Timothy Nohe, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and Visual Arts, Selected as Warnock Foundation “Social Innovator”

Timothy Nohe, director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and professor of Visual Arts, as been selected by the Warnock Foundation as a “social innovator” for his work to create accessible online and smartphone delivered urban forest stewardship resources. The project has been supported by a collaborative team, including lead scientist Matthew E. Baker, associate professor of Geography & Environmental Systems; Butch Berry of The Friends of Springfield Woods; Baltimore Green Space; and cohort of students from the Friends School of Baltimore under the direction of Josh Carlin. The project has also received support from … Continue reading Timothy Nohe, Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, and Visual Arts, Selected as Warnock Foundation “Social Innovator”

“Revolution of the Eye” Receives Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $40,000 in support of the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, curated by Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). The exhibition has been co-organized by the CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York, which will administer the grant funds. The exhibition, which will open May 1, 2015 at The Jewish Museum before embarking on a national tour, addresses the modernist aesthetic and conceptual principles that have influenced American television from its inception, and examines … Continue reading “Revolution of the Eye” Receives Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Awarded Grant from Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation

Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been awarded a $30,000 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation. The grant supports research for Berger’s monthly column, Race Stories, for the Lens Blog of The New York Times. The blog explores the relationship of photography to concepts, themes, and social or regional issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media. Berger plans to conduct research on Robert Frank, focusing on contact sheets, notes, and shooting scripts for a two-part essay on Frank’s representations of race in … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Awarded Grant from Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation

Films by Vin Grabill, Visual Arts, at the Guggenheim Museum

Three films by Vin Grabill, associate professor and chair of Visual Arts, will be featured this month at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Produced in 1982, 1986, and 2010, the films — Otto Piene’s Sky Art, Otto Piene’s Sky Art Neon Rainbow, and Sky Kiss at Desert Sun/Desert Moon — will be screened as part of the “Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s Film Program” and will play daily at 3 pm, December 5 – 30. “These programs featuring artist documentaries provide an expanded look at the ZERO network and the processes that the artists employed,” states the Guggenheim. The subject … Continue reading Films by Vin Grabill, Visual Arts, at the Guggenheim Museum

Surdna Foundation Awards Grant to Imaging Research Center for Liz Lerman Residency

The Surdna Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering sustainable communities in the United States, has awarded $95,882 to the Imaging Research Center, in partnership with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, to establish a Spring 2015 residency by renowned choreographer Liz Lerman. The purpose of this residency is to develop an approach to building and sustaining an online interface for Liz Lerman’s “toolbox” of artistic practices in community-engaged projects, and to do so in a way that incorporates the needs and perspectives of a diverse community of users. Lerman will join researchers at the IRC at UMBC as a Research Professor, … Continue reading Surdna Foundation Awards Grant to Imaging Research Center for Liz Lerman Residency

Revolution of the Eye in Broadway World

Revolution of Eye, an exhibition organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Jewish Museum in New York, and curated by Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator at the CADVC, received coverage in Broadway World on October 1. (Click here to read the article). The exhibition will open in May 2015 and will be the first to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped the look and content of network television in its formative years, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. A microsite that provides a preview to the exhibition is now available here. Continue reading Revolution of the Eye in Broadway World

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, shares his views on Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, a new book by a Toronto-based photographer and physician, Zun Lee. While the book’s images of African-American  fathers may at first seem ordinary — for example, a man feeding his baby as his other children play nearby — Berger notes that the photographs “are in one sense unusual: Their subjects are black and counter mainstream media that typically depict African-American fatherhood as a wasteland of dysfunction … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

Dan Bailey, Imaging Research Center, on WYPR, Discusses “BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815”

Dan Bailey, professor of Visual Arts and director of the Imaging Research Center, was interviewed by WYPR’s Sheilah Kast on Wednesday, September 3. Bailey, along with Kristin Schenning of the Maryland Historical Society, discussed the UMBC/MHS collaborative project entitled “BEARINGS … Continue reading Dan Bailey, Imaging Research Center, on WYPR, Discusses “BEARINGS of Baltimore Circa 1815”

