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Two sculpture artists showcased in Hodson Gallery

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Sculptural artworks by two Virginia artists will be on display Aug. 24 through Oct. 7 in the Hodson Gallery in Tatem Arts Center at Hood College.

De-Natured showcases the work of Travis Childers and Gian Pierotti. An opening reception and gallery talk by the artists will be Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Pierotti uses clay, a material traditionally used for familiar functional items like bricks and pottery, to make nontraditional functional items such as blankets, grappling hooks and skateboards.

He earned a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from Brigham Young University and a master of fine arts in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Childers uses everyday objects such as staplers, tree stumps, bricks and pencil sharpeners, as the starting point for his work. He transforms commonplace things into a new objects, preserving the original purpose of the object while giving it new meaning.

Childers’ work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in galleries in the mid-Atlantic states, as well as in Georgia and Tennessee.

He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and a master of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

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