july, 2019

13jul2:00 pm- 4:00 pmWhere Have We Been // misperceptionOpening Reception


Event Details

This summer, the TU Center for the Arts Galleries offer two distinct exhibits exploring identity, on display from July 13—August 10. As a part of the Artscape Gallery Network, Where Have We Been, in the Center for the Arts Gallery, includes the work of four Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists, two of which are Towson alums. misperception, a showcase of work housed in the Holtzman MFA Gallery, is a culmination of workshops conducted by local artists, including TU professor Kimberly Hopkins at The Children’s Home, Inc, a nonprofit serving youth overcoming trauma. The public is invited to join the opening reception on Saturday, July 13 from 24 p.m. 


Where Have We Been, an Artscape Gallery Network Exhibition

The works in Where Have We Been have been carefully selected by J. Susan Isaacs, Gallery Curator, and Erin Lehman, Gallery Director. This group exhibition explores the identities that we are born with, and those assigned to us through history, sometimes embraced and sometimes fought against, and those that we take on ourselves, often with a mix of joy and trepidation, which shape and challenge us as we move through life. The writer James Baldwin once wrote “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”  The artists in this exhibition, like Baldwin, confront history and present, both personal and global, that is often beyond words. 

The exhibition includes work by four finalists and two alums for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Artists include Lauren Adams, Taylor Andrews, Akea Brionne Brown, Schroeder Cherry, Anna U. Davis, Nicole Dyer, Justyne Fischer, Camila Franco Ribeiro Gomide, Amy Lynn Helminiak, LaToya Hobbs, Nora Howell, Nate Larson, Lindsay Cameron MacCuaig, Sharon Pierce McCullough, Jackie María Milad (MFA ’05), Lavely Miller-Kershman, Margaret Murphy (BS ’90), Katie O’Keefe, Gina Gwen Palacios, Jamaal Peterman, Scott Ponemone, Beverly Ress, Haley Sanborn, McKinley Wallace III, Stephanie Williams and Curtis Woody.


Where Have We Been is part of several exhibitions presented as part of the Artscape Gallery Network, coordinated by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. The Artscape Gallery Network provides art lovers with an extended opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s artists before, during, and after the festival weekend. The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize awards $25000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.


At-Risk Youth Express Our Common Humanity with misperception

This summer the TU Center for the Arts Holtzman MFA Gallery houses a unique exhibition of works created by at-risk youth seeking to convey our common humanity and to build community connections. The exhibition, misperception, is a partnership with The Children’s Home, Inc. (TCH).


The Children’s Home, located in Catonsville, MD, is a nonprofit group home which provides residential care for children and youth ages 13-21 from around Maryland and DC who have experienced trauma. TCH provides services and programs that support residents, teach life skills, health and wellness, academic achievement and career planning. TCH cares for youth who experience abuse or neglect or are in need of supervised care.


“This exhibition is an opportunity to build connections between the TCH youth and the community through art and design,” remarked Kimberly Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at TU who led workshops with TCH youth, resulting in the showcase. Kimberly has worked with The Children’s Home for several years, is a member of the TU Art+Design faculty since 2006 and has 20+ years’ experience in graphic design and as the owner of khopdesign, LLC, an award-winning design and illustration studio.


Hopkins held workshops teaching art/design skills, such as how to generate ideas, create patterns, choose color palettes, and explore composition, with TCH youth creating works in photography and prints. One such workshop led to posters created by answering the prompt “What would you like to share about yourself with the community?” Photography workshops taught camera skills while photographing nature, industry, and other settings. The exhibition also features a painted car hood from a workshop led by artists Michael Whitehead and Aaron Maybin.


misperception is generously supported in part by a Towson University Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) Grant, BTU, The Children’s Home, Inc., TU College of Fine Arts and Communication, and TU Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education.

misperception and Where Have We Been are on display July 13—August 10. Gallery Hours are Tuesday—Saturday, 11 a.m.—4 p.m. The TU galleries are located on the Towson University Campus in the Center for the Arts, is located at 7700 Osler Drive, Towson, MD 21234.


(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Towson University Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson 21252