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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.

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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Outside Forces: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2020 | Call for Entry
deadline July 15
sponsored by Art Enables

We are excited to announce the Call for Artists for our 14th annual exhibition highlighting the work of self-taught artists, “Outside Forces: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway.”

We look forward to continuing the tradition of this show championing and promoting outsider art; however, due to social distancing efforts, this year’s exhibition will take place solely online and artists will not be required to provide physical work.

Please note: this exhibition is not limited to artists with disabilities. If you identify as a self-taught or outsider artist, we’d love to see your work! See below for more information. This is a juried exhibition. Artists are asked to submit up to five works through our online application. The deadline is July 15.

Please see the full requirements and instructions on the application page here.



Will’s Creek Exhibition: Shelter | Call for Entry
deadline July 15
sponsored by Allegheny Arts Council

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce a call for entry for The 21st Annual Wills Creek Exhibition (WCE) in its Saville and Schwab Galleries in downtown Cumberland, Maryland. This event is a juried competition with $4000 in cash prizes.

COVID 19 Alert: At this time, we are scheduling both an online and a physical exhibition for the WCE in our Saville and Schwab Galleries. If this is not possible due to social distancing requirements in August, artists will be notified and we will have the online gallery exhibition, only. In either case, artists will be able to list their work for sale and $4,000 in prizes will be awarded.

THEME: “Shelter”

Shelter can be defined as an establishment that affords protection, cover, food and safety for the homeless, orphaned, or abandoned. Shelter can also be synonymous with home–space to seek refuge from the erratic elements of mother nature, to raise a family or to create personal, private space. Shelter too can be found abstractly through intimacy, such as the familial bonds of a child finding safety in a mother’s arms or the warmth and reassurance of a lover’s embrace.

Climate change, public health crises, migration, have all undermined our collective sense of permanence and shelter. Once understood to be a fixed physical structure, the definition of shelter now feels precarious, subject to change, and boundaries of our private spaces have now become blurred as homes are becoming multifunctional spaces for living, working, schooling, and caring for immediate and extended family members. The habits, functions and fundamental conception of shelter—how we create shelter it, understand it and see it—is now more than ever being redefined. This exhibition will offer various perspectives on shelter by straddling both physical realms of refuge and protection, and the psychological, emotional bonds constituted by human connection.

Juror: Jessica Beck is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum. She has curated many projects including: Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body in 2016 and Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby in 2018—the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which debuted at The Andy Warhol Museum to great acclaim from The New York Times and The Burlington Contemporary. In 2019, she co-curated Kim Gorodn’s first museum solo exhibition in North America, Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour. Beck has published widely with The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cantor Center for the Arts, Gagosian Quarterly, and Burlington Magazine. In 2017 and 2018, Beck served as the visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon School of Art, where she taught critical studies and thesis writing seminars. She completed her MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Artists of all mediums and genres are encouraged to apply. Accepted media categories include: ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, new genres, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and wood. We are looking for innovative, creative and unique work. Your work should be completed in the last three years and not previously shown in the Saville Gallery. Work must not exceed 48” in any direction including the frame. For additional information visit or 301-777-ARTS (2787)

Awards: $4,000 ($1,500 Best of Show)

Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 midnight EST

An opening reception will be held in the Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD on Saturday, August 29, from 6-8 pm. Awards will be presented by the juror at 7 pm.



Summer of Love | Call for Entry
deadline July 26
sponsored by Towson Arts Collective

Who do you love? What do you love? How do you express your love? *All tobe appropriate to be shown in a public display space

Current members: $10 for entry of 1-2 pieces, must fit in a 3′ x 2′ space, or $25 for entry of up to 6 pieces, must fit within a 6′ x 6′ space

New members & renewing members: $25 includes 1 year membership fee and entry of up to 6 pieces

New student members and renewing student members: $15 includes 1 year membership fee and entry of up to 6 pieces

Click for entry form

Time Line

Sunday, July 26 | 12pm – 3pm: Dropoff
Bring artwork, entry form, and payment to the TAC gallery located at The Shops at Kenilworth; 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204; 2nd level across from AboutFaces.

Wed., July 29: Install date.

[Reception TBD]

Sunday, Sept. 13 | 12pm – 3pm: Pickup
Exhibition ends, please return to the gallery to pickup your artwork.



Artist Relief Emergency Grants: Cycle IV
deadline July 22
sponsored by Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:
– Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
– Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
– 21 years of age or older;
– Provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)—we will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection;
– Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
– Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
– Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed.



Poetry for Persistence
created by Press Press

Poetry for Persistence is a new artist-driven print fundraiser and distribution initiative. The project aims to raise funds for organizations whose work and advocacy are especially crucial in this moment, with an emphasis on Baltimore-based groups.

