BmoreArt’s Picks: Baltimore Art Galleries, Openings, and Events October 11 – 17

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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.

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<><><><><><><><><><>_cewahjvGBCA Arts and Culture Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 11th : 5-7pm

Ken Karlic’s Studio
102 North Main Street : Bel Air 21014

oin the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance for our next Arts & Culture Happy Hour with Maryland Center for the Arts at Ken Karlic’s Studio and Gallery! Come enjoy Harford County’s second annual Plein Air Festival, which involves thirty juried artists throughout the U.S. who will travel to Harford County, MD to paint beautiful outdoor landscapes in the open air. The Plein Air Festival will be from October 10th-15th.

I Voted – Opening Reception
Wednesday, October 12th 

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue : Towson 21204

What Role Do Artists Play in Our American Democracy? 
How Does Art Inform Our Choices?
Artwork that has a timely significance with the 2016 Election & / or the larger themes of voting, politics, and involvement in democracy.
Curated by:
 Edwin Remsberg

FEATURING: Jerry Dadds, Elizabeth Elder, Eric Fine, Howard Greenberg, Greg Houston, Benjamin Jancewicz, Marty Katz, Kathleen Knust, and Trisha Mudd

<><><><><><><><><><>oy7o5pbuBaker Artist Awards: An Evening of Artistic Excellence
Thursday, October 13th : 7-9pm

BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

Contemporary Arts, Inc., in partnership with Free Fall Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, presents “An Evening of Artistic Excellence”, featuring the Baker Artist Award Winners in performance. Participating artists will perform solo and/or collaboratively.

A limited number of tickets will be available for reservation. The remaining seats will be released first come, first served, on the night of the event.

The FREE EVENT will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7-9 PM at the Baltimore Museum of Art Free and open to the public/General Seating.

Carl Grubbs Quartet
Todd Marcus Quintet
Paul Rucker
Ellen Cherry
Vincent Thomas
Michelle Nelson
Nicole Martinell
Naoko Maeshiba
Joyce Scott
Amanda Fair

<><><><><><><><><><>bulotbwuThe Creative Time Summit
Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th 

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW : Washington DC

The Creative Time Summit-the world’s largest international conference on art and social change-is headed to Washington, D.C.! Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Futurewill be held at D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre on October 14 – 16, 2016.

Occurring in the nation’s capital just weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election, the Creative Time Summit DC will take this important moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy. Around the world both the left and the right are making their dissatisfaction with the center known, setting the stage for a virulent electoral season. Shaking up the political landscape, worldwide social movements — from Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter — are now ingrained in popular discourse. The 2016 Summit offers a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten?

<><><><><><><><><><>leqdfdwrQueer Interiors – Opening Party
Friday, October 14th : 6-9pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

Free, Tickets Required

Celebrate the opening of the new Commons Collaboration with artists Jaimes Mayhew and Rahne Alexander in collaboration with their non-profit partner The LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton. Join us for a gallery talk and stay for music from DDm, dancing, and more.

Reserve Your Tickets

<><><><><><><><><><>dxtpe78rFloetic Friday: Open Mic Night
Friday, October 14th : 7:30-10pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202

Join us for an evening of up-and-coming emcees, poets, and DJs in this series of spoken word and hip hop expression. This month’s theme is centered around political awareness and social activism. Open mic followed by a featured performer. Doors open at 7pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the museum cafe’ 7pm-9pm. Performances begin at 7:30pm. Admission: $6 members, $8 non-members. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.


jidttc6oSweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational
Friday, October 14th : 7:30pm

MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall Auditorium
1300 West Mount Royal Avenue : Baltimore 21217

$5 ticket price
FREE for students (with valid student ID), University faculty/staff, and
Friends of the Maryland Film Festival

The 5th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to the MICA Brown Center with a radical variety of international, independent short animations. Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art); including narrative, experimental, and music video work made with a variety of techniques ranging from stop motion, hand drawn, to CGI. Come out for a night of weird and wonderful animation and cast your vote for the audience choice award! Check out the 2016 lineup of animators here.

<><><><><><><><><><>14590244_538557856344956_8989189185034333654_nThe Great Folkgrass Happenstance
Saturday, October 15th : 11am-7pm

Ruins Park
30 Enterprise Street : Glen Rock PA

Back by popular demand and brought to you by Trailer Whale Productions, The Great Folkgrass Happenstance promises to be the event of the year. We invite a host of the finest bluegrass, folk and Americana pickers from around the region to converge in Glen Rock, PA for a celebration of music. Between the main stage acts, we invite whoever wants to play to join the segue jam on the side stage. You never know who may be on hand to play.

Food & Beverages are available for purchase and local art/craft vendors will be showcasing their work for purchase.

