KCAC Artist in Residence Jason Patterson

An Artist’s Introduction
A survey of artwork on the African American condition, past & present by Jason Patterson.

A new position for a Washington College professor leads to a Residency for a great artist – KCAC’s Artist in Residence, Jason Patterson.

Patterson is a history-based artist that hails from central Illinois. Patterson has relocated his studio to Chestertown, MD to research and make work on the rich African American history of Kent County. His work is focused on highlighting how our past influences our current American political and social conditions.

Please join us Friday, August 31 from 5 – 8 p.m to welcome the artist at the Vince & Leslie Prince Raimond Arts Building, 101 Spring Ave. Chestertown, MD

Gallery Hours Sept 4-7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday September 1 and 8 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday (Labor Day)
Also open First Friday – Sept 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Must Close September 9, 2018

October 2018 Book Recommendations

George Eliot’s MIDDLEMARCH; the secrets and quirky inhabitants of a 19th century provincial town.

Irving Stone’s THE PASSIONS OF THE MIND; a comprehensive, historical novel about Sigmund Freud.

David Niven’s BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES; from Hollywood of the 1930s to the age of television; volume two of the actor’s memoirs.

Calvin Coolidge’s THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE; all about the 30th President of the United States.

Margot Peters’s MAY SARTON: A BIOGRAPHY; the author’s life and works–poems, journals, novels, and non-fiction–are examined.




Migration: An Exploration in Art, Words and Music, inspired by Jacob Lawrence

Audition Notice

Kent County Arts Council Presents:
Migration: An Exploration in Art, Words and Music,
inspired by Jacob Lawrence
November 1-4, 2018
at the Garfield Center for the Arts and Chestertown RiverArts

Saturday, September 8, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at KCAC’s Raimond Arts Building, 101 Spring Avenue,
Chestertown, MD

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans., between 1940 and 1941, Casein tempera on hardboard 12 x 18 in.; 30.48 x 45.72 cm. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Acquired 1942. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The Kent County Arts Council (KCAC) will hold auditions for their presentation of staged readings of a series of five new plays commissioned by and written for The Philips Collection in Washington DC to commemorate an anniversary of “The Migration Series” in 2015. The KCAC will produce the plays with Artist-in-Residence
Jacqueline Lawton, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill, and the plays will be directed by Michele Volansky, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance, Washington College.

The evenings (November 1-4) will feature these five plays as act one, and Robert Earl Price & Pam Ortiz’s RED DEVIL MOON as act two. The evenings will begin at Chestertown RiverArts with an exhibition of student art work based on The Migration Series.

Below is a list of the five short plays, and the character descriptions for each.
Actors will read from pre-selected scenes, scripts will be provided
Actors are invited to audition for multiple roles. All roles are non-equity and are paid.

BAGDAD CARPET by Norman Allen
A Young Man – 16 or 17, African American
A Conductor – Male, 50s, African American

IN CONSTANT PURSUIT by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
MOTHER, African American, regal, ageless
FATHER*, African American, earnest, ageless
SON, African American, as earnest as FATHER, perhaps more so.
BROTHER*, African American, innocent
*The roles of FATHER and BROTHER could potentially be played by the same actor.

A LEGACY OF CHAINS by Annalisa Dias
MAY, a young adult woman, in her 20s or 30s as of 2016. Woman of color
COP, a police officer. White Male
TEACHER, person of color, Male or Female, 30’s

A LONG ARDUOUS JOURNEY by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Sabeen, Middle Eastern early 20s
Malcolm, African American early 30s

#51 by Laura Shamas
KAMIL …………………………………………………..A woman (40’s – 50’s)
BURHAN……………………………………………………A man (40’s – 50’s)
ELIZABETH, their daughter …………………………….A teenaged girl (17)

Questions about auditions? Email john@kentcountyartscouncil.org or
mvolansky2@washcoll.edu Or Call the KCAC at 410-778-3700

PLEASE RSVP to Auditionjohn@kentcountyartscouncil.org or 410-778-3700