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Meet the Director

Stephen Bradley

Director, Linehan Artist Scholars Program
Associate Professor of Visual Arts

B.F.A. Drawing, Mixed Media, University of South Florida
M.F.A. Painting, Electronic Media, Florida State University

 

Contact: sbradley@umbc.edu or call 410-455-2721 or 455-8087

Where the arts flourish, you find engaged citizens who challenge the norm and work with academic and local collaborators to seek socially responsible and entrepreneurial programs.

The arts are integral to the cohesion of cultures; they are the emotional glue of societies that express and communicate ideas, and provide potential solutions to community challenges. The UMBC community is a testament to how the arts continue to have a positive impact on students, faculty, and staff, and on our local neighbors. The arts often foster changing opinions, instill new values and translate personal experiences across a diverse social and cultural landscape. Earl and Darielle Linehan, through enabling the creation UMBC’s Linehan Artist Scholars Program, support exceptional students who seek to pursue the arts for their full four years of education.

I look forward to being part of the history of this prestigious and important program at UMBC and sharing my educational and cultural experience with colleagues and students alike. The opportunity to direct the Linehan Artist Scholars Program is most humbling and challenging. The program has grown and flourished under the guidance of the previous director, Professor Doug Hamby, who has created a dynamic structure that will continue to provide a high watermark of outstanding achievement.

To continue the momentum and success of the Linehan Artist Scholars Program, I will draw upon my evolving knowledge base in academic, interdisciplinary arts, community art projects, science/art initiatives, and acoustic ecology. I have forged deep connections with the Baltimore communities in which I have participated. Currently, I am an active member with the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS) where I have formed creative relationships with civic scientists and ecologists to study the biodiversity of the Inner Harbor and connected tributaries. As an Associate Professor, I currently serve on the UMBC Public Humanities Advisory Committee, and most recently was awarded a UMBC Charlesmead Award to develop an interdisciplinary course called “Teaching Artist = Change Agent,” in collaboration with the local, non-profit, Young Audiences. Since 2010, I have been an artist-in-residence serving Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and North Anne Arundel County community, where I engage with communities invested in interdisciplinary civic science, and entrepreneurial art-making projects. In addition, I have received solo commissions, awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla (Spain). I have exhibited or presented my works nationally and internationally in sites ranging from Shanghai to Vienna.

Connect to Professor Bradley’s website: urbantells.net