In an attempt to give the graduates of 2020 a place to share their work with a wider audience, we put out a call to the Baltimore metro area’s universities and college visual and performing art departments, asking them to send us information about the digital shows and presentations for their graduating classes as they come together. Here is a roundup of some of the work you can see online right now and some of the work that will be launching soon.
Update 5/14: This post has been updated to include links and images to thesis and senior capstone projects from Johns Hopkins University, McDaniel College, Loyola University Maryland, MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting, Stevenson’s Film & Moving Image Department, and Towson University. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Bowie State University
Bowie State’s Senior Thesis Virtual Art Exhibition launched on April 29. The online exhibition includes graduating seniors from the fine arts, studio art concentration, and visual communication and digital media arts (VCDMA) programs in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts. According to gallery coordinator Janell B. Pryor, “The artworks on this digital platform are visual reflections of self-discovery, affirmation, self-care, and cultural enlightenment. Interpretations of the students’ personal experiences and observations are expressed through film, advertising design, fashion, digital media arts and photography.”
Mixed Media Animation Loop
From Autobiographical Fiasco Series
Johns Hopkins University
JHU’s Center for Visual Arts is presenting works online by their senior art minors: Angela Zhu, Gabriella Swistara, Grace Ren, Janice Wang, Jonghae Lee, Julia See, Mary Elena Grimmett, Sijia Ma, and Zoe Goldstein.
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola’s Julio Fine Arts Gallery presents a selection of work by students in Loyola University Maryland’s Fine Arts courses from the 2019-2020 academic year.
MICA Grad Show 2020 showcases the breadth of work of more than 150 of MICA’s graduate students. This semester, due to the global pandemic, the college will showcase the evolving work of the Class of 2020.
Browse the work of the Class of 2020 at upcoming cohort-specific online events and experiences such as live stream film screenings, digital catalogs, curatorial essays, and pop-up galleries. As many students were unable to document finished thesis work before leaving campus, the website also acknowledges our new physical distancing reality and showcases student work that was ready and even raw, past work, and in some cases records how MICA’s graduate community is staying creative all around the world during the COVID-19 crisis.
Follow along on Instagram at Graduate Studies at MICA (@micagrad): February 12–21: Teaching, MA March 16–27: Filmmaking, MFA March 28–April 3: Illustration Practice, MFA April 13–15: Illustration, MA April 16–18: LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA April 20–22: Social Design, MA April 23–25: Graphic Design, MFA April 27–29: Curatorial Practice, MFA April 30–May 2: Mount Royal School of Art, MFA May 4–6: Photographic and Electronic Media, MFA May 7–9: Community Arts, MFA May 11–13: Rinehart School of Sculpture, MFA May 14–16: Graphic Design, MA June 8–13: Studio Art, MFA
MICA will provide future opportunities for the public to connect with the MFA and MA work of the Class of 2020.
TRIADS: Arrangements in Site & Sound Curator: Hannah Davis In place of an exhibition in April-May 2020, Davis will be releasing a short film by Rachel Schmidt, alongside a digital publication on the project’s website that catalogs the project thus far on May 1, 2020. You can also visit the project’s Instagram @triads_2020.
