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Exhibit Opens at AACC

Jan. 31, 2012

      The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College invites you to a 3-D exhibit of new work produced by international artist Lina Vargas in collaboration with AACC students in the Sculpture program.

      “Lina Vargas De La Hoz: Portable Places, Permanent Spaces” is on exhibit Jan. 30-Feb. 27, with an artist talk and opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 2. Vargas is the first artist-in-residence for AACC’s Visual Arts Department. The artists’ talk at noon and the reception from 6-8 p.m. are both in the Cade Center gallery and are free. The show is co-curated by Cathy Byrd, independent curator, and Zoë Charlton, an associate professor of art at American University.

      Vargas introduced AACC students to her creative process from the development of an idea through production. Inspired by her personal experiences as a Colombian immigrant in Austria and now in the United States, Vargas centered her work on living and resting spaces, mobility, migration and transformation. Jackets and umbrellas, for example, transform into tents. Her work addresses portability, transient living and migration. While in residence at AACC, Vargas created a multi-use object that transforms from furniture to support human activity into an object that functions as a final resting place for an individual.

      “My work is an experiment of connections between the object and space, the individual and the collective, the static and the transitory,” she said, adding that the human body becomes the necessary element to activate the space.

      Vargas earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most recent exhibits took place in Washington, D.C., at the Hamiltonian Gallery and at the Austrian Embassy. Vargas has participated in group exhibitions at the Artisphere in Arlington, Va. and the Museum Nordico in Austria. Her work will be included in Conner Contemporary Art’s “GoGo Projects” in Washington, D.C., with her collaborative group Die Vettern on Feb. 4.

      AACC Cade Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays with evening hours on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. For information, visit or contact gallery coordinator Chris Mona, AACC professor of visual arts, at or 410-777-7028.