McDaniel College’s student honors exhibition features a variety of work from four senior art students. Titled “Paraphernalia of Human Experiences,” this annual exhibition runs Thursday, March 5–Friday, March 27, in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, March 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Seniors showcasing their works are Lauren Baughan of Owings Mills, Md., Lauren Beckjord of Laurel, Md., Sheila Evans of Falls Church, Va., and Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis of Columbia, Md.

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. For more information, call 410-857-2595. Visit for information about McDaniel College.

About the Artists:

Lauren Baughan (Owings Mills, Md.) emphasizes the details in nature through her mixed media works, which include photo collages, drawings, paintings and linoleum print. She notes, “there are many smaller elements and details that tend to be overlooked. Each of my pieces is focused on showcasing these details.”

Lauren Beckjord (Laurel, Md.) focuses on fungi from her prints and new digital media to pen and ink drawings, noting the difficulty in comprehending “the massive role that they play in human life and history.” She also uses “both new and traditional media to explore this relationship, drawing comparisons between man and mushroom and emphasizing the similarities between us.”

Sheila Evans (Falls Church, Va.) examines the identities created on social media through her work since “a lot of times people will only share appealing parts of their life, or purposefully share aspects to make them look better to their followers. The action of posting on social media blurs the lines between identity and performance, and I like to explore this concept with my art.”

Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis (Columbia, Md.) explores a wide variety of media, including acrylic paint on watercolor paper, ink pen drawings, magazine cut-outs, kinetic typography video projects and more. She said, “Liminality is constantly approaching the asymptote of existence but never quite reaching it. Society tends to fear and reject this infinite decimal of possibility, but some learn to accept it and embrace it. In my recent work, I explore this concept through impactful current events that also hold some kind of global.”

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