As part of Poetry for Persistence, eleven artists, writers, and organizers have produced risograph-printed artworks reflecting on a set of prompts and sharing visions of collectivity, care, joy, sanctuary, future, and possibility. What does our future look like? What does joy look and feel like? How can we hold ourselves and one another through grief and loss? How do we build sanctuary? How do we honor and care for the collective? What does liberation look like?

Proceeds from the sale of the editions will be distributed across six organizations and initiatives: BYP100Keith Davis Jr Legal Defense FundBaltimore Action Legal Team’s Community Bail FundThe Free Black Women’s Library’s Sister Outsider Relief GrantSex Workers Outreach Project Baltimore, and Baltimore Safe Haven

Riso print editions are created by: Abdu Ali + Karryl Eugene (As They Lay), Bilphena Yahwon, Denise Shanté Brown, Georgia McCandlish, Kimi Hanauer, Lizania Cruz, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Mimi Zhu, Nnennaya Amuchie, Shan Wallace, and Taeyoon Choi.

Alongside the riso prints, the project also circulates care packets made up of collaborative xerox-printed artwork and poetry contributed by community members and gathered by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo and Kimi Hanauer. Print packets are freely distributed by mail to organizers, front-line workers, elders, and others who are collectively guiding us into a more just world in the midst of a global health crisis and fight for Black liberation. All are invited to contribute names of their loved ones and heroes to this growing list, with priority given to BIPOC LGBTQAI+ individuals.

Independent presses, artists, cultural organizers, and others are invited to participate by contributing uplifting poetry, quotes, and artwork – submissions will be printed and distributed in local communities and added to care packages. Please email to get involved.

Multicolor riso posters are $40, with 50 copies available of each,  size: 10 x 13.5”.

Purchase works here. Nominate your heroes here.



Digital Artist Portfolio Development (DAP) Program | Chef Heather Smith, Culinary Arts
Friday, July 10 • 7pm
hosted by Motor House

Motor House is proud to announce the artists participating in the inaugural Digital Artist Portfolio Development (DAP) Program, a professional development accelerator that provides three artists of any discipline (visual and performing artists) time, space, and resources to produce a digital/virtual portfolio during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

Starting July 10 at 7pm, each artist will be live streaming from Motor House’s social media to bring their art to YOU!

July 10
Chef Heather Smith– Culinary Arts

July 17
Abisola Oleinde– Fashion Design

July 24
Ky Vassor– Visual Art

July 31



2021 Independent Artist Awards – Information Sessions
Tuesday, July 7 • 4pm
hosted by Maryland State Arts Council

Join MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss as they host two virtual Information Sessions about the 2021 Independent Artist Awards (IAA) on Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.. Emily and Laura will walk through the IAA application, work sample requirements, the scoring rubric, and review process. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Registration is not required; meetings will be held on Google Meet at the links below:

Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m.:

Join by phone: (US) +1 402-509-9660 PIN: ‪118 959 073#

Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.:

Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 304-503-3085 PIN: ‪396 167 361#

MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making 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.

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

Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( or Laura Weiss ( for assistance.

IAA Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.



LIVE! Artist Talk with Ada Pinkston
Tuesday, July 7 • 5:30pm
hosted by The Walters Art Museum

Multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer, Ada Pinkston shares how her work responds to the present moment and how it affects her artistic practice. Ada gives an exciting sneak peek into her workspace and talks about how the Walters’ collection inspires her creations. She will also discuss her work with the collaborative group LabBodies and their past performance at the museum.


Ada Pinkston (b. New York) is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer. Her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies, using monoprint, performance, video, and collage. Over the years, her work has been featured at a variety of spaces, including The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 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.



By Proxy | Zoom Launch Event
Thursday, July 9 • 6pm | Ongoing through September 7
hosted by Arlington Arts Center

Featured artists: Gal Cohen, Maps Glover, Jeremy Hutchison, Mariah Anne Johnson, Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, and My Husband.

Thursday / July 9 / 6-6:30pm
Join us on Zoom to celebrate the launch of By Proxy, AAC’s online exhibition. Structured to take advantage of the virtual format, By Proxy will feature work across platforms and include an active schedule of online programs. Blair Murphy, AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions, will discuss the exhibition, introduce the artists, and give an overview of the programs, performances, conversations, and other activities taking place as part of the show.


