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Past Exhibitions


April 12, 2021 - May 15, 2021

This spring, the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents Amidst, an exhibition featuring three artists in the second year of MFA candidacy in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park: Martin Gonzales, Elizabeth Katt, and Alyssa Imes.

In the artists' own words:

Our show came from a discussion of where and when we currently are.  We are in the middle of our graduate school experience. We are in the middle of a global pandemic which has changed everything in the past year. So, we decided on the word, Amidst.  We are Amidst all the peaks and valleys that come with pushing ourselves in creative directions. We are Amidst the pandemic with all of its uncertainty, challenges, and changes.  We are Amidst our angst.  We are Amidst our perseverance. We are Amidst and that can be an uncomfortable place to be.


In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood

February 8, 2021 - March 27, 2021

This spring the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood, an exhibition of artwork to inspire dialogue and reflection on identity. On view February 8 through March 27, 2021, the exhibition features ten artworks by three emerging and mid-career artists. In dual contradiction and in spite of the limitations associated with ‘black’ and ‘woman’ and the other identities embodied in each individual, André Terrel Jackson, Akea Brionne Brown, and Sadia Alao seek to answer these questions for themselves and diversify the narrative of what it means to be a black woman in today’s America.

Curated by Brianna Nunez


About the Artists:

Sadia Alao is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland where she studied Marketing and Theater. She is a spoken word artist, director, writer, actor, and so much more. Her work involves uplifting and creating space for marginalized lives. Sadia plans to head her own multimedia production company highlighting the successes and narratives of people of color. 

Akea Brionne Brown is a visual journalist, photographer, writer, curator, and researcher whose personal work investigates the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she explores current political and social themes, as they relate to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Mining personal history, André Terrel Jackson is able to use poetry, weaving, sculpture, apparel and performance to spark conversation about difficult issues related to identity. André uses language, visual/literal/metaphorical, to center the voices and images of blackness. Intersectionality is paramount, and influences the use of materials, which take the artist from the craft store, to the hardware store, from the quirky, to the fine and luxurious.  The mixing, and juxtaposing, of materials lend humor and beauty to otherwise grave topics.


Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media

September 21, 2020 - December 12, 2020

This exhibition casts light on a new generation of artists who visually reflect on U.S Central American lives and experiences in the era of social media. These new voices from the Central American diaspora have built a creative community that transcends state lines and borders.

Their practices range from delicate ceramic sculptures to large scale paintings to digital art—exploring images of displacement, war, and trauma. Contemplations on everyday life, nature, and architecture, coupled with insights on invisibility and empowerment, are all manifested in this visual assembly. Central Americans make up the third largest U.S Latinx group—a statistic that is not equally reflected when referencing Latinx art. Beyond news articles, Central Americans in the diaspora are a creative force leading the way to a more expansive discourse on Latinx Art.

Featuring artwork by: Eddy Leonel Aldana, Galileo Gonzalez, Kim LaVonne, Glenda Lissette, Dennissé Carlota Nieto Zelaya, Jessy DeSantis, Xiomara Garay, Celea Guevara, Kimberly Benavides, Veronica Melendez, Elizabeth Fernanda Rodriguez, Kiara Machado, Julia Mata, Juan Madrid, Isidra Sabio, Paulino Celestino Mejia, Keith L Torres, Johanna Toruño

Curated by Veronica Melendez. Co-sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UMD, as well as La Casa de la Cultura de El Salvador in Washington, DC

Winter Juried Student Exhibition

December 18, 2019 - February 3, 2020

The Gallery's inaugural juried exhibition of student artwork to be held during the Winter Session. Artwork in this exhibition will be displayed on the walls in front of the windows of our gallery during the winter session; all forms of media, including 2-D, 3-D and digital works.


Still Here: Art on HIV/AIDS

October 29 - December 7, 2019

Opening Reception: October 29, 5-7pm

Still Here: Art on HIV/AIDS, an exhibition of contemporary artwork on HIV/AIDS in dialogue with panels from The NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt. Much has changed since The Stamp Gallery last hosted The Quilt in the 1980s, but what political, social, and medical barriers to prevention and treatment remain?  On view October 29th through December 7th, this exhibition included programming on World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art, December 1st. The Stamp Gallery also partnered with Visual AIDS to present STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

Featuring work by Antonius-Tín BuiShan KelleyJohn ParadisoLucas Rougeux, and panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt


CAPP New Acquisitions 2019

September 11 - October 20, 2019

Opening Reception: September 11, 5-7pm

An exhibition of artwork acquired this year by the University’s Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP). On view September 11 through October 20, 2019, the exhibition features ten artworks by seven emerging and mid-career artists. All completed within the last decade, these works address the omnipresent sense of displacement caused by societal and environmental crises. The works span mediums from sculptures, video, mixed-media, photography, and light installation, including both a diversity of mediums and of voices in the collection of pieces.

Curated by the 2018-2019 CAPP Committee (Jacky Cruz-Castillo, Kari Gillman, Rina Goldman, Sydney Wess, and Ruoyu Wu)

Featuring work by Karlo Ibarra, Noel Kassewitz, Diane Meyer, Lester Rodríguez, Rachel Schmidt, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, and Letha Wilson


Radical Threads

July 22 - August 31, 2019

Opening Reception: July 11, 6–7:30pm

Radical Threads is an exhibition that investigates the treatment and politicization of traditionally feminine-coded mediums throughout art history and into the modern day.

