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HCC Galleries Feature Exhibitions of “Digital Paintings” by Artist Rex R. Stevens and Still Life “Fruits of Labor”

October 12, 2012

Columbia, Maryland - The galleries at Howard Community College (HCC) are currently featuring two exhibitions through November 11, 2012: a collection of “digital paintings” by Baltimore artist Rex R. Stevens and “Fruits of Our Labor,” a collection of still life paintings curated by accomplished student painter Lisa Coddington. The Stevens exhibit is being held in The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) and “Fruits of Our Labor” is being held just a short walk away in the Art Department Gallery of McCuan Hall.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Professor Rex R. Stevens uses collage with reference to popular culture and art history to create “digital paintings” rich in color and content. Mr. Stevens received his Master of Fine Arts degree from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting in 1982, and serves as chair of the Painting and Drawing Departments at the school. More than 30 of his image-full works are on display. Mr. Stevens collaborated with artist Grace Hartigan on several projects that benefit museums and groups who serve people directly in need. C. Grimaldis Gallery represents his work.

Lisa Coddington, curator of “Fruits of Our Labor” states, “I first thought of curating a show about fruit when I looked at an empty gallery and envisioned its walls enlivened by colorful fruit. Each fruit holds a posture and wears a unique skin as well as experiences a life cycle in a short period of time. To paint fruit is to celebrate life.” For this show, Ms. Coddington invited nine fellow classmates in HCC Professor Peter Collier’s painting class to create work for this exhibition. All of the artists share a rare dedication to their craft (oil painting) and camaraderie from years of painting together.

The artists participating in the “Fruits of Our Labor” exhibition include: Karl Avellar, Marina Borovok, Shirley Chandler, Lisa Coddington, Katherine Farrell, Howard Garrett, Karen Winson Levin, Mary Jo Messenger, Pam Perna and Kathy Stowe.

Exhibit viewing hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Howard Community College is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD, 21044. For more information, contact Rebecca Bafford at, or visit

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.