The Boyden Gallery


Facing Fences - Southern Maryland - 2011 Community Events & Programs

Using the traveling Smithsonian exhibition, Between Fences, as a springboard, the Boyden Gallery actively reaches across the fence as it partners with neighboring groups in the tri-county area to explore regional fences and accompanying views on rights of way. 

Encounters with fences take multiple forms as local stories are shared via exhibits, listening circles, panels, films, and presentations. See participating neighborhood network websites for regional locations of partner programs. 

Visit for the most up to date list of events. 

You can even catch up with what's happening on our Facebook link or the Museum on Mainstreet blog site. 

Program events include, but are not limited to: 

Facing Fences - Southern Maryland exhibition opening  day, January 17, 11 a.m., following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the College

Listening circles and reception January 22 and March 4, 2 p.m., at the College. Click here to read about a discussion of the impact of Facing Fences on participants in the March 4 listening circle.

Community group discussions that are issues-based – Visit for details.

Human rights film series and events, Center for the Study of Democracy at the College - Click here for the Center's 2011 schedule of events that start on January 27 or visit

National Museum of the American Indian Curator Gabrielle Tayac, January 29, 2 p.m., Glendening Hall Annex at the College, presents “We Do Not Fence the Land:” Indigenous Concepts of Land Stewardship. Tayac's presentation explores traditional Native American concepts of land stewardship which clashed with English colonial practices and brings the conversation into the present to talk about other divides which are now lessening in the era of increased cross-cultural dialogues.

Non-credit film class exploring fences offered this Spring:
A non-credit film class featuring fences and boundaries will be offered in conjunction with films shown at the College. The non-credit course is open to audit and will screen four films offered January, February, March, and April, on the final Tuesday of each month, 7-9:30 p.m., in the Cole Cinema of  the Campus Center.  Cost is $10.  This international selection of films includes:

     Jean Renoir, "La Grande Illusion" (France)
     Orson Welles, "Touch of Evil" (United States)
     "Bread and Chocolate" (Italy)
     "Goodbye, Lenin" (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)

Historic St. Mary's City Archaeologist Tim Riordan, February 5, 2 p.m., HSMC Visitor Center,
presents “A good substancial fence of loggs . . .Creating Landscape out of Wilderness at the Calvert House.”   The Calvert House was built by Governor Leonard Calvert in the 1630s during the first decade of the settlement of Maryland. During its 70-year existence it was, at times, the Governor’s House, the largest ordinary in town, and a statehouse for the province. While serving each of these functions, it was the center of a landscape bounded and divided by fences. Each of these functions led to changes in the layout of the boundaries. At the same time, the change from a frontier plantation to an urban environment had an effect on the formal nature of the fences and their arrangement. Archaeological excavations have revealed the complexity of these arrangements and their importance in the 17th-century world view.       (There will also be fence-related tours and demonstrations at Historic St. Mary’s City.) 

Arts Bridge classes for local high school students February 8, 9, and 10 at the Boyden Gallery

Storytelling February 13, 2 p.m., at the Lexington Park Library.  Professional storyteller Janice Curtis Greene, President of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, Inc. will present during St. Mary’s County Library’s Black History Month program.  Her performance, a lively program with historical facts and life lessons woven in folktales, original stories. and raps, will mesmerize all ages.   Ms. Greene is an accomplished storyteller of more than 20 years performing throughout the United States and as far away as Zambia, South Africa.  Light refreshments will be provided by UCAC (Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions) and NAACP, co-sponsors.  This family program is free and for all ages children to adults.

Presentation and conversation February 15, 8 p.m., in Montgomery Hall:  Intimacy, Power and Voice:   How our hungers for intimacy and sex conspire to confuse and  ennoble us, with Michael S. Glaser, professor emeritus, M.J. Raleigh, director of counseling services, Meghan K. Root, the counseling center’s sexual assault/wellness advocate, and Kyle Bishop, assistant director of counseling services.  This conversation explores issues of intimacy and sexuality as they relate to our understandings of ourselves as human beings.  How do we comprehend the connections between our human hunger for intimacy, our biology, and our cultural and peer pressure norms?  How can more clearly understanding the boundaries and interconnections among these elements help us live happier, healthier, and more empowered lives?

Film presentation and discussion Wednesday, March 9, 8 p.m., in Cole Cinema:  "FRESH" celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.  Discussion of related activities in Southern Maryland will be led by Christine Bergmark, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). This event is co-sponsored by SMADC as well as SMCM's Environmental Studies, sustainability committee, and campus community farm members. 

Release of SlackWater: A Journal on Environmental and Cultural Change in Southern Maryland's Tidewater (Volume VII) in May 2011 on the topic of rights of way

Picket painting by local grade-school students - Here's a list of the 254 students who participated, their thoughts about fences, and exactly where you can see their creations.

 Planning      Designing      Making 

St. Michael's School pickets   St. Michael's School pickets  StudentsDisplayingPickets

                                           Watch for these pickets on display in your neighborhood!