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SPARK: New Light

The Peale

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.

Prison Nation

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

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.

Portrait Garden

Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery Rotunda

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.

SPARK: Wanted: Your Memories About Winter!

The Peale

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.

Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

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.

SPARK: Percussion Ensembles

The Peale

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.

Art from the Inside

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

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.

Silvia Montiglio: An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in the Iliad and Odyssey

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum presents Silvia Montiglio, who will present the 2022 Ancient Studies Week Lecture, “An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in the Iliad and Odyssey.” In this talk, Montiglio will discuss the importance of schadenfreude, or “pleasure in other people’s misfortunes," in the Iliad and Odyssey and relate its manifestations to the moral and theological outlooks of the two Homeric epics.

Whistling Hens: Reacting to the Landscape: Music by Women Composers

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Whistling Hens was founded by soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick and clarinetist Natalie Groom to perform and commission music by women composers and create a financially and artistically equitable future for women in music. Their performance at UMBC will feature works by Cherise Leiter, Iris Szeghy, Jennifer Stevenson, Ashi Day, Melika Fitzhugh, and Victoria Bond.

Irene Chan: The Thomas Project and other recent work

216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Irene Chan, associate professor of visual arts and affiliate associate professor of Asian studies at UMBC, who will discuss recent work including The Thomas Project (2022), a six part, multimedia work exploring the life of Thomas Sylvanus (aka Ching Lee, Ye Way Lee, Ah Yee Way), a 19th-century Chinese man who lived in the U.S. East Coast, was enslaved in Baltimore, and ran away to join the Union Army.

Inscape Chamber Orchestra

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Inscape Chamber Orchestra returns to UMBC to perform four works, including UMBC professor Linda Dusman's Mother of Exiles, written for Inscape in 2019 and heard now in a new revision by the composer. Also on the program are works by Zach Gulaboff Davis and Patrick Andrew Thompson, and a new transcription of Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka by David Plylar.

CAHSS Colloquium: Resilience

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

The five research centers in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC present a panel discussion to kick off the 2022-23 CAHSS Colloquium series, designed to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, staff, and students to build intellectual community within and beyond individual research interests and curricula offerings. The theme for 2022-23 is resilience: the ability of an entity, a person, an institution, a technology, a community, a natural environment, to anticipate, respond to, and recover from adverse conditions.

The Baroque Hurdy Gurdy at the French Royal Court

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Department of Music presents Francesco Giusta and Elena Buttiero, whose program for hurdy gurdy and harpsichord is entitled The Baroque Hurdy Gurdy at the French Royal Court, featuring works by Charles Baton, Antonio Vivaldi, Philibert de la Vigne, Nicolas Chédeville, and Charles Buterne. Now an infrequently heard instrument, the hurdy gurdy enjoyed a golden age from 1720 to 1770.

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