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Arts Spotlights

Professor Stephen Bradley (Visual Arts), and his collaborators Eric Schott (IMET) and Charmaine Dahlenburg (National Aquarium) will be presenting a panel discussion “INTERSECTION OF ART & ESTUARINE SCIENCE” at the New England Estuarine Research Society Spring 2021 Meeting, April 27-30. 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.

Cyriaco Lopes (IMDA ‘02) and his collaborator Terri Witek hosted  “The Keepers,” a participatory virtual performance at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL on April 8. Lopes had work featured in the exhibition After Our Bodies Meet at Tiger Strikes Asteroid gallery in Brooklyn, NY (February 2021) and in the exhibition Yo soy el monstruo que os habla at The Liminal, an art gallery in Valencia, Spain (February 11 – April 14, 2021).

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 $2500.

Barbara Tyroler (IMDA ‘03) will have new work in the exhibition Seeing Trees at Frank Gallery, April 6 – June 5, with a virtual opening reception on April 9, 7 – 8pm.

Dr. Lisa Cella (Music) is performing The Low Flutes Project on Saturday, March 27, 5 – 6pm. Part 1 of The Low Flutes Project introduces works old and new for the alto and bass flutes. This concert includes the premieres of the winners of the 15 Minutes of Fame composition competition and pieces from a call for scores.

Professor Susan McCully (Theatre) has written a monologue that will be performed by Regina Aquino for LOVE/language at REP Stage at Howard Community College, March 26 – 29.

Amelia Voos (IMDA 21’) has work included in the group exhibition Fleeting, Fled on view at Glen Echo Park’s Stone Tower Gallery from March 27th to May 2nd.

Peter Wood (Theatre alumni) appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us on the CW Network on January 29.

Hadieh Shafie (IMDA alumni) is featured in Artsy’s ’10 Middle Eastern Artists to Discover’ by Rawaa Talass

Professor Eric Dyer (Visual Arts) has been 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.

Monique Crabb (IMDA ‘22) is one of seven artists featured in the Arts Every Day Series, a digital video series and online resource meant to highlight and celebrate the work of Baltimore Artists with Maryland State Fine Arts Standards and English Language connections for use in PK – 12 classrooms.

Professor Lynn Cazabon (Visual Arts and CIRCA Director) has prints from her Diluvian series in the exhibition Situation Report at the Firehouse Art Gallery in Longmont, CO, on view March 12 – April 5. An interview with Cazabon about her project Losing Winter is currently included in the Spring 2021 Featured Artist Series at the Oresman Gallery at Smith College which will also host her in a virtual artist talk on March 22, 12:30 – 1:30pm.

Jason Charney (IMDA ‘20) will be presenting a week’s worth of daily improvisations on an evolving modular synth patch @2xmono’s Imaginary Network Topologies on Twitch March 5, at 4pm and 9pm.

Chrystal Smith (Visual Art ‘12) received the 2020 Unsung Hero Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work as design editor.

Professor of the Practice Greg Kalember (Music) was the mix engineer for a virtual concert that premiered on March 3rd by the The UN Chamber Music Society in celebration of World Wildlife Day 2021.

Professor Brian Kaufman (Music) was awarded the 2021 CIRCA Summer Fellowship to support his proposal to develop The Maryland Music Education Fringe Festival. MMEFF will be the first music education festival in Maryland to specifically promote and celebrate culturally diverse and creative music-making by K-12 students and teachers who are involved in school and community organizations.

Department of Music students and alumni Zach PowellRicky JeffersonMiles MalonePat Clark, and Noah Maruyama recently released an EP as Sunstrider, a newly started jazz ensemble. The EP was recorded just before the COVID-19 pandemic started and was released in January 2021.

Michael Patrick F. Smith’s (Theatre ’85) book The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown will be released on February 16, 2021. Read early reviews here.

Diana Nicholette Jeon (IMDA 06′) was interviewed about her series Nights As Inexorable As the Sea by German photo magazine Kwerfeldein.

D’Juan Moreland (Music/Biology, current student) is the youngest composer accepted to the Emerge Composition Workshop and his piece was premiered by the Julius String Quartet on February 16.

