The Intermedia + Digital Art [IMDA] MFA program at UMBC is proud to announce that our
graduate studios will be moving to a new location in downtown Baltimore in January 2017. Our program
will occupy 5500 sf on the ground floor of the Lion Brothers Building at 875 Hollins Street
[www.lionbrothersbaltimore.com]. This nineteenth century brick factory is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and lies within the University of Maryland Baltimore’s BioPark zone, just east of Hollins Market and a short walk to the Bromo Arts + Entertainment District. Students will have access to the free downtown shuttle between the two campus as well as MTA amenities, such as the free Charm City Circulator that stops just outside the building. The building offers bike racks, a loading dock and a 10-min walk to the Light Rail. The Lion Brothers Building originally housed a factory that embroidered more girl scout badges than anyone in the country, is now a rehabilitation project by Bill Struever’s Cross Street Partners. Mr. Struever is known as the city’s leader in developing both greening and historic projects, such as Clipper Mill
in the Hampden-Woodberry neighborhood in Baltimore.
The UMBC lease will include a 650 sf flexible classroom space that will be available to 22
departments in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [CAHSS] primarily for classes
addressing community engagement, entrepreneurship and other grass-roots pedagogies. This classroom
occupies the oldest part of the building, a nineteenth century horse stable. The goal is for a combination of sustainable paths to emerge that will offer long-term creative solutions toward community and cultural development in southwest Baltimore and throughout the city.
In the historic classroom of the Lion Brothers building IMDA will hold our Art 640|740 weekly
critique courses, our bi-annual graduate review days and our mid-term critiques [4 times per year] in addition to the many tours, world-class recognized lectures that typifies the IMDA program. We hope to expand our locally engaged dialogue to address pressing issues facing Baltimore. The flexible classroom and critique space is retrofitted with track lighting, a flexible ceiling for mounting artwork and projectors, A|V, a lobby, two white walls, one brick wall and a wall with floor-to-ceiling arched brick windows facing Poppleton Street. This space will allow for ad-hoc exhibitions, performances and other events.
The 18 graduate studios will primarily occupy the adjoining 1930’s area of the former textile and
printing company. The studios, with raw, concrete floors, 14’ high ceilings and 8’ high partitioned spaces, are retrofitted to meet the needs of artists. Other amenities include, a modest kitchen, slop sink, energy efficient lighting with breakers for every pair of studios, and a comprehensive security system. Several studios have floor to ceiling windows. All windows [and the building’s exterior] will be restored using historically correct guidelines through a federal preservation grant acquired by Cross Street Partners.