Galleries + Project Spaces
The Department of Art + Art History collaborates with and benefits from the presence of three professional exhibition spaces affiliated with Washington College:
Kohl Gallery, located on the Washington College campus in the Gibson Center for the Arts, fosters the study and understanding of art through a diverse range of exhibitions and public programs. Embracing its liberal arts context, the Kohl Gallery endeavors to present fresh perspectives on historical and contemporary art and to promote interdisciplinary conversations about historical, social, and cultural issues of significance to the community of Washington College, Chestertown and beyond.
Kohl Gallery presents at least two shows per semester, featuring historical and contemporary artists as well as student work. The annual 100 Proof exhibit presents artwork by Washington College students at all levels of study, while the spring Senior Capstone Experience exhibit presents a fully-developed body of work by each graduating Studio Art senior.
SANDBOX is a Washington College initiative designed to foster collaboration between the creative arts and sciences. Established through initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, SANDBOX seeks to uncover a freshness of vision through the juxtaposition of interdisciplinary approaches—using processes that others may not see. Programming frequently pairs practitioners from divergent fields, such as theatre and mathematics, or Medieval literature and biology, and offers opportunities for nonhierarchical collaboration among faculty, students and professionals in various fields.
SANDBOX exposes students to unconventional, nonlinear problem solving approaches, preparing them to enter the world as creative thinkers capable of adding fresh insight to any field. Through this discourse between disciplines, new sensibilities grow and unexpected results are the norm.
Recent visiting artists presented through SANDBOX include DJ Spooky, William Lamson, and Natalie Jeremejinko.
China Hutch Projects
China Hutch Projects is a new, offsite curatorial project space situated in the dining room of a rented 1940s bungalow in Chestertown. China Hutch is curated by Assistant Professor of Art Julie Wills, and features artists and artworks that respond to domestic space in their concepts, materials, or conditions of making. Exhibit openings frequently correspond with Visiting Artist lectures and activities on campus.