Jeanne Glover, a native Washingtonian and well-known artist in the community, recently sat down with Arts Program Director, Eric Key, to discuss his role at UMUC.
Beginning with the basics, Key defines his role as the Arts Program Director. Key is pleased with his position, and takes pleasure in tackling different responsibilities around the gallery as needed. “I really enjoy curatorial work. It’s really such a joint effort around here.”
Key’s appreciation for the arts community and the opportunities available to him is clear. “It gives me the freedom to work with other artists. It gives me the freedom to get out and learn the community... I get to travel, and in those venues – meet, see, learn, and develop and bring that energy back to the arts program.”
Expanding upon the duties of a curator, Key explains the preventative steps necessary in order preserve great works. “As we say in the art world, all the things we need to live by are most detrimental to art – heat, air, water. Those are the things that we try to make sure, that in this environment…we protect them from.”
Like any career, his position comes with obstacles, stating increasing the program’s awareness within the community is an ongoing challenge. “Development from a stand point of more community involvement and getting the community aware of what we do and interested in the art. I think there’s a strong interest in the art, it’s just getting a lot more diverse people in these doors to see the exhibitions and expose them to the multitude of art and artists we have at UMUC.”
To view the full conversation between Jeanne Glover and UMUC’s Eric Key, check out “A Conversation with Eric Key, Arts Program Director, UMUC.” For more about the UMUC Arts Program and the current exhibitions, visit UMUC.edu for details.