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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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Art Sets Your Imagination Free | Call for Entry
deadline August 15
sponsored by Leadership and Arts Coalition

The Leadership and Arts Coalition (LAC), a newly formed nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC is having their inaugural Art Sets Your Imagination Free artist showcase and fundraising event. This free virtual artist showcase will highlight the work of visual and performance artists from around the country, beginning at 7:00pm on Thursday September 10, 2020.

They are currently accepting artist submissions and applications can be found on their website ( All artists must submit their applications by 11:59pm EST on August 15, 2020.  All submissions will be mentioned during the show and 5 selected artists will have the opportunity to perform/display their art during the show.



2021 ICAN Wall Calendar Contest
deadline August 23
sponsored by International Ceramic Artists Network

The ICAN Calendars are a great way for you to get your work in print and up on other members’ studio walls. The ICAN Wall Calendar call for entries is members-only exclusive contest, join and submit today!

Calendar contest submission is FREE for all ICAN members and is juried by the editorial staff from Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated! Submissions end on August 23rd at 11:59 EDT.

Here are this year’s categories:

Dynamic Surfaces

Color Bursts

Pots with Flowers

Pots in Action

For more information:

To submit to the contest:



Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers
deadline August 25
sponsored by Innovate Artist Grants

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients at

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: August 25, 2020
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 Grants



2021 Project Seed Grant
deadline September 30
presented by the GLB Memorial Fund for the Arts

The GLB Project Seed Grant grants a total of $10,000 split between two artists/curators who submit project proposals aligned with the GLB Memorial Fund for the Arts mission. Applications will be received and reviewed by the Curatorial Selection Committee and Trustees.

Eligibility: Woman-identifying artists and curators who reside in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia exploring topics of becoming, collection stewardship, social change, collective consciousness and/or the local art ecosystem through their work in the artistic media of drawing, photography, film/video, painting, sculpture, collage, printmaking, new media arts, performance or installation.

Intention: The purpose of the Project Seed Grant is two-fold: to practice the GLB Memorial Fund for the Arts mission through specific programming incubation twice a year and continue expanding the GLB Art Collection. Eligible proposals will be reviewed and selected based on full project concepts, interesting programming, and inventory of artwork. Of the two Project Seed Grants awarded each year, the GLB Curatorial Selection Committee will assist winners in the execution of their projects and vote to select one work from each inventory to inaugurate into the GLB Art Collection in exchange for project funds.

Timeline: July 20-September 30, 2020: Submission Portal open for Project Seed Funding

September 30 at midnight EST: Submission Portal closes

October 1-November 30, 2020: Applications reviewed by Curatorial Selection Committee, Finalist Interviews with Trustees & Final Selection Process

December 15, 2020: Two grant winners announced for the following year

2021: Execution of Grant Winners’ Projects/Exhibitions (exact dates TBD, based on proposal)

Application Fee: There is a $55 application fee to submit proposals for the opportunity to receive $5,000. Applications submitted without an application fee are incomplete. The fee is non-refundable and will be split amongst the Curatorial Selection Committee for their time and diligence reviewing applications. Application fees ensure that applicants follow directions and submit with intention.



Call Back: Artists Inspired by American Musical Traditions
ongoing through September 12
presented by AACC Cade Art Gallery + Exeter Gallery

CURATED BY: Teddy Johnson and Matt Klos

ARTISTS: Michael Ananian, Larry Winston Collins, David Driskell, Katherine Fahey, Dean Mitchell, Art Rosenbaum, and Margo Rosenbaum

This exhibit includes a sampling of artists who take inspiration from some of the many American music traditions. Artists from included make work in mediums ranging from printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and crankies. Their sources of inspiration are varied including vernacular songs, ballads, gospel, jazz, and blues. Through their own particular vision each artist pulls us into a conversation with American song.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW at Exeter Gallery by appointment through September 12, 2020. Masks are required and a thorough cleaning of all exposed areas that could become contaminated will be done between visits. To arrange an appointment call or text 443-250-2345 or visit or exetergallery on Instagram.

Cade Gallery at AACC is currently closed but may open by appointment in September.

Exeter Gallery (Open by appointment only)
241 S. Exeter St.
Baltimore MD, 21202

Exeter Gallery is an intimate whitewall exhibition space specializing in painting and other fine art in Baltimore’s Little Italy.

(Cade Art Gallery closed at this time but may open in September)
Cade Art Gallery, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery is on the western side of AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.  Located on the main floor of the Cade building on West Campus, The Cade Art Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is focused by theme or medium.

