Maryland Art Place (MAP) announces its 2014 speaker series Young Blood Revisited which brings back former participants in MAP's Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree.
About Young Blood: Over the summer months, MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) curates Young Blood, an annual exhibition of works by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Maryland College Park. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their graduate exhibitions. Young Blood has provided a dynamic exhibition experience for over 52 artists since its inception.
In furthering MAP’s commitment to support and encourage artists in Maryland, we have invited participants back to reflect on the direction their artistic practice has gone after receiving their MFA.
Young Blood Revisited will take place on Wednesdays each month at the Windup Space located at 12 North Avenue in the Station North arts District. March 19 speakers are: Christian Benefiel & Ellen Durkan
Christian Benefiel received his MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since his time at Maryland Art Place, he has received The Roth Endowment Award, MSAC Individual Artist Grant, William J Fulbright Post Graduate Research Grant, the Oliver Award amongst others. He has done artist residencies with the Pirkkala Sculpture, The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and Jackson County Green Energy Park, as well as traditional art spaces such as Hamiltonian Artists and Vermont Studio Center. He currently splits his time between teaching sculpture and drawing at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown WV and preparing for his upcoming exhibition at AREA 405 in Baltimore Maryland. He lives and works in western Maryland.
Ellen Durkan received her Masters Degree in Fine arts in Sculpture from Towson University in 2009. She currently teaches at Delaware College of Art & Design, and continues to create in her blacksmith shop and studio. She has had In 2012 she received the Opportunity Grant for Illustrations and the Opportunity Grant for Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Durkan received the B grant from Baker Artist Awards and the Emerging Artists Grant from the Delaware Division of The Arts.