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Graduating UMES Art Students Exhibit Work

  • Sunday, December 6, 2009

    MelaniePRINCESS ANNE, MD-A variety of artworks in various mediums created by graduating students in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be on display at the Mosely Gallery December 8 through 17.  Themed "Masterminds and their Pursuit of Perfection," a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, opens the show and provides an opportunity to meet the artists.

    "All realms of the fine arts have fascinated me for over 20 years, but pursuing it as my livelihood was never encouraged. As a result, I approached college for business and almost abandoned my passion for the arts. Now, looking back at what I have achieved and how I plan to fulfill my love further, I am extremely grateful for UMES. I can only hope that many after me will take full advantage of what this art program has to offer," said Darius Corry, an exhibitor in the Senior Art Exhibition and intern in the gallery. Corry is from Prince George's County.

    David Price of St. Mary's County, who also took an interest in the arts at an early age, said, "It wasn't until high school that I discovered graphic design and found my passion.  Coming here to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore sharpened my skills, while broadening my knowledge of art as a whole. I found new ways to express my individuality, while becoming a better artist to prepare for my career."

    Jeanaye Wright of Salisbury has had a passion for photography since she took her first photography class at James M. Bennett High School. She was inspired mainly by the photographs she saw in fashion magazines and the beauty of the female body.  Some of the photographers who influenced her most are Minor White, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Joseph Cartwright. After graduating from UMES, Wright plans on furthering her education in the field of commercial photography by attending graduate school in the fall. 

    "I want to be more of a graphic novelist," said Chris Clarke of Prince George's County.  "I like to create epic stories that have the reader connect with a character, and instead of reading about the character, they become that character."  Clarke found inspiration from his older brother. Starting at a very young age drawing Ninja Turtles and comic book superheroes, he then branched out and began to draw styles of modern age books.  His interests lie in photography and sequential, better known as comic book, art.

    Brittany Reeder of Charles County will also display her work.  She is majoring in photography and plans on pursuing a career in commercial photography.

    The exhibit includes works in paint, graphic design, photography and sequential art. The Mosely Gallery, is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Class tours are by appointment.  For more information, call 410-651-7770, e-mail or visit


    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,

    Graphic:  Sariphic Mike1, by Chris Clarke.

    Photo:  Melanie, by Jeanaye Wright.