Page 1

MIKE McCONNELL


1


MIKE McCONNELL

Arts Program University of Maryland University College


Catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition Mike McConnell: Cutting into Art UMUC Arts Program Gallery December 10, 2017–February 18, 2018 Š 2017 University of Maryland University College. All rights reserved. Copyright credits and attribution for certain illustrations are cited internally proximate to the illustrations. ISBN: 13:978-0-9842265-0-4 ISBN: 10:0-98442265-0-8 ARTWORK CREDITS:

Page 1: Carrier Drawing #2 (detail) Page 2: Carrier Drawing #1 (detail) Illustrations by Mike McConnell


Baltimore artist Mike McConnell is well known to the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Katherine Lambert

community for having won the President’s Best of Show award in our 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition for his 2015 painting Bear Carver. I know I speak on behalf of everyone at UMUC when I say how proud we are to feature more of his work in this exhibition, entitled Cutting into Art. McConnell’s masterful use of color and vivid visual storytelling make an immediate and lasting impression. The opportunity to introduce—through our Arts Program—a larger body of his work to members of our own community and to a broader audience is a privilege. Exhibitions like this offer a perfect example of the alignment between our Arts Program and our mission as an institution that has focused for 70 years on teaching and learning. Our art collection—which now includes some 2,800 individual works—is on regular display, free of charge, in our various facilities, in our gallery spaces, and in public exhibits. It is just one more way that we seek to inspire students and other members of our community to think—and see the world—in new and creative ways. I hope you enjoy Mike McConnell’s colorful view of the world as much as I do, and I thank you for your interest in and support of the arts and all they teach us. Javier Miyares President University of Maryland University College

5


I was introduced to the work of Mike McConnell in 2016 through the 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried

Steven Halperson

Art Exhibition (BMRE), in which he took first place. The BMRE was expertly judged by a slate of art professionals: Nina Chung Dwyer, adjunct professor of art at Montgomery College; Gretchen Schermerhorn, artistic director at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; and Vanessa D. Thaxton-Ward, PhD, director of the Hampton University Museum. Each juror brought a unique insight into the art of the more than 350 entries, from which the jurors chose 60 works for the exhibition. They unanimously chose Mike McConnell’s Bear Carver to receive the President’s Best of Show award. As the jurors detailed in their deliberations, Bear Carver exemplified the masterful work of a skilled artist from whom they wanted to see more. McConnell’s meticulous craftsmanship led them into lengthy conversations about his work—his composition, use of color, understanding of meaning, and attention to detail. McConnell is a contemporary artist with a traditional artistic perspective. As he says in his artist statement, his “paintings, drawings, and constructions are fueled by life experience and nature,” and the end result often includes snapshots of his life and experiences. He works intuitively until an unplanned composition emerges. McConnell is a skilled illustrator, which manifests in his work. His pieces are colorful tapestries in which his experiences are often woven into the work or hidden among the detailed images within the work. Each piece acts as a magnet to the human eye, drawing the viewer in to see what is hidden or to impose his or her own experiences onto it. A benefit of winning the BMRE is a solo exhibition to explore the winning artist’s artistic endeavors in detail. With Cutting into Art, McConnell is added to the limited number of artists who have had a one-person exhibition in the Arts Program Gallery at UMUC. The Arts Program is proud to present this survey of Mike McConnell’s vivid and colorful work to the community. Eric Key Director, Arts Program University of Maryland University College

6


Winning the President’s Best of Show award for the 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition was a well-deserved honor for Mike McConnell. McConnell’s work is vibrant, colorful, and full of complex details that delight the eye and challenge the mind. He is a respected member of the Maryland artist comJohn Woo

