UMD’s ArtWalk Depicts Hidden Galleries Around Campus

By Joe Zimmermann, Bloc Reporter

Students joined curators for the second annual ArtWalk on April 24, a unique exhibition highlighting unknown on-campus galleries filled with diverse paintings and sculptures.

“We realized a lot of students don’t know about the galleries on campus,” said Jackie Milad, tour leader of the ArtWalk and coordinator of the Stamp Gallery. “We’re lucky to have five galleries here.”

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Joe Zimmermann/Bloc Reporter~A curator walks her tour group through the Stamp Art Gallery.

The trip began at the Stamp Gallery, then went on to the David C. Driskell Center in Cole Field House, the Art-Sociology Building’s Art Gallery, the Herman Maril Gallery, and the Kibel and Linear Galleries in the Architecture Building.

Along the way, the group also stopped at the Master of Fine Arts studios in the Art-Sociology Building.

“It’s cool to see,” junior marketing major Yichen Dong said. “Each [exhibit] is different in different ways.”

“I had no idea these were all here,” said Brenton Edwards, a junior biology major specializing in genetics.

Edwards attended the tour with his fellow classmates. He said the pieces at the Driskell Center, which focuses on African-American art, struck him the most.

The center is currently displaying the work of Charles White in an exhibition called “Heroes: Gone but not Forgotten.”

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Joe Zimmermann/Bloc Reporter~Students explore Dane Winkler’s sculpture “The Un-named Mountain” during of ArtWalk’s pit-stops.

Dane Winkler, a first-year MFA student, said he enjoyed having visitors because it gave him a chance to display and talk about his artwork.

Between the MFA studios and the Art Gallery, the tour group met with Winkler at his large wooden sculpture to discuss and interact with his artwork.

“I forget how important it is to have to explain your work,” Winkler said.

When people see his artwork, they usually think it looks ominous, he said, but find it to be a peaceful experience when they interact with it.

The ArtWalk continued to the Architecture Building’s Kibel Gallery, which exhibited architecture inspired by women’s clothing in Saudi and Korean cultures, and Linear Gallery, which featured drawings made using a pen controlled with computer code.

“I think it gets students on campus who might not be aware of the spaces and resources we have to see them after class,” said Katherine Kula, curator of the art gallery’s “What’s in a Meme?” exhibit. “Hopefully they’ll come again.”

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