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“UMBC’s Center for Art and Visual Culture has emerged as a leading national center for exploring and disseminating the art of our time, which invites us to view our world in new and unexpected ways.”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


National and International Accolades to Artist Showcased by UMBC

June 18, 2003–Artist Fred Wilson, whose first retrospective was presented by UMBC’s Center for Art and Visual Culture, is representing the United States at this year’s Venice Biennale, the leading international exhibition of contemporary art. Earlier this year, Wilson also received a Distinguished Body of Work Award from the College Art Association, the national professional association of visual artists and art institutions. The CAA award is presented annually to a single recipient.

A MacArthur Fellow, Wilson is well known internationally for works that address complex issues of race and ethnicity. The New York Times picked Objects and Installations: 1979-2000, UMBC’s 2001 retrospective of Wilson’s work, as one of the season’s highlights.

Also as a result of the success of UMBC’s exhibition, Objects and Installations is on a national tour through 2004 that includes Skidmore College, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Houston, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Through a variety of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, conferences, film series, and visiting and resident artist series, UMBC’s Center for Art and Visual Culture has established itself as an important venue for an ongoing dialogue about contemporary art and culture. Its exhibitions have received funding from state and local agencies as well as federal sources, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation, and have traveled to museums, professional non-profit galleries, and universities nationally and internationally.

The Center partners with schools in the Baltimore area on projects that bring contemporary art and artists into the classroom and holds annual exhibitions of work by graduates of UMBC’s M.F.A. program in Imaging and Digital Art and by seniors in UMBC’s Department of Visual Art. In addition to this recent award from the College Art Association, the Center has received six awards from the American Association of Museums for exhibitions and publications.

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