munity and carries on the tradition of great painting in Maryland. McConnell was an illustrator for most of his career, and his paintings are informed by that experience. He tells visual stories that are inspired by his travels, nature, and observations of everyday life. McConnell began his art career at the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in the 1970s. After graduating in 1975, he began a 30-year career as a freelance illustrator for several advertising firms in the Baltimore area. In 2012 McConnell decided to pursue painting full-time. McConnell has an easygoing personality and a natural curiosity. His work depicts scenes of everyday life, accentuated with bright shapes and contrasting colors. He also has a great sense of humor, which he incorporates into his work. He enjoys pointing out contradictions and sometimes uses the titles of his works as puns or metaphors. Other works are a response to the art world. For example, pieces such as Another Hockney Shower and Popping Koons are references to pop artists David Hockney and fellow MICA attendee Jeff Koons. The pieces chosen for this exhibition are large and small, drawings and paintings, sculptures and sketchbooks. These pieces show the range and diversity of McConnell’s work as well as his enthusiasm for detail and insightful observations. He has the extraordinary ability to express big ideas with striking simplicity. Mike McConnell is someone who genuinely enjoys making art. We invite you to take this opportunity to get to know this artist whose art invites humor, delight, and joy. I hope you will find something relatable that connects with your experiences and that you enjoy his work as much as I do. Jon West-Bey Curator, Arts Program University of Maryland University College

7


y paintings, drawings, and constructions are fueled by life experiences and nature. I work intuitively, combining, editing, and recombining marks into compositions that are unexpectedly recognizable. I don’t set out to tell a story, but my many years as an illustrator inevitably weave their way into my work. I don’t want to learn anything from what I paint. I often look at things in my work and wonder what I did to make them. What I want from finishing a piece is the confidence to start the next one and know it will end up making me happy. In the process of finishing a piece, I want to step back and giggle.

—Mike McConnell

McConnell’s imagery is drawn from his observations of people, places, and activities, often in nature. He creates remarkable scenarios of common occurrences by using bold color contrasts, patterns, lines, and

LESLIE KING HAMMOND, PHD Senior Fellow, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation MIKE McCONNELL’S JOURNEY to becoming a fine art painter began with his early training as an illustrator and graphic designer. More than thirty years of freelance commissions honed and refined his skills, whet his appetite, and challenged him to pursue his deeper passion. In the last five years, he has produced a prolific body of work. McConnell deftly utilizes the technical processes he learned as an illustrator and designer to create vibrant colors, textures, patterns, and constructed forms that function as paintings but can also be manipulated into sculptural installations or narratives in the art jourSketchbook drawing, 1994

nals he also creates. For McConnell, this exhibition is an opportunity to present a range of works that speak to his deep passion for and love of painting and drawing.

textures. McConnell uses a combination of cutting, tearing, collaging, scribbling, and scratching the outer layer of his chosen surface (handmade wood panels, paper, or found materials), a technique that results in compositions that vibrate with visual energies that excite the eye and the imagination. Each work celebrates commonplace events that, under his technical prowess, become extraordinary interpretations of the environments in which we all live—and often take for granted, thereby missing the beauty, meaning, and importance of the ordinary. McConnell was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and studied with Raoul Middleman, Peter Collier, Anne Tabachnick, Abby Sangiamo, and John Sparks, skillfully accomplished painters and printmakers who provided a rigorous training in the classical beaux arts genres of drawing, painting, and printmaking. After graduating in 1975, McConnell found a productive career as a freelance illustrator, which required him to work

8


Curtain Bluff, Room 56, 2003, ink on paper, 9½ x18 inches

Four sketchbooks, 1999–2005, mixed media, various sizes

9


The Rains of Kusadasi, 1999, sketchbook drawing

alone on his commissions. As the demand for illustrators declined and his desire to challenge himself to explore new artistic terrain increased, he began to feel the need to be among a community of artists where he could interact, share ideas, and be inspired by artists working in different genres. In 2015 McConnell was among the first group of artists in residence in the Motor House, an arts hub located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore. His studio overlooked Graffiti Alley, which offered a steady infusion of ever-changing street art. McConnell was a critical member of this community, which continues to inspire his creativity and propel his artistic vision to new frontiers of exploration and invention. The journey to becoming an artist is almost as curious and interesting as the work an artist creates. Sketchbook drawing, 1999

10

Understanding that journey can illuminate the


intent of the artist’s imagery and bring viewers an

Strictly landscape and figurative work. As I look back

LKH | What else would you like for your public, an

awareness of the issues and experiences that have

on Anne Tabachnik’s art, I realize that she probably

audience, or the casual viewer to know about your

driven the artist to create. The following conversa-

planted the seed that grew into my combining ab-

artistic intents?

tion provides a glimpse into McConnell’s journey as

stract with figurative imagery in what I make today.