2016 Bands/Muscians

Caleb Stine (
Colebrook Road (
Mountain Ride (
Cosmic Cowboy Sowing Circle (
Dirty Grass Players (



Ruri Yi: Abstract Non-Binaries Closing Brunch
Saturday, October 15 from 2-4 pm

Guest Spot at The Reinstitute
1715 N Calvert St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Guest Spot is honored to present the solo exhibition RURI YI, Abstract Non-Binaries. This is the Baltimore city-based artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery which will feature works from 2016. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 2pm-4pm.

Ruri Yi intends for viewers to experience her artwork with instinctive, physical responses to the work’s structure, color, and surrounding space, rather than with contextual or interpretive analysis. Yi’s work encourages a silent encounter or serene participation with the work. Yi’s paintings, inspired by real-life observations, asks viewers to subjectively experience the work through bold colors, free of gestural brushstrokes and recognizable compositions.

Yi’s creations are meditative, decorative and industrial; an art of visual serenity that is a welcome backdrop for troubled contemporary times. Her work is reminiscent and nostalgic, while creating a certitude of visceral experience that is similar to the calm found before a storm. Yi’s notion of calm relates to the idea that knowledge brings comfort; this commonality is distinctive and the thing that unites her work. Reading too deeply or seeing things that are not there can cultivate a state of anxiety. As an alternative, this exhibition is a personal reprieve from current political turmoil.

In 2001, Ruri Yi founded Ruriart Center for the Fine Arts (Ellicott City, Maryland), where she spent twelve years managing and operating the center, as well as teaching students at all levels, from beginning composition to advanced portfolio for college admission.



David Page: Security Theatre
Saturday, October 15 : 6-8 pm

Creative Alliance Main Gallery
3134 Eastern Avenue: Baltimore 21224

Do not miss this new and visionary solo exhibition by David Page, renowned artist, Sculptor in Residence at American University, winner of the Trawick Prize, Sondheim Prize finalist, and designer of sets and props for director Ridley Scott’s film Hannibal. Page’s “Security Theatre” investigates the dissonant and seemingly inverse relationship between perceived threat and measurable risk by looking at the artifacts of security and the aesthetics of punishment.

Security Theatre is a full-gallery summation of Page’s multiple bodies of work, including “Care & Punishment,” which combines handmade, full-body restraining harnesses attached to bellows-driven breathing devices. During the opening reception, and on Saturday, November 12th, live performers will inhabit the suits while visitors will pump the bellows that enable the performers to breathe inside handmade restraining suits. The reciprocal behavior between performer and viewer echoes the lack of culpability the public has with its governing bodies concerning the care and treatment of prisoners that they would never interact with directly.

Other bodies of work, such as “Protective Services,” deal with the United States’ pervasive climate of caution, including the padding that’s been created for common infrastructure, such as building corners or railings. These installations speak to a nation that worries, pads, and buffers itself against the tiniest potential threat while ignoring actual danger, which is evident in the proliferation of oversized SUVs, airbags, side-impact air curtains, car seats for nine-year-olds, and warning tags and labels on everything.

Through his installations and performances, David Page boldly addresses the atmosphere of fear and false security in economically developed nations.


qzib3ypbUMBC50: The Visual Arts Gala Exhibition + Golden Ball
Saturday, October 15th 

Fine Arts Building and the Imaging Research Center
UMBC : Catonsville

It’s on, so on! We are less than 2 weeks to launch for the Golden Ball on October 15th!

There are no tickets required for the Golden Ball, but we request that you let us know you are coming by registering for the daytime and nighttime events here:

Registration is open to EVERYONE—UMBC alums, faculty, students and staff and all our friends out there as well! You don’t need to be affiliated with UMBC, but we ask that you still register so we know that you’re coming!

Show your support for UMBC and the Visual Arts! JOIN US FOR THE PARTY OF THE (half) CENTURY!

MBC’s Department of Visual Arts is hosting a day and evening of art, performance and other surprises for UMBC’s 50th Anniversary. It’s all happening Saturday, October 15th at the Fine Arts Building and the Imaging Research Center, with daytime events and activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.and The Golden Ball from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,  a black and gold themed metallic masquerade inspired by the Metal Party of 1929. The evening will commence with a cabaret showcase of alumni performance and after we’ll relax and reconnect with music, refreshments, and dancing.

There are no tickets required for the Golden Ball, but we request that you let us know you are coming by registering for the daytime and nighttime events here:

Registration is open to EVERYONE—UMBC alums, faculty, students and staff and all our friends out there as well! You don’t need to be affiliated with UMBC, but we ask that you still register so we know that you’re coming!

