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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]!



THAT SHOULD BE A WORD book party and game night!
Wednesday, May 27: 7pm

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland

Want to laugh and “learn”? Come watch local brainiac celebs–writer Khaliah Williams, musician and filmmaker Nicky Smith (also known as Tinquellepin Quivers) and others–play hilarious word games at the Ivy!

Attention: Language lovers and social analysts alike, Lizzie Skurnick is cruising to town to teach you words you never knew existed–because they didn’t before she dreamed them up. Based on her “New York Times Magazine” column, THAT SHOULD BE A WORD (Workman) contains hundreds of words that are absolutely essential for life in the modern world.

“If there were a single word that could describe how dazzlingly smart and fun this book is, peerless neologician
Lizzie Skurnick would have to invent it, because no one else can.” —John Hodgman



Paper Route 66 Opening Reception @ Freddy
Thursday, May 28: 6-8 pm

Freddy Gallery
510 W. Franklin St. 21201

On May 28th, BravinLee programs will open Paper Route 66, 6-8pm. We have invited 6 curators from 6 U.S. cities to select three artists from their respective regions.  Paper Route 66 will include 18 works on paper. We are pleased to announce the following curators and artists:

New Orleans: Jennifer Odem, Brooke Pickett, Jessie Vogel
Curator: Amy Mackie

Houston: Mark Ponder, Phillip Pyle II, Cheyanne Ramos
Curator:  Paul Middendorf

Miami: Cara Despain, Alan Guttierez, Justin H. Long
Curator: Amanda Sanfilippo

Detroit: Saffell Gardner, Megan Heeres, Elizabeth Youngblood
Curator: Jennifer Junkermeier

Baltimore: Stephen Booth & Jordan Bernier (collaboration), Amelia Meekins, Steven Riddle
Curator: Freddy Gallery

Pittsburgh: Delanie Jenkins, Corey Escoto, Devan Shimoyama, and Barbara Weissberger (artists book vitrine)
Curator: Kim Beck and Amanda Donnan



Crawl Through at EMP Collective
Friday, May 29: 8 pm, $5

Crawl Through is a night of new work, movement, dance, and dance video from resident artists N\A\P (Noelle Tolbert, Alex D’Agostino, and Porter Witsell), dancers and movement explorers. CRAWL THROUGH is a physical poem exploring themes of love, loss, and letting go. More info here:



Angela Conant: Deuteranope OPENING at Gallery CA
Friday, May 29: 7 – 10 pm

440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, Maryland

ICA Baltimore presents Angela Conant: Deuteranope, a multi-media exhibition of painting, projection, sculpture, and installation. Works will be arranged according to their meaning in relationship to dark and light, inner and outer, consciousness and unconsciousness. Works displayed inside a dark, gallery-within-gallery will be balanced on the outside by countering or opposing objects. The Deuteranope painting diptych series are each comprised of one painting made in full-color, and a second painting which is formally identical but rendered only in colors visible to people with red-green color blindness. Other works are plaster casts of hand-drawn gestures in sand lit with red and green spotlights and corresponding paintings of these plasters on green-screen or TV-black painted surfaces.

The exhibition will also include a video piece which is a fictional television news program that sardonically parallels objectivity in popular news media. Contemporary television news is parodied through an interactive CCTV set and transparent application of humble materials.

Angela Conant: Deuteranope will be presented by ICA Baltimore and hosted by Gallery CA from May 29th until June 14th 2014.



