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College of Notre Dame Hosts “Compression|Expansion,” an Artscape Off-Site Exhibit

June 27, 2011

BALTIMORE — “Compression|Expansion,” an exhibition of works by local and regional artists that conceptually engage the interrelation between representation and current affairs, will be shown in Gormley Gallery at College of Notre Dame of Maryland starting Saturday, July 9, and running through Saturday, July 30. The exhibit is part of the Artscape off-site visual arts programming. 

An opening reception will take place Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-532-5582 or log onto www.ndm.edu/gormleygallery. 

“Compression|Expansion” will feature the work of Grace Graupe-Pillard, Lou Joseph, Jeffrey Kent, Lisa Moren, and Renee van der Stelt. The exhibit is curated by Geoff Delanoy, director of Gormley Gallery. 

Grace Graupe-Pillard’s mixed-media paintings explore the manipulation of information. In a world where terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and cultural upheaval have dominated the news headlines, these paintings focus on the devastating effect of war and its impact on the civilian population. Ms. Graupe-Pillard has exhibited widely and most recently had a solo exhibit at Brookdale College in Lincroft, NJ. Her work is in the collection of the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, DC.

• The paintings of Lou Joseph are part of the Middle States series which refilters found imagery to examine our psychological and cultural milieu. His latest solo exhibition, “Tent Cities” was at the Upfront Gallery in Durham, NC. 

Lisa Moren’s marbleized paper pieces use contaminated water collected in the Gulf oil spill. She has worked in communities from Berlin, Prague, New York and Baltimore and exhibited broadly, most recently at the Chelsea Art Museum and Viridian Gallery in New York City. She is a J William Fulbright and National Endowment for the Arts recipient.

Renee van der Stelt’s mixed media work combines drawing and sculptural elements with realistic and abstracted forms. The result is imagery that explores the complex relationship between human and natural interactions. Her work has been shown widely including the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC, School 33 and Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Ms. van der Stelt is the recipient of Polock Krasner Foundation and Maryland State Arts Council artist grants. 

• The paintings of Jeffrey Kent “reflect critically on the way mass media is used to convey social agenda.” In 2003 Kent founded Sub-Basement Artist Studios a 12,000 sq. ft. underground, artists' studios and gallery space located in downtown Baltimore (Best Gallery, City Paper 2005). He was awarded Best Visual Artist by Baltimore City Paper 2008 and featured in Baltimore's 2008 Top Ten Artist list by the Examiner. Kent received his Masters in Fine Art from Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art 2010. Mr. Kent is represented by Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore.

Gormley Gallery is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an organization dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, unites of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. ?

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, engages students as confident, capable learners and leaders, thriving in the vibrant, personal community of its distinguished Women’s College, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Notre Dame’s graduates change lives—in their careers, communities and families. On September 9, 2011, the College becomes Notre Dame of Maryland University. Visit www.ndm.edu.