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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement

Alumni Exhibit Celebrates the Work of Four Emerging Artists

KENTFIELD, CA—February 24, 2014—The work of four extraordinary artists will be on display in the new College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Alumni Exhibit, a showcase of explorations in multiple mediums opening March 14.

The alumni artists—Barbara Obata, Mary Huntsman, Evan Hobart, and Malena Lopez-Maggi—all studied art at the College and return at different places in their professional careers.

“Each of these four artists is in an interesting place in their trajectory,” said Chris West, College of Marin drawing instructor, artist and the director of the College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery. “This is an exciting, dynamic group of artists. It is a group of work that really explores the intersections of media and challenges what it means to call something a drawing or a sculpture.” 

The College Fine Arts Department has been a platform for each of the artists, who have have gone on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, and successful careers as professional working artists.

“They used College of Marin as a jumping off point,” West said.

Obata, who combines sculpture and performance into a hybrid drawing practice that explores and celebrates the power of mark making, earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland.

Huntsman, who has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley and later studied sculpture with Carole Beadle at College of Marin, uses traditional and modern materials and techniques to express ideas of sanctuary, strength, fragility and journeys. Imagery often reflects her biology background.

Hobart draws inspiration for his work in ceramics from the surrounding environment and a desire to create narrative, thought provoking works. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in Spatial Art from San Jose State University where he also taught ceramics. He is a teacher and artist in residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

Lopez-Maggi is a graduate student at Mills College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. She works with multiple mediums and is most intrigued by the intersection of art with other disciplines and the materiality of light and color.

The College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery is a first-rate fine arts venue that has showcased the work of numerous professional artists in its first year including Richard Diebenkorn, Agathe Bennich and several works by the Fine Arts faculty.

“We’re looking forward to closing our successful first year by showcasing a juried exhibit of student work,” West said.

A fundraising campaign for the gallery is underway. To learn more, visit:

When and Where
Exhibit runs through April 11, 2014
Artists' Reception: Friday, March 28, 3 p.m. at the Fine Arts Gallery
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kentfield Campus
Fine Arts Gallery, Performing Arts Building
835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904

Sculpture of buildings on top of a skull.Black and white drawing of city scape.


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