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Symmes Gardner
Affiliate Associate Professor
Foundation
Director, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

410-455-3188 FA 202
sgardner@umbc.edu

Symmes Gardner splits his studio practice between video installation and painting. Since 1983, he has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Exit Art, Arc Gallery (Chicago), Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, the Lancaster Museum of Art, McLean Project for the Arts, and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

As Director for the CADVC, he has overseen the organization and presentation of over 75 exhibitions including: White: Whiteness and Race in Contemporary Art, Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979 – 2000, Adrian Piper: A Retrospective, Notes in Time: Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, and Ciphers of Identity. He has supervised grants and funding support for these and other projects from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Lannan Foundation, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the Trellis Fund.

In 2001, Gardner was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Institute for Learning Innovation. He has lectured at the Los Angeles County Museum, The Smithsonian, The National Art Educators Association, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He currently is at work on an exhibition of community art projects by contemporary artists from Baltimore and Rotterdam under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office in Baltimore City.

He holds an M.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art/Temple University and a B.F.A. in painting from the Philadelphia College of Art. Other institutions/programs attended include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, and Vassar College.