Gretchen Schermerhorn’s ‘Perception’ Exhibit Opens at CSM’s Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery


The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) presents the “Perception” exhibition featuring the work of artist Gretchen Schermerhorn, which opened January 25 through March 8 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. Perception’s works are inspired by images and text found in 80-year-old encyclopedias belonging to members of the Schermerhorn family.

Many of the “facts” in these encyclopedias are now being refuted and causing the artist to wonder what will be considered ridiculous, inaccurate, and outdated 100 years from now. The exhibition addresses a pessimistic theory of meta-induction; if past successful scientific theories turn out to be false, there is no reason to believe that our current successful theories are approximately true.

Credit: Gretchen Schermerhorn/College of Southern Maryland

Schermerhorn’s artwork brings together multiple images in the same composition, illustrating relationships with the natural world that are both competitive and destructive. CSM will host an artist reception with Schermerhorn on February 15 at 2:30 p.m. and those interested can register at Gretchen Schermerhorn exhibition: “Perception.”

Schermerhorn is currently Artistic Director of the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, an art center dedicated to the contemporary creation of hand-printing, papermaking and book art, in Hyattsville, Maryland. She received her master’s degree in printmaking from Arizona State University and has since held artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, at California State University and at the Robert Rauschenberg Residence in Florida.

His prints, installations and works on paper have been exhibited across the country and abroad, and his work is included in several national collections. She has received individual artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has taught workshops at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Snow Farm-New England Craft, Women’s Studio Workshop and the University of North Texas and currently teaches printmaking and book arts at the University Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Learn more about Schermerhorn on his website.


Exhibition Gretchen Schermerhorn: “Perception”. January 25 – March 8. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center (FA Building), Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. An artists’ reception with Schermerhorn will take place on February 15 at 2:30 p.m. Register on Gretchen Schermerhorn exhibition: “Perception.”


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