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Date: February 18, 2005

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Montgomery College Hosts Second National Drawing Exhibition
‘Drawing National 2’ Runs February 21-March 11 at Rockville Campus

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Montgomery College will showcase the work of 40 artists from around the nation in its new art exhibit, “Drawing National 2,” which runs from February 21-March 11 at the Rockville Campus Art Gallery, located in the Paul Peck Art Building, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  “Drawing National 2” opens with a reception on Monday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

“Drawing National 2” marks the second time that the Rockville Campus Art Gallery has held a juried drawing exhibit, with the first held in 2001.  The exhibit features one work from each of the chosen artists.  The drawings cover a wide range of thinking, styles, and media.

“My intention is to give our students a broader understanding of what drawing can be, of how artists use drawing media to varied ends, and also to give insight into the arena of juried art exhibitions,” explains Sarah Stecher, exhibit curator and Montgomery College associate professor of art.  “I want to expose students to the process an artist goes through to get into a juried show and the professional quality of work expected by galleries.”

Stecher finds the works in the show exciting.  They were selected for their powerful content, execution, or working process.  Additionally, Stecher chose drawings that she herself wanted to see, ones that inspired multiple viewings. 

“It so happens that selecting that way also provides a great experience for the students because it is not limiting in subject or style,” continues Stecher.  “The show finds cohesiveness through the quality of work and my loose definition of drawing.”

Some of the works include “Supposition of the Murray Farm,” in which Kelly Adams drew multiple vantage points and frames to create a dynamic panoramic landscape.  Artist Scott Brooks mirrored the anatomy of the models in “Goat Girl,” which can be viewed as both sensuous and humorous.  Terri Schmidt's charcoal drawing, "Fractured," has bold and quivering marks that are balanced by a few swipes of atmosphere.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Paul Peck Art Building.  Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

For more information, contact the Art Gallery at 301-279-5115 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/artrockville.

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