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IMDA MFA ’21 Safiyah Cheatam receives significant internship

Safiyah Cheatam ’21 an IMDA MFA Candidate has been named the recipient of a prestigious internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ms. Cheatham will serve as a research assistant for an exhibit on Afrofuturism.

IMDA ’21 Danielle Damico to premieres WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

Mercury Theatre 1823 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
November 8th & 9th, 7-10 pm; Runtime: 9 minute loop. Free.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is a multichannel projection installation following the nesting journey of a young woman who has been scientifically impregnated with the eggs of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. A local news crew provides live updates of the process. This work was supported by a prestigious Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies award.

IMDA ’21 Rahne Alexander interviews Karen Finely for Bmore Art


IMDA ’21 student, Rahne Alexander interviewed iconic artist Karen Finely during week at UMBC.  The interview dives into the exhibition Finely created for the Fine Art’s hallway gallery, “Baltimore Psychic Portraits”, the undergraduate workshop “Entering Enchantment” that Finely lead in the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, and her riveting performance “Venus in Retrograde”.
IMDA ’21 Lindsay D’Andelet collaborates with Deep Vision Dance Company
IMDA MFA graduate student Lindsay D’Andelet designed a video projection work for Deep Vision Dance. The project, The Somethings in My Mind, will debut at the Theater Project on March 2nd at 7:30 PM, with another showtime on March 3rd at 3:00 PM.
IMDA ’21 Maks Prykhodko to display electronic work at findfurish in Minneapolis
Maks Prykhodko will show his interactive cube in Minneapolis, MN at the “mom told me to go play downstairs” exhibition. This show explores the use of play and interactivity in electronic artworks. 
IMDA ’19 Chinen Aimi Wins 2019 Lange-Taylor Prize

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the twenty-seventh Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to Japanese American artist and documentarian Chinen Aimi ’19. The $10,000 prize supports the advancement of an ongoing fieldwork project that fully exploits the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject.
Chinen’s winning proposal, “Finding Ryukyu,” combines text and drawings with 35mm black-and-white photographs to investigate her various histories as a child born on the island of Okinawa, Japan (part of the island chain that was the Ryukyu Kingdom), to “an indigenous Ryukyu mother and a U.S. Marine father,” as she writes, “the colonized and the colonizer.”
“My ongoing work has been about mining the known and unknown narratives of Ryukyu history, playing on the roles and perspectives of the colonizer and the colonized in the way that environment, culture, and language are communicated and understood.”

IMDA Alumnus Leah Micheals ’19 to show at solo exhibition at the Peale 

Opening Reception: October 26, 6-8pm | FREE
In each of the three pieces, Leah embodies Melpomene, Greek muse of sorrow and tragedy, creating a series of mourning rituals intended to draw awareness to personal and political social justice issues. Exhibition runs October 26 – December 29, 2019

Chris Kojzar IMDA MFA ’18

Alumnus Chris Kojzar published his article “Plainclothes Agenda” on 21st century flâneurism in Seventh Wave Magazine in the 8th Issue “Power And” 


Mollye Bendell, IMDA MFA ’18

Mollye Bendell, IMDA Graduate Student,  exhibited her virtual reality artwork Wander/Wonder in “Young Blood” at Maryland Art Place. In June of 2018 she was a resident artist at Wave Farm presenting her Whethervanes installation and curated a broadcast of art radio.She presented her paper Politics of Machines: Art and After, at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Mitchell Noah, IMDA MFA ’18

Mitchell Noah exhibited in three exhibitions in Summer of 2018, including: “Young Blood,” at Maryland Art Place; Strength in Practice, at Gallery CA and made his Brooklyn debut in “Midnight” at Paradice.


IMDA MFA alumna Marian April Glebes ’09 leads an $100k effort to transform the transportation hub at Penn Station, Baltimore
The Baltimore Sun reports that Glebes is leading a group of artists to transform an area outside Baltimore’s Penn Station into a “stoop” as part of a project for people to congregate, and as traffic calmer near the busy Charles Street onramp to the Jones Falls Expressway. Yvonne Wenger reports “The project builds on other efforts to make the transportation hub come alive with the addition of seating and free Wi-Fi near the enormous aluminum statue of intersecting human figures as a redevelopment strategy for the century-old station moves forward with plans for shops, offices, a hotel and homes.”


IMDA MFA Alumna Dr. Mina Cheon ’02 to exhibit in the 2018 Busan Biennale

Mina Cheon will be featured in the 2018 Busan Biennale. As Artforum notes the biennale “will feature the work of sixty artists who were invited to respond to issues ranging from the global political climate to the international exchange and obstruction of information.” The exhibition will be on view from September 8 – November 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, South Korea. Follow this link for more information at Artforum. Mina Cheon is represented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts.


IMDA MFA alumna Agnès Moon ’99 wins Rubys

Agnès Moon ’99 has won her second Rubys, this time to back Hapaxes, an experimental non-fiction video which uses reenactments and voice-over commentary to mine meaning from a previously-hidden trove of personal photos in an effort to understand a suppressed family history as well as the denotative limits of visual representation.



Dance and Linehan Artist Scholar alumna Maia Schechter ’18 debuts dance at Kennedy Center

On Saturday, June 9 Maia Schechter presented her choreographic work Now Elsewhere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Schechter’s dance was selected for the finals of the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) through a nationally competitive process. Her dance, Now Elsewhere, previously has been performed at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and twice at UMBC.


Kasey Mannion, Undergraduate Research Award Recipient in Dance

Kasey Mannion is a senior Linehan Artist Scholar majoring in Dance, as well as pursuing certification in Elementary Education. Funded by a Linehan Summer Study Award and an Undergraduate Research Award, Kasey attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Pre-Professional Summer Intensive. While in this program, she trained in contemporary dance under notable professionals in the dance field for four weeks learning new techniques and highly sought after pieces of repertory by renowned choreographers. Kasey will be applying her new knowledge and inspiration gained from this experience to create her Senior Capstone dance piece to be performed in the UMBC Senior Dance Concert this fall.