Like many young adults, art major Shoshanna Chito is looking forward to the next chapter in her life and “yearning for something better.” That feeling of yearning was behind her etching in the juried student art exhibition on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. “I am trying to develop my style—and find myself in artwork.”
“You may be surprised at a two-year college that students get to this level of self-expression and polish.”
Chito’s etching is just one of 230 pieces of art in the juried show now on display in the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. The show includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, prints, graphic designs, fiber, and digital arts; it is on display through September 1.
“I hope visitors will appreciate the diversity of expression. The show has a wide variety from the weird and abstract to the realistic,” says Megan Van Wagoner, chair of the visual and performing arts department. She encourages visitors to stop by the gallery. “You may be surprised at a two-year college that students get to this level of self-expression and polish.”
Alfonso (Fonz) Vicencio’s wire sculpture is one of the first pieces visitor see when they enter the gallery and one of three in the show. Inspired in part by renowned artist Willem de Kooning, who sometimes worked wearing gloves, Vicencio made the piece out of rebar wire wearing socks on his hands. The idea for the piece came in part from his astronomy class and what might happen to someone tossed into a black hole.
Fellow student artist Kelly Jacobs has two ceramics pieces in the show. She says she has been making art since she was a child and plans to study art therapy next because, she says, “art is therapy.” Indeed, Jacobs says one of her pieces in the show was a “personal expressions of things I had been going through.” Jacobs made the head dark and muted with closed eyes, representing anxiety and depression. The base, or neck, is much brighter, representing the support of her family. Her grandfather was Polish and the design incorporates some elements of traditional Polish folk art.
Ken Ha is just finishing his freshman year. He has always been surrounded by creative artists—his mother is a tailor and his father a furniture maker. In Vietnam, the family lived above a glass blowing factory where his father made glass jewelry and sculptures. Ha says he is also inspired by fashion and in particular by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten and his use of color. The piece shown here (one of his three in the show) was made from paper, painted on two sides, made glossy, and then hand cut to resemble a bouquet of flowers or coral.
Ha says, “The Montgomery College community is friendly and has lots of talent. People may underestimate students here. We have the same ambition, knowledge, and talent as students everywhere.”
The King Street Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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