Upcoming Public Art Installation (8/13)

Thomas Sayre RenderingStudents, faculty and staff are invited to visit the PAHB grounds, on the side facing Lot 8, on August 13 to witness the installation of eight large “earth cast” half-arches that will be set into the ground to create a public gathering space, provisionally entitled “Forum.” The half-arches are major pieces of this public art project, designed and produced by renowned artist Thomas Sayre. Final landscaping and a dedication of the artwork will take place in the fall.

“Rough, irregular, the color of the land we walk upon, the arches create a composition reminiscent of classic academic cloisters where light and shadow will dance across the highly animated, earthcast surfaces,” says the artist.

Please note that this installation will require the closure of Hilltop Road in this area of the campus all day on August 13 (and possibly on August 14), however, access to Lot 8 will not be impacted. Any deliveries to this part of campus during the installation should use the paved thoroughfare between ITE and Sherman Hall.

The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI), was signed into law last year, and UMBC agreed to pursue a pilot public art project under this initiative on the PAHB. Thomas Sayre was selected following a national search conducted by UMBC in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council. The selection committee voted Sayre’s concept as the most reflective of UMBC’s vision of a public art installation that invites community engagement, reflects the passage of time, and embraces the values and culture of UMBC.

Thomas Sayre has designed and built public art projects throughout the world and has participated in design teams for civic, educational and museum buildings. Along with architect Steve Schuster, Sayre is a founding principal in the multi-disciplinary design firm Clearscapes, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sayre believes that art will only work when disparate opinions come together through collaboration to form a coherent vision.

The selection committee included Vice President for Administration and Finance Lynne Schaefer, University Architect Joseph Rexing, Sr. Project Manager Mickey Miller (University of Maryland, Baltimore), Alex Castro and Jan Goldstein (Maryland Commission on Public Art), Associate Professor Helen Burgess (English), Associate Professor Preminda Jacob (visual arts), Professor Timothy Nohe (visual arts, CIRCA director), Associate Professor Sandy Parker (geography and environmental systems), Professor Phyllis Robinson (biological sciences), Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Yvette Mozie-Ross, Associate Professor Liz Walton (dance) and architect Cliff Gayley (William Rawn Associates).

Niels Van Tomme, CADVC, Named Curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale

nielsvt_web1Niels Van Tomme, Visiting Curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, has been named Curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale (Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art), to take place May 26 to July 17, 2016.

The Bucharest Biennale is interested in exploring links between creative practice and social progress, as well as correspondences between local and global contexts. Now in its tenth year, the Biennale continues to build a strong partnership between Bucharest—a geocultural space where the political is reflected in all aspects of life—and the rest of the world. In transcending specific geographical, historical, or political frameworks, it connects to a broader complexity, namely the one of “resistance” within the quotidian realm.

More information about the Biennale is available on its website.

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in the New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines Dawoud Bey’s intimate and powerful 2007 portrait of Barack Obama prior to becoming president. The essay is being co-published by the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art. “The photograph depicts its famously private and introspective subject only months before he was to step into the abyss of presidential politics. And it defines him free of the stereotypes and myths that have come to characterize his presidency,” observers Berger.

Read “Meditation on President Obama’s Portrait” and view the photograph at the New York Times Lens blog.

Berger’s Race Stories column has featured several essays centered upon race and photography, including Malcolm X as image maker, Ken Gonzales-Day, images of emancipation, the photographs of Deborah Will, and the civil rights work of James Karales.

Performing Arts and Humanities Building Grand Opening Celebration (9/19)

Wednesday, September 19
2:00 – 9:00 p.m.

You are invited to join President Freeman Hrabowski, Governor Martin O’Malley and the UMBC community on Wednesday, September 19 as we celebrate the opening of the first phase of UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

2 p.m.
Phase One Ribbon Cutting and Phase Two Groundbreaking Ceremony with Governor Martin O’Malley
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Entrance

4–6:30 p.m.
Arts and Humanities Festival
Featuring food trucks, UMBC student groups and community performers, and a jazz concert with Lafayette Gilchrist ’92, Africana Studies.
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Grounds

3:30–5 p.m.
UMBC and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Present: New Space
Leaders breaking fresh ground in the region’s cultural land- scape reveal the physical, conceptual, and virtual spaces that motivate their work, answering the question: How do new spaces inspire us to think, create and engage in expected and unexpected ways?
Proscenium Theatre
A limited number of free tickets will be available at the door.

New Space Presenters:

  • Wendy Salkind, UMBC Theatre & Jessica Berman, UMBC English
  • Fred Lazarus, MICA & Tim Nohe, UMBC Visual Arts
  • Vincent Lancisi, Everyman Theatre & David Mitchell, Arena Players
  • Doreen Bolger, BMA & George Ciscle, founder, The Contemporary
  • Liz Lerman, Choreographer & Sharayna Christmas Rose, Muse 360
  • Kalima Young, The Baltimore Art + Justice Project & Nicole King, UMBC American Studies
  • Marvin Pinkert, Jewish Museum of Maryland & Kevin Griffin Moreno ‘95, Full Circle Storytelling

Moderator: Tom Hall, Baltimore Choral Arts Society & WYPR Radio Host

4:30–6:30 p.m.
Tours of the building

7–8:30 p.m.
Inaugural Lecture: The Humanities Forum Presents “The Humanities, Without Apology,” featuring Pauline Yu, President of the American Council of Learned Societies
Proscenium Theatre, followed by dessert reception in PAHB Lobby
Students, faculty, and staff can pick up free tickets at The Commons information desk until September 18. Tickets will also be available at the door.
(An additional calendar listing with more details will be posted.)

