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April 27-May 14: Studio arts senior exhibits

FREDERICK, Maryland—Two gallery exhibitions will showcase the work of studio arts seniors at Hood College this spring.

The Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center will feature the work of John Braun, Melissa Dryman and AeSook Alsmeyer April 27 through May 7, open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Whitaker Campus Center Gallery will feature work by Megan Allen, Vincent Ruffini and Samantha Frizzell May 4 through 14, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Braun’s “Reclaimed” exhibit will include mixed media and drawings. He uses two-dimensional artwork accompanied by three-dimensional pieces to create a journey into the world of human and nature interactions—for example, a house built among a landscape of trees. He uses upcycled and discarded items for his work.

Dryman’s “Resurrection” exhibit uses oil paint and dry wall compound to portray different extinct animal species in singular moments, depicting genetics gone wrong as animals are turned into vicious beasts living in a human-dominated world.

Alsmeyer’s painting show, “My Heroes,” uses exaggerated human figures with dreamlike surrealism and intense color and value to illustrate dramatic paintings of emotional soldiers suffering during the Korean War. The show is, in part, an homage to the American soldiers who fought so the people in South Korea would be able to stand strong with freedom.

The opening reception for these exhibits is scheduled for April 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hodson Gallery.

Allen’s painting exhibit, “Beautifully Chaotic,” features brightly colored representations of the human body. The acrylic paintings celebrate the body and the beauty surrounding the chaos that can exist in life.

Ruffini’s mixed media exhibit, “Natural Ways,” uses oils, inks and costumes to recreate what a druid medicine man’s house in ancient cultures may have looked like. The illustrations will include endangered or extinct plants from the ancient cultures.

Frizzell’s “The Future Present” show is a display of graphite drawings that show different possibilities for humanity’s future. Vibrant color and detailed shading and textures bring apocalyptic landscapes, colorful neon cities, robots and people covered with technological gadgets to life.

The opening reception for these exhibits is scheduled for May 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Gallery.

For more information on these exhibits, contact Jenna Gianni at 301-696-3285 or