‘Drawings’ Exhibition Opens Today

Posted: October 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

“Drawings,” an exhibition featuring three talented artists, Hsin-His Chen, Beverly Ress and Youngmi Song Organ, is being presented by the Art and Visual Technology Department (AVT) through Nov. 9 in the Fine Arts Gallery on the Fairfax Campus. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Many of the works of art created by these three artists “might be viewed as a dramatization of mental images made from the conflicting and gradating realities or unrealities which mental images seem to possess,” says Judith Harris, instructor for AVT. The show was curated by Walter Kravitz, AVT professor.

Hsin-Hsi Chen received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1992, and his master’s in fine arts from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996. Chen has received a number of awards, grants and honors, including the Cover Award for an issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; the Solo Show Competition Award from the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in 2000; and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007. His work is on display at nine galleries across the country.

Beverly Ress describes her work as “an ongoing visual investigation of mortality.” She draws observed representations of things that she feels has wandered off the mortal coil: birds, plants, bugs and animals. Her work is featured in museum exhibitions in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. She also has solo and group exhibitions in galleries across the country. She has received fellowships and awards, such as the 1998 Individual Artist Award from the Montgomery County Arts Council. She was a 2003 finalist for the Trawick Prize.

Youngmi Song Organ was born in Korea and has studied traditional oriental painting since she was 15. After she received her BFA at Chunnam University in Korea, she came to the United States in 1996. In 2002, Song received her master’s degree in fine arts at Maryland Institute College of Art ‘s Mt. Royal School of Art. Song has had numerous solo and group shows at institutions such as Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C. Song currently teaches Sumi Ink Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The Fine Arts Gallery will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact AVT at 703-993-8898.

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