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July 19: Fossils featured in Hodson Gallery ceramics exhibit

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A ceramic exhibit featuring the reconstruction of natural fossils into three-dimensional clay sculptures will be on display July 23 through Aug. 14 in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

The opening reception and lecture by the artist will be held July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Rising to Challenge, Interpreting Fossil in Clay” will showcase the work of T. Brantley Burns. The Frederick-based artist designed and constructed the sculptures based on fossils found in Fossil Basin, Wyo., where for more than 160 years paleontologists have studied species that lived 52 million years ago. Burns uses fossils, and the process of uncovering information preserved in fossils, to represent the hidden experiences and life challenges that mold human character and to illustrate what might be revealed when exploring the unique, and sometimes hidden nature of each individual.

For more information, contact Milana Braslavsky, curator of the Hodson Gallery, at