Language of Abstraction exhibition

The UMUC Arts Program invites you to explore the art of artists Ed Clark (New York, New York), Richard W. Franklin (Bowie, Maryland), and the late Kenneth Young (Washington, D.C.). The Language of Abstraction exhibition features works that are explosive in color and movement, with palettes that draw the viewer to the work. The juxtaposition of the paintings of these artists encourages conversations about three very different forms of abstract personal expression.

Ed Clark creates his signature style with the use of a broom—a process he began in the early 1960s. Since then, Clark has produced works by throwing paint, letting gravity chart its course, and using the broom to guide the paint. Richard W. Franklin refers to color as a voice. He explores the boundaries between vibrant colors by creating complex bleeds and blurs. According to the artist, the harmonies and dissonances of forms, colors, and spatial ambiguities constitute a multivocal language. The late Kenneth Young used a technique of blotting acrylic paints to create works representative of the galaxy and nature. His art displays his background in science.

The Arts Program hopes you will enjoy the conversation that lies within the paintings of these internationally known artists.

Exhibition Dates

March 4–June 24, 2018

Exhibition Hours

9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily


UMUC Arts Program Gallery, Lower Level
University of Maryland University College
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783 | Directions