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"The campus is delighted that CAVC continues to receive national recognition for its exhibitions and publications, enhancing its reputation as a leading university art center.”

— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


Center for Art and Visual Culture Earning Broad Recognition


December 1, 2005 – National and regional media continue to recognize the Center for Art and Visual Culture at UMBC.

In November, the Washington Post profiled CAVC’s current show, “Blur of the Otherwordly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal.” In her review of “Blur,” Post reviewer Jessica Dawson calls it “an ambitious group show documenting 21st-century artists who conjure ghosts and horror flicks. (It) confirms that today’s artists still enjoy a ghost story or two. But the zeitgeist is different now, and so is the technology.” Significantly, the Post compared CAVC’s show with a paranormal-inspired exhibit running concurrently at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. For information on the exhibit, running through December 17, visit

Locally, Baltimore magazine recognized the CAVC in its annual “Best of Baltimore” issue, naming the Center the metropolitan area’s Best Contemporary Art Gallery. Said Baltimore: “UMBC's Center for Art and Visual Culture mounts cutting edge exhibitions infused with aesthetic bravado, intellectual heft, and cultural significance. (Recent shows) have turned the center into a budding contemporary art powerhouse.” Meanwhile, the ABC television affiliate in Baltimore (WMAR-TV) profiled “Blur of the Otherworldly” as a “Weekend Best Bet.”

Finally, the journal Publication Design Competition, representing the American Association of Museums, awarded CAVC a First Prize in the Exhibitions category for “White: Whiteness and Race in Contemporary Art.” The exhibition, organized by CAVC, has been profiled by news organizations such as ABC “World News Tonight” and National Public Radio.

Since 1992, CAVC has actively pursued the organization of exhibitions that contain the aesthetic, theoretical, and educational potential to reach both a national and international audience. Says CAVC director Symmes Gardner, “I’ve worked with David Yager, our executive director and founder, to build CAVC through the years. It has been a fantastic experience because we’ve had a lot of time to maneuver and try out new things.”

Through the years, the CAVC has traveled these exhibition projects to a broad spectrum of museums, professional non-profit galleries, and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

This multi-faceted focus for presenting exhibitions, projects, and scholarly research publications focused on contemporary art and cultural issues positions the Center for Art and Visual Culture to fill a unique niche within the mid-Atlantic region.


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