Two Artists. Two Sources of Inspiration—Found Objects and Paris

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We officially changed our name from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) on July 1, 2019. News stories posted on the Global Media Center are now using the new UMGC name. However, because the transition to the university’s new name will take several months to complete, you may still see the UMUC name, logo and look on our website and other materials through early 2020.

The latest University of Maryland Global Campus Arts Program exhibition, “Conceptualism to Meaning,” on display through December 1 in the Lower Level Gallery at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, features the works of Maryland artist Steven Dobbin who transforms found and discarded objects into thought-provoking works of art.Continue Reading

Arts Program Bus Trip Visits Maryland-Area Exhibition Spaces

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We officially changed our name from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) on July 1, 2019. News stories posted on the Global Media Center are now using the new UMGC name. However, because the transition to the university’s new name will take several months to complete, you may still see the UMUC name, logo and look on our website and other materials through early 2020.

In the afternoon portion of the daylong University of Maryland Global Campus Arts Program trip in June, the busload of participants, including members of the university’s Art Advisory Board, got to look in the mirror .. sort-of.Continue Reading

From Minister to Painter, R. Benjamin Jones’ Artistic Vision Is Full of Life

Benjamin Jones’ “Old Green” (2008), an acrylic painting on Masonite board, is perhaps best described as a portrait of a truck. The rusty, vintage pickup truck, which is green—thus the title—sits in the grass in front of a brick house and some trees in the photo-realistic painting. The artist has so attended to every detail of the truck that it’s almost as if he has personified it.

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Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan’s Paintings Blend East and West

Yumi Hogan’s massive painting “Untitled 50” (2010), which measures four by 14 feet, leaps off the wall from across the gallery. But upon closer inspection, the sumi ink painting on Korean hanji paper, displays intricate details: mountains, trees, grass, and rocks. The work somehow manages to be both large and small, bold and gentle at the same time.Continue Reading

New Exhibition Celebrates Art of First Lady of Maryland

Yumi Hogan: Cultural Traditions Unbounded

University of Maryland University College Arts Program features works by Korean-born artist and First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan at its upcoming exhibition “Cultural Traditions Unbounded,” May 6 to June 30 in the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Painting Gallery at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, Adelphi, Maryland. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held Wednesday evening, May 8. Continue Reading

Show Opening Feb. 17 Features Top Works by Promising Student Artists

University of Maryland University College Arts Program opens its 2019 exhibition season with the Maryland High School Juried Art Exhibition, the premier visual arts competition for students across the state. The show, featuring works in all mediums, provides students the opportunity to enhance their classroom learning while celebrating their artistic achievement.Continue Reading

Music and Civil Rights Activism Unite Artists Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubré

Floyd Coleman’s dad kept quiet about his son’s whereabouts when two Ku Klux Klan members showed up at his Alabama home in 1960. Coleman, then an Alabama State University student, and his roommate were inspired by the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins and decided to organize their own Jim Crow protests at the university. After the Klansmen left, Coleman’s father phoned him at school.

“Don’t stop your activism. Don’t stop the sit-ins,” Coleman’s father told him. “But don’t come home.”Continue Reading

Rhythmic Impulses: The Art of Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubre

Joint Art Exhibition Features Artist and Mentor

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) celebrates artists Floyd Coleman and Hayward Oubre in a joint exhibition on view Sept. 30 through Jan. 20 at the UMUC Arts Program Gallery, lower level, College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Adelphi, Maryland.Continue Reading

Washington Color School Co-founder Gets Posthumous One-man Show at UMUC

Years ago, Eric Key, director of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program, and artist Paul Reed agreed to put on a one-man show of Reed’s work at the university. Key had visited the painter, one of the founders of the Washington Color School, in his Virginia home to discuss the exhibit, and planning for the solo exhibit had begun. Then Reed called to tell Key that, unfortunately, he didn’t have time for the one-man show.Continue Reading