Impresario Martin Feinstein continues to focus his passion for the arts on the Washington area. Mr. Feinstein recently joined the staff of the University of Maryland as senior consultant for the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts, a $107 million BTC state-of-the-art education and performance facility scheduled to open at the University of Maryland in 1997.
After resigning as general director for the Washington Opera this spring, Mr. Feinstein now divides his time between the center and the opera, where he will serve as a consultant through the 1995-1996 season. Mr. Feinstein intends to bring new recognition to Maryland's arts programs.
"The University of Maryland has very good performing-arts departments that are not as well-known as they should be," he said. "I look forward to working with the new performing-arts center to help display these fine programs in the best possible light."
Romanticism at UMBC
"The Cultural Legacies of Romanticism," an international scholarly conference, will be held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County July 19-21. The conference, sponsored by the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, will examine the role of Romanticism over the last decade. Approximately 200 scholars from nations around the world will present papers on a broad range of subjects. Two free art exhibitions and a poetry reading, open to the public, will also be held:
* "Romantic Archaeologies," featuring 19th-century books, manuscripts, illustrations and paintings from the collection of Paul F. Betz, a professor of English at Georgetown University, appears in the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery July 17-27. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. daily. Call Cynthia Wayne at (410) 455-2270.
* "Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Paintings," a collection of large-format paintings by the poet and founder of the Beat movement, will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery July 19 through Aug. 26.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Call (410) 455-3188.
* Poet Galway Kinnell will read his work, including his "Selected Poems," which won both a Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the American Book Award. Mr. Kinnell's reading takes place in the University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. July 20.
For more information on the conference, call (410) 455-2336.
Art on the fence
Stroll by the Johns Hopkins University campus' fence today for an outdoor exhibition featuring original artwork, painting, collage, photography, prints, ceramics and jewelry. The Art Guild of Maryland invites you to to check out the work, which will be hanging on the fence along University Parkway at Charles Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alliance for art
The Creative Alliance, a new nonprofit organization that supports the arts and humanities in Baltimore, is seeking new artist-members who want to connect with their colleagues and the community.
Membership offers access to the data base, critiques, Internet on-line gallery, discounts on workshops and lectures, newsletters and invitations.
Membership is $25; deadline is Aug. 15. Contact the Creative Alliance at 909 Fell St., or call (410) 276-1651.
Art at City Hall
The City Hall Courtyard Galleries exhibition program is currently accepting proposals for 1996 exhibitions. Contact the curator's office in City Hall at (410) 396-4721 or (410) 396-5176 for proposal forms. All proposals, including all appropriate visual materials, must be received by Sept. 8.
The Arena Players needs directors for Mainstage, Studio 801, Readers Theatre and other productions. Interested directors should pick up a criteria sheet, available at the playhouse, and then send a resume and photo to: The Artistic Committee, The Arena Players Inc., 801 McCulloh St., Baltimore Md. 21201. The deadline is July 31. For information, call (410) 728-6500.
* Splitting Image Theatre Company's auditions for "Lapis Blue, Blood Red" take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 19 at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. The play calls for four women age 16 to 45 and four men age 25 to 55. Prepare a two-minute monologue. For more information, call (410) 889-4344 or (410) 366-6746.
* Auditions for "Let the Good Times Roll," a 1955-1965 musical review to be performed at the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. July 22; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 23; and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 26 at the Keynote, Willowdale Drive in Frederick. Four male and four female parts call for strong singing voices. Those auditioning should prepare an up-tempo song from the period, and a resume and head shot are requested. For more information, call (301) 874-5892.