MM | I paint intuitively. Color, line, texture, and

an artist.

LKH | How and why did you become an illustrator? LESLIE KING HAMMOND | Please tell me about your

pattern are not things that I think about individually, but there’s lots of thought on how they interact and

MM | I consider myself fortunate that Jim Butcher,

balance with each other. Narratives help viewers

my brother’s best friend, was a MICA graduate with

interact with my work, but they’re just another tool

MIKE McCONNELL | I was born in Mansfield, Ohio,

an established illustration practice in Baltimore.

for me, like color, line, texture, and pattern. What

to quintessential WASPy post-war Ozzie and Harriet–

He took me under his wing, and I started to make

I really do as an artist is paint space—the very real

type parents. They didn’t push me toward art but

money from day one. I was totally committed to

space of memories and dreams and fantasies. Space

supported my development and tolerated my years

being a successful illustrator but always kept in mind

you can weave your way through and come out

as a hippie. My grandparents probably are the big

that I’d rather be a painter someday. I had a great

someplace unexpected. Space [that], after you find

reason I’m an artist. My grandmother was an avid

run as an illustrator, but after a couple of decades,

something that resonates, encourages you to look

gardener. She was always making flower arrange-

the business declined and my enthusiasm waned.

further. Space that decants. Space you can come

ments and bringing home awards from the local

The biggest catalyst for my switch was a continuing

back to.

garden club. The basement of their house was filled

studies course I took at MICA taught by Michael

with dried flowers and arranging materials. One

David Brown. At the time, he was a very successful

The interview with

of her dear friends painted birds on pieces of barn

illustrator transitioning to fine art. He showed me

Mike McConnell

wood that decorate many houses in Ohio to this day.

the crayon-and-ink technique I currently use. He

My grandfather took me to lots of places, but my

got me to draw in public places and fill journals

favorite was the wooded lot behind their house that

and sketchbooks.

earliest memories that inspired your interest in art.

was conducted from July to October 2017.

always had blue jays calling out and flying between the trees.

LKH | Describe the technical processes you have developed in your work over the past five years. Who

LKH | What were your early formal art education

are some of the modern artists who have had the

experiences?

greatest impact on your artist psyche?

MM | I started college at the University of Denver.

MM | I had no idea what my work would look like

The biggest reason was not for an education, more

when I committed to fine art five years ago. I hadn’t

that it was the number-one school for hippies then.

painted for over thirty years. I had a phobia about

. . . I remember my first art class where a model

starting again until I took a workshop in California.

dropped her clothes. Studying art was something I

That’s where I learned to paint with liquid acrylics

immediately wanted to do more of. I wasn’t doing

on wood panels. I like hard surfaces that I can sand

very good academically, and I was missing my friends

and scrape into. The acrylics dry fast, so I can paint

and family in Maryland. I transferred to MICA the

over something I don’t think is working—mistakes

next year. I fell in love with painting and printmak-

aren’t a bad thing. They become foundations. The

ing. The teachers I remember the most are Raoul

main influences for my art are nature and personal

Middleman, Abby Sangiamo, John Sparks, and Anne

experiences. My work is hugely driven by . . . artists

Tabachnik. I didn’t do any abstract work at MICA.

David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Paul Klee.

Marble Bag not dated sketchbook drawing

11


Mike McConnell Born: Mansfield, Ohio

EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland

SELECTED AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES 2017 Finalist 13th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards Bethesda Urban Partnership Bethesda, Maryland 2016 1st Place: President’s Best of Show Award 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Maryland Individual Artist Award Maryland State Arts Council 2015 Two-Year Studio Artist Residency Motor House Baltimore, Maryland

Art School Self-Portrait | 1973–74, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

2014 Best in Show Lotta Art School 33 Art Center Baltimore, Maryland Juror’s Honorable Mention 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, New York

12


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 Elsewhere BlackRock Center for the Arts Germantown, Maryland Galleries at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland California Greenbelt Community Arts Center Greenbelt, Maryland 2016 Crayons Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore County Arts Guild Baltimore, Maryland 2015 Flip Side Athenaeum Gallery Alexandria, Virginia Pentimento School 33 Art Center Members Gallery Baltimore, Maryland 2013 University of Baltimore Student Center Art Gallery Baltimore, Maryland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 Parents’ Day Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery Towson, Maryland Edges MAXgallery Baltimore, Maryland

