Visual Arts Welcomes First Long-Term, Artist-in-Residence, Neja Tomšič

imageThe 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.

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Receives Warhol Foundation Fellowship

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Maurice Berger, CADVC, a $100,000 grant in support of his forthcoming curatorial project, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television. Berger was awarded $50,000 by the Warhol Foundation to support the research of Revolution of the Eye in 2012.

This exhibition and publication project represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Maurice holds the title of Consulting Curator. The grant will be administered by The Jewish Museum.

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television is currently scheduled to be open at the Jewish Museum in New York in May 2015. The exhibition will have a major national tour, traveling to additional venues through 2017 including The Addison Gallery of America Art, Andover, MA; The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; and Nova Southeastern University of Art, Ft. Lauderdale. The exhibition will be on display at the CADVC in the fall of 2016.

About Revolution of The Eye:

“From the early-1940s through the mid-1960s, a dynamic new visual medium emerged in the United States that, in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation, paralleled the cutting-edge nature of modern art: television. The revolutionary and uncharted medium attracted younger television executives, writers, producers, and directors. Scores of socially and culturally progressive and predominantly Jewish network executives, producers, directors, art directors, and writers—figures such as Paddy Chayefsky, William Golden, Leonard Goldenson, Robert Kintner, Ernie Kovacs, Dan Melnick, William S. Paley, David Sarnoff, Frank Stanton, David Susskind, and Rod Serling—mined the aesthetic, stylistic, and conceptual possibilities of a new and powerful technology. These innovators worked in a cultural milieu far less constricted by the competition for box office revenue and the censorious production codes then preoccupying the motion picture industry.

As the geographic focus of the networks shifted from the Hollywood movie studios to a television industry initially centered in New York, the proximity of these innovators to the city’s dynamic artistic and cultural community—particularly the avant-garde art and philosophies of the New York School, an artistic milieu also with a significant Jewish presence—would result in a powerful conceptual and stylistic synergy between modern art and early television.”

More information about the exhibition and the grant is available at the Warhol Foundation’s website.

Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, Receives Fulbright Teaching Award

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.”

Dominic Martin Gilberto Marín ’13 Solo Exhibition to Open in September

Modern Wave, a display featuring works by cinematic arts major Dominic Martin Gilberto Marín ’13, will open this fall in the Eubie Blake Center in Baltimore. A solo exhibition, Modern Wave “is a collection of abstract paintings and photographs, inspired by urban landscapes, nature and anatomy.”

Learn more, and donate to Marín’s exhibition at its indiegogo page.

‘Co-Lab(oration)’ Installation to Feature work by Kelley Bell, Visual Arts

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 [33] 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.


Work by Tim Nohe, Visual Arts, Travels to Two New Venues

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.

NEH Extends ‘For All The World to See’ through 2019

The traveling tour of For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, curated by Maurice Berger, CADVC, has been extended by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), due to it’s popularity and success as an “NEH on the Road” exhibition. 

With six venues for the larger version of the exhibition and additional venues for “NEH on the Road,” the exhibition tour will exceed 40 venues in well over 25 states. Symmes Gardner, executive director of the CADVC says, “With nearly 800,000 visitors for the big show, we now anticipate at least 1 million visitors by the time the smaller exhibition closes in 2019.”

For All the World to See was presented at UMBC in 2012.