UMBC at Light City Baltimore

UMBC at Light City Baltimore
March 31 – April 8
Baltimore City

With art, ideas and entertainment, UMBC adds spark to Light City Baltimore!

A festival of light, music, and innovation, Light City will transform Baltimore City with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for families, residents and visitors. Launched in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, and in its first year welcomed more than 400,000 people.

UMBC artists will be represented on the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. Light City’s innovation programming, Labs@LightCity, generates an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day.

UMBC is a key contributor to Light City and the Labs@LightCity, with large-scale artworks by faculty Eric Dyer and Timothy Nohe; a keynote address at EduLab by UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III; additional participation in the Labs@LightCity by UMBC faculty Gymama Slaughter, Chris SwanLee Boot and Kimberly R. Moffitt; Lab participation by UMBC alumni Greg CangialosiMaritha Gay, and Joseph T. Jones; and UMBC SPARK, a gallery space on Calvert Street produced by the Downtown Partnership and funded by PNC Bank that features artworks by UMBC faculty, graduate students, and alumni.


Join Us for a Spectacular View
and Glow-in-the-Dark Swag!

Please join us Saturday, April 1! Stop by UMBC’s Black and Gold Lounge at the Pier V Hotel on Saturday, April 1 from 8 to 11 p.m. to enjoy food and drink, pick up some glow-in-the-dark UMBC swag, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Light City Baltimore! Bring your friends and families!

After your visit, venture out to see artworks by UMBC’s Eric Dyer and Timothy Nohe, visit the UMBC SPARK gallery on Calvert Street, and return during daytime hours to hear speakers (including President Hrabowski) at the Labs@LightCity!

Directions: The Pier V Hotel is located right along the BGE Art Walk near the National Aquarium, the Pier Six Pavilion and the USM Columbus Center. Watch for UMBC signs at the hotel entrance, enter the lobby and head up the steps to the Harbor Club. There’s no need to RVSP, and please bring your friends and families!


Light City Featured Artists

Works by UMBC artists Eric Dyer and Timothy Nohe will be featured on the BGE Art Walk, open nightly from 7 pm to 11 pm, with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for a map of the BGE Art Walk.


eric-dyer-shabamaneticaEric Dyer: Shabamanetica

The recent expansion of the Panama Canal promises an increased connection between China and the East Coast’s most suited port city for megacargo ships–Baltimore. Shabamanetica takes the form of two 7’-diameter circular sculptures that present complex, multi-plane, motion-collages of three very different places that will become more connected through international commerce: Shanghai, Panama and Baltimore. The sculptures are brought to animated life when spun by the public. Eight radiating handles aid spinning and evoke the shape of a ship’s wheel, while strobes provide synchronous light.

Artist and filmmaker Eric Dyer brings animation into the physical world with his sequential sculptures and installations. His work has been widely exhibited at events and venues such as the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, the London International Animation Festival, the screens of Times Square, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2015 was awarded the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Dyer’s fervent exploration of expression through motion has placed his work in books such as Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image, Animation: A World History, and A New History of Animation. He is an associate professor of visual arts and animation at UMBC and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

tim-nohe-electron-drawingTimothy Nohe: Electron Drawing-Visual Music

Electron Drawing-Visual Music encourages audiences of all ages to become active creators of live technological art and beautiful, mathematically derived music and drawings. This interactive artwork is rooted in expressive drawing, fascinating mathematical discoveries of the 19th century, and the “switched-on” synthesizer music of the 1960s. Audiences directly shape the video-projected electronic drawings and music through a joystick and button arcade controllers.

Timothy Nohe is an artist, composer and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. His work has been focused upon sustainability and place, and musical and video works for dance and live performance. Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues: ISEA: Paris and the Baltic Sea; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Danish Institute of Electro-Acoustic Music, Århus; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford; Fed Square, Melbourne; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The National Aquarium, Baltimore; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. He was an Australian–American Fulbright Commission Senior Scholar, and is a professor of visual arts at UMBC.


Labs@Light City

The lights may burn in the evening, but during the daytime Light City offers the Labs@LightCity, a series of innovation conferences that bring together national and local thought leaders and engaged, inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds to explore cutting edge concepts for sparking social change. Changemakers from Baltimore and across the nation will explore the question: How do we become a more responsible and equitable society?

UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, will talk in conversation with author Alec Ross at EduLab; Gymama Slaughter, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, will speak at HealthLab; faculty Lee Boot and Kimberly Moffitt will participate in a lightning round; and alumni Greg Cangialosi (’96, English), Maritha Gay (84, Health Science and Policy), and Joseph Jones (’06, Social Work) will be featured in GreenLab, HealthLab, and SocialLab.

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the official sponsor of EduLab on Wednesday, April 5.


