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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch plus a few ways to get involved locally and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

For more information and resources for artists during coronavirus quarantine, please see our previous post: Actionable Items: Arts-Related Resources in the Age of COVID-19

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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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Opportunities for Artists in May 2019
Via Hyperallergic

There’s a world of opportunities for those who know where to look. To get you started, Hyperallergic has launched this monthly resource for artists and creatives eager to get their work out there and challenge themselves to create something new.



We Have a Situation | Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 26
Sponsored by Story District

Stories about things that go wrong or get out of hand. Complete this pitch form.

Casting notifications: by May 31, 2020
Rehearsal: June 14, 2020, 3–6 p.m.



Let’s Face It | Call for Entry
Deadline: May 31
Sponsored by the Museum of Craft and Design

Artists, designers, and creatives of all types and ages have been passionately responding to the current need to cover our faces. The Museum of Craft and Design is launching Let’s Face It, a craft and design mask competition and community gallery. From the practical to the avant-garde, we are curious to see what you are creating and share it with the world.

Juried by Marcel Wilson, the Founder and Design Director of Bionic, and JoAnn Edwards, the Museum of Craft and Design’s Co-founder and Executive Director, the winning design will receive $500, the runner-up will receive $250 and third place will receive $100. Additional non-monetary awards will be given for Best in Show, Best Student Design, and Most Unique Design.

All ages are welcomed to enter and participation is free. Participants under 18 years old will be entered into the Let’s Face It: Young Designers Competition and one winning design from this category will win an MCD MakeArt Gift Basket.

All entries will be displayed on MCD’s website in a community gallery beginning Friday, June 12, 2020. Additionally, for each design entered, the Museum of Craft and Design will donate a new mask to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

Learn more and submit your designs online at


Vox Populi’s 1st Ever Juried Publication | Call for Entry
Deadline: June 8
Sponsored by Vox Populi

In lieu of VOX XVI, our 16th Annual Juried Exhibition of Artwork by Emerging Artists, the Vox Populi collective has decided to re-imagine our annual open call, shifting the outcome from a physical exhibition to an e-publication. Vox remains committed to highlighting opportunities for emerging artists and the current need to find alternatives to traditional exhibitions.

The collective urges artists to submit work that is representative of their long-standing interests and well suited for the e-publication format. Consider applying with 2-dimensional works, video, audio, or photographic documentation of past sculpture/installation/3-dimensional projects.


A Roving Presence | Residency program
Organized by MICA Curatorial Practice MFA 2021

A Roving Presence… is an ever-evolving residency project organized by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of 2021, featuring Baltimore-based artists Lynn Hunter, Amy Reid, and Yoshi Nakamura. Since its inception in the Fall of 2019, A Roving Presence… investigated the pathways surrounding migration and mourning, spiritual transmission, and nomadic existence in relation to the social and economic changes that Baltimore persistently endures. Encouraged to create new works involving site-specific exploration, installation-driven creation, and ephemera activation, the residency artists call attention to the tensions that arise between community and politics as well as, displacement and sustainability. In the wake of coronavirus, these concerns take on new and potent contexts and implications.


Do Not Touch | Virtual Exhibition
Ongoing online
Presented by Corcoran School of Art and Design’s Critical Practices Spring 2020 Class

Gallery 102 presents Do Not Touch, a virtual exhibition of recent works by students in the Corcoran School of Art and Design’s Critical Practices, Spring 2020 class. Participating artists include: Carla Arguello, Heesang Robin Cho, Myung Son Chung, Olivia Dias, Sujin Jinny Kwon, Laurana M Nyman, Kate Rice, Kate Sory, Maywadee Viriyapah, Sanjaya Wilson, and Rachel Zhang.

The familiar exhortation of museum wall labels, “Please do not touch the artwork,” has extended to, and amplified every facet of our lives, causing artists to rethink their daily studio practice, and perhaps more significantly, how they get their work out into the world.

An artwork is like a kid leaving home: it finds an apartment, dates some people, and grows in unexpected ways. Exhibiting is essential for the growth of the artwork and the artist. And in the absence of a physical exhibition, the show must go on. This catalog functions as an exhibition in uncertain times: the work within it was either reconsidered and adapted to this venue, or created specifically to live in this form.

To view the digital exhibition as a PDF, click here.