Curated by Erin Allen

Featuring work by Hazel BatrezchavesGulia Huber, and Katrina Majkut



June 5 - July 12, 2019

Opening Reception: June 5, 6–7:30pm

As we confront shifting environmental realities, the influence of policy past and present, and the impact of such things on humanity, art can serve as a starting point for change. Artists stand at the forefront, using their stories to open the eyes of viewers and reflect upon their own relationships to the physical world. UN/Sustainable presents one of the many questions that we as global citizens must answer: Are our ways of existing sustainable?

Curated by Kat Mullineaux

Featuring artwork by: George LorioSusanne SlavickZelda ZinnKatie Kehoe, and Samantha DiRosa



April 11–May 25, 2019

Opening Reception: April 11, 5–7pm

Featuring second- year MFA candidates Lauren G. Koch, Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, Matthew Robertson, and Michael Thron


Visualizing Narratives: Shaping Resistance

February 13–March 30, 2019

Opening Reception: February 13, 5–7pm

Protests and opposition movements have long been a social tool by which to mobilize groups of people around shared grievances, allowing them to collectively interrogate power structures and enact change through the discursive processes of resistance. Various forms of protest have been an important point at which resistance enters the public space and gains broader visibility, often through images that become symbols of the movement. The images produced around protests and resistance movements thus play a larger role in shaping narratives for public consumption.

This exhibition thus seeks to explore the role of visual production around protests and forms of resistance. It will consider such questions as: How do artists monumentalize and memorialize acts of resistance in their work? In what ways does the media visually shape narratives around protests or resistance movements? In what ways does artwork respond to, reshape, interrogate, or blur broader narratives? What role does the mass dissemination of images – by artists and the public via new media – play in shaping public perception of protests and resistance movements?

Featuring work by Becci DavisMalik LloydLeah ModiglianiSusanne Slavick, and TUG Collective



November 1–December 15, 2018

Opening Reception: November 1, 5–7pm

In this exhibition, the artists examine issues related to national identity and belonging, cultural memory, the notion of home, and gender. They incorporate aspects of storytelling and weave their personal histories into broader cultural fabrics, the two often intersecting in difficult ways. Their work prompts us to consider: What is the relationship between personal narrative and larger structures of power? How do artists, especially women, use their work to navigate complex political and social terrains?

About the artists:

Sobia Ahmad dissects how social, cultural, and political forces shape personal narratives and community experiences. A strong believer in the power of art for social change, Ahmad explores how our deeply intimate struggles of identity and belonging can inform larger conversations about fluidity of self, womanhood, and activism. She is currently serving as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Next Generation/Sanctuary Studio Fellowship at VisArts in Maryland.

Sepideh Salehi By incorporating aspects of storytelling and letter writing, Salehi recollects the experiences she had growing up in post-1979 Tehran. She weaves personal narrative and cultural history into her work, reflecting on the ways in which she, and other women, navigated the shifting social and political landscapes. She also explores the idea of home and longing that she felt after leaving Tehran. Ultimately she uses her work to understand how her life was marked and shaped by these different events, and to reflect on them more generally.





August 29–October 15, 2018

Opening Reception: August 29, 5–7pm

Stamp Gallery presents Pink is a Color That Feels Like Love, guest curated by Philadelphia based independent curator Katy Scarlett. The exhibition brings together three artists, Damien Davis, Brandon Dean, and Delano Dunn, whose work is deeply invested in the formal use of color paired with recognizable motifs in order to reflect on issues of representation. The artists address stereotypes related to race, gender, sexuality, and class, figuring color imbued with broader cultural meaning as a central subject in order to critique dominant paradigms.



July 18–August 22, 2018

Opening Reception: July 18, 5–7pm

The Stamp Gallery presents VOX LACUNAE, a multidisciplinary exhibition that investigates the intersection of languages, visual art, and peoples in a globalized era. The exhibition features work in a variety of media by Sobia Ahmad, Sera Boeno, Marta Gutierrez, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Jason Kuo, Kim Llerena, and Yuli Wang. VOX LACUNAE is curated by gallery manager, Grace DeWitt, recent graduate from UMCP. A pop-up library, created collaboratively with exhibiting artists and the Art Library at UMCP, will be available in the exhibition for visitors to investigate related concepts further.



May 30–July 4, 2018

Opening Reception: May 30, 5–7pm

capital lives explores the diversity of lived experiences in Washington, D.C., through photography. the exhibition highlights the work of young photographers documenting the residents and events of the nation’s capital during a time of heightened political tension. capital lives is the stamp gallery’s annual docent-curated exhibition, curated by gallery staff member Katherine Mullineaux (UMCP ’18), currently an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. the exhibition includes photography and textual works, and features work by Bo Chen, Sydney Gray, Sarah O’donoghue, Brea Soul, Christine Stoddard, and Nevada Tyler.




