Lynn Cazabon and Eric Dyer, Visual Arts, Receive Ruby Artist Project Grants

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.

Visual Arts Faculty and IMDA Candidate in Socially Engaged Art Journal

Visual arts faculty Tom Beck, Tim Nohe and Steve Silberg, and IMDA candidate, Charlotte Keniston were featured in the first edition of Socially Engaged Art Journal (SEAJ).

“Engaging Community: Art and Food In Baltimore City” written by Charlotte Keniston discusses the artists’ work and UMBC thesis project centered upon food deserts in Baltimore; “My Station North” focuses on a collaborative exhibition by Keniston and Nohe, in which they work with children at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School to document the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore through sound and photography; and “The Hughes Remix Project” written by Beck and Silberg details the development of the new Project archive containing “175 remixed, reinvented, reinterpreted, and reimagined images of Baltimore street scenes, promotional and advertising work, businesses, churches, schools, monuments, factories, machinery, and portraits.”

SEAJ is an online publication that showcases the work of artists whose practice, community art or social design is socially engaged. The first issue is titled “Baltimore.”

MFA Thesis Exhibition in City Paper

imageThe MFA Thesis Exhibition, now on display in the CADVC, was mentioned in an article by City Paper‘s Baynard Woods last week. The article highlighted UMBC’s well connected Visual Arts faculty, staff and MFA candidates in relation to the Baltimore arts community. Woods also mentions IMDA candidate Lexie Mountain’s performance piece exhibited at the opening, Fred Worden Cuts A Couch In Half With A Chainsaw.

Read “Art Seen” at City Paper‘s website.

Project Mah Jongg with Work by Tim Nohe, Visual Arts, in Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Sun

Project Mah Jongg, a collaborative, traveling exhibition that includes sound design by Tim Nohe, visual arts, along with original works by other nationally acclaimed artists, was featured in the Baltimore Jewish Times and the Baltimore Sun this week. Centered upon Project Mah Jongg’s display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this month, the articles discuss the exhibition’s success in highlighting the tradition, memory and history of Mah Jongg in American Jewish communities.

“Mah-jongg exhibit runs at Jewish Museum”, Baltimore Sun
“America’s Other Pastime”, Baltimore Jewish Times

In the exhibition, Nohe completed sound design for three “Muji” players, documenting games in New York City’s Chinatown and Upper East Side. The exhibition, designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram, features artwork by Christoph Niemann, Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman and Bruce McCall, and was curated by Melissa Martens. The exhibition’s companion publication “Mah Jongg: Crak, Bam, Dot” was edited by Abbott Miller and Patsy Tarr.

The exhibition, which originated at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in New York has garnered notice in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the LA Times, and is on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland through June 29, 2014. The show has travelled to Portland, Cleveland, LA, Miami Beach, Atlanta and will continue on to San Francisco this summer. Learn more at Project Mah Jongg’s website.

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.

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.

Maryland Art Place Announces 2014 Imprint Artist: Steven H. Silberg

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to announce this year’s IMPRINT Artist, Steven. H. Silberg and his selected image, stemming from a series of work titled, “For Love (089-b)”. In its third year, MAP honors one singular contemporary artist who has demonstrated excellence within their selected media through its annual print reproduction program, IMPRINT.

The goal of the IMPRINT program is support artists by increasing the visibility of their work, and by promoting sales. Artists benefit by being highlighted on MAP’s website, and through the sale of a funded artist print reproduction. MAP will also sell the reproduction at its annual benefits, or offer them as sponsor incentives, which furthers the artist name and work. The selected artwork will officially launch in conjunction with MAP’s Annual Spring Benefit, Out of Order, Friday, April 4, 2014.

The body of work entitled “Reductive Video” by Steven H. Silberg borrows the choice to depict changes in movement (either as individual frames or wholly contained in a single image) and applies it to the technical rendering of images. Using custom software written in Max/MSP/Jitter, video is broken down to reveal only the pixels that change from frame to
frame, no longer implying form, but instead the shape of what has changed from the previous frame. Re-sequenced as video, the individual frames become reminiscent of Muybridge’s silhouetted running horse. These individual frames are also layered to become a single image, showing changes in shape, reminiscent of Marey’s use of lines on soldier’s uniforms – depicting a “wire frame” of physical movement.

“For Love (089-b)” presents only the reduction of a video into a single print. Changes in motion and movement are layered to create impressions of these on-screen activities. Highlighting the divergence of form from content, this exploration of the “Reductive Video” process uses appropriated source material from online amateur pornographic video-sharing websites. Silberg received his MFA from MICA in 2004 and his BFA from the University of Delaware in 1997. He is a Lecturer in Foundations, concentrating in Photography and Video, at UMBC.

Out of Order (OOO) is a unique way to get involved with Baltimore’s growing art scene, while supporting one of Baltimore’s most established contemporary arts organizations. Revenue generated at Out of Order directly supports MAP’s programs, exhibitions and opportunities throughout the year furthering MAP’s mission. OOO will take place Friday, April 4 at 218 West Saratoga Street Baltimore, MD 21201. For more information
contact: Emily Sollenberger at emily@mdartplace.org.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981. MAP is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Citizens of Baltimore County.

For more information contact: paul@mdartplace.org or call 410.962.8565.

Jason Hughes, IMDA, Exhibiting Work at Carriage House Center for the Arts

Artwork by imaging and digital arts student, Jason Hughes, was recently selected for display in the exhibition Washington Color Abstraction, curated by Donald Kuspit. The exhibition, sponsored by the Gabarron Foundation, “unites the original artists of the Washington Color School with contemporary artists practicing in DC today. Both inspired by an environment of bold color and pattern and influenced by the color field teachers of the 1960′s, the artists in this exhibition exemplify identities that are deeply intelligent, original, and rooted in the history of their environment. Their community reflects a deep history, rich with constant dialogue and new ideas.” Learn more about the exhibition and selected artists at the Gabarron Foundation website.

Washington Color Abstraction is open now through Friday, April 25. An opening reception will be held at the Carriage House Center for the Arts, this Friday March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Carriage House is located at 149 East 38th Street, New York City, 10016.

Work by Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, Selected for Display in ‘Occam’s Razor’ Exhibition

Two animation works by Kelley Bell, assistant professor of graphic design, have recently been selected for display in Occam’s Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics, at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, and the Ontario Science Center’s !dea Gallery. Her pieces, The Kuber-Ross Device, and Eureka! will be presented alongside other works that narrow the cultural divide between art and science. Works selected for Occam’s Razor were chosen because of the way they highlight similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists.

Occam’s Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics will open Wednesday, April 2, and continues through April 20.

Bell’s artwork will also be featured in the Northern Spark projection arts festival this June in Minneapolis. Learn more at the Northern Spark website.