August 10, 2012
Kohl Gallery exhibit features multi-media work by new Studio Art faculty at the College
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Kohl Gallery at Washington College showcases the work of two new
studio-art professors in an exhibition opening Friday, August 24. “What Comes Later,”
featuring multimedia works by Heather Harvey and Benjamin Bellas, will run through
September 16. A reception with the artists, both members of the Art and Art History
Department, will be held Friday, August 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and
the reception are free and open to the public.
Bellas works in photography, video, sculpture and performance and has
exhibited his work around the globe, from Istanbul and Hong Kong to Los Angeles and
Chicago. He earned a degree in studio arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an
MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also taught as a
member of the faculty in the Contemporary Practices Department.
Bellas, who begins teaching this fall, says he is “honored and excited”
to be joining the faculty at Washington College. “The exhibition will be, first and
foremost, an opportunity for the community to familiarize themselves with the work
of Professor Harvey and myself,” he adds. “My hope is that it may also facilitate
a dialogue within the community regarding the state of the visual arts at Washington
College and beyond, past, present, and future.”
Harvey, who finished her first year of teaching at the College with the
Spring 2012 semester, says she was drawn to the opportunity of being in a small art
department where she could have a big impact. She adds that she is energized by the
atmosphere on a liberal arts campus.
“Artists work with science, philosophy, poetry, music, psychology, politics,
and the natural world,” she explains. “So, an interdisciplinary approach is the natural
state for most artists, and certainly for me. Interactions with colleagues, students,
and visiting scholars are one of the primary pleasures of being part of an academic
Harvey, who received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia
Commonwealth University in 2007, began her career with paintings, drawings, and some
digital work and has since moved towards a hybrid form of two-dimensional art and
sculpture. This past January, Harvey’s work was included in the group show “Re-Generation”
at The Painting Center in New York.
“We are very pleased to feature our two new studio-art faculty in the
exhibit,” says Patrice DiQuinzio, associate provost and director of the Kohl Gallery.
“Their work is very thought provoking, and I’m sure the community will really enjoy
The Kohl Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. and closed Monday and Tuesday. For
more information, visit http://kohlgallery.washcoll.edu/.
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