Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

News and Events

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  • Undergraduate students from across disciplines participated to experience something new and different at a 3D Print Workshop. For many participating students this was their first opportunity to work with a 3D scanner. Read more about it.

  • Photography professor Daniel Schlapbach currently has work appearing in three shows (details below). You can also read a recent DCPhotoArtist interview with Professor Schlapbach regarding his recent work here.

    Rendering the Spirit
    Photoworks Gallery, Glen Echo Park
    Glen Echo, MD
    Exhibition Dates: March 18 – April 11, 2016

    Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fables and Myths
    The Ellington-White Contemporary
    Fayetteville, NC
    Exhibition Dates: March 24 – April 16, 2016

    2nd Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition
    The Saville Gallery
    Cumberland, MD
    Exhibition Dates: April 9 – April 30, 2016

  • Assistant professor of Studio Arts, Jacob Rhoads, recently showed a group of drawings at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA from March 25 to March 30, 2016. More of Professor Rhoads work can be seen on his website, jacobnrhoads.com.

  • Students in Studio Arts professor Mary Beth Akre's 2D Design class will have their work exhibited as part of the permanent collection at the new Family Resources Center at the Connecticut Children's Hospital. More information on the center can be found here.

  • Daniel Pinha, Assistant Professor of Theatre, designed the set for the Synetic Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland, running September 30-November 8, 2015. A recent review praised "Pinha's gymnasium-like set design. It is a visual that greets patrons as they enter the theater; a very jumbled underground world. There are hanging rope-like roots in disarray, bits-and-pieces of what are usually out-of-sight, animal paths and burrows melded with untidy, fancifully sculpted objects later put to many a good use. With fog floating in at critical times, overall there is the visual and mental impact of being in a topsy-turvy, confused nether world." More information about the production can be found here.

  • In September 2015, Studio Arts professor Janet Maher was one of eight women artists and architects who presented their work at "Baltimore Soiree," American Institute of Architects. Additionally in December 2015,she will give a talk about the role photography and digital imaging played in informing her Irish research project that resulted in two scholarly books and several bodies of mixed media studio works. This will take place at "An Gorta Mór," Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT.

  • Studio Arts faculty member Billy Friebele is participating in the DC Public Library Foundation's Maker-in-Residence program. The program is a one-year residency that gives makers, designers, artists and community hobbyists an opportunity to explore, create, and share innovative projects using the library’s tools and resources . Billy will create one significant work of art over the course of the residency and will also host talks, teach classes and provide on-site training and guidance for anyone interested in technologies such as robotics, 3D printers, wearable electronics, furniture making and design. Click here for more information regarding the program and events.

  • Professor Mary Beth Akre of the Studio Arts department is participating in the Landscape show at the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts. The show runs from September 25 through November 20, 2015. 

Landscape Show Postcard

  • Photography professor Dan Schlapbach has work featured in two shows for fall of 2015:

"Urban: Beyond the Concrete" Towson Arts Collective
EBC Arts Center
40 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
September 12 - 25, 2015

"After the Storm: Photographs of Post-Katrina New Orleans by Michela Caudill and Dan  Schlapbach" Notre Dame of Maryland University
Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
September 8 - October 8, 2015
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 30, 12 pm
Reception: Thursday, October 8, 4:30pm - 6:30 pm

  • Congratulations to Studio Arts professor Janet Maher, whose book Waterbury Irish was recently published by The History Press. The book chronicles the lives and families of Irish immigrants to Waterbury, Connecticut beginning in the early 19th century. Book launch events will take place in October and November of 2015. She will give talks at the Mattatuck Museum and the Silas Bronson Library, and will lead a discussion about the book at John Bale Book Company, Waterbury, CT. More information can be found on her blog, Maher Matters

    Waterbury Irish book cover
  • Join us in congratulating Professor of Music and Department Chair Ronald Pearl,who had two recent works premiered: Lullaby of Ice and Snow (Encuerdas Ensemble, Winterthur, Switzerland) and Three Roads to the North (TrioConBrio, Stuttgart, Germany).

  • Photography professor Jon Malis' show Base Landscapes will appear at the prestigious Vox Populi gallery in Philadelphia from April 3-26, 2015. The solo show features almost all never-before-seen work and takes its cues from the obsolete tradition of slide projection and the prevalence of digital projection devices. On Sunday, April 12, Professor Malis will participate in an artist’s conversation at the gallery moderated by influential curator and critic of contemporary art, Judith Tannenbaum. Please find more details here.

