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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.


After postponing our Spring Print Journal – Issue 09: Craft (originally due out in May) due to economic and health issues, we have created a new Subscription Service! We need to add 150 more subscribers by July 15 and offer 3 subscription plans.

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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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Virtual July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade | Call for Entries
deadline July 1
sponsored by American Visionary Art Museum

On American Visionary Art Museum social media channels
In honor of the steadfast companionship and support that animals
provide, particularly during life’s challenging times, this year’s Pet
Parade goes virtual. Dress your pet & strut your stuff, online! To join
the virtual parade, submit a photo or video of your pet in its patriotic
best, or other costume finery, by emailing [email protected] by July 1,
and we’ll “parade” the gathered images and clips by publishing them on
our social media and YouTube on July 4 for the joy and delight of all!

The July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade is held each year in loving memory
of supreme animal friend, Ellis Rosen.



2020 ICAN T-Shirt Design Contest | Call for Entry
deadline July 16
sponsored by ICAN

The annual ICAN T-shirt Design contest is back for its 3rd year in 2020. Now’s your chance to promote your ceramic-focused designs to your fellow ICAN members and the ceramic community. We are looking for original slogans and designs with a ceramic focus.

To enter the ICAN T-Shirt Design Contest, fill out the form below, and upload your slogan and/or design. It’s that easy. The contest opens June 4 and ends at 11:59pm EDT, July 16. The winner of the contest will receive an ICAN Gold membership and two free T-shirts! There is no fee to enter, you just need to be a currently active ICAN member. The final design will be chosen by a membership vote from July 23 to July 30, and the winner will be announced early August! So, send in your best designs and share what you want to wear.

Winner receives a one year free ICAN Gold membership and two free shirts with the winning design. All submissions must have a currently active ICAN membership.

This year’s members-only, free contest! You just must have an account/register with Submittable to apply. Submittable is free to get an account with.

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Forsaken | Call for Submissions

deadline August 10

sponsored by SE Center for Photography

The Forsaken, places, and belongings that once mattered, that have been left behind. Things once being of importance to humans …personal items, homes, special places, letters, etc.  Anything that has been left behind or replaced.  Any place or property that once had the importance to another. Another approach will be to examine work that pushes the boundaries of the concept, examining things like ownership
and subsequent abandonment, rejection of ideas or ideologies.

Our juror for Forsaken is Leslie-Claire Spillman. A graduate in art from Xavier University with a focus in painting and photography, Leslie-Claire Spillman has worked as a gallerist and professional photographer in New Orleans for over 16 years. The longtime Director of Soren Christensen Gallery, Spillman has curated hundreds of show for the space, including 10 years of exhibition offerings in participation with the annual PhotoNOLA festival, for which she has also worked as a portfolio reviewer.

35-40 selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month.

Submissions Open Now

Submissions Close 8/2/20

Exhibition Opens 10/2/20



Washington Project for the Arts Wherewithal Grants
deadline August 23
funded by The Warhol Foundation

Wherewithal Grants are a new funding source for visual artists inside the DC-area Beltway. Generously funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its regional regranting program and managed by Washington Project for the Arts, these grants are intended to both sustain and stimulate artist-organized culture.

Note: In March 2020, The Warhol Foundation authorized its re-granting partners to re-allocate their $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in their communities. WPA has responded to this by providing two separate opportunities: Recovery Grants and Research Grants.


Wherewithal Recovery Grants are intended to help offset lost income from cancelled exhibitions, performances, or lectures, and from canceled or furloughed employment, that are the direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since announcing the Wherewithal Recovery Grant program on April 7, WPA has awarded $80,000 in unrestricted grants to 80 DC-area artists whose income or opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The $1,000 grants are for immediate needs such as rent, food, childcare, and healthcare. WPA launched this program with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional contributions have brought the fund to over $100,000 allowing WPA to announce a third round of Recovery Grants on June 23, 2020.


Wherewithal Research Grants provide project-based support for research, presentation, or critical reflection. The grants are competitive and awarded by a panel consisting of arts professionals from around the country. We anticipate awarding twelve $5,000 grants in 2020. The application portal opens Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and the deadline is Sunday, August 23, 2020.

If you are interested in Research Grants and would like to discuss your application before applying, sign up to meet one-on-one with Nathalie von Veh during her virtual “Office Hours” here.

