Date & Time

Maryland Hall
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Join us in the Openshaw Balcony Gallery for a free opening reception to celebrate Kennedy Trusty's new exhibition "SELF DESTRUCTION." Trusty is a visual artist and jewelry maker and our current Openshaw Artist-in-Residence. Light refreshments will be served including hors d'oeuvres from The Cafe at Maryland Hall, wine and non-alcoholic refreshments.

From 5:30-7 pm, this reception is free and open to the public, no registration is required. 

Exhibit Statement

Overly critical self-evaluations, always trying to be in control, OCD, anxiety, procrastination, and constant, what ifs, is what a normal day looks like for me. I am a perfectionist. Why? Why would anyone choose to put that much pressure on themselves? Truth is, it is a unconscious choice. For as long as I can remember my brain has been wired to strive for perfection.

Having the desire to be perfect, to validate my self worth, while simultaneously lacking confidence is emotionally and mentally draining. Underneath the desire to be perfect lies a range of emotions that I try to keep suppressed. My perfectionism is leading me on a path of SELF DESTRUCTION. As a perfectionist, I planned each piece down to the T, with a clear vision of what each piece would look like. However, over the course of my residency, my work has morphed dramatically. How? How can a perfectionist’s vision shift? Each piece on display is the unplanned product from an emotional outburst when I felt an overwhelming sense of failure, as everything I planned was not coming to fruition. In a beautiful, ironic way this exhibit captures the TRUE essence of my emotions when my perfectionist tendencies lead me into self destruction.

About the Openshaw AIR Program

The Openshaw Artist-In-Residence program provides accessible space to up-and-coming artists in the local community while also educating the public in the process of the creation of art through a diversity of forms. Artists are given the opportunity to create a collection of work to exhibit in the Openshaw Balcony Gallery at the end of their residency while also curating the exhibit.