Past Events

Public Programs for the Not Grounded: the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition:

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April 4, 5-7pm Opening reception of the Not-Grounded, the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition

The UMBC IMDA (Intermedia and Digital Arts) Masters Program presented “Not Grounded,” the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition. Opening with a public reception on April 4, 5-7pm, the thesis exhibition featured four artists with diverse artistic practices and approaches: Elly Kalantari, Andrew Liang, Kristin Putchinski and A. M. Zellhofer.

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April 17, 11-1pm Elly Kalantari thesis defense

April 18, 12-1pm RKTL Lecture: Elly Kalantari

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April 23, 3-5pm Andrew Liang thesis defense (online)

Was streamed live on the IMDA Facebook page:

April 25, 11-1pm Ann Zellhofer thesis defense

All events were free and open to the public.

Please note: MFA Thesis defenses were required to be conducted in a closed-door room according to university protocols. After a defense began, audiences were not admitted, and were requested not to exit, for the duration of the first full hour.

Launch of Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit!

Announcing the launch of Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit!
Edited with text by Lowery Stokes Sims, Symmes Gardner. Foreword by Rebecca Uchill. Text by Leslie King-Hammond, Christopher Kojzar, Serubiri Moses, Oletha DeVane, Tadia Rice.

February 1, 4pm Eastern Time: Webinar book launch, featuring Oletha DeVane, Lowery Stokes Sims, Christopher Kojzar, and Serubiri Moses.

Full PDF catalogue available here.
Maryland-based artist Oletha DeVane (born 1952) has long been a prominent presence in the Baltimore-area art scene, working in all media, including public sculpture. Spectrum of Light and Spirit documents the first full retrospective of her work, from early paintings to video artworks and interactive sculpture.
Among the works presented here is a large-scale carved sculpture, N’Kisi Woman—Universal N’Kisi (2021–22); nkisi is a Kongo cultural figure invested with sacred energy. The work reflects DeVane’s fascination with how materials convey meaning and reemerge as myths and memories.
“Oletha DeVane is a wayfinder and a storyteller,” says the retrospective’s curator, Lowery Stokes Sims. “Over the last five decades as she has traveled in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, she has been inspired by the stories and characters she encounters, bringing the unexpected to light, while finding new nuances in the old and familiar, and unexpected correlations among those varied cultures.”

Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit is available for pre-order now through D.A.P.!


Public Programs for the Spectrum of Process: 2024 UMBC Faculty Exhibition: February 9-March 2, 2024:

Spectrum of Process: 2024 UMBC Faculty Exhibition Poster

The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture (CADVC) was pleased to present “Spectrum of Process,” an exhibition highlighting a range of UMBC faculty approaches to art and culture through rigorous, experimental processes. The exhibition was interdisciplinary, including works of fine art, design, pedagogy, and the visual culture of research.

February 8, 6pm: Opening reception!

The faculty, staff, and students involved in “Spectrum of Process” gathered for a celebratory reception.

February 14, noon: Research and Process, featuring faculty and students involved in the “Can You Catch a Deep Fake?” and “Artifacts” research projects

Researchers Lee Boot, Christine Mallinson, and their research teams held intimate discussions about two critical research activities at UMBC, focused on the topics of climate science and Deep Fake audio technologies. Both of these interdisciplinary research activities used visualization strategies to interpret and understand important changes in our environment and culture. The format of the conversation was a gallery tour followed by Q+A.

February 21, noon: Julie Sayo, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, presented Babayin Writing Workshop!

Julie Sayo, a Filipino-American graphic designer and educator, led an interactive workshop to learn Baybayin writing and her research.

Public Programs for the States of Becoming, September 22December 9, 2023:

Close-up of half of a face with a dark brown skin tone and one eye gazing up is extremely close up on the left. On the right is a blurry green pixilated view of a wooded area. In the center is a mirror hanging on a tree in the forest. In the reflection of the mirror is a woman viewed from the back with a pink scarf over her long dark hair. Her medium brown arms reach up, and her hands disappear underneath her hair.
Image: Kearra Amaya Gopee, video still from “Artifact #3: Terra Nullius,” 2019. Courtesy the artist.

An opening reception was held on Thursday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A 6 p.m. panel discussion featured Chukwudumebi Gabriel Amadi-Emina, Elshafei Dafalla, and Helina Metaferia, moderated by Maleke Glee, director of Stable Gallery in Washington, D.C. Exhibition curator Fitsum Shebeshe provided an introduction.

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On a white art gallery pedestal, sits an assembled sculpture consisting of brass French horn, a bicycle mirror, and a black skateboard truck with two white wheels. A thick ponytail of blond hair emerges from just inside the bell of the horn and dangles out the entrance, handing down approximately one foot below.
Image: Masimba Hwati, “Rückspiegel 2,” 2021, found materials. Courtesy the artist.

On Thursday, October 26 at 5 p.m., the CADVC presented a conversation with the curator, Fitsum Shebeshe, and Jessica Bell Brown, curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The discussion, moderated by Rhea Beckett, founding director at Black Artist Research Space, focused on curatorial approaches to African diasporic experience and migration.

