Lee Boot, Imaging Research Center, in “Issues in Science and Technology”

The Winter 2012 issue of Issues in Science and Technology includes a writeup describing a project that Lee Boot, associate director of the Imaging Research Center, and IRC staff created for the National Academy of Sciences. The Seeintuit project, an exhibition and data collection center exploring the intuitive processes of the human brain, appears in the Archives section of the magazine and features an image of an artwork by professor Boot that is now in the permanent collection of the NAS. This collaboration between Mr. Boot, the IRC, and the NAS is ongoing (a third project is slated to begin at the end of January 2012) and is aimed at finding new ways to connect the general public with science content.

This issue of Issues magazine should be available online soon at http://www.issues.org/.

Gary Kachadourian, IMDA Graduate Student, Receives Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Gary Kachadourian, an MFA student in Imaging and Digital Arts, has received a $25,000 grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.

Mr. Kachadourian will have work on display at UMBC from January 26 through February 18 at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition.

Passage on the Underground Railroad (1/29 – 3/22)

Stephen Marc - Running Man, Digital montage/archival pigment inkjet print, 9" x 26" (22.5" x 37.5" framed), Courtesy of the artist

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Passage on the Underground Railroad, artwork by Stephen Marc, organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York, and curated by Sandra H. Olsen. The exhibition will be on display from January 29 through March 22.

Stephen Marc’s fascinating photographs and digital montages explore the history of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. With this body of work, Marc combines contemporary images with historic documents and artifacts to create richly-layered objects that bring the past palpably into the present. For seven years the artist photographed the routes traveled by fugitive slaves in their search for freedom, documenting and interpreting his research along the way. In Passage on the Underground Railroad, Marc shares the results of these explorations through eighty-seven thought- provoking, unconventional, and haunting digital images.

Marc uses two types of photographic composites to reveal the history of the Underground Railroad (UGRR): multiple photographs that describe UGRR sites and metaphorical montages that address the larger horror of slavery. Each UGRR site has a story, so individual sites are portrayed inside and out, using several photographs in combination to create visual tours. The companion montages evocatively interpret the South’s “peculiar institution” from which slaves were fleeing. These multilayered narratives weave together elements from the landscape of slavery—plantation structures, crop fields, waterways, tools of bondage and agriculture, merchant tokens and bank note currency, newspaper articles, and advertisements—along with UGRR site details, antislavery materials, and contemporary cultural references.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call x52270.

On Wednesday, March 7 at 4 pm, Stephen Marc will present a lecture on his work.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Foundation and individual contributions. For this exhibition and publication, Stephen Marc has received ongoing support from Olympus Imaging America, Inc., as well as from the National Park Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition (1/26 – 2/18)

Image: Gary Kachadourian, Proposal Image for "Apartment Complex"

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the MFA Imaging and Digital Arts Thesis Exhibition, which features works by graduates of UMBC’s MFA programs in Imaging and Digital Arts. The 2012 exhibition will include work of graduate students in robotics, photography, performance art and trans materials. The exhibition opens on January 26 and will remain on display through February 18.

Artists featured will include Meghan FlaniganGary Kachadourian, Timothy Noble and Ali Seley.

Meghan Flanigan’s work, I Will Disappear to You, can be experienced as either a live, one-on-one performance or as a video installation. The performances will occur at the following times, and by appointment. The video installation will be shown at all other times.
Friday, January 27, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, January 28, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 1, 12 – 1 pm
Thursday, February 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (immediately prior to the opening reception)
Friday, February 3, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, February 4, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 12 – 1 pm
Friday, February 10, 12 – 1 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday, February 15, 12 – 1 pm
Friday, February 17, 12 – 1 pm

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7 pm.

Admission to the exhibition is free. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.

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Library Gallery’s “Legacy of Love” Exhibition in The Baltimore Sun

Photograph by Robert W. Fichter and Robert Friedus of the Memorial to Tullo Morgagni, sculpted by Guido Micheletti (1921, 1930), and located in the Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy. Photograph c. 2004, Courtesy of the artists

The exhibition A Legacy of Love: Italian Memorial Sculpture, featuring photographs by Robert W. Fichter and Robert Freidus, on display at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery through December 21, was featured in The Baltimore Sun by critic Mike Giuliano on Wednesday, November 16. The review also appeared in local papers published by Patuxent Publishing.

