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BALTIMORE, April 5 2021 – The fourth annual SPARK exhibition — A New World? — will be hosted at Maryland Art Place (MAP) from April 29, to June 26, 2021.  The exhibition, made possible through a PNC Bank sponsorship, expands on the light-based themes of past Spark exhibitions embrace the power of art to illuminate and inspire reflection and dialogue.  


A New World? presents the work of 25 Towson University and UMBC faculty and student artists. Through their work, the past year of the pandemic and longer timelines impacting our future are considered. After experiencing the chaos, upheaval, and uncertainty that dominated this past year, these artists help us see the world and consider how to cope, adapt and persevere through whatever lies ahead. 


Curated by Catherine Borg, SPARK IV: A New World? will include a mix of faculty and student work by: Amanda Burnham (TU), Carrie Fucile (TU), Evan Tedlock (UMBC), Foster Reynolds-Santiago (UMBC), Grace Doyle (TU), Irene Chan (UMBC), Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack (TU), Jon Lundak (TU), Kelley Bell & Melissa Penley Cormier (UMBC), Kyohei Abe (TU), Luci Jockel (TU), Lynn Cazabon (UMBC),  Monique Crabb (UMBC), Nahid Tootoonchi (TU), Jenee Mateer (TU), Kat Navarro (TU), Kimberly Hopkins (TU), Rahne Alexander (UMBC), Ryan Shelley (TU), Safiyah Cheatam (UMBC), Samantha Sethi (UMBC), Sarah Sharp (UMBC), Sookkyung Park (TU), Stephen Bradley (UMBC) and Timothy Nohe (UMBC). 


“PNC has a legacy of investing in the arts, as we understand the economic, social, and civic impacts that a thriving arts and culture community have on our city,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “There are few better ways to support our community, at a time when it’s never been more necessary, than by supporting the arts, and specifically, Maryland Arts Place’s SPARK exhibition, which features the thought-provoking works of local students and faculty.” 


“It has been my pleasure to work with artists from Towson and UMBC to create an exhibition for this moment,” said Catherine Borg, curator. “I've organized the exhibition based on five sub-themes that emerged from the work these artists shared: Altered Time, Remote Viewing/Imagined Places, Futurecasting, Climate Horizon, and Equitable Future.”  


A virtual reception for SPARK IV: A New World?  will be free and held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 6. To attend please click HERE. You also may visit the exhibition in person 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday,  through June 26, 2021. MAP is located at 218 West Saratoga Street between Park &Howard Streets in downtown Baltimore. On-street and garage parking are available.  


About the Curator: Catherine Borg is a Baltimore artist and curator. Her work as an artist has been presented in many venues; highlights include screenings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center Las Vegas reviewed in Art in America. She holds an MFA degree in visual arts from Rutgers University, a BA degree in broadcasting from San Francisco State University, and has received fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Jentel Foundation. As a curator, Borg has presented the work of dozens of artists in film and video screenings, solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in venues as varied as traditional gallery spaces, empty storefronts, hotel rooms, a seven-story rotunda, and the Columbus Center (SPARK III). 


About PNC Bank 

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