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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. 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 UMBC College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Fellowship for the Fall 2018 semester.


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)

Dr. Maurice Berger is currently working on an essay about Gordon Parks’s early photographs and their relationship to his later civil rights images for the catalog of the exhibition, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940–1950, which will open at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in November 2018. He continues to write his monthly Race Stories series for the Lens Blog of the New York Times, “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race.” Dr. Berger is completing work on an online exhibition and website for the traveling show he curated for CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York: Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.


Steve Bradley, Associate Professor

Professor Bradley received a 2017 UMBC CAHSS-CIRCA Summer Fellowship for the project Water’s Edge, Biome Tells (WEBT), with Dr. Tagide deCarvalho of the Department of Biological Sciences. WEBT focuses on the microscopic flora and fauna lifeforms within the littoral zone of an Inner Harbor brackish shoreline located at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Brooklyn, Baltimore City.  Over the summer, Bradley and deCarvalho collaborated on this interdisciplinary art & aquatic research project by capturing images and a series of stop-motion animations of organisms collected from MCEEC.  They used the stereo and Confocal microscopes from the Keith Porter Imaging Facility for this purpose.  The next phase of WEBT will culture samples found on trash debris that that will be used to model 3d objects, created and integrated into a larger sculptural work inspired by the scientific laboratory workstation and the scientific method of inquiry.


Irene Chan, Associate Professor

Irene Chan, documentation of performance

Professor Chan’s current projects include: “A Conversation Between Donald Trump and Lao Tzu”. Performed with “LiVEART.US Performance & Subversion” at the Queens Museum, New York. February 2017; “Bleeding Hearts: for the Historic Women Printmakers,” performed at Southern Graphics Council Conference, March 2017; “Asian American ? Project” artist book at exhibition “Of Color: Race & Identity in Artists’ Books” at Scripps College, CA, March-April 2017; “Transcending the Three Hours,” C-Platform for Art and Design, Fujian, China, June 2017; “Table of Conscience,” stories of misunderstood English. People are invited to share personal stories too and then make text pins to keep and wear. Public interaction piece with exhibition “Tongue Tide” at Flux Factory, New York, July 2017; “Railroad Track of Violence: Stories of the Chinese in 19th Century America”, Phase Two of project continues with UMBC Dresher Fellowship in Spring 2018. Research and compile 1st person testimonials to be recorded and added to the project website.


Lynn Cazabon, Professor

Professor Cazabon’s animation Junkspace is featured in the exhibition Net Art hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Poland in November 2017. Cazabon recently received a CEC ArtsLink Back Apartment Artist Residency Fellowship to create new work in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in January 2018. Professor Cazabon is also currently working with the Imaging Research Center (IRC) at UMBC on a 3D virtual reality animation based on time-lapse photographs of a common urban plant species. More information is available on the IRC website.


Carla Viviana Cordova Coleman, Associate Professor

Professor Carla Viviana Cordova Coleman’s book Visual Experiences: A Concise Guide to Digital Interface Design, was published in 2017 by CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group. 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.


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 was a speaker at the Visiting Artist Lecture Series at the Massachusetts College of Art (October 10), at Fordham University (October 16), and at the Photo Alliance at the San Francisco Art Institute on October 20, 2017. A review of Professor Durant’s book ’27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography by UCLA Art Historian George Baker appeared in 4Columns. He published a review of the Callahan, Siskind, White exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art for Photograph Magazine. An interview with Professor Durant by Sarah Coleman was recently published in The Literate Lens.


 Eric Dyer, Professor

Professor Eric Dyer’s TEDx talk in Charlottesville eas selected to be published on, and can be accessed here. Professor Dyer presented his work at the Material Desires in the Digital Age Conference at Duke University in September 2017. In Spring 2017, Professor Dyer was commissioned to create a new sculptural animated work Shabamanetica for LightCity Baltimore.


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.


