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May 08, 1994|By Mary Corey

Vince Krsulich's college album: a compact disc

Say you're a college senior with a B average, a steady girlfriend and a newspaper job lined up after you graduate. How do you finish off your undergraduate career?

If you're Vince Krsulich, you get $4,500 from the student government, audition 20 student bands and produce Loyola College's first compact disc.

"We were trying to show that Loyola is a lot more than the Sellinger Business School. There are lots of liberal arts people here and lots of creativity," says Mr. Krsulich, 22, a writing/history major who landed a job editing a weekly on Long Island this summer.

Although the CD's title "AMDG -- For the Greater Glory of God" comes from the school's Latin motto "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam," the blend of acoustic rock, jazz and techno music hardly sounds like church hymns. In fact, a few people have complained that the CD is a bit sacrilegious.

Mr. Krsulich prefers the assessment of his theology professor, who called the music "awesome."

The idea came to him while watching the school's student variety show last semester. After petitioning the student government, he and his friends auditioned groups (12 made the final cut) and in one semester managed to record, produce and promote the work. The CD is currently sold at Loyola's bookstore for $12.

Although he harbors no desire to enter the record business now, Mr. Krsulich considers the CD his greatest school accomplishment.

"I tend to be a little bit lazy, but here I couldn't be," he says. "It was a reality check for me. I learned that if you want something, it can be done. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true."

Juliet Ehrlich uses clay to evoke 15th-century French tapestries, Greek sculpture, Persian calligraphy, the courtyards of the Alhambra and Villa Farnese, 17th-century Japanese paintings and even the masterpieces of Paul Gauguin. Her sculpted clay murals of musical instruments mimic wood, metal and paper.

"A Journey for the Senses: Murals in Clay," a show of her work running at the Baltimore Life Gallery in Owings Mills through June 3, is a tribute to a variety of cultures and visual expressions as well as to her desire to give masterpieces a new kind of sculptural life with clay.

"I love using clay to simulate brush strokes," says the 38-year-old artist, pointing out her sculpted version of Monet's waterlilies at Giverny.

With so many styles in this show, the unifying link, perhaps, is Ms. Ehrlich's passion for romantic subjects and opulent materials, her imaginative attraction to worlds antique and languorous.

A native of New York, Ms. Ehrlich studied ceramics in New Zealand, Indonesia and Turkey before working in Kentucky, California and Martha's Vineyard. Two years ago, she settled in Federal Hill with her daughter, Deanna, 6. She plans to move soon into a new studio on Cross Street.

Over the years, the artist's interest in clay has led her from making vessels to creating clay murals, one of humanity's oldest forms of decorative arts. She has worked primarily on commissions, including fashioning a piece for the Albright Knox Museum of New York.

"I really enjoy throwing up a wall of clay, sculpting on it and enhancing the design," she says. "Clay, being so versatile, can suggest so many different materials."

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