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Stubblefield and Exposed open in Hodson Gallery

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An exhibition of oil paintings by two Hood College students will be the fourth of five senior thesis exhibitions April 18-28.

Juan Toscano-Madrid and Genna Hamilton will display their works in Hood's Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center. A reception will be held April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery, with an artists' talk at 7 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Toscano-Madrid's exhibit, Stubblefield, is a series of oil paintings on panels that depict townhouses from his childhood Silver Spring, Md., neighborhood and friends with whom he grew up. He includes newspaper fragments and personal paper objects such as trading cards and video game manuals to express feelings of nostalgia associated with fading memories of a neighborhood where he once lived.

Exposed showcases Hamilton's works—seven portraits juxtaposed with text that is meant to reveal the harsh aspects of growing up biracial. The male and female figures, positioned in expressive gestural poses and accompanied by dark shadows, are intended to draw the viewer in, visually and emotionally, and encourage discourse about race and stereotypes.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Adam Farcus, gallery curator, at farcus@hood.edu.