Performing Arts and Humanities Building in The Baltimore Sun

“The just-completed Performing Arts and Humanities Building atop the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County,” says fine arts critic Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, “makes quite a statement from almost every angle — the sun-reflecting, stainless-steel-wrapped Concert Hall; the glass-enclosed Dance Cube jutting from the structure; views of the downtown Baltimore skyline from upper floors.” Smith’s feature, accompanied by photographs by Barbara Haddock Taylor, ran in The Sun on Sunday, August 31, and includes an interview with Scott Casper, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Click here to read the full article and here to see … Continue reading Performing Arts and Humanities Building in The Baltimore Sun

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Exhibits “Copenhagen Cycles” in New York

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. His work Copenhagen Cycles: 2006 – 2014 will be on display from September 6 through October 11, with an opening reception on September 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Information is available at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The exhibition received a preview article on August 15 in Wall Street International. Continue reading Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Exhibits “Copenhagen Cycles” in New York

Thomas Sayre’s “Forum” in the News

Forum, the public artwork by Thomas Sayre being constructed in front of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, has been covered by local papers in North Carolina, where the “earth cast” columns were fabricated: August 12, NewsObserver.com – First Look: Raleigh sculptor Thomas Sayre – with video here. August 13, North Raleigh New – North Raleigh seniors dig unearthed art.   Continue reading Thomas Sayre’s “Forum” in the News

Tom Lagana, Music, in Capital Gazette

Tom Lagana, Music, was interviewed for a feature article in the Capital Gazette on his forthcoming third album, Volume 1. “It’s called Volume 1 because it’s the first record I’m playing all nylon string,” the guitarist told the Capital Gazette. Also featured on the recording is electric bass play Tom Baldwin, an affiliate artist in the Department of Music. Click here to read the full story, published on Monday, August 25. Continue reading Tom Lagana, Music, in Capital Gazette

Irene Chan, Visual Arts and Asian Studies, in Women’s Studio Workshop Spotlight

Irene Chan, Visual Arts and Asian Studies, is featured in an interview published by Women’s Studio Workshop (WSW), an arts center she first visited back in 1996 as a studio intern. She speaks about the development of her artwork, her use of materials, and her projects about racial and cultural identity. Read the interview here on WSW’s website. Continue reading Irene Chan, Visual Arts and Asian Studies, in Women’s Studio Workshop Spotlight

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, shares his take on the thousands of photographs flooding out of Ferguson, Missouri. “Historically, photography was integral to the fight against racism and segregation. Leaders from Sojourner Truth to Malcolm X embraced the photograph’s potential as evidence and its ability to combat stereotypes,” writes Berger. “But sometimes, as in Ferguson, the camera has served as a more spontaneous ‘weapon of choice,’ as the photographer Gordon Parks called it, wielded by the oppressed in moments of anger, fear or … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Art, Awarded TEDCO MII Grant

Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, in partnership with the School of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, have received a $150,000 Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grant for their work on the tablet app, Symphony Interactive. MII was created as a partnership between the State of Maryland and five Maryland academic research institutions (Johns Hopkins University; Morgan State University; UMCP; University of Maryland Baltimore; and UMBC), and is managed by TEDCO, created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the … Continue reading Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Art, Awarded TEDCO MII Grant

Niels Van Tomme, CADVC, Named Curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale

Niels Van Tomme, Visiting Curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been named Curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale (Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art), to take place May 26 to July 17, 2016. The Bucharest Biennale is interested in exploring links between creative practice and social progress, as well as correspondences between local and global contexts. Now in its tenth year, the Biennale continues to build a strong partnership between Bucharest—a geocultural space where the political is reflected in all aspects of life—and the rest of the world. In transcending specific geographical, historical, or political frameworks, it … Continue reading Niels Van Tomme, CADVC, Named Curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in the New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines Dawoud Bey’s intimate and powerful 2007 portrait of Barack Obama prior to becoming president. The essay is being co-published by the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art. “The photograph depicts its famously private and introspective subject only months before he was to step into the abyss of presidential politics. And it defines him free of the stereotypes and myths that have come to characterize his presidency,” observers Berger. Read “Meditation on … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in the New York Times

Richard Spece, Clarinet, and Nancy Beith, Piano (9/13)

On Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, clarinetist Richard Spece and pianist Nancy Beith join forces to present a program featuring: Five Bagatelles, Op. 23, by Gerald Finzi Concertino by Giuseppe Tartini (arranged by Gordon Jacob) Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120, by Johannes Brahms Duo Concertant pour Clarinette et Piano by Darius Milhaud Richard Spece regularly performs on modern and historical clarinets around the country and has several recordings available on Crystal Records. He has been a featured performer on the Smithsonian Recital Series in Washington, D.C., Music in the Mansion Series at … Continue reading Richard Spece, Clarinet, and Nancy Beith, Piano (9/13)

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun

Arts critic Mike Giuliano, writing for the Patuxent Papers and The Baltimore Sun, gave high marks to the Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, in a review published today. “Director Colette Searls ensures that the plot’s zany complications keep coming our way,” he remarked, while also mentioning set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, associate professor of Theatre; and students Brad Widener, Daniel Friedman, Anderson Wells, Christopher Dews, Samantha Van Sant, Sydney Kleinberg, David Brasington and Jessica Ruth Baker. Read the full review here. Continue reading Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Awarded Fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation

Eric Dyer, associate professor of Visual Arts, has been awarded a 2012 fellowship for creative arts by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Professor Dyer is an artist, filmmaker, experimental animator, and educator whose award-winning films have screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, South by Southwest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Melbourne, and London International Animation Festivals. His work has also been exhibited at the Exploratorium, the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. Much of his recent work focuses on the zoetrope, … Continue reading Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Awarded Fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed in BroadwayWorld (4/19)

The Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, which runs through April 28, received praise from critic Jack L. B. Gohn of BroadwayWorld.com in a review published on April 19 (click here to read). In conclusion he remarked, “Incorruptible is a hoot. You should go.” Theatre students Sydney Kleinberg, Christopher Dews and Jessica Ruth Baker all received mentions. For more information about the production, which is directed by Colette Searls, associate professor Theatre, visit the Arts & Culture Calendar. Continue reading Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed in BroadwayWorld (4/19)

Center for Art Design and Visual Culture Receives Publication Awards

The Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) has received two 2012 publication design awards from the American Association of Museums. Within the category of institutions with budgets of less than $750,000, the CADVC received first prize for the exhibition catalogue Where Do We Migrate To? (pictured), designed by Kelley Bell, assistant professor Visual Arts (and Visual Arts MFA ’05). Additionally, the CAVDC received second prize in the scholarly journals category for the publication Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium, designed by Guenet Abraham, associate professor of Visual Arts. Both publications are distributed by Artbook.com. Continue reading Center for Art Design and Visual Culture Receives Publication Awards

Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, to Speak at Animator’s Roundtable

Kelley Bell, assistant professor of Visual Arts, will speak at American University on March 29 as part of a panel of four women in the District of Columbia area who currently work in animation and motion graphics. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Animator’s Roundtable will provide an opportunity for the artists to show samples of their work and discuss how they approach animation, from business to aesthetics. Continue reading Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, to Speak at Animator’s Roundtable

Artwork by Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, Featured in Exhibitions and Publication

Uncultivated, an art project by Lynn Cazabon, associate professor of Visual Arts, will be featured in two exhibitions and will be published in a digital media art catalogue, SCAN2GO. An ongoing public art project that explores wild plants in urban landscapes, Uncultivated began in Baltimore in late 2010 and has expanded to include other cities. Photographs from Uncultivated are on display at the VisArts Gallery, at 155 Gibbs Street in Rockville, Maryland, from March 9 through April 14 in an exhibition curated by UMBC IMDA alumna Susan Main. Photographs will also be on display at Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play … Continue reading Artwork by Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, Featured in Exhibitions and Publication

John Sturgeon, Visual Arts, Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

John Sturgeon, professor of Visual Arts, was selected for a Fulbright Scholar award to the United Kingdom, 2012-13, as a Distinguished Chair at the London College of Art, London, England. This is Professor Sturgeon’s second Fulbright Scholar appointment (Argentina/Uruguay 1988-89), but his first since joining the UMBC faculty in 2000. Continue reading John Sturgeon, Visual Arts, Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Callie Neylan, Visual Arts, on NPR’s “The Picture Show” Blog

Writing and photography by Callie Neylan, assistant professor of Visual Arts, was featured on National Public Radio’s “The Picture Show” blog on March 17. Offering a St. Patrick’s Day reflection on a visit to Ireland, she notes, “One thing I stress when teaching design is the philosophy of austerity, simplicity, and that less is more. What you take out, I always say, is more important than what you leave in.” Continue reading Callie Neylan, Visual Arts, on NPR’s “The Picture Show” Blog

