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Home Bodies: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Online and at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Home Bodies: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by this year's graduates in Intermedia & Digital Arts — Rahne Alexander, Safiyah Cheatam, Danielle Damico, Lindsay T. D’Andelet, Elijah Davis, Maksym Prykhodko, and Amelia Voos.

SPARK IV: A New World?

Online and at Maryland Art Place

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. A virtual opening reception will be held on May 6.

Everybody

Online

UMBC's Department of Theatre presents Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Eve Muson with Sierra Young. This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody as they journey through life’s greatest mystery — the meaning of living. As passionate as ever about new ways of making theatre, UMBC Theatre dives into the streaming space with this audacious production that celebrates life, love, and community.

You’re Not Alone

Online

You're Not Alone, an exhibition presented by the Gallery at OCA Mocha, features 23 pieces about mental health, created by 16 artists: Bryan Castillo, Lauren Brock, Bianca Newman, Rachel Droter, Ricardo Hawkins, Pluto Swift, Kelly Snyder, Ruby Bassford, DJ Becraft, Bess Lumsden, Tony LaBate, Hunter Sugg, Marissa Clayton, Pattie Archuleta, Derek Roper, and Martina Maya-Callen.

Roberto Dyea (Pueblo of Laguna and Mesita) Artist Talk

Online

Please join us for an artist talk by Roberto M. Dyea (Tsi YOO Nah in Native Laguna Pueblo), who has come from a long way home from Barstow, California. In April 2019, he proudly earned his Bachelor's Degree in Studio Arts at the University of Redlands, becoming the first generation in his family to earn a BA degree.

Noelle Mason: “Contact with the Screen”

Online

The Department of Visual Arts presents an artist talk by Noelle Mason, who will speak on "Contact with the Screen." In her multi-media work, the artist focuses on the subtle seductiveness of power facilitated by institutionalized systems of visual control, the insufficiency of images to communicate experiential layers of meaning, and the disruptive effects of such control on our responses to increasingly traumatic rifts in the American cultural fabric.

Scarcely one without defect: Imagined Beauty in Venice

Online

Please join us for a Mini MEMS Lunch and Learn with Paula Maust, who will speak on "Scarcely one without defect: Imagined Beauty in Venice." Her talk will explore the 18th-century Venetian institution Ospedali Grandi, at which women with disabilities became outstanding musicians, although they performed behind latticed screens, hidden from view.

SPARK IV: A New World? — Opening Reception

Online

Please join us for the virtual Opening Reception of SPARK IV: A New World? — a popup gallery featuring works by UMBC and Towson University artists, presented in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank. 

UMBC Opera Workshop

Online

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Opera Workshop under the direction of Sammy Huh, performing excerpts from Act One of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

Isolation and Community

Proscenium Theatre

Isolation and Community is an immersive sound and lighting experience that imagines the viewer as a part of the visual and sonic environment. Utilizing large sound and lighting systems and emerging control technologies, this project will take place in the Proscenium Theatre and will explore the themes of isolation and the need for community that our society is struggling with in this era of global pandemic, lockdowns and fear of the other.

Recurring

I Want to Be

Online

The SPARK Gallery presents I Want to Be, a performance event that will occur, in three performances, via telephone conference call by Anna Kroll and Chloe Engel, on May 14, May 28, and June 25.

Senior Exit Exhibition 2021

Online

The Department of Visual Arts presents the Senior Exhibition, available online through Friday, June 11. The exhibition reflects the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the Department of Visual Arts. It also provides the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to exhibit within a professional setting prior to exiting the University. 

UMBC New Music Ensemble

Online

The Department of Music presents the UMBC New Music Ensemble under the direction of Daniel Pesca. The program includes works by Eve Beglarian, Frederic Rzewski, Ruby Fulton, and Andy Akiho, and premieres by UMBC student composers Dale Gray and D'Juan Moreland. 

SPARK IV: A New World? Video Program

Online

The SPARK IV: A New World? exhibition presents a 90-minute video program featuring works by UMBC and Towson University faculty and stuff, including Alex Garove, Angela Endres, Danielle Damico, Fahmida Hossain. Irene Chan, Kat Navarro, Lucy Adelizzi, Lydia Hillman, Marcel Moone, Mind on Fire (with Timothy Nohe, Jason Bernagozzi, Corrie Frances Parks, and Evan Tedlock), Noah Niles, Samantha Frost, Sarah G. Sharp, Sylvia Eken, Timothy Nohe, UMBC Intro to Animation students, and uni.Sol (Stephen Bradley with international collaborators).

Digital Art Exhibition

OCA Mocha

The Gallery at OCA Mocha presents a Digital Art Exhibition, creating a space that explores the digital art world and its ability to provide artists an advanced vehicle for creativity, innovation, and spirit.

Thing Theatre

Online

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Thing Theatre, a program featuring work from Maryland puppetry artists Schroeder Cherry, Dirk Joseph, and Colette Searls. Susan Stroupe will host the event and moderate a live Q&A with the artists.

Thing Theatre Workshop

Maryland Art Place

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents a Thing Theatre Workshop, featuring puppetry artist Colette Searls (UMBC theatre) and designer Kelley Bell (UMBC visual arts), who will guide participants in an in-person workshop to make “disposable puppets,” bring them to life, and build them a tiny modular home! This event, which will be hosted by Maryland Art Place (MAP), is open to artists and non-artists alike.

Séance: Photographs by Shannon Taggart

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

For the past twenty years, American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) has documented Spiritualist practices and communities in the United States, England, and Europe. The resulting body of work, Séance, examines the relationship of Spiritualism to human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. This exhibition presents forty-seven haunting images from the series, revealing the emotional, psychological, and physical dimensions of Spiritualism in the 21st century.

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