Sep. 17

Opening Reception: Welcome to My Garden by Arista Wilson

September 17, 2021
5 PM – 7 PM
Gateway Galleries
1601 W Mount Royal Ave

Join the Student Space Gallery program for the opening of Welcome to My Garden by Arista Wilson on October 22. Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Virginia and Maryland. She is currently a BFA candidate for Ceramics and Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. This exhibition will be on display from September 13 - October 8.Exhibition Statement: I am drawn to the warm light that dapples a forest and makes the wildest underbrush appear comforting. Connecting the warmth of nature to domestic comfort is what draws me to the vessel. A cup can be filled with water or wildflowers, or something less tangible like love, light, happiness, and comfort. By painting within the confines of a vessel silhouette on a canvas, I fill the vessel, a domestic object, with the warm light and colors of nature. By painting a forest, garden, or patch of soft grass on the exterior of a functional vessel, nature acts as the vessel for comfort rather than existing within it. This reversal of roles, and transferring of an image between a two-dimensional and three-dimensional space, is part of my journey to understand how light, warmth, and comfort exist in our world. This is a Student Space Gallery exhibition. For more information about the SSG program and how to apply for a solo-exhibition, please visit