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Maryland Art Place Announces 10th Annual Young Blood Artists

Maryland Art Place Announces 10th Annual Young Blood Artists

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Maryland Art Place (MAP) presents Young Blood, an annual exhibition of artworks created by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. Curated each year by MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC), Young Blood includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson University. We are pleased to announce our 10th annual Young Blood artists; Melissa Penley Cormier (UMBC), Emily Dierkes (Towson), Bryan Funk (MICA), Noa Heyne (MICA), Hamida Khatri (MICA), and Giulia Piera Livi (MICA). Located at 218 W. Saratoga Street within the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, Young Blood will be on display from July 12th–August 19th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on July 12th from 6pm–9pm and is free and open to the public.

This year’s exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, and animation. Melissa Penley Cormier constructs sculptures, projections, printed images, and drawings inspired by a scientific analysis of daily concerns and worries. Emily Dierkes explores iconography, Islamic patterns, bold color, Futurism, chaos, and control in multimedia paintings. Her paintings layer fabric, beeswax, tape, glitter, shellac, epoxy resin, and paint. Bryan Funk uses nostalgia as a tool, combining elements of video, performance, sculpture, and sound, to critically study memory formation on individual and collective scales. Noa Heyne works to explore the visitor’s sense of object orientation, the nature of stability, and the power derived from manipulation of space. She experiments with concrete, body weight, pulleys, and vibration in sculpture and animation. Hamida Khatri intertwines stop-motion animation, drawing, fibers, puppetry, photography, and Urdu text in her work. Khatri uses artistic media to narrate her long-distance relationship with her mother in Pakistan, as well as to voice the lived female experience. Lastly, Guilia Piera Livi addresses domesticity and design by converging modern and vintage aesthetics with interior objects in restructured paintings. Her paintings combine sculpture, installation, and abstraction techniques.

Young Blood has provided an important post-graduate platform for 79 transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students to date. Since 2008, this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis exhibitions.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid‐Atlantic since 1981. Information: www.mdartplace.org | 410 962 8565map@mdartplace.org

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