Richard Spece, Clarinet, and Nancy Beith, Piano (9/13)

On Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, clarinetist Richard Spece and pianist Nancy Beith join forces to present a program featuring:

  • Five Bagatelles, Op. 23, by Gerald Finzi
  • Concertino by Giuseppe Tartini (arranged by Gordon Jacob)
  • Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120, by Johannes Brahms
  • Duo Concertant pour Clarinette et Piano by Darius Milhaud

Richard Spece regularly performs on modern and historical clarinets around the country and has several recordings available on Crystal Records. He has been a featured performer on the Smithsonian Recital Series in Washington, D.C., Music in the Mansion Series at the Strathmore in Maryland, Alexander Paley Festival in Virginia, Mozart Society of California Chamber Music Series, the Instituto de la Cultura Festival in Mexico, Cascade Music Festival, Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, Garth Newel Chamber Festival, the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art Chamber Series, and the Festival of Sacred Music in New York City. His teachers included Stan Stanford, William McColl, James Campbell, Alfred Prinz, and Howard Klug. Mr. Spece is a Selmer Concert Artist.

Nancy Beith has been on the music faculty at UMBC since 1980, serving as academic advisor for the department, pianist for both the Camerata and Opera Workshop, and coordinator of the class piano program. She taught for many years in the Preparatory Division of Hood College in Frederick. As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Beith has worked with many area musicians in recital and chamber performances. She has adjudicated piano competitions for Maryland State Music Teachers Association and has been pianist for the International Trombone Workshop in Nashville. Currently she is a pianist for Holy Family Catholic Community in Middletown, Maryland, and the Maryland State Boychoir in Baltimore. Ms. Beith received degrees from Syracuse University and the Peabody Institute. She also studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Westminster Choir College in Princeton.

$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. Tickets will be available at the door. Presented by the Department of Music.

Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisted (9/10 – 11/17)

©2006 Craig J. Barber, courtesy George Eastman House

Visual Arts
September 10 – November 17
Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited
Photographs by Craig J. Barber

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited, featuring photographs by Craig J. Barber, from September 10 through November 17. Over a four-year period beginning in 1995, photographer Craig Barber, an ex-combat Marine, returned to Vietnam to traverse many of his former military routes, making images with an 8×10 inch pinhole camera. Intended in part as cathartic exercise and in part curiosity about what had become of this once war-torn country, the series of diptych and triptych panorama platinum images created by Barber capture the serene beauty of the country and, at times for the artist, all too memorable landscapes.

The images Barber captured are not documentary. The minutes-long exposure required to record pinhole images produce blurring in anything in motion during the exposure; this sense of movement contributes to both a feel of mystery and a dreamlike, introspective quality.

This exhibition has been organized by the George Eastman House & Museum. The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund and the American Legion Towson Post #22, as well as individual contributions.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

Trio Inconnu (9/6)

On Thursday, September 6 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at 8:00 p.m., Trio Inconnu, featuring pianist Stanley Sisskin, violinist Claudia Chudacoff (pictured) and cellist Jodi Beder, will perform an evening of trios, featuring:

  • Trio No. 25 in E minor, Hob. XV/12 by Joseph Haydn
  • Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76 by Joaquín Turina
  • Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms

Pianist Stanley Sisskin received a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, a post-graduate degree in accompanying from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and a Master’s Degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sisskin was the silver medal winner of the New York International Competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists in 2004 and 2006. He has frequently appeared as soloist with the New York Piano Society, and as soloist with the Broadway Bach Ensemble, a New York–based community orchestra. In 2009, he performed a solo recital in the Rose Studio of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Sisskin was chosen to play concerto movements with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as part of the PianoTexas festival, and with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.

Violinist Claudia Chudacoff appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Washington area. She is a member of both the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery Quartet, and has performed regularly on several chamber series, including the Embassy Series, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Musical Arts, and the Contemporary Music Forum, and with the Fessenden Ensemble. In 2011, Ms. Chudacoff participated along with the Sunrise Quartet in the International Festival of Sacred Music in Quito, Ecuador. She also appeared in a recent broadcast for West Virginia Public Television featuring that group. She can be heard on many recordings and radio broadcasts, including several appearances on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program. In addition to her position as Concertmaster of the U.S. Marine Band’s White House Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Chudacoff is also the Concertmaster of both the National Gallery Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony.

Jodi Beder is principal cellist of Princeton (New Jersey) Symphony Orchestra and has been principal of Princeton Pro Musica and Riverside Symphonia. In the Washington, D.C. area she has played modern and baroque cello with groups including the National Philharmonic, Washington Bach Consort, the Folger Consort, the Vivaldi Project, and the Low End String Quartet. She plays her famous plugged-in painted cello Zizi in the innovative cabaret-rock band Zen for Primates (CDs on Bummer Tent Records). She is a member of Dovetail, the performing ensemble for the Old Doors/New Worlds project, a collaboration of musicians and dancers from vernacular traditions; their first CD/DVD was released in April 2012. She has collaborated with many poets and dance and theater companies over the years. She currently collaborates with poet Kay Lindsey; and she and playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings together have created a performance piece called “You Get Me,” for which she co-wrote music and text, and performs as singer, cellist, and pianist. She is an improviser and a committed interpreter of contemporary music, and has performed and recorded for the American Festival of Microtonal Music; she has also been the solo cellist for a synagogue in New York City for nearly 30 years.

Admission to this event, sponsored by the Department of Music, is free.