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MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF HARBOR COURT COMMISSION WITH ARTIST JOWITA WYSZOMIRSKA

MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF HARBOR COURT COMMISSION WITH ARTIST JOWITA WYSZOMIRSKA

January 24, 2017, Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to announce the completion of a publicly commissioned artwork created by Jowita Wyszomirska at The Towers at Harbor Court Condominium (Harbor Court). After a rigorous six-month selection process and an array of studio-visits with local artists, Harbor Court chose Wyszomirska to create a signature work of art for their lobby. The outcome was a large-scale, three-paneled piece titled, “Minute 3”. The work was created using acrylic, conté crayon and markers on panel. Each panel is a staggering 91” x 47 ¼”, and is part of an ongoing series inspired by the weather. “I record and transform weather data to reflect the effects of climate change with regard to freak winter storms, extreme weather changes, and highly fluctuating temperatures,” states Wyszomirska. “After using digital manipulation, I laser cut an output of patterns derived from the satellite imagery of NASA of the Chesapeake region. From there, my process becomes more intuitive as I use the resulting templates for layering, drawing and painting.”

The Towers at Harbor Court Condominium is a luxury “community and facility that fully embraces city living and is uniquely sited and structured to thrive as a part of Baltimore’s downtown Inner Harbor neighborhoods.” Maryland Art Place was brought on board, by former MAP Trustee, Craig M. Gayhardt to facilitate the process in finding the perfect candidate for this public commission. Barbara Valerie, the President of The Towers at Harbor Court Condominium Association, states, “it is striking, elegant and unique... the perfect addition to our condominium lobby. I would encourage the developers of residential and commercial properties in Maryland, and especially Baltimore City, to use the works of the many talented artists who live and work in Maryland to add the perfect finishing touches to their new or renovated buildings.” A sentiment shared by Maryland Art Place’s leadership.

Jowita Wyszomirska is a Polish-American artist with an inter-disciplinary approach to drawing. Her work ranges from site-specific installations to video experimentations. Wyszomirska’s work has been shown in exhibitions including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, the VisArts, Rockville, MD, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO; The Temporary, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, among others. Other honors and awards include the Board of Governor's Award (b-grant) she received from the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund in 2014, and numerous residencies including the Soaring Gardens Residency, Meshoppen, PA, Jentel Foundation, WY; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, NE, and International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Wyszomirska received her BFA from the Illinois State University and her MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park. To view the completed piece, please visit Harbor Court located in Baltimore’s downtown inner harbor.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981. MAP is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts & Sciences. www.mdartplace.org.

For more information or to request an accompanying image, contact: naomi@mdartplace.org or call 410.962.8565.

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MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE SOLO EXHIBITION FEATURING ABHIDNYA GHUGE AND HEATHER HARVEY

MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE SOLO EXHIBITION FEATURING ABHIDNYA GHUGE AND HEATHER HARVEY

Exhibition: January 19th - March 11,2017 | Opening Reception: January 19th, 2017 at 6pm

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present the work of Abhidnya Ghuge and Heather Harvey in a double solo exhibition exploring space intervention and material use. The two shows, Our Lives Are Green (Ghuge) and ENCAMPMENT (Harvey) will be on view from January 19th to March 11, 2017 at Maryland Art Place (MAP), located on 218 W Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. A reception for the artists will take place at MAP on January 19th at six in the evening.

Abhidnya Ghuge is a Texas based multidisciplinary artist who uses printmaking techniques on paper plates to create site-responsive installations. Originally from India, Ghuge draws inspiration from Indian henna designs, the microscopic and macroscopic world, and cultural landscapes of America. Her work celebrates patterns, organic forms, and allows for a rich sensory and spatial experience. Ghuge’s installations are typically vast and comprised of many small parts, (in this instance the plates), to create imaginative, free form, colorful structures. Abhi draws on the similarities between paper disposal and human disposal; the point being that they are both disposable. She adds, What really matters is the time between the beginning and the end - the purpose and the impact each life has made in the world around itself. Growing up in India amongst billions of people, there was no sense of value to a life, especially a female life. Transformation of a life from completely disposable to one of importance came about after my immigration to the United States in 1993. Ghuge is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at the university of Texas at Tyler. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and has public and private collections in the UK, USA, and India.

Heather Harvey creates site-specific installations and objects that straddle traditional boundaries between painting, drawing, and sculpture. Harvey explores themes of hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms - such as gravity, quantum physic, and radio waves. These mechanisms also include the human body, memory, and contradictory emotional landscapes and internal unfolding thought processes. The exhibition, ENCAMPMENT, is an elegiac celebration and defensive stance for all that is marginal, invisible, undervalued, and under threat. Working off of the fragile, provisional, absurdist, and dangerous climate of our current national moment, it recalls itinerancy and life on the periphery in all its forms. The makeshift, transient constructions are both welcoming refuge and aggressively defended bulwarks that straddle the line between elegance and the grotesque using primarily collected trash from daily walk.

Harvey has exhibited her work in venues across the country, including The Painting Center, NYC, McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, TX, and the Claremont Graduate university gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Harvey has received several awards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship 2009-2010 and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2003. She is currently Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Studio Coordinator at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, USA.

Connecting artists with communities since 1981, Maryland Art Place (MAP) is a Baltimore-based nonprofit contemporary art center. MAP energizes the region’s cultural environment through dynamic exhibitions, events, workshops and programming.

Press Inquiries contact: Naomi Davidoff, Program Manager naomi@mdartplace.org OR Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director amy@mdartplace.org.

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