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THE END: sophiajacob’s Closing Exhibition and Legacy

On Thursday, start your week with a closing reception at the Bromo Arts Pop Up Gallery at 817 N. Howard Street, featuring a group show of local artists and then go to MICA for the annual Senior Thesis Exhibits and Art Walk. On Friday, head to  Schulman Project in Hampden for One-Year Out, a group exhibition featuring the work of five Maryland Institute College of Art 2013 graduates or go to Gallery CA for I LIKE IT IN THE CITY, an exhibit of 16 artists whose work is directly influenced by Baltimore’s landscape and citizens.

On Saturday, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People opens to the public at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and will be on exhibit from May 17, 2014 – February 28, 2015. The exhibit was inspired by the untold story of the African American behind the Star-Spangled Banner and features a number of artists including Shiela Pree Bright and René Treviño. On Saturday night, Area 405 hosts an annual special performance and fundraiser: Una Nocha Flamenca at 8 pm. And, if you are in DC on Saturday, don’t miss the opening reception for Anything Sacred at Hamiltonian, featuring Sarah Knobel and Amy Boone-McCreesh.

Ongoing, solo shows by David Shapiro and Betty Cooke are up at Goya Contemporary through June 5, On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Benesch Collection are on view through September 14, 2014 at the BMA, and Extending the Line 3D at Grimaldis is up through June 7, and will feature a Panel Discussion Saturday, May 17 at 3 pm (please rsvp).

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Closing Reception: Bromo Arts Pop Up Gallery

Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Closing reception for the Pop Up show at 817 N. Howard Street, organized as part of the first Bromo Arts Block Hop (May 3, 2014).

Thanks to Ted Davidson (817 N. Howard LLC) for letting us temporarily use his gorgeous (and currently for-lease) storefront for the show!

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ArtWalk 2014
Thursday, May 15, 5–9 p.m.; Campuswide, Starting at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $30 (includes lite dinner and a drink)

Explore MICA’s campus with fellow art enthusiasts and collectors, meet graduating artists and designers, and discuss their artwork at the annual preview party for the 2014 Commencement Exhibition. At ArtWalk, a visually energizing 3K walking tour, guests can purchase outstanding work by graduating seniors before the exhibition opens to the public.

More information and ticket purchases will become available at mica.edu/artwalk.

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MICA One-Year Out at Schulman Project

Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Exhibit: May 16 – June 15, 2014
840 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211 (on The Avenue, Hampden)

Schulman Project is proud to present MICA One-Year Out, a group exhibition featuring the work of five talented Maryland Institute College of Art 2013 graduates. This exhibition is a unique opportunity for Schulman Project to work with a small group of gifted emerging artists to exhibit artwork created during their first year after receiving their BFA. Through a Call for Submissions, gallery owner and artistic director Benjamin Schulman juried into the show work by Shelsea Dodd, Thomas Doyle, Eden Hovenga, Deniz Olcay and Anna Queen. The decision to include these artists was based on both the quality of their work and how it reflects the core mission of the gallery, which is “to illuminate new trends and create new understandings of craft,” moving beyond what is traditionally expected.

At the heart of our project we want to give voice to developing artists so that our community can experience the wonder of creativity. We are dedicated to supporting these artists especially because the first year out of school can be a demanding and informative time. As they step out of the nurturing and supportive environment of academia, they face numerous challenges ranging from the pragmatic access to a studio and facilities, to finding the motivation and inspiration within themselves to continue to create without the external structure of school. For these young artists it is the first time in their careers that they are forming their own expectations and forging their own path, a daunting task that requires dedication and commitment. As they continue to develop their work they also confront what can seem like an overwhelming task of establishing themselves as professional artists through exhibition, residency programs, funding and finding employment in their field. There is no singular career path for young artists just out of school, but for those that are committed to pursuing commercial gallery venues, Schulman Project remains committed and proud to support the careers of local emerging artists.

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I LIKE IT IN THE CITY at Gallery CA

Reception Friday, May 16 at 6 pm

Exhibit: May 12, 2014 – June 6, 2014

I LIKE IT IN THE CITY celebrates 16 artists whose work is directly influenced by Baltimore’s landscape and its’ citizens. Artists: Antoine C. Blanton,  Annie Boisvert, Amanda Leigh Burnham, Cait Byrnes, Maria Cavacos, Bobby Coleman, Ben Cricchi, Vivian Doering, Candace Fong, Sarah Givens, Shana Goetsch, Kathleen McCullough, Bryan Robinson, Zoë Stavri, Ryan Syrell, and Ed Eddie Edward

Visit the calendar for more info!

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Extending the Line 3D at C. Grimaldis Gallery

Panel Discussion Saturday, April 17 at 3 pm (please rsvp)

Exhibit: April 23 – June 7, 2014

Curated by Fran Kaufman, Partner, Kaufman Vardy Projects

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For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

May 17, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Inspired by the untold story of the African American behind the Star-Spangled Banner

The new exhibition For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People explores the U.S. flag and the diversity of Americans for whom the flag stands, as represented through artwork and artifacts.

The exhibition is inspired by Grace Wisher, the 13-year old African American girl who contributed to the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner as an indentured servant in Mary Pickersgill’s household. The exhibition is on view May 17, 2014 – February 28, 2015, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Image: TeKeyia and David by Sheila Pree Bright

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Sarah Knobel and Amy Boone-McCreesh: Anything Sacred at Hamiltonian

Saturday, May 17 from 7-9 pm

Artists Sarah Knobel and Amy Boone-McCreesh invite visitors to enter their tumultuous, colorful and delightfully contradictory worlds in “Anything Sacred” at Hamiltonian Gallery from Saturday, May 17 – June 21, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 17 from 7 -9 pm.

In Sarah Knobel’s newest body of photographic and video work “Icescapes” and “Cycles”, garish dollar-store purchases and contemporary detritus become mysterious and mesmerizing “faux-organic” landscapes. Suspending the synthetic flotsam of consumer culture in ice and water, Knobel’s photographs and videos capture the objects in states of flux, manipulating the visual read of the objects from beautiful to grotesque, familiar to foreign and miniscule to monumental. These self-contained universes become Knobel’s tongue-in-cheek commentary on the contradictory nature of the art object and the tensions between the natural and constructed world.

Amy Boone-McCreesh, meanwhile, continues her exploration of her celebratory aesthetic, creating an immersive installation with a preponderance of 2D and 3D visual media. Boone-McCreesh’s installation, which will cover the walls and floors, is filled with patterns culled and re-mixed from her already extant body of work: previously created drawings, paintings and collages are scanned, cut, re-pasted and combined. The result will be temple to visual excess: a colorful, maximal experience that immerses visitors fully in Boone-McCreesh’s visual lexicon through painting, sculpture and drawing.

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Una Nocha Flamenca at Area 405

Saturday, May 17 One Performance Only! at 8 pm

Flamenco artists Anna Menendez, Edwin Aparicio, Genevieve Guinn (dance), Ricardo Marlow (guitar), Behzad Habibzai (cajon), and Hector Marquez (cante) will make their annual pilgrimage to the Area 405 stage. This event presents a rare opportunity to see six flamenco talents of international repute in the relative intimacy of Area 405.

TICKETS: Individual $40 or $75 for two. ($25 with BmoreArt Discount – click here!)

Light tapas are included with the ticket price. A cash bar will serve beer & wine.

DOORS OPEN at 7:15

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