MFA Thesis Exhibition Reviewed in Bmore Art Blog

IMG_96561The Imaging and Digital Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by Michael Farley, Charlotte Keniston, Lexie Mountain, Shana Palmer, Carrie Rennolds, and Dominique Zeltzman was reviewed in the contemporary art blog Bmore Art this week. Founding Editor Cara Ober described the exhibition as an “effortless, yet thoughtful, balance between formal and conceptual concerns and digital process, a sign that this group is well prepared for the larger art world.”

Read the review “Imaging A Thesis”

Lee Boot, Visual Arts, IRC, to Speak at Annual Cultural Arts for Education Conference

bootLee Boot, Imaging Resource Center, will present as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Cultural Arts for Education (CAFE) Conference Thursday, May 29. The conference, presented by Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance, invites arts educators and advocates from around the state to share, learn and discuss themes of “education, creativity and innovation” in their fields. The title of this year’s CAFE Conference is “Fresh Food for Thought: Come Nurture Your Creativity.”

Learn more about the CAFE Conference at the AEMS website.

Emily Eaglin ’17, Visual Arts, on NBC Washington

Emily Eaglin ’17, visual arts, discussed her short film Future Children on NBC this week. The video of the segment, available at NBC’s website, features an interview with Eaglin and students Hannah Korangkool and Nicole Taylor, who also appear in the film. The comedic documentary was awarded Golden Tripod Awards by Campus Movie Fest for Best Actress (Eaglin) and Best Director.

Watch “I Am Not a Pie Chart” at

Watch the film Future Children at the Campus Movie Fest Website.

2014 Senior Exit Exhibition (5/22-6/14)

SEE_Postcard-1The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is please to present the 2014 Senior Exit Exhibition opening in the CADVC Thursday, May 22. A public reception will take place in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20; the commencement breakfast reception will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on the 22nd.

This exhibition reflects the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the Department of Visual Arts, and provides the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to exhibit within a professional setting prior to exiting the university.

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Senior Exit Exhibition continues through Saturday, June 14.

Performing Womanhood (ends 5/31)

IdaChagallThe Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Gallery present Performing Womanhood, an exhibition on display in special collections now through Saturday, May 31. Featuring portraits of women by women photographers, this exhibition displays images made from the 1920s through the 1990s. Photographs chosen for the exhibition ask viewers to consider women-only spaces and the lack of the male gaze.

Included in the show are works by Kristin Capp, Cary Beth Cryor, Judy Dater, Sandi Fellman, Peggy Fox, Mildred Grossman, Irina Ionesco, Lotte Jacobi, Mary Ellen Mark and Gerda Peterich. These artists captured famous women, anonymous women, and women with whom they share a relationship

Performing Womanhood was curated by Jazmin Smith ’14, art history and museum studies, with help from the staff at the Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Library Gallery. Special Collections is located in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and open Monday through Friday 1 to 4 p.m., Thursdays until 8p.m., and by appointment. For more information call (410)-455-2353 or send an email to

Image: Ida Chagall, 1945, Lotte Jacobi

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in NYT

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in the NYT, Maurice Berger, CADVC, speaks on the impact of a series of photos that document the 1964 Freedom Summer. According to Dr. Berger, the photos — now being published in a book by photojournalist Matt Herron entitled, Mississippi Eyes: The Story and Photography of the Southern Documentary Project — told a different story than many images of the time that highlighted anger and shock. He says, “Concentrating on educational and artistic activities, [the series] reminds us that the civil rights movement was as much cultural as sociological.”

Read “A Cultural History of Civil Rights” and view the photographs 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 Camerata (5/10)

camerata01-sThe Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo performing a program entitled “Mostly Mozart”:

Three Folk Songs; arranged by Joseph Flummerfelt
The Water Is Wide
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Danny Boy

Three Sacred Texts/Three Different Sound Worlds
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli – Italian Renaissance
Spaseniye sodelal by Pavel Chesnokov – Russian Orthodox
O Sifuni Mungu by David Muddux/Roger Emerson – African Chorus

Mozart Mass in C, K317 “Coronation”
Performed with soloists and chamber orchestra

This performance will take place Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted.

UMBC Percussion Ensemble (5/8)

lpex4ERRS2UsX60xc2ImI21ufKel5buhgVdhqvazhnw,bT_5a7vHqB8VFk28MpqHeKjZCiH_VM62dGPGLI7kpmMThe UMBC Percussion Ensemble performs Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall under the direction of Michelle Humphreys, music.

The UMBC Percussion Ensemble is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theatre, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage and Carlos Chavez. The Ensemble has established a tradition of performing works by UMBC’s faculty and student composers, who sometimes include members of the ensemble.

Admission to this concert is free.

Spring Dance Showcase (5/8-10)

springdance2013-7656Performances for the annual Spring Dance Showcase begin Thursday, May 8 and continue through Saturday, May 10. This concert will take place in the Old Theatre at 8 p.m. each evening.

$12 general admission, $7 students and seniors.