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Kohl Gallery at Washington College is pleased to announce Clippings, Voids & Banana Curry, a two-person exhibit featuring Baltimore-based artists Jo Smail and Paul Jeanes.

November 2 - December 9, 2018

Join us for an opening celebration on Friday, Nov. 2 with a ‘Gallery Conversation’ between the two artists at 4PM, followed by a reception from 5-6:30PM

All events are free and open to the public and all are warmly invited to attend!

Kohl Gallery gratefully acknowledges support for this programming from Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society that celebrates excellence in the liberal arts. Thank you!


Jo Smail, who was born and raised in South Africa, is an internationally renowned artist and lifelong educator who has taught at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg College of Art, and most recently at the Maryland Institute College of Art until her retirement in 2017. Smail’s recent works in paint and collage incorporate scraps torn from her personal archive of newspaper articles, family recipes, and photographs that confront personal and political histories through the reconfiguration of memory. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art on Paper, the Baltimore Sun and The Hudson Review, among many others, and is represented by Goya Contemporary gallery in Baltimore. 

Paul Jeanes, originally from North Carolina, is the interim Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art graduate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he has taught for 12 years. He earned a MFA in 2006 from the Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA while studying with noted abstract expressionist, Grace Hartigan. His current body of work consists of paintings, photographs and models that focus on notations of absence and on the enigmatic play of space, color and light. Jeanes’ work has been extensively exhibited along the east coast and in the Baltimore and Washington, DC regions.

With divergent cultural upbringings and more than three decades between these two artists in age, Smail and Jeanes formed a special friendship while teaching together at MICA and maintain an ongoing dialogue built around their personal musings, their mutual love for tennis and their sincere admiration for one another’s art practice. Though their works alternately explore political, spatial, interpersonal and perceptual experiences, an abiding curiosity and idiosyncratic sensibility fuel each artist’s creative output. This exhibit will pair the two artists’ works together for the first time, offering a compelling view into two distinctive creative practices, through the lens of artistic symbiosis and friendship.

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For exhibit inquiries, or to schedule an appointment for a class or group visit, contact kohl_gallery@washcoll.edu