Arts Spotlights

Professor Lisa Moren (Visual Arts) has launched the podcast Under the Bay with eight episodes currently available for streaming or download. The podcast accompanies her Under the Bay augmented reality project which will be officially launched on October 9, 1 – 4pm outside the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) at 701 Pratt Street. Read more about it here in a recent story in UMBC News.

Professor Mark Durant (Visual Arts) has recently published an essay in the book She, a monograph on the work of Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar published by Radius Books. He launched Conversations with Saint Lucy which is a series of virtual conversations between artists and writers, starting on September 1 and continuing on the first Wednesday of each month through December.

Professor Daniel Pesca (Music) recently received a Hrabowski Innovation SEED Award and will co-lead a multi-institutional effort with Northeastern Illinois University, Loyola University (New Orleans), and San Diego State University to bring music departments and piano studios from institutions around the country together to research, perform, record, and teach the piano music of Black American composers.

Hadieh Shafie’s (IMDA ‘04) work is featured in the exhibition SOUL Fury at the Bendigo Art Museum, Melbourne, Australia, August 7 – October 24.

Byanca Morales Cabrera (Linehan Artist Scholar, class of 2024) was recently awarded the 2021-22 Imagining America JOG Fellowship. The Imagining America JOG Fellowship provides a $2000 tuition scholarship, mentorship guidance along with financial support for a community project.

Safiyah Cheatam (IMDA ‘20) is part of the panel Black Muslim Freedom Dreams which is part of the 2021 Black Muslim Psychology Conference.

Paula Maust and Jonathan Zwi (Music) have been selected as the recipients of the 2021 Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching at UMBC.

Professor Chelsea Pace (Theatre) and her collaborators Laura Rikard and Kaja Dunn, were recently awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion for their work in Theatrical Intimacy Education.

Professor Irene Chan’s (Visual Arts) books Asian American ? ProjectBlack Lives Matter NecklaceBook of the WorldFreeways on the Moon\I-Ching Cards/SpiroVisionTextile History Paper Doll Barbie were recently added to the collections of 9 institutions including DePaul University, Franklin & Marshall College, Indiana University Bloomington, University of California Davis, University of California Los Angeles, University of Iowa, University of Miami.

Professor Eric Dyer (Visual Arts) was recently selected for a prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship for Spring 2022. Awarded competitively by the Leverhulme Trust, candidates for the Visiting Professorship must be nominated by a United Kingdom institution that wishes to sponsor an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the knowledge and skills of faculty and students within the host university. Dyer will be hosted by the Arts University Bournemouth, where he will teach workshops related to his practice in the areas of material and performative animation. He will also give a series of public lectures at institutions across the UK, including the Manchester School of Art, Edinburgh University, and the Royal College of Art.

Professor Kelley Bell’s (Visual Arts) full-dome animated film BABEL, has been accepted for screening at INTERSECCIÓN – Contemporary Audiovisual Art Festival in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain from October 22nd – 31st. Bell was recently awarded $10,000 by the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship for the development of Projected Aquaculture, a multi-platform educational tool that teaches the importance of maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems and natural resources.

Professor Lynn Cazabon’s (Visual Arts) project Losing Winter was recently profiled in UMBC Magazine. She is collaborating with the Maryland Center for History and Culture to present the project in the context of a historical exhibition featuring photographs of winters in Maryland over the past 100 years, curated from the MCHC collections and UMBC Special Collections.

Foster Santiago Reynolds (IMDA ’22) was awarded a Fall 2021 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellowship in support of his project Transgender Euphoria: Puerto Rico’s Queer Exaltation.

Professor Kathy O’Dell (Visual Arts) joined other panelists on “Responding to Site: A Roundtable on the Work of Marilyn Arsem.” The panel was led by Jennie Klein & Natalie Loveless, editors of Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem (Intellect Books, 2020), to which O’Dell contributed a chapter on Arsem’s pedagogical contributions to the history of performance art.

Professor Stephen Bradley (Visual Arts), Professor Bradley has also been awarded the 2021 CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence Fellowship. He will be in residence at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the Fall 2021 semester pursuing his proposed project Bio Buggy: Ear to the Harbor.

strikeWare (Mollye Bendell, Chris Kozjar, Jeffrey Gangwisch, IMDA ‘18) and Mina Cheon (IMDA ‘02) received 2021 Independent Regional Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Rahne Alexander (IMDA ‘ 21), Mina Cheon (IMDA ‘02), and strikeWare (Mollye BendellChristopher KojzarJeffery Gangwisch, IMDA ‘18) are winners of the 2021 Baker Artist Awards. This year, 36 artists in 6 categories were each awarded $2,500.