The Boyden Gallery


Facing Fences - Southern Maryland ~A Collaboration in Community Dialogue


      "A boundary is not that at which something stops, but....that from which something begins."  —   Martin Heidegger

~  Click on these links to see all that accompanied the Facing Fences exhibition in February 2011 ~

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When?  January 17 - March 4, 2011 (Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.).  Opening day is January 17, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the College.

What? A traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Between Fences, opens in the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in winter 2011, and is the catalyst for a regional exploration of rights of way.  In conjunction with the Smithsonian show will be complementary community-wide initiatives on the theme of fences entitled, Facing Fences – Southern Maryland. Community groups will be exhibiting displays in the Boyden Gallery and offering programs like listening circles, panel sessions, speakers, film series, demonstrations, and high school classes will be offered across the Southern Maryland region to complement the Smithsonian exhibition. 

Why? Are we defined by our fences? Who sets these boundaries and how do they grow or devolve?  Questions of ownership and access -- be they relegated to land, sky or water -- arrest attention and challenge development in Southern Maryland. From the early days of Native Americans to diverse and growing populations of newcomers, rights of way are an ever present conversation.

Who's behind Fences? Between Fences is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council. In Facing Fences, the Boyden Gallery and its partners explore regional fences and views on rights of way.

This exhibit is designed to be YOUR exhibit and your participation is both needed and encouraged.

The Boyden Gallery partners with Historic St. Mary’s City, The SlackWater Center and The Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Community Mediation Centers of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, and numerous affiliated community organizations. Sponsors include The Maryland State Arts Council; The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority; The St. Mary’s County Arts Council; The Center for the Study of Democracy, The Student Government Association, and The SlackWater Center at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Between Fences is made possible in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council.