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Public Programs for Sarah Kanouse: My Electric Genealogy

Sarah Kanouse, “My Electric Genealogy,” performance still. Photo credit: Cairo Marques-Nieto.

November 10 at 6pm.

My Electric Genealogy, written, produced and performed by Sarah Kanouse; sound design by Jacob Ross.

Part storytelling, part lecture, and part live documentary film, Sarah Kanouse’s solo performance My Electric Genealogy explores the shifting cultures and politics of energy in Los Angeles through the lens of her own family. For nearly forty years, her grandfather designed, planned, and supervised the spider-vein network of lines connecting the city to its distant sources of power: rivers that are now drying up and power plants that are finally coming down. This physical infrastructure subtended diffuse “infrastructures of feeling” that included assumptions of perpetual growth and closely held beliefs about nature, gender, race, and progress. The performance weaves together signal moments in the city’s history, episodes of her grandfather’s life, anxious fantasies about a climate-challenged future, and stories of resistance and reinvention in the face of extraction.

The presentation of My Electric Genealogy at CADVC is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

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Public Programs for Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab

Tahir Hemphill on stage at Creative Time Summit The Curriculum NYC 2015 Brooklyn, NYC. Behind the artist is a slide with the words “Rap Research Lab: Student Research” and the subtitle “The 8 Different Types of N-Word by Gabriel Willoughby."
Tahir Hemphill at “Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum,” Boys and Girls High School, Brooklyn, 2015. Image by Ray Llanos/Cristos Katsiaouni, courtesy of Creative Time, 2015.

“Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab” showcased an artist who proudly occupied a space that he described as the “hybrid area between art, technology, social engagement, and interdisciplinary research.” A technologist, researcher, facilitator, designer, and artist, Hemphill’s UMBC faculty fellowship in Visual Arts from 2021-2023 fostered experimentation and learning through visual and material explorations of geographies of Hiphop.

February 23, 2pm: Robot Arm Demonstration
Dr. Foad Hamidi, UMBC Human-Centered Computing, and Tahir Hemphill, UMBC Visual Arts, discussed their shared interests in participatory digital research of media and cultural systems. The session included a demo of choreography for a mechanized robotic arm based on Hiphop data analysis by Hemphill as part of his series “Maximum Distance, Minimum Displacement.”

March 16, 6pm: On Institutions (Dub Remix)
Artist Tahir Hemphill and CADVC Director and exhibition curator Dr. Rebecca Uchill discussed the exhibition “Rap Research Lab.” The discussion was followed by an open gallery visit accompanied by a DJ mix.

Pop-up events
Several “pop-up” events were planned in connection with “Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab” and were listed as they were planned. For instance, the artist offered weekly 3 pm Saturday tours on a sign-up only basis on March 4, 11, and 18.

Public Programs for Exploration into Public Art Projection

Portraits of the participating artists, with the text When Public Art is More Than Sculpture: Sylvia Jones, Se Jong Cho, Teri Henderson, and Graham Coreil-Allen in conversation with curator Rahne Alexander. 1pm Saturday February 25, Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at UMBC.

During the spring semester of 2023, CADVC explored a possible public art event or video projection series in the amphitheater connected to the Center. With the support of the Maryland State Arts Council’s public art planning grant, CADVC organized public events related to this inquiry.

Saturday, February 25, 1pm: When Public Art is More than Sculpture

While artists across all mediums engage in making public art, the ways of engaging publics often differ. Audiences, strategies, methods can vary wildly. For artists developing works, the questions can compound: Are communities fully engaged? Is nature truly preserved? Is this work achieving its intended goal?

When Public Art is More than Sculpture convenes a vibrant discussion on these questions and more featuring four pillars of Baltimore’s cultural landscape — painter and environmental engineer Se Jong Cho; poet and educator Sylvia Jones; public artist Graham Coreil-Allen; and Teri Henderson, Arts and Culture Editor of Baltimore Beat — facilitated by Rahne Alexander (UMBC IMDA MFA ’21).

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March 30, 6-7pm

Continuing that dialogue, Teri Henderson, the Arts and Culture Editor at Baltimore Beat, presented a discussion about the interrelations between public art, curation, and collaboration. She discussed her work with the Beat, Current Gallery, WDLY, and the projects connected to her groundbreaking 2021 book Black Collagists in conversation with event facilitator Rahne Alexander (IMDA MFA ’21).
Photo by Tedd Henn.
Photo by Tedd Henn.
Photo by Tedd Henn.
Photo by Tedd Henn.
Photo by Tedd Henn.
Photo by Tedd Henn.


Special spotlight on CADVC Community Outreach: Saturday, May 28th, 2022

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, CADVC participated in a Community Outreach event that celebrated the beauty of Baltimore City’s Latino Community through the art of storytelling. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to remember their roots and history while engaging with the rich cultural traditions of the community.

To learn more about this past event, click here.