Steve Bradley, Visual Arts, Receives Grant from Maryland State Arts Council

Steve Bradley (associate professor, Visual Arts) is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Arts in Community (MSAC AIC) matching grant for his “Portrait Stories” initiative in the Baybrook community.

In addition to this grant, “Portrait Stories” has been chosen by the Baltimore Rotterdam Sister City for its Artist Exchange program. The intended exchange will occur between the Baybrook neighborhood and Rotterdam’s Heijplaat neighborhood in the future.

The Baybrook initiatives are rooted in Professor Bradley’s 2009 residency in the Heijplaat neighborhood. His inspiration came from an educational curriculum developed by the Willem de Kooning Academie, also in Rotterdam.

Cut off from downtown Baltimore by the Patapsco River, the richly diverse communities of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay have few safe public recreational places for the youth to gather before or after school. The intergenerational “Portrait Stories” project strives to engage the youth and the elders of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay in a mutual exchange of stories. The objective is for the participants to create portraiture, in response to these stories, to share with the community.

This project is facilitated by students from UMBC and Maryland Institute College of Art for students from the Benjamin Franklin High School and elders from the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay community.

Exhibitions from “Portrait Stories” will be in several locations around Baybrook and Curtis Bay beginning May 2012.

Timothy Nohe, Visual Arts, to Exhibit at in/flux Gallery

Timothy Nohe, associate professor of Visual Arts, will exhibit his work Candles for Faust at the in/flux gallery, 307 West Baltimore Street, from November 5 through 19.

Nohe remarks, “Candles for Faust portrays candles, burning at both ends, that eventually extinguish themselves and fall from sight. Stereo recordings were produced of the drumming sound of dripping wax falling on printmaking paper. I imagined the candles as ‘musical instruments’ producing unique and chaotic drum patterns. As the candles attempted to reach equilibrium, teetering back and forth, they tattooed a pattern of wax scatter on the paper below. The resulting wax splashed detritus exists on the surface of the prints as a record of time and residue of the beating wax drummer, long extinguished.” A condensed video is available for viewing on Professor Nohe’s tumblr site.

Vin Grabill, Visual Arts, in Rosebud Film & Video Festival

Still from "Kings Highway/Stillwell Ave., Brooklyn"

A video piece created in 2010 by Vin Grabill (associate professor and chair, Visual Arts) and his son, Elliott, was accepted as one of nineteen finalists for the Rosebud Film & Video Festival. The 8-minute video “Kings Highway/Stillwell Ave., Brooklyn” will be screened along with the other eighteen works on Saturday, November 12, and an awards ceremony will take place Sunday, November 13, in Arlington, Virginia.

“Kings Highway/Stillwell Ave., Brooklyn” started as a piece of music for piano written by Elliott Grabill. Vin Grabill made a video recording of his son playing “Kings Highway” at a performance in Washington, D.C. in October 2010. Subsequently Elliott provided several hundred digital photos he had taken during his time in New York, and together Elliott and Vin decided how to edit these images in and around the performance video footage. The video can seen on the small screen at: http://vimeo.com/17421636

2011 Rosebud Nominee Showcase
Saturday, November 12, 2011, beginning at 12:30 PM
Dome Theater at Artisphere
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
(2 blocks from Rosslyn Metro Station)

2011 Rosebud Awards Ceremony
Sunday, November 13, 2011, beginning at 7:00 PM
Clarendon Ballroom
3185 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(1 block from Clarendon Metro Station)

Kelley Bell, Visual Arts, in The Baltimore Sun and City Paper

Kelley Bell, assistant professor of Visual Arts (and Visual Arts MFA ’05) has created one of the most visible artworks in Baltimore: she is illuminating the clock faces on the downtown Bromo Seltzer Tower. The Baltimore Sun‘s Mary Carole McCauley wrote a major feature that appeared on the paper’s front page on November 4, and the City Paper‘s Baynard Woods contributed a feature in the paper’s November 2 issue. Both features include videos. Professor Bell’s projections on the clock faces begin at sunset on Saturday, November 5 and will continue for approximately five weeks.