Mission.

The Contemporary is a nomadic, non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Our mission expands the idea of a museum as an incubator that commissions site-specific and subject-oriented projects. We engage diverse audiences and advance contemporary art through projects and educational programming.

Our work is inspired by three guiding principles: artists matter, collaboration is key, and audience is everywhere.

History.

In 1989, Baltimore curator George Ciscle founded the Contemporary in order to foster meaningful exchanges between artists, institutions, and diverse audiences. This nomadic institution quickly developed a reputation for delivering unexpected, challenging, and inspiring encounters with contemporary art by notable artists such as Willie Cole, Alison Saar, and Fred Wilson.

During its first decade, the Contemporary was “dedicated to redefining the concept of the museum.” It moved around the city of Baltimore, sponsoring exhibitions and projects in a variety of borrowed venues such as warehouses, car dealerships, and bus stations, as well as collaborating with partnering institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Conservatory, and Walters Art Museum.

Because of the variety and ambition of its projects, programs, and operations, the Contemporary’s mission was continuously reviewed, adapted, and reinvented under various directors: Gary Sangster, Thom Collins, Irene Hofmann, and Sue Spaid. Thus the organization’s profile has continuously evolved in its 24-year history.

In 1999, The Contemporary rebranded as the Contemporary Museum and moved to 100 W. Centre Street, one block from the Walters Art Museum in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of downtown Baltimore. It organized exhibitions and related programming in that location for nearly ten years and worked with artists such as Dawoud Bey, Chris Burden, Dara Birnbaum, Louise Bourgeois, Futurefarmers, Ellen Gallagher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Isaac Julien, Christian Marclay, and Soledad Salamé. In 2011, the museum moved out of the W. Centre Street space and returned to the process of facilitating projects in neighboring institutions and buildings.

At a critical juncture, and consistent with the belief that the mission should be subject to review, the Board of Trustees suspended operations in May of 2012. An intensive reassessment process followed, ultimately leading to the reinstatement of the institution’s original vision of redefining the museum and the creation of a bold new organizational model.

Today, The Contemporary is a museum that willfully operates without a permanent collection or a building. Instead, we work with curators, both in Baltimore and beyond, to commission site- and situation-specific art projects that engage, challenge, and awe the people of Baltimore. We collaborate with different institutions, organizations, and individuals to offer dynamic programming that is tailored to both artists and the general public.

Staff.

Deana Haggag

Director

Deana Haggag has been with The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with The Contemporary, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana curates independent exhibitions, consults on various public art initiatives, and contributes to cultural publications. She is on the board of Whoop Dee Doo, Station North Tool Library, and is the Dean of the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013.

Ginevra Shay

Program Manager

Ginevra Shay joined The Contemporary late 2013. Prior to her involvement with The Contemporary she founded the Current Space Community Darkroom and Photo Program, located in Baltimore, which underlines her commitment to community in the arts. Ginevra's BA studies were concentrated in Photography and Photographic History at the University of Vermont. She is an active arts consultant and independent curator–organizing exhibitions and creating publications that are nationally and internationally recognized. She was recently invited to participate in the “30 Creative Minds Under 30” program at Maryland Art Place and was selected to speak at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in 2014. Ginevra has worked with a number of private collections and Baltimore institutions, including The Jewish Museum of Maryland and The Afro-American Newspaper to aid with research and assist with digital archiving processes.

Lu Zhang

Business Manager

Lu Zhang received her MFA in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands and her BFA in General Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Prior to joining the Contemporary, Lu worked for a number of years as Senior Model Designer at a local architecture firm before transitioning to the non-profit sector in her position as Employer Relations Coordinator at MICA's Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development. In addition to her role as Business Manager at The Contemporary, Lu is Managing Editor at Bmoreart.com, a Baltimore based online Arts Journal, as well as an Adjunct Professor at MICA. Lu has exhibited her drawings and installations in the United States and abroad including shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Randall Scott Gallery in Washington DC, and The Center for Art and Culture in France. In 2010, Lu received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for Works on Paper. In 2011 she was awarded The Trawick Prize Young Artist Award.

