Upcoming Exhibitions & Lectures

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Stephen Towns: A Path Between Two Continents
January 22 – February 23, 2019
York College Galleries
Lecture: February 7, 2019, DeMeester Recital Hall, 5:30 PM 

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, mixed-media artist Stephen Towns is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland where his breakthrough exhibition, Rumination and a Reckoning, opened to rave reviews in March 2018 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Towns primarily works in oil, acrylic, and fiber, drawing visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints. His work is rooted in his upbringing in the Deep South and responds to “issues plaguing African American culture such as loss of ancestral roots, slavery, class, education, skin tone and religion” with a desire to “create beauty from the hardships in life.”


PressingOnTheLetterpressFilm-PosterPressing OnThe Letterpress Film, Guest Speaker Erin Beckloff
January 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Weinstock Lecture Hall

Erin Beckloff, letterpress printer, filmmaker, and graphic design educator presents Pressing On: The Letterpress Film. The film is a documentary about the survival of letterpress printing featuring remarkable printers who are preserving the history and making the craft thrive. The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretaker’s age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age? Q & A will follow the film.



New Impressions, An International Exhibition of Letterpress Printing
1st and 3rd Floors, Marketview Arts
Exhibition: February 1 – March 23, 2019
Reception: February 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing.

2018 is the fourth year for this juried exhibition. There will be work on display from 44 artists in 9 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Norway, Brazil, and Italy. This exhibition also includes the 2016 and 2017 collections.


Graphic Design Lecture: Ellen Lupton
Lecture/Reception: February 27, 2019, DeMeester Recital Hall, 5:30 PM

Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist. In the New York Times article “Beauty – Cooper Hewitt’s Triennial,” she explained that as curator she identified “beauty as not just this young and perfect thing, but beauty as time and endurance and change.” Lupton is our Graphic Design Juror for the Annual Juried Student Exhibition.


Juried3Annual Juried Student Exhibition
March 14 – April 2, 2019
York College Galleries
Reception: March 14, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00PM

This annual exhibition features selected work from students taking courses in fine art and graphic design at York College. Students submit their work for consideration and our guest jurors select works that are exceptional, represent our program, and exhibit well together. This year our Graphic Design Juror is Ellen Lupton, co-director of MICA’s Graphic Design MFA program and senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum in New York City. Our Fine Art Juror is Stephen Towns, a mixed-media artist and rising star based in Baltimore, MD.  Awards will be announced at the opening reception at 5:30pm.


1. YomarVisiting Artist: Yomar Augusto
April 6 – May 25, 2019
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
Reception: April 6, 2019, 5:00 PM 

Yomar Augusto is a typographic artist and graphic designer from Brazil who relocated recently to Southern California after running his studio in New York City for the past 3 years. Born in Brasilia and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Yomar trained as a graphic designer, studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2001, and then started his own studio in Rio before completing a Masters in Type Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. This exhibition will highlight Yomar’s large-scale calligraphic hand-lettering and mural-painting.


LightsOutNiko J. Kallianiotis: America in a Trance
1st Floor, Marketview Arts
Exhibition: April 6 – 28, 2019
Reception: April 6, 2019, 5:00 PM 

Niko J. Kallianiotis is a professor of photography at Drexel University in Philadelphia. This series “is an ongoing observation of the fading American dream so typified in the northeastern Pennsylvania landscape but widespread across the United States. Industrialism provided a place where immigrants from tattered European countries crossed the Atlantic for a better future. While my interest is not in the depiction of desolation, at times it becomes necessary to the narrative. I search for images that reflect, question, and interpret life in the towns and cities across the Keystone State, and the yearning for survival and cultural perseverance.”


GDsenior4Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
April 12 – 27, 2019
York College Galleries
Presentations/Reception:  April 12, 2019, 4:00 PM

The Graphic Design Senior Exhibition features the work of graphic design majors in their final semester of study at York College. The students present their senior projects, demonstrating the artistic and conceptual growth they have achieved in our program before leaving to pursue careers as professional graphic designers. The projects exhibited begin with the introduction of a common design problem, which the students interpret individually and then spend a semester conceiving of and developing their projects. This event begins with PechaKucha-style slide presentations in DeMeester Recital Hall followed by a reception and portfolio review in the York College Galleries.



