Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

News & Events


Fall 2023

2023 Faculty Exhibition
Tuesday, September 12 – Sunday, October 8
Exhibition Reception
Thursday, September 21, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Julio Fine Arts Gallery

Mapping Mnemosyne – Where am (I/WE/YOU)?
Monday, October 16 – Friday November 17
Exhibition Reception
Thursday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Julio Fine Arts Gallery

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, directed by Sydney Eichel, ’24
Presented by the Poisoned Cup Players
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 27, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.
Black Box Theatre

Unpacking Histories, a workshop with strikeWare, 2023-2024 Artist in Residence
Friday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
College Center M021

You on the Moors Now by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Melissa Freilich
Presented by the Evergreen Players
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 8:00 p.m.
McManus Theatre

Panoptic Moments
Featuring Loyola University Maryland Seniors: Dalaina Cannon, Jo D’Alonzo, Ethan Dixon, Izzy Guerrero, Anna Landi, Moira McKinley, Warren Megger, and Mariana Molloy
Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 17
Opening Reception
Friday, December 1, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Voice Studio Recital I
Julie Kurzava, Instructor
Sunday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Concert Choir Concert
Dr. Clay Price, Director
Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Chamber Ensemble Recital
David LaVorgna, Director
Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
Recital Room

Steel Pan Ensemble Concert
Barry Dove, Director
Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m.
Boulder Atrium

Voice Studio Recital II
Julie Kurzava, Instructor
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Concert
Mark St. Pierre, Director
Thursday, December 7, 8:00 p.m.
McManus Theatre

Spring 2024

Instrument Sale
In partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation
Thursday, January 11 – Saturday, January 13
McGuire Hall
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Recommended Reading for Girls by Ellen Struve, directed by Julia Case, ’24
Presented by the Spotlight Players

Thursday, January 18
Friday, January 19
Saturday, January 20
Sunday, January 21
Black Box Theatre

Solo Performance Festival, devised by the performers, directed by Dr. James Bunzli
Presented by the Evergreen Players

Thursday, February 22
Friday, February 23
Saturday, February 24
Sunday, February 25
Black Box Theatre

The Prom, music by Matthew Sklar, book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, directed by Dr. Natka Bianchini
Presented by the Evergreen Players

Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13
Sunday, April 14
McManus Theatre

A complete calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is currently being curated. Please come back later for updates!

Student, Alumni, & Faculty Achievements

Student Achievements

  • Olivia Buchwald, ’23 (studio arts minor) was accepted to her first-choice graduate art therapy program at George Washington University.
  • Evan Casas, ’23 (studio arts major) received the second prize in studio arts for the 2023 Student Annual Exhibition for his drawing, "Desire".
  • Madelyn Chelak, ’23 (studio arts & digital media major) created projections for the Spotlight Players' production of Smokefall that were incorporated into the set and lighting design for the play.
  • Jo D’Alonzo, ’24 (studio arts major) had a collection of her art featured outside of the Julio Fine Arts Gallery during fall 2023.
  • Stephanie Fernandez, ’24 (studio arts & biopsychology major) presented an art installation, "The Art of Standing Up", in Donnelly Science Center as a part of Celebration of Science Week.
  • Christina Guerra, ’23 (art history & Classics major) received a Fulbright scholarship to be an English Teaching Assistant in Laos.
  • Izzy Guerrero, ’24 (photography major) received the first prize in photography for the 2023 Student Annual Exhibition for her art book "XX". Izzy also served as a photography assistant for Professor Braxton at the Society of Family Planning Conference 2022 in Baltimore.
  • Anna Landi, ’24 (studio arts & biology major) received the third prize in studio arts for the 2023 Student Annual Exhibition for her mixed media piece, "Cyborg".
  • Warren Megger, ’24 (studio arts major) received the first prize in studio arts for the 2023 Student Annual Exhibition for his painting, "throwing glitter at ghosts".
  • Jazzy Nkala, ’23 (studio arts minor) was accepted to her first-choice post-baccalaureate program at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Lia O’Riordan, ’23 (studio arts minor) was accepted by both of her first-choice grad programs: University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.
  • CJ Sommers, ’24 (photography minor) received the second prize in photography for the 2023 Student Annual Exhibition for his photo, "Open Casket".
  • Alé Terrero, ’23 (theatre minor) directed the spring 2023 production of Smokefall, presented by the Spotlight Players. Alé decided to donate the show’s proceeds to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
  • Mary Velazquez, ’23 (studio arts minor) received a Fulbright scholarship to earn a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. A collection of Mary's art was also featured outside of the Julio Fine Arts Gallery during spring 2023.

