Alumni Celebrate Homecoming
Art Exhibit and a Moonlight Cruise
By Tara Adair Moore
Bowie State University alumi celebrated homecoming week on land and water with an art exhibit in the Amos White IV Art Gallery in the Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts Center and a moonlight cruise along the Potomac River in Washington.
At the Alumni Art Exhibit on Oct. 15, guests enjoyed the art work of former BSU students Clarence Mollock and Keith Holmes.
Mollock entered Bowie State College in 1968 as a freshman, where he became a member of the Student Government Association, track team, a dance group, art guide and yearbook staff, just to name a few. Mollock graduated at the top of his class in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in secondary art education. After graduating, he taught art at Edgewood Senior High School for 32 years and his work has been shown at exhibits across Maryland. He went on to receive his master's degree Towson State University. After receiving his master's he was hired as an adjunct faculty member to teach art at Catonsville Community College, where he taught for a few years.
Mollock said he loves the beauty of art, and he tries to apply art to his everyday life. He takes pride in the work that he does. He is now a Professor here at BSU teaching ceramics, and he tries to instill in his students the value, pride, and love for art. He has learned such standards from his mentor Amos White IV for whom the gallery is named.
Bowie State alumnus Holmes came to BSU with a desire to major in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film and a minor in theater. While at BSU he was active in the student court, gospel choir, theater troupe and ROTC. It was at BSU where he learned the art of photography from Prof. Delanta J. Mills.
After graduating from BSU, Holmes said he was commissioned as a reserve officer in the military. He has lived in overseas in Germany and France as well as several states here at home. Holmes started his broadcasting career at Voice of America in Washington. He was a producer, editor and engineer. He has also worked for the Radio One Network and WMZQ. He currently sells his prints and posters and said he is always looking for investors to finance is work. He said he believes that it is important do what you enjoy.
Following the art show, BSU alumni set sail at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 for the Alumni Moonlight Cruise on the Potomac. The boat departed National Harbor with BSU alumni from all classes aboard for a time of dining, dancing and entertainment. There was plenty of food, and a live DJ that kept the boat alive all evening.