We encourage you to attend the Virtual Information Session on Thursday, July 16 at 5:00 pm (the session will be recorded). Register to attend here.

For updates, follow @wherewithalgrants on Instagram and sign up for WPA’s newsletter here



LIVE! Art Sound Now with Shannon Collis & Liz Donadio
Tuesday, June 30 • 5:30-6:30pm
hosted by The Walters Art Museum

Video and sound artists Shannon Collis and Liz Donadio join us for a live talk followed by a Q&A about their recent performance for the Walters Art Museum’s Art Sound Now Series (available on YouTube). Reimagined for the digital space, Sounding Place II takes its inspirations from the art and architecture of the Walters.

Artist Bios:
Baltimore-based artists Shannon Collis and Liz Donadio combine their backgrounds in photography, digital video, and sound installation to create works that explore public spaces, uncovering details of their past, present, and possible futures. Their immersive installations conjure meditations on the essence of urban landmarks and monuments.

Collis is a 2005 graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland where she teaches digital media and sound. Donadio holds an MFA from Towson University. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography + Media at Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge.



FILM: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Almodóvar: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”
Tuesday, June 30 • 1:30-4pm
presented by Art Seminar Group

Presented by Christopher Llewellyn Reed, chair, Film & Moving Image Department, Stevenson University

As are many of Almodóvar’s films, this one is partially set in the world of filmmaking, though that is merely a backdrop to this wild ride of a manic romantic dramedy, which easily lives up to the promise of its title. Carmen Maura, an early muse of the director, plays actress Pepa, who wakes up to discover that her lover, the older charmer Iván (also an actor) has left her for another woman (or so she suspects). Meanwhile, Iván’s ex-wife, Lucía (Julieta Serrano), has just been released from the mental institution where she has been living since he left her, years ago. As Pepa and Lucía each try desperately to find Iván, they interact with a colorful cast of characters that includes Lucía’s son (with Iván), Carlos (a young, pre-Hollywood Antonio Banderas); Carlos’ emotionally reserved fiancée Marisa (Rossy de Palma); and Pepa’s friend Candela (Julieta Serrano), whose recent sexual encounter with a handsome terrorist further complicates matters (as does her reciprocated attraction to Carlos). All the disparate, interconnected threads come smashing together at the end into a grand tapestry of melodrama and farce, the perfect representation of this stage of the director’s career.

$10 fee for guests and subscribers

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FILM: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Almodóvar: “High Heels”
Thursday, July 2 • 1:30-4pm
presented by Art Seminar Group



Virtual Tour of Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School
Wednesday, July 1 • 12-1pm
hosted by The Peale

Free online screening of “Ghost Tour,” a virtual tour of the exhibit “Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889)” followed by a panel discussion with some of the researchers who have been working on this part of the Peale’s history and the exhibition, including Tonika Berkley (Peale curator and educator) and Dean Krimmel (historian, museum consultant, and Peale board member).

Why call it a “Ghost Tour”?

There are no images or artifacts left from the time the Peale was “Male and Female Colored School, No. 1.” Therefore, the on-site exhibition was purely audio-based. As visitors walked through the rooms of the Peale, they heard voices revealing the stories about the school. Tonika Berkley, the curator of the exhibition, called it a “Ghost Tour” because it was trying to recover the voices and stories of Male and Female Colored School No. 1, of which nothing tangible remains.

To further the idea, the virtual tour uses 3-D point cloud scanning that appears ghostly and grainy.



Studio Time Takeover with James Williams
Wednesday, July 1 • 6-9pm
hosted by Baltimore Museum of Art

Join artist, professor, and curator James Williams for a Studio Timetakeover on the BMA’s Instagram Live. Williams invites artists around the country to meet up and make art together. This Studio Time episode will feature Leah Lewis, Gabriel Amadi-Emina, and Greg Brown.



Rock Opera 101: Part 1, American Music
Wednesday, July 1 • 7-8pm
hosted by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Baltimore Rock Opera Society Presents: Rock Opera 101, a three-part online concert series about the history of rock and roll, rock theater, and Black American Music.

Black music is American music. Black theater is American theater. Black culture is American culture.

