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Stevenson University Photo History students (Art 305) and faculty member Walt Calahan built their very own Camera Obscura in room S260 on Friday, February 9, 2018, and then sat for 30-seconds in the dim light of the "Camera" to have a group portrait made. Fun was had by all as the Owings Mills North Campus was projected upside-down inside the conference room.

Freelance photographer and collage artist Leneé Freeman, a 2011 Visual Communication Design graduate, is mid-way through her Urban Arts Leadership Program fellowship. The UALP is a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance program that facilitates persons of color training in arts management, social justice, and professional development. This ten-month fellowship includes four months of intensive weekend training and six months working with Baltimore arts organizations.

Leneé’s arts administration placements are with Baltimore Clayworks and Single Carrot Theatre. Leneé’s Clayworks projects included photographing ceramics for a catalog and helping the organization promote its classes and events. Her role at Single Carrot Theatre includes event promotions and administrative support.

When asked how she has grown personally, professionally and creatively as a result of this fellowship, Leneé explains that her time management and still life photography skills have improved greatly. She has also gained insight into how organizations use social media platforms.

An activity that is included in the fellowship training is for all fellows to raise $500. for a personal art project. Leneé's Indegogo fundraising campaign is titled “Shades of Brown: diversity and inclusion.” This collage series was started by Leneé after she noticed that “other paper portrait artist didn't make paper people that I could relate to I began making my own. My mission was to create paper illustrations with diverse shades of brown and body images. They represent inclusion and to showcase dynamic fashions, lifestyles, and beauty among various shades of brown complexions in the African American community.” 

The Stevenson University community is encouraged to support this project. To learn more about this project click on this link. The first fellow to reach the campaign goal receives an additional $500.

Stevenson University seniors or recent grads are encouraged to apply for this fellowship. The application deadline is early May and the fellowship begins in September. Feel free to contact Lori Rubeling, lrubeling@stevenson.edu or go to GBCA’s web site, for more information on the UALP application.

On October 22, 2016, the VCD 440 Designing For A Target Market studio spent the afternoon collecting demographic data and visitor experience comments at the Carroll Mansion and Shot Tower venues during the American Institute of Architects’ Baltimore chapter annual Doors Open Baltimore event.

This research will be analyzed and included in a report the studio will present to Carroll Museum’s board on November 15, 2016.

This human-centered research activity and renaming design project is just one example out of many service learning projects that Stevenson University has partnered with Carroll Museums, Inc.

The screening of The Illusionists, a documentary film about the globalization of beauty ideals and how those ideals have effected society, drew in a large crowd on September 28th.  Lori Rubeling served as the moderator for the event. After the screening, panelists Dina Fiasconaro, Soheila Gaussy, Heather Harris, Sehlah Khalid Butt, Laura Smith and Geetha Suresh answered questions raised by The Illusionists. They invited the audience to speak about their experiences with body image as well as sharing their own stories.

The film is not available to the public yet. For more information, visit http://theillusionists.org/

On October 6, 2016, Christina Bittinger Melito (Art Director for Frank Strategic Marketing and 2006 VCD alumnae) and Andrew Melito (Data Analyst for T. Rowe Price) presented the theory and practice of integrating web analytics in the design process to the VCD 440 Designing For A Target studio.

The information presented during the lecture offered the VCD majors an opportunity to discuss SEO’s (search engine optimization) factors; to analyze UX (user experience) best practices; and to engage with accomplished web design professionals.