Arts Spotlights

Bentley Corbett-Wilson‘s (Music education ’17) teaching was profiled in an article in UMBC Magazine on July 28, highlighting his work as UMBC’s director of athletic bands, leading the Down and Dirty Dawg Band.


The Whistling Hens duo, comprised of Natalie Groom (Affiliate Artist, Music) and soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick (Assistant Professor of Voice at Queens University of Charlotte) presented and performed at the National Women’s Theatre Festival at NC State in June.


Safiyah Cheatam (IMDA ’21) was recently awarded the Waller Fellowship by the Waller Gallery in Baltimore for August and September. She will be working on a new body work centered on the history of American apocalyptic religious messaging.


Sean Scheidt (Visual Arts alum) had photographs featured in recent articles in the Washington Post about the Hollywood actors and writer’s strike.


MJ Neuberger (IMDA ’18) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL where she will be teaching courses in photography and video.

Jill Vasbinder Morrison (Adjunct II Instructor, Dance), along with Carol Hess (Chair and Associate Professor, Dance), Erin Durham (Library), Susan Biro (Instructional Technology), and Josh Abrams (Instructional Technology) received a M.O.S.T. OER Grant to create and publish an OER Dance History Course with a CC by (Creative Commons) license, with plans for implementation in Spring 2024.

Jacqueline Poulaff (Affiliate Artist, Music) performed at the American Harp Society’s Summer Institute in Los Angeles, CA in early June, presenting a program of works by women composers, including Lili Boulanger, Grace Becker Vamos, and Betty Jackson King.

Lori Kesner (Affiliate Artist, Music) is returning to Logan, UT for her thirteenth summer with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company, where she plays flute and piccolo.

Katie Hileman (Theatre ‘11) wrote and is directing the play I Will Eat You Alive at The Voxel Theatre in Baltimore, January 25 – February 10, 2024.

Cyriaco Lopes (IMDA ‘02) currently has work featured in the exhibition Night Garden at Tappeto Volante in Brooklyn, NY, on view through August 6.

Mitchell Noah (IMDA ‘18) currently has work featured in the exhibition Hotter ‘N Hell, in the Orville Hanchey Gallery at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, on view through September 8.

Josh Sinn (Visual Arts alum) has two of his photographs featured on the cover for Emidio Clementi and Corrado Nuccini’s new album Motel Chronicles.

Liza Aleinikova (IMDA ‘23) will have work featured in the Young Blood 2023 exhibition, which showcases the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates, at Maryland Art Place. The exhibition opens on Thurs July 13, 6 –  9pm and runs through September 9.

The Whistling Hens, comprised of Natalie Groom (Affiliate Artist, Music) and soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick (Assistant Professor of Voice at Queens University of Charlotte), was featured in the article Whistling Hens: Reacting to the Landscape by Tish Oney in the spring edition of Classical Singer magazine.

Lisa Cella (Chair, Music) and Brandon Gouin (Music ‘23) recently performed together at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival at University of Tennessee School of Music, premiering Kyle Brown’s piece “Fleeting…” for flute duo and percussion.

Dr. Seyoung Jeong (adjunct Lecturer, Music) was invited to perform a guest artist recital and masterclasses at the UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 15 and 16. Dr. Jeong also performed in two concerts in Korea recently: on July 1 in the Concert House in Daegu and on July 6 at the Geoam Art Hall in Seoul.

MJ Neuberger’s (IMDA ‘18) solo exhibition The Protection of Lowly Gods: MJ Neuberger at the Creative Alliance was reviewed by Jack Livingston in BmoreArt on June 9.

Lynn Cazabon (CIRCA Director and Professor, Visual Arts), Rahne Alexander (IMDA ’21) and Nicole Ringel (IMDA ’19) were each awarded 2023 Grants for Artists from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Leah Michaels (IMDA ‘19) was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship and will be teaching at the Stanisław Staszic State University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland. In addition to teaching, she will be working on two film projects and curating a film and media program for the community. Leah was interviewed by Nicole Ringel (IMDA ‘19) for episode 10 of the This is Not My Magnum Opus podcast.

Lynn Cazabon (CIRCA Director; Professor, Visual Arts) was awarded a 2024 Fulbright Scholar Fellowship to pursue her creative research on ecological grief in Queensland, Australia, hosted by Central Queensland University in Rockhampton.

Danielle Damico’s (IMDA ‘21) three channel video installation What to Expect When You’re Expecting was presented in an augmented reality catalog and in an artist talk at the ISEA 2023 Symbiosis conference in Paris, France, May 16 – 21.

Jovan James (Visual Arts ‘13) was recently selected to be a Screenplay Lab Fellow by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund where he will work on developing his film Tadpole.

Corrie Francis Parks (Associate Professor, Visual Arts) presented a new site-specific installation resulting from her Fulbright fellowship residency at ASIFAKEIL at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria, on view April 19 – May 26. Sound design was provided by Maks Prykhodko (IMDA, ’21).