Arts Spotlights

Chinen Aimi (IMDA ‘19) had several of her photographs of U.S. bases in Okinawa published in issue 4 of Lux Magazine, appearing alongside an interview with Suzuyo Takazato, one of the leading activists and founder of Okinawa Women Act Against Militarized Violence.

Mitchell Noah (IMDA ‘18) has work in the two-person exhibition Heat Rash which is part of the Emerge Baltimore Series at the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore, on view June 9 – August 28.

Charlotte Keniston (IMDA ‘14) was awarded a Fall 2022 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellowship to pursue her project Digital Storytelling Workshop with Black Yield Institute. Charlotte is currently a PhD candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at UMBC.

Monique Crabb’s (IMDA ‘22) work Inward was recently acquired and was featured in an episode of the HBO series We Own This City.

Christopher Kojzar (IMDA ‘18) is featured in the June 8 article Contemporary Art Commissions at the Redeveloped Lexington Market by Sam Copeland in BmoreArt about his current commission with his mother, artist Oletha DeVane, for the Lexington Market.

Dr. Tiffany Holmes (IMDA ’99), Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Maryland Institute College of Art, received an UMBC Honorary Doctorate and was one of the speakers at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Jaimes Mayhew (IMDA ‘10) recently accepted a Lecturer position in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Vermont.

Mollye Bendell (IMDA ‘18) accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Immersive Multimedia Design at University of Maryland, College Park.

Liza Aleinikova (IMDA ‘23) has been awarded the RTKL Fellowship, which is an award for an emerging artist of creative and scholarly excellence who has demonstrated promise in making an impact on their field.

Sofie Clemmensen (Dance) has been awarded the 2022 CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence Fellowship. She will be in residence at The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology during the Fall 2022 semester.

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) has 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.

Tim Nohe (Visual Arts) has new work featured in the exhibition You Eff Oh on view at Maryland Art Place in view through November 19. Tim also created the animation for Omayyad, a track from a recently released album Aeonium by Tarotplane.