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, Professor

Professor Lisa Moren and IMDA alum Jaimes Mayhew recently presented their augmented reality project NONUMENT01:The McKeldin Fountain on a panel discussion about public monuments the Windup Space in Baltimore. Professor Moren will also be presenting the project at The Museum of Transitory Art, Lubljana Slovenia on November 28, 2017. The museum is expanding the NONUMENTS ​project to several countries in that region and publishing a book on the project in 2019.


Timothy Nohe, Professor

Professor Timothy Nohe lead Voltage is Sound, Voltage is Drawing, a workshop event encouraging people of all ages to become active creators of live technological art and mathematically derived music and drawings, as part of the The MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival in Philadelphia on September 16, 2017. Professor Nohe lead interdisciplinary workshops with engineers and artists on analog modular video synthesis as part of a residency at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, September 19 – October 1, 2017. In November, his work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, where he will also be presenting performances and workshops in collaboration with UMBC Professor of Dance Carol Hess and Baltimore Dance Project at the Gibson Center for the Arts. Professor Nohe composed and recorded the score for Matter, Energy, Human for Deep Vision Dance Company, which will be presented in a performance on October 22 at the Cultural Center at the newly renovated Harve de Grace Opera House.


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. She is currently writing a monograph titled Dot: A Small History of a Big Point and co-authoring (with Kristine Stiles) a survey book titled World Art Since 1933. O’Dell’s review of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s book Seven Work Ballets will appear in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Woman’s Art Journal, and a chapter on the pedagogy of Marilyn Arsem will be published in a book on this Boston-based performance artist’s work, scheduled for publication in 2018. O’Dell has also curated 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 from September 4 to October 14, 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a trifold brochure.


Corrie Parks, Assistant Professor

Professor Corrie Parks received a UMBC START grant and CAHSS-CIRCA Summer Fellowship for her Black Butterfly project. Professor Parks curated the program Fluid Frames of international short films based on her book for the Parkway Theater which screened on Sept 18, 2017.


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.


Jules Rosskam, Assistant Professor

Jules Rosskam, still of  film, Paternal Rites

Professor Rosskam recently completed his fourth feature-length film, Paternal Rites as well as a short film, Something to Cry About. Something to Cry About explores the relationship transgender men have with crying, intimacy between men, and the impact moving images have on our emotions. Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that, on the surface, examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of violence and secrecy on their present-day lives. It is also, however, a film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Both films will be released in early 2018. Making Trans Cinema a roundtable discussion moderated and edited by Rosskam will appear in Volume 8 of the journal Somatechnics.


Sarah Sharp, Assistant Professor

Sarah Sharp, documentation of Tool Book pre release

Professor Sarah Sharp did a 6 week residency in summer 2017 at SoHo20 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY where she completed production on a book project, Tool Book, which includes 43 artists and writers and is a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter and small threatened non-profits in NYC. While in residence, Professor Sharp hosted a panel discussion on Artists as Activists, conducted interviews, hosted a reading series and had a final show. She is currently planning the next phases of the project. The Official Book Launch was held at SoHo20 on September 29, 2017.




James Smalls, Professor, Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Africana Studies

Professor James Smalls recently published a book review of Nicole G. Albert’s Lesbian Decadence: Representations in Art and Literature of Fin-de-Siècle France in Women’s Studies; an article entitled “The Visual Life of Black Queer Diaspora,” in Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 65, issue 2 (2017): 187-202; a chapter in a book anthology titled “Freeman Murray and the Art of Social Justice,” in Claire Parfait et. al, eds., Writing History from the Margins (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), 131-142; and the article “Sculpting African Nouveau: Primitivism, Ethnography, and Afro-Kitsch in the Works of Woodrow Nash,” International Review of African-American Art, vol. 26, no. 2 (2017): 28-43. Professor Smalls is also the chief curator for the exhibition Man, Image, Idea: Photographs of Men from the Mark Rice Collection, held at the UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, August 30-December 12, 2017. On December 7, 2017, at 4pm, Professor Smalls will present “The Mark Rice Collection and the Homo-Erotics of Photography after Stonewall,” as part of UMBC’s Humanities Forum.