School 33 Art Center



06/12/2015 - 08/22/2015

School 33 Art Center welcomes “Pentimento,” a solo exhibition by Mike McConnnell, School 33’s 2014 Lotta Art fundraiser “Best in Show” Recipient. The installation is on display in the Members’ Gallery from Friday, June 12 through Saturday, August 22, 2015.  A free opening reception, which officially kicks off the 2015 Artscape Gallery Network, takes place Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The Artscape Gallery Network connects 21 Baltimore galleries to a wider audience and highlights 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize applicants, along with artists working throughout the region.

Mike McConnell was a successful commercial illustrator before recently dedicating himself to fine art. His years with graphic design are apparent in his compositions, as he profits from his extensive experience turning concepts into visual solutions. Nature lyrically weaves through his work, combining with artistic influences and memories of bicycle trips. His work is complex, fun, and often witty.

Using wood panels that allow him to aggressively scrape and sand back into the paint, using the paint in a collage-like technique to define shapes.  His paintings often suggest a narrative, but interpretations are left to the viewer’s personal reactions and imagination. 

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

For more information on “Pentimento,” call 443-263-4350.