Applied design seniors display artworks
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - Seniors in the Department of Fine Arts graduating May 17 with a bachelor’s degree in applied design appropriately named their show that opens in the Mosely Gallery May 3, from 4-6 p.m., “NINE.” The works are as varied as the nine artists.
|From left: Esther Simplice, Christopher Padmore, Lauren Ritter, Chikizie Onyenekwu, Shannon Hampton, Ikenna Umeh, Mia Bland and Cameron Jones. Summer Leverette is not pictured. (Photo by Lauren Ritter)
“The artworks on display include a series of oil and watercolor paintings, as well as silver gelatin and digital photographic prints. The artists portray a range of subject matter which includes classic, urban representational and abstract figures. Other artworks on display document human and ecological evolution on the Eastern Shore,” said Solomon Isekeije, assistant professor, Department of Fine Arts.
The students display pieces in various concentrations within the applied design program, said Isekeije.
Graphic illustrators exhibiting include: Cameron Jones, Baltimore; Christopher Padmore, Mardela Springs; Shannon Hampton, Columbia, Md.; and Chikieze Onyenekwu, Prince George’s County. Mia Bland, Baltimore; Lauren Ritter, Chincoteague; Ester Simplice and Summer Leverette, both of Salisbury, have a commercial photography concentration. Ikenna Umeh, Laurel, Md., is a sequential artist, someone who specializes in the kind of drawings that tell stories, such as comic books.
Isekeije, who is the instructor for the senior seminar, said the artists have worked “tirelessly through the semester” developing strong portfolios and writing proposals to local businesses to be settings for student art shows to fulfill service learning requirements.
A self-help attitude is essential to developing a career in the arts, Isekeije said. “We want to make sure that our students are self-sufficient after graduation to prepare them for whatever career path they choose to pursue.”
Jones, Padmore, Simplice, Onyenekwu and Umeh arranged an art show April 19 at Get’N Grounded in Princess Anne. Bland and Ritter were offered exhibit space and an artist reception May 3 at the new Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street in Ocean City, Md. Leverette and Hampton will be featured in an exhibit May 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Evolution Craft Brewing Company in Salisbury.
The young artists will “transform the local establishment into a classic exhibit space for one night,” Isekeije said. Fine arts, food and music will be the order of the evening. Isekeije encourages the campus community to come out and support the students.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580