Stamp Gallery Presents New Acquisitions 2019

By Editorial Team on September 9, 2019

Wed, 11 September 2019 - Sun, 20 October 2019

Pulling Back the Lace By Rachel Schmidt, Courtesy of Hamiltonian Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 11 from 5pm to 7pm

Works by Karlo Ibarra, Koel Kassewitz, Diane Meyer, Lester Rodríguez, Rachel Schmidt, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, and Letha Wilson.

This fall the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents New Arrivals 2019, an exhibition of artwork acquired this year by the University’s Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP). On view September 11 through October 20, 2019, the exhibition features ten artworks by seven emerging and mid-career artists. All completed within the last decade, these works address the omnipresent sense of displacement caused by societal and environmental crises. The works span mediums from sculptures, video, mixed-media, photography, and light installation, including both a diversity of mediums and of voices in the collection of pieces.

The 2018-2019 CAPP Committee (Jacky Cruz-Castillo, Kari Gillman, Rina Goldman, Sydney Wess, and Ruoyu Wu) spent a year researching, writing, discussing and conducting studio and gallery visits. The result of this work is a collection of artworks around their interests and concerns as University of Maryland Students and global citizens in 2019. The works collected represent a diversity of materials and perspectives, and are accessible yet evocative and intellectually rigorous, making connections between political and environmental crises.

After New Arrivals 2019 closes, the included artworks will be installed in the study spaces, lounges, and corridors of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life for the daily study, inspiration, and enjoyment of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP) empowers students to purchase contemporary artwork on behalf of the University of Maryland. The program operates on a biannual basis. Students of diverse majors are selected to participate through a competitive application process. Together they embark on a rigorous research and training program, including extensive visits to galleries and artists’ studios in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC.

Since its inauguration in 2005, the CAPP Collection has grown to encompass more than 60 works of art by 49 artists. Represented in the collection are works by internationally recognized artists, including Titus Kaphar, Shimon Attie, Wafaa Bilal, Nikki S. Lee, Dulce Pinzón, Barbara Probst, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Lorna Simpson, some of them graduates of the University of Maryland such as Selin Balci and Jefferson Pinder.

Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.

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  • Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Fridays: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm

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