January 24–March 17, 2018

Opening Reception and Performance by the Artist: Wednesday, January 31, 6:30–8:30 pm

In False Monarchy, Philadelphia-based artist Kyle Kogut uses the practices and symbols of occultism, the visual culture of the Northern Renaissance, and the ubiquitous iconography of the auto industry to explore the contemporary politics of American myth and despair. This solo exhibition presents a collection of new installations, sculptures, and drawings by Kogut, all examining the disturbing effects of America’s continued attachment to the myth of heavy industry as a miraculous source of economic growth and consumer euphoria. Kogut—the son of an auto mechanic—works in response to his own family background and upbringing, considering how narratives of the artist’s creative expression relate to labor and mortality.  The work in False Monarchy includes drawings influenced by the visual idiom of American automotive propaganda as well as the precision of Northern Renaissance draughtsmanship. It also features sculptures and video installation work that combine the soundscapes of drone metal with the meditative environments and symbology of the occult, encouraging critical overidentification with the metaphysical structures of American late capitalism. Curated by Raino Isto 







October 25–December 16, 2017 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 1, 5–7 pm

A group exhibition of artwork that questions the reality of suburban and urban environments through humor, satire and irony. The work in the exhibition offers a wide range of interpretations of our man-made spaces. Through a combination of artists who work in print, painting, installation and sculpture,(Sub)Urban will present a well-rounded exploration of the contemporary surroundings. Benjamin Roger’s paintings explore the banality of the interior of our lives, once we are secure in our homes, while Sang-Mi Yoo’s work emphasizes the banality of our planned communities. Yoonmi Nam and Christine Buckton Tillman’s sculptures and Amze Emmon’s cutouts re-present items from our homes and streets that are ordinarily dismissed as being meaningless, and finally, Nick Satinover’s print installation visualizes the basest feelings behind most people’s day to day lives. These artists work in varying mediums and concepts, but their underlying interests explore different aspects of our suburban and urban experiences as men, women, immigrants and minorities.   

Curated by Matthew McLaughlin  

Featured Artists: Amze Emmons, Sang-Mi Yoo, Yoonmi Nam, Benjamin Rogers, Nick Satinover, and Christine Buckton Tillman




New Arrivals 2017: CAPP New Acquisitions

August 28–October 14, 2017

Opening Reception: August 30, 6–8 pm

Over the past year, six undergraduate students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds shared a single mission: to collaboratively select for the University of Maryland’s permanent collection a body of contemporary artwork that would prove relevant, sincere, and significant to all individuals who enter the STAMP Student Union, independent of their prior relationship to the arts. The resulting acquisitions, currently on view in the gallery, come from our committee’s  understanding that beauty can be a point of access for people, and that strength can be intertwined with vulnerability. It comes from our dissatisfaction with gaps in perspective, and how these gaps are filled in by power. It comes from our desire to justly portray people's needs and hopes, and to acknowledge that every experience has a history and a future. It comes from championing inclusivity and intersectionality, and confronting gentrification, misrepresentation, and oversimplification. It comes from adamantly believing in the 
communicative potential of visual language. In an unpredictable, frightening, and consistently challenging time in our history, it is the hope of the 2016−2017 CAPP Committee that New Arrivals will stand as a reminder of the  inextricably complicated, and yet incredibly resilient, connectivity of all people. It is the committee's hope that works created from empathy, will perpetuate it.

Featured Artists: Margaret Boozer, Zoë Charlton, Martine Gutierrez, Kakyoung Lee, Nate Lewis, Sophia Narrett, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Paul Rucker, and K. Yoland.

2016-2017 CAPP Committee: Rachael Carruthers (History/Studio Art ‘17), Grace DeWitt (Animal Science/Studio Art ‘18), Nicolay (Nick) Duque-Robayo (Art History/Philosophy ‘18), Kathleen (Kat) Hubbard (Art History/Philosophy ‘17), Damon King (Business ‘17), and Sarang Yeola (Physics/Economics ‘18).

Special thanks to Advisor Cecilia Wichmann, STAMP leadership Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, Donna Lim, and Joe Calizo, and the 2016-2017 Advisory Board: Sarah Buchanan, Laurie Cameron, Sana Javed, Jackie Milad, Megan Rook-Koepsel, Dr. Joshua Shannon, Dr. Vesela Sretenovic, and Betsy Thomas.





I'm Fine

June 5–July 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 6–8 pm

Fueled by an interest in the notion of art as a means of catharsis, I’m Fine presents artworks that investigate narratives of personality, process, and release. Whether art-making amplifies emotions or mitigates them, all creative endeavors echo one step in the process of self-exploration. The works in the exhibition examine and respond to the following questions: How does the practice of making art participate in (or disrupt) the process of personal development? Can art adequately translate the variable ways conceptions of “self” operate? How does creativity alleviate or intensify emotion? In what ways does art comment on—and participate in—mental health and self-care? To what extent is art a mouthpiece for the mind in flux or an independent and evolving entity?

The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, and video, and features work by Emma Brand (Skidmore College ’17), Rachael Carruthers (UMCP ’17), Brandon Chambers (UMCP ’17), Dana Hollister (UMCP ’17), Tam-anh Nguyen (UMCP ’17), Nicole Osborne (MFA, GWU ‘18), and Susannah Ward (Catholic University ’17).

