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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)

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 opened 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’s ongoing project Water’s Edge, Biome Tells – Trash Culture (WEBT) focuses on the cultivation and identification of microorganisms found attached growing on debris, such as plastic, microfiber and other man-made materials collected within the littoral zone the Patapsco River’s brackish Middle Branch at Masonville Cove in the Brooklyn community of Baltimore. For this interdisciplinary art project collaborators, Stephen Bradley, media artist, and imaging scientist, Dr. Tagide deCarvalho, director, Keith Porter Imaging Facility, UMBC, incorporate various tools of ecological research that will result in sculptural and visualization references and renditions.

Trash Culture is a first step towards understanding the complex relationships between discarded material culture and the ecological system in the Inner Harbor. Compounding elements from the scientific “lab” and the artist studio, Bradley and deCarvalho strive to find a middle space of inquiry shared by the parallel processes of art and science.

The purpose of the project identifies and documents the living organisms that continue to survive and evolve within the compromised waters of Masonville Cove, and integrates representations of these organisms into larger sculptural art forms in order to raise awareness and reveal the complexity, beauty, and diversity of life in the urban shoreline.


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 Lynn Cazabon’s new work, Losing Winter, opened at the National Museum of Contemporary art in Bucharest (MNAC) September 6th – 16th. Cazabon was the winner of the 2018 Re-Constructing MNAC Outreach Program competition, resulting in her residency in Bucharest to realize her unique public art project based on exchanges with Bucharest citizens, local collaborators, and businesses. Losing Winter is an emotional archive about the season of winter, using human recollection of weather to provide a glimpse of climate change as it intersects with individual lifetimes. Cazabon recorded people narrating their memories about winter at locations in Bucharest and at MNAC in July in exchange for custom-packaged ice cream. She also worked with a local ice artist to create a series of unique ice sculptures inspired by selected memories that are the subject of her new video MELT.


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.


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, Nonument 01 named Best Public Art by Baltimore Magazine

Kudos to Visual Arts Department Professor Lisa Moren and IMDA MFA alumnus Jaimes Mayhew, and Slovenian partners Martin Bricelj Baraga and Neja Tomšič on winning the Best Public Art category for Baltimore Magazine’s August 2018 issue. Through the custom augmented reality app, viewers hold up a tablet or smart-phone to reveal a full-scale, 3D architecturally correct simulation of the now demolished McKeldin Fountain. NONUMENT is an international series of public art projects dedicated to preserving the memory of lost public spaces. The NONUMENT 01 app is the first entry in this series, and will preserve the lost McKeldin Fountain and its history through the power of augmented reality. Using a tablet or smart phone, the NONUMENT 01 app creates a three-dimensional projection of objects and waterfalls that are no longer there, superimposing the fountain on a live scene captured through the device’s camera.


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 was featured in a solo exhibition at the Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD, where he also presented 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. 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

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 wins a Rubys Award

Jules Rosskam, still of  film, Paternal Rites

Professor Rosskam’s film, Paternal Rites screened at XPOSED International Queer Film Festival in Berlin and Inside Out: Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival during the summer of 2018. It will also screen at the Creative Alliance on September 21st (tickets available here), Tampa International LGBT Film Festival, Gender Reel in Minnesota, Twist: Seattle’s LGBT Queer Film Festival, Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, and Kansai Queer Film Festival in Japan, where his film Something to Cry About will also be shown.

In the Spring of 2018, Professor Rosskam received a Rubys Grant in support of Dance, Dance, Evolution, a short documentary film that explores transgender people’s relationship to dance, which was completed in July of 2018.


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.