Events listed below and you can find out more at

<><><><><><><><><><>7hakmprfDay of Clay
Saturday, October 15th : 11am-9pm 

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to present three exciting activities taking place on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 on our Day of Clay.

Day of Clay will include:

Free Family Day from 11AM-3PM,
The 4th Annual Student Sale from 1PM-6PM,

And the 5th Annual Autumn Blaze Fire Festival from 5PM-9PM

Kicking off our Day of Clay will be our Family Day from 11AM-3PM at the Clayworks Studio Building. During the free event, families are invited to celebrate the joy of making with hands-on projects led by an artist demonstration in air-dry clay. Experience the joy of a Baltimore Clayworks workshop as you coil and form your own work of art, learn from a professional artist demonstrating their craft and then take your creations home when you’re finished!

From 1PM-6PM, feel free to do a little shopping at our 4th Annual Student Sale. This is an opportunity for students of all levels to sell their works that were made in Baltimore Clayworks classes. Come by to see and support what our students have been up to in our classrooms and snag some fantastic functional pottery and unique sculpture at great prices.

Wrapping up the day from 5PM-9PM will be our 5th Annual Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. This ticketed event will celebrate the first firing of our newly built wood kiln with exciting events like Clay Olympics, Cup-A-Thon, Raku and Obvara Firing demonstrations, fire dancers from Pyrophilia, live music from Wade & Praay along with Haint Blue and more. Enjoy some delicious, burgers, hotdogs, and chili in special chili bowls available for purchase by our resident artists and wash it down with a drink from our official beer sponsor, Monument City Brewing Company.

Tickets include food and drink and are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets and to learn more about the event, visit or call 410 578 1919 x210.

We hope to have you join us for an action packed day of clay and community!


49sxufj_4th Annual Best of Baltimore Student Film Festival
Saturday, October 15th : 7:30pm 

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21224

Back by popular demand, come see a selection of the best student films from JHU, MICA, Morgan, Towson, Stevenson, University of Baltimore, and UMBC.

Proudly supported by the Maryland Film Office.

“There is a wealth of mostly unseen and untapped talent out there among Baltimore’s undergraduate filmmakers. It’s about time they shared it with each other and with the community, and the Creative Alliance’s Student Film Festival is the one place where that’s actually happening.” – Professor Linda De Libero, Johns Hopkins University

7:30PM | $10, $7 mbrs (+ $2 at the door)

<><><><><><><><><><>springsteenAct II: Carcass and The White Light, by Alex Ito – Opening Reception
Saturday, October 15th : 7-10pm 

Springsteen Gallery
502 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

Springsteen is pleased to present Act II: Carcass and The White Light, a solo exhibition by Alex Ito.

Act II: Carcass and the White Light expands Ito’s ongoing investigation of the violence and intimacy embedded within popular visual culture and the historical narrative of progress within consumer culture. By employing the strategies of industrial image making, Ito’s work investigates how emotion is appropriated from the public and transformed into commodity; creating an economic circuit of dehumanization. Act II: Carcass and the White Light reveals a parasitic space that hides in plain sight within the landscape of everyday life.

<><><><><><><><><><>jhsff64cSaint Pablo Art Show
Saturday, October 15th : 5-10pm 

2260 Cecil Avenue : Baltimore 21218


•Complimentary wine + food with online ticket
•21+ Event
•25+ Artists
•Live Models

soddr9xyThe Walters Party 2016
Saturday, October 15th : 9pm 

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Don’t miss one of Baltimore’s most anticipated events, the Walters Party, Saturday, October 15. Limited tickets available! Enjoy festive cocktails and an open bar, a DJ and dancing, and delectable desserts on the Sculpture Court. This year’s Party, A Medieval Revelry, is inspired by the stunning new exhibition A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe, which opens to the public on October 16. Hosted by the Walters Enthusiasts, a young members group that supports the museum



Art Bazaar
Sunday, October 16th : 11am-3pm

Dovecote Cafe
2501 Madison Avenue : Baltimore 21217

Interested in Baltimore’s Art Scene? Ready to start your COLLECTION? Want to know who the LOCAL Creatives are? Looking to SUPPORT living talent?
Spend an afternoon exploring the works of over 25 phenomenal Baltimore Artists. No need to covet from afar!

Come out! Bring your $$ – this is going to be INCREDIBLE!

<><><><><><><><><><>tumblr_obg27urwtn1tsnjklo1_500MAP’s 35th Anniversary Exhibition + Open House
Sunday, October 16th : 3-7pm 

Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street : Baltimore 21201

< p style=”text-align: left;”>MAP serves over 400 artists annually in its galleries. This year we are excited to celebrate our 35th Birthday by featuring 35 contemporary artists. These influential artists have made their mark on MAP throughout our history.

