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SPARK: New Light

More than two dozen UMBC and Towson artists at The Peale!


Off Campus


August 13, 2022Sep 25, 2022 (All Day Event)


Explore the creative vision of 24 artists at SPARK: New Light, presented by UMBCTowson University, and PNC Bank, August 13 through September 25 at The Peale.

SPARK: New Light will ignite your imagination. Discover photographic time capsules and microscopic organisms that glow in the dark, investigate delicate bamboo paper sculptures and a post-apocalyptic future, learn about a Chinese-American who fought in the Civil War and the disappearance of Holland Island, and enjoy room after room of additional artworks.

UMBC artists featured in this fifth annual family-friendly SPARK exhibition include Lynn CazabonIrene ChanAdam DronebergFahmida HossainAhlam KhamisKathy Marmor (with Penny Rheingans), Lisa Moren (with Tsvetan BachvaroffDan Deacon, and Woody Lissauer), Timothy NoheCorrie Francis ParksChris PeregoyFoster Reynolds-Santiago.

Participating artists from Towson University include Mark BurchickGrace DoyleCarrie FucileAlexandra GaroveDanielle HawkJinyoung KohDiane KuthyJenee MateerKat NavarroSookkyung ParkLynn Tomlinson, and J. Yablonsky.

SPARK: New Light is curated by Catherine Borg.

SPARK: New Light is made possible by a generous grant from PNC Bank.

Special Events

The Peale — Grand Reopening and Founder’s Day — Saturday, August 13, 1–4 p.m.

The first museum building in the United States, The Peale was established by artist Rembrandt Peale in 1814. Over the past several years, The Peale has been engaged in a substantial renovation, and the opening day of Spark will coincide with The Peale’s Grand Reopening: Founder’s Day 2022 celebration. (Free tickets to this event are now available.)

Artist Reception — Wednesday, September 7, 5–8 p.m.

Join us for a reception to celebrate the work of SPARK artists. (Details forthcoming.)

Cameraless Photography Workshop — Sunday, September 11, 1–4 p.m.

Join Chris Peregoy for a free workshop on cameraless photography. (Details forthcoming.)

Illumination of The Peale — Friday–Sunday, September 23–25, time to be announced

Artist Kelley Bell presents Window 26, a projection event that will illuminate The Peale. (Details forthcoming.)

Percussion Performances — Saturday, September 24, time to be announced

ThTowson Percussion Ensemble, the UMBC Percussion Ensemble, and the Umbilicus percussion ensemble present a free performance. (Details forthcoming.)

Plan your visit

Admission to SPARK: New Light is free.

The Peale is open Thursdays and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID protocols are in place when visiting The Peale, and proof of vaccination and masking required. 

Please visit here for current information on visiting The Peale.

The Peale is located at 225 Holliday Street, in downtown Baltimore between Zion Church and the Real News Network, and across the street from the Abel Wolman Municipal Building.

The Peale is well served by public transportation and is near stops for City Hall, the War Memorial, and Farmers’ Market on the Purple, Orange, Red, Blue, Yellow CityLink lines and the free Green Charm City Circulator Route, as well as LocalLink routes 54, 56, 154, 67, 78, 80 and Express BusLink routes 105, 115, 160, 154, 164. The Peale is a short walk from the Charles Center and Shot Tower Stations. Ample on-street and lot parking is also available.