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May 15-30: Graduate students showcase ceramic artwork

FREDERICK, Md.—An art exhibit at Hood College will showcase the work of two graduate students May 15-30 in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery.

The exhibit “Layers of Change” by Jenna Gianni features handbuilt ceramic sculptures inspired by the growth patterns and changes that occur in life and the natural world. Her work in clay began as a creative outlet when she was an undergraduate English major.

Gianni, who is from from Middletown, Md., is pursuing a master’s degree in ceramic arts, and she works as a graduate studio technician and gallery assistant. She is a member of the Potters’ Guild of Frederick where her work is on display year round.

The exhibit “What is Hidden” by Marcus Davis showcases sculptural porcelain and functional stoneware work, exploring thoughts and ideas of the hidden scars on the human psyche. The work in this show is fired in wood and soda kilns, using the flame paths and atmospheric conditions for dramatic visual effect.

A Frederick resident, Davis was inspired to explore the arts by his late parents. He has been a professional potter for 13 years, and his work is represented in public and private collections across North America, Europe and Japan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts at Hood.

The gallery will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a reception May 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ gallery talks at 3:30 p.m. The receptions and exhibit are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa York, assistant professor of art and curator of the Whitaker Gallery, at