The ITE (Information Technology and Engineering) Building is where the IMDA program lives on campus and is next to the Imaging Research Center (IRC), where some IMDA students work as Research Assistants. The IMDA ITE space offers graduate students both a loading dock and media facilities, including a state of the art audio recording/editing studio, 4k video editing and graphics lab and digital fabrication, laser cutting, 4×8′ CNC milling. The computer lab is equipped with the full Adobe Suite required for web, graphics, programming, audio/video, motion graphics, stop motion and interactive development. In addition, ITE provides physical computing for hacking, arduino’s and sensor building; a maker lab; and a breakout area flexible for individual graduate students production needs. ITE/IMDA partnerships give students additional access to 3-D printing at the Human Centered Computing’s (HCC) 3D PAD Lab.
The Fine Arts building is the home of the Department of Visual Arts where IMDA students have access to a variety of undergraduate studios and labs. These include the Cinematic Arts Production Cage that allows graduate students to check out IMDA-only equipment, along with undergraduate equipment. This ranges from HD cameras to several projectors, mac mini’s, related equipment and state of the art film, video labs including private editing suites, and additional production spaces with grid lighting and multiple backdrops for a broad range of video/photography, green-screening etc. Three output bureaus are available to IMDA students, including the campus-wide CommonVision and the Visual Art Department’s I/O Bureau and the Photo Cage/Photo Output Bureau, all offering large formatting inkjet and related output. In addition, Visual Arts offers color-and-black and white darkroom facilities with both wet and dry processes, copy stands, and experimental processes. Print media includes access to all toxic-free processes including lithography, etching, woodblock/linoleum, silkscreen, a vacuum table and digital and photo/darkroom processes. We offer graduate students an Epilogue laser cutter; 2D and 3D animation facilities, and interactive media including both hand and digital processes.
The Fine Arts Building is also where the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) is located. This is a premier exhibition and screening space of about 3,500 square feet where IMDA students often work as Research Assistants and where they display their M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition.
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 Millin 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.
IMDA’s Lion Brothers Studios are located in downtown, 875 Hollins Street. The Studios occupied by IMDA are newly renovated, situated on ground level floor of the Lion Brothers Building with loading dock access and wide windows. Students occupy studios where they build and display ongoing projects, as well as discuss their work, and works in progress during critique courses, faculty reviews and one-on-one studio visits with acclaimed guest artists and critics. The space also serves as a platform for public events, openings and tours to promote IMDA work. You can find out how to travel around the studios from here.