Visiting Artists & Designers

Students have the opportunity to enhance their education by taking part in the Department of Visual Arts Visiting Artist Program. Throughout the year, many prominent and emerging artists visit the department to present their work and lead discussions with students. All presentations are free and open to the public. Past artists include James Duesing, Laure Drogoul, Billie Grace Lynn and Jeanne Dunning.

Visiting Artist lectures and other important arts events at UMBC are announced at the UMBC Arts & Cultural Events Calendar

SPRING 2016:

Tim Nohe

Intermedia artist, Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA), UMBC

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4 - 5:30 PM

Location: Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : Library Gallery

Timothy Nohe will introduce audiences to the deeply woven human narrative of Botany Bay, Australia in this American debut exhibition. The artist worked in Australia from 2006-2007 while on an Australian-American Fulbright Commission Senior Scholar fellowship, and returned for intensive research residencies for the next nine years. During that time, change inexorably swept the Bay.

By walking through bush and dunes, suburban streets and industrial estates, Nohe was able to directly observe the Bay with contemplative discipline. The artist was ready to document discoveries with digital audio recorders and cameras, and comprehensive database searches in state and national libraries, and the online market eBay. Over time he became aware of seasonal and long-term rhythms accented by notes of discordant change. A world of inaudible sound was sampled via a radio frequency scanner, allowing Nohe to intercept air traffic at Sydney Airport; hydrophones captured otherwise inaudible underwater sounds in mangroves, docks and tidepools.


Ben Marcin


Thursday, March 10 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM

FA 107

Ben Marcin is a Baltimore-based photographer (and UMBC alum) whose visual essays explore the idea of home and the passing of time. HIs projects Last House Standing and The Camps have received wide press both nationally and abroad (The Paris Review, iGnant, La Repubblica, Slate, Wired Magazine). His photographs have been shown at a number of national galleries and venues including at the Delaware Art Museum, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, The Center For Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, The Corden-Potts Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and at Johalla Projects in Chicago, IL. Last House Standing (And Other Stories) was recently featured in a solo exhibit at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, which represents his work. Marcin's photographs are in several important collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Colin Ives

Thursday, April 7 | 7:15 - 8:15 PM

FA 107

Colin Ives’ creative practice operates within a nexus of overlapping cultural categories, including art, technology, and ecology. The tools central to his work, digital media and the computer, are themselves representative of a hybrid discourse. They intersect with and have implications for almost every sector of our society His projects increasingly address ecological issues, not only in regard to technologically driven questions, but also in regard to broader questions about our broader sense of our place in the natural world. Colin Ives is an Associate Professor of Digital Art and Affiliated Faculty of Ecological Studies at the University of Oregon.


Priya's Shakti

Ram Devineni

Humanities Forum
Filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax publishing and film production company

Wednesday, April 13 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Performing Arts & Humanities Building, 132

Can A Comic Book Superhero and Rape Survivor Change Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence?

Ram Devineni is the co-creator of the innovative and hugely popular comic book, “Priya’s Shakti,” which helps illuminate attitudes towards gender-based violence. Priya’s Shakti arose in the aftermath of a highly-publicized gang rape on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 that outraged India and the world. The comic book centers on the Goddess Parvati and Priya, a mortal woman devotee and survivor of rape, and is rooted in ancient matriarchal traditions that have been displaced in modern representations of Hindu culture. Priya is the first Indian superhero who is a rape survivor and a powerful symbol supporting movements fighting against gender-based violence. Released only a year-ago, the comic book went viral with over 400 news stories and was honored as a “gender equality champion” by UN Women. Devineni will discuss the creation of the comic book, how comic books and their superheroes have become mythological icons, and how to re-imagine them to fight against real-life problems while still appealing to a popular audience. Since “Priya’s Shakti” was one of the first effective uses of augmented reality in a book format, Devineni will also discuss the design of that technology to bring a book to life. The comic book is a beautiful fusion of storytelling, technology, and social activism.

Ram Devineni is a filmmaker, publisher, and founder of the Rattapallax publishing and film production company. He produced, edited, and directed the feature documentary The Human Tower, which was shot in India, Chile, and Spain. Recently, he produced The Russian Woodpecker, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He is the co-creator of the augmented reality comic book, Priya’s Shakti, which received a 2014 Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund award in partnership with the Ford Foundation.

This event is free and open to the public.