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Visual Arts


Guenet Abraham, Associate Professor

Professor Guenet Abraham was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2017-18 to pursue her project Labyrinth of Memory in Ethiopia. Professor Abraham designed 4 books in 2016-17: Hidden Mother by Laura Larson (Saint Lucy Books); 27 Contexts by Mark Durant  (Saint Lucy Books); Portrait Garden by Lynn Cazabon (CADVC); Academia II by Antoni Muntadas (CADVC)


Dan Bailey, Professor

Professor Dan Bailey received a UMBC College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Fellowship for the Fall 2018 semester.


Kelley Bell, Associate Professor

Professor Kelley Bell displayed a site-specific animation Babel at the David M. Brown Planetarium in spring 2017. Her work was recently on view in Animation goes MSU, in parallel with the 27th World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Croatia. In spring 2018, Professor Bell will present the animated work Carnival Love Wall as part of the DELECTRICITY Light Festival in Detroit, Michigan.


Maurice Berger, Research Professor and Chief Curator, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

Dr. Maurice Berger is currently working on an essay about Gordon Parks’s early photographs and their relationship to his later civil rights images for the catalog of the exhibition, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940–1950, which will open at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in November 2018. He continues to write his monthly Race Stories series for the Lens Blog of the New York Times, “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race.” Dr. Berger is completing work on an online exhibition and website for the traveling show he curated for CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York: Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.


Steve Bradley, Associate Professor

Professor Bradley received a 2017 UMBC CAHSS-CIRCA Summer Fellowship for Water’s Edge, Biome Tells project, with Dr. DeCarvalho of the Department of Biological Sciences.


Irene Chan, Associate Professor

Irene Chan, documentation of performance

Professor Chan’s current projects include: “A Conversation Between Donald Trump and Lao Tzu”. Performed with “LiVEART.US Performance & Subversion” at the Queens Museum, New York. February 2017; “Bleeding Hearts: for the Historic Women Printmakers,” performed at Southern Graphics Council Conference, March 2017; “Asian American ? Project” artist book at exhibition “Of Color: Race & Identity in Artists’ Books” at Scripps College, CA, March-April 2017; “Transcending the Three Hours,” C-Platform for Art and Design, Fujian, China, June 2017; “Table of Conscience,” stories of misunderstood English. People are invited to share personal stories too and then make text pins to keep and wear. Public interaction piece with exhibition “Tongue Tide” at Flux Factory, New York, July 2017; “Railroad Track of Violence: Stories of the Chinese in 19th Century America”, Phase Two of project continues with UMBC Dresher Fellowship in Spring 2018. Research and compile 1st person testimonials to be recorded and added to the project website.


Lynn Cazabon, Professor

Professor Cazabon is currently working with the Imaging Research Center (IRC) at UMBC on a 3D virtual reality animation based on time-lapse photographs of a common urban plant species. More information is available on the IRC website. Her book, Portrait Garden: Self-renewal Through Environmental Stewardship about a community-based project with a group of women serving long-term sentences in a state prison in Maryland was recently published by the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture (CADVC), with essays by Chris Swan and Emma Hughes. A recent exhibition of Portrait Garden was held at the School of Criminal Justice Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, Jan – July, 2017. In 2016, Professor Cazabon received grants from the Puffin Foundation and The Maryland State Arts Council and was commissioned to present her multi-faceted public art project Uncultivated at the WRO Center in Wroclaw, Poland.


Viviana Cordova Coleman, Associate Professor

Professor Viviana Cordova Coleman’s book Visual Experiences: A Concise Guide to Digital Interface Design, was published in 2017 by CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group. Professor Cordova was one of five experts who contributed an essay about the Microsoft HoloLens to a special feature on the best-designed products of all time, published in Scientific American, Salon, and the Christian Science Monitor. Professor Cordova Coleman was recently awarded a DCS Corp Grant, a contractor for the US Army Research Lab, for her research in collaboration with Computer Science Professor Nilanjan Banerjee.


Cathy Cook, Associate Professor

Professor Cathy Cook is exhibiting her interactive installation Mimicking Whooper and the large-scale photographs as part of the group exhibition Birdland and the Anthropocene curated by Lynne Parks, October 6 – 29 at The Peale Center in Baltimore. IMDA alum Nicole Shiflet is also included in the exhibition and current IMDA student Idil Yakut designed the exhibition catalog. Professor Cook will be speaking about her work at the exhibition on October 21. Professor Cook was the Production Designer for the short film Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf, which will be screened on September 30 at Made in Baltimore Short Film Series at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. The film will also be shown as part of the Locavore Film Series ( in Arlington ,VA, and the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.


Mark Durant, Professor

Professor Durant will be a speaker as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series at the Massachusetts College of Art (October 10), at Fordham University (October 16), and at the Photo Alliance at the San Francisco Art Institute on October 20, 2017. A review of Professor Durant’s book ’27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography by UCLA Art Historian George Baker appeared in 4Columns. He published a review of the Callahan, Siskind, White exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art for Photograph Magazine. An interview with Professor Durant by Sarah Coleman was recently published in The Literate Lens.


 Eric Dyer, Professor

Professor Eric Dyer presented his work at the Material Desires in the Digital Age Conference at Duke University in September 2017. Professor Dyer was commissioned to create a new sculptural animated work Shabamanetica for LightCity Baltimore in spring 2017. Professor Dyer has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. His work is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.


