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Sept. 28: Baltimore artists display paintings in Hodson Gallery

Friday, September 28, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Two Baltimore-area artists will display their paintings October 18 through November 18 in the Hodson Gallery at Hood College.

The opening reception and artists' talk will be Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

James Williams II paints comic book-like narratives that explore early childhood nostalgia and early U.S. pop culture. His illustrations include bright color palettes and stylized figures that reference vintage comic books and the moral lessons found in children's books.

Williams earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts and a bachelor's degree from The State University of New York at Cortland. His work has been exhibited widely in New York and in Baltimore.

Lauren Boilini's large-scale oil paintings illustrate how people interact with one other when converging in large groups for events such as religious practices, festivals, holidays and political gatherings.

Boilini earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA at the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. She was an artist-in-residence at Canserrat in El Bruc, Spain, at the Jentel Program in Wyoming and at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. She was recently awarded a public art commission through the Maryland Department of Public Health, and her work will be displayed in the international wing of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

For more information, contact Ryan Browning, curator of the gallery, at