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

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: 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.

‘N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal’ Reviewed in the Baltimore Sun

The photography exhibition currently on display in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal, 1947-1997received praise this week in the Baltimore Sun.

The review discusses the personal background and career of Jaffee, in relation to his “visceral” and “compelling” photographs of New York City life. The author Tim Smith states that, “N. Jay Jaffee might not be among the best known American photographers of the 20th century, but a sizable and engrossing exhibit of his works at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes it obvious that he deserves much wider recognition.”

Read “UMBC presents exhibit of N. Jay Jaffee photos: New Yorker had keen eye for scenes of the city and its people” at the Baltimore Sun‘s website.

N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal, 1947-1997 is on display in the Library gallery though Sunday, March 23. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.