Interns: Max Anderson, Kimi Hanauer, Lee Heinemann

Volunteers: Miriam Arenberg, Brittney Baltimore, Audrey Gair, Jolie Kumin, Rosemary Liss, Margo Malter (Coordinator), Amanda Metcalf, Marines Montalvo, Kirsten Poulsen-House, Allison Ransom, Jordan Shelton, Gillian Waldo, Clara West

Board.

Terry Squyres

President

Terry Squyres, Principal at GWWO Inc./Architects, has over 20 years of experience as an architect, manager and advocate for outstanding design that is meaningfully conceived, technically strong and elegantly executed. Focused on cultural and educational work, Terry’s past projects include a new museum and a new visitor center for George Washington’s Mount Vernon Home; the new Port Canaveral Visitor Center in Brevard County, Florida; the new Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention in Gainesville, Florida; the new West Village Commons for Towson University; the new Dundalk & Sollers Point Technical High Schools in Baltimore, Maryland; and the new Red Pump Elementary School in Harford County, Maryland. Terry’s volunteer efforts have also included work for the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter; Baltimore County Public Schools; and Morgan State University.

Ray Allen

Vice President

Ray Allen, who was first appointed in 1994 as Vice President for Academic Affairs and in 2006, as its first provost, has led the educational program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) through the largest period of growth in its history. Ray first came to MICA in 1970 as a faculty member and subsequently, department chair. In 1983, he assumed an eleven-year tenure as the first Vice President for Academic Affairs at Maine College of Art. An extensive international evaluator of programs of art and design, Ray was elected to the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), became its chair in 2002 and President of the organization from 2005 to 2008. In 2009, NASAD elected him a Fellow and Life Member, its highest award for distinguished service. Ray holds a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and a MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York respectively.

Doug Bothner

Vice President

Doug Bothner is a Senior Associate at Ziger/Snead Architects in Baltimore, Maryland. His work has won numerous design awards from the Baltimore and Maryland chapters of the American Institute of Architects, and has been published in Dwell, Wallpaper* Online, IDFX, Baltimore Style, Home & Design, and VIEW Magazines. Doug is active in the Baltimore community. He has been adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute of College of Art and a visiting critic at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University, and Morgan State University School of Architecture. As an avid cyclist, he served as a Juror for the Station North Arts & Entertainment Bike Rack Competition. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture where he was awarded The Drawing Prize in 1996, and he graduated with Honors in Painting from Wesleyan University.

Karen Stults

Vice President

Karen Stults is the Director of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art and brings over twenty years of nonprofit management and program development experience to her commitment to the arts. Ms. Stults holds a M.Ed. in Policy Development and Program Evaluation from Vanderbilt University, a BA in Business and Communications from Mercer University, a certificate in Ceramics and Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and a certificate in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from Georgetown University. Previous employers include the Center for Community Change, YouthAction, Inc., and McAuley Institute in Washington, DC. She is an alumna of the Windcall Residency Program for social change activists and serves on the board of Fluid Movement. Her work at MICA and in Baltimore is rooted in the belief that individual artists and arts organizations play a vital role in energizing and transforming communities.

Deana Haggag

Secretary

Jessica Lanzillotti

Treasurer

Jessica Lanzillotti, a South Dakota native, holds the position of Treasurer of Single Carrot Theatre’s Board of Directors and works as the General Manager at Everyman Theatre. Jessica graduated valedictorian of the Towson University Business School in 2002, has interned at Arthur Andersen, LLP, and worked up to a senior accountant at Chernoff & Richards, P.A. She left to form her own accounting company in 2005 and immediately took on Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre as one of her clients. After working contractually for a few years, Jessica joined the Everyman team full time, first as Business Manager and then as General Manager beginning in July of 2012. Jessica does not have any artistic experience, generally preferring to work "behind the scenes," but she attends shows regularly and loves the creative environment.

