BmoreArt’s Picks: July 14-20

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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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COVID-19 Relief Grant | 1st Round
deadline July 29
sponsored by CERF+

CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second round will open August 19th and the deadline will be September 9th. The program will focus on those facing the most severe financial pressures. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.



Puppet 6-Pack | Production Application + Pitch Form
deadline August 7 + 31
sponsored by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

We are pleased to announce the next project in our recent string of virtual content, The Puppet 6-Pack!

This offering will consist of six short (approximately ten minutes) filmed rock operas framed by an overarching meta-narrative that surrounds and introduces each short that will link all the shorts together into a single 80+ minute feature.

A call for pitches and applications for production roles is open for the next two weeks. Do you have a crazy idea for a short, musical film that involves puppets? Of course you do! And we want to hear about it!

There are many opportunities for volunteers, and all production work will be done with minimal or no contact when possible. We’re looking for designers, directors, musicians, audio engineers, etc. to participate.

For more information and applications, click the buttons below!

For a more detailed description of the entire show, please follow this link.



Portrait | Call for Submissions
deadline September 9
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

We use portraits as objects of remembrance and reverence, of seduction and glorification. From the keepsakes in lockets as tiny remembrances of love to the likenesses of leaders meant to inspire and seduce with their power. They can stir, and confront, and drive us to action. Just as they can lull in longing for a time since passed. They act as a mirror in whose reflection we find the inward experiences of ourselves, or as a window from which we look out toward the virtues of another.

Our juror for The Portrait is Brandon Thibodeaux. Raised in Beaumont, Texas, his photography career began in 2002 at a small daily newspaper while studying photography at Lamar University. His photographic project in the Mississippi Delta, “When Morning Comes”, was awarded Center’s Gallerist Choice Award 2013, AI-AP American Photography 30, the Critical Mass Solo Show Award 2013, the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Grant and the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review Award.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Honorary Grand Marshal | Call for Nominations
deadline Tuesday, October 6
via Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces a citywide search for an Honorary Grand Marshal to participate in the 21stannual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade is currently scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021, contingent upon gathering restrictions. To highlight the impactful and sometimes unmentioned leaders of Baltimore City, BOPA will host an individual that reflects Dr. King’s legacy in their work, life and community. Through the Honorary Grand Marshal, the parade celebrates Dr. King while also honoring the voices of leaders today. Individuals will be nominated by the public and chosen by a committee voting processes. Nominations are currently being accepted here and will close on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

All Baltimore City residents are eligible for nomination, but the Honorary Grand Marshal should be an individual who has made a significant contribution to an individual, an organization or a Baltimore City community through their activism, the arts, community work or other influence. The Top Five eligible individuals with the most nominations will move forward to the final vote by a committee chosen by BOPA. The Honorary Grand Marshal will be announced in October.

Nomination Criteria

– Must live in Baltimore City

– Reflects Dr. King’s legacy in their work, life, and community

– Has made a significant contribution to an individual, an organization or a Baltimore City community through their activism, the arts, community work, or other influence

– This person may not be self-nominated, but by the community in which their work influences

The annual parade celebrates the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with community-based civic organizations, high stepping bands, colorful cheer and dance squads, military units, equestrian groups and decorative floats. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Applications for participation in the parade will open on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

The procession commemorates the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice and international peace. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotes collaboration throughout Baltimore City bringing together residents, visitors, elected representatives and organizations for a parade steep in tradition. The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported by Radio One and the City of Baltimore. Individuals or organizations interested in sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, please call 410-752-8632 or

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and the Honorary Grand Marshal Search, call 410-752-8632 or visit



The Black Freedom Struggle in Maryland
Tuesday, July 14 • 10am-12pm
presented by Maryland Historical Society

General Public and Educators Welcome! Join the Maryland Historical Society and professors from the University of Maryland to learn more about the black freedom struggle in Maryland. This program will focus on the period from the early 19th to early 20th century, when African Americans faced significant challenges to their citizenship and legal rights in this country. Dr. Richard Bell, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland and MdHS Trustee, will facilitate as his colleagues Dr. Christopher Bonner, Dr. Michael Ross, and Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown address the Colonization Movement, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and resistance during the Jim Crow era in Maryland.


