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May 24: Gallery showcases two ceramic artists

Thursday, May 24, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The work of two ceramic artists will be displayed in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center at Hood College June 8-24.

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

"Behold" showcases the work of Stephanie Wilhelm. The surfaces of the soda- and wood-fired functional pottery feature a variety of tones, textures and colors created by the firing process. Wilhelm intends the forms’ interruptive markings to serve as a means of tactile communication, forcing the handler into a state of observation, exploration and acknowledgement that leads to self-recognition and discovery.

Wilhelm's exhibit marks the completion of her certificate in ceramic arts; she earned a bachelor's degree in the visual arts from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

"Quantum Perception" features abstract ceramic sculptures by Alex Miller. The large wall-mounted portraits focus on the interaction between small pieces of clay used in construction and the resulting whole form. When viewed up close, the clay's texture and abstract visual movement is revealed; from a distance, the portrait image becomes more apparent.

Miller is pursuing a master of fine arts in ceramic arts. He earned a bachelor of arts in art education from Shippensburg University and a graduate certificate in ceramic arts from Hood.

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