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May 14-29: Internationally known artists display work

FREDERICK, Md.—Two artists whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally will present exhibitions of sculptures in clay and illustrative ceramics at Hood College May 14-29.

Leslie King’s “Making Faces” exhibit features work in clay that she says seeks to capture the secrets hidden in the expressions of the human face through a series of life-size sculptures in porcelain and stoneware. Patty Bilbro’s ceramics exhibit will explore illustration and the soda-fired surface. Their work will be on display in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center, open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

King has backgrounds in theater from the University of Maryland and graphic design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. She turned her focus to ceramic sculpture in 2012 when she returned to the U.S. after 30 years in Denmark. Her artistic career includes work as a scenic artist for theaters in both New York and Copenhagen and as a commissioned muralist to Her Majesty Queen Margaret. She also worked as a graphic artist for major corporations in Europe where she pioneered the concept of environmental design—building-sized projects that were deployed in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil and China. King has rendered work in multiple media, including drawing, painting, photography, videography, digital composition and print. She now turns to a new medium, clay, to explore new dimensions and textures in art and sculpture.

Bilbro uses stream of consciousness brushwork illustrations to create individual narratives and designs on high-fire functional pots. Relying on unpredictable atmospheric patterns and colors created in the kiln, she says she strives to reveal the often complex nature of things that appear simple.

Bilbro lived in western North Carolina for nearly 20 years where she earned an associate degree in clay production from Haywood Community College Craft School and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UNC-Asheville. Starting in 2007, she was a studio assistant and resident artist at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts before moving to Baltimore in 2011. Since 2012, she has been a resident artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks, teaching both wheel and special topics courses.

Both artists are currently working toward their Master of Fine Arts at Hood. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 15 in the Hodson Gallery. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa York, curator of the Hodson Gallery, at 230-558-1137.