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“Impressed: New Visions in Printmaking” is a record of contemporary trends in art. It is all the things that make looking at serious student work so exciting. It is evidence of the pleasure of learning about art by making art. It is an exploration of process, form, and ideas. It outlines what young artists are thinking about today and what we’ll be talking about in the rest of the art world tomorrow.
Impressed spotlights the outstanding art work developed in recent years by printmaking students in the Art Department at the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in Prince George’s County. Led by two accomplished professors, Margo Humphrey and Justin Strom, students have delivered the rewards of the recently expanded and upgraded 5,000 sq. ft. multi-level shop. Seeing these changes, it’s natural that the “new” will come to the forefront of our conversations; and it’s exciting.
What is impressive about Impressed, about the printmaking students, however, is that this new isn’t just about the “new”. It’s not just computers and those things which would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago. It’s also lithography and etching, relief printing and art made by hand. Impressed is the new alongside the time-honored, it’s new ways of doing the traditional, and new media combined with all media. It represents new visions in what it means to print art work.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is proud to partner with the University of Maryland’s Department of Art to bring its printmaking students’ best work prominently into the public in the Gateway Arts District. Timed to coincide with the holidays, Impressed is a great opportunity to turn the teaching from the students toward the other side of professional practice in art: collectors. There are few opportunities that make so much art so accessible to collect and to give. And, there is no better time to see it and become a part of it than now.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD 20722. Call the center at 301-277-2863/ tty. 301-446-6802.
10am – 8pm Monday through Friday.
10am – 6pm Saturday.