Earlier this year, students from Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Art and their art instructor, Martin Goggins, visited the Weise Gallery as one of the stops on a campus walking tour led by Brian Sturdivant, director of UMB Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships. At the time, the Gallery was showing Nature’s Spring Sonata, an exhibit of paintings by Maryland first lady, Yumi Hogan.
Hogan’s art inspired the students to create the collection of works in our current exhibit. The students’ artworks include both formal studies of nature, as well as abstract renderings—visions of the natural world in which observation becomes intuition.
As they were creating these works, the students were learning about the impasto process, a technique that involves applying thick layers of paint or pigment that stand out from the surface of the work. Some of the students have incorporated impasto elements in their art. Their colorful, imaginative works will be on display in the Library’s first floor Weise Gallery through January 24, 2020.