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“Our Patterns, Montgomery College” Exhibits Stunning Light Projections on College Buildings Thursday Evening at MC-Rockville

Artist in Residence Natan Diacon-Furtado, MC students and faculty, celebrate their “community quilt of patterns” project

The Montgomery College community is invited to celebrate the creative work of over 170 students, from 12 classes, over two semesters, as they reflect upon their past, present, and future through a spectacular display of designs projected onto the Humanities Building, Rockville Campus. The event is Thursday, April 13 from 8-9:30 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public.

Led by artist Natan Diacon-Furtado, Our Patterns, Montgomery College unites students in 2D Design studio classes in the creation of a community "quilt" of patterns. This project is designed to have an impactful physical presence through a stunning projection display of light and pattern interacting with brick-and-mortar architecture. 

“Natan has worked virtually with us for almost two years. It is very exciting for the students that he is coming to the event Thursday in person,” said Professor of Art Amanda Gordon Miller, the coordinator of the Collaborative Artist in Residence (AiR) Program for the Rockville and Germantown Campus Art Departments. “This project continues to grow! Based on the success of his Fall 2021 virtual residency, Natan was invited to introduce a new group of 2D Design students to Our Patterns, Montgomery College this spring.”

WHAT: MC presents Our Patterns, Montgomery College 

WHO: Artist in Residence Natan Diacon-Furtado; Montgomery College arts students and faculty.

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 8-9:30 p.m. (Rain date April 20)  

WHERE: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Humanities Building

NOTE: Some of the same pattern designs will be installed around the campus quad as sidewalk decals later in April. Specifically, students and faculty are planning to install them for the Rockville campus-wide April 25 Mental Health Day event, with some interactive activities to go with them.

About AiR 

The Collaborative Artist-in-Residence (AiR) is a 3-week program in which a professional artist is embedded in the Rockville and Germantown Art Departments, providing the unique opportunity for students to work directly with contemporary artists other than faculty. Students have the authentic experience of creating artwork for public installation, as part of collaboration with peers, faculty, and the artist working toward a common goal of a gallery installation or outdoor social practice project.  

During the 10 years since this series began, 191 classes and over 3,300 students from a wide variety of majors have worked directly with an Artist-in-Residence on a hands-on collaboration. (Supported by the Arts Institute)