Malis Kodascope Screen No. 0
                                      Kodascope Screen No. 0
by Jon Malis

  • The Fine Arts Department extends a big congratulations to Dr. Natka Bianchini of the theatre department. Her first book, Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America, was published on February 11, 2015 by Palgrave MacMillan Press.
Bianchini Becket Book Cover 
  • The artwork of photography professor Jon Malis was featured on MPT Artwork's February 5, 2015 episode. He appears as one of the "pop-up" artists on the episode, which can be viewed here.
  • Art history professor Dr. Kerry Boeye made the Loyola News this month for leading his students in an intensive research project relating to a 14th-century wooden statue gifted to the university. Read more about the project here.
  • Chris Lonegan, professor of Studio Arts, discusses his life drawing course in the current issue of Loyola Magazine.
  • Photography professor Jon Malis will be featured in a show at the Maryland Art Place from January 22 to March 14, 2015. The exhibit, called On The Mind, features four artists all working within various perspectives of the brain. More information on the show can be found here; you can view the work Professor Malis will be exhibiting in this show on his own website.
  • Dr. Barnaby Nygren of the art history department was profiled in the online edition of Loyola Magazine.
  • Theatre professor Dr. Daniel Pinha served as set designer for Beauty and the Beast, playing at the Synetic Theater in Arlington, Virginia. The show runs from December 3, 2014-January 11, 2015 and features an original design by Dr. Pinha. Please click here for more details.

beast and the beast

  • Professor Janet Maher of the studio arts department is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Loyola Magazine. The article discusses her spectacular work in the Messina program, for which she teaches a class called "Visionary Design Toward a Sustainable Environment." You can read the article here.
  • Dr. Remi Chiu, Assistant Professor of Music, has won a Medical Humanities Research grant from the Wellcome Trust to conduct research in London during the 2015-16 academic year. The topic of his research will be "Plague and Music in the Renaissance." The Wellcome Trust sponsors research in the medical humanities and biomedical fields.
  • Dr. Daniel Pinha of the theatre department worked as co-director and scenic designer for Nothing, which opens at the Charm City Fringe Festival on November 5, 2014. Tickets can be purchased here; please see the following article for more information.
  • Dr. James Bunzliis appearing in Social Creatures at the Single Carrot Theatre through November 2, 2014. Please click here for ticket information.
  • Mary Beth Akre, Associate Professor of Studio Arts, has received an award for one of her paintings from the 82nd Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition. The exhibition was juried by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Shenandoah College, and two of Ms. Akre's paintings will appear in the show from October 4, 2014-January 11, 2015. Please click here for more details.
  • The Fine Arts Department is excited to announce that Natka Bianchini, Assistant Professor of Theatre, will have her book, Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America, published by Palgrave MacMillan Press in February 2015.
  • The Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce that Daniel Pinha has been hired as an assistant professor in the theatre program.
  • Ronald Pearl, Music, had several works performed this past year in Baltimore, St. Louis, Sao Paulo, Brasiliera, Venezuela, and Italy. He also had two recent compositions recorded by Zane Forshee, and the Atlantic Guitar Quartet.
  • Janet Maher, director of the Studio Arts program, has an upcoming solo show at Rouse Gallery, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD (Aug. 21- Sept. 21, 2014). Entitled, Alter Egos: A Year In Mixed Media, the opening reception will be Saturday, September 13, from 4 to 6 pm.She was also one of 35 artists chosen to represent School 33 Art Center’s thirty-fifth anniversary exhibition (June 13 – Aug. 21, 2014) and had works juried into the following recent shows: (Aug. 14 – Sept. 13, 2014) Yorkfest: A Celebration of the Arts, YorkArts, York, PA; (Jan. 21 – Mar. 13, 2014), Speak Memory, Nassau Community College, Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, Garden City, NY; (Nov. 3, 2013 – Jan. 26, 2013), Second Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit, Art Gallery at UMUC Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
  • Kerry Boeye will present a paper “Iconographic Innovation in Thirteenth- and Early Fourteenth-Century English Psalters” at the symposium "Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500" to be held 30th, 31st October & 1st November 2014 at The British Museum (London).
  • Natalia St Jean (music, '13)  is teaching at Whittier Elementary as a general music/vocal specialist, as well a teaching musicianship for the Frederick Children's Chorus.
  • Kerry Boeye presented a paper “Reference and Person in the Historiated Initials of the St. Albans Psalter” at the symposium "Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England" which was held at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance studies on Feb. 1 and 2, 2014.
  • April-Ann Marshall (Art History '14) placed 2nd in the humanities category of the Loyola Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium. Her paper examined a carpet in Fra Angelico's San Marco Altarpiece in connection with the Council of Florence.
  • Studio Arts minor, printmaker Jen Burt (class of 2012) was accepted into Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Program in Community Arts. Beginning this fall semester, she will be working with a nonprofit after-school program through Americorps as part of her MICA coursework.
  • Barnaby Nygren recently published a review of an important new textbook in Italian Renaissance art history in the February CAAReviews.
  • Mary Holmes (’14) received a "Best in Show” recognition for "Homage to Winogrand", a juried show of DC-region student. The selected works were displayed at American University's new School of Communication building.