The third annual Light City festival shone as brightly as ever this year, bringing art and ideas to hundreds of thousands of visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Included among spotlit talent from around the world was a broad selection of work and scholarship from the UMBC community. Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale international light festival in the United States, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Spark II, a pop-up gallery of projection-based artworks was on display in Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion during Light City Festival. Made possible through the vision and generosity of PNC, the gallery featured the work of UMBC faculty and graduate students, as well as artists from Towson University.
The daytime Labs@Light City, a series of innovation conferences dedicated to sparking social change, were organized in seven half day, topical labs: EduLab, SocialLab, GreenLab, HealthLab, ArtLab, MakerLab and FoodLab.
President Freeman Hrabowski joined Kathy O’Dell, associate professor of visual arts, special assistant to the dean for education and arts partnerships, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Richard Chisolm ’82, interdisciplinary studies; and artist David Hess in the discussion “The Making of Gun Show” to reflect on the 2017 exhibition Gun Show at UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture. The show was created to foster dialogue about gun ownership and gun violence.