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Arts Spotlights

Professor Irene Chan’s (Visual Arts) artist books “Asian American ? Project” and “I-Ching Cards” were recently acquired by the Bainbridge Museum of Art in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Professor Chan will be presenting her work in several online venues in October, November, and January: at the North American Hand Papermakers Conference and in presentations hosted by the Bibliographical Society of America. Professor Chan will be presenting her interactive public performance “Throw Im-Print ~ I-Ching” hosted by the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, FL in early November.

Professor Vin Grabill’s digital prints are featured in the two-person exhibition Synergy Unbound at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD, October 5, 2020 – May 7, 2021. A virtual opening reception will be held on October 20, 5:30 – 6:30. The exhibition brochure is available for download.

Brita D’Agostino (IMDA ’07) has a solo virtual exhibition “Brita d’Agostino: Reconstructing Desires” designed specifically for the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ashley Minner, Community Artist and Professor of Practice in American Studies, was featured in an artist talk and interview hosted by the Walters Art Museum on Facebook Live on October 13.

Michael Wu (Music ‘15) is performing for the Lyric Opera Kansas City’s main stage as King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 3 – 6, 2020.

Professor Peggy Re’s catalogue for her traveling exhibition A Designed Life received an Honorable Mention in the Exhibition Catalogue section of the American Association of Museum’s 2020 Publication Design Competition.

Dr. Paula Maust’s (Music, affiliate artist) article “Notorious Strumpets on the English Restoration Stage” was recently published on Early Music America’s website.

Christine Ferrera (IMDA alum) is performing at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival Oct 9 – 11.

Diana Nicolette Jeon (IMDA alum) will be exhibiting her work in a solo exhibition Nights As Inexorable As the Sea at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, October 1 – 31. Jeon’s work was recently featured in an article in the online photography journal Lenscratch.

Professor Cathy Cook (Visual Art), Danielle Damico (current IMDA student), Aaron Oldenburg (IMDA alum) and Dilay Kocogulari (IMDA alum) will be screening video works in Window 26, a local projection experiment taking place the second weekend of every month in the front window of a Butcher’s Hill townhome in Baltimore, 26 N. Chester Street. Opens Saturday Oct 10, 7 – 10pm.

Corrie Francis Parks’ (Visual Arts) animation Foreign Exchange was an official selection in 2020 Supernova Digital Animation Festival and was featured on the big LED screen in the Denver Theatre District on Sept 19. Additionally, Profs. Kelley Bell and Corrie F. Parks (Visual Arts) will present their collaborative projection mapping work Projected Architecture at Patchogue, NY’s MoCA L.I.ghts Festival from November 5 – 8. Through a whimsical approach to animation, Projected Aquaculture examines and comments on the current health of Long Island’s Great South Bay through a series of projected animations incorporating imagery from the delicate ecosystem such as stargazer fish, thresher sharks and horseshoe crabs. Viewers will also be able to learn about the flora and fauna of the Great South Bay through an interactive Bay Bingo game and with on-site family activity stations presented in concert with Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Sea Explorers Marine Camp. Professor Kelly Bell’s solo projection mapping work, Carnival Love Wall, will also be presented on the century-old Carnegie Library for festival-goers to enjoy. This modular projection mapping work consists of dozens of small animated elements that can be assembled, much like toy blocks or Legos, to create a complete animated surface that can be remodeled and shaped to accommodate almost any architecture and/or structure. This iteration celebrates the one-endangered historic structure’s place in a community in the midst of a diverse and dynamic revitalization.

Rahne Alexander’s (current IMDA MFA student) film review “The Girls Aren’t All Right” was published in BmoreArt on Sept 9.

Safiyah Cheatam (Current IMDA Student) premiered a virtual exhibition on September 10th. Everything is Connected is featured on the Jubilee Arts Instagram page.

Christine Finn (Music Alum) recently released a new recording of Christopher Trapani’s Waterlines with the Ictus ensemble. The work was written as a response to 2005 disaster, Hurricane Katrina.

Visual Arts Professor Lisa Moren presented her work on the panel Creative Challenges in AR: Urban Life at MUTEK Forum Edition 21 in Montreal on September 10, 4pm EST. Moren will be presenting her co-authored installation with Dr. Tsvetan Bachvaroff “What is the Shape of Water?” a voice activated live bioluminescent micro-organisms, as well as presenting their co-authored paper “The Emergent Strategies of Dinoflagellate [pyrocistis] Bioluminescent According to Their Own DNA” at Sentience ISEA 2020 Montreal (online), Oct 13 – 18, 2020.

