Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 29 from 6pm to 8pm
The Stamp Gallery presents Midpoint 2017, an annual exhibition featuring work by artists in the second year of MFA candidacy in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Midpoint 2017 includes work by Bekí Basch, Hugh Condrey Bryant, and Jessica van Brakle. The three artists have collectively curated the exhibition, selecting among their own recent work and producing new artworks in dialogue with the Stamp Gallery’s distinctive space. Midpoint 2017 is on view March 29 through May 22, 2017. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 6–8 pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bekí Basch (b. 1987 New Brunswick, New Jersey) received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from MICA in 2009 and is now an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for both galleries and professional working artists, in the US and abroad. Largely inspired by powerful artists of the past and present as well as by her local artist peers, she has shown works in Baltimore and also in Ireland. Bekí primarily works in a project-based practice, where each cumulative exploration of narrative and object expands over time to realize the scope of its effect. She is fascinated by history, relationships, and interconnectivity. Beki currently resides in Baltimore and is looking forward to a solo show at Current Space in May. www.bekibasch.com
Hugh Condrey Bryant originally hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 and received two BFAs, one in sculpture and the other in theatrical set design. Before coming to Maryland he held the position of site manager and facilities coordinator for Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota. There he worked with many different artists from around the world to install their large-scale outdoor sculptures. His work has been exhibited at Franconia Sculpture Park; Casket Arts in Minneapolis, MN; Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Stevens Point, WI; and the Salisbury Sculpture Show in Salisbury, NC. He has also been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the McKnight Individual Artist Grant and Emerging Artist Fellowship at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY. His work primarily centers around the use of concrete and steel—materials associated with trade labor traditionally performed by men—to challenge contemporary ideas of masculinity through transforming those materials and altering how they are perceived. hughcondreybryant.com
Jessica van Brakle was born in Bethesda, Maryland and received her BA in Fine Arts in 2007 from the Corcoran College of Art & Design. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Washington metropolitan area, been included in art fairs such as Scope Miami and (e)merge Art Fair, and participated in the Artist Residency Program at the Arlington Arts Center from 2011 through 2015. Van Brakle is a previous recipient of the Individual Artist Grant for Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council, has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was selected in 2010 for a two-year fellowship with Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. Her work is included in the collection of the U.S. Consulate Dubai as well as in many corporate collections such as the headquarters of PNC, Hilton Worldwide, and Capital One Digital Headquarters. Utilizing drawing, painting, and cut paper collage, her artwork is inspired by history, sci-fi, ecology, and identity. Threaded throughout are the relationships and correspondences between the progress of man and the power of nature—a commentary on hierarchies found in society. jessicavanbrakle.com
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The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. For more information visit thestamp.umd.edu/stamp_gallery.