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Kohl Gallery

Located in Gibson Center for the Arts, Kohl Gallery is Washington College's flagship venue for visual arts programming

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS:
 
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ALL OPENING EVENTS: OCTOBER 20, 2021

*PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION FOR EACH EVENT CAREFULLY.  Every event has different protocols in place for in-person attendance. Seating for the live performances is limited and first come, first served.  Sign up is on eventbrite and links are provided below.  If tickets run out for the perfomances, you will be able to watch them online. Reservations are NOT REQUIRED to attend the PANEL in person. All events are FREE and OPEN to the public.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS

*This program is supported in part by the Hedgelawn Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), and Phi Beta Kappa at Washington College.

3pm: PERFORMANCE
Ros Murray: hi mountain, hi water
Location: Live broadcast from Ireland inside Kohl Gallery
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 Meeting ID: 870 2587 6570

Passcode: 433997

 
A starting point for hi mountain, hi water is the memory of a child calling and waving ‘hi plane’ on the runway during the artist’s flight from Ireland to Montana for Mapping Meaning 2018.  What’s big enough to handle, but small enough to care about? Ros Murray shares the absorption of her studio to connect psychological, geographic, temporal, advocacy, and art making sites in Ireland (The River Barrow Valley in Carlow, the Beara Peninsula in Cork), America (Montana, Los Angeles, New York, New Mexico and the US Border) and England (The John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2018 London, New Movements in Walking 2019 at Plymouth University), with the Kohl Gallery at Washington College live through the online platform Zoom.
 
4:30pm: PANEL
Mapping Meaning: Praxis for Ecological Futures
LIVE, in-person with Mapping Meaning Members:
Krista Caballero, Toni Wynn,Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, faciltated by Kohl Gallery Director and Curator, Tara Gladden
 
Location: LIVE in Tawes Theatre in the Gibson Center for the Arts, 1st Floor 
and online via Kohl Gallery’s YouTube channel
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For over 10 years Mapping Meaning has brought together artists, scientists, and scholars for experimental workshops, exhibitions, and transdisciplinary research. This wildly interdisciplinary and multi-generational collective explores ways in which cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration offer up alternative pathways to create new modes of acting in the face of social and ecological emergence(y).
 
6pm: PERFORMANCE
Karina Aguilera Skvirsky: How to Build a Wall and Other Ruins
Location: LIVE in-person in Kohl Gallery
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Employing photographs of Incan rocks as raw building materials, Skvirsky’s live participatory performance doubles as a community action, with the audience assisting in the building of an ephemeral Incan border wall within the gallery. The participatory performance links popular narratives concerning the persistence of pre-Columbian identity with current discourses about borders, migration, and nationhood.
 
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
 
 Kohl Gallery is open to the public for gallery visits by appointment.
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For over 10 years Mapping Meaning has brought together artists, scientists and scholars to explore new modes of acting in the face of social and ecological emergency. This wildly interdisciplinary and multi-generational collective supports the creative work and scholarship of those pushing disciplinary boundaries.    

Inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew, the project encompasses experimental workshops, exhibitions and transdisciplinary research. To date there have been six workshops held at field stations in the USAmerican West.  These interactive and field-based gatherings flourish at the intersections of art, science, and imagination and have featured time traveling pre-apocalyptic performances, storytelling walks, the study of edges and desert ecotones, the mapping of ant homes, reimagined sculptural leveling rods, emergent and site-responsive voice, song, poetry and breath cameras to name just a few. Over the past 2 years Mapping Meaning has also generated 4 issues of an interdisciplinary journal with our most recent focused on “Life after the Anthropocene.”

This exhibition, Encounters and Entanglements: The Art of Mapping Meaning, features artwork from those within the collective to highlight ways experimental, process-driven methods as well as interdisciplinary and collaborative practices offer up avenues for agency and transformation: plants become sculpture and image; participatory performance doubles as community action; family history uncovers environmental legacy; birds communicate the future; poetry speaks new forms into being; and collaborative processes make and unmake worlds. Utilizing divergent approaches and a diversity of media, each artist or collaborative project examines the messy and complicated yet lively and beautiful encounters between people and more-than-human worlds. Together they reveal ways that our ecological condition is directly entangled with how we see ourselves as individuals and how as individuals we live in relationship with each other.

www.mappingmeaning.org

This program is made possible by generous support from the Hedgelawn Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council and Phi Beta Kappa.

