Located in Gibson Center for the Arts, Kohl Gallery is Washington College's flagship venue for visual arts programming
Washington College's First Three Black Graduates from left to right:
Thomas Edgar Morris, Class of 1962
Patricia Godbolt, Class of 1964
Shirley Dale Patterson, Class of 1965
This important project is the culmination of 2 years of work Patterson completed during his Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship at The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and the result of a year-long collaboration between Patterson, Kohl Gallery, and The Starr Center. The project was additionally awarded a 2020 Chesapeake Heartland Fellowship and the virtual exhibit is hosted and supported by Chesapeake Heartland.
About Kohl Gallery
Kohl Gallery fosters the study and understanding of art through a diverse range of exhibitions and public programs. Embracing its liberal arts context, Kohl Gallery presents fresh perspectives on historical and contemporary art and promotes interdisciplinary conversations about historical, social, and cultural issues of significance to Washington College, Chestertown, and beyond.
Each year, Kohl Gallery presents a series of curated exhibits that emphasize a broad range of aesthetic and intellectual concerns of relevance to our current society. Each spring, Kohl Gallery also hosts two student exhibits: the '100 Proof' juried student exhibition, and an annual senior capstone exhibition presenting the works of graduating Studio Art seniors.
Kohl Gallery organizes diverse programming throughout the academic year. With each exhibit, the gallery hosts a combination of artist talks, public receptions, and scholarly presentations. Kohl Gallery also partners regularly with Washington College classes and groups from the Chestertown community to create unique, interdisciplinary opportunities for engagement with the works on view.
Gibson Center for the Arts
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620
Kohl Gallery is located on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts. Parking is available in the lot behind Gibson and in the lots next to the Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. Please use the spots marked Visitor if parking prior to 3pm.
Kohl Gallery on Washington College's campus is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Walk-in Gallery Visitation Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30-5pm
*Masks are OPTIONAL in Kohl Gallery. This is subject to change based on Washington College COVID Policy.
- Admission is free.
- Kohl Gallery is closed between exhibitions and during all college breaks.
- Photography may be permitted on a show to show basis.
- For security reasons, all bags may be subject to search upon entering the Gallery.
Kohl Gallery aims to adhere to all ADA guidelines in its exhibit preparations and installations. For more information or to make an accommodation request please contact Gallery Director, Tara Gladden.
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Kohl Gallery is is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org)
ARCHIVE: PAST EXHIBITS AND PROGRAMS:
Kohl Gallery in conjunction with the Art + Art History Department at Washington College is pleased to present, nothing to do but be with ourselves, the 2022 Studio Art Senior Capstone Exhibition, on view from April 22 - May 13. An opening reception featuring short artist talks presented by each artist will be held on Friday, April 22 from 4:30-6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The reception and ongoing exhibition are free and open to the public. Join us to celebrate these artists' accomplishments. All are warmly invited to attend.
Artist Talk by this years' Juror, Hae Won Sohn is supported in part by Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of Maryland.
Inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew, the project encompasses experimental workshops, exhibitions and transdisciplinary research. To date there have been six workshops held at field stations in the USAmerican West. These interactive and field-based gatherings flourish at the intersections of art, science, and imagination and have featured time traveling pre-apocalyptic performances, storytelling walks, the study of edges and desert ecotones, the mapping of ant homes, reimagined sculptural leveling rods, emergent and site-responsive voice, song, poetry and breath cameras to name just a few. Over the past 2 years Mapping Meaning has also generated 4 issues of an interdisciplinary journal with our most recent focused on “Life after the Anthropocene.”
This exhibition, "Encounters and Entanglements: The Art of Mapping Meaning," features artwork from those within the collective to highlight ways experimental, process-driven methods as well as interdisciplinary and collaborative practices offer up avenues for agency and transformation: plants become sculpture and image; participatory performance doubles as community action; family history uncovers environmental legacy; birds communicate the future; poetry speaks new forms into being; and collaborative processes make and unmake worlds. Utilizing divergent approaches and a diversity of media, each artist or collaborative project examines the messy and complicated yet lively and beautiful encounters between people and more-than-human worlds. Together they reveal ways that our ecological condition is directly entangled with how we see ourselves as individuals and how as individuals we live in relationship with each other.
This program is supported in part by the Hedgelawn Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and Phi Beta Kappa, Washington College Chapter.
OPENING EVENTS: OCTOBER 20, 2021
All events are FREE and OPEN to the public.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS
Jahan Bose's Kohl Gallery exhibit, "RENEW," will include a selection of saris, paintings, prints, sculptures, artist books, and performance videos that represent her wide-ranging socially engaged practice and recent work exploring issues surrounding climate change within the context of COVID quarantine with communities in Bangladesh and Washington DC. The exhibit will be accompanied by an artist talk and a climate pledge workshop in which our community's pledges will create a new climate sari.
Learn more about Jahan Bose's work and community engaged process here: