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Visual Arts Visiting Artist Paul Rucker

Thursday, September 8, 5:00 PM
Fine Arts Building 107A 

Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, often integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding a subject.

Humanities Forum: “Guillermo Gómez-Peña Unplugged: A Brand New Spoken-word Monologue by el Mad Mex”

Tuesday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, aka “El border brujo,” draws from his 30-year archive to present a unique perspective on the future of the Americas. He invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña comments on the art world, academia, new technologies, war and violence in the United States, organized crime in Mexico, gender and race politics, and complications surrounding gentrification.


The SEEING SCIENCE Film Festival

September: Screening films from 1966
Wednesdays at 7pm in Lecture Hall 1

Seeing Science Film Festival at UMBC kicks off in September, presenting science fiction films that came out in 1966 to coincide with UMBC’s 50th anniversary on Wednesdays at 7pm in Lecture Hall 1.

  • September 14th – Fantastic Voyage
  • September 21st – Fahrenheit 451
  • September 28th – Daleks Envision Earth 2150


David Yager, President of the University of Arts

Monday, September 19, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Reception to follow on the PAHB Terrace Patio

Curious about how the arts will expand and thrive in academia? David Yager, President of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will inspire us to think futuristically about the potential and value of an arts education at UMBC.


Second Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala

Saturday, September 24, 5:00 PM wine tasting and 8:00 PM concert
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

UMBC is delighted to announce world-renowned soprano soloist Janice Chandler-Eteme as the guest artist for the Second Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala to benefit vocal arts at UMBC.

The first half of the program will feature alumni artists Helen Huse Ralston ’82, Ray Aparentado(Camerata Alum), and Ric Ryder ’84. The audience will be introduced to the winner of the first David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts and enjoy a spectacular performance by the current Camerata joined by alumni from 1976 to the present under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gordon, who directed the Camerata from 1976 to 1995. Ms. Chandler-Eteme will perform the second half of the program.


Thursday, September 29, 7:00 PM
Dance Cube 
In this richly layered performance a dancer, two musicians, and a video artist respond to the quantum puzzle that there is no passive witnessing in the universe, and we are at once subject and object of our own creative forces. Created collaboratively by four artists, the piece is both structured and improvisational, with the performers responding to a spacious and alive score that supports moment to moment decision making. Inviting, visceral and abstract this interdisciplinary work deeply engages the viewer in an otherworldly and dream-like experience.

Dancer/choreographer Tracy Broyles grew up in Maryland and is a 1995 UMBC graduate, returning for the first time to the area to perform. She is working with live musicians Adrian Hutapea and Lisa DeGrace, and video artist Stephen Miller.

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 29, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television is the first exhibition 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. During this period, the pioneers of American television – many of them young, Jewish, and aesthetically adventurous – had adopted modernism as a source of inspiration. Revolution of the Eye looks at how the dynamic new medium, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled and embraced cutting-edge art and design.