Hasan Elahi, John Ruppert, Beki Basch, Carol Brown Golderg, Mina Cheon, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Linda DePalma, Oletha DeVane, Liz Donadio, Laure Drogoul, Neil Feather, Peggy Fox, Carol Frost, Helen Glazer, Mia Halton, Dana Holgerson, Maria Karametou, Glen Kessler, Jonathan Latiano, Karen Lemmert, Mike McConnell, Mary Ann Mears, Raoul Middleman, Mary Beth Muscara, Nancy O’D Wilson, Janet Olney, David Page, Michael Platt, Jan Razauskas, Joyce Scott and Joe Shannon.

This exhibition will showcase works ranging from painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us on Sunday, October 16 for our ‘Open House’ from 3-5pm where you may view the Anniversary Exhibition as well as meet the many talented artists and creative businesses in the MAP building. Consider donating to our $35K@35 Campaign! Donors are welcome to join us for a post Open House Reception in the gallery from 5-7pm that same day!


xzqoeyzvLest We Forget – Closing Reception/Healing Ceremony
Sunday, October 16th : 3-6pm 

Galerie Myrtis
2224 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21218

Closing Reception/Healing Ceremony
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3-6 pm
Facilitator: Geoffrey Edwards, LAC, Nu Healing Arts

Featured Artists
Larry Cook, Wesley Clark, Shaunte Gates, Delita Martin, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon and Stan Squirewell

Curated by: Jarvis DuBois and Deirdre Darden

The exhibition presented at Galerie Myrtis, Lest We Forget examines pivotal moments and figures in US history, as well as the everyday occurrences and unknown individuals that have impacted, to various degrees, the African American experience here, and by extension, throughout the world. Too often individuals, movements and ideas are discounted, overlooked or ‘smudged out’ in an attempt to lessen their societal and cultural agency and potency. What has come before is particularly poignant now, more than ever, and continues to reverberate in current issues , both progressive and problematic, such as Black Lives Matter and the examination of President Obama’s legacy in the final months of his administration.


guvhwiyk2016 VisArts Emerging Curator: Noise, Body, Music – Closing Reception
Sunday, October 16th : 2-4pm 

155 Gibbs Street : Rockville

Closing Reception and performances: Sunday, October 16, 2 – 4 PM with performance by FK Alexander (Glasgow, Scotland)
FREE and open to the public

Noise Body Music brings together works by both musicians and visual artists that explore how who we are shapes sound, and how sound informs how we relate to the world. Glasgow-based performance and noise artist FK Alexander will perform at the closing reception. The exhibition includes video, audio, unique artworks, and ephemera from queercore band Homosuperior, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher), Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz), and trans-disciplinary performance group Antibody Corporation.

There will be a selection of works by local photographer Farrah Skeiky. “From the Back of the Room,” a documentary on female involvement in DIY punk by Amy kc Oden (of Homosuperior) will be screened continuously. Washington, DC-based artists Nate Alex Lewis and Michael Schiffer collaborate for the first time on a participatory installation, part of their work will be presented at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, which takes place September 9-11 at Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC. Sakeenah Nasser, Ilana Maiman, and Jasmine Taylor participated in a workshop for teens in conjunction with the exhibition; the pieces they developed will be on view.

Noise Body Music is curated by Eames Armstrong as part of the 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program, under the guidance of Jacqueline Maria Milad.


4tcmbhvvAIGA Presents: Baltimore Design Week 
Monday, October 17th – Saturday, October 22nd 

This fall, Baltimore’s 5th Annual Design Week is back! Join us in October for another week-­long celebration of design and designers in Baltimore.
From Monday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 22, enjoy a series of presentations, workshops, and social events, all curated to inspire, strengthen, and showcase the Baltimore design community:

  • Design & Dine: An Evening with Ellen Lupton (catered by Woodberry Kitchen at Artifact Coffee)
  • Raising the Game: Creativity Through Collaboration at Under Armour with Sean Flanagan and Zombie Yeti
  • Designing for Stress Cases: Understanding the Everyday Relationship Between UX and Accessibility with Anthony D Paul and Kelly Driver from idfive
  • SHAG: Designing Beyond Biology
  • How Culture Affects Typography: a lecture by Nikki Villagomez
  • Breakfast with Nikki Villagomez: 10 Things I Learned by Working Hard and Being Ballsy
  • Studio Tours at Fastspot, Younts Design Inc, and idfive
  • Make/Shift: A day of maker workshops at studios all around the city, culminating in the Design Week closing party at Price Modern.

Register for events now below, then RSVP to the Facebook event page so you can get real-time updates as we get closer to the big week. Share your excitement online with the hashtag #BmoreDW16 on your favorite social media feeds. We can’t wait to see you there!

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