SPARK IV: A New World?
April 29 – June 26
UMBC and Towson University present the fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK pop-up exhibition — SPARK IV: A New World? — in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank. The exhibition will be held in MAP’s main gallery space from April 29 through June 26, with opportunities to experience the exhibition and programs virtually.
Spark IV: A New World? — the fourth installment of the Spark pop-up exhibition series — features work by UMBC and Towson University faculty and student artists. Collectively, the work presented reflects the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as longer-term concerns about climate change and the fight for equality and justice.
Participating faculty and staff from UMBC include Evan Tedlock, Irene Chan, Kelley Bell, M.F.A. ’06, imaging and digital arts (IMDA), & Melissa Penley Cormier, M.F.A. ’17, (IMDA), Lynn Cazabon, Samantha Sethi, Sarah G. Sharp, and Stephen Bradley. UMBC IMDA graduate students whose work is represented in the exhibition include Foster Reynolds-Santiago, Monique Crabb, Rahne Alexander, and Safiyah Cheatam. The art project of Kelley Bell and Melissa Penley Cormier, The Yonder Cabinet, in turn features artwork by UMBC’s Beth Yashnyk, Jim Doran, and Jenny O’Grady.
The exhibition is framed around five themes that tap the current zeitgeist: Altered Time, Imagined Places, Future Focus, Climate Horizon, and Equitable Future. Reflecting on the acute chaos, upheaval, and uncertainty that dominated this past year, the artists help us see our world and consider how to cope, adapt, and persevere through whatever lies ahead. The future is not written and needs our collective hope and action.
Visit sparkbaltimore.org to view a showcase of student artwork, video screenings of work by faculty and students, and upcoming event information.
An opening reception will be held virtually on Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. Please join the opening reception here on YouTube.
The SPARK gallery at Maryland Art Place may be visited in person from 12 p.m. through 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through June 26. MAP is located at 218 West Saratoga Street between Park and Howard Streets in downtown Baltimore, with nearby on-street and garage parking.
SPARK is curated by Catherine Borg, a Baltimore artist tracing shifting narratives in American culture in photo and video-based artworks. Her work has been presented in many venues; highlights include screenings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center Las Vegas reviewed in Art in America, and public art projects for the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, the City of Las Vegas, and Scottsdale Public Art. She holds an MFA degree in visual arts from Rutgers University, a BA degree in broadcasting from San Francisco State University, and has received fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Jentel Foundation. As a curator, Borg has presented the work of dozens of artists in film and video screenings, solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in venues as varied as traditional gallery spaces, empty storefronts, hotel rooms, a seven-story rotunda, and the Columbus Center (SPARK III).