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Wednesday, April 18th – Saturday, April 21st
The Columbus Center – Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street : 21202
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the return of Labs@LightCity, the daytime programming of Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation. Labs@LightCity features seven innovation conferences at the IMET Columbus Center Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2018. Celebrating its third year in 2018, Labs@LightCity is one of the largest and most unique social innovation conferences in the United States. New speakers for 2018 include celebrity chef Art Smith, CEO of Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc. Nancy Lublin, Art-Activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin, artist and owner of Fix Baltimore Keith “K.C.” Cooper and renowned artist and former NFL player Mateo Blu. New this year, Labs@LightCity introduces “Pay What You Can” ticketing. The new ticket model is reflective of Light City’s goal to be accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. To register to attend Labs@LightCity, visit https://www.mt.cm/labslightcity.
Also new for 2018, a fresh format featuring seven topics and a daily community collaboration lunch session. As in past years, the entire program focuses thematically on social innovation and equity, explored through the topics of Education, Social, Green, Health, Arts & Culture, Makers and Food in a compelling four-day schedule. In addition, an interactive Design Thinking Lab lunch takes place each day from 11:30am-1pm. The schedule is as follows:
April 18- 8am-1:30pm: EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland; 11:30am-5pm: SocialLab@LightCity
April 19- 8am-1:30pm: GreenLab@LightCity presented by BGE; 11:30am-5pm: HealthLab@LightCity presented by Kaiser Permanente
April 20- 8am-1:30pm: CultureLab@LightCity presented by Brown Advisory; 11:30am-5pm: MakersLab@LightCity
April 21- 10am-3pm: FoodLab@LightCity presented by Visit Baltimore with Baltimore Food Makers Marketplace by Cureate immediately following
April 18-21- 11:30am-1pm: Interactive Lunch: Design Thinking Lab
Regular Goods: E. Saffronia Downing & Nicole Dyer | Closing Reception
Wednesday, April 18th : 7-10pm
218 West Saratoga Street : 21201
Please join us for the opening of Terrault’s newest exhibition,
‘Regular Goods’ by E. Saffronia Downing and Nicole Dyer
Regular Goods: Bananas. Corn. Phones. Sardines. Daily objects that make up our lives. Nicole Dyer and E. Saffronia Downing play with the boundary between painting and sculpture by re-thinking the object as painting, and painting as object.
E. Saffronia Downing molds her sculpture through notions of femininity, sexuality, and childhood, leaving the mark of her body on each piece. Ceramic fruit and vegetables are the building blocks of work that expresses the kinship between body and vessel.
Nicole Dyer’s paintings are a visual recording of the primal, sensual, and sometimes violent need to be with others. A plate of food can be both nourishing and dangerous; a beautiful moment can be over in an instant, yet preserved forever through social media.
E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2014 in Studio Art and Women’s History. Downing has recently completed residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, and Mall of Found Residency in New Lebanon, NY.
Nicole Dyer (b. 1991) is an artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing. Dyer has shown in several two person and group shows including “Wide Eyed” at Savery Gallery (Philadelphia), “Phantom Limb” at Guest Spot (Baltimore), and “Sad Intentions” at LVL 3 (Chicago). She has exhibited internationally at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, where she studied in 2012. In 2017 she was a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Dyer most recently completed a three month residency at the Wassaic Projects in Wassaic, NY.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3rd 7-10PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 18th 7-10PM
Exhibition Runs: March 3, 2018 – April 21, 2018
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-5PM (except for opening night)
<><><><><><><><>Arts Every Day 2018 Annual Student Exhibit | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 19th : 5-7pm
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201
Arts Every Day is happy to book end the school year with our annual student exhibition at the Walters Art Museum! Arts Every Day’s annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The exhibition will display over 100 pieces of arts integrated work created by students across Baltimore City.
Reception: Thursday, April 19th 5-7pm
Musical Performances: Saturday, April 21st 12-1pm
Performances will feature Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore City College, Banneker Blake Academy, and City Neighbors Charter School.
<><><><><><><><>Julio Fine Arts 2018 Annual Student Exhibition | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 19th : 5-7pm
Julio Fine Arts Gallery
Loyola University : 21210
<><><><><><><><>Sirens: New Works by the JV Collective | Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Friday, April 20th : 6-9pm
Baltimore Jewelry Center
10 East North Avenue : 21201
Join us Friday, April 20 from 6 – 9pm for the opening of Sirens: New Works by the JV Collective.
