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McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History presents “Stefon Kelly – 52: A Year-Long Self-Portrayal Series Exhibition,” August 26 through October 8 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with an Artist’s Talk at 6:00 p.m.

The exhibit will feature a series of self-portraits Kelly created, one per week for fifty-two weeks.  Of the process, Kelly says he utilized “form storming, a process of coming up with ideas, which is the catalyst of my design thinking.  For example, if you write down the word ‘eye,’, you associate that work with another, like ‘face,’ then you associate that word with another, like ‘emotion,’ and so on and so forth.  With form-storming, one idea leads to the next until you come up with a concept.  I then used a wide range of mediums to create likenesses of myself.”

Stefon Kelly received his Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and studio art, with a focus in graphic design, from McDaniel College in 2012.  In 2018, Kelly received his Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and teaching certificate from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.  He has worked on numerous graphic design projects ranging from branding and projection mapping to publication and packaging design.

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  McDaniel College follows current CDC protocols and recommendations related to COVID-19 and we ask that visitors adhere to all policies and regulations in accordance with the latest guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation.  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.  For more information on the artist and his work, visit www.stefonkelly.com.

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