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June 26-July 12: Graduate students showcase ceramic art

FREDERICK, Md.—Art from two ceramics students inspired by people and life events will be on display beginning June 26 at Hood College.

Kathie Grove’s “Connections” and Stephanie Massey’s “Strong and Determined” will showcase sculptural ceramics in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery June 26-July 12. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge.

Grove’s exhibit includes functional and sculptural work using the potter’s wheel, slab building and mixed media sculptural techniques. Her work is inspired by her three children. She begins with an element that represents her children, then explores ways to connect that element to her work. She is interested in the use of negative space, juxtaposition of dissimilar materials and surface manipulation.

Grove, who is pursuing a master’s certificate in ceramics and sculpture at Hood, has been an art teacher for 23 years and is chair of the art department and a ceramics and sculpture teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland.

Massey’s exhibit includes ceramic work that is a metaphor for her life’s journey and observations. She draws inspiration from events that have influenced her and from the artistic lineage of her family. She views her work as a reflection of herself, a reaction to everyday moments that have affected her.

Massey, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in ceramic arts and a master of arts degree in ceramic arts at Hood, is a high school ceramics teacher in Prince George’s County, Md. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in studio art with a concentration in photography and ceramics as well as a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art with a concentration in photography at Barton College in North Carolina.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a reception June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the artists’ gallery talks at 5:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa York, assistant professor of art and curator of the Whitaker Gallery, at