tuesday-Thursday: 12 - 5 p.m.
and one (1) hour prior to each performance
Hours vary during summer months
Checks payable to CSM
CSM's campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advanced notice. If you are interested in these services, please contact the academic support or ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614.
The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery exhibits CSM’s art by various local and national artists. It was established in 2000 in memory of Southern Maryland artist Tony Hungerford, son of Vincent and Evelyn Hungerford.
The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is located at the La Plata Campus, Fine Art Center and is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828 to arrange for other hours if necessary. Gallery Talks are usually held on Tuesday afternoons and are free and open to the public.
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September 8 – October 3
Gallery Talk and Reception: September 16 | 12 p.m.
Sean Hennessey began this work with the desire to add video and lighting to a series of mixed media artwork based on the writings of Lewis Carroll. Working with the stories of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, he began to explore the relationship of the text and the ideas to his own personal method of storytelling and visual language. Hennessey brainstormed ideas as he read and reread the text focusing on particular imagery and ideas that popped into his mind. The pieces come from this planning and sketching but adapt to the process of the layout of elements and glass techniques. As he makes his molds, casts the glass, paints objects, adds concrete, and plans and films videos, he lets happenstance and expression shape the direction of the piece. For the sake of unity, he deliberately maintains a consistent palette and overall aesthetic of the series.
Hennessey wanted to tell the story of Alice using his own feelings of the importance of ideas and interpretations. The "Drink Me" potion becomes an idea about transformation and metamorphosis. A means of growth that one takes upon themself, even when the potion bottle seems foreboding. The "Mad Tea Party" is about a fight with the entity of Time resulting in the punishment of having to continuously relive teatime, imagined as the never-ending stream of tea pouring into the cup captured in video. The meeting of Alice and the Unicorn represented to him the power of belief and the importance of imagination. What realities do we see in the cloud formations that we stare at in wonder?
The mixed and multimedia approach adds a visceral reaction while also maintaining the dreamlike magic and wonder evident in the books.
October 13 – November 07
Gallery Talk and Reception: October 14 | 12 p.m.
In her still life photographs, Katherine Sifers employs vanitas and memento mori conventions because they are long established motifs for communicating a reminder to the viewer of the impermanence of life and the futility of excessive consumption in the material world. She is drawn to the still life motif for its paradoxical ability to express these complex ideas succinctly and ambiguously through the use of common objects, communicating meaning assigned to them both by popular culture and by personal association. Sifers works within these established ideas to create images that are both an investigation and critique of our use and misuse of objects and also to suggest that our society’s interaction with these objects could shift to a more contemplative relationship.
November 17 – December 20
Gallery Talk and Reception: TBA
Kathryn Myers' paintings from the past two decades have grown out of a sustained engagement in the art, culture, and religious traditions of India. Through depictions of both sacred and secular spaces, some portrayed as she found them but most assembled through an accumulation of information, the spaces she is drawn to are thick with evidence of history and presence.
Layers of eroded color, graffiti, torn fragments of notices, and odd bits of ephemera are both silent and active witnesses of lives lived, remembered, and anticipated. A visual cacophony of architectural structures and details overlay and collide, evoking an organic and artificial sense of growth and mutation, perseverance and competition for space, air and light against what seems at times immensely challenging odds. The presence of figure in the midst of these structures activates the space with an ambiguous and often forlorn presence.
Though still highly experimental and a new addition to her creative work, video has become an integral way for Myers to explore and convey audio and visual responses to India, particularly the architecture and activities found in and around sacred spaces.
January 26 – March 20
Gallery Talk and Reception: TBA
Erin Wiersma’s current work explores what exists beyond the edges of the surface, beyond the image itself. In these new drawings she seeks to address the liminal within her work to reconnect with the performance of making, seeking a confluence between the spiritual and material aspects of being. In doing so, she cultivates a sense of mutual seeing and revelation in the process of creating. That is, as she creates she sees the work, it also sees her and reveals both itself and herself to her in an intuitive process that embodies the act or performance of drawing. As we make our lives, they also are forming us. So as she creates these works, the pieces reveal themselves to her and thus form her. In her words, “What intrigues me in the notion of looking is this gaze, this emotive interaction, between me and the work, the work and the viewer, the viewer and me.”
In a sense, these new pieces find her traveling to works within works. Here her focus reveals micro over macro, precise, and minutely drawn details that form emotive, labyrinthine maps of a sort. They could be the rings of an old, exotic, otherworldly tree, or geographies of other dimensions. These pieces map unconscious territories. If her earlier works sought to go beyond normal time, everyday experience of time/space, these go within and beneath time into microseconds, into eternities within each moment. The results are pieces that could be perceived as ganglions of tiny alien veins and capillaries or other micro organic systems, mapping explicit gestures and patterns. They may also be perceived as minute diagrams of synapses or of the myriad of complex activity going on constantly in the universe and within us.
Author: Thomas Bell, Associate Professor - Kansas State University
April 8 – May 4
Gallery Talk and Reception: TBA
Paintings in broad brush strokes, photos in captivating focus, and sculptures molded with playfulness are among the types of artwork showcased each spring as part of the College of Southern Maryland Annual Juried Student Art Show presented in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center, La Plata Campus. The 2015 Annual Juried Student Show takes place April 8-May 4, with a Gallery Talk, awards presentation, and reception to be announced.
Artist Jan Clayton Pagratis has made a gift to CSM of one of the paintings from her show: "The Yellow School Bus" 14"x11" Encaustic, Pencil Shavings, Rusty Metal and Wood, on Canvas.
Ms. Pagratis expressed her warm gratitude for the opportunity to show her work at CSM and a special appreciation for the interest expressed by the students. The painting she donated relates to students, and education in particular, and she felt CSM to be an appropriate home for the painting. CSM, the Division of Communication, Arts and Humanities and the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery would like to say thank you to Ms. Pagratis for her gift and show our appreciation for her work.
The family of painter and avid sportsman Professor Larry Chappelear, has made a wonderful gift to CSM of one of his abstract paintings, Juniper II, 2004, mixed media on panel, now hanging in the FA Theatre Lobby. From 1973 to his retirement in 2011, Larry was an advocate and coordinator for the Studio Arts program, promoted exhibits of visiting artists that led to the founding of the Tony Hungerford Art Gallery, became a popular professor who helped thousands of students acquire a greater appreciation of the arts and more skill in expressing their own artistry, and married potter and fellow faculty member Susan Chappelear. We missed Larry when he retired from the college family and came to miss him even more when he passed away in the early months of his retirement. Juniper II, is all the more treasured as an addition to the college's art collection; for his work will serve as a lasting memory of his contributions to the college and his skill and creativity as a painter.