About the Artist
Susan Carney is an artist living and working in Leonardtown, MD. A graduate of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown WV, with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Carney completed an MFA at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Carney has received an individual artist fellowship from West Virginia Commission on the Arts as well as purchase award which is in the West Virginia State Museum Collection. At Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis MD Carney has received two Juror’s awards. A recent documentary film on Carney’s unique printmaking process won two awards for the filmmaker Jack Kelly. In July 2018 Carney’s work was chosen for the annual Western Md Bluesfest poster and promotional materials.
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Lexington Park Library Gallery
July 1 - September, 2019
Environmental sustainability as well as race relations have arguably become among the most important issues that we face today as a nation. In examining these topics, I have felt compelled to research the Southern Maryland indigenous people’s historical practice, particularly in the area where I live, in St Mary’s County. As an artist these issues have infiltrated my work, culminating in a vision to create a monument to both educate about and honor our shared heritage from an artistic perspective. I intend to create a series of paintings centered around these themes, all the proceeds of which will go towards funding an art installation in the form of a metal sculpture inspired by the inner structure of the architecture of Algonquian longhouse. To me, the internal framework, created for strength and stability, is a work of art in its stunning geometric elegance. The arc and repetition of the overlapping saplings is simply majestic. This sculpture is also, for me , a metaphor for the strength and beauty of the Piscataway people. Included in this exhibit are several paintings inspired by these themes , as well as a mock up of the sculpture which will be 60 ft X 30 ft and 15 ft tall.
This Art Gallery is proof of the power of one woman’s hard work! Candy Cummings had a vision to create an exhibit space in the Lexington Park Library, which would display the artwork of local artists.
The Library Board agreed that this would enhance the library experience by exposing library customers to the beauty and power of original art.
In 2005, the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery was created and through Candy’s hard work and dedication her vision became a reality.
In 2014, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council agreed to take over the coordination of the Gallery and Candy donated funds to create an Arts Council Library Gallery Fund which will provide for its ongoing support.
One woman who has truly made a difference to our library and to our community.
If you are interested in displaying your art in the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery, contact Nell Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-309-4061
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