Women in the Arts: A Dialogue about Nature and the Environment II | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Women in the Arts: A Dialogue about Nature and the Environment II

Chaney & Martino Galleries, 2nd floor

Reception on Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 - 7 pm.   


(Left) Mina Papatheodoru Valyraki, Purple Rain, (Right) Yumi Hogan, A Quite Memory 6, mixed media on hanji paper

The vision of this exhibition began to take shape in the winter of 2017. South-Korean born artist Yumi Hogan –currently First Lady of the state of Maryland– and Greek artist Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki were introduced by Climis Lascaris and brought together by their shared interest in nature and the environment expressed through their art. As Hogan and Valyraki started to collaborate, the exhibition began to take form organically with each bringing her multiple gifts, talents, and thoughts. Both Hogan and Valyraki are included in the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, which brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. 


(Left) Mina Papatheodoru Valyraki, Shimmering Trees Reflection, (Right) Yumi Hogan, Winter in Backyard 2, Sumi Ink on Rice Paper

Hogan draws on her memories and the traditions of her homeland to create abstract landscapes that reflect her response to the natural world. Using sumi ink and mixed media on traditional hanji paper, she creates depictions of her current environment and life experiences.

"Mina’s style –I am referring to the nervous and broken brushwork, to the extreme freedom of sign that trespasses in dripping up to the violent explosions of pure pigment– becomes, in short, just like in an ideographical alphabet , which is the «form» and «content » of Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki’s work. It is as if the artist is challenging the evidence of vision, in what her fluid, wide brushwork allows running and sedimenting on the canvas surface. It is a pictorial gesture that is always seeking large dimensions, even when space is physically limited."  - Guiliano Serafini. The Trees are one of the last subject series of expression for Mina. Nature as a concept that surrounds everybody and everything, is expressed here in its simplest form from the design point of view. Still the extremely strong lines pass on the message: there are no limits in being. 

First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan, in her art studio

Hogan’s work has been featured in shows and museums in the United States and in South Korea. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA from American University. A committed advocate of the arts and art education, she is an adjunct professor at MICA. 


Valyraki studied at the Athens School for Fine Arts and earned a PhD. from the University of Florence. Her work, The Downhill Skier became one of the official posters for that year’s Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.