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 in Protest
Tuesday, July 14 • 12-12:30
presented by The National Museum for Women in the Arts + Baltimore Museum of Art

This monthly talk show puts women artists and their artworks in conversation with each other, across two museums. Join educators from the BMA and the National Museum of Women in the Arts as they talk about art, sometimes with artists and other special guests, in this lunchtime program starring women artists.
Our first episode, BMA x NMWA: Art in Protest, will stream live on Facebook, Tuesday, July 14, at 12 p.m. EDT. Special guest artists will discuss art as an act of demonstration and protest.

Image: Ellen Lesperance. “As If The Earth Itself Was Ours By New Covenant.” 2018. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchase with exchange funds from the Pearlstone Family Fund and partial gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., BMA 2019.155. © Ellen Lesperance



LIVE! Artist Talk with Edgar Reyes
Tuesday, July 14 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by The Walters

Baltimore-based multimedia artist Edgar Reyes has worked with the Walters Art Museum for several years, collaborating annually with us on the Día de los Muertos altar and the 2017 installation Huehuecóyotl (Coyote). Reyes is inspired by pieces from the Walters’ Ancient Americas collection and frequently incorporates images of the works into his large-scale digital collages. Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Programs, chats with Edgar about his origins as an artist, his collaborations with Walters, and his current work.

Baltimore multimedia artist Edgar Reyes creates work that is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States. He nurtures the development of youth-driven, arts-based leadership initiatives that illustrate how art and design thinking can assist in self-expression and easing of cultural tensions. His practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. Like other Chicano artists he challenges social norms to bring forth awareness of what it means to be Latino.



BMA Violet Hour: Out of the Blocks
Wednesday, July 15 • 6-7pm
hosted by Baltimore Museum of Art

Out of the Blocks is a storytelling initiative created by Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick that tells the stories of a city, one block at a time. In this Violet Hour we will explore the stories of Baltimore’s own Lexington Market – a cultural staple and America’s oldest operating public market.

This will be followed by a discussion about the past of the market, the cultural significance it has always served, and looking to the future with a few of the featured individuals from the Out of the Blocks episode.

Join us live on Facebook.



Out of Order Online!
Thursday, July 16 | Ongoing through July 23
presented by Maryland Art Place

SUBMISSION WINDOW: Friday, June 19 – Monday, July 6
VIRTUAL AUCTION: Opens Thursday, July 16 – Closes Thursday, July 23rd
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.

MAP has 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. Participate today!



Friday, July 17
presented by MONO Practice

We are excited to announce the launch of our online exhibition platform, MONO PLATFORM. For our online collection MONO PRACTICE brings attention to a cross section of the reductive and abstract work that we exhibit. Focusing on local and regional artists who work in multiple media, our selections for Platform are to cultivate new audiences, introduce wonderful artists and to present a strong collection of artworks.





Station North Shines: Asia North 2020- Part 2
Friday, July 17 • 8-9:30pm
hosted by Asian Arts & Culture Center, Station North Arts District, and Central Baltimore Partnership

We’re proud to be co-sponsoring this event created by Asian Arts & Culture Center, Station North Arts District, and Central Baltimore Partnership.

The evening starts with Paul Kim, who will share a story about how his grandfather became the subject of one of the largest portrait murals in the states, painted along North Avenue in 2014 by German artist ECB as part of Open Walls Baltimore.

Iranian-American painter Nahid Navab and Indonesian master silk painter Nico Gozal, both featured in the Asia North online exhibition Tradition-Memory-Tranformation, will present their beautiful, intricate work inspired from their ancestral heritage and merged with contemporary culture and design. In between artists, Brown Rice and The Crown will share asian-infused food and drink recipes to make at home! We’ll also hear from Washington Samulnori director Sebastian Wang, who will play a sampling of traditional Korean percussion instruments. We’ll close out the show with award-winning musician Ellen Zhang on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument.

