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Feb. 4-19: Psychometry exhibit

FREDERICK, Md.—Two Hood College art department faculty members will showcase their work in an exhibit in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center Feb. 4-19.

Lisa York and Gary Cuddington will display artwork including functional ceramics and painting in their “Psychometry” show. The gallery is open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and the opening reception is scheduled for Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Psychometry is the supposed ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching objects associated with them. York’s ceramic pieces show viewers a window into her life—the long hours spent learning how to construct and fire ceramics, the travels that inspired the surfaces and her past that emphasizes function. Cuddington’s paintings reflect the thoughts of a filmmaker and reveal a collection of ideas in various stages of development.

York, an art instructor and gallery director at Hood, is a ceramic artist who studied at the University of North Dakota, Hood College and Houghton College. She was an artist in residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. In Tanzania she started a ceramics program at Neema Crafts, an organization that trains people with disabilities to become skilled artisans, and worked with a similar program in Chichi, Guatemala, for a short-term project. Her soda- or wood-fired functional ceramics have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are currently represented in the Plain Arts Museum in North Dakota.

Cuddington, an assistant professor of art and studio coordinator at Hood, is best known for his paintings, rich with saturated color and nostalgic, melancholy themes. He used his time living in New Jersey during graduate school to explore contemporary artwork in New York City. This experience opened his eyes to a world outside of traditional figurative painting. Cuddington assisted New York artists Peter Krashes, Steve Dibenedetto and Jeff Koons, where he obtained a well-rounded experience in contemporary studio practices. After moving to Baltimore in 2009, he returned to figurative work, using cinema screen proportions and a theatrical presentation to develop his narrative paintings. He creates large variations in detail and color saturation and allows the viewer to see pencil and raw paper in his finished works, revealing each step of the painting process. Cuddington currently works on commissioned portraits and high-end decorative painting projects and continues to work on figurative narrative paintings.

To see the artists’ work, visit or For more information, contact York at