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Student Curators to Exhibit Selections from College Art Collection in “What Lies Beneath?”

January 12, 2010
Press Release #10-004


After a semester of searching through the St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) art collection, which includes such notables as Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, students will host an exhibition of their favorite artworks from January 27-February 27 at the Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall. This month-long exhibit is free and open to the public, and begins with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27. Then in February, it is the public's turn to choose its favorites. When you come to the exhibition, you will be able to vote for one of 10 additional artworks from the college's collection. The winning work will be revealed as part of the exhibition, "What Lies Beneath?: A Student-Curated Exhibition," Wednesday, February 17, from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call 240-895-4246 or visit the exhibition web site at

The students' goals are to bring to light some of the artwork in the college's art collection, reveal some of the processes that goes through preparing for an exhibition, and encourage both the college and the community to discover the potential that art has to offer.  "We're the first curatorial studies' class to actually complete this project, so it's really exciting," said Allie Snyder '11.

Students in the Curatorial Studies' class began their fall semester by choosing their favorite works from the school's collection, and then began researching the artwork, artists, and historical background and cultural context of their selected works. Also as part of the process, students surveyed various members of the community to see what people might look for in an art exhibition and how much (or little) they knew about the college's art collection.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities, and an SAT average for student admissions of 1848. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.

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