Brooke Singer, Visiting Artist Lecture (3/6)

04On Thursday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, Brooke Singer will speak about her experience as an artist working in technoscience, multimedia installation and interactivity.

Brooke Singer engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations, public art and performances that often involves participation in pursuit of social change. She is Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, a former fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (2010-11) and co-founder of the art, technology and activist group Preemptive Media.

Amy Berbert ’17 is Winner of USM Foundation Art Contest

Freshman Amy Berbert was awarded the grand prize last month for her submission in the second annual USM Foundation Art Contest. The winning art piece meant to illustrate this year’s theme — a Steve Jobs quote, “I want to put a ding on the universe” — will be featured in December on the cover of the USM Foundation Annual Report.

The winning entry, one of 88 submissions from faculty, staff and students throughout the University System, was selected because Berbert’s artwork “was clear, concise, and offered a literal and thoughtful translation of the quote.”

Read more information about the contest and the four runners up at the USM Foundation’s blog. Berbert’s artwork along with the pieces submitted by the runners up will be presented on the blog this December.

Vin Grabill, Visual Arts, in The Faculty Voice

TalkingHeadsIThe artwork of Vin Grabill, associate professor and chair of visual arts, was included in the October 2013 issue of The Faculty Voice. Read about his video pieces and digital prints in the article “The Art of Vin Grabill” or view one of the works discussed, Frontier, at Vimeo.

The article also mentions the work of Steve Silberg, visual arts, and Neal McDonald, visual arts, which will be exhibited with Grabill’s at the Howard County Arts Center in Ellicott City from January 10 to February 21, 2014.

Johanna Drucker, Artist Lecture (10/22)

Johanna_NarratologyLearn about the works currently on display in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Exhibition, Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker, as guest artist, writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic, Johanna Drucker, speaks this Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m.

Johanna Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues.

Her work has been exhibited at universities, libraries, galleries and museums throughout the world, including Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and Parsons School of Design.

Drucker is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

This event will take place in the Library Gallery, and will be followed by a free reception. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Annica Cuppetelli and Christobal Mendoza, Visiting Artists Lecture (10/16)

01-cuppetelli-mendozaThe multimedia artist duo, Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, speaks about the site-specific work created together — since 2010 — in this visiting artists’ lecture. Take part in the discussion, Wednesday, October 16 in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Annica Cuppetelli (USA) and Cristobal Mendoza (Venezuela) began their artistic collaboration in September 2010. Their practice centers around the creation of site-specific, multimedia installations that address issues of space, interaction and materiality. Their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, and in various galleries and festivals in the United States, France, Chile, Brazil, with upcoming exhibitions in Canada and Germany. Cuppetelli obtained her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Fibers, 2008) and Mendoza at the Rhode Island School of Design (Digital Media, 2007). Mendoza is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where they are based.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.


Ellen Handler Spitz, visual arts, Featured in Philadelphia Museum of Art Exhibition

Honors College Professor of Visual Arts Ellen Handler Spitz is one of the authors represented in a prominent exhibition catalog at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting “The Malcolm X Steles,” an exhibition by
distinguished visual artist, novelist and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud. Riboud divides her time between Paris and Rome and is originally from Philadelphia. The exhibition is the first solo show by a woman artist of African American descent since the museum’s opening in 1876. It features sculptures dedicated to assassinated civil rights leader, Malcolm X.

Dr. Spitz wrote for the exhibition catalog, found here.

Ellen Handler Spitz with artist Barbara Chase-Riboud at opening gala

Ellen Handler Spitz with artist Barbara Chase-Riboud at opening gala

Ellen Handler Spitz with artist's New York City gallery representative, Noel

Ellen Handler Spitz with artist’s New York City gallery representative, Noel

TEDxBaltimore Adventures: The Artists’ Journey (9/30)

What journey are you on? Join us, Monday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. in Fine Arts 306 for “The Artists’ Journey”, a behind the scenes look into the journeys of three young artists’ roads to success: Ty Pleas (photography), Lindsay Dransfield, former student, (photography), and Gel Jamlang (illustrator). By offering insight on overcoming hardship, by revealing secrets to stay artistically motivated and by giving away the recipe to a balanced artistic life, they offer a glimpse of an artist’s most valuable work: the personal roadmap to a dream.

Learn more about the artists at our Arts and Culture Calendar; reserve your free tickets at

TEDxBaltimore Adventures is a program designed to expand the “ideas worth spreading” mission beyond the TEDxBaltimore conference. Adventures offer unparalleled access to those that make the Charm City and Maryland so dynamic.

Joel Katz, Visiting Artist Lecture (9/25)

JoelKatzThe Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present a lecture by Joel Katz, Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.

Artist and designer Joel Katz, University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, is internationally known for his information design and wayfinding systems.  Major wayfinding projects include: Walk!Philadelphia; Ride!Philadelphia, bus shelter maps and historical panels; Central City Portland, Oregon; Downtown Omaha, Nebraska; and schematic design for the MIT Master Plan, which won an Honor Award from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).

Katz’s photography has been exhibited and published in both the U.S. and abroad, and his design work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto. He was made an honorary life member of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association for his work visualizing the function of infants’ kidneys.

Learn more about this event at our Arts and Culture Calendar.


Exhibition Curated by Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, Features Panel with Anupam Joshi, CSEE

dewey-HagborgA panel discussion for the exhibition, Cyber In Securities, curated by Lisa Moren, visual arts, and presented by the Washington Project for the Arts will take place Saturday, September 21 at 3 pm in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.

Participants in the panel, moderated by Moren, will include, Kevin Bankston, senior counsel and director of Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, information artist and PhD candidate, electronic arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; David Rokeby, interactive sound and video installation artist; and UMBC faculty member, Anupam Joshi, computer science and electrical engineering, director of the Center for Cybersecurity.

“Cyber In Securities is an exhibition that addresses the growing concern among a cross-generational group of artists whose enthusiasm about new media is complicated by the suspicion that the good will of their shared digital consciousness is being used against them.”

Cyber In Securities is on view through Sept. 27 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Image: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions (detail), 2012-2013, portrait masks created from found DNA the artist collected in public places in NYC.

Exhibition Curated by Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, Previewed in the Washington Post

3_elahi_hawkeye_7in_300_cmykCyber In Securities curated by Lisa Moren, visual arts, and presented by the Washington Project for the Arts, received a positive review from the Washington Post, labeling it as a display that “should be one of the fall’s most discussed local exhibitions.”

Read the article at the Washington Post’s website: “Fall gallery shows: ‘Cyber In Securities,’ ‘Silver Clouds,’ ‘This is Labor’”

The exhibition features work by 13 artists or teams, “who contemplate the role of information-gathering, including surveillance by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. . . All use technology to comment on technology and its implications.” 

Cyber In Securities is on view through Sept. 27 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Image: Hasan Elahi, Hawkeye, 2012