Department of Visual Arts Gala Exhibition and Golden Ball

12670253_557116871120879_3792858509726561632_nDepartment of Visual Arts Gala Exhibition and Golden Ball
Saturday, October 15, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fine Arts Building and ITE Building, various locations

The Department of Visual Arts will host a day and evening of art, performance and other surprises to welcome alumni back to campus for UMBC’s 50th Anniversary. We invite you to join us with your family and friends to help celebrate our vibrant half-century of artistic vitality and academic excellence.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 15th at the Fine Arts Building and the Imaging Research Center. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can catch-up with faculty and old friends, see new work from your fellow alums an create one-of-a-kind artworks of your own! You’ll also have time to view the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture’s latest exhibit, Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.

We wrap the day up with the The Golden Ball from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,  a black and gold themed metallic masquerade inspired by the Wiemar Bauhaus’ Metal Party of 1929. The evening will commence with a cabaret showcase of alumni performance featuring Christine Ferrera, Tom Boram, Carrie Reynolds and other surprise IMDA MFA Alumni! After we’ll relax and reconnect with music, refreshments, and dancing to DJ Erik Spangler (aka Double 8) on the ones and twos.

There are no tickets required for the Golden Ball, but we request that you let us know you are coming by registering for the daytime and nighttime events here:

Registration is open to EVERYONE—UMBC alumni, faculty, students and staff and all our friends out there as well! You don’t need to be affiliated with UMBC, but we ask that you still register so we know that you’re coming!

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Daytime Events: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Mask Making Workshop
107 Fine Arts Building Room
Don’t have a costume for the Ball? Join a workshop where we’ll have materials on hand to create masks, headpieces, and other costumes from recycled materials. FREE for ALL.

Tintype Portraiture
346 Fine Arts Building
Portraits made the old-fashioned way! Photo instructor Chris Peregoy and IMDA student Melissa Cormier offer wet-plate photo portraits (tintypes.) For a $25 fee you will receive a one-of-a-kind portrait and souvenir frame to commemorate your visit.

Mini-Stopmotion Moments
108 Information Technology and Engineering Building
IMDA alumna and internationally recognized artist Jenn Thwing invites guests to star in short video portraits wearing animated costumes in the Image Research Center’s green screen room. Using stop-motion animation, the costumes would animate along with the subject in a short vignette, to be posted for online viewing after the event. FREE for ALL

RAFFLE: Fab Your Own Action Figure!
109B Information Technology and Engineering Building
Are you a hero? A legend in your own mind? Prove it by stepping into the Imaging Research Center’s new Three-Dimensional Scanner (with 90 cameras shooting in synchrony) to capture your legendary likeness! $5 gets you a chance to win your own custom-fabricated action figure, complete with packaging.

The Golden Ball: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Studio A (101A Fine Arts Building)
A black and gold themed metallic masquerade ball (inspired by the Metal Party of 1929) to celebrate UMBC’s 50th Anniversary. The evening will commence with a cabaret showcase of alumni performance and after we’ll relax and reconnect with music, refreshments, and dancing.


Also happening in conjunction with the Department of Visual Arts Gala Exhibition and Golden Ball:
OCTOBER 14th, 12-2pm [lunch provided]
IMDA Welcome Event
Featuring Special Guest IMDA Alumna Dr. Tiffany Holmes, ‘99 MFA, IMDA
Room 102, Performing Art and Humanities Building [PAHB] off the main lobby FREEOCTOBER 14 & 15th, All Day
IMDA Alumna Jenn Thwing
Exhibits 3 stop motion animations
in the IMDA/CADVC Adjunct Gallery [outside ITE110]

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