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CIRCA Presents

Cara Ober
Wednesday October 25, 12 – 1pm, lunch provided
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) is pleased to present Baltimore-based cultural organizer and artist Cara Ober, who will speak about her experiences as founding editor of BMoreArt, Baltimore’s celebrated online art magazine and print journal.

Named “Best Art Scene Doyenne” by Baltimore Magazine in 2017, Cara Ober is an innovator, cultural organizer, artist, and producer of digital and print media. Ober’s writing in the form of critical reviews, essays, and opinion editorials have explored the political and economic impact of the arts in Baltimore and the way artists maintain a professional practice and thrive in a city full of rich and diverse cultural traditions as well as deep and troubling social issues. As the founding editor of BmoreArt, Baltimore’s online art magazine and print journal, Ober has spent a decade building a local, national, and international audience for arts and culture produced in Baltimore. She founded BmoreArt in 2007 to encourage accessible and rigorous dialogue about arts and culture in the Baltimore region. Named “Best of Baltimore” by Baltimore Magazine in 2017 and 2014, BmoreArt questions and analyzes issues of gender, race, social justice, and cultural institutions with emphasis on artist-centric issues of material and process and how they influence content and artistic output. In 2015, Ober launched BmoreArt: A Journal of Art + Ideas, a bi-annual, full color print journal that explores Baltimore’s cultural landscape thematically, offering a deep and diverse perspective on individuals and cultural institutions. Ober has also penned art reviews for Art Papers, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, and BurnAway and numerous other national publications.

Cara Ober earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and a BA in fine arts in 1996 from the American University. She is a recipient of grant funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, as well as the winner of a Mellon Arts Innovation Grant from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, a Grit Fund Grant from The Contemporary via The Andy Warhol Foundation in 2015, and a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006.

 

 

Launch Event for New Publications by Faculty Researchers Lisa Cella, Viviana Coleman-Cordova, and Airi Yoshioka 

Tuesday, November 7, 4 – 5:30pm, refreshments provided
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Research, Innovation and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Lisa Cella, Viviana Coleman-Cordova, and Airi Yoshioka. The event recognizes recent CD releases by professors Cella and Yoshioka, and a book publication by professor Coleman-Cordova.

A champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella, Associate Professor of Music, has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is Artistic Director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE. With NOISE she has performed the works of young composers all around the world. Lisa is co-artistic director of NOISE’s annual festival of modern music entitled soundON. Lisa co-founded the flute collective inHALE, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. inHALE was an invited ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego in August of 2005. She, along with Franklin Cox, is a founding member of C2, a touring flute and cello duo. As a soloist, she has performed both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy and Nief Norf based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her undergraduate work was completed at Syracuse University and she received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego.

Viviana Coleman-Cordova, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, is an educator, researcher, graphic designer, and artist. Her work has been featured in the books Indie publishing (2008) and Graphic Design: The New Basics (2008), both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She owns, edits, and maintains the website http://www.webtypography.org. Her motion design work has been aired on Telemundo and BET television stations. She has done web design for the NIH and her print work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, The Source Magazine, John Hopkins University, and others. Her work has been exhibited in The Siggraph Exhibition Conference and Ssamzie Space, Gallery 175 in Seoul, Korea. She served on the Board of Directors of AIGA Baltimore and she is still an active member of AIGA. Also, she is a member of CAA, IXDA, and IDA. Coleman-Cordova co-authored, along with Yeohyun Ahn, a book titled Type and Code: Processing for Designers (2009) published by MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. Coleman-Cordova holds a BFA in graphic design with a concentration in Interactive Media and an MFA in Graphic Design from MICA.

Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant and intrepid”, violinist Airi Yoshioka, Professor of Music, has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Damocles Trio’s debut disc of complete Piano Trios and Piano Quartet of Joquín Turina has won a four-star rating from the BBC Music Magazine, Le Monde de la Musique and Diapason. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble and had performed annually in Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival and is currently a member of Continuum, ModernWorks!, RUCKUS, Son Sonora, and Azure Ensemble. Her solo and chamber performances can be heard on Naxos, New World, Claves, Mode, Albany, Neuma, and Pony Canyon records labels.