Opening Reception – “Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra”

McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra,” an exhibit of paintings and video by Julie Comnick, November 7 through December 6 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk and violin performance by the artist at 6:00 p.m.

“’Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra’ is a painting and video project that explores the gradual dissolution of culture in contemporary society through the symbolic ruin of a personal and cultural icon, the violin,” states Comnick.  “Using the violin as a metaphor, I raise questions about the relationship between advancing technology and diminishing cultural heritage.  I invite the audience to consider what makes the instrument precious in their own experience, and also the cultural context that could allow for its loss.”

Comnick’s paintings and drawings engage the pictorial languages of representation and narration to pose questions about social circumstances and practices. Her exhibition record includes solo shows nationally at contemporary venues including Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA; Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ; Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK; Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa AZ; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; The Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC; Zg Gallery, Chicago IL; and Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT; group exhibitions internationally; and reviews in prominent publications including the Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and Dialogue Magazine.  Her work has been supported by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Recently, The Phoenix New Times named “Arrangement for a Silent Orchestra” as one of the top ten Phoenix art exhibits.

Comnick lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is a member of the School of Art Faculty at Northern Arizona University.  Her teaching experience includes interdisciplinary courses in painting, drawing, foundations, art theory and public art.  She received an MFA in Painting from Montana State University and a BA from The Evergreen State College.

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  For more information on Comnick, visit  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595. 

Thursday, November 7 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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