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I hope you enjoyed the first Co-Hosts Speaker Series featuring artist Coco Fusco, sponsored by The Contemporary. I will be watching Planet of the Apes again very soon with a keen eye! What an invigorating lecture!

Looking forward, there’s an opening of soothing, abstract paintings by Madeleine Keesing at Goya Contemporary on Wednesday night and a workshop on Fiscal Sponsorship during the day on Wednesday at Gallery CA. On Thursday, Kelly Walker opens a solo show at Lutheran Center and Greg McLemore exhibits paintings at Metro Gallery.

On Friday, MICA alumni and affiliates are invited to attend Mind Your Business, a small business workshop during the day. Friday night, three exhibits open at School 33 and Soft Cat, Vio Miré, Peals, Teen Men & Mountain Peaks will be playing at Current. Saturday night, Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics and Martin Puryear: Prints both open at Hemphill Gallery in DC. And, from Saturday, January 18 – Monday, January 20th, the The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will be celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr with a Weekend of Music, Films, and Talks.

More information about each event (and links) are listed below.


Madeleine Keesing: Particles at Goya Contemporary
Reception: Wednesday, January 13 from 6-8 pm
Exhibit: January 13 – March 15, 2015



Fiscal Sponsorship 101 – Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm

Workshop for Artists seeking public, tax deductible, donations & grants! Brought to you by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
This is a FREE event.




Kelly Walker: Prosper, A Solo Exhibiton 
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16th (4:30PM-6:30PM)

“Prosper” is my first art show of 2014 and represents the cumulative efforts of 2013’s tireless drive. The opening reception will be held on January 16th, coinciding with Federal Hill’s “Third Thursday” celebration, from 4:30PM until 6:30PM!

Lutheran Center
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230



Surface Stress. Structure Strain. New works by Greg McLemore at Metro Gallery
Thursday, January 16th 7pm – 10pm

January 16th – February 22nd
image: The Psychology of Architecture in Baltimore, MD and Nagasaki, Japan.



Mind Your Business at MICA
Friday, January 17, 2014 from 9:00am until 3:00pm
Leake Hall Auditorium – 120 McMechen St., Baltimore, MD 21217

One day workshop on starting your own business. Leaders and educators from the Baltimore community will share their expertise on topics ranging from Goal Setting to Business Plans. Brought to you by MICA Career Development, PNC Bank and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Space is limited to MICA Students and Alumni only.

Register now at


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BiPolar, curated by Andrea Pollan

January 17 to March 8
Opening Reception: January 17, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

Participating artists:
Lauren Frances Adams
Katie Duffy
Mary Frank
Hedieh Ilchi
Dan Perkins

The authentic experience in art production for serious contemporary artists requires an acute awareness of both the external apparatus of the art world – including the rigors of academia and the fickleness of the market – and a finely honed consciousness of the internal voice that motivates the making of art. One might argue that the latter point is far more important. Nonetheless in discussing these two extreme poles on a spectrum with many artists, I find that there is a psychological terrain akin to bipolarity that many endure in the studio. Mood swings, isolation, mania, doubt, exhilaration, depression, and inspiration are but a few conditions that characterize and color the artistic (and curatorial) process.

The exhibition includes painting (Hedieh Ilchi, Dan Perkins), sculpture (Mary Frank), installation (Lauren Frances Adams), video and performance (Katie Duffy). As artists embrace more means of visual communication within their distinct œuvres, mixing up and challenging approaches to their media, we are treated to a more complex, sometimes dizzying array of aesthetic and social issues that can lead us, the viewer, to parse our own difficult yet pleasurable spectrum of response and understanding.

Image above: Dan Perkins, X Marks the Spot, 2013, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist.

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Animal Sightings, by Rebecca Katz  at School 33

January 17 to March 8
Opening Reception: January 17, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

School 33 Art Center is pleased to present Animal Sightings, a series of screen prints by Lotta Art 2013 Best-in-Show winner Rebecca Katz.  This series explores the barriers and boundaries between animals and humans. Through encounters with wild animals in their natural ecosystems and interactions with our pets at home, we have an opportunity to consider animals’ complex and varied forms of communication and sensory experiences. What is their experience? How is their understanding of the world the same or different than ours? These multi-process screen prints explore the complicated relationships, connections and friendships between animals and humans.


