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<><><><><><><><>Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize| Exhibition Opens
Wednesday, June 20th – August 5th
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
For one of the summer’s most highly anticipated exhibitions, the BMA and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts present works by six finalists competing for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The $25,000 fellowship is awarded by an independent panel of jurors each year to a visual artist or visual art collaborators living or working in the Greater Baltimore region.
This year’s finalists are:
- Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator whose work explores concepts of identity, culture, mysticism, and the natural world.
- Nakeya Brown(Laurel, MD) is an artist who uses photography to explore the complexities of race, beauty, politics, and gender.
- Sutton Demlong(Baltimore, MD) is a sculptor who utilizes traditional woodworking techniques to explore the possibilities of imbuing personality and presence in abstract sculpture.
- Nate Larson (Baltimore, MD) is a photographer and MICA professor who works with big data, historical research, and community partnerships to create expanded documentary projects.
- Eunice Park (Parkville, MD) is an artist who creates paintings inspired by dreams, memories, and experiences with family and in the workplace.
- Stephen Towns (Baltimore, MD) is a painter and fiber artist whose work explores how American history influences contemporary society.
Organized by Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the BMA on July 14. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition is held in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
<><><><><><><><>Summer ’18| Opening Reception
Thursday, June 21st • 6-8pm
C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 North Charles Street : 21201
Grace Hartigan, Pompeian Still Life, 1998
Join us at C. Grimaldis Gallery for the opening of our 41st annual summer exhibition to preview our upcoming exhibitions and revisit the past season.
This survey exhibition features some of the gallery’s most widely visible artists of international acclaim, such as the canonical British sculptor Anthony Caro (1924-2003), Abstract Expressionist painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008), and Korean light artist Chul Hyun Ahn.
Celebrating a history of representing influential local artists, Summer ’18brings together a majority Baltimore- and Maryland-based program and includes several generations of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) leadership: former president Eugene Leake (1911-2005), professor Raoul Middleman and Hoffberger Director Joan Waltemath.
The exhibition will debut photographs from 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Rania Matar’s ongoing series, SHE, new sculpture by Colin Van Winkle and recent paintings by 2017 Rome Prize recipient Beverly McIver.
C. Grimaldis Gallery is proud to participate in the 2018 Artscape Gallery Network, celebrating the work of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize applicants and artists working throughout the region.
Chul Hyun Ahn
Colin Van Winkle
C. Grimaldis Gallery will be closed from August 24 through September 3.
<><><><><><><><>Art After Hours: Afropolitanism
Friday, June 22nd • 8-11pm
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : 21218
Baltimore’s best art party is back and celebrating Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963-2017. We’re showcasing the extraordinary output of leading black artists who have a global vision.
Come dressed up or down, sip a signature cocktail, dance, make art, and enjoy pop-up activities throughout the museum. Tickets include evening access to Odyssey (a $10 value), selected galleries, entertainment, and a free food or drink ticket. Beer, wine, cocktails, and light bites are available for purchase.
- Musical performances by Abdu Ali and saxophonist Sarah Hughes
- DJ Hoeteps
- Make-your-own laser-cut wearables with artist Sarah Juanita
- Bookmaking demo with artist Alisa Brock
- In-gallery artists chats with 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists
- Odyssey and the BMA’s African art collection with BMA curator Kevin Tervala
- This event is for adults age 21 and older.
<><><><><><><><>MICA GRAD SHOW IV| Opening Reception
Saturday, June 23rd • 5-7pm
Riggs and Leidy Gallery
MICA Lazarus Center : 21201
MICA’s Office of Graduate Studies is delighted to announce GRAD SHOW IV, featuring students from the MFA Studio Art program. MICA GRAD SHOW IV will be on view June 22nd – July 6th in Riggs and Leidy Gallery, Lazarus Center. Opening Reception, Saturday, June 23rd, 5PM – 7PM.
Visit micagradshow.com for a complete schedule of exhibitions, film screenings, public programs, and student-curated installations throughout Baltimore city.
Dance Showcase – Mirrored Reflections: An Intimate Portrait
Saturday, June 23rd • 2pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street : 21202
Enjoy dance performances exploring reflections of ourselves in our personal spaces and celebrating iconic figures that impacted our community. Dance performances will be presented by Dance Baltimore and other local dance companies.
In conjunction with Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans.
<><><><><><><><>Rescheduled: Nature Art in the Park 2018 Exhibit Opening!
Saturday, June 23rd • 2-5pm
Leakin/Gwynns Falls Parks
1920 Eagle Drive : 21207
We invite young & old to discover Nature Art in the Park installations along the enchanting woodland trails of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. There will be an Artists Reception on Saturday, June 23 from 2-5pm free to the public, which includes guided walks, artist performances, live music, yoga lessons, and light refreshments. We are hoping to be past the never-ending deluge, but set a Rain Date of Sunday, June 24 just in case! (same time)
The Artists’ Reception will be held at the gazebo and picnic area just to the north of the historic Orianda House (1901 Eagle Drive, Baltimore 21207). Parking is in lot off 4999 Windsor Mill Road Baltimore 21207, near the park’s Eagle Drive entrance. Some of the trails can be rocky in parts so wear a hardy pair of shoes!
For those that have not been to the park, most of the trails are not in the lower valley section, but along the higher ridge that overlooks the valley and was once part of the Crimea Estate with its Historic Orianda House and Chapel, and now includes such institutions as the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Center and the Carrie Murray Nature Center.
2018 NAP Artists: Allen Zaruba, Antonio Carpenter, Ashley Kidner, Brenda Pinkney-Carpenter, Charles Winkler, Dan Van Allen, Doug Retzler, Fred Merrill, Geoff Delanoy Photography, Heide Grundmann, Hunter Grogan, Isaac Ewart, Janet Pihlblad, Jillian Storms, Jim Opasik, Jude Asher, Julia Glatfelter, Kadija Hart, Katherine Elicker, Liz Swanson, Maricel Rampey, Mary Beth Akre, Mary Deacon Opasik, Matt Muirhead, Nancy Freeman, Pam Stein, Paris Brown, Petra Huth, Sonia Persichetti, Teal Waibel, Virginia Warwick, William Duffy, and William Hermann.
<><><><><><><><>Taha Heydari | Dual-Use: Baltimore to Samarra | Artist Talk
Saturday, June 23rd • 2pm
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street : 21230
Join us for an Artist Talk with Taha Heydari to learn more about the artist and his exhibition in the Members Gallery.
<><><><><><><><>Osvaldo Mesa: The Future of Nostalgia | Gallery Talk
Saturday, June 23rd • 6:30-7:30pm
3134 Eastern Avenue : 21224
Cuban-born painter Osvaldo Mesa explores influences of Baroque painting, Abstraction, fetish objects, and forms found in nature. The result is a strong mix of Surrealism and Latin American Baroque aesthetics that is both completely mysterious and unique.
Mesa is an artist, and for nearly 20 years, a full-time Assistant Professor in Art, Design, and Interactive Media at the Community College of Baltimore County. He earned his MFA in 1985 from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his BA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His work has been reviewed in the Washington Post, The Baltimore, Sun, The New Art Examiner, and was included in the 1996 book Santaria Aesthetics in Contemporary Latin Art (Smithsonian Press).
In 2008 he was awarded a grant from the Maryland State Art Council. His selected exhibitions include the Hillyer Art Center in Washington, DC, El Museo Del Barrio in New York, NY, The Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. This is Mesa’s first solo exhibition at Creative Alliance, and the artist will give a free gallery talk on the closing day, Saturday, June 23rd at 6:30pm.