Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

See the work of various local and national artists in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery.

The gallery was established in 2000 in memory of Southern Maryland artist Tony Hungerford, the son of Vincent and Evelyn Hungerford.

The gallery is at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center and is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 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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2019-2020 Schedule of Gallery Exhibits

ClarkWhen Our Rivers Collide

Wesley Clark | September 3 - October 17

Artist Lecture: October 17, 2:45 p.m.

The foundation of the work is to challenge and draw parallels between historical and contemporary cultural issues. My primary focus surrounds blacks in America and the African Diaspora. The targeting of black men and women, gentrification, reparations, and the overall state of the country take center stage as issues at the forefront of our lives today. Objects that are antiques or antiqued are associated with historical relevance and wealth. By placing these issues in an antiqued aesthetic, I am linking the value and relevance in furthering a discussion around a particular issue. Presenting historic and contemporary social and economic disparities drive my conceptual process.

Elmalehthe Lightness and the Dark

Lisa Elmaleh | October 28 - December 12

Artist Lecture: November 5, 3 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Room 173

In 2014, I moved to the rural outskirts of Paw Paw, West Virginia, a town with a population of a little over 500. I moved to a cabin with no running water, and found myself, in a Thoureauian sense, learning how to live more deliberately. I have documented my life here, photographing the people who are present in my life, the land, and life and decay as I find it, using an 8x10 camera. The 8x10 camera is deliberate and slow moving, a representational dance that directly reflects my life.


RessSic Transit Gloria Mundi

Beverly Ress | February 10 - March 19

Artist Lecture: February 11, 3 p.m.
Fine Arts Building

I have been drawing representationally for many years, using found objects, working with colored pencils on Arches paper. I am interested in the observation required for representational drawing: we live in the physical world, and the structures it contains are extraordinary. Drawing is a way to pay attention. 

Once I have drawn something as perfectly representationally as I can, I like letting it go – taking a chance on ruining it, by cutting it using forms found in math and physics, or letting mold grow on it, or letting beetles chew into it, or dropping pools of watercolor onto the surface to see how they physically separate as they dry. That process of ‘letting go’ is tied to the idea of memento mori – ‘remember death’ – and so is important to the work, conceptually.

For 2 summers, I was an informal artist-in-residence in the Birdskin Collection at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, drawing some of the objects in their collection. I became aware of the significant number of science-based specimen collections in the DC area and beyond. They have since become a focus of my drawing.

I have spent, and continue to spend, quite a bit of time drawing specimens at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring. I’ve also spent a few weeks drawing at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, as a Wood Institute Travel Grant recipient.

I love the challenge of drawing representationally – it feels like a puzzle to visually take apart, and then re-create an object. I am also interested in working with the space within the picture plane as a positive, rather than an emptiness, honoring the physical space in which we reside.


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 13 - May 6

Award Presentation: April 28, 2020 Canceled

Important Dates:

April 8 | Works must be submitted by 5 p.m. to a faculty member
April 9 | Jury will select exhibition works
April 10-13 | Works not accepted must be picked up. See a faculty member during this period to confirm whether your work is available for pick up.

Spring 2019 Juried Student Exhibition Prospectus

Untitled CyanotypePaintings 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
Exhibition presented in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, Fine Arts Center, La Plata Campus.


Thanks to Our Artists

"The Yellow School Bus" 14"x11
"The Yellow School Bus" 14"x11

A Gift from Artist Jan Clayton Pagratis

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 thank Ms. Pagratis for her gift and show our appreciation for her work.

 Juniper II, 2004
" Juniper II, 2004" Larry Chappelear

A Gift from the Chappelear Family

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, Mr. Chappelear 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 Mr. Chappelear 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.