Vin Grabill, Associate Professor

Professor Vin Grabill’s recent/current exhibitions include participation in:

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-1980s (including three of his videos in the exhibition and several photographs in the catalog), Das Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, France, 2017; Activating Artifacts, created by Antoni Muntadas, in which Professor Grabill was the video production coordinator for three video projections, CADVC, 2017; Recollected, a group exhibition at Cade Gallery, AACC, Arnold, MD, 2017; and in the group exhibition Ways of Seeing at Centre d’Art Contemporain Frank Popper, Marcigny, France in collaboration with Elizabeth Goldring, 7/29/17 – 9/24/17.


Preminda Jacob, Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Visual Arts

Professor Preminda Jacob presented “The Semiotics of Kingship in South India: Images of Jayalalitha Jayaram as God Queen,” at the Museum of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac,  in Paris, France, June 09, 2017. Professor Jacob’s 2016 publications include: “Cine Signs: Three Innovators of Tamil Film Advertisements.”  In la Nouvelle Revue de l’Inde Special issue “Le Tamil Nadu” edited by Francois Gautier. No. 12, pp. 100-102. Published by L’Harmattan; “Spectres in Storage: The Colonial Legacy of Art Museums.” In The Journal of Art Historiography, an open-access peer-reviewed e-journal. December issue; “Jayalalithaa’s public appearances and poster imagery were layered with Tamil cultural and religious symbolism.”  In The Economic Times, December 9.


Lisa Moren, Professor

Professor Lisa Moren and IMDA alumnus Jaimes Mayhew received a $70K grant from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in 2017 to support the production of Nonuments01: McKeldin Fountain, an augmented reality app centered on an iconic fountain in Baltimore that was recently demolished.


Timothy Nohe, Professor

Professor Timothy Nohe is leading Voltage is Sound, Voltage is Drawing, a workshop event encouraging people of all ages to become active creators of live technological art and mathematically derived music and drawings, as part of the The MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival in Philadelphia on September 16, 2017. Professor Nohe will lead interdisciplinary workshops with engineers and artists on analog modular video synthesis as part of a residency at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, September 19 – October 1, 2017. In November, his work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, where he will also be presenting performances and workshops in collaboration with UMBC Professor of Dance Carol Hess and Baltimore Dance Project at the Gibson Center for the Arts. Professor Nohe composed and recorded the score for Matter, Energy, Human for Deep Vision Dance Company, which will be presented in a performance on October 22 at the Cultural Center at the newly renovated Harve de Grace Opera House.


Kathy O’Dell, Associate Professor

Professor O’Dell’s research focuses on modern and contemporary global art, performance art, and the pleasurable importance of the ephemeral. She is currently writing a monograph titled Dot: A Small History of a Big Point and co-authoring (with Kristine Stiles) a survey book titled World Art Since 1933. O’Dell’s review of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s book Seven Work Ballets will appear in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Woman’s Art Journal, and a chapter on the pedagogy of Marilyn Arsem will be published in a book on this Boston-based performance artist’s work, scheduled for publication in 2018. O’Dell has also curated Gun Show, an exhibition of 112 facsimile firearms, which Baltimore artist David Hess has constructed from what he calls “rescued” objects, on view at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture from September 4 to October 14, 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a trifold brochure.


Corrie Parks, Assistant Professor

Professor Corrie Parks received a UMBC START grant and CAHSS-CIRCA Summer Fellowship for her Black Butterfly project. Professor Parks curated the program Fluid Frames of international short films based on her book for the Parkway Theater which screened on Sept 18, 2017.


Peggy Re, Associate Professor

Professor Peggy Re received a Coby Foundation Grant and a NEA ArtWorks Grant to support A Designed Life Exhibition and catalog, to open at the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture at UMBC in Fall 2018.


Jules Rosskam, Assistant Professor

Jules Rosskam, still of  film, Paternal Rites

Professor Rosskam recently completed his fourth feature-length film, Paternal Rites as well as a short film, Something to Cry About. Something to Cry About explores the relationship transgender men have with crying, intimacy between men, and the impact moving images have on our emotions. Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that, on the surface, examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of violence and secrecy on their present-day lives. It is also, however, a film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Both films will be released in early 2018. Making Trans Cinema a roundtable discussion moderated and edited by Rosskam will appear in Volume 8 of the journal Somatechnics.


Sarah Sharp, Assistant Professor

Sarah Sharp, documentation of Tool Book pre release

Professor Sarah Sharp did a 6 week residency in summer 2017 at SoHo20 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY where she completed production on a book project, Tool Book, which includes 43 artists and writers and is a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter and small threatened non-profits in NYC. While in residence, Professor Sharp hosted a panel discussion on Artists as Activists, conducted interviews, hosted a reading series and had a final show. She is currently planning the next phases of the project. The Official Book Launch will be held at SoHo20 on September 29, 2017.




James Smalls, Professor, Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies

Professor James Smalls recently published a book review of Nicole G. Albert’s Lesbian Decadence: Representations in Art and Literature of Fin-de-Siècle France in Women’s Studies; an article entitled “The Visual Life of Black Queer Diaspora,” in Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 65, issue 2 (2017): 187-202; a chapter in a book anthology titled “Freeman Murray and the Art of Social Justice,” in Claire Parfait et. al, eds., Writing History from the Margins (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), 131-142; and the article “Sculpting African Nouveau: Primitivism, Ethnography, and Afro-Kitsch in the Works of Woodrow Nash,” International Review of African-American Art, vol. 26, no. 2 (2017): 28-43. Professor Smalls is also the chief curator for the exhibition Man, Image, Idea: Photographs of Men from the Mark Rice Collection, held at the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, August 30-December 12, 2017. On December 7, 2017, at 4pm, Professor Smalls will present “The Mark Rice Collection and the Homo-Erotics of Photography after Stonewall,” as part of UMBC’s Humanities Forum.