It’s an understatement to say that Jon West-Bey, who joined UMUC in March as Arts Program Curator, is a renaissance man.
It was barely an hour past the crack of dawn on June 11, when a bus full of art lovers left the parking lot in Adelphi, Maryland, on a day-long excursion to Newark, New Jersey.
Every artist has a unique style and narrative and embeds personal symbols in his or her work. The exhibit currently on display at the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, and curated by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program Director Eric Key serves as testimonial.
UMUC Arts Program Director Eric Key hopes that when viewers walk through the exhibit Plurality: The Conceptual Art of Akemi Maegawa, they’ll do so with an open mind.
The Creative Genius of Raoul Middleman on View at UMUC
It began with a phone call that Eric Key, the director of the UMUC Arts Program, received three years ago. The arts patron on the other end of the line, an avid supporter of Maryland artists, wanted to tell Key about a painter named Raoul Middleman.
Art Lovers Mingle with Artists in Their Studios
After a foray to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two years ago and to Brooklyn, New York, last year, the destination for the third annual UMUC daylong art trip was south of the Mason-Dixon line. The Arts Program took a few dozen art lovers and supporters on a 15-hour excursion to museums and artists’ studios in the Virginia tidewater region.
A Day of Discovery
June 7 was a memorable day for art lovers. Some 38 art enthusiasts traveled by bus to Brooklyn on a trip sponsored by the Arts Program at UMUC. The journey began shortly after sunrise at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard in Adelphi. From the time we boarded the bus until we returned safely that evening, art was the topic of the day.
Exhibit Demonstrates the Artistry Possible in Water Media
The old red REO pictured in UMUC’s Arts Program Gallery must have been one sweet ride in its heyday. In the skilled hands of the artist who painted it, the REO remains unsentimentally magnificent—and captured the grand award in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society and hosted by UMUC.
Printmaking: Faculty Art Invitational
This annual exhibition celebrates the talents of UMUC and University System of Maryland faculty members and teaching artists, along with special guest artists.