In-vision embodies the diverse interests and practices by a handful of the visual arts faculty members at Bowie State University.  The show brings together artists working in graphic design, photography, painting, and drawing.  Whether working predominantly in abstraction or figuration, fantasy or reality, politics or apolitical concerns, each of the exhibiting artists shares a vision that embodying his or her point-of-view through visual media is one of the most impactful ways to inspire reflection and action in others.

Kevin Holder’s paintings utilize brilliant colors and masterful renderings in realism to celebrate the life and community of African diaspora cultures.  Planta pushes figuration and text into abstraction to produce elusive narratives that explore specific emotional states.  Art Vidrine’s photographs emphasize quirky encounters and seductive forms to approach social and political issues indirectly.  Jennifer White-Johnson’s vibrant photographic and graphic design practice raises awareness about a variety of pressing social issues in support of building communities.

Artists’ Bio/Statements:

Planta Raie Vilar (aka Jacqueline Reeder)

PlantaRaieVilar originally from Philadelphia, now working in Baltimore and New York city has exhibited extensively as a painter, mixed media artist and performer. Her Disclosure/Concealment series explores the visceral and analytical impact of narrative and aesthetic forms. Images are provoked by identity, role play, colloquial expression along with the aesthetic influences of popular culture and social media. Employing line and color as the primary means of mark making these concepts are created through a series of ‘staged portraits’ in which the artist, places herself and others as both ‘subject’ and ‘observer’. These photographed ‘stagings’ are reinterpreted and rendered using lineal, kinetic and idiosyncratic marks with acrylic and other mixed media on textured paper or canvas. The range of the images varies from 6” x 6” to 9 feet x 20 feet.

Art Vidrine

Art Vidrine is a multimedia artist, art critic, and Assistant Professor of Art at Bowie State University whose work focuses on the ways in which abstraction, perception, and agency structure our lives.

His art often embodies systems of abstraction to draw attention to what gets left out or destroyed by reductive thinking.  It emphasizes perception’s role in making sense of the world while influencing our decision making and actions.  It thematizes agency to prompt reflection on our possible responses and their consequences within a given situation.

Ultimately, two essential questions influence his work:  How are we limited from imagining alternative ways of thinking and acting?  And what can we do about it?

He received a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts (New York).  He has exhibited in a variety of venues such as the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, FUSE’s 3rd Thursdays in Allentown (PA), Miami Project (during Art Basel Miami), NIAD (CA), Sideshow Gallery (NY), Target Gallery (VA), and a yearlong installation at the San Francisco Zoo.

Jennifer White-Johnson

Jen White Johnson – Born in DC and currently residing in Baltimore. Jen White-Johnson is a Multidisciplinary Artist, Art Activist, Art Educator, and graduate of MICA’s Graphic Design Graduate Program. Currently, she works as a Assistant Professor of Visual Communications at Bowie State University.

In October 2018 she released an advocacy photo zine entitled “KnoxRoxs” dedicated to her autistic son, as a way to give visibility to children of color in the autism community. Since its release, the zine has received national and international recognition including features in AfroPunk, The 2019 Women’s March on Washington, The Autism Society of Baltimore, The MET Gallery in New York, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Kevin Holder

Kevin Holder is a multidisciplinary artist working fluidly between painting, printmaking and computer graphics mediums.

He has received numerous awards and commissions for his artworks both nationally and internationally. Several of his works adorn office buildings in Washington DC and were selected to be among the nearly 200 works of art that were acquired by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for the inaugural phase of the new City Hall Art Collection at the John A. Wilson Building, DC. This collection was unveiled in October 2006.

The desire to capture people’s moods and facial expressions are what drives my creativity. I love manipulating the oil medium to achieve a rich multilayered patterned texture that meticulous resembles a degree of realism.