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Apply to the 2020-2021 Contemporary Art Purchasing Program Committee!

posted on February 13, 2020

Do you think art can change the world? Do you believe art can teach us more about our diverse society? Do you want a say in the kind of art STAMP collects and publicly displays?  The Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP) is an art acquisition program led by students for students – this is your chance to make your mark and learn how contemporary art reflects the world around us!



CAPP offers UMD graduate and undergraduate students, of all majors, a unique hands-on professional development opportunity. Anyone can apply from any major—we select six students every other year. Besides learning about artists working today, students will also gain firsthand experience with the business of art. This experience includes direct communication and negotiations with renowned artists, gallerists, museum directors and curators.  Students will participate fully in the acquisition process, including but not limited to: visiting artist studios, gallery visits to Baltimore, D.C. and New York City, and presenting acquisition proposals to an advisory board of art professionals.

Students in the CAPP Program Looking at artwork

Applications now open and additional information at:

Application deadline April 3, 2020

Phillips Collection Shuttle Spring 2020

posted on February 07, 2020

This spring, the University of Maryland’s Department of Transportation Services will continue providing a free weekly shuttle bus to The Phillips Collection in Washington this semester through their joint partnership with the art museum, according to the Stamp Student Union website.

Phillips is free for all UMD students, faculty, and staff, and a 40-seat shuttle bus offers complimentary, round-trip transportation from the heart of campus to the Phillips every Thursday evening (except the week of spring break) from February 6 through May 7, 2020.

Departs: The Stamp bus slip @ 5:30 pm
Returns: The Phillips Collection main entrance, 1600 21st Street @ 8:30 pm

Neuro Blooms: Mixed Media Art by Leslie Holt at the Stamp Gallery

posted on January 29, 2020


Neuro Blooms: Mixed Media Art by Leslie Holt

February 12 - March 28, 2020


Opening Reception 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:00PM – 7:00PM 

with a talk from the artist at 6 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Leslie Holt, Schizophrenia Stain, Acrylic and embroidery on canvas


This spring the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents Neuro Blooms: Mixed Media Art by Leslie Holt.


Leslie Holt’s “Brain Stain” series exploits the aesthetic qualities of PET brain scans of people experiencing mental health conditions. Holt combines solid areas of stitched embroidery thread with saturated acrylic paint stains. The translation of digital imagery into the handmade is a metaphor for the integration of scientific data with more nuanced and subjective experience. The Brain Stains combine objective data with a more poetic interpretation as a reflection of both corporeal and clinical experiences of mental illness. These works engage viewers with the science and lived experience of mental illness, but also with the hopes of creating conversation around and destigmatizing mental illness.


This exhibition will include mental health resources, reflection activities, and crafts and programs to engage with the exhibition. There will also be a pop-up library, created in collaboration with the Art Library at UMCP, for visitors to further explore topics around the science of brain imaging and art engaging with topics of mental illness. Visit the Stamp Gallery’s website and social media for a up-to-date schedule of events.


For more information, visit   

Fall Hours

Stamp Gallery is closed

Monday 10:00AM - 08:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM - 08:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM - 08:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM - 08:00PM
Friday 10:00AM - 08:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM - 05:00PM
Sunday Closed

Mission Statement

The gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming the gallery offers an outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunity. The gallery space can be used as a laboratory for emerging artists and curators to experiment and work through their ideas, emphasizing the importance of the process to contemporary artistic practice. The gallery serves by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.





The Stamp Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about Maryland State Arts Council grants and how they impact Maryland's arts sector, visit


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