Marymount Hosts Opening Reception for Art Exhibit on Oct. 12

Marymount University is hosting a free opening reception for the exhibit “Ulterior Perspective,” featuring works by four regional artists from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Barry Gallery on the school’s main campus. Each of the artists in this exhibit— J.T. Kirkland, Chee-Keong Kung, Anne Smith, and Monica Stroik — deal with geometry and shifts in perspective in a unique way.

J.T. Kirkland
Kirkland, a Sterling resident, challenges perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures using acrylic on wood. Largely self-taught, the Kentucky native has had solo exhibitions in New York, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis and Richmond. He’s been awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and won the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum.

Chee-Keong Kung
Drawing in ink and acryclic on canvas, Kung uses layers of color glazes, calligraphic brushwork, and hard-lined geometry. His work is in private, corporate, and institutional collections, including The National Museum Art Gallery in his native Singapore and The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He studied art and architecture at the University of Houston and real estate at Cornell University. He lives and works in McLean.

Anne Smith
Smith’s minimal charcoal and graphite drawings deal with space and perspective. The D.C. resident is a teaching artist at the National Gallery of Art and works in the studio of Master Printmaker Lou Stovall. Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., she received her MFA from George Mason, studied woodworking at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Williams College.

Monica Stroik
Stroik’s oil on canvas paintings depict the natural world in relationship to the human influence. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Reston and earned her MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She completed a six-year studio residency at the Arlington Arts Center, had a summer residency at School of Visual Arts in New York, and has exhibited across the metropolitan area.

The exhibition will run through Dec. 1.
The Barry Gallery, located in the Reinsch Library at Marymount, 2807 North Glebe Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Access for individuals with disabilities is available.
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Marymount University is an independent, coeducational Catholic university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines.

Image 1
Subspace_256, J.T. Kirkland, 2017
Acrylic on birch plywood, 14.5” x 13.5” x 1”

Image 2
Riptide, Chee-Keong Kung, 2013
Ink and acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36”

Image 3
2d3-4-5, Anne Smith, 2013
Silkscreen, 20” x 16”

Image 4
The Shape of Memory – Listening, Monica Stroik, 2016
Oil on wood panel, 24” x 36”