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June 20: Hodson Gallery showcases two ceramic sculpture exhibits

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The work of two ceramic artists will be displayed in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College from June 29 to July 15.

A reception for both exhibits will be June 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Controlled Disasters showcases the work of Jon Verock, a Washington, D.C.-based ceramic artist. His sculptures are metaphors for the historical destruction of four populations: Pompeii and Herculaneum following Mt. Vesuvius's eruption in the first century and Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The busts are depicted without eyes or ears, symbolizing the people's inability to see the threats or heed the warnings; the mouths are bolted shut to indicate, like those who fell victim to the disasters, they cannot tell their story.

Verock has taught art at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., since 2007. He earned a bachelor's degree from Muskingum University in Ohio. His work is in private collections in Abrekuma, Ghana, as well as in Maryland, Ohio and California.

Volvo, which means 'I roll' in Latin, is an exhibition by Ryan Billy of life-sized automotive wheels created from clay. For the artist, the wheel symbolizes what carries and guides people through life. His work has been exhibited in shows in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Hampton, Va.

Billy is pursuing a certificate in ceramic arts. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in art from Virginia Wesleyan College.

For more information about the exhibits, contact Ryan Browning, curator of the Hodson Gallery, at