Tamar Cloyd

Tamar Cloyd is a fundraising and communications consultant with The Cloyd Group, LLC. She has over 10 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector, including fundraising, program management, communications (online and print), and direct service delivery. In her spare time, Tamar volunteers as a reader for the Metropolitan Washington Ear in Silver Spring, MD. She has also volunteered as a grant reviewer with the DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation and D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education. A native of Chicago, IL, Tamar holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in community social psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She resides in Columbia, MD with her husband and three sons.

Jeffry Cudlin

Jeffry Cudlin is a Washington, D.C. based critic, curator, and performance artist. He serves as full-time Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, teaching in George Ciscle’s Curatorial Practice MFA program. Cudlin has written for The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, and Sculpture Magazine. In both 2009 and 2008, he won First Place Altweekly Awards for Arts Criticism from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. From 2007 to 2012, Cudlin worked for The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. As Director of Exhibitions, Cudlin developed projects exploring trans-humanism, historical reenactments, and images of women in sports. At MICA, Cudlin coordinates the undergraduate Concentration in Curatorial Studies, and works with undergraduate and graduate students to create audience-focused exhibitions throughout Baltimore. Cudlin received his MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Virginia.

Lionel Foster

Lionel Foster is an East Baltimore native and a Communications Manager at the Urban Institute, a social policy research center in Washington, D.C. A former columnist with "The Baltimore Sun," Lionel has experience relaying a range of policy issues to diverse urban communities. In addition to the “Sun,” his writings on topics including race, education, economic development, and criminal justice have appeared in the "The Chicago Tribune," "The Chronicle of Philanthropy," and "The Los Angeles Times." A graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program, he also holds master's degrees in Social Policy and Planning and Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics as well as an MA in Creative and Life Writing (Goldsmiths College, University of London), earned during his tenure as a British Marshall Scholar. In 2011, he was named a "Maryland Daily Record" VIP.

Sarva Girdhar

Sarva Girdhar, M.D. is a board certified surgeon, in practice since 1977, specializing in general surgery, wound care, and veins. His office and practice are located in Westminster, MD. Born and raised in India, Sarva completed his medical studies at the University of Gauhati and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research before immigrating to the United States in 1971. From 1971-1977, Sarva completed medical residences and fellowships in Baltimore, Dallas, St. Louis as well as Altoona, PA. Sarva is very interested in contemporary art, specifically installation and site-specific works. He is an avid contemporary art collector focusing predominately on Indian and South Asian artists. He lives in Pikesville with his wife Veena.

Joanna Golden

Joanna Golden is the Creative Director of Pie in the Sky, a pie baking company located in Aspen, CO. She splits her time between Aspen and Baltimore, where she was born and raised. She attended the Park School of Baltimore and then went on to receive her BFA in Costume Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Joanna worked in the costume design industry for many years before starting her family of two children. She has been an active member of the The Walters Art Museum Women's Committee since 2000 and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The Maryland Zoo.

William Goldiner

William Goldiner has been the Team Physician and Medical Director for the Baltimore Orioles since 1993. He also is an internal medicine consultant and works for hospitals such as Sheppard Pratt. A Baltimore native, William is an avid contemporary art collector and lives in Pikesville, Maryland.

Stanton Johnson

Stanton R. Johnson is an associate at Venable LLP. He focuses his practice on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. A native of the Washington, DC area, Stanton graduated from Morgan State University with an Electrical Engineering degree, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law—where he was a Leadership Scholar and served as Technology Editor for the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. Before law school, Stanton was an intelligence analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency. He attended the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, graduating in 2005, and earned exceptional performance awards from the CIA in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Stanton was also recognized in 2013 as a “Shining Star” by the University of Maryland School of Law Black Alumni Reunion.

