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The John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is tightly focused by theme or medium. You can encounter an installation project juried by a museum curator, or the latest painting by an AACC Student. Expect surprises and visual pleasures.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Newsprint: The Medium that Launched Comics
Curated by Warren Bernard
Aug. 13 - Sept. 27, 2019

Public Reception with Warren Bernard
5-7 p.m., September 11, 2019


Warren Bernard is a comics historian who has lectured on various topics at the Library of Congress, University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Cartoon Studies and other institutions. His book Cartoons for Victory, was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. Warren contributed articles to such magazines as The Comics Journal and Military History, as well curating an exhibition at the prestigious Society of Illustrators. He is also the Executive Director of Small Press Expo and recently established The Warren Bernard Collection by donating works to the Library of Congress.


This exhibit traces the use of newsprint in comics from its first commercial application in 1892, through the adoption of this very old medium by the indie comics world of today. The exhibit features over 40 historic and contemporary works on newsprint from the collection of Warren Bernard.  Included are works artworks from such contemporary publications as Magic Bullet and Smoke Signals, as well as important historical works from Little Nemo in Slumberland, Gasoline Alley, The Spirit, and more.

The multi-billion dollar pop culture phenomenon of comics finds it roots in the cheap paper known as newsprint. The colorful world of newspaper comic strip characters and today's superheroes can trace itself back the 1890s with the then-new high-speed, color printing presses that gave publishers a competitive edge in the bruising newspaper circulation wars of the time. The large size of a broadsheet newspaper gave both editors and artists an amazing canvas upon which such creations as Little Nemo in Slumberland, Gasoline Alley and The Spirit were born.

Here in the 21st Century, we still find newsprint relevant to the comics world, even as physical newspapers and comic books fade in favor of digital content. Newsprint’s cheap production price coupled with the latest technologies have led publishers and creators of indie comics to embrace the format. This has led to the creation of such long-running newsprint based publications as Smoke Signals and Magic Bullet, both mainstays of the indie comics field. The editors and artists of these and other newsprint publications across the United States can design their comics leveraging the larger form factor of newsprint in creating layouts and compositions that could not be entertained in either smaller print formats such as comic books, or any digital medium.


New Works: A Showcase of AACC Visual Arts Faculty
AACC Visual Arts Faculty
Oct. 15-Nov. 14, 2019

Public Reception
5-7 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019

The annual Anne Arundel Community College Visual Arts faculty exhibit will explore a wealth of new work created by AACC's faculty members. This fall’s exhibit, “New Works,” includes works created in the last two years by the vibrant artists teaching in the college's Visual Arts department. Works will include photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, ceramics and video.


Visualizing the Word
National Juried Art Exhibition
Nov. 26, 2019 - Jan. 24, 2020

Juror's Talk 
5:30 p.m., Nov. 26, 2019

Public Reception
5-7 p.m., Nov. 26, 2019

Jon West-Bey


Jon West-Bey is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Washington, DC. He is also a Lecturer in the Museum Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. During his over 20 year career, Jon has curated over 40 exhibitions and produced and managed numerous award winning public, educational, and multimedia programs. Most recently, Jon was the Curator of the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where his work focused on developing the University's visual art collection, curating UMUC’s public spaces, and producing exhibitions that featured artwork from local, national and internationally known artists.  He is also the founder of the American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC and, and spent 10 years as its Executive Director.

Spring 2019 Schedule

“Innovations in Printmaking”
Feb. 5-28, 2019

5-7 p.m. Feb. 13

“How Can You Tell”
March 11-April 12, 2019

Gallery closed March 18-24 for Spring Break

Curator's Talk
5:30 p.m., March 13

5-7 p.m., March 13

Melissa Webb

Featured Artists
Mary Anne Arntzen
Dave Eassa
Megan Koeppel
Chelsea Rowe
Nakeya Brown
Intuition, defined as ‘the ability to understand something immediately, instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning,’ is employed at one level or another by all artists as they generate ideas, and as they create. Despite it perhaps seeming counter-intuitive, it is actually the parameters - the rules that artists set up for themselves and their work (whether consciously or unconsciously), which create the control for the variables that go into the process of making. Though the mediums and methods may vary, the artists of "How Can You Tell" apply both rules and intuition with intention - allowing these principles to guide them in their choices of color, form and concept.

“Juried Student Exhibit”
May 1 – 29, 2019

Juror's Talk
5:30 p.m., May 8

5-7 p.m., May 8

Kyohei Abe
Assistant Professor of Photography, Towson University


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