FAsenior2Fine Art Senior Exhibition
May 3 – 15, 2019
York College Galleries
Presentations/Reception:  May 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

The Fine Art Senior Exhibition features the work of fine art majors in their final semester at York College. The students present their senior bodies of work, demonstrating the artistic and conceptual growth they have achieved in our program before leaving to pursue careers in the arts. Award winners are selected by Division of Art faculty based on a variety of considerations including conceptual strength, skillful and inventive use of materials, thematic coherence, and the formal qualities of the work. This event begins with PechaKucha-style slide presentations in DeMeester Recital Hall followed by a reception in the York College Galleries.


1. Brent Brown puppetBrent Brown: Puppets
1st Floor, Marketview Arts
Exhibition: May 3 – June 1, 2019
Reception: May 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

Reading, PA-based artist Brent Brown makes puppets from corrugated board. Though a brain injury has made gaining access to art materials of his choice difficult, he has access to paper, corrugated board, glue, and acrylic paint. With these materials he crafts puppets ranging from pop culture to religious subject matter. He uses cardboard pegs to give his puppets moving arms and legs. The Outsider Folk Art Gallery held a show of Brent’s work in January, 2016 at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. He had a show at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens during the Summer of 2017.


LexusGore1The 7th Annual Appell Fellowship Exhibition
June 5 – July 5, 2019
Cora Miller Gallery
Opening Reception: June 5, 2019, 5-7 pm (Artist Talk at 5:30pm)

The Appell Arts Fellowship is a year-long residency program that provides housing, parking, studio space, and a monthly stipend to one graduate of York College’s Art program each year. This exhibition is the culminating experience, giving the Fellow an opportunity to show the strongest work made during their Fellowship year. The Fellowship selection process takes place each May and the winner is announced at the current Fellow’s June exhibition. The first six Appell Fellows, in order, were Rita (King) Whitney ‘10, Kree Wiede ’13, Dillon Samuelson ’14, Anya Felch ’15, Cody Bannon ’16, and Matthew Apol ‘07.


Typorama1Typorama 9.0
June 5 – July 5, 2019
Brossman Gallery
Reception: June 5, 2019, 5-7 pm

Showcasing the typographic work of students, Typorama demonstrates the varied media use and experimentation of our Graphic Design program. Well-steeped in typographic history, usage and process, students engage in wordplay, expression and analysis of form, all in a distinctively letter-based way. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always with the viewer in mind, students challenge themselves to create pieces that push the limits of their creativity, ability and command of language. Graphic Designers at YCP are taught the importance of self-initiated creative work as an integral part of doing excellent client-driven work. Typorama gives us a peek at their inquiry.


1. TheDrawnHoundssmallerTony Shore: Fox Hunt
June 7 – July 13, 2019
1st Floor, Marketview Arts

Tony Shore graduated with an MFA at Yale University School of Art and a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he is now a Professor. He also studied at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is a winner of both the Sondheim Prize and the Bethesda Painting Prize, as well as a number Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in the United States and France. Tony’s experiences as a member of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club in Monkton, Maryland serve as inspiration for this work.


Confrontation copy_0Tony Shore: Baltimore
June 7 – July 13, 2019
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
Reception: June 7, 2019, 5:00 PM

Tony Shore has exhibited his work at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Noyes Museum, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, the Kunstalle Beacon, George Adams Gallery, Grimaldis Gallery, as well as many others. A native of Baltimore, Tony is best known for his narrative paintings on black velvet depicting blue collar life, gang violence, and in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, scenes of protest. This exhibit of gritty Baltimore scenes offers a strong contrast formally and thematically to Tony’s Fox Hunt exhibition in our 1st Floor Gallery.


Barton lo resCharlie Barton: MidAtlantic
July 18 – August 24, 2019
Marketview Arts
Reception: August 2, 2019 

YCP alum Charlie Barton produces hand-pulled, limited edition silk screen prints on Masonite in his studio in Baltimore. Raised by two architects, Charlie is instinctively drawn to urban landscapes and architectural subject matter as well as the decay of environments and their physical structures.  His work is accessible and evokes nostalgia in the viewer, often playing with a tension between masculine and feminine energies — juxtaposing hard angles and industrial subjects with soft damask patterns. To place extra emphasis on vertical and horizontal subject matter, Charlie’s prints follow a non-standard aspect ratio – 1:2 rather than the traditional 3:4.





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