HealthLab — Monday, April 3

Maritha Gay (’84, Health Science and Policy ), emcee for HealthLab, Executive Director of External Affairs and Community Benefit for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s executive team, Maritha Gay leads the community benefit initiatives and investments that support the organization’s mission to provide high quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of its communities. Through her work, Ms. Gay focuses on varied ways to address the medical, social and environmental factors that influence good health. She provides oversight to Kaiser’s community benefit programs, including care and coverage for low-income individuals and families, community health and health equity initiatives, knowledge sharing, educational theatre programs, and grant-making to community nonprofit organizations.

Gymama Slaughter, Associate Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering: “The Body As A Battery – Harnessing Its Chemical Energy To Power Wearable And Implantable Sensors That Diagnose And Monitor Diseases”

Gymama Slaughter is the Director of UMBC’s Bioelectronics Laboratory. Slaughter develops and applies sensor-processor platforms, focusing on innovative contributions to identifying a pathway to embed sensing and processing functions in the same device to eliminate bottlenecks arising from communication between the sensor, transducer and processor, thus, resulting in ultra-fast and ultra-low power devices. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation for her diabetes research that focuses on the design and development of self-powered glucose biosensor, especially in relationship to monitoring blood glucose in diabetics.

GreenLab — Tuesday, April 4

Chris Swan, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems: New Thinking: Greening Baltimore at the Grassroots In Conversation With J.J. Reidy, Lisa Schroeder & Evie Schwartz; Moderated by Lynn Heller

Chris Swan is leading the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Baltimore Office of Sustainability and other local collaborators. As part of the program, Swan works with inmates at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore to spruce up and test wildflowers and grasses in eight vacant West Baltimore lots.

EduLab — Wednesday, April 5

President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, in conversation with Alec Ross

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC  since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.

Lee Boot, director of the Imaging Research Center
Participant in Dear Mr. President: Lightning Round of 10 Big Ideas for Reshaping the Future of America, Framed in a Five Minute Pitch to the President

Lee Boot is an experimental media artist working to develop new and effective ways to use digital media to spread knowledge for prosocial outcomes. As the initiator and Principal Investigator of numerous research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, he has assembled widely interdisciplinary teams from the sciences, arts and humanities to explore the potential of an artist’s perspective to address vexing social issues. Recent projects include Euphoria—an award-winning feature-film about the neuroscience and cultural background of happiness in the U.S.; Fieldtrip—an online film blog by and for teenagers thinking through their education issues; SpeakHealth—an online community designed to create cultural discourse around alternative views of health and medicine; and most recently, SeeIntuit—an portable interactive kiosk where visitors learn about and experience their brain and mind as it seeks intuitive insight.

Kimberly R. Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies and affiliate assistant professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program
Participant in Dear Mr. President: Lightning Round of 10 Big Ideas for Reshaping the Future of America, Framed in a Five Minute Pitch to the President

Kimberly R. Moffitt’s teaching interests include culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture. Dr. Moffitt’s research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body. She has published three co-edited volumes, including Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities (Hampton Press, 2010), The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010) and The 1980s: A Transitional Decade? (Lexington Books, 2011). She has also published her work in academic journals and several edited volumes.

Greg Cangialosi (’96, English), emcee for EduLab, Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels

Greg Cangialosi is an entrepreneur based in Baltimore. He serves as Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels, and is an active advisor and investor to several companies in the mid-atlantic region. In 2001, Cangialosi started and scaled, with no outside capital, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider, that was acquired by the private equity firm Riverside Company in July of 2011. He serves on the board of the Baltimore Development Corporation and recently completed a two year term on NACIE, (National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship), for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

SocialLab — Thursday, April 6

Joseph T. Jones (’06, Social Work) – Founder & CEO, Center for Urban Families
“New Perspectives On Re-Entry & Recidivism In Conversation With Elizabeth English”

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program.



UMBC SPARK, a pop-up gallery of engaging, projection-based artworks, will be open at Calvert and Water streets from 5 – 10 p.m. during Baltimore’s Light City Festival. Made possible through the vision and generosity of PNC, the gallery is produced by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and features the work of UMBC faculty and graduate students. UMBC SPARK also features a schedule of performances, events, and interactive activities. The gallery is curated by Joe Reinsel, a Baltimore based artist who uses new media, video, and sound to explore ideas about architectural space, time, and touch. In keeping with the city-wide spirit of Light City, UMBC SPARK is planned as part of a larger initiative by Downtown Partnership and PNC Bank to expand activity during Light City into additional areas of Baltimore, bringing pedestrian and economic attention to businesses outside the Festival’s footprint, including cafes, hotels, the QG Department Store, Hotel RL, and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

UMBC SPARK will feature works by:
Kelley Bell, associate professor of visual arts
Cathy Cook, associate professor of visual arts
Symmes Gardner, executive director, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Lisa Moren, professor of visual arts
Jules Rosskam, assistant professor of visual arts
Sarah G. Sharp, assistant professor of visual arts
Tom Boram (’16 IMDA MFA)
Mollye Bendell (’18, IMDA MFA)
Aimi Bouillon (’19, IMDA MFA)

