BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events November 20 – 23

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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!



Rita Gonzalez Lecture at MICA

Wednesday, November 19 at 5:00pm
Lazarus (“Fred Center”) Auditorium, 131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA
Free and open to the public

Rita Gonzalez is a curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She co-curated the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and is on the curatorial team creating Prospect 3, the international contemporary art biennial in fall 2014 in New Orleans. At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure, which considered the performance and conceptual art group Asco; Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; and Agnes Varda in Californialand. Gonzalez’s curatorial collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of Mexican experimental film and video. It traveled to museums and film festivals internationally and resulted in the first bilingual publication on the subject.

From 1997-1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. At MCA San Diego, she served as curatorial coordinator for William Kentridge: Weighing and Wanting. She also co-curated Adria Julia: La Villa Basque at the Orange County Museum of Art, and 20 Years Ago Today at the Japanese American National Museum. Gonzalez has written for media and art journals including Wide Angle, Poliester, COIL, Signs, and RIM. Her essays appear in Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke University Press), Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from 90s to Now (JRP|Ringier Zurich), and California Video: Artists and Histories (Getty Publications).

Sponsored by: MFA in Curatorial Practice, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Mount Royal School of Art, Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA in Community Arts, and Mixed Media Speaker Series.



Current Exhibition: Jo Smail: Leaning Over the Edge of the Moon

@ Goya Contemporary,  November 20, 2014 – January 28th, 2015
Reception: Thursday, November 20,  6-8pm


Opening Artists’ Reception: “Constructive Tendencies” – New Work by Bobby Coleman and Ben Piwowar

Reception Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Gallery Talk at 6 pm

Esther Prangley Rice Gallery
McDaniel College, Peterson Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Maryland 21157

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History will present “Constructive Tendencies – New Work by Bobby Coleman and Ben Piwowar,” November 20 through December 12 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall.

Bobby Coleman is a Baltimore-based painter. His large, abstract paintings deal with themes of graffiti, doodling, building, and mark manipulation. He received his BFA in Studio Art from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and his MFA in Painting and Studio Art from American University in Washington, D.C. His paintings have been exhibited in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, Michigan, California and Ohio. For more information on the artist and his work, visit

A Baltimore-based artist, Ben Piwowar, studied painting and English literature at the University of Maryland, graduating with a dual degree in 2002, and holds an MFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut. A semi-finalist for the 2013 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, Piwowar has exhibited in Baltimore, New York, and Connecticut and has worked as an adjunct instructor at The University of Connecticut and University of Maryland Baltimore County. For more information on the artist and his work, visit

The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.



Artist’s Reception: Thursday, November 20, 6-9 PM with an Artist Talk at 7:30 PM

Exhibit Dates: October 28, 2014 to December 7, 2014
(Goucher will be closed November 25-30)

Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204

“After all, we were young. We were fourteen and fifteen, scornful of childhood, remote from the world of stern and ludicrous adults. We were bored, we were restless, we longed to be seized by any whim or passion and follow it to the farthest reaches of our natures. We wanted to live – to die – to burst into flame – to be transformed into angels or explosions. Only the mundane offended us, as if we secretly feared it was our destiny . By late afternoon our muscles ached, our eyelids grew heavy with obscure desires. And so we dreamed and did nothing, for what was there to do, played ping-pong and went to the beach, loafed in backyards, slept late into the morning – and always we craved adventures so extreme we could never imagine them. In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.” ― Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

In the art exhibition, Juvenescence, seven artists; Sam Fein, Sean FitzPatrick, Erin Fostel, Morgan Frailey, Lynn Palewicz, Cathleen Sachse, and Sharon Shapiro explore various aspects of childhood. Culled from both memory and imagination, the diverse works in this exhibition create narratives. They tell stories of teenage curiosity, loneliness, and struggle. Through video, painting, drawing, site-specific installation, and photography these artists offer moments of nostalgia, where we, the viewer are transported back to our own childhood. That awkward period in our lives that greatly shaped our identity, as we learned to navigate both personal and social terrain. A time wrought with emotion in a world that often felt overwhelming and our vulnerability unbearable.

Please visit for more information.



Artist Reception, Julie Jankowski – From Above: Cities, Centers, and Systems
Thursday, November 20 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204

Julie Jankowski explores the world from vast distances, in the exhibition, From Above: Cities, Centers and Systems. Threaded with environmental queries, socio-political quandaries, and collective trauma as a conceptual basis for her projects, she references satellite images and analytical data maps to explore the dynamics of cause and effect among the engineered and natural world. The selected works are representative of Jankowski’s process over a span of seven years, and include works in paint, drawing, and digital media.

Jankowski’s, From Above; Cities, Centers, and Systems, will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from November 10th through January 4th, 2015. This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, November 20th from 6 to 9 P.M. 2014. Please visit for more information.



Mingle at the Mill

Thursday, November 20, 2011at 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Clipper Mill Community in Baltimore Maryland
Expect plenty of fire, art & people – inside & out!
Dance to the music of Mambo Combo by the fire pit
with chili, cornbread and cash bar by Woodberry Kitchen.

The artists in the Foundry Building invite you into
their studios for tours & sales. See glassblowing,
metal & woodwork, jewelry, sculpture, painting &
music. All in the most unique setting in the city!