To tempt, to seduce, to bewitch, to entrap, to wink, to flash, to caution, to scream. The duality of Sirens conjures vivid images that can be linked to the powerful capabilities of jewelry. Sirens is a collection of new work from the JV Collective, a group of six female artists based in Philadelphia. Together they create a diverse range of work which becomes unified and connected through the multiplicitous nature and concept of the siren. The spectrum of work includes surreal creatures which create their own mythology, works that seduce through their compelling use of line, texture, or sensual materials, works that shout and signal in vibrant colors using bold graphic imagery and works that alert and call attention to inequity and prejudice. The image of a siren as a powerful woman is evident as the members of the JV Collective explore the nature of femininity, feminism, and the female form.
JV Collective is:
Melanie Bilenker, Leslie Boyd, Sarah Rachel Brown, Emily Cobb,
Maria Eife, Mallory Weston
Exhibition dates: April 20 – May 26, 2018
with an opening reception April 20, 6 – 9 pm
There will be an Artist Panel discussion as well as a onsite recording of the Perceived Value podcast at the opening reception.
<><><><><><><><>MEZZO, An Experimental Fashion Event
Saturday, April 21st : 5 + 8pm
Baltimore War Memorial
101 North Gay Street : 21202
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents MEZZO, an experimental fashion event produced by MICA Fiber students in the program’s yearlong Multimedia Event course. The annual runway-style showcase of student-designed fashions takes place Saturday, April 21, 5 and 8 p.m., at the Baltimore War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay Street.
The term mezzo can be defined as “half,” “middle” or “medium,” such as mezzanine, the lowest balcony of a theater, or a mezzo-soprano, a vocalist pitched between a soprano and a contralto.
Featuring collections by 12 designers, the designs in MEZZO play on this intermediary meaning, exploring the transition between two fixed points or ideas, the gray area of familiar concepts.
“MEZZO evokes a sense of movement, rhythm and curiosity that is disorienting, yet operatic with each collection,” said the students in a collective statement.
Select fashion lines include:
- Moitié Kreole by Amanda Elie explores the designer’s identity as a half-Haitian, half-Puerto Rican woman, and uses powerful silhouettes, bold colors and graphic linework to showcase her cultural heritage.
- Get Home Safe by Grayson Gross explores sexuality and gender (particularly femininity) through the lens of retro-futuristic costumes, which are inspired by 1950s sci-fi, pulp novels and comics about women.
- Avila by Charlie Rincon-Rodriguez is named after the mountain in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, Rincon’s hometown. The collection is inspired by the natural and national symbols of the city, Venezuelan artists Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto, post-Perez-Jimenez architecture and the Latina women who he grew up with.
- The Death of Venus by Breanna Marinaccio encourages female empowerment by rejecting the goddess of love, desire and sexuality, as well as the standards of beauty associated with Venus. Incorporating handmade rope ad weaving, the garments symbolize women bound by social expectations.
Full artist statements and images of individual collections are available upon request.
Developed out of MICA Fiber faculty Laure Drogoul’s Multimedia Event course, students spend two semesters working together to conceptualize and plan all aspects of producing a full-scale fashion event, including runway construction, custom lighting design and managing over 200 models, volunteers and staff who make the show possible.
Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at store.mica.edu. General admission is $15, and student admission with a valid ID is $7.
Participating designers include Courtney Banh, Claire Cho, Alexandra Ciardullo, Marina Constantine, Amanda Elie, Margaret Garrison, Grayson Gross, Clarissa Iskandar, Breanna Marinaccio, Stevie Pnewski, Charlie Rincon-Rodriguez and Emily Wolfe.
Image: (designers from left to right): Grayson Gross, Maria Constantine and Amanda Elie.
<><><><><><><><>Nia Hampton Artist Talk / Liz Lerman Talkback
Saturday, April 21st : 2-5pm
2420 North Calvert Street : 21218
Nia Hampton and Sheila Gaskins will be experimenting with the artist talk using the Liz Lerman style of “Talkbacks.”
Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture | Opening Celebration
Sunday, April 22nd : 1-5pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
Join us for a fun afternoon of activities for all ages.
Free admission to Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 – 2017, art making, fascinating demonstrations, and lively performances.
*Assemble wood sculptures with Trisha Chason
*Create a collaborative sculpture with artist Wesley Clark
*Listen to in-gallery music by Sarah Hughes as she plays Ornette Coleman tunes
*Hear storytelling by Maria Broom, featuring music by Jali D
*Meet the exhibition curator, Katy Siegel, in the gallery
Tickets for Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963 – 2017, are on sale March 22.
[Image: Jack Whitten carving wood on the beach in Crete, Greece, Summer 1971. Courtesy of the artist.]