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Date: August 17, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College Art Faculty Unite for Exhibit, Aug. 31 – Oct. 2
“Unity and Diversity” Exhibit on Display at Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville

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Montgomery College will celebrate the talents of its fine arts faculty from all three campuses—Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring—with a joint art exhibit, “Unity and Diversity,” from August 31 to October 2. “Unity and Diversity” will be on display at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, located in the Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive in Rockville, Md.

A reception with the exhibit’s artists will be held Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. A talk by the exhibit’s curator, Virginia Mecklenburg, senior curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will take place on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and talks are free and open to the public.

“Unity and Diversity” showcases the range of medium, techniques and subject matter used by Montgomery College’s fine arts faculty. The individual expressions of art mirror the teaching philosophy of the College and its faculty, who focus on encouraging students to develop confidence in their own artistic identity. The exhibit highlights both two-dimensional works in drawing, oil and acrylic painting, digital images, photography and three-dimensional works in sculpture and metalsmithing.

“The strength of this exhibition and of the faculty of Montgomery College is its diversity,” said exhibit curator Virginia Mecklenburg. “Multiple ways of seeing reveal multiple ways of thinking about time, place, and the way we understand the world around us—an important lesson especially in a community college setting.”

The faculty artists featured in “Unity and Diversity” are:

  • Andrea Adams, associate professor of art in drawing, color theory, graphic design and typography and chair of graphic design at the School of Art and Design at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Edwin Ahlstrom, professor of art in painting and coordinator of painting at the Rockville Campus.
  • Wilfred Brunner, professor of art in painting, drawing, and museum resources and co-chair of visual arts at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • John Carr, professor of art in printmaking and coordinator of printmaking at the Rockville Campus.
  • David Carter, associate professor of art in computer graphics, design and drawing at the Germantown Campus.
  • Michael Farrell, associate professor of art in drawing and design and coordinator of drawing at the Rockville Campus.
  • Zeki Findikoglu, professor of art in computer graphics and digital photography and chair of art at the Germantown Campus.
  • Robert J. Helsley, professor of art in computer graphics, design and drawing at the School of Art and Design at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Kevin Hluch, professor of art in ceramics and coordinator of ceramics at the Rockville Campus.
  • Joyce Jewell, professor of art in drawing and printmaking at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Tendai Johnson, associate professor of art in drawing and design at the Rockville Campus.
  • Joe Kabriel, associate professor of art in drawing, painting, color theory and two-dimensional design and chair of art at the School of Art and Design at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Sumita Kim, associate professor of art in drawing and painting at the Rockville Campus.
  • David Krueger, associate professor of art in design and drawing and coordinator of design at the Rockville Campus.
  • Zdeno Mayercak, associate professor of art in design and sculpture at the Rockville Campus.
  • Kay McCrohan, associate professor of art in design, color and drawing and chair of art at the Rockville Campus.
  • Lincoln Mudd, assistant professor of art in design, drawing and sculpture at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Sam Noto, associate professor of art in sculpture, three-dimensional design and drawing at the School of Art and Design at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Komelia Hongja Okim, professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and coordinator of jewelry, metalsmithing, enameling and crafts at the Rockville Campus.
  • Orest S. Poliszczuk, professor of art in sculpture and coordinator of sculpture at the Rockville Campus.
  • Michael Sellmeyer, associate professor of art in design and color theory and coordinator of color theory at the Rockville Campus.
  • Mary Staley, professor of art in digital and black/white photography, weaving and crafts at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
  • Richard tum Suden, professor of art in drawing, photography and art history at the Germantown Campus.

The Glenview Mansion Art Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Labor Day holiday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, call 240-314-8682. For directions, call 240-314-5004.

For more information on the “Unity and Diversity” exhibit, contact exhibit organizer Kay McCrohan, chair of art at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, at 240-567-5377 or exhibit organizer Komelia Hongja Okim, professor of art, at 240-567-7647.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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