The Stamp Gallery Presents Paradise Now Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on September 9, 2016

Thu, 01 September 2016 - Sat, 15 October 2016

Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery.


Currently on view.


This fall, the University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery presents Paradise Now, a project by Baltimore-based artist Kimi Hanauer featuring work by Sydney Spann, Michael Stephens, and Nikki Lee. Paradise Now is a game of unequal circumstances and varying objectives. From August 29 through October 15, Paradise Now invites visitors to develop their potential as players by participating in gaming rounds that, over time, will collectively alter and reinvent the game’s score thus changing the rules of the space itself. Visitors are invited to experience the game’s opening round on Thursday, September 1, 7–8 pm, doors at 6 pm, featuring live performances by Sunatirene, Michael Stephens, and Nikki Lee.

Paradise Now is curated by Stamp Gallery docents Christopher Bugtong (UMCP ’17), Grace DeWitt (UMCP ’17), and Shay Tyndall (UMCP ’17), all current undergraduate students at the University of Maryland—College Park. An incubator for emerging artists and curators, the Stamp Gallery regularly presents exhibitions curated by undergraduates. Recent student-curated projects include In Response: Conversations Between Emerging Artists and Contemporary Work From The CAPP Collection (June 15–July 31, 2015) organized by Genesis Henriquez (UMCP ’16), Korey Richardson (UMCP ’16), and Shay Tyndall (UMCP ’17), and Magnified: A Student Curated Show (June 5–July 24, 2014) featuring work by Al Zaruba, Chip Irvine, and Michael Sylvan Robinson and curated by Carmen Dodl (UMCP’16), Geena Gao (UMCP ’16), and Martine Gaetan (UMCP ’15).

Kimi Hanauer is a Baltimore-based artist and organizer from Pittsburgh, PA via Tel Aviv. Kimi received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. She is the co-founder and lead organizer of Press Press, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative based in Baltimore, and is a resident artist at Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project. Kimi has participated in and organized a range of projects both hyper-locally and internationally, from founding and organizing Alloverstreet, to facilitating youth take-over’s of local galleries, to throwing games, talks, conferences and other forms of public actions.

Nikki Lee. Space no longer fits its three fundamental inhabitants of expression separately. They learned to morph into a hybrid creature. It now searches for a home and often creates one. Sweet hours die and give birth to new creations. The world is still left to its never ending loops- light to dark, dark to light. Both holding the power to blind. In this hunt is where I reside.

Sydney Spann is a Baltimore-based musician and performance artist whose solo project exists under the moniker Sunatirene (sún-ah-chur-ráin). Drawing from musique concrete, folk music, and pop tendencies, she uses field recordings, archival samples, generative processes, and her voice as soundscaping and storytelling tools. She translates visual symbols into aural forms and focuses on the healing and architectural potential of sound in an attempt to create new, genre-less music. Her first release is available via Ehse Records.

Michael Wasteneys Stephens grows best in direct sunlight and thorough waterings.

Christopher Bugtong is a senior Computer Science and Film Studies double major at the University of Maryland. In addition to being a student curator, docent, and Head of Social Media at the Stamp Gallery, Bugtong is founder and radio personality for Art Hour as a part of WMUC and is a Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors College alumni.

Grace DeWitt will graduate with a double degree in Animal Science and Studio Art in spring 2017. DeWitt is Student Manager of the Stamp Gallery and a member of the 2016–17 student-led Contemporary Art Purchasing Program committee in addition to being a curator of Paradise Now. She is an Honors Humanities alumni and has an interest in painting and film photography.

Shay Tyndall is a senior at the University of Maryland who will graduate with a double major in English and Mandarin Chinese and a certificate in East Asians Studies. In addition to her work as a docent and student curator at the Stamp Gallery, Tyndall is the Student Manager at the Stamp’s Art and Learning Center, a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, a National Leadership Honor Society, and an alumni of the College Park Scholars Arts program.

Gallery Hours:

  • Mondays–Thursdays: 10am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturdays: 11am to 4pm

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