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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.

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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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Out of Order Online | Call for Entry
entry open Friday, June 19 – July 6
hosted by Creative Alliance

As a result of the pandemic sweeping our nation, Maryland Art Place (MAP), like so many, has been forced to rethink, retool and re-imagine its programming. This year marks the 23rd year of Maryland Art Place’s (MAP’s) signature exhibition event “Out of Order” (OOO). MAP is very excited to announce that it will still be holding Out of Order, only this year it’s virtual! MAP will launch the auction and make it available to anyone on an electronic device for free!

As one of Baltimore’s longest standing consecutive contemporary exhibitions, Out of Order has successfully continued to stay relevant and fun. Last year (2019) 289 artists participated in OOO and MAP sold 133 works of art. MAP aims to exceed these figures this year due to the event’s virtual reach, and also because this year OOO is open for bidding for an entire week as opposed to one evening. Bidders can expect text messages when they have been outbid and may bid from their homes, offices, vacations while perusing hundreds of works of art from the many talented artists throughout the state and region.

“Over the last 4-5 years MAP’s Staff, Board and Program Committee has witnessed some pretty great outcomes in cultivating the patronage of art, and we have the numbers to support that.  We’ve gone from 205 participating artists and 56 sales in 2016 to 289 artists and 133 sales in 2019. Income generating opportunities for artists are so critical, especially right now. The arts sector is suffering. Now more than ever we need to consider how valuable the arts are in our lives, communities and general well-being.” Amy Cavanaugh, MAP’s Executive Director.

The OOO Online auction opens Thursday, July 16, running one full week through Thursday July 23rd, 2020. The event link will be announced as “Live” on Thursday July 23rd via MAP’s website and various social media outlets and newsletters. All bids must be submitted no later than 10pm on July 23rd. The virtual exhibition can be viewed on July, 16 @

To submit an application for OOO simply click HERE fill out the application and upload ONE image.

  • Artists may submit artworks begining Friday, June 19 – Monday, July 6
  • There is a limit to one submission per artist
  • There is no submission fee for artists this year
  • You may only upload ONE image of the artwork submitted. Artwork may be no larger than: Longest side 1500 pixels, 72dpi. Please save your file as follows: artist last name_first name_OOO2020 EXAMPLE: Gill_Caitlin_OOO2020

Check out the full Prospectus HERE 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available on the event website. Please email Amy at [email protected] for details

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.



TILA Studios COVID-19 Fund
deadline Wednesday, July 1
sponsored by TILA Studios

TILA Studios is launching a recurring monthly fund beginning at $1,000 to support black women artists nationwide.

Experienced a stalled gig or opportunity
Lost of income from day job being temporarily closed
Stipend for on-going art project with a specific purpose and direction

We want to sustain our momentum, continue empowering black women and their practice, the only way we do this is if we are the change and the support we want to see.

The funding will occur monthly from April 2020 until August 2020. If we continue to witness and experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 we will continue awarding an unrestricted financial award until January 2021.

Application cycles + deadlines:
March 24 – April 1
April 15 – May 1
May 15 – June 1
June 15 – July 1
July 15 – August 1

Learn more about ABOVE FOUR our website:



BORDERS Festival | Call for Entry
deadline July 1
sponsored by ITSLIQUID

The first edition of BORDERS Festival took place in Venice in 2016, in the same period of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, presenting a great selection of more than 500 art and architecture works realized by 180 artists and architects, coming from 36 countries. Never as this time the concept of the exhibition seems to be epochal: since 3 months, the humankind coexists at a distance to stay closer. The new invisible borders generated by the covid-19 are creating new ways of living everyday life, new human connections, re-thinking common spaces and entire cities.

Could the new “borders” be the solution? We invite artists, architects and designers to be inspired by this new era, exploring the connection between desires, needs, fears that brings humankind to change, to transform and to evolve our inner world.

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events, is pleased to announce the open call for BORDERS – ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival.

BORDERS Festival, curated by Arch. Luca Curci, will be presented in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and in other prestigious venues between July 23 and November 29, 2020.
Deadline for applications is July 01, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

Artists, photographers, video makers, and performers are invited to submit their works. To take part in the selection, send your works’ submissions with a CV/biography, some still images (for video-art), links of videos/films/performances and pictures via e-mail to [email protected]



Independent Artist Award | Call for Entry
deadline July 24
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland State Arts Council’s Independent Artist Awards recognizes achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice.

Applying for an Award

Applications for the 2021 Independent Artist Awards are now available. To apply, click here.

Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59pm.

2021 IAAs will recognize artists in the Visual/Media Arts. Artistic categories rotate in a three-year cycle. Literary Arts applications will be accepted in 2022, and Performing Arts applications will be accepted in 2023. Eligible artists may apply to the category they feel best represents their work.

The full guidelines for the 2021 Independent Artist Awards can be found here.



Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work
available online
via The Institute for Expanded Research & Press Press

The publication is available for free onlineand for purchase through the Printed Matter online store.

