Kathy O'Dell

Kathy O'Dell

Arts Writer

Kathy O'Dell is Associate Professor of Visual Arts Emerita, UMBC; Chair of the Maryland Public Art Commission; and on the team implementing the Catonsville Arts District Public Art Vision. An art historian and critic, she is author of the book Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s and a founding editor of Link: A Critical Journal on the Arts in Baltimore and the World, published 1996-2005.

Stories by Kathy O'Dell
The Saga of José Martí and the Anti-Communist Plastic Surgeon who Brought Him to Baltimore, along with Spanish-Language Facebook Drama and International Dirt

In her new column, Maryland Public Art Commission Chair Kathy O'Dell deep-dives into the little-known histories behind Baltimore's oft-overlooked public art treasures. First up is Cuban sculptor Teodoro Ramos Blanco's bust of rebel and intellectual José Martí.