Aaron Oldenburg (IMDA ‘07) will be presenting his work Desert Mothers in the virtual exhibition Animality as part of International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2020 Sentience, Montreal, October 13 – 18.

Theatre Professor Eric Abele is featured in an essay about Revolutionary Costume Pedagogy in Howlround Theatre Commons by Michelle Souza.

Danielle Damico’s (IMDA ’21) video installation What to Expect When You’re Expecting is on view September 9 – 23 as part of the Ars Electronica .ART global online gallery.

Music Assistant Professor, Daniel Pesca is the pianist for the Grossman Ensemble, the contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at University of Chicago, and their recently released debut album Fountain of Time includes recordings of five premiere performances. Professor Pesca collaborated with flutist Sarah Frisof to produce Beauty Crying Forth: Flute Music by Women Across Time. This album is a survey of compositions by women, from the 19th century (Clara Schumann) to the present, including living composers Shulamit Ran, Tania Leon, Amy Williams, and Kaija Saariaho. Both are available on Spotify and Apple Music. Pesca has also been selected as a performer for the Library of Congress’s Boccaccio Project, which commissions ten composers and ten performers to create and record new works of music that will be released online. The project was developed as a means of artistic response to the self-isolation brought on by COVID-19 and inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron which was written during the plague in 14th-century Italy.

Visual Arts Professor Jules Rosskam’s film Dance, Dance, Evolution was recently featured in the following film festivals: Frameline LGBT Film Festival, The Bush Films, Queens World Film Festival, Queensboro Dance Festival, Dance on Film at Dance Place (D.C.), the Seattle Queer Film Festival, and the Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBT Film Festival where it won the Best in Show, Short Film Award.

Visual Arts Professor Eric Dyer is featured in Chapter 9: Q+A with Eric Dyer in the book The Crafty Animator: handmade, craft-based animation and cultural value. Professor Dyer will also be presenting his research and creative work in sculptural and performative animation work at the Expanded Animation conference, Linz, Austria, Sept 13 2020 (online).

Current IMDA student Monique Crabb and IMDA alum Jill Fannon were featured in the Print Edition of BmoreArt Issue 09: Craft. Crabb’s “reverent” textile work, personal inspiration and intuitive practice are highlighted in an article by Rebecca Juliette. This issue also features photos by IMDA Alumn, Jill Fannon.

IMDA alum Parastoo Aslanbeik’s visual diary, Counting the Days was featured in BmoreArt online. It is a collection of the artist’s daily personal experiences during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Theatre Professor Chelsea Pace launched The National Alliance of Intimacy Professionals. The new organization welcomes all intimacy professionals to collaboratively identify common values and to provide a centralized resource for intimacy work in theatre, film, and education in the United States. Professor Pace also hosted a digital summit focusing on Intimacy work and intersections with race.

CIRCA Director and Professor of Art Lynn Cazabon has new site-specific work featured in the outdoor exhibition Gallery Without Walls in Lake Oswego, OR, on view through August 2022.

Professor Tim Nohe will be presenting video and music works on September 26th as part of High Zero 2020. The multi-city improvisational music festival will be held virtually this year September 24 – 27. His video synthesis Sunflower Stupa was recently released by VG Records, accompanying Doug McKechnie’s Baseline on SAN FRANCISCO MOOG: 1968-72.

Professor and Music Department Chair, Lisa Cella, received a grant from New Music USA for The Low Flutes Project. The project will span two years and allow for the creation of new compositions for alto and bass flute.”The Low Flutes Project seeks to find and create new works that shatter boundaries in sound and technique.  Through commissioning, performing, and recording, I will add my voice to the body of repertoire, helping to inspire the new generation of composers to explore deeply these two instruments that have captured my passion.” – Lisa Cello

Visual Arts alumni (06′) Angela N. Caroll, and Visual Arts Professors Lisa Moren and Lynn Cazabon have each received 2020-2021 fellowship awards from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins University. Angela N. Carroll received funding to develop the pilot episode of her project Legacies, which she envisions to be a ten episode docuseries about a radical generation of artists between active between 1960 and 1990. Moren received production funding for her augmented reality project, Under the Bay, which will allow users to interact with the depths of the Chesapeake Bay. Cazabon received funding to develop the mobile app for Losing Winter, her project centered on collecting memories about the season of winter from participants all over the world.