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Baltimore Artist to Exhibit Work at Wilson's Bogigian Gallery

Posted: January 13, 2011

1/13/2011 Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, to marking the opening of Imaging the Mason-Dixon, an exhibit of recent paintings by Baltimore artist Jan Razauskas.
DATE: Jan. 11, 2011
CONTACT: Philip Lindsey, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. – Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, to marking the opening of Imaging the Mason-Dixon, an exhibit of recent paintings by Baltimore artist Jan Razauskas. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through March 11 in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.

Razauskas works in a variety of processes, including painting, drawing and mixed-media installation.

Razauskas has exhibited nationally as well as abroad, and teaches as an adjunct professor and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Transart Institute, Donau Universität, Austria.

She has been recognized with grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the Baltimore Arts Council. Her work is held in numerous private collections across the country and has appeared in publications such as New American Painting and Artpapers.

For this exhibit, Imaging the Mason-Dixon, Razauskas explores physical and psychological states that continue to reflect mindset, as well as define territory of the Mason-Dixon Line. She is interested in indexical evidence left by human touch. The semiotics of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce suggest that index points to something and a range of indexical possibilities in a work or art, which Razauskas seems to explore.

“Indexical sign alludes to evidence in the form of a physical trace of an object or a condition,” she said. “Smoke is an index of fire, a fingerprint is indexical evidence left by human touch.” She looks closely at various evidences along the Mason-Dixon Line and has made a compelling body of work for the public to see and consider in terms of style, technique and social/political response.

Her research took her to “current and historical texts, field research of people and places along the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was fueled by her wish to gain perspective on how present displays of ideological intolerance might trace back directly to the Mason–Dixon division.”

The Bogigian Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For additional information or an appointment, contact Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305, or


Wilson College, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011