Public Forum on the Performing Arts & Humanities Building (5/2)

Performing Arts & Humanities Building image courtesy of Whiting-Turner

Facilities Management and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences cordially invite the campus to a public forum to learn about the new Performing Arts & Humanities Building.

Phase I of the building is scheduled to open in Fall 2012 and includes space for the Departments of English and Theatre, as well as the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Humanities Scholars Program and the Linehan Scholars Program. Phase II, scheduled to begin construction this summer and to open in 2014, includes space for the Departments of Ancient Studies, Dance, Music and Philosophy.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, May 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. in ITE Building Room 102.

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed by the Baltimore Sun

UMBC Theatre students Brad Widener (left) and David Brasington (right) in Incorruptible. Photo by Rich Riggins.

Arts critic Mike Giuliano, writing for the Patuxent Papers and The Baltimore Sun, gave high marks to the Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, in a review published today. “Director Colette Searls ensures that the plot’s zany complications keep coming our way,” he remarked, while also mentioning set and costume design by Elena Zlotescu, associate professor of Theatre; and students Brad Widener, Daniel Friedman, Anderson Wells, Christopher Dews, Samantha Van Sant, Sydney Kleinberg, David Brasington and Jessica Ruth Baker. Read the full review here.

Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Awarded Fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation

Eric Dyer, associate professor of Visual Arts, has been awarded a 2012 fellowship for creative arts by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Professor Dyer is an artist, filmmaker, experimental animator, and educator whose award-winning films have screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, South by Southwest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Melbourne, and London International Animation Festivals. His work has also been exhibited at the Exploratorium, the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales.

Much of his recent work focuses on the zoetrope, as shown in the video clip above. Dyer comments, “I have dug up the zoetrope, a pre-cinema optical toy, and am using it to create and explore a visual language of loops and spirals. When spun, the complex circular sculptures, dubbed cinetropes, are a blur to the human eye but come to full animated life when viewed through shutter glasses or the lens of a fast-shutter video camera. This video is a compilation of film clips and behind-the-scenes footage from [my zoetropes] Copenhagen Cycles and The Bellows March.”

Department of Theatre’s “Incorruptible” Reviewed in BroadwayWorld (4/19)

The Department of Theatre’s current production, Incorruptible, which runs through April 28, received praise from critic Jack L. B. Gohn of BroadwayWorld.com in a review published on April 19 (click here to read). In conclusion he remarked, “Incorruptible is a hoot. You should go.” Theatre students Sydney Kleinberg, Christopher Dews and Jessica Ruth Baker all received mentions. For more information about the production, which is directed by Colette Searls, associate professor Theatre, visit the Arts & Culture Calendar.

Center for Art Design and Visual Culture Receives Publication Awards

The Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) has received two 2012 publication design awards from the American Association of Museums. Within the category of institutions with budgets of less than $750,000, the CADVC received first prize for the exhibition catalogue Where Do We Migrate To? (pictured), designed by Kelley Bell, assistant professor Visual Arts (and Visual Arts MFA ’05). Additionally, the CAVDC received second prize in the scholarly journals category for the publication Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium, designed by Guenet Abraham, associate professor of Visual Arts. Both publications are distributed by Artbook.com.

Senior Dance Concert (4/20 – 4/21)

On Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, the Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert, featuring choreography and performances by dance seniors.

Concerts will be held at 8 p.m. both evenings in Fine Arts Studio 317 (third floor). Tickets are $12 general admission $7 students and seniors, cash only. For information and reservations, call the Dance Box Office at 410-455-6240.

Incorruptible at the UMBC Theatre (4/18 – 4/28)

From April 18 through 28, the Department of Theatre presents Incorruptible (“A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages”) by Michael Hollinger, directed by Colette Searls, associate professor of Theatre.

Part farce, part grotesque sitcom, Incorruptible takes us to Medieval times Monty Python-style.

Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D., where the dark ages are looking pretty dark. The river flooded again last week, the chandler’s shop just burned to the ground, and the skeletal relics of Saint Foy–patron of the local monastery–hasn’t produced a miracle in thirteen years. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely lure more pilgrims, and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Saint Foy–and “their” bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.

Performances:
Wednesday, April 18th, 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, April 19th, 4 pm (free performance for UMBC students, faculty and staff)
Friday, April 20th, 8 pm (opening night)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2 pm
Thursday, April 26th, 8 pm
Friday, April 27th, 8 pm
Saturday, April 28th, 2 pm

All performances in the UMBC Theatre. $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for the preview.

To order tickets in advance using a credit card, order online through MissionTix or call 410-752-8950. Patrons who would prefer to pay by cash or check at will call may make a reservation through the online Theatre Box Office or by calling 410-455-2476.

Musicians from SoundSCAPE in Concert (4/12)

On Thursday, April 12, the Department of Music Musicians from SoundSCAPE, featuring Aiyun Huang, percussion; Tony Arnold, voice; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; with Lisa Cella, flute. Dr. Cella is an associate professor in the Department of Music. The quartet’s program will feature a variety of works by contemporary classical composers.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets $7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, and free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance using a credit card, order online through MissionTix or call 410-752-8950. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash or check only.

CADVC’s “Command Z” Exhibition in City Paper (4/4)

“Go see this exhibition. Take the kids,” urges City Paper reporter Andrea Appleton in writing about Command Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology, an exhibition on display at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture through April 28. Calling the show magical, she adds, “It’s a show that reawakens one’s sense of wonder, that thing that bloomed when you first opened your favorite children’s book, or learned there were such things as shooting stars.” The article, which is online here, quotes curator Lisa Moren (associate professor of Visual Arts) as well as many of the artists.

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents “The Photographer’s Eye” (4/9 – 5/31)

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents The Photographer’s Eye: Civil War Photographs Selected from the UMBC Photography Collections, on display from April 9 through May 31.

The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Technological limitations, artistic aspirations and societal expectations strongly impacted the images produced by photographers “documenting” the events of the Civil War. This exhibition will explore the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about why each of the selected 81 images was produced.

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.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Foundation and individual contributions.