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Visual Arts

Guenet Abraham, Associate Professor

Professor Guenet Abraham was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2017-18 to pursue her project Labyrinth of Memory in Ethiopia. The fellowship was renewed for a second time, and Abraham will return as a Fulbright Scholar in 2018-2019. Professor Abraham designed 4 books in 2016-17: Hidden Mother by Laura Larson (Saint Lucy Books); 27 Contexts by Mark Durant  (Saint Lucy Books); Portrait Garden by Lynn Cazabon (CADVC); Academia II by Antoni Muntadas (CADVC)

Dan Bailey, Professor

Professor Dan Bailey received a Lipitz Professorship for the ’18 – ’19 academic year. He is a co-PI on a START grant with Anne Rubin, which was awarded for this year as well.

Kelley Bell, Associate Professor

Professor Kelley Bell artwork The Kubler Ross Device, was featured in the upcoming year long exhibition, The Great Mystery Show at the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. Professor Bell was commissioned to create a new work for the Dlectricity Festival in Detroit, MI, Detroit Love Wall, which was was projected at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Midtown Detroit, Sept 22 & 23, 2017. In spring 2017, Professor Kelley Bell displayed a site-specific animation Babel at the David M. Brown Planetarium. Her work was also recently on view in Animation goes MSU, in parallel with the 27th World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Croatia.

Maurice Berger, Research Professor and Chief Curator, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

A career-spanning exhibition of Gordon Parks photographs from the Dean Collection debuted in April 2019 at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection premiered a selection of works from the collection of Kasseem Dean and Alicia Keys, who hold the largest private collection of works by Gordon Parks. Recognized as the most important African-American photographer of the 20th century, Parks represented his subjects—from the rural poor and Americans living under segregation to fashion models and prominent Americans—with empathy and dignity, employing the arts to champion social change. On view April 26 through July 19, 2019, the exhibition was co-organized by The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University and The Gordon Parks Foundation in cooperation with consulting curator, Dr. Maurice Berger.

Stephen Bradley at work at Wave Farm

Edward Ruchalski and Visual Arts professor Stephen Bradley were in-residence, working on “SpiderCricket (Sp+Cr),” a multi-phonic ecological radio installation informed by Wave Farm’s biophonic and radiophonic soundscape. 

Stephen Bradley’s Art-Sci work was also prominently profiled in Nora Belblidia’s Blurring the Boundary Between Art and Science in BMoreArt.

Irene Chan, Associate Professor

Printmedia faculty person Irene Chan has been selected for a Winter artist in residence award at the Tong Lau residency in Hong Kong. The space is dedicated to enhancing art and cultural exchange and sharing contemporary art ideas.

Professor Chan also was awarded a VITA Paper Arts Resident at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville, MD where she will work through September. She has been learning and working with handmade paper with molds and Joomchi, a 1000-year-old Korean felting method. She will be teaching a Paper Lithography Workshop for 1 evening and 2 days at Pyramid Atlantic,
October 18, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 pm and October 19 & 20, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Lynn Cazabon, Professor

Professor Lynn Cazabon, IMDA students Rahne Alexander and Maks Prykhodko, and alumna Dilay Kocogullari ’19 had works featured in the art exhibition of the 2019 International Conference of Chinese CHI (Computer Human Interaction) at Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, June 27 – 30, 2019. Of special note, Rahne Alexander’s video “Dude Descending a Staircase” was awarded the “Best Creative Award” by Xiamen University Art Professor Qin Jian. Professor Cazabon attended the conference and while there also led a 4 day workshop on Cameraless Photography with Xiamen University Art College students.

Carla Viviana Cordova Coleman, Associate Professor

In the Spring of 2018 Professor Coleman published “Interdisciplinary Teaching Strategies for Designing and Building Effective Smartphone Applications.” in the Get Mobile: Mobile Computing and Communications Review. Her book, Rapidly Prototyping Interfaces with InDesign was published by CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group in April of 2018. She was one of five experts who contributed an essay about the Microsoft HoloLens to a special feature on the best-designed products of all time, published in Scientific American, Salon, and the Christian Science Monitor. She was recently awarded a DCS Corp Grant, a contractor for the US Army Research Lab, for her research in collaboration with Computer Science Professor Nilanjan Banerjee.