Artscape Show Motor House Gallery Baltimore, Maryland Bethesda Painting Awards Finalist Exhibition Bethesda Urban Partnership Bethesda, Maryland Marquee Ball Show Creative Alliance Baltimore, Maryland 2016 BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Art Competition Baltimore, Maryland 35th Anniversary Exhibition Maryland Art Place Baltimore, Maryland Second Athenaeum Invitational Athenaeum Gallery Alexandria, Virginia 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Maryland Soul Space Stories Motor House Gallery Baltimore, Maryland Big Show Creative Alliance Baltimore, Maryland Impact 2016 Maryland Art Place Baltimore, Maryland

Art in Motion: The 25th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition Strathmore Bethesda, Maryland 2015 Athenaeum Invitational Athenaeum Gallery Alexandria, Virginia Two-Person Show Hamilton Street Club Baltimore, Maryland Spatial Conversations Creative Alliance Amalie Rothschild Gallery Baltimore, Maryland 2014 BÂĄNGO: First Annual Juried Exhibition Platform Gallery Baltimore, Maryland 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, New York Transformations: From One Thing to Another McLean Project for the Arts McLean, Virginia 2013 2nd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Maryland

Marquee Ball Show Creative Alliance Baltimore, Maryland Maryland Artists Registry Juried Show Maryland Art Place Baltimore, Maryland

13


14


2016 BMRE PRESIDENT’S BEST OF SHOW AWARD Bear Carver (diptych) | 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 120 inches

15


Popping Koons | 2013, acrylic on panel, 36 x 60 inches

16


Couch Painting | 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches

17


Trout Fishing in America #1 | 2016, wax oil crayon and ink on paper, 30 x 40 inches On loan from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Collection

18


Moving Maui | 2016, wax oil crayon and ink on paper, 30 x 40 inches On loan from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Collection

19


Waypoints | 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 17 x 14 inches

20


Clyde | 2017, wax oil crayon and ink on paper, 20 x 30 inches

21


Yardwork at the Red Studio | 2017, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches

22


Henri in Mendocino | 2014 acrylic on panel, 60 x 48 inches

23


Chair and Table #14 | not dated acrylic on panel, 10 x 7½ inches

24


David’s Tie | 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches

25


Boardwalk | 2017, wax oil crayon and ink on paper, 20 x 28 inches

26


Widescene | 2016, wax oil crayon and ink on paper, 10 x 25½ inches

27


Cathedral Cove (triptych) | 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 40 x 90 inches

28


29


Through Chandler with Jaehyo | 2015, acrylic on panel, 48 x 60 inches

30


The Drive from Esalen to Monterey | 2014, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches

31


Carrier Drawing #1 | 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

32


Carrier Drawing #2 | 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

33


Carrier Drawing #3 | 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

34


Carrier Drawing #4 | 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

35


The Pole Dancers Are Not What They Seem | 2014, acrylic on panel, 60 x 60 inches

36


BMA Cats | 2017, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48 inches

37


ABOVE: Untitled #2 | 2017 acrylic paint on Sonotube and foam core 72 x 28 x 17 inches LEFT: Untitled #1 | 2017 acrylic paint on Sonotube and foam core 75 x 32 x 15½ inches

38


Junk Drawer | 2013 acrylic on panel, 24 x 18 inches

39


Westport Whale | 2016, acrylic on panel, 60 x 60 inches

40


Between Tuscany | 2015, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48 inches

41


Black Mirror | 2016 acrylic on panel, 60 x 48 inches

42


Grayson’s Ashes | 2014 acrylic on panel, 60 x 48 inches

43


44


Queen’s Garden (triptych) | 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 40 x 90 inches

45


Chair and Table #16 | 2016, acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

46


Dog Park | 2013, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 inches

47


Perch | 2014 acrylic on panel, 60 x 48 inches

48


Another Hockney Shower | 2015, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48 inches

49


50


LEFT PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:

BMA Demo #1 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches BMA Demo #5 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM:

