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

  • Brian Dannelly 

    Unknown author
    Brian Dannelly is an American film director and screenwriter best known for his work on the 2004 film Saved!
  • Toward a Trans Method, or Reciprocity as a Way of Life 

    Joynt, Chase; Rosskam, Jules (University of California Press, 2021-01-01)
    It is reductive yet accurate to assert that Chase Joynt and Jules Rosskam first met because they are both trans people who make documentary films. While the alignment of these affinities does not necessarily prefigure a ...
  • What is the Shape of Water? 

    The audience enters a pitch black room with thousands of invisible organisms floating above their heads in a skylight aquarium. They’re invited to speak, and if they do their voice drops to a chant-like rumbling sound that ...
  • The Wind is a Medium of the Sky 

    Moren, Lisa
    Richard Carter Higgins (19 3 8 - 1998) coined the term “intermedia” to describe an emerging international and interdisciplinary direction in art in his landmark essay of the same name published in the first issue of his ...
  • intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collections at UMBC 

    Moren, Lisa; Higgins, Hannah; Higgins, Dick; Gwiazda, Piotr; Blom, Ina; Thompson, Chris; O’Dell, Kathy; Friedman, Ken; Nohe, Timothy; Smith, Owen; Grzinic, Marina
    Richard Carter Higgins (1938 - 1998) coined the term “intermedia” to describe an emerging international and interdisciplinary direction in art in his landmark essay of the same name published in the first issue of his ...

    How can we respond to the ever growing, ever multiplying ecological tragedies without sinking into a quagmire of negativity and fear about the present and the future? Lisa Moren performs a brave and important art of inquiry ...
  • Kate Millett, Sculptor: The First 38 Years 

    O'Dell, Kathy; Millett, Kate; Berger, Maurice (Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1997)
    Kate Millett (1934-2017) is widely known as a feminist scholar and activist. Indeed, she became one of the key initiators of the second round of 20th Century feminism when her doctoral dissertation-turned-book, titled ...

    Chinen, Aimi (2019-01-01)
    The Colonized and the Colonizer within Me is an attempt to transliterate and translate the individual micro experiences to the geopolitical macro circumstances that created my existence.
  • Wander/Wonder 

    Bendell, Mollye (2018-01-01)
    Wander/Wonder explores the nature of speculation and our changing relationship with physicality through two separate but connected experiences: Wander, a walkable virtual street map of Baltimore City with all buildings ...
  • There My Thoughts Unfold: A Search For Embodied Meaning in Text, Performance, and Video 

    Yakut, Pinar Idil (2018-01-01)
    There My Thoughts Unfold focuses on issues of communication, language, and translation. In this installation, I question the extent to which translation can or cannot serve as a path to understanding the complex roles of ...
  • Remnants, Remainders, Ghosts, and Continuities: Walking a Shimmering Landscape 

    Ringel, Nicole Josephine (2019-01-01)
    “Remnants, Remainders, Ghosts, and Continuities: Walking a Shimmering Landscape” excavates the invisible histories in the landscape of Hollins Market, Baltimore, and presents two means of investigating this place. The first ...
  • Clear-cutting the American Mind: Wilderness, Survival, and the Desolation of the Axe 

    O'Neill, Bryan Joseph (2019-01-01)
    In researching the history of wilderness in America I explored the idea that as Americans, our cultural attitude towards our natural environment has been shaped and influenced by the mindsets and actions of the pioneers ...
  • Work Around Utopia 

    Noah, Mitchell (2018-01-01)
    WORK AROUND UTOPIA is an alternative vision of service within public space that reimagines participants, practices, and tools using humor, craft, and design. Through playful reconfiguration, otherwise mundane maintenance ...
  • Mending Nona's Piña 

    Neuberger, Mary (2018-01-01)
    MENDING NONA’S PIÑA takes its title from the artist’s attempt to mend an heirloom cloth made by native Filipino weavers with strands of her hair, suggesting how forces of colonialism enabled trauma and abuse across generations ...
  • Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning: Surf & Surrender 

    Michaels, Leah Clare (2019-01-01)
    As an artist, historian, feminist, social Catholic, and lover of the ocean, I pursue feminist mystical storytelling practices and traditions as a form of social justice. In my thesis exhibition, I seek to subvert traumatic ...
  • Plainclothes Agenda 

    Kojzar, Christopher (2018-01-01)
    I create art in response to interactions I have with other people when I enter active public spaces and openly engage in practices such as drawing and live action video. Sketching in public has prompted interactions with ...

    Aslanbeik, Parastoo (2018-01-01)
    Wispobish is a powerful tree in Persian mythology. The tree contains the nest of the Simurgh, a mythical phoenix-like bird, representing benevolence. In Persian, the word Wispobish means ‘the cure of every disease.’ I am ...
  • Who Was Beatrix Potter? by Ellen Handler Spitz 

    Bird, Elizabeth (2015-09-29)
  • Mitzi Is Back : Tell Me a Lore 

    Spitz, Ellen Handler (Lifestyle Theme on Genesis Framework, 2018-03-09)
  • Gleaning Wisdom from 11 Sources 

    Spitz, Ellen Handler (Lifestyle Theme on Genesis Framework, 2019-03-28)

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