B¡NGO: Juried by Deana Haggag, Stewart Watson, and Cara Ober
Friday, November 21 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Platform Gallery
116 W Mulberry St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Join us November 21st at 7:00 for our first annual Juried Exhibition at Platform.


Mike McConnell
Ryan Doyle
Melodie Provenzano
Mary Henderson
Steven Durow
Audrey Van de Castle
Rosemary Liss
Sasha Baskin
Rebekah Kirkman
Oskar Kalinowski
Chris Owen
Dave Eassa
Esther Hwang
Erin High
Holden Brown
Justin Hoekstra
June Culp
Curtis Miller



11th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8-11pm

American University’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

Featuring over 150 artworks by locally, nationally, and internationally based
emerging & established artists

Savories, sweets, and drinks provided by several of Washington DC’s finest restaurants
Music by special guest DJ’s Kid Congo Powers, Baby Alcatraz, and Ian “Chain” Svenonius

Attendance is $150 if purchased on or before November 1
$175 after November 1
Advance Ticket Purchase is Required
Silent Auction bidding will take place from 8 – 9:30pm
Auction sales will be announced starting at 9:45pm

Auction proceeds benefit t r a n s f o r m e r programs

Tickets and more information here.



Jordan Faye Contemporary Ten Year Anniversary
Saturday, November 22 at 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Jordan Faye Contemporary & Thrive At 218 W Saratoga, 5Th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Ten years ago on November 12, 2004, Jordan Faye Block opened her first commercial gallery in Baltimore, it opened with an exhibition of two artists, Robert Sparrow Jones & Jim Condron. Ms. Block ran Gallery Imperato for the next two years: curating 15 exhibitions there and successfully graduating with her Master’s of Fine Arts from MICA in 2005. In November of 2006, Jordan Faye Contemporary was founded. Since that very first exhibition 100 additional exhibitions have been curated by Jordan in Baltimore; she’s taken the gallery to 7 international art fairs in the last 3 years, and while the gallery has moved a few times over the last 8 years, they’ve continually been expanding their programming and raising the bar in Baltimore and in major cities across the country. Last month, she and her assistant director, Willa Frazer, founded a new program for emerging artists; moving both Jordan Faye Contemporary and this new program THRIVE into a 3300 square foot exhibition center on the top floor of the Maryland Art Place Building in the heart of the Bromo Arts District. We invite you to join us on November 22, for an exhibition highlighting a selection of artists that Jordan has worked with over the last ten years. Artists include Robert Sparrow Jones, Kate MacKinnon, Lori Larusso, James Rieck, David Page, Christine Bailey, Jenee Mateer, Lawrence Cromwell, Donald Edwards, Lisa Dillin, Lat Naylor, Scott Ponemone, Edie Nadelhaft and Magnolia Laurie.

TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY opens Saturday November 22 with a reception from 7 – 10 pm. It will be on view through January 3, 2015. This exhibition takes place in the West Gallery and Front Room of Jordan Faye Contemporary. It also coincides with a tradition that Jordan began 8 years ago, her annual Small Wonders holiday exhibition which will be on view in the East Gallery. Artists in Small Wonders are Lori Larusso, Jim Doran, Geraldine Bullock, Steve Parke, Elisabeth Gambino, Sanzi Kermes, Maureen Farrell, and Willa Frazer.



Baltimore Museum of Art American Wing Reopening Celebration
Sunday, November 23 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Come celebrate the BMA’s 100th birthday! Enter the museum’s newly reopened historic front entrance and see the beautifully transformed American Wing. Enjoy fascinating demonstrations, creative art activities, terrific music, and much more! A full timetable of events is below. Free For All!

Parking: Handicapped parking is available in our small lot in front of the newly renovated East Lobby entrance. Additional parking is also available at Johns Hopkins South Garage, off Wyman Park Drive.

American Wing Reopening Celebration

10:00 am – Join us for some elbow-greasing fun with artist Megan Hildebrandt. She will be leading a ceremonial step-scrubbing of the BMA’s grand entrance. Generously sponsored by Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company

10:40 am – Performance by The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Step Team on the freshly scrubbed front steps

10:55 am – Ribbon cutting

11:00 am – Doors open

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Enjoy delicious cake from Charm City Cakes

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Demonstrations by Maryland artists Steve Baker (Wholly Terra stained glass), Leland Hedgecock Smith (clock-making), Laura Wolf (Silver engraving), and Janet Patacca (needlepoint)

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – In-gallery conversations and Art making activities

12:00 pm – Harp demonstration with Jasmine Hogan

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Free personalized hand-cut paper silhouettes by Alex Vernon

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Hoop and Stick games with Baltimore Hoop Love

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Big Table, Contemporary Wing
In collaboration with Atomic Books, join artists Alex Fine, Gary Kachadourian, Kate Haberer, Molly O’Connell, and others to explore American pop culture—comics, album covers, and street art—that inspired the eye-popping Alternate Realties exhibition on the 3rd floor of the Contemporary Wing. Drop by to color pages of fascinating Baltimoreans or draw your own.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Take a ride with artist Michelle Nugent and the Pedicab Oral History Project

1:00 pm – Storytelling with Maria Broom

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Baltamericana Jam Session with Brooks Long, Caleb Stine, Ruby Fulton, Eze Jackson, Eric Kennedy, and others

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