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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

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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Open Works is hiring

Now that the emergency response is over, Open Works is hiring!

With a pile of contract work to catch up on, Open Works needs help with member services. Are you a maker with a passion for service? Want to join the hardest-working crew in the makerspace business? Open Works is currently looking for Community Technicians (starting rate of $15.50/hour) and Contract Services Technicians (starting rate of $17/hour).



Share your thoughts about life in Bmore
presented by The Peale

These are times that won’t soon be forgotten by those living through 2020, but fast forward ten years, twenty years, or more – how will future generations recall or reflect on the pandemic or on the protests inspiring change across the country? The Peale wants to document your story about living in Baltimore during these challenging times. All stories are important, no matter who you are or where you live. We want to help make sure the whole story of Baltimore is told.

There are three ways to contribute a story:

Call the story hotline: 1-833-TEL-STRY

Visit our website

Download our free app for iPhone




2021 Independent Artist Awards Visual/Media Artists | Call for Entry
deadline July 24
presented by Maryland State Arts Council
MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists creating their work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by grants of $2,000, $10,000, and $15,000 that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice.

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.

For further details and information, including IAA Guidelines, please visit our website here.



Artscape Online Artists’ Market | Call for Applications
deadline July 24
hosted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that the annual Artscape Artists’ Market will be held virtually from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020. This digital opportunity supports artists, performers, makers and craftspeople across all artistic disciplines by providing a virtual platform for artist storefronts. Artists from any geographical area are encouraged to apply. Applications for the Artscape Online Artists’ Market are open now through Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Artscape, Baltimore’s largest and most beloved annual arts festival, was originally scheduled for July 17-19, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, large events throughout Baltimore City have been cancelled this summer. While the festival’s cancellation is disappointing, it is not devastating. In addition to the Artscape Online Artists’ Market, BOPA will highlight Artscape virtually through social media with #ArtscapeAtHome, including photos and trivia during the original dates of the festival (July 17-19, 2020). BOPA continues to support the creative community throughout the summer with these virtual initiatives to keep the Artscape spirit alive.

The Artscape Online Artists’ Market will feature an online directory of up to 75​ artists, where they can showcase, promote and sell their artistry (featuring visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and culinary arts.) This initiative is presented as free to artists, with no application fee, no participation fee and no percentage of sales taken. The Artscape Online Artists’ Market is a juried show, and applications will be scored by a panel of professionals in the fields of craft, fine art, fashion and design. University of Baltimore is the Community Sponsor for the Artscape Online Artists’ Market and #ArtscapeAtHome. The full application is available here and due by Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.



Additional Emergency Grant funding now available!
deadline August 3
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

As part of the recent $50 million for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative for COVID-19 Relief, the $3 million awarded to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will be distributed through the Emergency Grant Program, a grant program created in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency that provides emergency funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

Of this $3 million:

$1 million will be available to County Arts Agencies

$435,000 will be available to Arts & Entertainment District Management Entities

$1,565,000 will be available to Arts Organizations and Independent Artists

All applicants above will be required to complete an application through Smart Simple to request funding. Applications will open on July 20 and must be submitted by 5 P.M. on August 3, 2020, to be considered for funding.

For complete information regarding the Emergency Grant process, including Guidelines and Rubrics, please visit our website.

For additional information regarding other (non-emergency) MSAC funding opportunities to support upcoming arts projects, programs, professional development, and more, please visit or website or contact MSAC staff.



Virtual Book Launch: “I Got A Monster” w/Baynard Woods+Brandon Soderberg
Tuesday, July 21 • 7-9pm
hosted by Red Emma’s

Live online book launch!

Buy the book from Red Emma’s:

With special guests TBA!

The explosive true story of America’s most corrupt police unit, the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), which terrorized the city of Baltimore for half a decade.

When Baltimore police sergeant Wayne Jenkins said he had a monster, he meant he had found a big-time drug dealer—one that he wanted to rob. This is the story of Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), a super group of dirty detectives who exploited some of America’s greatest problems: guns, drugs, toxic masculinity, and hypersegregation.

In the upside-down world of the GTTF, cops were robbers and drug dealers were the perfect victims, because no one believed them. When the federal government finally arrested the GTTF for robbery and racketeering in 2017, the stories of victims began to come out, revealing a vast criminal enterprise operating within the Baltimore Police Department.

