Zane Forshee, Classical Guitar (4/10)

2327985283Zane Forshee, heralded as “one of his generation’s finest guitarists” by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, performs an evening of works Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Active both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, recent concert engagements have taken Forhsee across North America, Europe, and Asia, where his live performances have been noted for possessing “a beautiful ever-flow that held the audience captivated” (Retriever Weekly).

Zane has been featured at the Palacete de Amezúa (Madrid), the Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal (Berlin), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Classical Guitar Society, and the Chimei Museum (Taiwan). He has given collaborative performances with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company, in addition to solo and chamber recitals for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Omaha Guitar Guild, and the Endless Mountain Music Festival.

Discover more about the artist and ticketing at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Antoni Muntadas, Visiting Artist Lecture (4/10)

3659688708_52364e3fe4_oUMBC’s Department of Visual Arts and the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture welcome the internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary installation artist Antoni Muntadas, Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. This lecture will take place in Lecture Hall 1. Muntadas’ work has been exhibited in major art institutions throughout the world, and addresses social, political and communications issues, including the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks. His work also investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas.

Organized by Visiting Curator Niels Van Tomme, Muntadas’ lecture will initiate a new exhibition project entitled Muntadas: Activating Artifacts. Conceived exclusively for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC, Muntadas: Activating Artifacts is scheduled to be presented in the fall of 2015.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Book of Lies (4/7-5/31)

9 Georganne Deen Mother’s LiesMonday, April 7, Book of Lies, curated by Corazon del Sol and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California, will open in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. The exhibition will continue through May 31.

Book of Lies examines the lie as human strategy using examples drawn from artists’ responses to the questions, “What is the lie with which I am most complicit?” and “What is the truth that most feeds my life?” Conceived of as a global conversation about truth and lies held through the medium of works of art and poetry, Eugenia P. Butler invited artists to use the lie to explore our relationship with the truth. The exhibition examines the lie as a human strategy using examples drawn from life situations including childhood, love, and war. Seventy-eight artists responded to these questions in unique and provocative ways, resulting in a body of work curated by Butler and Corazon del Sol titled Book of Lies.

More information about this exhibition is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Image: Georganne Deen, Mother’s Lies, 1994.


MFA Thesis Exhibition (4/3-4/25)

mfa_card-1The CADVC is pleased to present the annual MFA Thesis exhibition, beginning this Thursday, April 3 and continuing through Friday, April 25.

This year’s Imaging and Digital Arts graduates displaying work in the exhibition include Michael Farley, Charlotte Keniston, Alexandra Macchi, Shana Palmer, Carrie Rennolds and Dominique Zeltzman. The work selected represents the culmination of each student’s unique experience in UMBC’s dynamic and demanding MFA program.

A free, opening reception at the CADVC will take place on Thursday April 3 from 5 pm until 7 pm.

Dance and Music Faculty Receive MSAC Individual Artist Awards

Several faculty members and alumna, Heather Moss ’07, English, were awarded Individual Artist Awards by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) this month.

The Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards are monetary prizes given to a select group of artists each year. This year the Maryland State Art Council awarded 89 artists with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to “advance their artistic careers.”

Awarded in the category of Classical Music Solo Performance:

  • Lisa Cella, Music
  • James Crossland, Music
  • Jacqueline Pollauf, Music
  • Airi Yoshioka, Music

Awarded in the category of Choreography:

  • Adrienne Clancy, Dance

Awarded in the category of Solo Dance Performance:

  • Sandra Lacy, Dance

Awarded in the category of Poetry:

  • Heather Moss ’07, English

The Maryland State Arts Council will host an event honoring the awardees Saturday, May 17 beginning at 7 p.m. in the American Visionary Art Museum.


Liz Walton, Dance, in Washington Post and New York Times

liz2Two articles — which included interviews with Liz Walton, dance –were featured in the Washington Post and New York Times last week. The pieces, focused predominately around the history, success and upcoming reunion of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, featured discussions with Paul Taylor alumni, including Liz Walton on her involvement in the company during the 1950′s and 60′s.

Read the interviews, “A family reunion with the Paul Taylor Dance Company” and “Institutional Memory Onstage: Paul Taylor Alumni Return for 60th Anniversary Celebration”

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Race Story in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses “the power behind a remarkable interactive website called ‘Mirror of Race,’ which uses 19th century photographs depicting people of various races in situations that are often ambiguous in their content and intent.” Mirror of Race displays these photographs typical to the way in which they may be shown in a gallery setting, but in the absence of explanation and description.

Read “Holding a Mirror to Race” 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, the civil rights work of James Karales, and the woman in a civil rights photo, fifty seven years later.

UMBC Jazz Festival (3/28, 3/29, 4/4)

The UMBC Jazz Festival, with performances by the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Maryland All-State Band, the UMBC Jazz Ensemble and the Larry Willis Trio, begins this Friday, March 28. All performances will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Faculty Jazz Ensemble, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Maryland All-State Jazz Band, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
UMBC Jazz Ensemble in concert with the Larry Willis Trio, April 4, ?? p.m.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar

Gum by Karen Hartman (3/27-30)

t7lTWblMGdpsKoNOB-Nv0UF6j17K2IErzh9OL8kZLz8Gum, a production written by Karen Hartman, opens this Thursday, March 27 under the direction of Eve Muson, theatre, and will continue on through Sunday, March 30. Performances will take place in the Black Box Theatre.

In a futuristic dystopia where girls may not venture outside their garden walls, two sisters seek escape in music and poetry–and in black-market chewing gum, which is believed to undermine the virtue of traditional girls.  When the older sister rebels against an arranged marriage, her family takes steps to curtail her freedom forever.  With mounting terror, Gum depicts the consequences of sexual awakening in a fiercely repressive culture where Juicy Fruit is contraband and every desire has its price. This production is for mature audiences.

Thursday, March 27 | 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 28 | 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 | 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 | 8:00 p.m. (Followed by a discussion with playwright, Karen Hartman)
Sunday, March 30 | 2:00 p.m. (Followed by a panel discussion)

The Sunday, March 30 panel following this performance, will focus on modesty, and the social and religious practices of veiling the body. Speakers include Anne Brodsky, Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Kate Drabinski, Gender and Women Studies; Vicki Goutzoulis ’15; Deanna Zare ’14; Benjamin Nabinger ’16; and Amalia Marks ’13. Moderated by Sameera Mukhtar ’15.

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