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Heritage Habitats - Opening Reception

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The King Street Gallery presents Vicki VanAmeyden and Ginger Owen: Heritage Habitats from April 2 - May 4, 2018. A reception will be held Thursday, April 5th, 2018 6–8 p.m. The event is located at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. For more information, visit http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/arts-tpss/exhibitions/. Free and open to the public.

Through the use of large scale, sculptural and experiential installations, VanAmeyden and Owen offer a series of physical spaces for the contemplation of ancestry, nostalgia, memory, and the “commonalities that bind people and culture,” ultimately serving as an expression of humanism. Using a mix of sculpture and photography, the artists investigate the subjective nature of remembering, where the elapsed time of history alters reality. Besides an interest in the individual, the exhibition particularly engages with collective experience and remembrance, valuing the genealogical lineage and heritage that connects family and culture. The installation will include: Grove—an abstraction of a forest, a metaphor for the family of man, Roots—an organic chart or circulatory system linking humankind, and Heartwood—a tree like structure alluding to our connection to history.

About the Artists
VanAmeyden received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI with a concentration in printmaking and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI. Her diverse and interdisciplinary approach to art making often includes the use of text and non-traditional materials. Using image as metaphor for the human condition, VanAmeyden navigates through the empathy required in deciphering what it means to be a person in the singular and in the collective sense. VanAmeyden’s work has been acknowledged with awards at both the regional and national levels and includes a Lila Acheson Wallace Award for Illustration.

Owen is Associate Professor of Photography and Intermedia at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Owen-Murakami holds an MFA in Photography from Louisiana State University and a BFA in Photography from The University of Central Florida. Owen’s artwork derives imagery from narratives and themes of family history, race, gender, and culture. Her interdisciplinary practices include installation, sculpture, digital, traditional and non-silver photographic processes. She has lectured, worked, and exhibited internationally. Awards and grants include, a Photography Institute Fellowship at Tisch School of Arts, New York University, NY; Ambassador to Takasaki, Japan; Lacock Abbey, UK Residency; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL Residency; Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant, Arts Council of Kalamazoo, MI; and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, MN Residency.

About the King Street Gallery:
The King Street Gallery’s exhibitions compliment the academic programs of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College, while bringing art to the community. As part of the Silver Spring arts community, exhibitions focus on current pieces by working artists.

The gallery, located off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street, is on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Parking is available in the West Campus Garage, located immediately behind the center.