Day 60: Visit the Boyden Gallery’s Exhibit: Facing Fences Southern MD

The Boyden Gallery, located on the Saint Mary’s College of Maryland Campus in Saint Mary’s City, MD, is hosting a collaborative exhibit that will be on display for a limited time, and it’s a fascinating look at the concepts of boundaries, land ownership, rights and access.

When? January 17 – March 4, 2011 (Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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.


The gallery is located in the Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center.

Open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year.

Montgomery Hall
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20686



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