The first long-term, artist-in-residence for UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts, hosted by IMDA and the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, is Slovenian artist Neja Tomšič. Tomšič will be in residence for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. There will be several public events and many opportunities to interact with Neja Tomšič.
Neja Tomšič co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms. For the past two years Tomšič has also been in charge of MoTA’s educational programming and has developed an online platform, together with various Polish organizations, to archive and share public programs such as artists talks, workshops, discussions and symposia. She hopes to research practices of archiving transitory works and strategies for audience development and engagement.
This residency was made possible by CEC ArtsLink. ArtsLink Residencies offer artists and arts managers from 37 overseas countries five-week residencies at non-profit arts organizations throughout the US. The program enables artists and communities across the US to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.
Please contact Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, for more information on exchanges with her this fall.
Associate Professor Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, has received a Fulbright Teaching Award to work at Leipaja University for the Spring 2015 semester.
Leipaja University is in Leipaja, Latvia, a city of 75,00 located in the western part of the country on the Baltic Sea. Cazabon says her “project proposal is to develop and teach classes centered on Photography and Public Art in their New Media Arts Program. I will also pursue a project of my own focused on local traditions centered on mushroom harvesting as they connect to country-wide environmental conservation policies.”
Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard, organized by the School 33 Art Center, will hold an opening celebration this month for the collaborative installation including work by Kelley Bell, visual arts. The pieces presented, by Bell, Melissa Webb and Linda DePalma, are “highly detailed birdhouses that are scale replicas of iconic Baltimore buildings – Penn Station, the Patterson Park Pagoda, the “Painted Ladies” of Charles Village and Form Stone row homes.”
Download the flyer to learn more about the celebration and Co-Lab(oration).
The opening celebration, scheduled for June 21 from 3-6 p.m. at the School 33 Art Center, will be held in connection with School 33’s 35th Annual Exhibition, 35  35, featuring the work of other prominent Baltimore artists, including Tim Nohe, Visual Arts. Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard will be on display through the Summer 2015.
Nature in the Dark, which features work by Tim Nohe, Visual Arts, CIRCA, and originally screened in Melbourne at Federation Square in 2012, will appear in new venues soon: at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival in Melbourne, Australia (18-27 July 2014), and at the Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo, Australia (14 August – 5 October 2014). Nohe’s piece, At The Wall of the Anthropocene, is an animation set to an original film score created in collaboration with Tim Bubb, IMDA.
Nature in the Dark is a collaborative program produced by the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University and the Victoria National Parks Association.
CIRCA is currently collaborating with the Centre for Creative Arts, Marnie Benny of the MICA Curatorial Practices Program, Australian/German curator Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier, UMBC visual and performing artists and multiple partners in the Inner Harbor to produce a second edition of the program focused on marine life. This program will debut in Spring 2015.
Garden of Earthly Delights, an animation by Kelley Bell, visual arts, will be presented in the 2014 Northern Spark Arts Festival in Minneapolis. The piece, which uses characters from the Hieronymus Bosch triptych of the same name, will be projected onto architecture of Minneapolis. In the animation, “the characters from Bosch’s famous painting depicting creation, an earthly paradise, and hell are revealed by a meandering spotlight that captures these creatures in midflight, slowly tracking them across the landscape—and then they vanish. They are ephemeral, like the sudden revelation of an unnoticed detail in a cityscape that comes to define the city.”
Northern Spark is a one night arts festival presented by Northern Lights.mn, a nonprofit arts organization with the mission to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. Northern Spark will take place June 14, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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 NBCWashington.com.
Watch the film Future Children at the Campus Movie Fest Website.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Ida Chagall, 1945, Lotte Jacobi
Students in the departments of American studies and Visual Arts are working with Jason Reed, the director of a non-profit community garden and educational space, to host a fundraising event to support the Filbert Street Community Garden of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay on Sunday, May 18 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. It will take place at 2640 Space in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore (2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218).
The organizers invite you to join them for an evening of food, music, history, art, silent auctions, raffles and more. The Filbert Street Community Garden is a conservation project, educational space, and food farm located in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore. Curtis Bay residents are in need a garden because the area is a food desert, which means there is limited access to fresh produce locally. In the past two years the garden has held 24 community workshops, logged 10,000 volunteer hours, provided 500 garden classes both during and after school, served more than 600 local students, and produced and distributed more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce in the community.
Students in Professor Nicole King’s “Preserving Places,” American studies course and Professor Steve Bradley’s “IRC Fellows,” visual arts course worked together on various aspects of programming for the event. The work is funded by a UMBC BreakingGround grant and illustrates how the successes and failures of urban industrial development contribute to our understanding of historic places and the creation of social space. You can find more information on the event by clicking here.
Join us for CIRCA’s final Catalyst lecture of the semester, Thursday, May 8 from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. with presenters Colette Searls, theatre, and Lynn Tomlinson, visual arts. This discussion will take place in the Dresher Center Conference Room, PAHB 216.
Department of Theater Associate Professor Colette Searls and independent animator Lynn Tomlinson will present their collaborative research uniting Searls’ work in live performance puppetry with Tomlinson’s painterly clay-on-glass animation. The team is working with UMBC’s Imaging Research Center to create a prototype app that animates characters directly through an iPad touch-screen interface. Their prototype digital puppet will be used as a tool to create a short film about a crab that collects sea trash entitled “Hoarder Crab.”
Learn more about this event at our Arts and Culture Calendar.
Ruby Artist Project Grants, awarded by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, are presented to Baltimore area artists in support of projects “that reflect a diversity of talent and creativity in immersive theatre, interactive media experiences, documentary film and musical composition.” This is the first year the GBCA has awarded Ruby Artist Project Grants.
Lynn Cazabon, visual arts, was awarded a prize for Portrait Garden, a project centered upon work with long-term inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women that will be presented throughout Baltimore-area commercial display spaces.
Eric Dyer, visual arts, was awarded a prize for The Zoetrope Tunnel, a 9-foot tall by 20-foot long working walk-through sculpture whose interior animation will describe the evolution of the bicycle, both in mechanical development as well as in social impact.
These project descriptions, as well as further information about the Ruby Grants, can be found at the GBCA website.