April 5-27 at CADVC, the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture

Opening Reception: April 4, 5-7pm

The UMBC IMDA (Intermedia and Digital Arts) Masters Program presents “Not Grounded,” the 2024 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition.

Opening with a public reception on April 4, 5-7pm, the thesis exhibition features four artists with diverse artistic practices and approaches:

Occhiolism, 2024
Mixed media sculpture, Wood- Ceramic coated bronze ©Elly Kalantari, Courtesy of the artist

Elly Kalantari delves into the intricate realms of selfhood and transformation, crafting mixed-media sculptures and installations, reimagining forms and gestures that provocatively challenges perception and identity.

Home New World, 2024
Mix Media Installation
©Andrew Liang, courtesy of the artist

Andrew Liang presents “Home New World,” a self-portrait that delves into the transitional space of his 13-year-old self, having recently arrived in a new country.

Reaping & Sowing, 2023
Still image of digital video loop with sound
© Kristin Putchinski, courtesy of the artist

Kristin Putchinski explores concepts of tension, transformation and release through a series of actions, performances and sculptures that utilize pianos as the primary object.

My Body is Concentric, 2024 Laser Projection Poetry Performance ©A. M. Zellhofer, courtesy of the artist

A. M. Zellhofer, a Baltimore-based printmaker and digital poet, investigates the experiential growth — both visible and invisible— that makes up the “dendrochronology of self.”

The exhibition will be the context for the artists’ thesis defenses, as well as the annual “RTKL Lecture,” a fellowship lecture made possible through the generosity of RTKL (Rogers Taliaferro, Kostritsky, & Lamb) Associates Incorporated. The goal of this merit-based award is to support an emerging artist of creative and scholarly excellence who has demonstrated a promise to make an impact on the field. This year’s recipient is Elly Kalantari.

Public Programs:

April 4, 5-7pm Opening reception

April 10, 9-11am Kristin Putchinski thesis defense

April 17, 11-1pm Elly Kalantari thesis defense

April 18, 11-1pm RTKL Lecture: Elly Kalantari

April 23, 3-5pm Andrew Liang thesis defense

April 25, 11-1pm Ann Zellhofer thesis defense

All events are free and open to the public.

Please note: MFA Thesis defenses must be conducted in a closed-door room according to university protocols. After a defense begins, audiences will not be admitted, and will be requested not to exit, for the duration of the first full hour.

If you need any specific accommodations at one of our events or to experience the exhibition, please contact CADVC at [email protected] or 410-455-3188 as soon as possible.

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