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Art Talks

Enjoy recordings of educational programs, artist talks, and more.

Stay connected with the UMGC Arts Program by learning about our artists, their work, and topics of interest to our community.

Eternal Paper

Artist Panel

During the opening reception on October 22, 2023, artists from the exhibition took part in a panel discussion led by guest curator Helen C. Frederick.

Artist Conversations

Each artist in the exhibition was asked to have a conversation with another artist in the exhibition to provide background for their hand-papermaking approaches, learning experiences from their vantage point, and distinctive aesthetics. In dialogue with one another through Zoom meeting conversations, these 20 artists summarize personal and universal touchstones for their works.

Nelson Stevens: Color Rapping

Artist Nelson Stevens passed away shortly before this exhibition opened. An opening reception and remembrance was held on October 2, 2022, featuring panelists Leslie King Hammond, PhD, professor emerita, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Nadya Stevens, the artist’s daughter. Additional speakers—including colleagues, friends, and Stevens’s fellow members of AfriCOBRA—spoke about his legacy.

Sharon Wolpoff

On March 6, 2022, the UMGC Arts Program held the opening reception for the exhibition Sharon Wolpoff: Wherever I Turn I See Light. Julia Langley, the faculty director for the Arts and Humanities Program at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, led a conversation with the artist.

Demystifying Public Art Symposium

Public art—art outside traditional galleries or museums—is present everywhere, but many artists have limited knowledge of the various factors involved in participating in public art projects. On February 16–17, 2019, the UMGC Arts Program hosted a two-day symposium that brought together artists and other art professionals active in the public art field to discuss factors involved in participating in public art projects. The symposium was sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)/Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation/Arts and Cultural Heritage Division; Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC); and UMGC.