Artists Reception: "Notions of Place: Four Alumnae, Four Interpretations" – Caitlin Bennett, Sara Caporaletti, Julia “Cheeny” Celebrado-Royer, and chanan delivuk

McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Notions of Place: Four Alumnae, Four Interpretations,” an exhibit featuring work by McDaniel alumnae Caitlin Bennett, Sara Caporaletti, Julia “Cheeny” Celebrado-Royer, and chanan delivuk, January 26 through February 24 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  The opening reception will be held Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a Gallery Talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The work Caitlin Bennett will display is “Greetings from America,” a series of postcards that was created in response to the news coverage of the race riots in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD.  “I would hear news anchors comment on the protests, saying that they felt that they were watching something from another country or how this was so unusual for the United States,” Bennett says.  “However, there is a long history of racially based mass acts of violence going all the way back to the 1800s.  These postcards explore that history in the United States and showing the continued presence of racial violence in our society.”

Multi-disciplinary artist Caitlin Bennett received her B.A. from McDaniel College in 2013 and her M.F.A. from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2015.  Her work has been seen in group shows at Gallery 8 and Gallery 128 in Philadelphia, PA, at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, MD, and at GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany.  More information and samples of Bennett’s work may be found at

An artist who works with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and video/audio, Sara Caporaletti, says her recent work “sincerely examines my experiences as a practicing Catholic within my identity and life.  I am curious about how women and the Church relate, as well as the concept of the term ‘body’ within the Church.  My work is project based and conveyed through a variety of media, such as fabrics, nails, wood, string, or plaster, along with screen prints or written text.  The literal process or materials used creates meaning related to my identity or of Catholicism in general.  Much like practicing Christianity, repetition is also a key aspect of my work.  I enjoy laboring in the creation of my work and for that dedication and commitment to be on display through the piece’s scale or content.”

Caporaletti received her B.A. from McDaniel College in 2014 and her M.F.A. from American University in Washington, DC in 2016.  She has exhibited at VisArts, and Washington ArtWorks in Rockville, MD, and The Anacostia Arts Center in Washington DC.  She will be Artist in Residence at The Luce Arts Center, Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) from January through May, 2017.  For more information on Caporaletti and her art, visit

Julia “Cheeny” Celebrado-Royer is a young Filipino artist who creates installations, sculptures, and conceptual works.  Her interest in architectonic structures is emphasized through the use of discarded, recycled and re-purposed materials. Growing up in the Philippines, a country that experiences at least 20 typhoons every year, heavily influenced Celebrado-Royer’s artistic practice as she “became more drawn to the idea of reinforcing shelters and the constant rebuilding of a home after a devastating encounter with nature.  The spontaneity, ephemeral quality and constantly evolving forms of the work are prevalent in my process in constructing my installations and sculptures.”

Celebrado-Royer received her B.A. from McDaniel College in 2014 and her M.F.A. from MICA in 2016.  In 2016, she was selected as a semifinalist for the 11th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.  To learn more about Celebrado-Royer, visit

“i am a slum kid and i am a scholar.  my work focuses on family, conversation and food,” relates chanan delivuk.  “i use new media–photography, video, and audio–to create a diverse range of installations that are heavily researched and curated. my work, “navigating family in an unfamiliar place,” involved a trip to croatia where i located a village of my last name on the side of a mountain in the northern part of the country.”

delivuk currently lives and works in Baltimore.  After receiving her B.A. from McDaniel in 2008, she went on the earn an M.F.A. in New Media from George Washington University in 2010 and a second M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Arts from UMBC in 2015.  To learn more about delivuk and to view samples of her work, visit

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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