Melissa Cormier (’17, IMDA MFA)
Dilay Koçogullari (’19, IMDA MFA)

Leah Michaels (’19, IMDA MFA)
Mandy Morrison (’19, IMDA MFA)
MJ Neuberger (’18, IMDA MFA)
Bryan O’Neill (’19, IMDA MFA)
Ezra Pailer (’19, BFA)
Nicole Ringel (’19, IMDA MFA)

“Since the discovery of fire, we have found ways to control and interact with light,” states curator Joe Reinsel. “At this moment of awareness, fire sparked changes to our world, culture and arts through exploration, creativity, and experimentation. These gestures created new sparks and pathways of learning, perception and ways to live in our world. UMBC Spark is an art exhibition of diverse work using light in video projections and sculptural installation. Each of these artists look at light through multiple facets and how these facets spark fires to create change.”

Special Events

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  — Baltimore Dance Project presents a site-specific dance event under the direction of Carol Hess amidst the artwork in the gallery, an opportunity to see dance up close. Viewers are welcome to follow the dancers on their journey through the space.

Sunday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. — The UMBC Percussion Ensemble performs under the direction of Professor Tom Goldstein.

Tuesday, April 4, 6 – 7 p.m. — Of Gas Lights, Weather Bulbs, and Infernos: A Walking Tour of the Light City Festival sponsored by Baltimore Heritage. (More information here.)

Wednesday, April 5, 6 to 10 p.m. — UMBC assistant professor of Visual Arts Corrie Parks presents an animation workshop, Animation Station: Light City Silhouettes. Participate in a collaborative animation film using cut paper silhouettes and colorful lighted backgrounds. The UMBC Visual Arts Club will guide you through the steps of making an underwater environment come to life with the magic of animation.

Thursday, April 6, 6 to 7 p.m. — Visual Arts alumni are invited to gather at the UMBC SPARK gallery for food and drink!

Thursday, April 6, 7 to 8 p.m. — Stan VanDerBeek film showing (free and open to the public). From 1975 to 1984, UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts was chaired by luminary Stan VanDerBeek, a pioneer of video art. A student of Buckminster Fuller and John Cage, VanDerBeek created the first computer-generated animations, Poemfield, with Ken Knowlton at Bell Labs from 1966 to 1969, using Knowlton’s programming language BEFLIX, and VanDerBeek continued this vision of pushing the conventions of the fine arts while at UMBC. The evening’s screening will consist of six short films: Moirage (1970), Fluids (1964), Curious Phenomenon No. 1 (1964), Poemfield #1 (1968), Poemfield #5 (1968), and Oh (1968). Professor Vin Grabill will provide introductory remarks. (Special thanks to the Estate of Stan VanDerBeek.)

Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. — Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational 2016. Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art), including narrative, experimental, and music video work made with a variety of techniques ranging from stop motion, hand drawn, to CGI. Come out for a night of weird and wonderful animation!

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. — Visiting Artist talk by Elizabeth Daggar, who studied design and illustration at the Pratt Institute, and has since worked in the fields of graphic design for print, interactive, television and film, and, more recently, event projection and touchscreen media. She began working independently under the brand Electrofork after building a broad base of experience from a series of illuminating full-time positions as a designer. Before launching Electrofork, she worked for a marketing firm, the on-air graphics department for cable television channel, a small design firm, and a post production house.

On Demand

Featured along with the two illuminated artworks on the 2017 BGE Light Art Walk are UMBC faculty and student artworks in On Demand, a Light City exhibition of time-based digital content. On Demand will host a curated program of looped video and time-based media content, exploring the range and diversity of experimental forms of cinema made locally and abroad.

A dedicated stop on the BGE Light Art Walk will host On Demand, with a LED screen, measuring 12 feet by 20 feet, serving as the platform for a looped program. Where possible, this video content may also be made visible on the Light City Beacon, a large scale LED structure housing three screens that features the work of other Light City artists.

Tim Nohe, professor of Visual Arts — Cosmonaut Op
Cathy Cook, associate professor of Visual Arts — Prehistoric Resurrection (pictured left)
Corrie Parks, assistant professor of Visual Arts — A Tangled Tale
Catherine Borg, arts publicity coordinator — Self-trending and Faces of Liberty (with Scott Stark)

Short animations by Visual Arts students Justyna Kurbiel, Kevin Stumme, Haley Emmons, and Tory van Dine.

A compilation of stop motion animation from Corrie Parks’ “Intro to Animation” class, featuring work from 32 students, has also been selected for the exhibition. Enjoy a delightful and uplifting two-minute long sneak peek here.

IMDA MFA student Aimi Boullion ’19, alumni Dominique Zeltzman ’14 — Balance, and Jaimes Mayhew ’10.

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