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Calvin Custen
Computer Lab Administrator
Visual Arts

410-455-6587 FA 107C
custen@umbc.edu

Calvin Custen is a printmaker whose work often focuses on social issues, particularly those concerning the war in Vietnam and its aftermath. His work has evolved over the years from straightforward printing to include eclectic styles of printmaking. His current series, “Altarpieces,” are forms of mixed-media assemblage that developed out of his video and book presentations. The works represent a personal narrative comprised of ball-grained aluminum litho plates incorporating found objects, hand-sculpted work, and family photos.

In addition to the computer lab responsibilities at UMBC, Custen teaches classes in computer-assisted printmaking. He has also taught in nearby colleges, including University of Maryland campuses, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and Georgetown University; other campuses include the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Calvin holds a degree in Printmaking (M.F.A.) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a degree in Printmaking and Photography with a Philosophy minor (B.S.) from Frostburg State University.