Marymount University’s Barry Gallery Presents Marymount University Alumni Exhibition

By Editorial Team on October 15, 2019

Fri, 18 October 2019 - Sat, 16 November 2019

Gloria Spelman, Hyacinth, Photography, 12 x 16 inches. Courtesy of Marymount University.
Reception: Friday, October 18 from 6pm to 8pm

Marymount University’s Barry Gallery is pleased to present the first Marymount University Alumni Exhibition. This special exhibition is curated by alumna J.S. Herbert ’17. There were many strong submissions from various majors. This exhibition was open to all Marymount alumni, regardless of major, and highlights the many continued artistic talents of the Marymount community. The public is invited to a free reception with the artists on Friday, October 18, 6 to 8 p.m., as part of Homecoming Weekend at Marymount. The exhibit will be on view October 18 – November 16, 2019. The artists in this exhibition are:

  • Yusef Alahmad
  • Pam Frederick
  • Rick Reinsch
  • Kathlyn Avila
  • J.S. Herbert
  • Alex Rokita
  • Elizabeth Mary Beach
  • Kate Knizner
  • Gloria Spellman
  • Theresa Capello
  • Kristina Kovacs
  • Caitlin Vitale
  • Janet Elman
  • Mary Ellen Perkowski

The exhibition intends to encourage and support those alumni who are working as artists or practicing fine art in any form in their life after Marymount. The Barry Gallery seeks to connect these artists with exhibition opportunities and to provide support for their practice. Alumni artists include graduates from the Class of 1976 through the Class of 2018 who hold a variety of degrees, including in education, business, nursing, graphic design, humanities and illustration. The works exhibited are in a wide range of media including painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Rick Reinsch’s photographs disrupt place and atmosphere with pattern, architecture and repetition. Mary Ellen Perkowski’s oil paintings merge color and texture into illuminating scenes. Kathlyn Alvia’s almost mythical sculptures feature figurative forms which are both serene and disarming in their otherworldliness. Janet Elman’s detailed oil paintings have a sense of reality and tranquility.

“I think that being part of an art community is important for one as an artist. It is great for exposure and opportunities to show and share your work, but it is even greater because it provides a platform for artists to get together and share their ideas, encourage each other and get inspirations,” said J.S. Herbert, who is curating the exhibition. “The main idea for the Marymount Alumni Exhibition is to provide a platform for Marymount Alumni of all ages and majors to be able to not only show their works of art, but to get to know each other. This exhibition is a start of something that hopefully can become a new MU tradition. It will give an opportunity to our alumni to network with each other, or reconnect with their old colleagues and professors. For this exhibition, my goal was to select a variety of works of art in different media that showed unique ideas, compositions, color pallets and good craftsmanship.”


  • Monday through Thursday: 10am to 8pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am to 6pm

The Barry Gallery, located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount, 2807 North Glebe Road. Admission is free. The Reinsch Library and Barry Gallery entrance is at 26th Street, just north of Yorktown Boulevard. Access for individuals with disabilities is available.

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