Curated by Stamp Gallery docents Tasiana Paolisso (B.S. Architecture 2018) Sarah Schurman (B.A. English 2017)





Jessica van Brakle, Hugh Condrey Bryant, and Beki Basch  

March 29–May 22, 2017  

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 29, 6–8 pm

Midpoint is an annual exhibition featuring work by artists in the second year of MFA candidacy in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Bekí Basch (b. 1987 New Brunswick, New Jersey) received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from MICA in 2009 and is now an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for both galleries and professional working artists, in the US and abroad. Largely inspired by powerful artists of the past and present as well as by her local artist peers, she has shown works in Baltimore and also in Ireland. Bekí primarily works in a project-based practice, where each cumulative exploration of narrative and object expands over time to realize the scope of its effect. She is fascinated by history, relationships, and interconnectivity. Beki currently resides in Baltimore and is looking forward to a solo show at Current Space in May.
Hugh Condrey Bryant originally hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 and received two BFAs, one in sculpture and the other in theatrical set design. Before coming to Maryland he held the position of site manager and facilities coordinator for Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota. There he worked with many different artists from around the world to install their large-scale outdoor sculptures. His work has been exhibited at Franconia Sculpture Park; Casket Arts in Minneapolis, MN; Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Stevens Point, WI; and the Salisbury Sculpture Show in Salisbury, NC. He has also been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the McKnight Individual Artist Grant and Emerging Artist Fellowship at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY. His work primarily centers around the use of concrete and steel—materials associated with trade labor traditionally performed by men—to challenge contemporary ideas of masculinity through transforming those materials and altering how they are perceived.
Jessica van Brakle was born in Bethesda, Maryland and received her BA in Fine Arts in 2007 from the Corcoran College of Art & Design. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Washington metropolitan area, been included in art fairs such as Scope Miami and (e)merge Art Fair, and participated in the Artist Residency Program at the Arlington Arts Center from 2011 through 2015. Van Brakle is a previous recipient of the Individual Artist Grant for Painting from the Maryland State Arts Council, has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was selected in 2010 for a two-year fellowship with Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. Her work is included in the collection of the U.S. Consulate Dubai as well as in many corporate collections such as the headquarters of PNC, Hilton Worldwide, and Capital One Digital Headquarters. Utilizing drawing, painting, and cut paper collage, her artwork is inspired by history, sci-fi, ecology, and identity. Threaded throughout are the relationships and correspondences between the progress of man and the power of nature—a commentary on hierarchies found in society. 



Collective Monument

Onejoon Che + Nara Park + The DZT Collective

January 25–March 11, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 25, 6–8 pm

Collective Monument examines monumentality as a complex and ambiguous cultural form that emerges from networks of power, memory, and participation. The exhibition presents three artists from diverse geographies who engage with the significance of monuments and monumental industry in current geopolitical conditions. Onejoon Che, Nara Park, and the DZT Collective all use monuments to propose forms of collective experience and to critically examine the grounds of that collectivity. The works on view trace the methods by which monuments are produced, the kinds of meanings they propagate, and the ways that individuals and groups can speak to, through, and with them.

South Korean artist Onejoon Che’s three-channel video Mansudae Master Class documents the labor of North Korean sculptors constructing colossal sculptures in Africa, revealing that monumental commissions can transcend isolationist politics. Washington, DC-based sculptor Nara Park’s Never Forget ponders the simultaneous profundity and superficiality of monumental forms and language, considering monuments’ capacity to appear both natural and artificial. The DZT Collective—a collective of Albanian and Italian artists, curators, and architects —presents Study for a Monument. This interactive installation invites visitors to use their bodies and objects at hand to model a monument within the gallery, opening a space to experiment with strategies for embodying resistance and commemoration. Taken together, the artworks in Collective Monument push us to reconsider how monuments can allow us to share our experiences, with whom we can share them, and what futures we might construct out of them.

Curated by Raino Isto

The exhibition concluded with a multidisciplinary graduate symposium, 'Monumental Form/ Memorial Time,' featuring a keynote lecture by New York artist Lisi Raskin on March 10 and panels of graduate student research papers on March 11, 2017.






Black Maths

Adam Holofcener + Antonio McAfee 

October 31–December 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 1, 6–9 pm

In Black Maths, Baltimore-based artists Adam Holofcener and Antonio McAfee use audio recordings and photography to investigate the complex equations by which the past operates on the present. The exhibition opens a dialogue between Holofcener’s quadrophonic sound installation Upresting (2015–2016) and McAfee’s Counter-Archive Project (2011–present). Holofcener’s Upresting channels field recordings from the 2015 Baltimore Uprising into a sound environment that simulates the shifting acoustical sensations of a body navigating a protest. Visitors are invited to speak into a microphone to hear their voices become a multitude. McAfee’s Counter-Archive Project addresses the complexity of representation, transforming black-and-white portrait photographs taken for The Exhibition of American Negroes organized by W.E.B. Dubois, Thomas Calloway, and Historic Black Colleges at the Paris 1900 International Exposition. By manipulating and layering this source material, and then amplifying and recombining it in a shared space, Black Maths invites visitors to bring their own bodies to bear in an active, visceral encounter with themselves and across time.  

Curated by Cecilia Wichmann




August 29–October 15, 2016 

This fall, the Stamp Gallery presents Paradise Now, a project by Baltimore-based artist Kimi Hanauer featuring work by Sydney Spann, Michael Stephens, and Nikki Lee. Paradise Now is a game of unequal circumstances and varying objectives. Open Rounds of Paradise Now have now ended, but visitors are invited to view projected images from the game rounds in the space. Additionally, a forthcoming publication will come out near the end of this year, chronicling the game as an experience. 

Paradise Now is curated by Stamp Gallery docents Christopher Bugtong (UMCP ’17), Grace DeWitt (UMCP ’17), and Shay Tyndall (UMCP ’17), all current undergraduate students at the University of Maryland—College Park. An incubator for emerging artists and curators, the Stamp Gallery regularly presents exhibitions curated by undergraduates. 

Paradise Now features a Pop-Up Art Library made possible by THE ART LIBRARY located at 2213 Parren Mitchell Art Sociology Building at the University of Maryland. Special thanks to THE ART LIBRARY for making possible the exhibition's reading room, where visitors can enjoy a selection of books related to themes explored by the artworks on view. 


