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Professor Lisa Moren selected as CIRCA-IMET Artist in Residence, Spring 2019

CIRCA and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) are pleased to announce that UMBC Visual Arts Professor Lisa Moren has been selected as the inaugural CIRCA-IMET Artist in Residence. Her project FLOCKING: A Social Narrative in Marine Biology will be supported in Spring of 2019.

Professor Moren’s project will investigate marine bio-mimicry, documenting chaotic patterns found in nature that are difficult to visualize, such as flocking, murmurations, and “organic differentiation.” The goal is to simulate found bio-phenomena digitally, allowing the public to experience it through virtual reality and digital fabrication.

The residency awards the selected artist research support funds, a course release and a studio space on the IMET campus. Professor Moren will have opportunities to engage scientists  and to present work and have discussions with IMET stakeholders, including faculty, students, start-up companies in the IMET Harbor Launch business incubator and partner institutions. Professor Moren will share her residency work in a public program when IMET hosts an “Open Day” on Saturday, May 4, 2019.


Corrie Francis Parks featured in UMBC Magazine story on Art-Sci Intersections

Her most recent work, “Foreign Exchange,” an animated short about imaginary borders, combines both worlds, with individual pieces of sand journeying across frames dotted with inked winks of paper presidents.

“I think the really interesting part of what I’m doing right now is this idea of looking closely at things,” she says. “You start to see all of these little details, and I think that it’s a broader metaphor for the way we need to approach social problems, political problems. It’s about looking at the needs of the individual as well as this big, giant generalization.”


Closing Soon: Depth of Field: Recent Acquisitions at Library Gallery

Exhibition dates August 29 – December 19, 2018

The exhibition Depth of Field presents approximately one hundred images acquired over the last ten years by UMBC’s Photography Collections through generous gifts from donors and artists. The photographs on view highlight the breadth and depth of the collection and illustrate the range of forms, technology, and artists that historically shaped the medium and are presently impacting its ongoing evolution.

Featured artists include Laurie Brown, Kristin Capp, Clarence Carvell, William Eggleston, Donna Ferrato, Robert Fichter, Todd Forsgren, Peggy Fox, Sally Gall, Ralph Gibson, Penny Harris, Sam Holden, Irina Ionesco, Walter Ioos, N. Jay Jaffee, Brian Jones, Nate Larson, Alen MacWeeney, Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothy Norman, David Seltzer, David Seymour, Steve Szabo, Barbara Traub, Peter Turnley, and Robert VonSternberg.

LAB: Empirical Evidence: John Ruppert

January 31 – March 16
Opening Reception: 

Thursday, January 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culturepresents an exhibition of work by artist John Ruppert entitled LAB: Empirical Evidence: John Ruppert. The exhibition will span the artist’s recent explorations with installation, sculptural objects, photography, and sound as it relates to the world around us. Influenced by his intense interest in natural phenomena, Ruppert’s overarching investigation will focus on the intersection of the natural world and humanity. In a broader sense, he seeks to develop a heightened consciousness of our precarious existence on the planet.