Glistening: Nature Mirrored in Video Art

Chaney & Martino Galleries, 2nd floor

Exiles of the Shattered Star, 2006  Kelly Richardson

Tom and Kitty Stoner‎ Collection

Maryland Hall announces its first all-video exhibition and art-based collaboration with Annapolis Film Festival, Glistening:  Nature Mirrored in Video Art. 

Glimmers in the vastness of outer space, tide side shadows, sun drenched forests at dawn, and shifts prompted by seasonal cycles are among the inspirations for this selection of new media artworks from the collection of Tom and Kitty Stoner.

Explore how artists from around the world bring the glories of the great outdoors inside at installations in and around Maryland Hall galleries. 

Exhibition Curator Kelly Gordon reports, “The diversity of the Stoner Collection provides a lively primer for anyone curious about this flourishing dimension of recent art."


ABOUT KITTY AND TOM STONER

In 1983, Native Iowans with a zest for art, Tom and Kitty Stoner were drawn to Annapolis for its historical charm, warm-spirited community and, like many, the great sailing.

They surrounded themselves with works by leading 20th century sculptors, from Rodin to Goldberg, and cultivated a distinctive collection by assembling a cache of drawings by sculptors.

Parallel to this endeavor they established a foundation - TKF - to create nature-focused contemplative spaces that counter the dynamic of settings associated with high stress (naturescared.org).

They share a conviction that nature is a source for solace and reflection. This informs their philanthropic work as well as their art collection. Beginning in 2005, they shifted to encompass moving image art - video and digital creations.

Media art works are often frenetic and yet the Stoner's focus on acquisitions that celebrate nature and induce engaged meditation. Among the small tribe of those daring enough to collect video art work, few have integrated it as thoroughly into their home life style where it breathes side-by-side with their daily routines, at their threshold, in their hallways and even in their kitchen.

Mr. Stoner, who worked in the communications industry for 35 years, shares with Kitty an innate curiosity for the new and the next, and both exude youthful vigor. This outlook led them to a 21st century art that is driven by young and emerging artists.

 "What has surprised me most about building a media collection is the interactivity that exists between moving images and adjacent spaces. It's like on large conversation... especially if the collection is focused on its content. It will be thrilling for me and Kitty to share these compelling works with Annapolitans... even if it means a blank wall in the kitchen." - Tom Stoner