UMBC at Light City 2017!


Remember last spring, when UMBC set up camp at Baltimore’s debut Light City festival? Remember all the art, the music, the glow-in-the-dark beer glasses? Dear readers…we’re glad to inform you that this year, we’re back! From March 31 through April 8, Light City Baltimore will once again illuminate the Inner Harbor, and UMBC will be there to help light the lamps.

This year’s exhibition features large-scale artworks by faculty members Tim Nohe and Eric Dyer, and the UMBC Spark gallery space on Calvert Street will house works by UMBC faculty, alumni, and current students. During the day, catch President Freeman A. Hrabowski’s keynote address at Light City’s EduLab. Faculty members Gymama Slaughter, Lee Boot, and Kimberly Moffitt, along with alumni Greg Cangialosi ’96, English, Maritha Gay ’84, health science and policy, and Joseph T. Jones, Jr. ’06, social work, will also be present at the conferences.

26204540931_8e853358d7_oOn top of all that, we’re hosting a shindig of our own! Join us at the Harbor Club at the Pier V Hotel on Saturday, April 1 from 8 to 11 p.m., where you can take in a full panoramic view of the festival, enjoy food and drinks on us, and score some glow-in-the-dark UMBC swag. We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information on our presence at Light City, click here. You can also check out photos from last year’s festival here.

UMBC at Light City!


Light City Baltimore is this week, and we couldn’t be prouder of the many UMBC community members taking part in this festival of light, art, music, and innovation. Take a short trip down memory lane as we remember some of the Light City participants we’ve featured on this very blog:

  • Ekiben, the Fells Point food stand-turned-restaurant run by Nick Yesupriya ’13, biological sciences, Steve Chu ’12, economics, and Ephrem Abebe ’13, information systems, will be serving up their signature Asian-fusion cuisine along the Inner Harbor during the festival.
  • Mina Cheon, M.F.A. ’02, imaging and digital arts, along with her husband, Gabriel Kroiz, has placed 15 LED-lit diamond sculptures along the Jones Falls River for the “Diamonds Light Baltimore” installation. At 10 p.m.each night, the diamonds will change color from white to blue to reflect the citywide curfew put in place during last year’s unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, and to “respond to the most current and largest city light installation in Baltimore, the blue light police surveillance.”
  • Adam Trice ’04, English, is bringing “graveyard country” to Light City with his band, Red Sammy. When UMBC Magazine caught up with him back in 2011, Trice said his identity as a musician and lyricist was heavily influenced by his literary background: “A lot of electives in the creative writing track…are the strong focus from which I draw.”

For a more complete list of alumni, staff, and faculty members involved with Light City, UMBC News has you covered.

As for us, we’ll be in the Black and Gold Lounge at the Columbus Center tonight through Saturday evening. Stop by for some free refreshments, mingle with your fellow alumni, and test out our new Retriever Stories website as the harbor lights up. Can’t wait to see you there!

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