In the Round, by Morgan Frailey and Kristin McWharter at School 33 Art Center
Opening Reception: January 17, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

January 17 to March 8In the Round is a collaborative project by Baltimore based artists Morgan Frailey and Kristin McWharter. On view are a series of fiber-based sculptures and performative objects that are constructed via traditional knitting and weaving techniques and that speak to a larger idea of social circles and interactions. The work addresses both the physical challenges of creating space as well as the challenges of breaking social barriers.

More info at



Soft Cat, Vio Miré, Peals, Teen Men & Mountain Peaks
Friday, January 17
Current Gallery
421 N Howard | Baltimore, MD 21201

:: Soft Cat
:::: Vio/Miré (Providence, RI)
:::::: Peals (mems. Future Islands + Double Dagger)
:::::::: Teen Men (new band from mems. of Spinto Band)
:::::::::: Mountain Peaks

Two Stages
8pm doors,
9pm music
$5 before 10pm
$8 after



Marley Dawson: Statics and Dynamics and Martin Puryear: Prints
Hemphill Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, January 18 from 6-8 pm
January 18–March 29, 2014

1515 14th Street NW
Washington DC, 20005

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment

Left Image: Marley Dawson, Circle Work (rocket assist 39”), brass, stainless steel, rocket fuse, 39” diameter
Right Image: Martin Puryear, Untitled VI (State 2), 2012, Ed. 40, color softground, drypoint and spitbite, 32” x 32” image, 43” x 41” paper , 21” x 17 3/4”



MLK Birthday Weekend Celebration at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
January 18-20: A Weekend of Music, Films, and Talks

The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. These milestones underscore our MLK Birthday Weekend Celebration. With a theme of service, the museum commemorates Dr. King with music, performances, lectures, and more January 18-20. The programming targets a broad range of audiences: educators, teens, families, and the corporate community. The weekend culminates on Dr. King’s birthday January 20 with a special museum admission of $5.

Saturday January 18

10am — Lecture: An Educators’ Guide to The Kinsey Collection
Bernard Kinsey, collector, will lead educators from around Maryland through the current exhibition, The Kinsey Collection. Mr. Kinsey will lecture on the “myth of absence” of African Americans in American history. Teachers will receive lesson plans on using pieces from The Kinsey Collection, such as an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, to teach history and civil rights. RSVP online for free admission to museum and event.

12pm — Living History: Rosa Parks
Master Storyteller Janice Curtis Greene brings the courage of Rosa Parks alive for kids and families. Children are invited to join in a children’s civil rights march after the program.

2pm — Lecture: Mentoring our Way to Better Communities
Bernard, Shirley and Khalil’s service to others have earned them accolades as mentors. The Kinsey family will speak to mentors and mentees on the importance of knowing one’s past in order to move towards a brighter future. RSVP online for free admission to museum and event.

Sunday January 19

2pm — Film and Panel MLK: The Assassination Tapes
Dr. King’s assassination was recorded on video, tape recorder and camera. Why have we seen so little of it? View a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage in this documentary. A panel discussion follows with experts from the worlds of civil rights and history. They help us understand what progress we have made since one of the most shocking assassinations in American history.

Monday January 20

12-4pm — Birthday Celebration!
Special museum admission: $5. Schedule:
12:30pm: Actor David Mills stirs audiences with a living history performance of Dr. King.
1pm: The MLK Streets Project film screening. Follow a group of teens across America as they visit the sobering conditions of streets named after the civil rights hero.
2pm: Singing Sensation Youth Choir. The talented youth have performed at the Mormon Tabernacle Square, warm us with their harmonies.

3pm — Lecture: Keynote Speech by Bernard Kinsey
Collector Bernard Kinsey discusses artifacts from his personal collection, such as a signed letter from Dr. King, that narrate in real terms the history of civil rights and Jim Crow laws. The artifacts are on view through March 2 at the museum as part of The Kinsey Collection exhibition.

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