Arts Spotlights

Kristin Putchinski (IMDA ‘24) was a featured dancer in Vincent Thomas’ Moving Dialogues Redux, presented at Baltimore Theater Project in March 2022. The performance was reviewed recently in The Dancer-Citizen.

Sarah Sharp (Visual Arts) and Lynn Cazabon (Visual Arts, CIRCA) were each awarded Spring 2022 CAHSS Dean’s Research Fund Grants.

Shelly Purdy (’10 Music), Mischa Salkind-Pearl (’07 Music), Will Yager (IMDA ‘24), and Tom Moore (OIA) are performing in The Alvin Lucier Festival, taking place May 12, 19, and 20 at the University of Baltimore and George Washington University.

Patrick Crossland (Affiliate artist in Music) has been invited to perform in the Festival Zeitgenössische Musik in July 2022 at the Freilichtmuseum Klausenhof Herrischried in Germany.

Corrie Francis Parks (Visual Arts) has been awarded a 2023 Fulbright Scholar Award for an artist residency at Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria, where she will be working on Embodied Ice, an installation about the movement and melting of rock glaciers in the alps.

Josh Sinn (Visual Arts alum) has several photographs featured in the opening sequence for the new David Simon series filmed and set in Baltimore, We Own This City, on HBO.

Kayla Massey and Gretta Zinski(current Dance majors) won a Changemakers Challenge investment award from the UMBC Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to support Pennies for Pointe, their project to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in dance.

D’Juan Moreland (Music Composition and Biological Sciences major) was named a 2022-23 Goldwater Scholar. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is designed to provide the United States with “a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers” to move the nation forward.

UMBC Wind Ensemble recently released their debut album Filtering, featuring world premiere recordings of works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Brad Ellis, UMBC alum Samuel Winnie, and UMBC faculty members Anna Rubin and Janice Macaulay.

Jules Rosskam (Visual Arts) was awarded a 2022 CIRCA Summer Fellowship to support the production of his film Desire Lines, a feature-length hybrid documentary that issues a radical reframing of transmasculine sexuality through intimate personal testimony and formal experimentation.

Lisa Moren (Visual Arts) was awarded a 2022 CIRCA Summer Fellowship to support the production of Chamber of Wonders, a mixed reality installation scheduled for exhibition at the Peale Museum in Baltimore in 2023.

Jacqueline Pollauf (Music) recently published an article in the American String Teacher Journal, Eliza Ridgely: More than Her Portrait about historic Baltimore harpist and subject of a Thomas Sully portrait. Pollauf will also be giving a talk at the 2022 American String Teacher Conference.

Daniel Pesca (Music) appeared as piano soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and conductor Kevin Fitzgerald in a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles on Saturday, September 10 at Chatham University. This was the Pittsburgh premiere of the work, composed in 1974.

McKenzie Chinn (Theatre alum) has been chosen to receive the UMBC 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award. The awards ceremony will take place on October 27 at 6:30 PM in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall.

Mina Cheon‘s (IMDA ’02) solo exhibition with Kim Il Soon, Haunted Koreas, presented by the Alper Initiative at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, will be on view September 10 – December 11.

Jill Vasbinder (Dance) recently received Dresher Center funding for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty to support her project “Open Dance/Choreography: A definition, an initiative, and a discovery of impact.” She will be presenting at a Gathering during the Dance Studies Association conference – Dancing Resilience: Dance Studies and Activism in a Global Age in October in Vancouver, Canada.

Andrew Liang (IMDA ‘24) had new work featured in a two-person exhibition A Walk in Progress at Current Space in Baltimore, with an opening reception on September 16, 7 – 10 PM, on view through October 9.

Chris Peregoy (Visual Arts) has work featured in the forthcoming book The Experimental Darkroom Contemporary Uses of Traditional Black & White Photographic Materials, by Christina Z Anderson, Routledge 2023.

Natalie Groom (Affiliate Artist, Music) received a Research Grant for Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty from the Dresher Center for the Humanities. The funds were used to record an album with her duo, The Whistling Hens, of music by living women composers.

Mark Alice Durant (Visual Arts) was in conversation with Rahne Alexander (IMDA ‘21) about his new book Maya Deren: Choreographed for Camera at Greedy Reads bookstore in Baltimore.

Rahne Alexander (IMDA ‘21) has work featured in the Queer. Futures. Past: I’m a Ghost and So are You performance series at Current Space in Baltimore.

The Whistling Hens (Natalie Groom, Affiliate Artist at UMBC and Jennifer Piazza-Pick) recently released their debut album Reacting to the Landscape on the Strange Woman Records label. It features 7 living women composers, 7 pieces written for Whistling Hens, and 9 world premiere recordings.

Shubhangi Kuchibhotla (Theatre ’18) recently appeared in Olney Theatre Center’s Dance Nation as Connie.

Beth Yashnyk’s (Visual Arts) show: “This Harmless but Horrible Sensation” opened at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery Thursday October 13th.

Safiyah Cheatam (IMDA ’21) led an art making workshop in at the Baltimore Museum of Art on October 30 in conjunction with the exhibition A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.

Dr. Lindsay Johnson‘s (Music) article In the Midst of the Divine Chorus”: A Case Study of Convent Space and Musical Meaning was recently published in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal (17:1) Fall 2022.

Tim Nohe‘s (Visual Arts) video Zero Feet, Zero Inches will be screened as part of the Context Film Festival: Experimental Short Film Program, December 4 – 18 at various venues across Russia and online December 15 – January 22.