TOWSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Holtzman Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Sculptures by Gagik Aroutiunian.
This master of fine arts thesis exhibit (through May 26) features works by Soviet-Armenian artist Gagik Aroutiunian, who describes his sculptures as paintings without a picture plane or, in some cases, with the picture plane exploded. He tries to define the gap between painting and sculpture, according to a gallery statement, which adds that "in his treatment of surface he creates texture and colors that intensify the presence of the work spatially." The artist graduated from Yerevan College of Art in Armenia in 1972 and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, where he worked as a technical adviser at the sculpture department. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Poland and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Call 830-2808.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
5700 Park Heights Ave. Works by David Rankin and Merle Tabor Stern.
"Jewish Australia" is the theme that unites these works (on display through June 16) by Baltimore-born photographer Merle Tabor Stern and Australian painter David Rankin. The latter, whose abstract works have been exhibited around the world, is one of Australia's foremost artists. A gallery spokeswoman said his paintings, though abstract, bear a strong Jewish influence that communicates feelings about the Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history. Ms. Stern's photos, mostly black and white, are from a series titled "Portraits of Jewish Life in Australia." They reflect everyday life for Jews, whether they live in the city, suburbs or the outback. Call 727-4828.