The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) presents the exhibition “Perception” featuring the work of artist Gretchen Schermerhorn started Jan. 25, through March 8 in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. Perception’s artworks are inspired by images and text found in 80-year-old encyclopedias belonging to Schermerhorn’s family members.

Many of the ‘facts’ in these encyclopediae are now refuted and make the artist wonder what will be considered ludicrous, inaccurate, and outdated in 100 years. The exhibition addresses a pessimistic meta induction theory; if past successful scientific theories are found to be false, there is no reason to believe our current successful theories are approximately true.

Credit: Gretchen Schermerhorn / College of Southern Maryland

Schermerhorn’s workforces multiple images together into the same composition, illustrating relationships with the natural world as both competitive and destructive. CSM will host an Artist Reception with Schermerhorn on Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and those interested can register at Gretchen Schermerhorn Exhibit: “Perception.”

Schermerhorn is currently the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, an art center dedicated to the contemporary creation of hand printmaking, papermaking, and the art of the book, in Hyattsville, Maryland. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University, and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida.

Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of several national collections. She has received individual artist awards from both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Snow Farm-New England Craft, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the University of North Texas and is currently teaches Printmaking and Book Arts at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. Learn more about Schermerhorn at her website.


Gretchen Schermerhorn Exhibit: “Perception.”  Jan. 25 – March 8. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (FA Building), Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday. An Artist Reception with Schermerhorn will be held Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Register at Gretchen Schermerhorn Exhibit: “Perception.”

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