FSU’s Roper Gallery to Host Exhibition by Rachel Underwood, “Sleepwalking Toward Extinction”
Frostburg State University’s Department of Visual Arts will present an exhibition by Rachel Underwood, titled “Sleepwalking Toward Extinction,” which will open on Friday, March 5, at the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery in FSU’s Fine Arts Building. This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on display through Friday, March 26.
The existential and conceptual problems posed by the current geological age are those at the heart of humanistic inquiry: what does it mean to be human, to live during this time? Underwood’s large-scale paintings explore moments of animalistic urges, death, adaption and the consequences of human actions. She often uses a life-size scale so the viewer can directly relate to and be confronted by the painting. Humans tend to primarily see themselves as apart from nature, rather than a part of it. Underwood examines the similarities and differences between the human animal and nature and what those relationships mean for the future.
Underwood is a U.S. Navy veteran. Currently, she paints about the climate crisis and is illustrating a children’s book about friendly dinosaurs. She earned her BFA from Towson University and her MFA at the University of South Florida. Underwood also plans to work toward a degree in environmental science.
The Roper Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Visual Arts at 301-687-4797.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Frostburg State University follows state health guidelines requiring the wearing of masks and physical distancing from others. Visitors to campus must visit www.frostburg.edu/checkin for symptom monitoring before arriving on campus and be prepared to display the “Reduced Risk” badge.
Friday, March 5 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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