BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Events, and Galleries May 20 – 27

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This week, there are two great events happening on Tuesday, May 20: a moderated conversation between NYC-based artist Austin Thomas (pictured above) and DC-based artist Danielle Mysliwiec on sustaining a creative career and collaborating across the arts ecosystem at Hamiltonian in DC – and – UMBC’s Senior Exhibition for Art, Design, and Visual Culture.

On Friday night, Figure It Out opens at The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk featuring Lauren Frances Adams, Heather Boaz, and Ashley Milburn and so does Experience Transformation: The Impact of Clay at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget to get your tickets in advance for BmoreArt’s moderated discussion with Mera Rubell and Rashid Johnson on Tuesday, May 27 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. We have just a few tickets left and would love to see you there.

Don’t forget to check the BmoreArt Calendar for ongoing events at local galleries, museums, and performance spaces! You can submit your event to the BmoreArt Calendar at


Austin Thomas

Community & Entrepreneurship – A Conversation with Austin Thomas

Tuesday, May 20 at 7 pm at Hamiltonian Artists, DC

Please join us for a moderated conversation between NYC-based artist Austin Thomas and DC-based artist Danielle Mysliwiec on sustaining a creative career and collaborating across the arts ecosystem.

For Austin Thomas, a legendary character of the Bushwick art scene, community has always been an important extension of her own artistic practice. In 2007, she founded the artist-run space, Pocket Utopia, through which she provided countless fellow artists a space to show, socialize and coalesce.

What started as a little art experiment turned into a commercial gallery venture in the Lower East Side, which recently merged with a Chelsea-based gallery to form the contemporary art enterprise Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia. Today, Thomas continues to meld artist communities on both sides of the East River, seamlessly balancing the role of artist, gallerist, curator, writer and home brewer.

AUSTIN THOMAS is a recipient of a Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, an LMCC studio residency, and Public Arts Fund Commission. Her work has been featured at The Drawing Center, Murray Guy, The Sculpture Center, Debs & Co., Sara Meltzer Gallery, Art in General (all in NYC), and at the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, DC.

DANIELLE MYSLIWIEC holds a MFA from Hunter College and is currently the Assistant Professor for Painting and Drawing at American University. Her primary practice is focused on abstract painting. In addition, she co-founded the feminist performance group Brainstormers in 2005.

More Hamiltonian information here.


Senior Exit Exhibition at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Commencement Breakfast Reception: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

May 20 — June 14, 2014

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the 2014 Senior Exit Exhibition. This exhibition reflects the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the Department of Visual Arts and provides the opportunity for undergraduate seniors to exhibit within a professional setting prior to exiting the university.

Admission to the exhibition is free. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.

For directions and additional information, please refer to UMBC’s Arts and Culture Calendar.

More information here.


Figure It Out_Evite

Figure It Out at The Gallery at CCBC Dundalk

Reception: Friday, May 23rd, 6 to 8 pm
May 23rd through June 20th

Lauren Frances Adams
Heather Boaz
Ashley Milburn

student curator, Katherine Miller

CCBC Dundalk is located at 7200 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
The Gallery is in the College Community Center (formerly Building K).

More information here.



Experience Transformation: The Impact of Clay at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery

Exhibition Reception: Fri, May 23, 5:30 – 7:30pm
On view: May 23 – June 7

Curated by Brett Freund and Sarah McCann of Baltimore Clayworks

Experience Transformation showcases a cross-section of the clay community’s different aesthetic sensibilities. From sculptural to functional work, this exhibition spans a wide variety of ceramic arts and generations of artists. Clay as a medium embodies joy, transformation, the possibility of rebuilding, creating, and being human. The Many ways that artists connect both to the medium and to each other are visible in the work included in this exhibition.

Baltimore Clayworks prides itself on providing a place for artists of all backgrounds to create in clay. This exhibition exemplifies the many ways artists create unique objects from one of the world’s most basic mediums. Clay is accessible — all one needs is the will to work. Touching clay can have the same impact on an experienced ceramic artist or someone who has picked up a piece of clay for the first time. Our hands leave an impression in the clay and on us, making the force of our existence visible. Join us for this fun collaboration between Baltimore Clayworks and the Creative Alliance to experience the wonderful world of clay and all of its diverse transformations. See more here.


Mera + Rashid

BmoreArt Talks: Mera Rubell and Rashid Johnson

Tuesday, May 27 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

Support Bmoreart‘s mission to increase contemporary art dialogue in Baltimore. Join us at the newly renovated Lord Baltimore Hotel with world-renowned art collector Mera Rubell and NY-based artist Rashid Johnson for a conversation about contemporary art and collecting, moderated by Bmoreart Editor Cara Ober.

The evening will begin at 7pm with conversation and cocktails at the Lord Baltimore Tavern, followed by an art discussion at 7:30pm in the intimately-sized Lord Baltimore Theatre, located on the second floor. After the lecture, guests are invited back to the LB Tavern for more conversation, community, and drinks. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Proceeds will support Bmoreart’s programming and mission.

More info and tickets are available here.

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