Kimi Hanauer is a Baltimore-based artist and organizer from Pittsburgh, PA via Tel Aviv. Kimi received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. She is the co-founder and lead organizer of Press Press, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative based in Baltimore, and is a resident artist at Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project. Kimi has participated in and organized a range of projects both hyper-locally and internationally, from founding and organizing Alloverstreet, to facilitating youth take-over's of local galleries, to throwing games, talks, conferences and other forms of public actions. 

Nikki Lee. Space no longer fits its three fundamental inhabitants of expression separately. They learned to morph into a hybrid creature. It now searches for a home and often creates one. Sweet hours die and give birth to new creations. The world is still left to its never ending loops- light to dark, dark to light. Both holding the power to blind. In this hunt is where I reside. 

Sydney Spann is a Baltimore based musician and performance artist whose solo project exists under the moniker Sunatirene (sún-ah-chur-ráin). Drawing from musique concrete, folk music, and pop tendencies, she uses field recordings, archival samples, generative processes, and her voice as soundscaping and storytelling tools. She translates visual symbols into aural forms and focuses on the healing and architectural potential of sound in an attempt to create new, genre-less music. Her first release is available via Ehse Records. 

Michael Wasteneys Stephens grows best in direct sunlight and thorough waterings. 


Christopher Bugtong is a senior Computer Science and Film Studies double major at the University of Maryland. In addition to being a student curator, docent, and Head of Social Media at the Stamp Gallery, Bugtong is founder and radio personality for Art Hour as a part of WMUC and is a Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors College alumni. 

Grace DeWitt will graduate with a double degree in Animal Science and Studio Art in spring 2017. DeWitt is Student Manager of the Stamp Gallery and a member of the 2016–17 student-led Contemporary Art Purchasing Program committee in addition to being a curator of Paradise Now. She is an Honors Humanities alumni and has an interest in painting and film photography. 

Shay Tyndall is a senior at the University of Maryland who will graduate with a double major in English and Mandarin Chinese and a certificate in East Asians Studies. In addition to her work as a docent and student curator at the Stamp Gallery, Tyndall is the Student Manager at the Stamp’s Art and Learning Center, a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, a National Leadership Honor Society, and an alumni of the College Park Scholars Arts program.



June 6 – July 29, 2016

Stamp Gallery teams up with Laboratory Research Gallery for a summertime drawing experience. An exhibition of drawings and sketches by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Maryland takes visitors down the rabbit hole of the creative process. Selections vary wildly in size, orientation, attitude, and finish. Some drawings articulate plans for projects in other media—sculpture, installation, and performance—while others materialize intuitive, improvisational, or rule-based thinking. A communal drawing table stocked with supplies beckons visitors to make their own work to take home or add to the installation. 

Artwork on view by Sobia Ahmad, Jasmine Alexander, Bekí Basch, Zac Benson, C.W. Brooks, Hugh Bryant, Rachael Carruthers, Grace DeWitt, Meirav Finn, Kevin Hird, Dana Hollister, Raino Isto, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Rachel Lebo, Vanessa Liminski, Grant McFarland, Korey Richardson, Dusty Rose, Leah Schaperow, Dane Winkler, Dominique Wohrer, and Jowita Wyszomirska

Drawing Board remounted and expanded on Preparation as Practice: Current Grad Student Drawings, the inaugural project of the Laboratory Research Gallery on view January–February 2016. Laboratory is a research gallery operated by the Graduate Students at the University of Maryland-College Park, Art Department, C.W. Brooks, Director.

Special thanks to the Department of Art and the Art and Learning Center (now known as Studio A).

Drawing Board features a Pop-Up Art Library made possible by THE ART LIBRARY located at 2213 Parren Mitchell Art Sociology Building at the University of Maryland. Special thanks to THE ART LIBRARY for making possible the exhibition's reading room, where visitors can enjoy a selection of books related to themes explored by the artworks on view. 



March 24–MAY 21

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 23, 5–8 pm 

Artist Talks: Wednesday, May 11, 11 am–noon 

The Stamp Gallery Presents New Work by 2nd Year MFA Candidates in the Department of Art


The four artists collectively curated the exhibition, selecting among their own recent work and producing new artworks in dialogue with the Stamp Gallery’s distinctive space.


Zac Benson recently discovered the sincerity of immersing his personal faith and beliefs into his studio practice and has since started a new body of work. He primarily deals with reclaimed, manufactured materials and collaborates with the material’s history to explain the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society. For Midpoint 2016, Benson is producing a new work—God is Greater—that deals with the 2014 demolition of the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, Dair Mar Elia (Saint Elijah’s Monastery), by the terrorist group ISIL. Learn more about Benson’s work:

C.W. Brooks is a Chicago-born artist who focuses on material manipulation. Often engaging place, location, placement, reading, or identities they work to create space within materials through subtle manipulation. Humor is a strong but secondary element which allows entry to their network of ideas. Learn more about Brooks’s work:

Kevin Hird presents a series of investigations into the results obtainable through an expected interaction being repeated to unreasonable lengths on a common construction material. These pieces developed from a larger idea of finding something remarkable about or within the commonplace, and the principal concepts being explored within these works are the identity of objects, the search for the unexpected, the relationship between the natural and manmade, work, and the artist’s personal history. Learn more about Hird’s work:

Dominique Wohrer makes work inspired by the fractures of her life. Embedded in her creations, the multiple scars heal slowly. The mixture of paper, pigments and adhesives hardens as it cures. In the drying phase, the forms—slaves of time—are distorted by gravity. Ultimately Wohrer works to leverage the arbitrary. Learn more about Wohrer’s work:


CAPP at 10: The Shape of Remembering

January 28–March 11, 2016 (Birthday Party Opening Reception: January 28, 5–8 pm)

The 2015–2016 academic year marks the 10th anniversary of the University of Maryland’s Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP). Over the course of a decade, the collection—assembled through the talent and dedication of students at the University of Maryland—has grown to include some forty works of art by 33 artists from our region and around the world. Nearly all of this outstanding collection will be on view in a special retrospective exhibition filling the Stamp Gallery and surrounding spaces in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life.

