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April 28-May 8: Senior art exhibits in the Hodson Gallery

FREDERICK, Md.—Four Hood College seniors will showcase artwork in monotype printing, digital photography, sculptural design and painting April 28-May 8.

Lew Dean, Justin Fox, Maya Gonzales and Rebecca Rieser will display their work in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center, open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. An opening reception and gallery talks are scheduled for April 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dean’s “A Flower Garden” exhibit is a collection of six portraits and 10 accent works, all monotype prints on wood panel. The show is about the women who have inspired him throughout his life. The viewer is given access to his most sacred space, to witness the beauty that he sees in each individual. Dean says the core motivation behind his vibrant explorations of portraiture and patterns is the relationship between nature and man. He has had extensive experience in both the physical and digital arts, and he is pursuing a double major in mathematics and studio art. His work is online at

Fox’s “Overlooked” is an exhibition of digital photographs that highlights historical architectural details and embellishments people pass by everyday without notice. Through this study of ironwork, stonework and architectural details of various other materials, Fox focuses on shapes, patterns, textures and shadows, choosing black and white to emphasize these elements. Fox’s passion for architecture and design, as well as a keen attention to detail are the fingerprint Fox leaves behind on all of his work. He is a senior pursuing a double major in studio art and integrated marketing and communication. Next year he plans to enter the marketing world with his photography experience.

“Conflict” by Gonzales uses sculptures to display the development of the human mind. She says at each stage of growth, people face conflicts between their psychological needs and the needs of society. This concept is known as “psychosocial development” and is explored through her sculpted portrait busts. Gonzalez asked friends and family members to embody the psychosocial conflict associated with their age. After photographing this expression and measuring her models, she recreated these emotions with clay to create her show. Gonzalez is pursuing majors in ceramic arts and psychology. Interested in human development and personality, she aims to bring knowledge to the untrained observer through her artwork.

Rieser’s “Peaceful Propaganda” show includes seven politically infused mandalas on canvas. The show focuses on the Tibetan history of Buddhist scroll paintings, or thangkas, and the circular universal symbol of peace, the mandala, painted by monks for their spiritual and cultural narratives. Rieser paints monochromatic mandala designs depicting political subjects such as achieving equality, objectification of women, gun violence and environmental crises. Her modern interpretation of the thangka uses iconographic asymmetrical narratives for the purpose of relaying controversial messages in a peaceful way. She is an art and archaeology major with a concentration in studio art and a minor in graphic design.

For more information, contact Lisa York at or 301-696-3285.