The Art Advisory Board is a volunteer board consisting of community representatives who have a proven interest in the arts at University of Maryland University College. The board is appointed by the president of the university and provides advice on art-related matters to the Arts Program and assists in securing resources for the Arts Program. The Art Advisory Board meets quarterly and provides a forum through which the Arts Program can communicate critical information and, in return, receive critical feedback. The chair of the Art Advisory Board also holds a position as a member of the Board of Visitors.
Art Advisory Board
Meet the community advisors for UMUC's Arts Program.
Members of the Art Advisory Board
Chair, Art Advisory Board
Myrtis Bedolla has more than 20 years of experience as an advisor to private and institutional collectors on the acquisition and sale of fine art. Currently she is founding director of Galerie Myrtis, a contemporary fine art gallery located in Baltimore, Maryland. She also provides professional curatorial services, lectures, and educational programming to corporate, civic, and arts organizations and serves as cultural liaison for the embassies of Ghana, Haiti, Mali, Republic of Georgia, and Zimbabwe. As a writer, she contributes to The International Review of African American Art and Valentine Magazine and the online newsletters ARTINFO and International Review of African American Art.
Bedolla serves on the Art Advisory Board of UMUC, the Board of Directors for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and the Executive Board for the Station North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore, Maryland. She is also a member of ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in the visual arts, and sits on committees at various institutions, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Open Society Institute of Baltimore, and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Bedolla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UMUC and received her curatorial training at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
Joan Bevelaqua has been teaching studio art courses at University of Maryland University College since 2000. Working with the administration, she has been a principle in developing the current curriculum and is the author of the online drawing and painting courses.
Bevelaqua has held teaching positions, juried art exhibitions, and directed several galleries. She also has served as president of the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore; director of the Galleries at Savage Mill and the Mill River Gallery at Oella Mill; and member of the Board of Directors for Foundry Street Studios and Gallery in Savage, all in Maryland.
Her work with Eric Key, director of UMUC's Arts Program, inspired the yearly Faculty Art Invitational Exhibition, which showcases work by both UMUC faculty and faculty of Maryland University Consortium institutions.
She paints in her studio at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Schroeder Cherry, EdD
Working artist and museum educator Schroeder Cherry is an associate for Clear Writing Services, which provides grant development and technical/scientific writing services to colleges, universities, hospitals, and organizations. As an adjunct professor at Morgan State University, he develops and facilitates courses for graduate students in the interdisciplinary museum studies program.
Cherry uses very different forms of art to create open-ended stories about African American history and culture. He uses acrylic paint and mixed media on wood, found objects, and text to construct stories, and he creates puppets and performs original shows with them in museums, libraries, and cultural centers for adults and children alike.
He holds an EdD in Museum Education from Columbia University, New York, New York; an MAT in Museum Education from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and a BFA in Painting and Puppetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Nina Chung Dwyer
Nina Chung Dwyer is an artist whose works have been shown in galleries in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York. She also teaches drawing, watercolor, and oil painting at Montgomery College, George Washington University, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in her private studio.
Dwyer's extensive travels overseas, particularly to China, have informed much of her work. An upcoming mixed media group exhibition at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, will feature her drawings and paintings of the terra-cotta army of Xi'an, China. She will also be presenting a lecture and workshop on the subject.
Christopher Shields, a financial market data quality expert, is director of business operations for NASDAQ.com. As manager of production operations for a website that reaches six million users, he has deployed hundreds of features for the site including the very popular real-time NASDAQ last sale.
He earned an MS in Management with a specialization in Information Systems and Services from University of Maryland University College and a BS in Art Education from State University of New York College at New Paltz.
Dianne A. Whitfield-Locke, DDS
Dianne A. Whitfield-Locke, DDS, is a dentist with offices in Washington, D.C., and Capitol Heights, Maryland. She is also known throughout the region as an avid art collector and patron of the arts.
Whitfield-Locke and her husband have amassed roughly 1,000 works of art over the past 10 years—a relatively short period of time for a collection of that size. Although she has an affinity for artworks from the late 1800s to 1940 and concentrates on collecting sculptures, she also recognizes the need to support emerging and established contemporary artists and has expanded her collection to include masterful works by some of the world’s most recognized African American artists. Works by James Richmond Barthé, Elizabeth Catlett, Selma Burke, Sam Gilliam, Augusta Savage, James Phillips, Simmie Knox, David Driskell, Samella S. Lewis, E. J. Montgomery, Lois Mailou Jones, Reginald Gammon, James Wells, Tim Davis, Ed Clark, Benny Andrews, Edward Bannister, Robert Duncanson, Palmer Hayden, Aaron Douglas, and Romare Bearden can all be found in her impressive collection.
Whitfield-Locke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northeastern University in Chicago; and a Doctor of Dental Surgery with a specialty in Pediatric Dentistry from Howard University. She spends her time outside of her private dental practice reading about art, artists, and art history; supporting local artists; advocating for art initiatives and philanthropic causes; and helping to develop and advance the Arts Program at UMUC by serving on UMUC’s Art Advisory Board.
Sharon Wolpoff is a full-time artist whose work has been exhibited extensively, most recently in California at the Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey and at the Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. She is known for her vibrant, light-filled oil paintings of everyday scenes as well as her other forms of art: beadwork, etchings, and monoprints.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has acquired three of her Desert Series paintings for its Art Bank, in addition to The Fourth of July, which became part of the Wilson Building Collection in 2006.
Wolpoff took her first art lessons at age five and began painting in oil by age 12. She is a graduate of American University, where she received a BA in Fine Arts and an MFA in Painting, as well as a JD from AU's Washington College of Law. She spent her junior year abroad, studying painting and printmaking at the Tyler School of Art in Rome.
In 1988, Wolpoff began exhibiting her work regularly, in solo as well as group shows. Soon, a steady stream of solo shows began to unfold, including American University's Watkins Gallery, the Jacqueline C. Hudgens Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.
Among her many honors are three Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards (1997, 1998, and 1999), an Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Fellowship (1996), and a Kreeger Purchase Prize.
Her studio is located in Kensington, Maryland. Her artwork is represented by Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel, California.
Elizabeth Zoltan is an education and ergonomic consultant. Before that, she served as senior director for school support for Connections Education, a Baltimore company that provides virtual education to students in grades K–12.
Zoltan, who holds both a PhD and an MA in Engineering Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Psychology from the same institution, has served in a number of administrative posts in Maryland and elsewhere, including vice president and provost for Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland; dean of business and social sciences at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California; and associate dean of undergraduate studies and the College of Liberal Arts at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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