Margo Rosenbaum
Doc and Lucy Barnes with Kids Singing
Photograph, 1977



BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Glamour
Tuesday, August 11 • 12-12:25pm
hosted by The Baltimore Museum of Art + The National Museum of Women in the Arts

What do you get when two art museums committed to celebrating women artists collaborate? BMA x NMWA! This monthly talk show puts women artists and their artworks in conversation with each other, across two museums. Join educators from the Baltimore Museum of Art 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 second episode, BMA x NMWA: Glamour, will live stream Tuesday, August 11, at 12 p.m. EDT. The live stream will be available on both the BMA and NMWA Facebook pages.

For more information, email [email protected].



B2020 | Virtual Exhibition
Tuesday, August 11 | ongoing through September 25
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)announces “B2020”, a virtual art exhibition opening on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. “B2020” is an art exhibition presenting the best of emerging talent based and creating in Baltimore City. For 2020, the platform is virtual as part of Art in August, a month-long celebration of arts experiences featuring Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions, the “B2020” Virtual Exhibition, the Virtual Artist Café, Saturday Night Virtual DJs, and the Artscape Online Artists’ Market. The exhibition unfolds the brilliance of artists Chris Batten, Ram Brisueno, Walter Cruz, Kayla Fryer, Andrew Gray, Moses Jeune, Xavier Lightfoot, Charles Mason III, Derrick “DJ” Smith, McKinley Wallace III and Will Watson. The virtual exhibition opens here on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and will be available until Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

“We are proud to launch the opening of ‘B2020,’ our first BOPA curated virtual exhibition. It is our hope that this exhibition inspires thoughtful conversation and discussion and enables us to engage with and learn from our talented Baltimore-based artists,” said Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO at Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA).

The theme for “B2020” is a presentation of Black, Male and Body. “B2020” honors the most important African American Curator and Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden. In 1994, Golden curated the very first large scale exhibition at a major American art institute, the Whitney Museum of American Art, depicting Blackness in America. The exhibition was titled “Black Male.” “B2020” celebrates this landmark exhibition and provides our Baltimore-based artists a platform to express their creative narrative on the Black body. Whether painting, mixed media, video or photography, “B2020” delivers curated voices in tune with Black Lives Matter.

More information about the “B2020” virtual exhibition is available on



Laura Lippman: My Life As A Villainess (In Conversation With Alice Bolin) | Zoom Book Event
Wednesday, August 12 • 6:30-8pm
presented by The Ivy Bookshop

Join us to celebrate the release of Laura Lippman’s newest book, and first essay collection: My Life as a Villainess! Laura will be joined in conversation by Alice Bolin for what promises to be a wonderful discussion that cuts across writing, friendship, motherhood, and life.

This is a ticketed event, and the ticket is a book! Purchase a copy of My Life as a Villainess at either The Ivy Bookshop or Bird in Hand’s online store, and you will automatically be registered for the Zoom book event using the name and email address used to purchase the book. You will receive a confirmation email from The Ivy Bookshop’s Zoom account ([email protected]) containing the invitation details about joining the meeting—please be sure to add this email address to your contacts!

Purchase the book here to receive your ticket:

More info about the authors and event:



BmoreArt Lunch in the Studio with Kibibi Ajanku
Wednesday, August 12 • 12:30-1:15pm
presented by BmoreArt

Join BmoreArt Founding Editor Cara Ober via Instagram Live for a visit to the studio of Kibibi Ajanku, featured on the cover of BmoreArt’s new print journal. Our conversation with Ajanku, the creative director of Baltimore’s historic Sankofa Dance Theater, will center around her traditional Indigo Dye practice, the deep history of the practice across continents and cultures, and her travel to Africa to conduct on-site research.

Ajanku is the Equity and Inclusion Director at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), where she directs the Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship. According to GBCA, “Under her leadership, the Fellowship has increased racial inclusion within arts sector leadership and has positively altered workplace best practices through actively training, placing, and referring an annual cohort of emerging professionals. Also, Ajanku is the Urban Arts Professor for a small cohort of students at Coppin State University, and additionally serves as a Community Researcher for Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her work as an arts leader, an artist, and an educator; Ajanku works consistently and deeply as a voice for social justice. She also leads monthly equity conversations for the Alliance and is excited to administer the evolution of a new Urban Arts Field School project with Urban Arts Leadership fellows and community folklorists, recently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Read: Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey in BmoreArt Issue 09: Craft by Angela N. Carroll with photos by Phylicia Ghee.



