August 3, 2012
(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College (HCC) will feature the artwork of two long time Columbia artists, Jim Adkins and Alice Webb, August 16 to September 23, 2012, in the college’s galleries. The Adkins exhibition, titled “Now and Then,” will be shown in The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and Alice Webb’s “Around the Beltway” will be featured in the Art Department Gallery. A reception for both exhibitions will be held September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Jim Adkins, professor of art at HCC, uses both charcoal and oil paints in his figure work. All of his works begin in his journals where he collects ideas, lists, sketches and articles that eventually play a part in his figures and compositions. He uses the figure abstractly, especially noting positive and negative shapes. Adkins says, “Allegories, psychological references, and mythology will give me an unending source of material as I pursue my study of the figure…I love making art and being able to teach what I learn makes it completely fulfilling.”
In 2001, Alice Webb was approached by the Baltimore Sun and asked to help with creating a local county magazine that expressed a kaleidoscope of the individual counties. Her job was to paint an illustration to represent an icon of each county that would be used for the cover of the magazines. The project turned into an adventure of discovery for her as she created 25 illustrations from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties. All of the original watercolor illustrations along with prints of the original magazines will be on exhibit.
Both Adkins and Webb have extensive resumes detailing their exhibitions, awards, commissions and publications. They have been key artists and teachers in the community who have been inspiring students and art patrons for decades.
Exhibit viewing hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery is located in the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts and The Art Department Gallery is located in McCuan Hall. Howard Community College campus at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. For more information about the exhibition and gallery programs, visit www.howardcc.edu or email RBafford@howardcc.edu.