Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7 from 6pm to 8pm
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to celebrate the opening of The Shape of Things to Come with a public reception at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room on February 7, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. The Shape of Things to Come features contemporary sculpture across materials by noted Montgomery County artists Shelley Picot, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Amare Selfu and Vidya Vijayasekharan. These four artists have innovated and transformed the traditional materials and techniques of sculpture to produce forward leaning artworks. Their art responds to contemporary issues dealing with politics, environment, and attitudes.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Shelley Picot’s sculptures and drawings blend narrative, autobiography, magical realism, and comics. Born in Alexandria, Virgina, she received her BA in studio art from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has shown her work in DC, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and will be part of a three-person show at AUTOMAT Collective in Philadelphia in May 2017. Other career highlights include a grant-supported month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center and participating in Sharon Hayes’ Ricerche: three for the Venice Biennale. She currently works and resides in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Ms. Schermerhorn is currently the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic, an art center dedicated to the contemporary creation of hand printmaking, papermaking and the art of the book, in Hyattsville, Maryland. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and is excited about her upcoming residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited in New York, Boston, and Washington DC and her work was purchased by the Montgomery County Public Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. She has received individual artist awards from both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Amare has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. After graduating in 2004 from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design (SFAD) with SFAD’s highest honor (known as the “Gold Medal”) he began teaching at SFAD and become a lecturer and taught Painting and Drawing. In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Painting Department and Curator of SFAD’s Art Gallery. He also co-founded Point Fine Arts and Design Studio P.L.C. During this time, as general manager he oversaw and worked on several high-profile design and fine art projects, including a large scale mosaic work located at the main building entrance of the National Museum of Ethiopia. In March 2012, he moved to Maryland to pursue an MFA in Studio Art at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and graduated in August 2015. He currently teaches an undergraduate course at MICA and Montgomery College.
Vidya Vijayasekharan is an artist, art historian and educator, whose work is informed by both history and mythology. She has been teaching Art History at Montgomery College since 1993. She lives and works in Maryland.
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Betty Mae Kramer Gallery is located at 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, visit www.bettymaekramergallery.com.