BMA Demo #3 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

BMA Demo #6 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

BMA Demo #4 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

BMA Demo #2 | 2016 acrylic on panel, 11 x 12 inches

51


Another Hockney Shower 2015 acrylic on panel 36 x 48 inches Art School Self-Portrait 1973–74 oil on canvas 24 x 24 inches Bear Carver (diptych) 2015 acrylic on panel 48 x 120 inches Between Tuscany 2015 acrylic on panel 36 x 48 inches Black Mirror 2016 acrylic on panel 60 x 48 inches BMA Cats 2017 acrylic on panel 36 x 48 inches BMA Demo #1 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches BMA Demo #2 2016 acrylic on panel 11 x 12 inches

52

BMA Demo #3 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches

Carrier Drawing #4 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

BMA Demo #4 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches

Cathedral Cove (triptych) 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 40 x 90 inches

BMA Demo #5 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches

Chair and Table #14 not dated acrylic on panel 10 x 7½ inches

BMA Demo #6 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches

Chair and Table #16 2016 acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches

Boardwalk 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 20 x 28 inches

Clyde 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 20 x 30 inches

Carrier Drawing #1 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

Couch Painting 2015 acrylic on panel 48 x 48 inches

Carrier Drawing #2 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

Curtain Bluff, Room 56 2003 ink on paper 19½ x 18 inches

Carrier Drawing #3 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 60 x 40 inches

David’s Tie 2015 acrylic on panel 48 x 60 inches


Dog Park 2013 acrylic on panel 48 x 48 inches

Popping Koons 2013 acrylic on panel 36 x 60 inches

Westport Whale 2016 acrylic on panel 60 x 60 inches

The Drive from Esalen to Monterey 2014 acrylic on panel 48 x 48 inches

Queen’s Garden (triptych) 2017 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 40 x 90 inches

Widescene 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 10 x 25½ inches

Grayson’s Ashes 2014 acrylic on panel 60 x 48 inches

Through Chandler with Jaehyo 2015 acrylic on panel 48 x 60 inches

Yardwork at the Red Studio 2017 acrylic on panel 48 x 48 inches

Henri in Mendocino 2014 acrylic on panel 60 x 48 inches

Trout Fishing in America #1 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 30 x 40 inches Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Collection

Junk Drawer 2013 acrylic on panel 24 x 18 inches Moving Maui 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 30 x 40 inches Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Collection Perch 2014 acrylic on panel 60 x 48 inches The Pole Dancers Are Not What They Seem 2014 acrylic on panel 60 x 60 inches

Untitled #1 2017 acrylic paint on Sonotube and foam core 75 x 32 x 15½ inches Untitled #2 2017 acrylic paint on Sonotube and foam core 72 x 28 x 17 inches Waypoints 2016 wax oil crayon and ink on paper 17 x 14 inches

53


UMUC ART ADVISORY BOARD Javier Miyares President University of Maryland University College Anne V. Maher, Esq., Chair Attorney at Law Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP Eva J. Allen, PhD, Honorary Member Art Historian Myrtis Bedolla, Vice Chair Owner and Founding Director Galerie Myrtis Joan Bevelaqua Artist, Collegiate Professor University of Maryland University College Schroeder Cherry, EdD Artist, Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies Morgan State University I-Ling Chow, Honorary Member Regional President and Managing Director, Ret. Asia Bank, N.A. Nina C. Dwyer Artist, Adjunct Professor of Art Montgomery College Karin Goldstein, Honorary Member Collector and Patron of the Arts

Pamela G. Holt

Richard F. Blewitt, Member Emeritus

Consultant

Managing Partner, R&B Associates,

Public Affairs and Cultural

and President, The Blewitt Foundation

Policy Administration Joseph V. Bowen Jr. Eric Key

Senior Vice President, Operations,

Director, Arts Program

and Managing Principal, Ret.

University of Maryland University College

McKissack & McKissack

Thomas Li, Honorary Member

David W. Bower

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ret.

Chief Executive Officer

Biotech Research Labs, Inc.

Data Computer Corporation of America

David Maril, Honorary Member

Karl R. Gumtow

Journalist

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

President, Herman Maril Foundation

CyberPoint International, LLC

Christopher Shields

Anne V. Maher, Esq.