Featuring new and recently created work, By Proxy explores the tension between solitude and solidarity that has characterized public and private life for many people since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the experience of quarantine has brought on a heightened sense of isolation, at least for those who are in a position to stay home, the pandemic has also made strikingly clear the limitations of the individualist ethos that has long dominated the American imagination. This period of isolation from one another has only served as a reminder of our need for both direct personal contact and, on a broader scale, for social solidarity and mutual aid.

The work in By Proxy exists along this spectrum, from the sense of isolation to the desire for connection and communication. Presented entirely online, the show can’t help but grapple with the mediated togetherness offered by technology. Several artists in the exhibition take advantage of social media and other technological platforms in order to engage with wider audiences and launch interactive projects. Others consider the implications of social media itself, subtly critiquing these platforms through their engagement with them.

AAC’s website will act as the hub for the exhibition, but exhibition artworks, performances, and artist talks will also live on Instagram, Zoom, and YouTube. By dispersing the exhibition across multiple platforms and continually launching new work throughout the exhibition, By Proxy takes advantage of the virtual format.

Exhibition Launch / Thursday, July 9, 6-6:30pm
My Husband Performance / Saturday, July 11, 6pm
Artist Talk with Mariah Anne Johnson / Thursday, July 16, 5 – 5:30pm
Artist Talk with Gal Cohen / Thursday, July 23, 5 – 5:30pm
My Husband Pamphlet Launch / Thursday, July 23
Artist Talk with Ivetta Sunyoung Kang / Thursday, August 6, 5 – 5:30pm
My Husband Performance / Saturday, August 8, 6pm
Jeremy Hutchison Talk + Video Premiere / Saturday, August 15, 2pm
Artist Talk with Maps Glover / Thursday, August 20, 5 – 5:30pm

Maps Glover @grow.with.intention Project / July 9 – September 7
Ivetta Sunyoung Kang IG Live Series / July 13-31, Mondays – Fridays, 6pm
Mariah Anne Johnson IG Takeover / July 13-17
Gal Cohen IG Takeover / July 20-25
Jeremy Hutchison IG Takeover / August 3-14



CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) presents “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”
Thursday, July 9 • 9pm
presented by Shaolin Jazz

The Summer weather is heating up and so is the CAN I KICK IT? film series. Tune in on Thursday, July 9th for a live stream of a true american action film (with martial arts), Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
At each CAN I KICK IT? event cult-classic martial arts film are screened with a unique, scene-by-scene score of hip hop, soul, funk, and more mixed LIVE on turntables by DJ 2-Tone Jones. CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) will bring this unique movie watching experience to your home and beyond.
The film will kick off at 9pm EST / 6pm PST on Twitch and DLive. And if you miss it, catch the re-stream of the film on Saturday, July 11 at 12pm EST / 9am PST.
About Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
A New York cop who wakes up from a mysterious accident with a new identity. He finds himself in the employ of a secret unit which was set up to investigate a dangerous industrialist whose organisation has secured several government armaments contracts, including a top-secret strategic defense system.



Preservation Trends in Baltimore and Beyond (Eric Holcomb)
Friday, July 10 • 1-1:30pm
presented by AIA Baltimore

This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support the BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

In the 54 years since the 1966 Historic Preservation Act, Historic Preservation has evolved into a sophisticated profession that has sought to holistically preserve our past through the careful study and recognition of America’s built environment. In Baltimore, historic preservation has become an essential component to neighborhood revitalization, leading Baltimore’s most successful neighborhood revitalization stories.

But where are we now? Where is Historic Preservation going in Baltimore? Eric Holcomb, the Executive Director for the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, will lead a discussion on where the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is now, and the many initiatives currently underway.

About the presenter

Eric obtained a Liberal Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Master’s Degree in Preservation Studies at Boston University. He worked for several remodeling and restoration companies as a tradesman until he joined the staff of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) in 1994. In 2004, the staff of CHAP merged with the Department of Planning. In 2014, he became the Executive Director of CHAP and Division Chief where he has worked to further integrate and coordinate historic preservation into Planning activities. He is the author of City As Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660. In 2016 he was awarded with the Mayor’s Medallion for Meritorious Service and in 2018 the Honorable mention for the 14th annual Richard A. Lidinsky, Sr. award for Excellence in Public Service. He is married and has two boys, a one-eyed dog and a cat with a crooked tail.

About the Baltimore Architecture Foundation

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) celebrates design and the built environment. Launched in 1987, BAF encourages people to explore Baltimore architecture: to be mindful of the area’s history, and recognize Baltimore’s architectural heritage, and appreciate its design innovations.

Through its tours, lectures, educational programs for adults and kids, exhibitions, research, and publications, the BAF demonstrates how ideas are manifested in the built environment and urban design of the city.

About Baltimore Heritage

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With a small staff, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.



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