 
 
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ONGOING VIRTUAL EXHIBIT:
On the Black History of Kent County and Washington College, by Jason Patterson
 

Washington College's First Three Black Graduates from left to right:

Thomas Edgar Morris, Class of 1962
Patricia Godbolt, Class of 1964
Shirley Dale Patterson, Class of 1965

This important project by Jason Patterson is the culmination of 2 years of work Patterson completed during a Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship at The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and the result of a year-long collaboration between Patterson, Kohl Gallery, and The Starr Center. The project was additionally awarded a 2020 Chesapeake Heartland Fellowship and the virtual exhibit is hosted and supported by Chesapeake Heartland.

 


 

RECENT PAST EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS:

 
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Jahan Bose's paintings, works on paper, performances, workshops, and installations are symbolic narratives. She moves strategically across media and disciplines - often incorporating science and policy into her work to address complex issues that address gender, women's literacy and sexuality, and climate change. The sari is a recurring symbol in her work, standing in for herself, the female body, and women's place in the world. Water is also an enduring theme, speaking to life, climate, sustenance, death, and renewal. She is a Bangladeshi and American artist, lawyer, mother, and activist on women's issues and the environment.
 

Jahan Bose's Kohl Gallery exhibit, RENEW, will include a selection of saris, paintings, prints, sculptures, artist books, and performance videos that represent her wide-ranging socially engaged practice and recent work exploring issues surrounding climate change within the context of COVID quarantine with communities in Bangladesh and Washington DC.  The exhibit will be accompanied by an artist talk and a climate pledge workshop in which our community's pledges will create a new climate sari.

Learn more about Jahan Bose's work and community engaged process here:

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About Kohl Gallery

Kohl Gallery fosters the study and understanding of art through a diverse range of exhibitions and public programs. Embracing its liberal arts context, Kohl Gallery presents fresh perspectives on historical and contemporary art and promotes interdisciplinary conversations about historical, social, and cultural issues of significance to Washington College, Chestertown, and beyond.

Sign Systems exhibit at Kohl Gallery

Each year, Kohl Gallery presents a series of curated exhibits that emphasize a broad range of aesthetic and intellectual concerns of relevance to our current society. Each spring, Kohl Gallery also hosts two student exhibits: the '100 Proof' juried student exhibition, and an annual senior capstone exhibition presenting the works of graduating Studio Art seniors.

Kohl Gallery organizes diverse programming throughout the academic year. With each exhibit, the gallery hosts a combination of artist talks, public receptions, and scholarly presentations. Kohl Gallery also partners regularly with Washington College classes and groups from the Chestertown community to create unique, interdisciplinary opportunities for engagement with the works on view.


 

Location

Gibson Center for the Arts
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620

Directions & Campus Map

Kohl Gallery is located on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts. Parking is available in the lot behind Gibson and in the lots next to the Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. Please use the spots marked Visitor if parking prior to 3pm.


Visitor Information

Kohl Gallery on Washington College's campus is OPEN TO THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY AND THE  PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 

Hours:   

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30-5pm, Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm

Visits are scheduled in 30 minute time blocks (20 minutes with 10 minutes in between each appointment).

Appointments can be made HERE via calendly.

COVID PROTOCOL:

*Masks are required for entry into Kohl Gallery, while in Kohl Gallery, and inside all Washington College buildings at all times covering both the nose and mouth.

*Reservations can be made for parties between 1-10 people.

*Your reservation is for your party only. We will not mix parties.

*Names and contact information will be collected from visitors for contact tracing purposes.

Please note: Kohl Gallery is closed between exhibitions and during all college breaks. 

General Information:

  • Admission is free.
  • Photography may be permitted on a show to show basis.
  • Cellular phones may not be used in the Gallery.
  • Bags and backpacks may not be worn inside the Gallery.
  • Pencils only.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted in the exhibition space.
  • For security reasons, all bags may be subject to search upon entering the Gallery.

Accessibility:

Kohl Gallery aims to adhere to all ADA guidelines in its exhibit preparations and installations. For more information or to make an accommodation request please contact Gallery Director, Tara Gladden.


 

Contact Kohl Gallery

Tara Gladden
Director and Curator for Kohl Gallery
Email:  tgladden2@washcoll.edu


 

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