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On Thursday evening, head north to local college galleries to see Sanzi Kermes’ Book of Dreams: Postcards Home and Borders by Lillian Bayley Hoover. If you are in Arlington, VA, Select 2014, WPA’s annual auction exhibition opens on Thursday night as well.

Skip to Saturday, with a closing reception for The Wire Poster Project, featuring the Baltimore Urban Debate League at D Center. Or, head to Lease Agreement for “wanting/waiting,” a solo show by Chicago artist Linda Yun. If you are in the mood for something spicier, go to Area 405 for Workin’ The Tease, a burlesque Fundraiser for MICA’s Exhibition Design Seminar. And, for those in DC, Mason Saltarrelli: Pages from the Neon Bible opens at Randall Scott Projects.

Start off next week with an artist talk with cartoonist Steve Brodner at Johns Hopkins on Monday. And take note, there are three excellent ongoing exhibits to check out as soon as possible: The Baker Artist Awards will be up through April 6 at the BMA, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Ceramics at The Walters will be up through May 11, and Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek is a new annual exhibit at AVAM that opens Feburary 28.

Ferguson Gallery presents Book of Dreams: PostCards Home
featuring the art of Sanzi Kermes
curated by Geoff Delanoy

February 24 through April 4, 2014
Reception Thursday, February 27, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk March 27 at noon

Ferguson Gallery at the Loyola Notre Dame Library
200 Winston Ave / Baltimore, MD 21212

Ferguson Gallery is pleased to present the art of Baltimore artist, Sanzi Kermes. In this exhibit, Book of Dreams: PostCards Home, multimedia artist Sanzi Kermes presents installation art, artist’s books, and prints, three components that comprise her vast artistic practice.

PostCards Home is an installation in which the audience is invited to mail a postcard back to the artist, which then will be incorporated into a future edition of artists books. Completed books and prints presented in this exhibition document and present artist and audience interactions from the past decade.

Kermes’ Scrabble series explores the intersection of art and play by documenting Scrabble games the artist has played visually and linguistically through the printmaking process. An avid Scrabble player, Kermes started this project after a conversation with Minimalist artist Brice Marden in 2000. She says “Brice said he has a fixed set of parameters to guide his art practice – and that he subsequently has the freedom to break those parameters. I began to think about that when I played Scrabble: a game with a fixed set of parameters, 100 tiles; 225 squares. How many variations from that beginning might occur?” This innovative series of prints is a creative record incorporating many facets of the game. Each set of prints is presented as an artist’s book.

Born in Pittsburgh, Kermes has lived and worked in England, where she received her Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Practice in 2008 from Leeds Metropolitan University. Her paintings were collected extensively while in the UK. Kermes returned to Baltimore in 2009 and has since focused her practice on both painting and the making of artist books. She has exhibited widely in the UK and in the US at venues includingPyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Waldorf School of Baltimore, Minas Gallery, and Maryland Art Place.

Ferguson Gallery is open daily. Free admission. For hours and more information, call (410) 617-6801 or log onto



Borders: Lillian Bayley Hoover at the Julio Gallery at Loyola University
Artist Talk & Reception Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5-7 pm
February 21 – March 30, 2014



Baker Artist Awards 2013
February 26 – April 6, 2014
Free exhibition at the BMA

The BMA presents artworks by sculptor Jonathan Latiano and photographer Lynne Parks and a video presentation of cellist Dariusz Sckoraczewski, winners of last year’s $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. For this exhibition, Latiano is creating a pod of now-extinct baiji dolphins that emerges out of driftwood and cascades above viewers before reverting back to natural forms. Parks’ photographs document deceased birds unable to navigate during migration season and buildings without visible glass that create a disorienting effect for people as well as birds. More info here.



Artisphere 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
SELECT 2014: WPA’s 33rd Annual Art Auction Exhibition

Please join us for the Opening Reception of SELECT 2014 on Thursday, February 27, 7-10pm at Artisphere. The event is free and open to the public.

SELECT 2014 features works available for purchase chosen by 8 of the region’s top and emerging curators as well as selections by WPA’s Board of Directors. Featuring works by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond and beyond, WPA’s selection of exciting art works offer something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring. The works are presented as an exhibition for three weeks prior to auction and a full-color, perfect bound catalog with curator essays accompanies the show.

