Nature’s Harmony: East and West, Paintings by Yumi Hogan
April 14 – June 24, 2018
Yumi Hogan, Breath of Dawn 1, 2017, Sumi ink and acrylic on canvas
This exhibition will present a selection of First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan’s recent paintings. Working in the long tradition of East Asian and Western landscape painting, Mrs. Hogan’s work ethereally evokes the spirit of natural serenity and invites introspective contemplation. Her work blends traditional Sumi ink painting techniques with acrylic and mixed media that draw upon the artist’s Korean roots and embrace her current life experiences. Mrs. Hogan received her BFA from the Maryland Insitute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD, and her MFA from American University, Washington, D.C. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Drawing at MICA and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Annapolis, MD, Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Seoul, South Korea.
Washington County Public Schools Art Exhibition
April 21 – May 6, 2017 (Primary Schools)
May 12 – May 27, 2017 (Middle and High Schools)
Elementary School Reception/Sunday, May 5, 2018/ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WCPS Awards Ceremony/Wednesday, May 16, 2018/ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Middle/High School Reception/ Saturday, May 19, 2018/1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels
June 10 – September 23, 2018
Eighty-one original graphic works by some of the leading artists working in the arena of contemporary graphic novels.
Graphic novels have gained immense popularity in recent years. More varied in content than their early counterparts, they have also reached a new level of artistic respectability. Graphic novels have been the subject of scholarly studies, topics of museum exhibitions, and even the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. According to the American Library Association, they are among the fastest growing categories in publishing and bookselling.
The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt were the first examples of storytelling through pictures. The dawn of the Industrial Age saw the beginning of the graphic novel as a format of entertainment. The first major graphic novel, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, was published in the U.S. in 1842; the collected edition of The Yellow Kid cartoons in book form (1897) is recognized as the first financially successful graphic novel. The last century saw the emergence of the popular DC Comic heroes Superman, Batman, and Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Man.
BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels features works by Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Lincoln Pierce and Raina Telgemeier. On display is artwork from iconic books such as Baby Mouse, Big Nate, Lunch Lady, Brody’s Ghost and Smile. The exhibition is organized by at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.