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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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Brenton Good: Assisi | Exhibition Opening
Tuesday, March 13th : 5-7pm

Julio Fine Arts
Loyola University Maryland : 21210

In June 2016, Brenton Good visited the Italian town of Assisi, known as the birth place of St. Francis, and set in the undulating hills of Umbria. Good, an abstract painter and printmaker, brought back drawings of Assisi and began to combine the landscapes with his more familiar gridded abstract works. According to the artist: “These hovering forms and overlapping colors found in nature relate directly to other abstract works being created simultaneously. Upon closer inspection this seemingly disparate group of prints and paintings reveal to the viewer a shared systematic process of discovery. Whether the armature happens to be a landscape or a grid, the investigation is still the constant friction between flatness and atmosphere.”

Brenton Good is a printmaker and painter living in Camp Hill, PA. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Messiah College where he is also chair of the Department of Art and Design. He received his MFA in Printmaking from the University of Dallas in 2005, and has exhibited his prints and paintings both nationally and internationally.


Baker Finalist Performance Showcase
Wenesday, March 14: 8 – 10 PM

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W Preston St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Meet the 2018 Performance finalists for the Baker Artist Awards and get a taste of their nominated work.

Lisi Stoessel
Ryan Johnson
Chris Ferrera
Lafayette Gilchrist
Von Vargas
Meshelle, The Indie Mom of Comedy!

Admission is FREE. Doors open at 7:30.

<><><><><><><><>BATS! | Opening Night
Thursday, March 15th – 31st

The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224

Have you ever thought you would lose your mind? How do you know what is real? Did you know that a single bat can eat up to 1200 mosquitos in an hour?

BATS! is a mixed media, interactive contemplation on the nature of fear and madness. This newly created solo work is conceived and performed by Michele Minnick, created in collaboration with Submersive Productions. Through conversation, stories, sound, original illustrations by Baltimore artist Chelsea Demitras, and some accordion songs, this show explores the tricky landscape of reason and insanity. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, past and present, BATS! connects an extra-ordinary personal narrative to a larger story: the all too ordinary madness of American culture.

<><><><><><><><>2018 AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: Ethics
Thursday, March 15th : 6-8pm

MICA Brown Center, Falvey Hall
1301 West Mount Royal Avenue : 21217

1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs Available

FREE to attend, registration required. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm followed by a reception.


This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Empowerment, Access, Co-Creation, Ethics. At the core of many of our social challenges is an asymmetrical power dynamic. This series explores the role of power in design and what it looks like for designers to facilitate its redistribution.

Dr. Thomas Seager, Arizona State University, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Tempe, Arizona.

Dr. Thomas Seager will be speaking about his research into the moral and ethical implications of infrastructure design. Dr. Seager leads research teams working at the boundaries of engineering and social science to understand innovation for resilient infrastructure systems, including the life-cycle environmental consequences of emerging energy technologies, novel approaches to teamwork and communication in socio-technical integrative settings, and engineering ethics education. Current research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the US Army Corp of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several industry partners.

<><><><><><><><>A Beautiful Ghetto Three Years Later: A Conversation About Healing | Opening Reception
Thursday, March 15th : 6-8:30pm

Institute for Integrative Health
1407 Fleet Street : 21231

The Institute for Integrative Health and the Gordon Parks Foundation announce the upcoming exhibition and program series, A Beautiful Ghetto, Three Years Later: A Conversation About Healing, at the Institute for Integrative Health from March 15 through May 24, 2018. The exhibit will showcase photographs by Devin Allen, a social justice photographer, a fellow of the Gordon Parks Foundation, and Baltimore-native. Allen and the Institute intend to use the exhibition and program series to spark a conversation about healing the individuals and the community of Baltimore.

With a rising death count in the years following the Baltimore protests, city residents continue to feel immense pain and frustration at the current state of our city. In bringing his exhibition back to the heart of the city where he grew up, Devin Allen is focused on bringing healing back home.

“We always spend so much time on the pain. We measure how strong we are by how much pain we can take,” Allen said. “Can we, for once, focus on how we can address our issues, get educated, and start the healing process? I want this show to be a platform to address our pain freely and heal together.”