The Library Gallery presents the online exhibition ERRANDS, featuring the work of UMBC Visual Arts photography alum Zachary Z. Handler (’03) on view through February 28. ERRANDS is a portrait series documenting the shared shelter-in-place experiences of people around the globe, in response to stay-at-home orders issued by the State of Maryland. The artist will give a talk about the project on February 18 at noon.

Rahne Alexander (IMDA 21’), Tim Nohe (Visual Arts), and Stephen Bradley (Visual Arts) each have excerpts from creative sound works in progress featured in a community playlist organized by owlsatnoon radio.

The work of Jaimes Mayhew (IMDA ‘10) is the subject of the essay “Performing Trans Ontology: The Body (and Body of Work) of Jaimes Mayhew” written by Thea Fitz-James published in issue 3 2020 of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.

Angela N. Carroll (Visual Arts ‘06) has a published review of Nigerian artist Plantation in issue #58: Talent of Foam Magazine, an international photography magazine, published three times a year by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Carroll was also in conversation with conceptual artist Ada Pinkstone for Goethe-Institutes series Counter-Memories which premiered on YouTube February 19th at 2pm.

Chris Kozjar (IMDA ’18) and Lynn Cazabon (Professor, Visual Art) are semi-finalists for the 2021 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Created by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

Safiyah Cheatam (IMDA ’21) has been awarded the Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency at VisArts that will conclude with a solo exhibition of her work in January 2022.

Mark Durant’s (Professor, Visual Arts) book Running Falling Flying Floating Crawling, designed by Guenet Abraham (Associate Professor, Visual Arts) was selected as the Weekend Reading feature on January 30 by Don’t Take Pictures Magazine.

Works by Melissa Penley Cormier (IMDA ‘17) will be featured in the exhibition Bearing Witness at Hamilton Gallery in Baltimore, February 15 – April 15.

Kathy O’Dell (Associate, Professor, Visual Arts) will be leading a conversation with filmmaker Lynne Sachs on Sunday, February 7 at 6pm via Facebook Live hosted by the Maryland Film Festival SNF Parkway Theatre.

Rahne Alexander’s (IMDA ’21) work included in the exhibition An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea currently on view at Tephra ICA was the subject of a live virtual conversation about creative response with Isabel Manalo on February 4th.

Mina Cheon (IMDA ’02) is currently exhibiting her Diamonds Light Installation, created in collaboration with Gabriel Kroiz, at Waterfall Mansion and Gallery in New York. Cheon’s solo exhibition Dreaming Unification: Global Peace at Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York was featured extensively in The Korea Times on February 1. The exhibition remains on view until February 27.

The media arts collective strikeWare (IMDA alums Mollye BendellChris Kojzar, and Jeffery Gangwisch) were invited by the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Fine Arts as the featured artist to do a social media takeover for a week on the InstagramFacebook, and Twitter @MSDEfinearts.

Tahir Hemphill is the recipient of the inaugural Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in the Arts and will be joining UMBC in the Department of Visual Arts in Fall 2021. Tahir is an accomplished artist whose work focuses on Hip-hop, one of the most influential forms of Black popular culture worldwide, through the lens of data analysis to create highly original art works.

McKenzie Chinn (Theatre ’06) was selected by the Sundance Institute to be a 2021 Screenwriters Lab Fellow, a prestigious award that will give her ongoing support to realize her newest film A Real One. Chinn was also selected as the inaugural recipient of the Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Foundation NBCUniversal Grant which provides $25,000 to support production of A Real One.

Foster Reynolds-Santiago (IMDA MFA ‘22) received the 2020 RTKL award to support his thesis work.

Professor Sarah Sharp (Visual Art) is featured in an extensive interview about her practice and her upcoming May 2021 exhibition at NARS in Brooklyn, NY in Ante magazine.

CIRCA Director and Professor of Visual Art Lynn Cazabon has a solo exhibition, Diluvian, on view January 9 – February 21 at the Stone Tower Gallery in Glen Echo Park. Diluvian was reviewed in the Washington Post on January 29.