Work on view by Derrick Adams, Alice Attie, Shimon Attie, Selin Balci, Wafaa Bilal, Jeff Brouws, Edward Burtynsky, Jeremy Dean, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Patrick Jacobs, Luke Jerram, Simen Johan, Sarah Anne Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Doug Keyes, Jae Ko, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, Nikki S. Lee, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Linn Meyers, Maggie Michael, Jiha Moon, Jenny Morgan, John Paradiso, Elle Pérez, Jefferson Pinder, Dulce Pinzón, Barbara Probst, Susan Rankaitis, Ellington Robinson, and Lorna Simpson.

Learn more about the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program


NEW ARRIVALS 2015: Collecting Contemporary Art at the University of Maryland

September 25–December 18, 2015 (Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 6–10 pm)

Introducing 2014–2015 acquisitions of the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP), featuring work by:

Derrick Adams - Wafaa Bilal - Titus Kaphar - John Paradiso - Elle Pérez - Ellington Robinson

Nearly all completed within the last two years, these works explore intersecting contemporary experiences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, global conflict, and personal identity. Spanning photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and multimedia construction, they incorporate materials as diverse as gold leaf, asphalt paper, shrink wrap, crude oil, and repurposed furniture.

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SEE ME: More Than How I Look

August 31–September 11, 2015

An interactive project created by UMD Design and the SGA Diversity Committee in spring 2015 to address issues facing multicultural students and organizations at the University of Maryland. 

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In Response: Conversations Between Emerging Artists and Contemporary Work From The CAPP Collection

June 15–July 31, 2015

An exhibition showcasing the artwork of University of Maryland undergraduate students inspired by contemporary artists featured in the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP) collection at Stamp. Artists: Anna Engle, Gilbert White, John Ortiz, Maya Harrison, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Sana Manejwala, and Sobia Ahmad.

Curated by: Genesis Henriquez, Korey Richardson, Shay Tyndall


Nomad World/El mundo nomada

Nomad World evokes the space of an arcade, where childhood play encounters global capitalism and technology. The sculptures and installations in the show invite us to move back and forth from our childhood to our present, as they reveal a dislocated and fragmentary memory that mirrors the artist's existence shared between San Salvador and Los Angeles. An embodied simultaneity is revealed, and it is further complicated, particularly as the exhibition overflows the space of the gallery, and enters a virtual, transnational dimension.

Beatriz Cortez is an artist, a writer, and an educator. She is an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts (2015). She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Costa Rica, and San Salvador, El Salvador. She was born in El Salvador and has lived in the United States since 1989. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is a professor of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge. 

El mundo nomada evoca el espacio de las maquinitas, donde los juegos de infancia se enfrentan con el capitalismo global y la tecnologia. Las esculturas e instalaciones en la exposicion nos invitan a oscilar entre nuestra infancia y el presente, a medida que revelan una memoria dislocada y fragmentaria que refleja la existencia de la artista entre la ciudad de San Salvador y la ciudad de Los Angeles. Une simultaneidad corporal se hace visible y compleja, particularmente a medida en que la exposicion sobrepasa el espacio de la galeria e ingresa en una dimension virtual y transnacional. 

Beatriz Cortez es artista, escritora, y educadora. Es candidata para la Maestria en Bellas Artes en el California Institute of Arts (2015). Ha expuesto su obra nacional e internationalmente en Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Costa Rica, y San Salvador, El Salvador. Nacio en El Salvador y ha vivido en los Estados Unidos desde 1989. Vive y trabaja en Los Angeles, es catedratica de Estudios Centroamericanos en California State University, Northridge.


Project 35 Volume 2

Produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. In 2010 ICI launched PROJECT 35, a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection has been presented simultaneously in more than 30 venues, inspiring discourse in places as varied as Berlin, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; Los Angeles, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Skopje, Macedonia; Storrs, Connecticut; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tirana, Albania, assuring a place for video’s reach on a global scale.


Midpoint: Dance

A site-specific dance performance at the Stamp Gallery featuring the work of Meghan Abadoo, Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Julia Smith, Curtis Stedge


Looking Black at Me

Solo Exhibition by Larry Cook: Looking Black At Me consists of videos and photographs that address questions of Black identity, representation, and self-awareness



Magnified: A Student Curated Show

Curated by Carmen Dodl, Geena Gao, and Martine Gaetan. The works of artists Chip Irvine, Michael Sylvan Robinson, and Al Zaruba were selected for their interesting use of alternate mediums, their concentration on detail, and uniting theme. Magnified invites viewers to be transported to parallel universes through sculpture, paintings in relief, and photography.