* Exhibition on view from February 27 – March 21, 2014: WED-FRI: 4-11pm; SAT: Noon-11pm; SUN: Noon-5pm; MON-TUES: Closed

* Curator Talks on March 6 and 13, 6:30-8pm

* The GALA will be held on March 22 from 7-11pm, purchase tickets here:



Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek at AVAM
February 28, 2014 – February 22, 2015

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is proud to present Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek, a celebration of the late British visionary artist’s ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. This retrospective will feature 13 of Pass’ otherworldly works in watercolor, charcoal and other mixed media, along with a special presentation of author Rich Shapero’s forthcoming multimedia story, with original artwork by the late Donald Pass, also titled The Hope We Seek. AVAM is pleased to open this yearlong commemorative exhibition in the 3rd floor gallery of our Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building, starting February 28, 2014 and running through February 22, 2015.

As his artistic adult life took off, Donald Pass (1930–2010) was well-known for his lyrical abstract landscapes, until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork. Sir John Rothenstein, late Director of the Tate Gallery in London, described Donald Pass as “a spark of genius, a very rare talent.”
800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD • 21230
Closing: The Wire Poster Project, featuring the Baltimore Urban Debate League!
 Saturday, March 1 from 5-7 pm at D Center

Join D center Baltimore for the closing of our latest exhibit: The Wire Poster Project. The Wire Poster Project consists of 60 typographic posters, each representing one of the 60 different epigrams preceding every episode of HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire. The posters are designed by graphic artist Oliver Munday.

Each 18” x 24” poster is printed in high-quality digital on archival paper by A to A Studio Solutions, Ltd. Season number is indicated on the top right corner of each print, with the episode number on the bottom left.

Poster sales benefit the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Wire fans might remember the organization from the series’ fifth season, when—just after being taken in by Howard “Bunny” Colvin—Namond Brice gives an award-winning speech about HIV and AIDS in Africa at a BUDL event. Each Wire Poster Project purchase will help real, at-risk kids like Namond Brice in Baltimore. Orders for posters will be taken at the closing reception.

We’re thrilled to have students in the Baltimore Urban Debate League as our special guests! They’ll showcase their skills, debating topics relevant to the residents of Baltimore City. Three debates—at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30—will take place in the gallery.


“wanting/waiting” Linda Yun
Reception: March 1, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibit runs March 1 – 23, 2014

Hours: Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 8:00pm and by appointment
Special open hours will be on Friday, March 7, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm as a satellite event for the Print and Multiples Fair.

Lease Agreement
3718 Ellerslie Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Linda Yun’s studio practice begins with careful observation of often un-noticed, subtle passing details of our day to day experience. Her work utilizes both material and environment in order to emphasize the subtle beauty and lyrical ephemerality of these temporal fragments. The notions of wonder and awe found in Yun’s affective installations are made more surprising by her use of common materials and purposefully humble construction. By focusing on the moments that drag us in and hold us suspended, Yun’s installation for Lease Agreement, wanting/waiting, acts as an observation to our very human relationship to time.

The reception for wanting/waiting will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Lease Agreement, 3718 Ellerslie Ave, Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition runs from March 1 – 23. Gallery hours are Wednesdays, 4:00pm until 8:00pm, or by appointment. Special open hours will be on Friday, March 7, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm as a satellite event for the Print and Multiples Fair. Appointments can be requested by contacting Lease Agreement at [email protected].

More of Yun’s works can be seen at her website, http:/

Lease Agreement is a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple’s rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.