LADYFEST Baltimore 2015
Friday, May 29 – Monday, June 1

Various Locations (see website)

May 29th, 30th & 31st at The Y Not Lot (outdoor stage), Windup Space, The Chicken Box, Liam Flynn’s Ale House & more it’s Ladyfest Baltimore! A not-for-profit event highlighting the music and creative contributions of feminists and women (cis-women, trans, intersex, genderqueer and all supporters) artists. The net profit from this Ladyfest will be donated to TurnAround, Inc. & Baltimore Community Foundation


BLACK ABBA (New Orleans)

BLACKSAGE (Baltimore)

BOY SPIT (Baltimore)




JANA HUNTER (Baltimore)



POST PINK (Baltimore)

RYE RYE (Baltimore)



ST. RIPPER (Boston)

TRNSGNDR/VHS (Baltimore)

URSULA (Boston)


WING DAM (Baltimore)

WILDHONEY (Baltimore)

+++ MORE!!!

weekend pass:–weekend-pass
day 1:
day 2 outdoor:–day-two—outdoor-pass
day 2 indoor:–day-two—indoor-pass

WORKSHOPS (all workshops are free and open to all, first come first served)

° Disability, Accessibility & Culture Workshop hosted by Sean Gray of ITVA
° Self Pleasure Workshop hosted by SUGAR
° Monument Quilt Workshop
° More TBA!!!!


More info including mission statement, coming soon!

Get in touch: [email protected]m

Accessibility info: ALL VENUES being used for Baltimore Ladyfest are accessible. If you have mobility issues and need help getting to/ from any of our events, please contact us and we will do our best to help.



Travis Levasseur and Samuel Rosen at The Parking Lot
Friday, May 29: 6-9pm

K-Town Studios
100 West 22nd St, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The Parking Lot is pleased to present a two person exhibition of new work from Travis Levasseur and Samuel Rosen.

Travis Levasseur is a new media artist living and working in Baltimore, MD who likes to talk to electronics about their feelings. His work has been shown at VOX POPULI in Philadelphia and Rock512Devil in Baltimore.

Samuel Rosen is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. He has shown at the Maryland Institute College of Art, School 33, and the MFA Circle Gallery. On the weekends, he spends his time at local city events as Mr. Boh

The Parking Lot is a temporary exhibition space curated by Dave Eassa. It is located within the K-town Studios building at 100 W. 22nd Street. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday May 29th, from 6 – 9 p.m.



Move, Maneuver. Track and Traipse: Artist Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 30: 2pm

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland

School 33 Art Center will host the artists and curator of “Move, Maneuver. Track and Traipse” for a panel discussion on the final day of this exhibition, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 2pm in the Main Gallery. Artists Stephanie Imbeau, Hiroshi Jacobs, Alessandra Torres and curator Karyn Miller will speak as a panel about the exhibition, and will also address their individual creative practices. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the artists and the show’s curator through a conversational format. Light refreshments will be served. More info:



Sort of a Kind at Current
Saturday, May 30: 7 – 10 pm

Current Space
421 N Howard St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Exhibition dates: May 30 – June 28

Featuring new works and a collaboration by John Bohl, Teddy Johnson, and Andrew Shenker
Special Thanks to Direct Dimensions and Sierra Turner for their assistance with this exhibit.

Opening reception on May 30, 7 – 10pm

Gallery hours:
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4pm



Work in Progress on in Progress Work, A Photographic Survey of Downtown Brooklyn
Saturday, May 30: 7 – 10 pm

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
1715 N. Calvert St : 21202

Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE  is proud to present  Work In Progress on In Progress Work, a group project exhibition by Maureen Drennan, Carl Gunhouse, Matthew Schenning, and Jason John Würm. In conjunction, Guest Spot Project Gallery will feature The Devil in the Details, a series of works by Baltimore-Based artist, Jason Hughes. Opening Saturday May 30, 2015 (7pm-10pm) the works will be on view through July 11, 2015. A discussion entitled Gentrification, Two Cities, and the Artist’s Model will examine the various roles that have been associated with artists, and will be held in conjunction with the closing on July 11, 2015, 2-4pm.

Work In Progress on In Progress Work has been documenting the changing landscape of Downtown Brooklyn over the last four years, cataloging over 1,500 images to its blog. Work In Progress on In Progress Work was started by photographer Jason John Würm, a long-time resident of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  Jason routinely photographed on his daily commute through Downtown. In 2013, in hopes of documenting the changes in the neighborhood, he proposed a collaborative project with fellow  photographers Matthew Schenning, Carl Gunhouse and Maureen Drennan. The other members of this collaborative reside elsewhere in Brooklyn, no more than a few miles from Würm and Downtown. The parameters of the project are to photograph whatever struck each artist’s eye, within a circumference of about a half a mile from the Fulton Mall, in the hopes that they might give collective voice to the rapid gentrification of the area.

