Artwork by Jason Hughes, IMDA, in the New York Times

This week, a project by Jason Hughes, IMDA, was included in a New York Times Education Life slideshow that highlights the work of students whose art creatively solves a problem. One of only 17 featured artworks, Hughes’ limited edition Artistic Futures Savings Bonds aim to raise and sustain support for future artworks. He says, “they can be bought for $100 and increase in value every six months, to $250 in 10 years. Art patrons can trade in the bond toward the acquisition of a new work or hold onto it as an artwork itself.”

View the full slideshow including Hughes’ work: Students Get Creative”

The piece will also be included in an education supplement of the New York Times this Sunday, February 9. Learn more about Hughes’ artwork at his portfolio website.

Project by Charlotte Keniston, IMDA, in Peace Corps Blog

MFA candidate and Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, Charlotte Keniston was featured this week in the National Peace Corps Association blog. The article, “Returned Volunteer Takes on Food Deserts of Baltimore,” discusses an ongoing project by Keniston that tackles food challenges in Baltimore. Keniston cites her Peace Corps experience in Guatemala and her involvement as a Shriver Fellow as a major influence in her work saying, “While in Guatemala, I spent a lot of time cooking and eating with people. I learned that healthy food doesn’t just nourish the body, but growing food and eating it together can also nourish the community . . . The conversations I had in weekly Peaceworker sessions challenged me to view my neighborhood through a ‘Peace Corps’ lens- to see the possibility for positive change.”

Learn more about Keniston’s work, including her A Full Plate project — in which Baltimore area participants “discuss what food means to them in relation to their families, their communities, their health, power, place and spirituality” — at her website. Her work will be on display in the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the CADVC this April.

Cecelia Condit, Visiting Artist Lecture (2/13)

WST850Join us Thursday, February 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, as internationally acclaimed video and media artist Cecelia Condit discusses her most recent work.

Cecelia Condit is an extraordinary contemporary storyteller, as well as an internationally acclaimed video artist who creates single channel and multi-channel videos and photo installations.

Condit will discuss her most recent series Within A Stone’s Throw, a collection of large composite photographs, that plays on the unfolding of human existence in connection to geologic time, and probes the relationships that exist between ourselves and the natural world. The images, composed of many shots taken of the waters of Lake Michigan, create a sense of heightened reality and fantasy.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Vin Grabill, Neal McDonald and Steve Silberg, VA, in Baltimore Sun

The exhibition, Digital Disclosure: UMBC Faculty Perspectives, featuring the work of visual arts faculty members Vin Grabill, Neal McDonald and Steve Silberg, received praise last week by the Baltimore Sun, in a review, “Art’s future and past linked in ‘Digital’ exhibition.” While describing the works, the author states that the collection is successful in displaying “high-tech ways in which artists acknowledge art history while also taking art forward.”

Digital Disclosure continues through Friday, February 21 at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday until 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 4 p.m.

Learn more at the Howard County Center for the Arts website.



N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal , 1947-1997 (1/27-3/23)

tumblr_m5ay7ffVDg1qattqzo1_500Monday, January 27, N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal, 1947-1997 opens in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery and continues through March 23.

In distinctive black and white photographs of people and cityscapes N. Jay Jaffee (1921–1999), simultaneously captured the intimate and the abstract, the momentary and timeless, in exquisite expositions of lights and shadow, visual textures and balanced tension. City streets, subways, signs, markets and the people who inhabited them—documenting these very public spheres was actually a form of self-portrait, a means by which Jaffee interpreted both the world and his position in it at various times throughout his life. As such, his photographs are imbued with a subtle wit and humor, and a profound understanding of the ironies in all of our lives. They suggest a reaching out, inviting us to see and to question with a readied camera and an innocent eye.

This exhibition will present 70 photographs spanning the career of N. Jay Jaffee, selected from the more than one hundred photographs that comprise the N. Jay Jaffee Collection, acquired by the UMBC Photography Collections in 2013.

“Digital Disclosure” Featuring VA Faculty on Display through 2/21

NealMcDonald_SketchCloudThe Howard County Arts Council presents two new exhibits in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, including Digital Disclosure: UMBC Faculty Perspectives. The exhibition, featuring visual art faculty members Vin Grabill, Neal McDonald, and Steven Silberg, displays pieces that “achieve creative expression via modern digital technologies.”

According to the Howard County Arts Council press release, in the exhibition, “Grabill uses video to “paint in time”, yet keeps his attachment to the static image with digital prints related to his videos. McDonald explores the process of drawing and traditional printmaking by writing a series of computer programs that interpret photographic data into unique, generated prints. Finally, the pixel is Silberg’s primary tool, which he uses to explore photography, video, and movement, one pixel at a time.”

Digital Disclosure continues through Friday, February 21 at the Howard County Center for the Arts; a reception will be held Friday, January 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday until 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 4 p.m.

Learn more at the Howard County Center for the Arts website.

Image: Neal McDonald, Sketch Cloud

Jason Hughes ’15, Gary Kachadourian ’12, IMDA, Present Work in “Love”

This Saturday, January 11, Jason Hughes ’15 and Gary Kachadourian ’12, imaging and digital arts, will present work in Baltimore Artists + WPA + Mera Rubell = Love, an exclusive preview that displays the artwork of those chosen for SELECT 2014 — an art auction curated by Mera Rubell, co-founder of the Rubell Family Collection.

Baltimore Artists + WPA + Mera Rubell = Love is presented by the Washington Project for the arts, and will be on display January 11 through 8, at the Marianne Boesky Gallery‘s uptown space:
118 E 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm. Admission is free.

Student-Curated Exhibition Featured at Creative Alliance

Robert_Houston_SAbbot_HighResSimple Stories: The Photography of Robert Houston, a curatorial project of the Museum Practice class (Art427) — taught by Sandra Abbott, CADVC, visual arts — will be featured in Amalie Rothschild Gallery at the Creative Alliance, December 6 through 14.

The exhibition explores the work of photographer, Robert Houston whose photographic career documents half a century of portraits and everyday life, including his work for LIFE magazine and images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For this exhibition only, Houston has given the students full freedom to interpret and use his works, allowing them to organize an exhibition entirely of their own vision. Simple Stories is curated by the Museum Practice students: Shae Adams, Victoria Baron, Ryan Campbell, Samantha Eller, Kathleen Foster, Jessica Gordon, Chiu Yee Hui, Robin Martin, Domenica Mejia-Clavijo, Kymberly Peters, Jazmin Smith and Suwachani Uyangodage.

An opening reception will take place Saturday, December 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The artist will deliver comments beginning at 6 p.m. The Amalie Rothschild Gallery is open 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Additional Public Programming
Other programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition include an intimate event, An Evening with the Storyteller, 8:30-9 p.m. on December 12 in the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Lounge. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions at this casual, student-moderated Q&A with the artist. On Saturday, December 7, 12 noon to 3 p.m., the Creative Alliance’s weekly, free drop-in program, Kerplunk! will host the students as facilitators with exhibition-specific programming for families.

For additional information and updates see the project webpage.

Image: Robert Houston, Self Portrait, 2013

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest Essay in New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column for the New York Times, Maurice Berger, CADVC, discusses Civil Rights Photographer Jon Lewis’ pictures of farm workers outside of the Jim Crow South. Berger writes about Lewis’ “precise and moving” documentation of the Delano Grape Strike that, “offers great insights about the strike and the canny understanding of photography of its leader, Cesar Chavez.”

Read “A Civil Rights Photographer, and a Struggle, Are Remembered” 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.

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.