Safe House Curator: Sung-ah Kang Feminism in Korea only really began to take root as a radical movement in the 1980s, and it remains controversial in public discourse. Despite progress, it is still socially difficult in Korea for anyone to declare “I am a feminist.” Kang has curated an exhibition for female Korean artists, a ‘Safe House’ for them to speak. You can also visit the project’s Instagram page, @safehouse2020. Featured Artists: Heejung Nam, Youngjoo Cho, Sunwoo Jung, Gyeongyeon Kim, Kyuwon Kim, Seyun Moon, Seungbok Roh
not (yet) futura free
Curator: Nathalie von Veh In partnership with STABLE, Nathalie von Veh presents a series of poetry, performances, and programs archived as an online publication.The projects center on explorations of language, healing, and longing for the future. Featured Artists: Nina Q. Allen, Sera Boeno, Rex Delafkaran, An Ly, cevahir c. özdoğan, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Ashley Shey, Hannah Spector, Twin Jude & Mel-Xochitl Campos and Arrin Sutliff & Eileen Rae Walsh
A Roving Presence… Curators: Dulcina Abreu, Zion Douglass, Deyane Moses, Ryan Patrick, Babette Pendleton, and Sicong Sui Launches May 10, 2020. Since its inception in the Fall of 2019, A Roving Presence… explored possibilities surrounding migration and mourning, spiritual transmission, and nomadic existence in relation to the social and economic changes Baltimore City has and continues to experience. In the wake of coronavirus, these themes take on new and potent imaginations. Featured Artists:Amy Reid, Lynn Hunter, and Yoshi Nakamura
Filmmaking The Filmmaking MFA graduating class of 2020 held a live broadcast on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 in collaboration with the SNF Parkway Theater in Baltimore, during which 11 films were screened. Information about each of the films and their trailers can be viewed on the program website.
MICA’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting’s May 2020 thesis exhibition has been moved online. The students have self organized a TBD 2021 New York exhibition with help from Timo Kuzme, generous donors, and the guidance of Director Joan Waltemath, Professor Stephen Ellis, and curator Melanie Kress.
Towson University will host its Senior Show Exhibition online this year due to COVID 19. The site launches May 21st with an open Webex event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The site will showcase work from majors in Ceramics, Digital art and Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Object Design, Jewelry and Metals, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture.
Stevenson University’s School of Design
Theatre and Media Performance Program The program has been posting some performances to their program Facebook page.
Graphic Design Program Twenty-three graduating students are hosting their 2020 Graphic Design Showcase online, Perception. The work explores “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something.”
Designers pictured here: Aika San Diego, Diane Adote, Ana Marie Lewis, Cassie Myers, Hailey Guit
Film & Moving Image Department
A showcase of this year’s capstone short film projects was live-streamed on May 12, 2020 aon the department’s YouTube channel. The showcase offered a selection of original documentary, fiction and experimental film works exploring various subjects from graduating seniors: Dustin A. Acevedo, Ally Barlow, Dylan M. Borcherding, Aaron A. Boutwell, Shomari Fortson, Evan A. Gloyd, Alexis M. Harris, David W. Hessie, Jr., Deja N. Ingram, Will Johnston, Roderick Q. Jones, Jarred T. King, Zoe N. Maliszewskyj, Jaclyn E. Mayne, Jimmy McDonald-Mercer, Dylan Mehring, Jennifer M. Miller, Rodney L. Mitchell, Robert J. Morison III, Yazzy Nelson, Erin J. Orwig, Mark E. Perry, Mariam T. Salahvarzi, Allie Sheedy, John Travers, Kyle J. Whitehead, Lexxiana K. Zollicoffer.
A “Coming Attractions” poster gallery for all the films is online and updates on the films are available on the department’s blog.
UMBC’s 24th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) was online this year, showing films, animations, artworks, performances, and presentations from the departments of Visual Arts, Music,Theatre, and Dance.
Intermedia and Digital Arts Program IMDA MFA students defended their MFA thesis projects remotely. UMBC plans to present an exhibition of their work in the fall. Graduating MFA Candidates: Jason Charney, Adan Rodriguez, Mandy Morrison, and Brandon Ables.
Visual Arts Senior Exhibition Launches on May 19, 2020 and up through June 12, 2020. The Department of Visual Arts presents the 2020 Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, celebrating the work of graduating seniors in Photography, Graphic Design, Cinematic Arts, Animation/Interactive Media, and Print Media and reflecting the interdisciplinary orientation and technological focus of the department.
Creating context and conversation through a collection of classical and contemporary African art
By displaying contemporary works by African and diasporic artists with objects of historical measure into a setting for conversation, gatherings, and family, the Ojikutus have built a life around art devoid of the artificial distinctions that most museums have perpetuated for centuries