Alumni Achievements

  • Amy Swartz, 18 (art history minor) began a new position as Museum Collections Manager at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in January 2023. This followed on her work for Crozier Fine Arts reinstalling exhibitions at the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Julie Anderson, ’17 (theatre & Classics major) stage managed Hurricane Diane at Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore.
  • Julia D’Agostino, ’17 (photography & journalism major) is in her 6th year in business as a freelance photographer doing lifestyle, interior design, and environmental photography throughout New England. Julia was recently featured on the cover of New England Home Magazine's annual issue of next CT.
  • Ellie Shirocky, ’17 (music & English major) is now the Associate Editor for Music at W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Rowan Suder, ’17 (studio arts & writing major) created the scenic design for Hurricane Diane at Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore.
  • Anna DeBlasio, ’15 (theatre & English major) was cast in Us/Them as Girl at Sisters Freehold Theatre Company in Baltimore.
  • Nicole Meily, ’15 (art history & history major) has been appointed Director of Academic Administration and Finance in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University.
  • Tenley Pitonzo, ’13 (theatre major), an Actors' Equity Association stage manager, was the lead stage manager for Our Town at Baltimore Center Stage in fall 2022 and for Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., in spring 2023.
  • Dr. Nora Benedict, ’10 (art history minor) was awarded the Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholar Award for her work while an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Georgia.
  • Eileen Wold, ’00 (studio arts major) presented her work to Professor Akre’s Landscape (SA 315) classes this spring and discussed her research on climate change. In the past year, Ms. Wold has created outdoor temporary drawing installations at the Desert Dairy Residency outside of Joshua Tree and the Verdancy Residency in Oregon.
  • Hilary Hachey, ’94 (studio arts major) participated in the American Craft Council’s juried American Craft Made Marketplace at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Faculty Achievements

  • Dr. Natka Bianchini directed Us/Them by Carly Wijs for Sisters Freehold Theatre Company in September 2022, featuring Anna DeBlasio, ’15, and stage managed by Annie Malady, ’17. She also directed Hurricane Diane for Iron Crow Theatre in January/February 2023 with stage management by Julie Anderson, ’17, and scenic design by Rowan Suder, ’17.
  • Dr. Kerry Boeye published an article with Dr. Mavis Biss, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola, titled "Deep Interdisciplinarity: Team-Teaching and Critical Thinking about Art" in the Journal of Aesthetic Education. He also published a review of an exhibition of medieval art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the October 2022 issue of the Burlington Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Boeye gave two conference papers: "Radical Empathy and the Experience of Art History" at the 78th annual SECAC conference in October 2022 and "Confederate Chivalry: A Disputed Ideal in Newspapers of the Civil War and Reconstruction" at the 98th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in February 2023. He also has an article, "Matriarchy and Authority in a Thirteenth-Century English Psalter", being published by the Studies in Iconography journal in spring 2023.
  • Dr. Jim Bunzli received a grant from Loyola's Summer Research Grant Program to support the creation and performance of a new autobiographical solo work entitled "1973 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon".
  • Professor Billy Friebele received a grant from Loyola's Summer Research Grant Program to support his ongoing research of rivers using waterproof cameras. The funds will be used to assist in the design of a new floating camera system with improved capabilities.
  • Dr. Barnaby Nygren published a book chapter titled "Singing Sibyls: Music, Inspiration, Labor, and Art on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling" in Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Nygren also published an article titled "'They Had Fiery Eyes': Dogs, Fables, and History at La Casa del que Mató al Animal" in the journal, Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture.
  • Professor Daniel Pinha was selected to be part of the prestigious 2023 Latinx Theatre Commons Designer & Director Colaboratorio in Portland, Oregon, this summer. The event, hosted by the Latinx Theatre Commons, is a five-day series of learning opportunities designed to encourage authentic creative expressions and collaboration between Latinx designers and directors.

Department Newsletter

Peggy Sell

Peggy Sells

This 2007 graduate fuses her passion for art history with her desire to make art accessible at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas

Art History
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this visual arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.