Smoke, Spores, and Soy: Olfactory Obsession with Old Books
Thursday, August 13 • 5:30-6:30
presented by The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Manuscripts and Rare Books collection is one of the best in the country and is certainly one of the hidden gems of the museum. Yet, despite carefully conserving and storing those old tomes in the most perfect conditions possible, the Rare Book Library at the Walters still has that wonderful “old book” smell…why?

Join Lynley Anne Herbert, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, as she discusses the reasons for, and joys of, a good (smelly) book.

The link to access the program will be posted here approximately 1 week before the start of the event.



Webinar: The Black Experience
Thursday, August 13 • 11am-12pm
presented by Artsy

Join Artsy live on Thursday, August 13th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT) as Artsy’s Chief Marketing Officer, Everette Taylor, moderates a conversation between Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtis, Prizm Art Fair director Mikhaile Solomon, Meisha Johnson of Neema Art Gallery, Richard Beavers of Richard Beavers Gallery, and artist Devin Johnson on the Black experience in the art world.



Talking Dreams: Instagram Live Session 3 With Mina Cheon
Thursday, August 13 • 3-4pm
hosted by the Asia Society in New York

Please join artist Mina Cheon (천민정) as she welcomes your visit to her studio through an Instagram Live event hosted by the Asia Society in New York, as a part of the Asia Society Triennial pre-events, “Talking Dreams: Instagram Live Session 3 With Mina Cheon.” As Cheon converses with the artistic director of the Triennial and director of Asia Society Museum Boon Hui Tan, she will share her artistic process, upcoming projects and exhibitions, and the preparation for the Triennial participation. Starting with a tour of the K-Town Studios building, she will make her way up to her Studio on the third floor. Think “Dreaming Unification” in this Talking Dream Series. Please catch the event @AsiaSociety on Instagram Thursday 13 August 2020, 3 – 4 PM ET.

The Inaugural Asia Society Triennial is from October 27, 2020 to June 27, 2021 and features 40+ contemporary Asian artists from around the world. Mina Cheon is a Korean new media artist, scholar, and educator who lives and works between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul and exhibits her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally. As a part of the Korean diaspora, Cheon’s art results from a lifetime of working with a postcolonial and comparative cultural lens. The resulting work is in historic alignment with appropriation art and global activism art and focuses on North Korean awareness, Korean unification, and global peace projects. Her next iteration of these works will be featured during the Triennial months through multiple platforms.



Posture as Practice I The End is Semipermeable Workshop Series
Friday, August 14 • 1pm
presented by The End is Semipermeable

What are ways to connect our body with the space around us?  In the free participatory presentation “Posture as Practice”, Ruby Waldo will prompt the participants to gain awareness of their physical posture and social attitude in relation to the malleable structures that surround us.

“Posture as Practice” happens in conjunction with the virtual exhibition The End is Semipermeable (TEiS), a virtual exhibition displayed through an interactive, 3D viewing and navigation platform. TEiS aims to host contemplation and speculation about traversing the end—be it the edge of our epidermis, the enclosure of physical space, or the halt of the world. Encompassing both a virtual gallery and satellite public programs, TEiS prompts consideration toward passing beyond the end. For further information about the show, check IG @teis.2020

August 14| 1pm EST | Live via Zoom




Founder’s Day Virtual Open House
Sunday, August 15 • 11-12pm
hosted by The Peale

RSVP to receive login instructions on the day of the event

Opened in downtown Baltimore on August 15, 1814, Rembrandt Peale’s Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts was the first purpose-built museum in the United States. Now you can visit this National Historic Landmark in the virtual world, Second Life, for tours, exhibitions, and events!

Join us in Second Life for a Virtual Open House on our 206th birthday, or watch via live stream. RSVP to get the link and more information on participating.

The museum was developed in partnership with Linden Lab, maker of Second Life, who developed extensive interior spaces for a 3D model of the Peale Museum building that was originally created by the Imaging Research Center at UMBC for its online map of Baltimore ca. 1815. Over time the interior of the virtual Peale Museum building will grow to include more galleries, both extant in the physical world and inspired by the Peale’s programming and partners, making the Peale in Second Life a creative hybrid of the “real” and the imaginary. The Internet’s largest virtual world has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity as more people seek out safe and fun social interactions online during the pandemic.

Current highlights of the virtual museum include the 3D interactive Peale Museum building and the virtual world exhibition, “Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility.” Exhibits and events will change regularly, and include playful and surprising elements inspired by the Peale’s and Baltimore’s history and stories – like a virtual mastodon, recalling the mastodons famously excavated in 1801 and exhibited by the Peale family in their museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore!



header image: image from BOPA's new B2020 Exhibition

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