Midpoint 2014

Presents second year MFA Candidates: Rob Hackett, Aydin Hamami, Janelle Whisenant, and Steve Williams.



VOLUME is an interactive exhibition created by artist in residence, Maya Freelon Asante. Asante will transform the gallery space into a colorful explosion of kinetic tissue paper art. The site-specific installation invites visitors to join in on the creation of the artwork


Queer Objectivity

A new exhibition curated by artist, Kris Grey, "Queer Objectivity" brings together sixteen emerging and established artists diverse in their identities, experiences, materials and approaches. Artists featured in this ambitious exhibition include: AK Burns, Heather Cassils, Nicolaus Chaffin, Mary Coble, Lauren Denitzio, Brendan Fernandes, Kris Grey, Gordon Hall, Katherine Hubbard, JJ McCracken, Cupid Ojala, LJ Roberts, Coral Short, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Tobaron Waxman, and Jade Yumang.



Uniforum: A Place of Nonconsequence

Curated by Adam Echavarren and Ava Lowe. Featured artists: Kari Altmann, Jeremy Bailey, Chris Collins, Emilie Gervais, Bunny Rogers, Brenna Murphy and Petra Cortrigh. The artists in this exhibition exploit popular digital forums and user interface, such as YouTube/Vimeo, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook to call attention to contemporary issues related to digital identity and user anonymity.


States of Mind

The artists represented here work in a range of creative media, employing such varied forms as the written word, found historical documents, and cast aluminum. What unites the pieces on display is the artists’ shared desire to give visual form to
internal psychic states so they might be contemplated and discussed rather than repressed.


Midpoint 2013

Presents second year MFA Candidates Lauren Shea Little, and Lauren Frances Moore


Selections from Combat Paper

A new exhibition curated by artist Jason Hughes. It brings audiences closer to the veteran experience through artwork and creative writing projects produced through collaborations between veterans and civilians since 2007. Combat Paper was founded by book and paper artist Drew Matott and Iraq vet-turned-artist Drew Cameron as a non-profit organization that conducted workshops around the country teaching military vets how to make handmade paper out of their old uniforms.


Olivia Robinson: 1899–1902

This exhibition features work created by multimedia artist Olivia Robinson between the years 1899 and 1902.  Robinson’s choice to present her work as if created during this time period, the height of the Technological Revolution (and pre-dating her birth), affords her the ability to reflect upon contemporary social issues (labor, wealth, public health) from a bi-historic perspective. 



Tara Rodgers

Tara Rodgers has worked with the open-source programming language SuperCollider ( to explore relationships among data, sounds, subjective experiences, and large-scale patterns of living systems. In representations of landscapes, weather events, and migration flows, Rodgers uses digital sounds metaphorically and poetically: to blur distinctions between what is heard as natural or artificial, and to reference the dynamism and ephemerality of environments and forms of life


Futures Transcended

A gallery performance series featuring sound, dance, film & flexible synthesis. Included the following artists: Sigrid Lauren & Monica Mirabile, Meg Rorison & Jenny Gräf, Yutaka Houlette of Mixtum & Patrick Rife, and Twig Harper & Carly Ptak of Nautical Almanac


Work Sites

Curated by Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger of Nudashank Gallery.  Featured artists include: Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Andrew Laumann, and Jack Henry. Work Sites features three artists who make abstract work that either references or directly uses construction and building materials to create larger dialog about impermanence, waste, and the haphazard discard of these materials.


Midpoint 2012 

Featured Artists: Mark Earnhart, Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, Pat McGowan 


Cliff Evans: Sites and Stations

Working in the medium of video, Cliff Evans' works are a mash-up of unrelated styles that mesh effortlessly. Evans uses a rich variety of imagery sources, such as Northern Renaissance devotional paintings, and blends these into present-day single and multi-channel digital video pieces resulting in cohesive works that portray his outlook on the modern and future worlds. 


Hong Seon Jang: Sugar High

In his elaborate installations, artist Hong Seon Jang takes mass produced man-made objects and transforms them into whimsical portrayals of natural phenomena. Working with ephemeral materials of consumer culture such as bottle caps, magazines, zip ties, and aluminum foil, he takes these constructed but transient things that come in and out of our lives and weighs them against that which we see as natural and perpetual.


Contemporary Art Purchase Program Selections 2010–2011

Midpoint 2011

The Stamp Gallery presents MIDPOINT, an exhibition of works by six artists in their second year of MFA candidacy at the University of Maryland. Showcasing the work of Selin Balci, Michael Booker, Felicia Glidden, Adam Nelson, Peter Karis, and Alexander Peace, MIDPOINT offers a glimpse at the diverse works being produced in the program. We hope you will join us in supporting the pursuits of this talented group of young artists.



"As originally posited in the 1960's, Conceptual Art focused attention on the idea behind the art object and questioned the traditional role of that object as the conveyer of meaning. Subsequently, those theories cast doubt upon the necessity of materiality itself as conceptual artists "de-materialized" the art object and began to produce time-based and ephemeral artworks. Although total dematerialization never occurred, the art object became flexible - malleable - and that malleability, coupled with semiotics and process, has resulted in the postconceptual object..."


Derick Melander

Derick Melander creates large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons. Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture. Larger works create discrete environments.


Clarina Bezzola

Clarina Bezzola creates large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. These structures take the form of wedges, columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons. Smaller pieces directly interact with the surrounding architecture. Larger works create discrete environments.