Mark your calendars for July 17th at 8:00pm!

Visit at 8:00pm on July 17th and hit “play” on the top post to see the livestream!

See below for more details about our amazing artists!



Johan Lowie: Complex Identities | Virtual Opening Reception
Saturday, July 18 • 4-6pm
presented by Gallery Blue Door

Due to increased risk of COVID-19, the Opening Reception will be held via Zoom link.
The gallery website will have an active link for Zoom on the day of the event.
See the show from the comfort of your home, hear about Lowie’s work and his process, and ask him questions.

We hope you will join us.

Johan Lowie grew up in Ypres, Belgium and speaks English, French, Dutch–a polyglot of romantic influences. Lowie received a BFA in Plastic Arts (1979) from Kortryk Institute of Technology and an MFA in Painting (1983) from KASK, the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent. Johan has lived in Fredrick County, Maryland since the mid 90’s where currently works as a full time artist from his studio in The Griffin Art Center.
Lowie’s decades of creative work evoke deep, unsettled feelings that come from the frisson of life experiences churning directly against interior wheels of emotion. His images present experience and observation transformed by contemplation. Where a superficial review of his work might determine it to be purely surreal, longer exposure suggests deeply emotional, honest explorations about how we remember our own feelings as we accumulate experience through life.

Lowie’s paintings are sought after by collectors across the US and Europe.
This exhibit features 40 original pieces, of which 31 were created in 2020.



THE BIG SHOW | Opening + Virtual Show
Saturday, July 18 • 7-9pm | Ongoing through September 12
presented by The Creative Alliance

The BIG Show Exhibition Opening & Variety Show will take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 – and we want you to participate! Don’t miss the opportunity to have your artwork on the walls of our main gallery (yes, on our actual walls), or your fabulous talents showcased on our virtual stage! Who knows… you might be the next BIG thing!

The BIG Show was the very first Creative Alliance program that launched twenty-five years of artistic expression, community, cultivation of young minds, and so much joy. It all began in our original location in Fells Point in 1995 and, after few moves, landed in the renovated Patterson Theater in 2003 to spur artistic development in Highlandtown. But, Creative Alliance is more than a location, it’s more than a building, it’s a force for positive change in Southeast Baltimore and beyond, its a community of artists and audiences that believe in the power of artistic expression. And so… THE BIG SHOW Must Go On!

This event is all about our incredibly talented members, including those that have just joined Creative Alliance and those that have been with us since the beginning and are at the heart of our organization.

Here’s why your membership means so much to us: You support the arts in Baltimore, the work we do in our community and beyond, and we continue to create programs because you enjoy them and are engaged, even though our doors are closed.

Visit to become a member today.

Even an evil virus won’t stop our members from creating and sharing their art with the world! This exhibition and show was designed to celebrate your creativity and imagination!



The Wind of Change: Contemporary Ceramics of Taiwan + Maintained Comfort by Samantha Briegel | Opening Receptions
Saturday July 18 • 2-8pm | Ongoing through August 29
presented by Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host the exhibition The Wind of Change: Contemporary Ceramics of Taiwan. Curated by Professor Ching Yuan Chang of Tainan National University of the Arts and made possible by generous support of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture this show will be a phenomenal display of the craftsmanship, creativity and resilience of clay in Taiwan.

The Solo Gallery will host our Lormina Salter’s Fellowship exhibition by Samantha Briegel’s “Maintained Comfort” with functional vessels featuring intricate patterns inspired by fabric and fashion.

This show will run from July 18- August 29 and is free and open to the public. We will host a reception from 2pm-8pm on July 18th with staggered entry and mask requirements to accommodate social distancing protocol. Refreshments will be served on the front lawn, weather permitting.

Reserve your time slot!



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