Mason Saltarrelli: Pages from the Neon Bible at Randall Scott Projects
Saturday, March 1 at 6 pm
RandallScottProjects is pleased to announce our next exhibition by New York based painter, Mason Saltarrelli “Pages From the Neon Bible” opening March 1st and continuing through March 29th. A reception will take place on March 1st from 6pm-8pm.In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, New York based painter Mason Saltarrelli continues his examination of object symbols, religious and spiritual iconography and the characterizations of martyrs in his multi media work.Pages from the Neon Bible includes new paintings, works on paper and sculptural elements that interact within the artist’s decision process. Saltarrelli’s choices in medium reflect various degrees of self-reflective influence. Random sculptural objects are acquired by chance and arranged within time. Drawings are quickly rendered, relating to the sculptural elements, religious, spiritual and folk narratives and the artist’s personal symbolic language. Paintings are further abstractions of the narrative, deconstructed over time into line, form and color.
Workin’ The Tease Fundraiser at Area 405
Saturday, March 1 from 7-10
This April, Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) will present “Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque” in partnership with the Modell Lyric Opera House. This exciting exhibition will celebrate both burlesque’s rich history and its contemporary resurgence in Baltimore. By focusing on the lives of the performers, the show will explore diverse narratives stretching from the early days of The Block to the DIY counterculture of today.
On Saturday, March 1st, from 7pm-10pm, AREA 405 will host a fundraising event to help support the exhibition and live show. This ticketed event will include live burlesque performances, music, a themed dinner, auctions of merchandise, memorabilia, and original artwork. Proceeds from this event will help EDS further our development of “Workin’ the Tease” and will kick off our celebration of Baltimore’s incredible burlesque scene.Performances by: Chérie Nuit, Mourna Handful, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, Hot and Bothered, and Tapitha KixOur Emcee for the night will be: Shortstaxx!
Stage Kittens: Sierra Ho and Kat ZottiTickets can be purchased here:
* Tickets include three drink tickets for our burlesque-themed cocktail as well as automatic entry into our raffle. There are 150 seats available for this event.The opening reception of Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque is Tuesday, April 22 and will feature two hours of live burlesque performances on the Lyric main stage–hosted by the World Famous Bob.Each year, EDS provides students with the opportunity to organize and assume leadership in every aspect of a major exhibition. “Workin’ the Tease” is made possible in part by generous support from Friends of EDS. Stay connected to EDS:
JHU Artist Talk with Steve Brodner on Monday, March 3

Satiric artist and illustrator Steve Brodner will present a slide talk on his work on Monday, March 3 at The Johns Hopkins University. The talk, “Steve Brodner: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Deranged/40 Years of American Satirical Art & Reportage,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

For over 25 years, Brodner’s satiric illustrations and editorial cartoons have appeared in nearly every major American periodical, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. He has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts and the Society of Publication Design; he was also the recipient of the 2000 Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Upon publication of Brodner’s 2004 collection, Freedom Fries, Harper’s Magazine editor Lewis Lapham wrote: “Steve Brodner, a born arsonist, inherits his gift not only from writers as incendiary in spirit as Twain and H. L. Mencken, but also from artists as clever with matches as Goya, Daumier and Thomas Nast.”

Brodner has devoted his career to bringing the artist’s point of view into illustration. In addition to accepting assignments, he writes, designs and sells concepts to journalistic enterprises. He feels that this need not be unusual and encourages artists to think in terms of their own projects, which will identify them with their content and presentation, ultimately shaping their careers.

Brodner is currently working on an illustrated history of the presidency of the U.S., from Washington to Obama (and beyond), due out in 2017. He lives and works in New York City, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

To see Brodner’s website, go to:
To see video of Brodner at work, go to:
To download images of Brodner’s work, go to:

Steve Brodner’s appearance is co-sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops and Homewood Arts Programs. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD. 21211. Admission is free and open to the public.



Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics at The Walters

Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years as they create containers for the presentation of flowers. Inspired in part by Japan’s distinctive ikebana flower arranging styles, the extraordinary ceramics on display in this exhibition exist in unique harmony with the floral traditions so closely tied to Japan and its culture. With dramatic designs both traditional and contemporary, this exhibition celebrates the works of many of Japan’s greatest living ceramic artists. Comprised almost exclusively of vases drawn from the Betsy and Robert Feinberg Collection, we explore the ways in which contemporary ceramic artists have challenged and come to understand the vessel as a support for flowers. Responding to Japan’s ikebana flower arranging traditions and to the distinctive design aspects of the Japanese interior, the ceramics in this exhibition reveal the beauty and power that has distinguished Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists. More info here.

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