Video Installation Series

Stamp Gallery presents video art by respected filmmakers STEPHANIE BARBER and FERN SILVA. This exhibition marks the first of what is to become an annual presentation of video art works and films by contemporary filmmakers. Each summer two artists will be selected to showcase a collection of current works.


Humor Yourself

The Stamp Gallery presents Humor Yourself, an exhibition featuring the illustrations of local artists John Shipman and Rachel Bone, who combine whimsical, dreamlike images and concise, illustrative styles. Curated by University of Maryland students Danielle Brown '10 and Eldis Sula '11, Humor Yourself playfully explores the potential of illustrations to enhance our otherwise common perceptions of the world.


Midpoint 2010

An exhibition of works from UMCP 2nd year MFA Candidates Jack Henry, Joseph Hoffman, Timothy Horjus, Sarah Laing and Stewart Watson. 



Asian-Americans often experience a sense of estrangement from or reaction against their cultural heritage, and yet, because society reads foreignness into their appearances, they are often asked to be a representative for that culture.



Jessica Vaughn Toppled Series, mixed media on paper litho transfers 2008-2009


Mystical Arts of Tibet

An exhibition of works by Tibetan Monks to construct a symbolic mandala made of sand.




An exhibition of works by multimedia Baltimore artists Jen Kirby, Gina Denton, Ayako Kataoka, Jenny Graf Sheppard and curated by Melissa Moore



An exhibition of works by Elizabeth Crisman, Laura Hughes and Lu Zhang



An exhibition of work by Washington D.C. artist Ding Ren curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel and Jennifer Quick.



All Terrain features work by three artists, Amanda Burnham, David Constable, and Susan Main, who each draw upon their immediate surroundings as a vehicle to explore the transitional and tenuous nature of place. As a series of shifting environments, the landscapes represented both construct, and are constructed by, those who negotiate their terrain.



Alessandro Bosetti, an interdisciplinary artist and traveler based in Berlin, tells a mixed-media tale of a land that changed a long time ago. ATLASING is a documentary show promoting historical awareness and memory repression.



A solo exhibition featuring the work of Lebanon based artist, Mazen Kerbaj



An exhibition and artist collaborative project featuring emerging U.S and Mexican Artists.




Features works of of two young artists originally from Maryland.



Features works of new interpretations of technological change and growth that empower human beings to create deep meaning.


Drawing Zero 1

Features works produced with hand tools that are subtly influenced by digital aesthetics. The artists all display a mastery of classical drawing techniques, imbued with sensibilities affected by an increasingly virtual environment.



Features three artists whose works examine the American practice of disjointed cultural identification.
November 8 – December 20, 2007


Georgic Odyssey

An exhibition of photographs by Edwin Remsberg. The purpose of the exhibit, according to Remsberg, is to offer a view of a world that exists side-by-side with most people’s lives, but which they rarely see or think about – a behind-the-scenes tour of your dinner.
September 20 - November 1, 2007


Visualizing El Barrio

A story of seven local artists’ interpretation of the streets, homes, and landscapes of Washington D.C. Latino neighborhoods.
August 6 - September 13, 2007




Baltimore area artists whose work is influenced by cinema and filmmaking techniques
May 31 - July 19, 2007


I Walk the Line: Three Abstract Artists in the 21st-Century

March 1–April 12, 2007



Selected works by Washington Sculptors Group
January 16–February 22, 2007


Selections: Works by University of Maryland Students

November 14–December 14, 2006


Emory Kristof: Around the World In 800,000 Chromes

September 21–November 2, 2006
Featuring the work of Emory Kristof, National Geographic photographer.


Fly Over States Perspectives: Lauren Adams, Zoë Charlton, and Steve Jones

August 10–September 14, 2006
Curated by Brian Sykes, MFA candidate, University of Maryland This exhibition brings together artists that were originally from non-urban regions of the United States to see how their work is influenced by their origins


Midpoint 2006

2nd Year MFA Candidates at the University of Maryland Peter Gordon, Benjamin Lock, Brian Sykes, and Adam White
March 30–April 20, 2006


ReDiscover, ReThink, ReDesign Landscape Architecture: A National Cross-Section of Landscape Architecture

March 7–26, 2006


Appropriately: Five Artists Exploring Humor

January 12–February 27, 2006
Featuring the work of A. Clark Bedford, Jonathan Bucci, Mike Geno, Barry Scott, and R.L. Tillman


Boundaries: Contemporary Landscape

November 10–December 22, 2006
Featuring the work of Karey Kessler, Isabel Manalo, Jiha Moon, and Christine B. Tillman


Every day

August 10–September 21, 2005
Works by Barbara Bergstrom, Tracy Templeton, Addison Will and Andy Moon Wilson



May 25–July 14, 2005
Works by local artists Hedwige Jacobs, Kevin Kepple, and Katie Krebs



April 26–May 12, 2005
Work by University of Maryland Students


Bodies: Prints by Matthew Clay-Robison

March 31–April 22, 2005
Exhibition Continues Printmaking's Tradition of Social and Political Commentary


Show and/or Tell

February 10–March 18, 2005
University of Maryland's Union Gallery Showcases MFA Students and Alumni


Perception and Illusion: The Physics of Light and Optics

December 8, 2004–February 4, 2005
UM Gallery Showcases How We See (or Think We See) With Physics Demonstrations


The Sensual Beauty of Silk Art

October–November, 2005
Work by twelve international and domestic silk artists associated with Silk Painters International (SPIN)


Child's Play: Recent Work by Ben Schachter

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