Melissa Cormier

Melissa’s work will be in an upcoming show, The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational: The Cabinet of Curiosities, in Alexandria, Virginia from September 13th to November 11th 2018. She will also have images of her work published in Marvin Heiferman’s upcoming book, Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe by the CADVC and the Aperture Foundation in Spring 2019.

Cathy Cook, Associate Professor

Photo courtesy of Amy Davis and the Baltimore Sun

Professor Cathy Cook recently exhibited her interactive installation Mimicking Whooper and the large-scale photographs as part of the group exhibition Birdland and the Anthropocene curated by Lynne Parks, in October, 2017 at The Peale Center in Baltimore. Her work was featured in an article in the Baltimore Sun about the exhibition. Professor Cook was the Production Designer for the short film Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf, which will be screened on September 30 at Made in Baltimore Short Film Series at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. The film will also be shown as part of the Locavore Film Series ( in Arlington ,VA, and the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Durant, Professor

Professor Durant wrote the feature essay, “The Mask is the Meaning” for the Fall issue of FOAM Magazine, published by the Photography Museum of Amsterdam, on Performance and Photography. He also published a profile of artist Zoë Charlton in the fall issue of Bmore Magazine, and conducted an interview with artist and climate change activist Jane Marsching for Fall issue of the Boston Art Review. He wrote an introductory essay for UMBC Photography alumnus Brea Souders’ artist book Magnetic Eels. In June of 2018 he published Saint Lucy Books’ fourth title, Friends, Enemies, and Strangers, by Oliver Wasow. The cover was designed by Guenet Abraham. There will be several book events in NYC, Boston, Chicago, and other venues throughout the Fall and Winter, including a CIRCA Presents event on October 3.

Eric Dyer, Professor

Visual Arts Professor Eric Dyer was one of three inaugural artists for the Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence program based in Downtown Columbia, MD. During his residency, Professor Dyer created interactive animated artworks that explore the conflict between the usefulness of digital devices and the human need for physical, real-world experiences. In the spring of 2018, Dyer had a solo exhibition called Seeking Motion Hidden at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, and was part of a group exhibition at SUNY Cortland called Loop: Connecting to the Beginning.

Vin Grabill, Associate Professor

Professor Vin Grabill’s recent/current exhibitions include participation in:

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-1980s (including three of his videos in the exhibition and several photographs in the catalog), Das Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, France, 2017; Activating Artifacts, created by Antoni Muntadas, in which Professor Grabill was the video production coordinator for three video projections, CADVC, 2017; Recollected, a group exhibition at Cade Gallery, AACC, Arnold, MD, 2017; and in the group exhibition Ways of Seeing at Centre d’Art Contemporain Frank Popper, Marcigny, France in collaboration with Elizabeth Goldring, 7/29/17 – 9/24/17.

Marvin Heiferman, Senior Visiting Research Scholar at the CADVC

Seeing Science by the CADVC’s Marvin Heiferman was prominently featured in an online story by Guy Lane in the Art and Design section of  The Guardian. Seeing Science offers an insightful and reader-friendly collection of essays and pictures about photography’s role in visualizing science and building human knowledge-from micro to macro levels and everything in between. The book was published by the Aperture Foundation and the CADVC at UMBC.

Preminda Jacob, Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Visual Arts

Professor Preminda Jacob presented “The Semiotics of Kingship in South India: Images of Jayalalitha Jayaram as God Queen,” at the Museum of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac,  in Paris, France, June 9, 2017. Professor Jacob’s 2016 publications include: “Cine Signs: Three Innovators of Tamil Film Advertisements.”  In la Nouvelle Revue de l’Inde Special issue “Le Tamil Nadu” edited by Francois Gautier. No. 12, pp. 100-102. Published by L’Harmattan; “Spectres in Storage: The Colonial Legacy of Art Museums.” In The Journal of Art Historiography, an open-access peer-reviewed e-journal. December issue; “Jayalalithaa’s public appearances and poster imagery were layered with Tamil cultural and religious symbolism.”  In The Economic Times, December 9.

Lisa Moren’s research featured in The Guardian

The augmented reality artwork of IMDA MFA Graduate Program Director Lisa Moren was prominently profiled in a new piece in The Guardian titled Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments. 

