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Date: September 5, 2002 (02-51)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College’s “Bimbos and Goddesses” Art Exhibit
Explores Contemporary and Matriarchal Images of Women

           Montgomery College spotlights the work of Chevy Chase artist Patricia Underwood in an exhibit titled “Bimbos and Goddesses” which runs through September 29. The artist will present a lecture and slide show on September 17at 7 p.m. in the Macklin Tower, Suite 212, at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.

 Underwood uses her art—ancient goddess cultures and contemporary images of women—as a vehicle to raise consciousness about body image. In her lecture/slide presentation, she will explore the contention that contemporary women are viewed as prizes, and examine the resulting negative societal effects.

 Ms. Underwood will share her insight into the many complexities that help create and maintain the imbalance between what real women look like in contrast to the homogenized media versions.

 Using slides from the late archeologist Marija Gimbutas’ work, from her own artwork and from a variety of media sources, Underwood will go back to ancient matriarchal cultures and explore the differences and similarities of women’s images then and now.

 Underwood’s work combines traditional printmaking techniques (etchings) with rich applications of mixed media. Made of layers of unusual materials, textures, colors and images, her works evoke of sense of the primitive.

 She holds a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

 She has taught at all age levels, and has been a faculty member at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore; Montgomery College; and the Maryland College of Art and Design in Silver Spring, among others. She devotes her time to exhibiting and lecturing both locally and nationally.

 “Bimbos and Goddesses” is cosponsored by The Paul Peck Humanities Institute of Montgomery College, along with the Women’s Studies Program and the Montgomery County chapter of the National Organization of Women.

 The Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street. For more information, please call 240-567-7417.

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