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New York Loft Views: Artist Talks about her Paintings Jan. 25

January 6, 2010
Press Release #10-261


The works of painter Cecily Kahn, St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) artist-in-residence, are inspired by her loft view of one of Manhattan's busiest intersections, Canal and Broadway. "My work has always reflected the angularity and organic chaos of city life," she said. Kahn will talk about her art at 4:45 p.m. Monday, January 25, in room 321 of the college's library.

A native New Yorker, Kahn received a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to study printmaking in Italy for two years at the Calcographia Nazionale in Rome and the Segnio Graphica in Venice. Her work has been exhibited in U.S. and European galleries.

"I like working with opposites: flat and receding space, thin and thick paint, hard edge and ephemeral veils, and drips in all directions," Kahn said, describing her painting. "Paint surfaces are explored by using various mediums to thin the paint or thicken it to impasto. I use color and form in both the automatic process of spilling and in careful formal decision-making."

SMCM's Artist House is an artist-in-residence program for creative artists and writers with two goals: 1) to offer them the time and space to create new work and 2) to develop programming so they can share their work with the campus and local communities. This talk is free and open to the public.

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 and Kiplinger's. The Princeton Review named it a "best value college" in its 2009 edition. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college, offering "an Ivy-level College with a public-school price tag" (Newsweek).

Some 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 1252. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2007 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's, Sloop, and Team champions.