This exhibition, which coincides with the third anniversary of the protests sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, is a part of a broader Institute initiative focused on the use of art and nature as tools for helping people recover from trauma. “Engagement in the arts has been proven to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and aid the healing process,” said Brian Berman, MD, founder and president of the Institute for Integrative Health. “We welcome this opportunity to work with Devin on holding a sacred space for people to come together, through creative expression and open dialogue, to explore how we can heal ourselves and our city.”

The conversation of healing will take place over 10-weeks and will include an interactive exhibit that will allow visitors to express their thoughts on healing themselves and the city.


Lauren Kalman Artist Talk – Icons of the Flesh|Lecture & Reception
Friday, March 16: 6 PM – 8 PM

Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 E North Ave, Ste 130, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join the Baltimore Jewelry Center Friday, March 16 from 6 – 8p as we welcome Lauren Kalman to Baltimore. She will be giving an Artist Talk in conjunction with her exhibition Icons of the Flesh, on view at the BJC through March 31. The work in the show visualizes the body in ways that promote positive identification with anatomy and sexuality. The collection of badges, collars, buttons, and mask-like forms serve as abstractions that point toward the body and promote the viewer to question the complicated process of identify-building.

Kalman is a visual artist whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, and photography; she investigates beauty, adornment, and body image. Kalman’s work has been featured at the Renwick Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and many others. Recently, the Museum of Arts and Design acquired Kalman’s work as part of its permanent collection. MAD’s assistant curator Barbara Paris Gifford said of Kalman “She is a fearless advocate for women and craft. Like the “pussy hat”, by making badges of honor that unapologetically reference female anatomy, Kalman is reactivating craft as a protest medium.”

Happy Hour from 6 – 7, talk to begin at 7p with Q & A afterwards.


Open Hours: Baltimore Dance Crews Project| Performance
Saturday, March 17th : 2-4pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218

Watch moving performances from the Baltimore Dance Crews Project’s middle and high school students as they perform “Call on Me” and other original choreography to bring attention to the growing homicide rate in our communities and the change we hope to see.

Through hip-hop dance, the Baltimore Dance Crews Project initiates and strengthens relationships that support youth from school to career.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Open Hours are generously sponsored by PNC Bank.


Noise Margins| Opening Reception
Opening Reception Saturday, March 17, 6 – 9 pm

Resort – Baltimore
235 Park Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21201

March 17 – April 28, 2018

Resort is pleased to present Noise Margins, a group exhibition featuring Jennifer Grimyser, Marisa LaGuardia, Natan Lawson, Joshua Caleb Weibley and Grant Wells. Noise Margins brings together five artists whose work uses or references technology and digital aesthetics as they’ve become universal and historicized. Pixels, clip art, posterization, plotters, digital compression, and image editing software, each with its own, associative stylings, exist in a collective visual history.

Unlike art history, this immediate past is a shared experience, applied to office work, the dissemination of information, and creative vocations alike — A relatable reference to both mine and subvert. These tools, and outmoded points in the arc of technological development, carry with them an inescapable set of practical affiliations with cubicle culture and early computer design. Starting from the point of utilitarian expectation, these artists move past the notion of the digital as novel, presenting it instead as a tool while referencing its role in visual culture and communication.

A Solo Project by Sophie Friedman-Pappas

Friedman-Pappas’s Broken Eggs reinterprets the 1756 painting of the same name by French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze.

Sophie Friedman-Pappas (b. 1995) is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Adds Donna in Chicago, IL, Phoebe, StCharles Projects, Terrault Contemporary, The Whole Gallery and Platform Gallery in Baltimore, MD, and Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Vermont Studio Center in December of 2017 where she began developing this new body of work.

<><><><><><><><>Afro House Concert Series | Astronaut Symphony
Saturday, March 17th : 7pm

Afro House Concert Series

WHO: Astronaut Symphony

WHEN: March 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: To reserve your seat and learn the location of the event, RSVP at

$10-$20 suggested donation

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