Linda Dusman, Music, Profiled on NewMusicBox

Linda Dusman, professor of music, was profiled on the contemporary music website NewMusicBox in a feature by Molly Sheridan, “Linda Dusman—Leading a Creative Life.” The video accompanying the text includes performance excerpts of several of Professor Dusman’s works by UMBC faculty—Lisa Cella, Tom Goldstein and Airi Yoshioka—with additional contributions by Alan Wonneberger and the Imaging Research Center. Continue reading Linda Dusman, Music, Profiled on NewMusicBox

Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed on WYPR

Susan McCully, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and artistic director of the Grrl Parts theatre festival, was interviewed by Tom Hall on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast. The interview, which aired on Tuesday, March 6, focused on the Grrl Parts performances at UMBC March 7 through 11 and at CENTERSTAGE in downtown Baltimore on March 17. An audio file of the interview is available on WYPR’s website here. Continue reading Susan McCully, Theatre, Interviewed on WYPR

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Invited to Participate in the Whitney Biennial

Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, will have a short film, Threshold, featured in the Whitney Biennial in New York. The film was commissioned as part of an artwork entitled BLEED by Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran that will transform the entire fourth floor of the Whitney into a performance/video exhibition space. Threshold focuses on the crossing of thresholds—walking through doors, entering trains, cars, and buses, moving across stages, approaching podiums, and even the imagined passage from Earth to heaven—that have defined the voice, place, and aspirations of a people during the … Continue reading Maurice Berger, CADVC, Invited to Participate in the Whitney Biennial

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Partners with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) will partner with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District (ha!) to present Wish You Were Here, a pop-up gallery installation March 3 through 17. A community opening event will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening event are free to the public. Wish You Were Here, an exhibition by Lexie “Mountain” Macchi, interdisciplinary artist and CADVC graduate research assistant, recontextualizes the relationship of one leftover object to another, transforming and distorting the feeling of occupation, potential and space. Organized by the CADVC … Continue reading Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture Partners with the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District

Symmes Gardner, CADVC, Addresses Maryland House of Delegates

On Friday, February 24, Symmes Gardner, executive director of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC), addressed the Maryland House of Delegates as a special speaker on Black History Month. His presentation featured images of the CADVC’s major touring exhibition, For All the World to See, organized in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and now on display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Among the delegates attending the presentation were Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (’76 psychology). In his remarks, Mr. … Continue reading Symmes Gardner, CADVC, Addresses Maryland House of Delegates

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in The Washington Post (2/17)

In an article about the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Washington Post mentioned For All the World to See, an exhibition organized in partnership between the museum and UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. The full text of the article is available here. Continue reading Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in The Washington Post (2/17)

City Paper Lauds Visual Arts MFA Exhibition (2/8)

Andrea Appleton at City Paper reviewed the MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in the publication’s February 8th issue, concluding with, “Bravo, class of 2012. This is a show not to be missed.” The exhibition, on display through February 18, features work by Visual Arts graduate students Meghan Flanigan, Gary Kachadourian, Timothy Noble and Ali Seley. To read City Paper‘s review—”A UMBC MFA exhibition dazzles with its scope, quality, and sense of fun”—click here. For additional information about the exhibition, visit the Arts & Culture Calendar. Photo by Steve Bradley. Continue reading City Paper Lauds Visual Arts MFA Exhibition (2/8)

Timothy Nohe, Visual Arts, Invited to Screen Video in Berlin

Timothy Nohe, associate professor of visual arts, has been invited to screen his experimental video and sound work People as Verbs in the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge, a festival for contemporary media and film, February 9 through 19, 2012. This marks the European debut of the piece, which was first featured in a solo show at in/flux gallery, Baltimore, November 5 through 26, 2011. Continue reading Timothy Nohe, Visual Arts, Invited to Screen Video in Berlin

Artwork by Lisa Moren on Display at CUNY

Artwork by Lisa Moren, associate professor of visual arts, is on display at the President’s Gallery of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY (City University of New York), 899 Tenth Avenue in New York. The exhibition, Truth of the Matter: paint, concept, memory, on display from February 1 through 28, presents three artists whose work focuses on memory. Professor Moren’s work, Marbleized Paper from the Gulf of Mexico, is made with pigments drawn from the polluted waters created from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Continue reading Artwork by Lisa Moren on Display at CUNY