Director, Business Operations

Attorney at Law

NASDAQ.com

Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker, LLP

Barbara Stephanic, PhD,

Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., U.S. Army, Ret.

Honorary Member

Vice President of Operations, Ret.

Professor Emerita of Art History

Department of Defense/Intelligence Services

College of Southern Maryland

Lockheed Martin Information Technology

Dianne A. Whitfield-Locke, DDS

Sharon R. Pinder

Collector and Patron of the Arts and

President and Chief Executive Officer

Owner, Dianne Whitfield-Locke Dentistry

Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council

Sharon Wolpoff Artist and Owner

Brig. Gen. Velma L. Richardson,

Wolpoff Studios

U.S. Army, Ret. President, VLR Consulting

Elizabeth Zoltan, PhD Collector and Patron of the Arts

Founder, Wood Law Offices, LLC

Juanita Boyd Hardy, Honorary Member

UMUC BOARD OF VISTORS

Executive Director, CulturalDC

Mark J. Gerencser, Chair

Sharon Smith Holston, Honorary Member Artist’s Representative and Co-Owner Holston Originals

Chairman of the Board CyberSpa, LLC Evelyn J. Bata, PhD Professor Emerita University of Maryland University College

54

William T. (Bill) Wood, JD

Joyce M. Wright Senior Consultant Fitzgerald Consulting


ABOUT UMUC SERVING BUSY PROFESSIONALS WORLDWIDE University of Maryland University College (UMUC) specializes in high-quality academic programs that are convenient for busy professionals. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are specifically tailored to fit into the demanding lives of those who wish to pursue a respected degree that can advance them personally and grow their careers.

and the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. More than 75,000 students, scholars, and visitors come to the Adelphi facilities each year. Exhibitions at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo are open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ARTS PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT The Arts Program at UMUC creates an environment in

UMUC has earned a worldwide reputation for excel-

which its diverse constituents, including members of

lence as a comprehensive virtual university and,

the university community and the general public, can

through a combination of classroom and distance-

study and learn about art by directly experiencing it.

learning formats, provides educational opportunities to more than 80,000 students.

The Arts Program seeks to promote the university’s core values and to provide educational opportunities

The university is proud to offer a distinguished

for life-long learning. From the research and study

faculty of scholar-practitioners and world-class

of works of art to the teaching applications of each

student services to educate students online, through-

of our exhibitions, the Arts Program will play an

out Maryland, across the United States, and in more

increasing role in academic life at the university.

than 20 countries and territories around the world.

With a regional and national focus, the Arts Program

For more information regarding UMUC and its

is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, study,

programs, visit umuc.edu.

exhibition, and interpretation of works of art of the highest quality in a variety of media that represent

ABOUT THE ARTS PROGRAM AT UMUC

its constituents and to continuing its historic dedica-

Since 1978, UMUC has proudly shown works from

tion to Maryland and Asian art.

a large collection of international and Maryland artists at its headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, a

CONTRIBUTORS

few miles from the nation’s capital. Through its Arts

Director, Arts Program: Eric Key

Program, the university provides a prestigious and

Curators: Eric Key, Jon West-Bey

wide-ranging forum for emerging and established

Editors: Sandy Bernstein, Beth Butler, Barbara Reed

artists and brings art to the community through

Director, Institutional Projects: Cynthia Friedman

special exhibitions and its own collections, which

Designer: Jennifer Norris

have grown to include more than 2,800 pieces of art.

Project Manager: Laurie Bushkoff

Artworks are on display throughout the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at UMUC and the Administration Building in Adelphi as well as at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo. The

Production Manager: Scott Eury Fine Arts Technician: René A. Sanjines Administrative Assistant: Tawanna Manago Photographers: John Woo, Mike McConnell

main, lower-level gallery in Adelphi is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week,

55


17-ARTS-035 (12/17)


University of Maryland University College 3501 University Boulevard East Adelphi, MD 20783-8000 USA umuc.edu/art

UMUC Mike McConnell Exhibition, 2017  

Learn about the Mike McConnell: Cutting Into Art exhibition at University of Maryland University College.

UMUC Mike McConnell Exhibition, 2017  

Learn about the Mike McConnell: Cutting Into Art exhibition at University of Maryland University College.