UMES’ Mosely Gallery Celebrates Black History Month
By Dr. Anke VanWagenberg, Mosely Gallery director and an instructor of art history at UMES
“Points of Juxtaposition: A Gathering of Eight African-American Artists,” an exhibit featuring the works of area artists Tony Burton, Seldon Dix, Alex Gamble, Patrick Henry, Kennie Jones, Michael Morris, Ernie Satchell and Carl Williams will be on display in the Mosely Gallery of Art at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, February 1-26. An artist reception takes place on Thursday, February 18, from 5-7 p.m., as part of the university’s Homecoming Week festivities.
This exhibition reflects a culmination of over 250 years of experiences and insightful excursions into creative points of view. It is a coming together of eight African-American artists from the Eastern Shore that find inspiration from life in America and from an older African consciousness.
In an exhibition such as this, it is often difficult to find a certain connection that unifies the whole, but it is nonetheless present. The exhibit is visually unified by elements of color, pattern, rhythm and a definite sense of spiritual awareness. These eight artists have drawn on their own unique art styles to depict the social ills, beauty, history and place of African-Americans in this country using their brushes, camera lenses and computers. Works on display include oils, watercolors, prints, mixed media, photography, sculpture and ceramics.
The show is made possible with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council, the Somerset County Arts Council and Delmarva Power. The artist reception is sponsored by The Links Incorporated, Princess Anne Chapter.
The Mosely Gallery, located in the Arts and Technology Center on the UMES campus, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class tours are by appointment. For more information, call 410-651-7770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.umes.edu/mosely/.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, email@example.com.