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‘Visions of Nature’ from the students of Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts inspired by Maryland First Lady’s exhibit.

Earlier this year, students from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and their art instructor, Martin Goggins, visited the Health Sciences and Human Services Library's (HS/HSL) Weise Gallery.

They were on a campus walking tour led by Brian Sturdivant, UMB director of strategic initiatives and community partnerships. At the time, the gallery was showing “Nature’s Spring Sonata,” an exhibit of paintings by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan.

Hogan’s art inspired the students to create the collection of works in our current exhibit, “Visions of Nature.” The students’ artworks include formal studies of nature as well as abstract renderings — visions of the natural world in which observation becomes intuition.

As they were creating these works, the students learned  about the impasto process, a technique that involves applying thick layers of paint or pigment that stand out from the surface of the work.

Some of the students have incorporated impasto elements in their art. Their colorful, imaginative works will be on display in the library’s first-floor Weise Gallery through Jan. 24, 2020.


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