Timothy Nohe, Professor

CIRCA Director Nohe received a BMoreArt “pick” for his concert at The Walters. ART/SOUND/NOW invites audiences to experience the museum’s collections in new ways as musicians provide intriguing soundscapes. Tim composed a work for two sopranos and mobile Bluetooth speakers that directly addressed the architectural forms and collections of the Sculpture Court and Wunderkammer room.

Kathy O’Dell, Associate Professor

Professor O’Dell’s research focuses on modern and contemporary global art, performance art, and the pleasurable importance of the ephemeral. In 2017, O’Dell curated The Gun Show, an exhibition of 112 facsimile firearms, which Baltimore artist David Hess has constructed from what he calls “rescued” objects, on view at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture. O’Dell will continue discussions generated by this exhibition through both moderating a panel with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, David Hess, and Richard Chisolm in the Labs@LightCity on April 20th, 2018, and by presenting “Imagining Decarceration in Gunned-Up America” at the Imagining America Conference in Chicago on October 19th-21st. She will also be presenting “The Dot as Image of Stability” at the Conference on the Image in Hong Kong in October, as well as “Dot: A Small History of a Big Point” at CAA in New York in February. Her forthcoming publications include “Reminding Me Always that Nothing Remains” in Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem in 2019, and a contribution to “Curatorial Roundtable: The Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics of Exhibitions about Guns” in special issue of Journal of Visual Culture titled “Armed/Unarmed: Guns in Visual and Material Culture,” in December 2018.

Chris Peregoy

Chris will have an exhibition of his recent work, Light Modulator, at the Montpelier Arts Center, Library Gallery from September 9 until October 28. The reception is scheduled for September 14 from 7pm-9pm. One image of this work (the one I attached) was juried into an online show by curator Diana Bloomfield for the site LA Photo Curator.

Corrie Parks, Assistant Professor

Animations on the Big Screen, was curated by Corrie Parks. Hosted by the SNF Parkway Theater, Animation on the Big Screen was a 1.5 hour program of animated short films curated by UMBC professor Corrie Francis Parks. The screenings featured works by UMBC alumni Kevin Blackistone and Ezra Pailer, and CIRCA Director Timothy Nohe. Sunday, July 21st, 1:00-2:30 and 3:00 – 4:30 PM.

Peggy Re, Associate Professor

Professor Peggy Re received a Coby Foundation Grant and a NEA ArtWorks Grant to support A Designed Life Exhibition and catalog, to open at the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture at UMBC in Fall 2018.

Dance, Dance, Evolution by Jules Rosskam, at Lincoln Center

Dance, Dance, Evolution debuts July 13 at Lincoln Center in the Dance on Camera Festival shorts program 1 bill. The film explores transgender people’s relationship to dance, rather than dance itself. The film considers how shifting one’s gender might cause shifts in how one dances, whether or not one feels comfortable dancing, and how dance may highlight an individual’s internal experience of gendered embodiment.

Sarah Sharp, Assistant Professor

Sarah Sharp, documentation of Tool Book pre release

Professor Sarah Sharp was awarded a 2018 CIRCA Summer Faculty Research Fellowship for The Tool Book Project and the START Grant for a new project titled “Off the Press.”

Her recent publications include a feature on the Delve Art Blog as a part of their series, “Creating Change”, as well as an article titled “A Call for Sustento: An Interview with Awilda Rodriguez Lora” on Performance is Alive!. She was also a guest speaker on a panel titled “Creative Intervention: Working Outside the Institution” at SVA in NYC on Wednesday, July 11th She published

Professor Sharp’s work “Whole Earth Samplers” was in the group show Fiber Options at the Maryland Federation of Art in June and July, and her new textile piece was debuted at the Freak Flag Fest!, a celebration of the independent underground art and music scene in NYC from the last 20 years. The event was curated by LoVid at The Brooklyn Kitchen in June.


James Smalls, Professor, Visual Arts Department Chairperson and Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies writes “Crazy in Louvre” in Frieze

In the spring of 2018, Professor James Smalls published an  essay titled “Expressive Camouflage: Classicism Race, and Homoerotic Desire in the Male Nudes of Richmond Barthé,” in Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, no. 1. He has also recently published “Reading Aaron Douglas as Collage and Pastiche,” Revue française d’études américaines (French Review of American Studies), no. 154., and “Crazy in Louvre: How Beyoncé and Jay-Z Exploit Western Art History to Ask Who Controls Black Bodies,” Frieze Magazine, available here.