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Arts on Campus:

Girls on a Dirt Pile

Thursday, November 21 – December 8, 2019
Black Box Theatre

Girls on a Dirt Pile

Distal’s Musk: Rosy Keyser

Through December 14, 2019
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Distal’s Musk: Rosy Keyser

Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter

Through December 18, 2019
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter, the first retrospective of the artist’s career in over thirty years. Drawn from his archive at UMBC, the 55 works in this exhibition created between 1962 and 2006 highlight Fichter’s exploration of the human condition across photography, printmaking, and painting. Fichter employs shifting moods and mediums as well as wit, humor, and satire to deliver trenchant critiques of war, nuclear proliferation, and environmental disaster. Firmly rooting his expressive compositions in a strong sense of place—the surreal landscapes of his native Florida—Fichter presents a singular vision of humanity on the brink.


Lisa Moren presents at Creative Time Summit

IMDA Graduate Program Director Lisa Moren’s NONUMENT 01 will be presented in Washington Square Park, NYC for the Creative Time Summit on Nov. 16th. She will be joined by her collaborators from Finland and Italy to present on the AR project.

Ann Sofie Clemmenssen’s Kennedy Center video

The second evening of performances of Ann Sofie Clemmensen’s In To and Out Of is now available via The Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel. The work was met with SRO crowds and an electric reception for the three movement passages responding to The REACH.

CIRCA Director Timothy Nohe shows at IMPAKT Festival

Tim Nohe’s video work “Bell Labs Mosh” will be shown October 31 at Het Huis Utrecht Studio 2 in the Netherlands. Bell Labs Mosh is part of a video series that examines the early information age. The underlying industrial film was produced at Bell Labs and represents early experiments in rendering human speech and the “Poem Fields” collaborative computer animation work of artist Stan Vanderbeek and engineer Kenneth Knowlton. Many of the inventions predicted within this video are now a reality and commonplace, as accessible as our mobile phone. The artist has tugged at the matrix of pixels of the movie file, recomposing the digital matter of the image to question the promise and power of computers in our culture.

Visual Arts Professor Vin Grabill to showcase video work at New Media: Poetry in Motion

The gallery becomes a screening room to showcase recent video works by Vin Grabill, Brandon Morse, and Joon Sung. These artists experiment with time-based media to create unique works of art that double as visual poems.
Exhibit runs November 1 – December 13 at HoCo Center for the Arts, with a free public reception on November 8 from 6-8pm. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Closed November 28 & 29.

Visual Arts Professor Sarah Sharp to release magazine “Tool Book Project Volume III: Work Book”

The beautiful risograph print magazine features 18 artists and collaborative teams, along with a series of artist features on the Tool Book website, whose work addresses labor, leisure and art production. Sales of “Work Book” benefit Make the Road New York, a non-profit that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice, and House of Ruth Maryland, a non-profit organization providing prevention, intervention and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and their children. There will be a launch party and panel discussion on Thursday, October 24th, 6-8pm at the Bronx Museum of Art’s Block Gallery located in TriBeca in NYC. Later this year Artist Talks will be held Sunday, December 15th, 5-7pm at Arete Gallery for Tool Book Project’s Brooklyn Artists.

Chelsea Pace’s Scholarly Activities

The Department of Theater’s Chelsea Pace presented “Making Contact: Considerations for Touch in Voice Training” at the Voice and Speech Trainers Association with UMBC Theater Professor Lynn Watson and Adriano Cabral of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Assistant Professor Pace also presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Orlando in the Acting and Directing Pre-Conference on consent. Building on her international reputation she offered trainings on intimacy and consent: Culture Change or Choreography: How to Bring Appropriate Intimacy Protocol into All Aspects of the Work and The Changing Nature of Consent in Actor Training Today. She also referenced the work that she did in Spring 2019 with Eve Muson at UMBC:Four Physical Approaches to Poetically Staging Transitions in Naomi Izuka’s Anonymous.