Cops planted heroin to cover up a fatal crash that resulted from a botched robbery. They stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, faked video evidence, and forged a letter trying to break up the marriage of one of their victims to keep his wife from paying a lawyer. And a homicide detective was killed the day before he was scheduled to testify against the crooked cops.

I Got a Monster is the shocking history of the rise and fall of the most corrupt cops in America from Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg.

see also: BmoreArt’s Q&A with Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg



Summer ’20 | Exhibition Launch
Thursday, July 23 | Ongoing through September 26
hosted by C. Grimaldis Gallery

Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present its 43rd annual summer exhibition, Summer ’20, featuring  contemporary painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography.

As the world moves through waves of change, Summer ’20 features work by a number of artists who push the idea that the person is the political. Documentary photographs by Rania Matar depict young Syrian refugees on the streets of Beirut and third-generation Palestinian girls living in the refugee camps of Bourj el-Barajneh, bringing light to the reality of youth existing invisibly within a country unable to embrace them. In an investigation of blurring borders, balancing cultures, and an individual’s handling of forced assimilation, Alfonso Fernandez creates paintings which combine abstract and figurative content to understand both the world around him and painting itself.

In a similar voyage for self-revelation, Beverly McIver’s narrative and autobiographical paintings explore her identity as an artist and as an African American.  McIver challenges cultural assumptions about race and identity, from her earlier self-portraits in white face and black face confronting the black stereotype, to the unmasking of her own skin and body.  Zoë Charlton has also dedicated her practice to the representation of black women, focusing on their sexualization to investigate race, power, and gender.  Charlton’s collages feature figure drawing, magazine cutouts of nude bodies, and found stickers of both loaded cultural symbols and lush flora.  Thinking about the similarities between the act of drawing and the reality of historical symbolism, Jackie Milad creates works on paper which utilize intense color, deconstructed language, and regenerative materials as reference for her experience in the world as an Egyptian-Honduran-American.  And from the ultimate advocate for individualism and freedom of expression, Summer ’20 includes print photography by John Waters, whose work examines the distance between fine art, entertainment, and the human experience. No matter the medium, Waters is a teller of stories. His stories give us raw depictions of queer identity, racial inequality, and class dysphoria.

Summer ’20 also highlights work which gives space for formal appreciation and meditation.  The “infinite void’ light sculptures by Chul Hyun Ahn, the sleek metal castings by John Ruppert, the dense charcoal fields of Carol Miller Frost’s drawings, and the haunting horizon lines in Ben Marcin’s photographs give us a place to think about form and aesthetics in conversation with themes of identity and culture.  Korean artist Jae Ko creates mesmerizing sculptures from rolled paper referencing cultural forms and patterns found in nature.  With influence from the Bauhaus and her studies in Berlin, Greek photographer Dimitra Lazaridou projects an urban landscape in the absence of human presence. Nora Sturges presents us with paintings which, even at their small scale, immerse the viewer in a mystifying spatial context inspired by medieval Italian frescoes and abstracted landscapes. And in an opposing scale, Carol Brown Goldberg’s paintings confront the viewer with a massive world of Sci-fi flora, continuously entwined to build tension and chaos.

Summer ’20 is on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from July 16 to September 26, 2020.  In lieu of a reception, a virtual version of the exhibition will launch on Thursday, July 23rd.



Out of Order Online! | Closing
Thursday, July 23
hosted 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!



Art Sound Now: Immortal Voices
Thursday, July 23 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
hosted by The Walters

Artists Amy Reid and Pangelica take you on a time-traveling experience to give literal voice to two women represented in the Walters collection: a sculpture of the Greek sea goddess Amphrite and an ancient Egyptian mummy. Their spectral Art Sound Now performance, Immortal Voices focuses on themes of healing and destruction through ambient sound and performance. Art Sound Now highlights our commitment to supporting local artists and exploring new perspectives on the collection.

Join Amy and Pangelica for a live conversation with the Walters on Tuesday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Pangelica is a classically trained violist, her production at its infancy began with arranging classical works for viola and string quartets. After being introduced to Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), she exchanged pencil and staff paper for Virtual Studio Technologies (VSTs) and synthesizers. This shift of mediums is what eventually gave birth to the hyper-Romantic Synthpop sound of Pangelica.

Amy Reid is a queer electronic musician, producer, sound, visual artist and curator striving to transform spaces sonically, socially, and visually. Her work often explores the constant intersection of the natural and man-made world, expressing both their fight for power and harmonious balance through the use of field recordings, vocals, and electronic instruments. Reid has studied Painting and Art Education obtaining a BFA and MAT from Maryland Institute College of Art.



