The Department of Visual Arts carries out UMBC’s mission as a dynamic public research university. Our diverse, internationally acclaimed faculty are committed to guiding future artists and design professionals to think independently, work imaginatively, and implement creative solutions to real world problems. By providing an environment of collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning, we enable experimentation across media. Our BA, BFA and MFA curricula equip students to push beyond disciplinary parameters as they move skillfully between technologies, processes, and modes of thinking.


The department seeks to become an international model for art and design programs within a public research university that stresses cross-disciplinary activities. We envision students as agile, flexible thinkers and civically engaged leaders in a rapidly changing world.

Recent Submissions

  • A Tree without Roots 

    Nohe, Timothy (2018-05-08)
  • Cyber In Securities 

    Moren, Lisa (2013)
    CYBER IN SECURITIES is an exhibition that addresses the growing concern among a cross-generational group of artists who are deeply enthusiastic about new media, but whose enthusiasm is complicated by the suspicion that ...
  • The Drawing Center Viewing Program: Artist Portfolio, LIia Moren 

    Moren, Lisa (2013-09-23)
    I made watercolor pigments out of various urban waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the world. I created dozens of paintings, including postcard watercolors and displayed them on a spinning ...
  • Songlines 

    Moren, Lisa
    An intaglio series of harmonograph drawings. Printed with hand-made pigments mined by the artist in the Australian outback
  • eLand 

    Moren, Lisa (2012)
    eLAND is a series of etchings embedded with a code. The viewer sees a reddish QR code that will display a photograph of a scene in the Australian outback where the pigment that the are viewing was once mined by the artist. ...
  • Rembrandt in his Studio: a Cross-Species Installation for the Brids 

    Moren, Lisa
    "This public art project is an installation where birds and humans can share in a visual experience unique to a non-human species. Using the idea that birds see in the ultra-violet spectrum, a low-spectrum violet that ...
  • ⌘Z: Artists Working With Phenomena And Technology 

    Moren, Lisa
    8-9. Ingrid Bachman, The Portable Sublime, 2003; 10. Ingrid Bachman, Symphony for 54 Shoes, 2006; 11-18. Ingrid Bachman, The Portable Sublime, 2003; 19-23. Nina Katchadourian, Talking Popcorn, 2001; 24. Nina Katchadourian, ...
  • Water Chatter VR 

    Moren, Lisa (2018-05-19)
  • Interview with Lisa Moren 

    Packer, Randall; Moren, Lisa
  • NONUMENT01::McKeldin Fountain 

    Moren, Lisa; Tomsic, Neja; Baraga, Martin; Mayhew, Jaimes (ACMSIGGRAPH, 2018)
    “NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain” is Baltimore’s virtual monument located in the Inner Harbor and free speech zone. In opposition to bronze and stone, the nonument or “no monument” recreates the destroyed Brutalist-style ...
  • Brutalist Building Finds Life After Demolition 

    Gunts, Edward (2018-07-30)
  • Shifting Sands: Contemporary trends in powder animation 

    Parks, Corrie Francis
    Backlit animation capitalizes on the purity of light pouring directly into the camera and no technique maximizes the nuances of that light better than sand animation. This paper will discuss the historical variations on ...
  • Algorithmic Pollution: Artists Working with Dataveillance and Societies of Control 

    Moren, Lisa (Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Causus, 2017)
    In 2013, interactive artist and Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica winner, David Rokeby, coined the phrase Algorithmic Pollution to describe a phenomena where data collection alters human public behavior. The purpose of this ...

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