Explore the creative vision of 24 artists at SPARK: New Light, presented by UMBC, Towson University, and PNC Bank, August 13 through September 25 at The Peale. SPARK: New Light will ignite your imagination. UMBC artists featured in this fifth annual family-friendly SPARK exhibition include Lynn Cazabon, Irene Chan, Adam Droneberg, Fahmida Hossain, Ahlam Khamis, Kathy Marmor (with Penny Rheingans), Lisa Moren (with Tsvetan Bachvaroff, Dan Deacon, and Woody Lissauer), Timothy Nohe, Corrie Francis Parks, Chris Peregoy, Foster Reynolds-Santiago. Special events will feature Kelley Bell, the UMBC Percussion Ensemble, and the Umbilicus ensemble.
In conjunction with the exhibition Prison Nation, the Library Gallery presents Portrait Garden, a display of works by Lynn Cazabon, professor of visual arts and director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity (CIRCA), in the Library Rotunda. Portrait Garden is a metaphorical garden of ‘portraits’ of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, a multilevel security prison.
Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when an estimated 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S., 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? This exhibition addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis, despite the increasing difficulty of gaining access inside prisons.
In conjunction with SPARK: New Light, on display at The Peale, artist Lynn Cazabon will be in the gallery ready to record your winter memories to be added into the project Losing Winter, featured in SPARK and also on display at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Sessions will be held on September 11, 17, 23, and 25.
The McNair Scholars Program presents the 4th Annual Hill-Robinson McNair Lecture with Kyla McMullen, who will speak on Customizing the 3D Audio Experience. Achieving realistic sound in virtual or augmented reality presents a challenge because of the way in which our ears are trained to hear sounds in space based on our own anthropometric features. This talk details how realistic audio can be achieved for almost anyone.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents an arts alumni spotlight featuring Jovan James and Lena Salins. Jovan James ’13, visual arts, is a writer-director-producer dedicated to breaking down barriers in Hollywood by telling compelling stories about the Black experience and beyond. Lena Salins ’12, theatre, is Production Manager at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, using her platform to elevate the voices of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists. They each will each talk about their work and respective professional trajectories since graduating from UMBC.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Elaine Eff, who will speak on Baltimore Painted Screens: Understanding City Life through Urban Arts. Join Elaine Eff, the foremost chronicler of painted screens for a tour of the sidewalks of East Baltimore, in search of this homegrown folk art known in no other modern American city. An artful anomaly, a source of privacy and ventilation, painted screens grew from the handiwork of a single Northeast Baltimore grocer in the summer of 1913 to hundreds of thousands of colorful landscape scenes created by known and unknown hands on their neighborhood’s rowhouse windows and door screens.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit, on display from September 22 through December 17. Featuring nearly 100 artworks, the exhibition is the first retrospective of celebrated Maryland artist Oletha DeVane, and traces the artist's extensive career, from her early paintings and works on paper to video artworks and interactive sculpture, including works on view for the first time.
In celebration of the grand re-opening of The Peale, and as part of the closing festivities for SPARK: New Light, artist Kelley Bell presents Window 26, an illumination of The Peale's second floor galleries from the inside, using artwork by Tawa Abiwa, Elizaveta Aleinikova, Kelley Bell, Cathy Cook, Danielle Damico, Eric Dyer, Jenee Mateer, Corrie Francis Parks, Timothy Nohe, Jules Rosskam, Alexi Scheiber, Evan Tedlock, and Beth Yashnyk. Window 26 will be presented two evenings, September 23 and 24, running from 8 p.m. until dawn the next morning.
The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society presents the Baltimore International Guitar Competition, which seeks to foster the development of, and appreciation for, the art of the classical guitar, encourage performances at the highest artistic level, and promote and support the careers of the world’s most outstanding young guitarists. The first of three days of the final round of the competition will be held at UMBC, with additional rounds at Towson University and the Peabody Institute.
In conjunction with SPARK: New Light, on display at The Peale, join us for a lively musical program featuring the Towson University Percussion Ensemble, the Hi Tom Ensemble, featuring UMBC alumni, and Umbilicus, a percussion ensemble with UMBC and Towson-affiliated players. The program will feature works by Joseph Celli, Axel Fries, Jon Gibson, Tom Goldstein, Angela Lawrence, Brian Nozny, and Will Redman.
In conjunction with the exhibitions Prison Nation and Portrait Garden at the Library Gallery and Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, the galleries present a panel discussion, Art from the Inside, featuring Lorenzo Steele, Jr., Lynn Cazabon, Oletha DeVane and Tadia Rice, who will discuss their experiences working with incarcerated individuals and the importance of art in giving a face to those behind bars.