Joyce
Yu-Jean Lee

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is an artist who works primarily in video installation, drawing, and photography. She hails from Dallas, TX and has a M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Joyce has participated in various supported artist residencies, and has exhibited on the east coast and various international locations including Italy, Germany, and Taiwan. She is the recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant; a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award; and a 2010 So Hamiltonian Fellowship. The Washington Post included her Passages exhibition in their “Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows” in Washington D.C. in 2012. Joyce currently teaches part-time at MICA and The Corcoran College of Art + Design, and can be found cruising around Charm City on her trusty bicycle.

Bodil Ottesen

Bodil Ottesen is an art historian and educator. She is a lecturer and adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, Goucher College, Towson University, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Stevenson University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bodil has taught a range of art discourses including Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary Art. Her writing and research has been including in numerous arts publications. Bodil received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1987 and wrote her dissertation on The Development of Dedication Imagery in Romanesque Manuscripts. She also earned an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Goucher College. Bodil holds membership in the College of Art Association America and The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Debra Rubino

Debra Rubino is the director of strategic communications at Open Society Institute-Baltimore. From 1998 to January 2006, Rubino served as vice president for communications at Goucher College. From 1988 to 1996, she served first as director of institutional communications at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and then from 1996 to 1998, as associate vice president. At MICA, she was one of six individuals to launch the Baltimore Collegetown Network, a consortium of 15 institutions from the region, and later served as its governing board’s president for five years. She is a member of the board of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and on the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, where she was one of the founding members. She served as the board president for Art on Purpose until it shut its doors in 2012. She is also an active professional artist—a photographer and printmaker. She holds a BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Lynn Warfield

Lynn Warfield and her husband Edwin Warfield own citybizlist.com, a local business news website published in 11 cities. Prior to citybizlist, Lynn was Project Manager for Sandy Lerner, founder of Cisco Systems. Before moving to Baltimore in 2003, Lynn’s career was in art and interior design. With a BA in Fine Art, Lynn managed several art galleries and an auction house, and owned interior design companies in Dallas, TX and Middleburg, VA. In Middleburg, Lynn, as a trustee, chaired and decorated events for Loudoun Hospital, the Upperville Horse Show and Trinity Child Care Center in conjunction with Sotheby’s Auction House; and has since decorated the Contemporary’s 2007 “Water Ball”, the “Sustain-a-Ball” in 2008, the “Bollywood” Gala in 2009, “Fred Wilson” in 2010 and the Finnish themed gala in 2012. An avid horsewoman since childhood, Lynn recently traded in her mount for a lady’s Trek, which she rides on weekends at the eastern shore or the Maryland hunt country.

Portia Wood

Portia Wood is a practicing trial attorney in Baltimore City. She received her Juris Doctor from the recently renamed University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2011. Portia is a California native with deep Baltimore roots. She studied public relations as an undergraduate, and uses those skills to bring people together with an impetus for social change. Over the past few years, in addition to her legal work, she participates in the Young Professionals Group of Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Portia also volunteered with Hockey in the Hood, a non-profit bringing sports and mentorship to Baltimore’s Patterson Park neighborhood, as well as, United Sisters Mentoring program. While not an artist herself, she has spent many years collecting and promoting the works of underground artists around the country, including but not limited to collaborating with Steady Baltimore Artist Collective on exhibitions of Graffiti Art in Baltimore Galleries. Portia resides in the Homeland neighborhood.

Robin Zimelman

Robin Zimelman has been an active collector of contemporary art for more than ten years, focusing on emerging U.S and British artists, and including painting, sculpture, photography and video. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland School for the Blind, where she previously has served as President of the Parent Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and of Boston University School of Law, Robin was a tax attorney at Venable LLP for fifteen years. In addition, she is a CPA. Robin has lived in Baltimore for over twenty-five years with her husband, Larry Eisenstein, and has three children.