Panel discussion: How is Covid-19 redefining exhibits?
Friday, July 24 • noon
hosted by The Peale

Where: Teams details TBD. RSVP in advance (You’ll receive a link to participate on the morning of the event)

Need an American Sign Language interpreter? Select this option when registering

Panelists: Jeffrey Kent, Baltimore-based artist and Artistic Director for The Peale; USA; Dr. Lara Perry, Deputy Head, School of Humanities at the University of Brighton; UKBeth Ziebarth, Director of Access Smithsonian; USA

Moderator: Dr. Audra Buck-Coleman, Associate Professor at University of Maryland, College Park and Project Director for Redefine/ABLE Project Director; USA

Event description: The current pandemic has upended many of the ways we lead our lives and interact with others. This includes how we host and invite participation to exhibitions such as Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility. This exhibit aims to confront our culture’s ability to be more inclusive to those with disabilities, and the pandemic’s limitations and cultural repercussions have made this mission more critical. Before Covid-19 hit, this exhibit was to be installed in two different physical locations and on a website. It has now transitioned into an online social media exhibit.

This panel discussion will include inquiries such as:

How is Covid-19 changing how and what we consider to be exhibitions? What are exhibition accessibility and inclusion best practices during the pandemic? How might we achieve this without widening the digital divide? How might we continue this increase in accessibility post-pandemic?

What insights are museums and cultural institutions gaining as they convert their content and interactions to be exclusively online? How might others apply these lessons?

Our panelists will bring multiple perspectives from their experiences of curation, art-making, criticism, accessibility and inclusive design.

This event is made possible in part by support from Maryland Humanities, The Arts and Humanities Research Council in the United Kingdom, The Institute of Museum and Library Science, and the University of Maryland, College Park Friedgen Family Fund.


Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize | Virtual Finalists’ Exhibition + Award Ceremony
Saturday, July 25 • 7 p.m. | Ongoing through August 31
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the launch of the Virtual Finalists’ Exhibition for the 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The six 2020 finalists participating in the exhibition are: Miguel Braceli, Hoesy Corona, Phylicia Ghee, Muriel Hasbun, LaToya M. Hobbs, and the artist group strikeWare, consisting of Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey Gangwisch, and Christopher Kojzar. Finalist headshots are available here. The exhibition is presented on Kunstmatrix, an online platform that allows for publicly viewable digital galleries that simulate the setup of three-dimensional galleries. The virtual finalists’ exhibition is available now through Monday, August 31, 2020.

The award ceremony, a special highlight for the arts community in Baltimore every summer, will also occur virtually this year. Join BOPA, the jurors, and the six finalists for the big reveal of the winning artist on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on BOPA’s YouTube page. The competition will award a $25,000 fellowship over twelve months to the winner, with each of the remaining finalists receiving an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. Semifinalists will be awarded a $500 honorarium, also partially financed by a gift from M&T Bank this year. The 2020 jurors are Gary Carrion-Murayari, Nona Faustine, and Diya Vij.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists & Galleries

Miguel Braceli (Baltimore, MD) – View Gallery

Hoesy Corona (Baltimore, MD) – View Gallery

Phylicia Ghee (Baltimore, MD) – View Gallery (Opening Soon)

Muriel Hasbun (Silver Spring, MD) – View Gallery

LaToya M. Hobbs (Baltimore, MD) – View Gallery

strikeWare (Baltimore, MD) – Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

(Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey Gangwisch, and Christopher Kojzar)



The People United : Window Exhibition | Opening
Saturday, July 25 • 6-9 p.m. | Ongoing through August 21
presented by Rebel Lens + WDLY, hosted by Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “The People United” a group window exhibition in response to and in solidarity with the current uprising, curated by Rebel Lens and WDLY.

Please join us for the opening reception. The exhibition can be viewed from outdoors, through our window boxes along Howard Street. We’ll share social distancing guidelines for the opening prior to the event.

Opening Reception: July 25, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition Duration: July 25 – August 21

The exhibition highlights the work of these talented Baltimore based photographers who have been active in photographing the movement and various protests in Baltimore:
Devin Allen
Cynphany Brown
Rob Ferrell
Andrew Koritzer
Charles Mason III
Shae McCoy
Philip Muriel

It also features a video installation in collaboration with Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods.



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