Join us for Rock Opera 101, an online concert series featuring Baltimore musician and powerhouse vocalist Jonathan Gilmore. Over the course of three live-streamed concerts, a full stage of jaw-droppingly talented local musicians and singers will give a high-energy performance of a variety of songs from the Black musicians who created American music, leading up to the birth of rock opera and taking the audience into the future of the genre. African rhythms, blues, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, country, R&B, rock n’ roll, concept albums, and musical theater classics will be featured. We’ll discuss the roots of American music in the Black community and explore how the evolution of the craft led to and continues to influence rock theater.

The first installment, titled American Music, streams live on July 1st, just in time for our country’s birthday party. Get inspired and hear incredible renditions of influential songs from early blues, early rock n’ roll, soul, and funk that laid the foundations for modern music.

Wednesday, July 1st – American Music, where we inspect the question “Who owns American music? How did the erasure of black people from its history take place?

Thursday, August 13th – Onto the Stage, in which we delve into the creation of rock theater and its influences.

Thursday, September 10th – Into The Future, where we examine current trends and extrapolate a future for rock theater. We look at contributions from LGBTQ creators, Latinx creators, and other groups who are finding their voice in rock opera.

We hope that you will accompany us on this journey through rock history!

For sponsorship opportunities, please email Development Director Naomi Davidoff at [email protected].

This event is free for all, but we suggest you please consider a donation to one of the following sources:

Baltimore Rock Opera Society –

Campaign Zero –

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Works by AACC Visual Arts Adjunct Faculty | Summer Online Showcase
Wednesday, July 1 • Ongoing
hosted by AACC Cade Gallery

Exhibit Dates and Location:
Work will be posted daily M-F starting July 1 on the Cade Gallery Instagram account: @cadegalleryaacc

About the Exhbit:
Over 100 works by AACC Visual Arts Adjunct Faculty. This online exhibit will highlight a number of our amazing teachers in the Visual Arts department in a diverse variety of mediums, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, photo, film and more. We are excited to celebrate such talented colleagues both in an out of the classroom.

Marybeth Chew, Julia Clouser, Pete Cullen, Ian MacLean Davis, Jim Fitzsimmons, David Friedheim

Yoshi Fujii, Camila Franco Ribeiro Gomide, Brian Kelley, David Lavine, Abigail McBride, Jake Muirhead, MJ Neuberger, Daniel Andrew Riesmeyer, Ryan Syrell, Margaret Rorison, Lars Westby, Joe Yablonsky, Sunhee Kim Jung.

Contact and Purchasing:
Contact Teddy Johnson, the Cade Gallery Director at  [email protected] if you are interested in purchasing works from the exhibit.

The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is focused by theme or medium. You can encounter an installation project juried by a museum curator, or the latest painting by an AACC student. Expect surprises and visual pleasures. The gallery is currently displaying work on it’s Instagram account @cadegalleryaacc as the brick and mortar gallery is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Above Artwork:
Plaza del Zócalo, 20” x 15”, archival pigment print
Artist – Margaret Rorison



Virtual Program: Quarantine Fashion: A Love Letter to Baltimore Vintage
Thursday, July 2 • 12-1pm
hosted by Maryland Historical Society

Alexandra Deutsch whose vintage persona on Instagram is @volumes_of_vintage, is a fashion historian, vintage collector and creator of the #lovelettertobaltimorevintage social media campaign. In her talk, Quarantine Fashion: A Love Letter to Baltimore Vintage she will discuss the phenomenon of fashion in quarantine. Her illustrated chat will explore how people are connecting through clothing not only in Baltimore, but on a global scale. By highlighting various fashion in quarantine campaigns such as the ones created by local art and fashion influencers like Bmore Art and Baltimore Snap, she will explore how shopping your own closet to express yourself when you are just staying home can be a means of linking people together in new and interesting ways. Great fashion, like all great arts, is so often born out of tragedy and this inspiring talk will explore a side of fashion, and vintage in particular, that is about connectivity and community.


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



Virtual July 4th Visionary Pets On Parade!
Saturday, July 4 • 11am
hosted by American Visionary Art Museum

In honor of the steadfast companionship and support that animals provide, particularly during life’s challenging times, this year’s Pet Parade goes virtual. Dress your pet & strut your stuff, online! To join the virtual parade, submit a photo or video of your pet in its patriotic best, or other costume, by emailing: [email protected] by July 1 and we’ll “parade” the gathered images and clips by publishing them on our social media and YouTube on July 4 for the joy and delight of all.

The July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade is held each year in loving memory of supreme animal friend, Ellis Rosen.



header image: James Williams, from his "Color of the Day" exhibition at Resort

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