The Gift of Living Well: Works & Words by Gloria Garrett and Tyrone Weedon | Online Exhibition
Ongoing through June 15
Hosted by Make Studio

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” -Voltaire

Baltimore natives Gloria Garrett and Tyrone Weedon celebrate life through art. They treat their subjects – as well as all of us who view their art – with tenderness. Particularly in this time of separation during the COVID-19 quarantine, Gloria offers her paintings as a support and a comfort: “Art is something beautiful to share. It helps other people and it helps me.” In this show, Tyrone – who made Gloria’s acquaintance and became a fan or her work a few years ago – created titles and captions for a selection of Gloria’s paintings, highlighting their shared passions of Baltimore history, African American history, and personal and family histories. Tyrone’s writings read like poems and essays, granting further richness to Gloria’s jubilant images in a joyful feedback loop. Some of Tyrone’s artworks on similar themes also follow Gloria’s pieces in sequence here.

Gloria, the “Mother of Makeup Art”, works with lipstick, foundation, nail polish, eye shadow, and other household items to make her paintings. Gloria’s originals, prints, and handmade books are on sale through her website.

Tyrone has been an artist at Make Studio since 2012 and often creates work in tribute to people he admires. You can find out more about him and his art via his Make Studio artist page.


Online Inclusion Webinar
Tuesday, May 19 • 4–5 p.m.
Hosted by the Peale

Join Robin Marquis, the Peale’s accessibility coordinator, Cheryl Fogle-Hatch, a trained archaeologist and independent scholar, and Alice Krueger, founder of Virtual Ability to learn more about what steps you can take to insure what you create is inclusive, especially as it relates to virtual programming.One topic of conversation will be the use screenreaders (used by people who are blind) which produce synthetic speech for text that appears on a screen. The team will demonstrate how a screen reader works and will show you what is heard by the listener.


Fashion and Crisis: Looking to the Past to Understand How Fashion Might Change in the Future
Wednesday, May 20 • 12–1 p.m.
Hosted by Maryland Historical Society

We find ourselves in a moment of crisis and everything seems to be changing rapidly, including how we dress. How will fashion change as a result of this crisis? By looking back at how fashion changed during the two world wars we can see how significant shifts in fashion have often been pushed forward in times like these. From the use of protective clothing for factory work and air raid shelters to rationing and women wearing trousers, fashion has responded to and reflected the changes in people’s everyday lives.

Victoria Pass, a Visual Culture specialist and Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will discuss significant shifts in fashion trends throughout history and how they tend to happen in the wake of crisis.

Image credit: Get Shredded Vintage


2020 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series 3: Building and Unbuilding
Wednesday, May 20 • 6–7:30 p.m.
Presented by AIA Baltimore + BAF

The 2020 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series will explore unbuilt architecture and design work. Speakers will showcase and discuss their unbuilt, speculative, and/or dismantled work, including competitions, explorations, and research. The series will explore why projects go unrealized and create a dialogue about what could have been, what is, and what can be.

the full calendar of lectures

Continue the conversation after the lecture at the Brass Tap, located around the corner at 1205 W. Mt. Royal Ave. at the Fitzgerald. Drinks available for purchase. Light appetizers provided by AIA Baltimore.

Lecture 3: Building and Unbuilding

  1. Yolande Daniels, studioSUMO
    Jennifer Goold, Neighborhood Design Center

The design of space, objects, and environments requires an exploration of the impact of architecture beyond surfaces and objects. The spaces and environments we inhabit are all constructed, and social constructs are formalized in architecture and urban planning.

Yolande Daniels will discuss Building and Unbuilding—two areas of research and production that explore architecture at multiple scales ranging from the macro-scale of societal patterns that inform the design of objects and spaces, to the mezzo-scale of institutional buildings and dwellings, to the micro-scale of the patterning of surfaces.

Jennifer Goold will discuss the relationship between 20th century Urban Renewal projects and Black Baltimore’s historic centers of cultural and commercial strength. By unbuilding the places where Black Baltimoreans socialized and shopped, Urban Renewal projects destroyed the spaces that supported Black social and financial capital, as well as identity, in our city. The destabilizing power of destroying Black communities through Urban Renewal can be seen in the built environment along Pennsylvania Avenue, but is perhaps most viscerally experienced through catastrophic events such as the 2015 Uprising that was centered at Pennsylvania and North Avenues. Despite powerful forces that unbuilt significant portions of the Avenue, the strength and beauty of the corridor remains evident in the recent designation of Pennsylvania Avenue as the city’s first Black Arts & Entertainment District.


The Blueprint for Baltimore Virtual Stoop Mayoral Show
Wednesday, May 20 • 7–10 p.m.
Hosted by Stoop Storytelling

Join OSI-Baltimore and Stoop Storytelling for The Blueprint for Baltimore VIRTUAL Stoop Mayoral Show, a civic event featuring the 2020 mayoral candidates remotely sharing true, personal tales stories from their actual stoops (or decks, porches, or living rooms) on the theme of Overcoming Adversity–pivotal losses, disappointments, or setbacks—and how they came back from them.

