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.

Purchase tickets at, or learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Frank Wiens, Piano (3/27)

frank-wiens-5-3-091-360x450Join us Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the FIne Arts Recital Hall, for a concert featuring pianist Franks Wiens.

Frank Wiens has concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including highly praised recitals in New York and London. He has twice toured South Korea, and gave his recital debut on the European continent in Vienna in 1987. In 2006 Frank Wiens appeared as soloist with the “Orchestra Dinu Lipatti” in Romania, and gave recitals devoted to the music of Chopin at the Chopin Academy and at the Lazienki Palace on Water in Warsaw, Poland. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Tom Beck, Library Gallery, Interviewed for WYPR’s Maryland Morning

jaffee05-360An interview with Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, aired on WYPR’s Maryland Morning this week, in which he discusses the works currently on display in the Library Gallery exhibition, N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal, 1947-1997. Beck talks about the artist’s personal life and work in relation to the photography of his peers, as well as the historical importance of Jaffee’s photographs.

Listen to the interview, “Photographer N. Jay Jaffee Captured the Spontaneous” at

More information about the exhibition is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar. N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal is on display now through Sunday, March 23 in the AOK Library Gallery.

New CADVC Outreach Project in the ‘Baltimore Guide’

An outreach project of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, featuring “pop-up arts events” was discussed recently in the Baltimore Guide.

According to Sandra Abbott, CADVC Curator of Collections and Outreach, the “pop-ups” are so named because “they will suddenly appear in unoccupied spaces and then close down shortly thereafter.” The project, a result of a collaboration between the CADVC, the Southeast Community Development Corporation, the Highlandtown Arts District (ha!), and Glitter Thighs (a monthly queer dance party in Baltimore), will promote the potential of empty retail spaces on Eastern Ave.

Read the complete article, “Pop-ups promote the potential”.

“We’re All VideoFreex!,” presented by the CADVC (3/9)

freexThis Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m., the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents “We’re All VideoFreex!,” a discussion with Skip Blumberg, Videofreex member and artist; Parry Teasdale, Videofreex co-founder and editor, and Tom Colley, collections manager, Video Data Bank. The presentation will take place in the East Building Auditorium, at the National Gallery of Art.

About the discussion:
“In the late 60s, the recording of image and sound with instantaneous playback signaled the dawn of a new media—video—that was more accessible and more discreet than film had ever been. With video cameras known as portapaks in hand, the co-founders of the Videofreex collective (1969-1978) were pioneers in the development of community television, founders of the country’s first pirate TV station, as well as mentors and instructors to countless individuals interested in making and sharing an open system of production. A selection of videos produced by the Freex and archived at Video Data Bank in Chicago features an interview with Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, a discussion with organizer Abbey Hoffman, and excerpts from other early video recordings.”

This event is one of several talks, films and performances in the series organized by the CADVC, Jump Over Timecurated by Joanna Raczynska ’98, visual arts, of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.