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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: 2 - 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday:
12 - 5 p.m.
and one (1) hour prior to each performance

Hours vary during summer months

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accessibility icon 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.

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

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.

Please watch this page for the exhibit updates, or join our e-news mailing list for information to be delivered directly to your e-mailbox.

2013-2014 Schedule of Gallery Exhibits


Exit Number Six

September 6 – October 4

Gallery Talk and Reception:  September 24  |  12 p.m.

Chris Kienke

Chris Kienke believes the core of a visual artist’s work is an investigation into the subject matter that allows the artist to develop content regardless of style. “Style” occurs when an artist’s language becomes predictable. This is inevitable to some extent because artists’ personalities, the filters of their expression, are particular, limited, and conditioned. Style, for both artist and viewer, can be very comfortable and reassuring, but ultimately confining.

His current explorations are a hybrid of painting and digital imagery referencing a wide-range of topics from violence and racism to sexuality and tele-visual imagery. By using fixed images of the tele-visual display, he allows the pixel to be used as an expression of the mechanical language, allowing for a pause and a longer look at the image. The work contains sexual tension, a sensation of fear, a dose of paranoia, it hints at naughtiness, reminds of risk taking, implies escapism, alludes to a subversion of authority, contains a flirtation with danger, and reminds us of consequences for our choices.

In the development of each body of work, it is essential for Kienke to continue exploring new concepts, forms and methodologies. Choices about media and material matter not solely because a particular medium may be best suited for communicating an idea or presenting a point of view but because media and material are bound together with language and meaning.




October 10 – November 15

Gallery Talk and Reception: October 10  |  12 p.m.

Ching Ching Cheng

Putting herself in the situation to make the subject matter more personal, Ching Ching Cheng’s work gives an intimate and personal account of her own experiences, while simultaneously encouraging the viewer to recall their own. Her work is symbolic and conceptual. Cheng presents subject matter outside the self, constantly trying to replace the figures in her paintings with images that represent the idea of the figure, an object or an animal that takes on the persona of what the figure represents. This intimate gesture allows for a personal connection to be forged by the viewer with the work. Ultimately, there is no definitive subject, but only a meditation on personal experience and emotion. The subject matter that influences and inspires Cheng’s work the most comes from psychology and nature. The ways people deal with situations are very different from one another, and she finds this very special and interesting. Most of Cheng’s work is mixed media using ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. She works digitally and traditionally as well as three dimensionally, and likes to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The color of her work is very subtle and quiet.



PAHO MANN:  Collections

November 22 – January 10

Gallery Talk and Reception:  December 3  |  12 p.m.

Paho Mann

While Paho Mann was working on the Phoenix Recycling Project (Fall 2007-Fall 2008), environmental awareness hit a new high in social and political dialogs. For Mann this awareness took two major forms: first, that the current rate of consumption of resources is unsuitable, posing a global environmental threat, and second, that this same consumption pattern has weakened the world economy. Central to his understanding of this project is how looking at what we own and consume reveals something about our identity and culture. It is this examination that underlines the importance of making thoughtful choices in what we do with these objects.

To create the images in this exhibit, Mann made nearly 6000 photographs of individual recyclables at a solid waste transfer and material recovery station in Phoenix, Arizona. By sampling a relatively small amount of waste (5824 objects from an excess of 100,000 tons of recycling processed in Phoenix each year) and further narrowing the selection with keywords, consumer choices become more specific. The resulting images attempt to show particular objects, not the abstract understanding of the hundreds of millions of tons of waste created in the United States each year.

The photographs were then entered into a database and given keywords from categories including material, color, and use. The database was then used to create an interactive website ( as well as prints. The prints are displayed as grids with accompanying image overlays  created by stacking and averaging the color and tone of all the individual photographs from each group. The website allows users to sort through all of the photographs made at the transfer station using the same database that Mann used to make the prints.


Colleen RudolfDYSTOPIAS

(Curated By Yikui Gu)

Featuring the artwork of Yikui Gu, Colleen Rudolf,  and Pete Zebley

January 17 – March 14

Gallery Talk and Reception:  February 4  |  12 p.m.

Arthur Danto, the New York art critic, has referred to the contemporary art world as a “Pluralism,” a world in which, with qualification, anything goes. This is a world where photo-realistic paintings may stand next to abstract expressionist works, or interactive installation may be adjacent to works of political satire.

As artists, this is what we have inherited. A world without clearly defined hierarchies, artistic movements, or prevailing trends. Without the need to adhere to particular schools of thought, we have been liberated to process the experiences around us, and synthesize that with our own inner experiences. This has resulted in a fragmented view of the world, creating and highlighting the dysfunctions both without and within. We have created our own perfect little dystopias.



March 28 – May 2

Gallery Talk and Reception:  April 15  |  12 p.m.

Click here for the 2014 application and prospectus

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 2014 Annual Juried Student Show takes place March 28-May 2, with a Gallery Talk, awards presentation, and reception on Tuesday, April 15 at 12 p.m.


Submissions for Gallery Exhibition

The College of Southern Maryland is currently accepting proposals for solo and small group exhibitions for the 2015-16 academic calendar. All media will be considered. A modest honorarium will be offered for travel, shipping costs, speaking fees, etc. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery is a facility that serves the college and local communities. The artists and curators selected for exhibition are invited to attend a reception and give a presentation about the work.

Submission deadline is January 31, 2014.


Entry Requirements:

  • Completed Entry Form click here for the entry form (Includes floor plan)
  • Exhibition Proposals
  • Works list
  • CD/DVD: Fifteen to twenty images or video samples. Images must be representative of the type of work that will be included in the exhibition. Images should be consolidated into a single PDF.
  • Artist statement
  • CV that includes your exhibition record

mailing address:
College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., PO Box 910, La Plata, MD, 20646-0910, Attn: Katherine Sifers, The Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery Submissions

Submission deadline is January 31, 2014.

Acceptance emails and letters will be sent by March 31, 2014


Thanks to Our Artists

A Gift from Artist Jan Clayton Pagratis

gift from artist Jan Clayton PagratisArtist 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.

A Gift from the Chappelear Family

painting by Larry Chappelear 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.