CIRCA Director Lynn Cazabon is a Professor of Visual Art at UMBC who creates site-specific, multimedia projects centered on the intersection between social and environmental issues. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, as public art, and in solo and group exhibitions and she has received grants and fellowships from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, Puffin Foundation, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Franklin Furnace Archives, The Camargo Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo. In 2015, she received a Fulbright Scholar Award in Latvia. She served as Associate Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC from 2009 – 2015.
CIRCA Advisory Board
Ann Sofie Clemmensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at UMBC. She has worked collaboratively with various choreographers and visual artists, such as Henri Oguike, Darshan Singh-Bhuller, Wendy Houstoun, Francesco Scavetta, Sølvi Edvardsen, Tatiana Baganova and others. Her stage and film work has been featured both nationally and internationally, including Beijing, China and Puebla, Mexico.
Joan Larkins Mather is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre at UMBC and an award-winning costume technologist and designer. She has designed for Bath Shakespeare Festival, Camden Shakespeare Festival, Dramatic Rep, Heartwood Regional Theatre Company, the Public Theatre, Stonington Opera House Arts, Theatre at Monmouth, and Ziggurat Theatre.
Daniel Pesca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music. Daniel is both apianist and composer, a passionate advocate for contemporary music and a committed performer of the classical repertoire. Dr. Pesca has played the world premieres of over one hundred solo and chamber works, many of which were composed for him. In the process, he has shared the stage with many leading new music ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Dal Niente.
Sarah Sharp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts. She is an artist and curator whose studio practice and research cuts across and brings together interests in alternative social histories, language, place, technology and craft. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, a BRIC Arts Media Fellowship and residency awards at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Almeria, Spain, The Vermont Studio Center, and ESKFF at Mana Contemporary Art. Sharp has exhibited widelyincluding The Aldrich Museum, The Hampden Gallery at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Momenta Art in New York.
Graduate Assistant, 2021-2022
Kristin Putchinski is matriculating at the IMDA graduate program at UMBC and will serve as an assistant for CIRCA. Since 1996, she has been performing as a singer, songwriter and musician under the name “ellen cherry,” releasing albums, composing scores for documentary films and puppet theater, creating multi-media works, and touring nationally and internationally.