Theater’s Susan McCully, Chelsea Pace and alumna Katie Hileman at National Conference

Theater colleagues presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando. The panel featured presentations and discussion on “Devising Feminist Structures for Playwriting” featuring Chelsea Pace and Susan McCully, and alumna Katie Hileman. Professor Pace discussed her process for devising “Gwyneth” which will be presented at UMBC this spring. Professor McCully discussed the creation of her play “Girls on a Dirt Pile” which will be produced at UMBC this coming fall. Katie Hileman (BFA ’12) discussed her plays “Chlamydia” and “I Will Eat You”- the latter her thesis project as she pursues an MFA at Towson University.

Lisa Moren’s research featured in The Guardian

The augmented reality artwork of IMDA MFA Graduate Program Director Lisa Moren was prominently profiled in a new piece in The Guardian titled Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments.

Seeing Science appears in The Guardian

Seeing Science by the CADVC’s Marvin Heiferman was prominently featured in an online story by Guy Lane in the Art and Design section of The Guardian. Seeing Science offers an insightful and reader-friendly collection of essays and pictures about photography’s role in visualizing science and building human knowledge-from micro to macro levels and everything in between. The book was published by the Aperture Foundation and the CADVC at UMBC.

IMDA Alumna Dilay Koçogullari ’19 admitted to PhD Program

Ms. Koçogullari has secured a position in the new Interdisciplinary PhD program at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland. Students in the three year program may study in the areas of Painting and Sculpture, Interior Architecture and Design, Ceramics and Glass, and Graphics and Media Art. Dilay Kocogullari’s thesis installation “Toward the Healing of Souls: Crocheting, Collaborating, and Commemorating” was presented as a memorial to the increasing number of women murdered in her home country, Turkey. Her work won the IMDA 2019 MFA Award. Dilay Kocogullari uses living organisms as art material to explore current health and social justice issues, ranging from nutrition to infant coronary disease and femicide. She was born in Turkey, where she received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Osmangazi a B.A. in Plastic Arts from Yeditepe University, and an M.A. in Painting from Onsekiz Mart University.

IMDA MFA alumnus Chris Kojzar – Culture Blast: Drawing Workshop at IA&A Hillyer

Chris Kojzar offered a drawing workshop and discussion about what it means to openly engage in artistic practice in a public space. He started with a presentation about his practice and the implications of surveillance in 21st century America, and participants walked together through the Dupont neighborhood to sketch outdoors and discuss the idea of drawing in the public space. This drawing workshop was produced in conjunction with Kojzar’s exhibition Plainclothes Agenda.

IMDA MFA alumna Mollye Bendell ’18 debuts new VR work at Harvestworks

Ms. Bendell has been working as an artist in residence at Harvestworks, a digital media arts organization founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977. The New York center has helped a generation of artists create new works using evolving technologies. Her forthcoming virtual reality work is called the language of the angels. This interactive artwork takes place in a single bedroom, and explores both the gamification of virtual spaces and changing conceptions of space and place within our own consciousness. Her exacting Virtual Reality model of her bedroom questions our increasingly strange passage through the uncanny valley of simulation & immersion. She presented her initial findings on July 27th at Nolan Park, on Governors Island.

Music’s Dr. Janice Macaulay releases new recording

Dr. Janice Macaulay released a new recording of her composition Three Pieces for String Quartet, on a compilation album on the Navona label called Quadrants, Vol. 3, by the Altius String Quartet. Macaulay’s Three Pieces for String Quartet creates dynamic, lyrical, and playful interactions among the players, including: Joshua Ulrich, violin; Andrew Giordano, violin; Andrew Krimm, viola; and Zachary Reaves, cello. For more information:

Visual Arts alumna and official UMBC photographer Marlayna Demond wins accolades

Proud that UMBC’s own Marlayna Demond ’11 was named “Best Photographer” by Baltimore Magazine in the Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll. Ms. Demond works both as a freelance photographer, and for the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement. As an undergraduate student Ms. Demond was a Linehan Artist Scholar and member of the Honors College.