From 1973 to 2011, Larry Chappelear was an advocate for the Studio Arts program and a beloved mentor to thousands of students.
Today, Chappelear’s work is on display in the Fine Arts Center, permanently exhibited in the building’s lobby, which is now titled the Larry Chappelear Memorial Gallery. Paintings that depict the artist’s unique view of Southern Maryland’s beautiful landscape hang on the walls, serving as inspiration to the students and community members who visit the building for classes, performances, and programs.
Chappelear was instrumental in the founding of the Tony Hungerford Art Gallery. He was a popular professor and helped thousands of students acquire a greater appreciation of the arts. His mentorship made it possible for them to express their own artistry and hone their skills.
Chappelear was missed when he retired from CSM in 2011, and the entire college mourned when he passed away a few short months later. The gallery in the Fine Arts Building represents a memorial to a man who made an impact on so many lives.