Carl Gunhouse (b.1976) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but he spent his formative years in suburban New Jersey. Growing up, he developed a love/hate relationship with suburbia that led to the angst familiar to most suburban youth. With this unrest came the discovery of the anger and DIY ethics of hardcore punk rock. Yearning to be part of the hardcore scene, he started photographing bands, which began his love of photography.

To escape suburban New Jersey, Carl enrolled at Fordham University in New York City. While completing a BA in European History at Fordham, he discovered that photography could be something to pursue a career so he decided to simultaneously complete a BFA in Photography. After going on to earn his MA in American History from Fordham, Carl concentrated on street photography. In hopes of developing and refining his photography work, Carl completed his MFA in Photography at Yale University.

Since graduating, he has found a great deal of personal satisfaction teaching as an Adjunct at Montclair State University, Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, and Nassau Community College. He has also gained some renown for his straightforward writing on photography for such web sites as Searching For the Light, Lay Flat, and American Suburb X. His photography has been shown nationally and internationally. As an artist, he has produced a body of landscape and portrait photographs by driving around the United States to expose the little visual bits of America that give voice to our shared history and experience. Carl currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Matthew Schenning is a Brooklyn based photographer originally from Baltimore, MD where he spent his youth playing in the abandoned spaces under highway overpasses. He photographs the landscape with a large format camera favoring the slow and deliberate way of working, seeking to understand his own relationship to his surroundings. Most of his work purposely avoids specific markers of place and seeks to interject a bit of humor and poetry into the imagery of the everyday. He has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work was featured in the first edition of The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography published by the Humble Arts Foundation and most recently in the exhibition catalogue for If This Is It published by Waal-boght Press.

Born in Downey, CA to parents in the US Army, Jason John Würm spent his childhood living throughout the US and Germany. He settled in New York City in 2001 to study photography and earned his BFA in Photography from SVA. Würm utilizes a documentary style of photography to record the ephemeral around America. In his belief that photography is best understood through practice, he has amassed an extensive archive of images, predominantly made in NYC and Brooklyn. His work has been exhibited nationally and published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. In 2012, Würm founded Waal-Boght Press to promote straight photography through annual publications.

AN ONGOING PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY OF DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN 2010 – 2015. ©2013 Jason John Würm, Carl Gunhouse, Matthew Schenning, Maureen Drennan. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.



The Devil in the Details, works by Jason Hughes
Saturday, May 30: 7 – 10 pm

Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute
1715 N. Calvert St : 21202

Jason Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis on sculpture, drawing, and print media. For the last several years his research has focused on the history of American economic power and its influence over cultural representation in the United States. His creative practice is quite diverse including textiles, collages, and cast sculptures from shredded currency; a series of large scale prints that are ornate abstract composites of money; and sculptural objects from appropriated street barricades used for crowd control. His work addresses issues of high and low craft, production and trade, as well as shifts in representation and the perception of value.

Jason Hughes is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and attended the acclaimed AICAD New York Studio Program during the fall of 2003. He is currently a MFA candidate in the Intermedia and Digital Art program at UMBC. Hughes has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally since 2005.

In 2014, his work was selected for an exhibition at Marianne Boskey Gallery curated by Mera Rubell as well as the exhibition Washington Color Abstraction at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts curated by Donald Kuspit. His artwork has been featured in the New York Times, New American Paintings, and Art in America.

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City of Artists II at Connect + Collect; Jason Patterson and Thomas James in conversation at Banneker-Douglass Museum; opening reception for Heejo Kim & Markus Baldegger at Grimaldis Gallery; Bromo Art Walk + After Party; Andrew Thorp at Hotel Indigo, and more!