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Spring exhibitions set to open Jan. 25 at Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

Elisabeth Ayars '19 sets up paintings for the spring exhibitions that will open this Friday.

Elisabeth Ayars ’19 sets up paintings for the spring exhibitions that will open this Friday.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will hold a free, public reception from 5-7 p.m. to debut two new exhibitions. Opening that evening will be One Place, Two Views: John Walker and Kayla Mohammadi and an exhibition curated by three Randolph College students entitled Developed and Disturbed: Visions of the American Landscape.

One Place, Two Views: John Walker and Kayla Mohammadi will be on view through April 14 and features the works of two stylistically distinct, but similarly non-objective, abstract painters whose work is suggestive of landscape. Kayla Mohammadi is a first generation American, born to a Finnish mother and Iranian father in San Francisco. John Walker was born in Birmingham, England and represented England at the 1972 Venice Biennale. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the two met at Boston University. The natural forms and features that surround their home in Maine are major sources of inspiration, especially Seal Point, the setting that has shaped their work.

One Place, Two Views offers rich, complementary interpretations of a shared, beloved sense of place. While they have participated in the same group exhibitions before, this is the first time the couple has exhibited together in a two-person exhibition.

The day following the opening, Saturday, Jan. 26, the Maier will hold “A Conversation with John Walker, Painter and Teacher” led by Walker’s former student, Elizabeth Carter Oliver ’05. This event is also free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the discussion.

Developed and Disturbed: Visions of the American Landscape will be on view through Aug. 25 and examines how landscape art may reveal an increasing tension between nature and industry within the United States. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media, from the 19th-century to the present, that address this tension in subtle and thought-provoking ways. The exhibition was co-curated by Elisabeth Ayars ’19, Jordon Kirkpatrick ’19, and Sara Primm ’20 as the capstone project for the course, Curatorial Seminar. The seminar offers upper-level undergraduates at Randolph the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the Maier, drawing largely on works from the College’s collection.

Visit maiermuseum.org for more information about programs and events at the Maier. During the academic year, the Maier is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission to the Maier and its programs are free, unless otherwise noted.



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