Based on two workshops that gathered Baltimore-based cultural organizers, artists, musicians, and community-oriented practitioners, the project explores the challenges of collective cultural work and shares processes, advice, and resources on overcoming various cultural, financial, and structural obstacles.

As we reached the final stages of compiling this project to share and distribute publicly, we suddenly found ourselves within the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented global health crisis that has shaken our community, our process, and every aspect of our lives. In the wake of the pandemic, we are reminded that at the heart of our work lies the understanding that wellbeing, integrity, equity, and care is our collective responsibility. We offer this toolkit with the hope that it may remind us of the strength we have together, within our communities and as a collective; that it may contribute to our practices of being together even when we are dispersed; and that it may affirm, if it wasn’t already deeply evident, just how fundamental our bonds with one another are for our survival and our flourishing. We invite you to build, change, and redefine this toolkit as your own: Why and how do you build cooperative, collective, or collaborative-oriented practices that are grounded in equity, liberation, integrity, and difference?



Transformer’s Collector’s View 2020 Reimagined
Monday, June 22 – July 22
presented by Transformer DC

Transformer’s annual spring Collector’s View series – now in its 13th year – shares the private collections of a select and diverse group of DC’s prominent contemporary art collectors.

In April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Transformer reimagined this year’s Collector’s View to be a series of short (approx. 5 minute), self-filmed videos provided by an eclectic mix of invited collector Hosts – each speaking about a particular work in their home that inspires them.

Each video View is as unique as our collector Hosts – providing intimate, insider perspectives on the motivations, interests, and passions behind a favorite artwork in their home. Subscribe now!

Every Monday – Friday at 4PM beginning June 22 and running through July 22, Transformer will be releasing a new video in our Collector’s View 2020 ‘Reimagined Online’ series. Transformer will share a ‘double dose’ of inspiration every Friday, with the release of two new videos to end the workweek.



Inside the Studio with Erin Fostel
Tuesday, June 23 • 5:30-6:30pm
hosted by The Walters

Baltimore artist Erin Fostel creates meticulous charcoal and graphite drawings that invite people to consider their connection to the physical spaces they inhabit. Erin will share insight into her drawing process, her inspirations, and offer stories of personal connections she has with the architectural landscape of Baltimore, including moments from a childhood spent exploring the Walter’s Art Museum.

About the artist:

Erin Fostel spent the first few years of life navigating the world with blurred vision. Since the moment she first wore glasses, seeing things in focus for the very first time, she has been consumed with the joy of observation and a love of drawing. Her drawings have been included in local and regional exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and have found homes in private and institutional collections.



Let’s Talk about the Constitution: The Three-Fifths Clause
Wednesday, June 24 • 12-1pm
hosted by The Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society welcomes Dr. Richard Bell for an interactive virtual program exploring the origins and far-reaching impacts of the Three-Fifths Clause, the most infamous part of the original 1787 federal Constitution. Far more insidious than is commonly understood, the clause wove slaveholder power into the fabric of each of the three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—shaping every aspect of federal policy regarding slavery for decades to come.

Dr. Bell will identify the framers of the Three-Fifths Clause, explore how it did its work, reconstruct all the opposition to it, and consider its legacy in our post-slavery world. Dr. Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland and author of the new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home (Simon and Schuster, 2019).

Register Here

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. We will connect via Zoom which, is available for free download here:



Art Sound Now: Sounding Place II
Thursday, June 25 • 5:30-6pm
hosted by The Walters Art Museum

Shannon Collis and Liz Donadio are best known for their immersive sound and video works that explore public spaces. Sounding Place II is an interpretation of the live collaborative performance that Shannon and Liz created for Art Sound Now in June 2019. It combines recorded audio and visual elements from the Walters Art Museum with the artists’ homes. Art Sound Now highlights our commitment to supporting local artists and exploring new perspectives on the collection.

Join Liz and Shannon for a live conversation with the Walters on Tuesday, June 30th, at 5:30 p.m.



Ada Pinkston | Virtual Reception
Friday, June 26 • 5-7pm
hosted by VisArts

Gibbs Street Gallery

An inter-subjective exchange is the primary substrate of Pinkston’s work. Through an examination of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies, she utilizes performance, sculptural forms, installation, and digital media. The product of all of these methods mixed together like a gumbo is the creation of trans-disciplinary artworks.

About the artists:

Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer living and working in Washington DC as a fellow of the Halcyon Arts Lab. Born in New York, her artistic research interest spans the across social science, American Studies, and socially engaged community art practices.

Over the years, her work has been featured at a variety of spaces including The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore and the streets of Berlin. She is a Baker Artist award semifinalist (2016), a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts, administered by The Contemporary (2017), and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby’s Project Grant in Visual Arts (2017). A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Maryland Institute College of Art (M.F.A.) she has given guest lectures at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA and The National Gallery of Art to name a few. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.



header image: Larry Cook, Urban Landscape #2, 2018, Digital Print, 16 x 20 inches from UTA + Galerie Myrtis exhibition "Renaissance Noir"

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