Opening reception: Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 5-7PM
Free and open to the public
College Park, MD. This fall the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents What We Do After: CAPP New Arrivals 2023, an exhibition of artwork acquired this year by the University’s Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP). On view August 28 through September 30, 2023, the exhibition features nine artworks by seven emerging and mid-career artists: Rachel Garber Cole, Homosocial, Megan Lewis, Beverly Price, Gabriella Vainsencher, Ingrid Weyland, and Jenny Wu.
The 2022-2023 CAPP Committee (Emily Boa, Isabella Chilcoat, Rachel [Rae] Leonberger, Alicia Perkovich, and Raphael Ukpelegbu) spent a year researching, writing, discussing, and conducting studio and gallery visits. The result of this work is a collection of artworks which reflect their interests and concerns as University of Maryland students and global citizens in 2023. Their decision-making was guided by four self-determined principles: critical compassion, process as art, equitable sourcing, and deliberative dialogue. Following these tenets, the Committee sought out works that synthesize critique with methods of sincerity, joy, and resilience; engage process as an essential source of artistic value and meaning; demonstrate materially and socially sustainable practices; and spark meaningful conversations among our diverse campus populations and between artworks throughout the CAPP collection.
After What We Do After closes, the included artworks will be installed in the study spaces, lounges, and corridors of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life for the daily study, inspiration, and enjoyment of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
ABOUT THE CONTEMPORARY ART PURCHASING PROGRAM (CAPP)
Now in its eighteenth year, the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP) empowers students to purchase contemporary artwork on behalf of the University of Maryland. The program operates on a biannual basis. Students of diverse majors are selected to participate through a competitive application process. Together they embark on a rigorous research and training program, including extensive visits to galleries and artists’ studios in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC.
Since its inauguration in 2005, the CAPP Collection has grown to encompass 70 works of art by 54 artists. Represented in the collection are works by internationally recognized artists, including Titus Kaphar, Derrick Adams, Shimon Attie, Wafaa Bilal, Nikki S. Lee, Dulce Pinzón, Barbara Probst, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Lorna Simpson, some of them graduates of the University of Maryland such as Selin Balci and Jefferson Pinder.
ABOUT THE STAMP GALLERY
Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.
FREE and open to the public. The Gallery is open Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm, Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm, Sundays: Closed.
Image: Gabriela Vainsencher, "Hourglass," 2023, Porcelain, underglaze, glaze, acrylic, 12.50h x 6.50w in.