Faculty Achievements

Faculty in the Department of Visual Arts have made extensive contributions to research and entrepreneurial relationships in the world academic community. These dedicated professionals have attained numerous high-level achievements that reflect the department’s mission of maintaining excellence in teaching and research.

Guenet Abraham began her career as a book designer at Pantheon Books, Random House, and as senior designer for W.W. Norton in
New York City. Her work is recognized and acknowledged by national organizations such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), American Association of Museums (AAM), and University College & Designers Association (UCDA).

Dan Bailey’s films and animations have received numerous national and international awards and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. His work has been screened at the Kennedy Center, Whitney Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, with broadcasts on HBO and PBS.

Steve Bradley’s art intersects video, sound performance/installation, and material culture to engage the public in a dialogue about culture and environment. In 2002, he was awarded a major research commission by Hull Time-Based Arts, U.K. Bradley has received a number of awards and commissions including those from the Walker Art Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA). His work has been presented, exhibited, and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma/Helsinki, 2007 Soundscape/ Zürich, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Lynn Cazabon's interdisciplinary artworks take form as public billboards, community events and collaborations, a mobile app, a multimedia installation, or as a series of photographs paired with audio recordings. Recent grants and awards include a Fulbright Scholar Award (2015), Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant (2016), and a Rubys Media Arts Grant (2014). Recent exhibitions of her work have been hosted by WRO Art Center (Wroclaw, Poland), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth, New Zealand) and SiTE:LAB (Grand Rapids, MI). Her work is featured in the book Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph by Geoffrey Batchen (DelMonico/Prestel, 2016).

Irene Chan’s artwork has been purchased and collected by 69 major museums and academic institutions, including the Tate Modern, British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Newberry Library, School of Design—Basel, Switzerland, and Yale University.

Cathy Cook has exhibited her award-winning films extensively in both solo and group shows, including screenings at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Her media works are in the permanent collections of Princeton University, National Library of Australia—Canberra, and New York University’s Film Library. Cook
has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2001, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Mark Alice Durant’s photographs, installations, and performances have been presented at major museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Nationally and internationally, he has written and published extensively on the nexus of photography, performance and cultural phenomena. His books include McDermott and McGough: A History of Photography, and Robert Heinecken: A Material History.

Eric Dyer is an artist, filmmaker, and experimental animator. 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, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. Dyer’s work explores a variety of cyclic ideas and themes through zoetrope-like sculptures, and has been included in books such as Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image and Animation: A World History. He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York.

Vin Grabill is a video artist, whose single-channel video and installation work utilizing video have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, Grabill collaborates regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium. His ongoing association with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. has resulted in several exhibitions of collaborative media projects in New York, NY; Paris, France; Karlsruhe, Germany; and Linz, Austria. In 2016, Grabill was selected as a Baker Artist Awards finalist.

Preminda Jacob is an art historian, with a research focus on South Asian public visual culture. Preminda Jacob’s book, Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India (2009 – USA; 2010 – India) and accompanying website www.celluloiddeities.com documents a spectacular urban art form. She is the reciepient of a J. Paul Getty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities, and a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship. Dr. Jacob’s pedagogical focus, on the history and theory of the art museum, resulted in, Specters in Storage: The Colonial Legacy of the Art Museum, forthcoming in the Journal of Art Historiography (December 2016).

Lisa Moren has received numerous awards and fellowships for her intermedia work, including a 2003, National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2006, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Czech Republic. She has exhibited and presented nationally and internationally at Ars Electronica—Austria, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana—Slovenia, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Tim Nohe is an artist engaging traditional and electronic media in public life and public places. He received a 2006, Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australia-America Fulbright Commission and three Maryland State Arts Council awards for his work in the area of New Genre and Installation/Sculpture. He has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues, including The Museum of Contemporary Art—Sydney, and the Inter-Society of Electronic Arts—Paris.

Kathy O’Dell is an art historian and critic who focuses on contemporary art and social issues. Author of the book Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s, she is currently completing a co-authored text with Duke University Professor Kristine Stiles titled World Art Since 1945 and working on a sole-authored manuscript titled Dot: A Small History of a Big Point. Dr. O’Dell also serves on the Maryland Commission on Public Art and the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Corrie Francis Parks' award winning animated films have screened at numerous festivals internationally, including Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, and Zagreb. She is author of the book Fluid Frames: Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint, and Pixels. Her work has garnered invitations to artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso and Klondike Goldrush International Historic Park, and a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand.

Peggy Re’s graphic design research has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2002, National Endowment for the Arts, in the category of history and preservation for "Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter," an exhibition that traveled nationally and internationally. In 2003, a monograph of the same title was published by Princeton Architectural Press.

James Smalls is an art historian who is widely published and whose books include Homosexuality in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003) and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He has two book manuscripts in progress—Black Queer Visual Culture, and Géricault’s Black Men.

Calla Thompson has exhibited at the International Photography Biennial by invitation of the Centro Colombo Americano de Medellin in Columbia, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. She has been awarded residencies, including those at Yaddo Artist Colony and Cooper Union, New York City.