Baltimore’s citizens have spoken through the Blueprint for Baltimore survey (learn more at We need a mayor with resilience, creativity, and the ability to collaborate to provide safety, equality, and opportunity for all citizens. As the candidates share tales about how they’ve dealt with disappointment and defeat in their own lives, we’ll learn how they’ll help Baltimore revive and thrive.

No slogans, sloganeering, or spin — just true, personal tales shared among neighbors. With musical performances by Caleb Stine and Dizzy Spellz.


In Response to Now: Gathering Common Field, A Common Field Town Hall
Thursday, May 21 • 3–5 p.m.
Hosted by Common Field


with Dana Bishop-Root (Pittsburg, PA), Jackie Clay (York, AL), Courtney Fink (Los Angeles, CA), Matthew Fluharty (Winona, MN) and E. Maude Haak-Frendscho (Philadelphia, PA)

Please join Common Field’s board of directors, staff and Network members for an online assembly activating the power of our network while focusing our efforts on advocacy. This two-hour virtual town hall will bring to the surface reflections, commonalities, questions and strategies that emerged at this year’s Convening with the goal of providing Common Field a clear agenda for directly serving the needs of its Network.

There’s an imperative to share resources and knowledge in direct response to this global health crisis and the environment of loss, change, adaptation and future dreaming that it leaves in its wake. As organizations, artists, and organizers, our planning, funding and daily operations are ruptured – and we must collectively evaluate how we might continue to live interdependently, create, gather resources and work towards justice.

(Image: Common Field 2019 Convening Philadelphia. Photo: Constance Mensh. Design: Margaret Anderson, Piping Hot Press.)


LIVE! Art Sound Now with Wendel Patrick

Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m
hosted by The Walters

Art Sound Now, the popular summer series that pairs local musicians with works of art, returns this week! Wendel Patrick revisits his Art Sound Now performances, reconfigured for the digital space.

In this video performance, Wendel introduces the musical work by explaining his process and inspiration from the Walters Ancient Greek and Roman Galleries. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your home and be mesmerized.

Save the Date: Join Wendel for a live conversation with the Walters on our Instagram on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m.



Spoon Popkin: guyswithiPhones | Virtual Opening Exhibition
Saturday, May 23 • 4–6 p.m.
Hosted by Gallery Blue Door

When I chose to return to “guyswithiPhones” for this show, no hint of the coming pandemic was in view. A subject I’ve turned to over the last decade suddenly took on a new meeting. No longer a study on the male gaze, it became a study on survival. How do we express longing and desire in a world where physical proximity can kill us? Perhaps this community learned from HIV/AIDS that virtual reality was the safest reality. As a single friend texted me “all dicks are virtual now“. This is sexuality at a social distance.

The focus of the “Guys with iPhones” continues with “the gaze”. These images were taken by the subject, as documenter, alone, mostly in bathrooms (possibly the most personal space in existence) to be shared with a very specific audience. There is a fractured relationship to “the gaze” here. As he looks at himself in the mirror, he is both subject AND photographer. His image is reflected back from the mirror into the iPhone’s camera lens with his desires laid bare. The image is then transmitted via satellite to the website, where it is then swiped up by the final viewer on their own iPhone to be interpreted anew. The internet makes limiting the intended audience impossible, giving me free rein to view to these men’s most personal desires.


Waller Gallery Artist Talks with guest Faye Kabali-Kagwa
Saturday, May 24 • 7 p.m.
Hosted by Waller Gallery on Instagram Live

Join us in this IG live episode with guest Faye Kabali-Kagwa @katiiti_k as we talk about ways on how we can stay connected during these trying times.

IG Live happens 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24! Check out “Skills with the Director” FB page to be notified!



A Virtual Film Screening: “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY … Stories of Survival”
Sunday, May 24 • 3–4:30 p.m.
Presented by the Baltimore National Heritage Area

The Baltimore National Heritage Area presents a virtual screening of BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: Stories of Survival (25 min.), directed by Tony Mendez.

The concept of “making a way out of no way” is nothing new to the citizens of Baltimore. There is a long history of residents activating their entrepreneurial talents in an effort to survive, provide and thrive. Squeegeeing is just the next chapter in this very Baltimore story.

By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival takes a closer look at the young entrepreneurs that have grabbed both headlines and everyone’s attention. Hear directly from them about the impact of squeegeeing on their lives and what they need the public to understand about this unique approach to self-sufficiency.

Panel discussion to follow with the production team:
Shauntee Daniels, BNHA
Tony Mendez, EL Y Mar Films
Leon Smith-Bey, Arch Social Community Network
Nancy Proctor, the Peale


header image: Carla Arguello, Gucci GermX, 2020, 4032 × 3024 pixels Shot on an iPhone, from the Corcoran's Do Not Touch exhibition

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