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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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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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Teaching Artist for Southern Exposure with Mission Girls | Job Opportunity

Southern Exposure’s CAIP Teaching Artist is responsible for leading a series of online workshops based on a socially relevant theme from September through December 2020. In collaboration with SoEx and Mission Girls Staff, the Teaching Artist will develop a curriculum that explores topics and concerns central to the youth’s daily lives and the individuals in their community.

Of Substance: Real, personal stories about our complicated and contradictory relationships with drugs and alcohol | Story Submissions Wanted
hosted by Stoop Storytelling

Submit a true, personal tale for “Of Substance: Real, personal stories about our complicated and contradictory relationships with drugs and alcohol,” a virtual storytelling show at 7p on Tuesday September 22, 2020.

All true, personal stories related to the use and abuse of substances are welcome. We’re particularly looking for tales about substance use and abuse during the pandemic. And about the use and misuse of cannabis.

Please submit your stories here ASAP!

 

 

Maryland Humanities Major Grants
Letter of Intent deadline September 1 / Application deadline October 15
sponsored by Maryland Humanities

Our grants support public programming with the humanities at its heart — inspiring organizations to explore innovative programs that spark dialogue, strive to engage new audiences, and stimulate the thoughtful exchange of ideas.

Programs can take many forms, including lectures, new media projects, reading and discussion programs, seminars, interpretive exhibits, local and living histories, spoken word programs, and interpreting oral histories.

The humanities include the study and interpretation of history, literature (including novels, poetry, drama, and other forms of written expression, both modern and classical), philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the interpretation (not the creation) of the arts. These humanities disciplines are tools that can help us to explore what makes us human, connect us with others, and discover meaning and richness in our lives and for our communities.

 

 

Baltimore Artists Documentation Assistance Session
deadline September 11
sponsored by ICA Baltimore

The ICA Baltimore is pleased to announce an open call for artists to participate in our first ever Baltimore Artists Documentation Assistance Session (BADAS). This opportunity is particularly meant for local and emerging artists without commercial representation, and will provide a new resource for exhibitions where artists and curators can connect and share.

CONTEXT

Next to the original physical work itself, good documentation is the best long-term investment artists can make in their art practice. Just because artists have strong work doesn’t mean that it will be perceived that way, especially if the documentation is lacking.

Visual documentation will often be the only thing curators, writers, or grant panels will see of an artist’s work, and good documentation can mean the difference between getting a grant, securing an exhibition, or being rejected and passed over for opportunities.

Documenting work properly is one of the most important investments artists can make in their career, however not all artists have the skills or equipment to document their own work well, or the resources to hire a professional to do it. BADAS allows emerging and under-represented artists to have their work documented professionally at no cost, and included in an online directory.

QUALIFICATIONS

Emerging artists from the Baltimore area are eligible to apply. Emerging is defined as those having great potential but who have yet to be significantly recognized in exhibitions, critical reviews, fellowships, awards, publications, etc. Artists who have a current practice making work in an ongoing dialogue in the contemporary arts are eligible to apply. Currently enrolled students will not be considered.

Individual works from the BADAS program will be selectively highlighted throughout the year on our website, through social media (Facebook and Instagram) as well as shared as part of our press releases with our mailing list. BADAS works will also be accessible for browsing on our website.

DEADLINES + DETAILS:

Application Deadline: 9/11 (Midnight)
Notification: 9/25
Artwork Drop-off: pre-scheduled drop-offs will occur 9/28 – 10/9
Artwork Pick-Up/Return: pre-scheduled pick-ups will occur 11/23 – 12/04 (unless other arrangements have been made to retrieve work sooner)
Online directory launch: 12/7

 

 

LIVE! Artist Talk with Landis Expandis
Tuesday, August 25 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Multimedia artist and musician Landis Expandis joins us for a live talk followed by a Q&A about his recent performance for the Walters’ Art Sound Now Series (available on YouTube). Landis’ project LHL reimagines how the museum’s physical space can be utilized in the digital realm.

Landis Expandis has been mixing visual art with music all of his life but focused on music as a career after postponing his art degree. He is a prolific area DJ who fronted the band All Mighty Senators for over 25 years. He still plays with the group and has formed the trio F City. A majority of the promotional materials feature his distinct graphic design, which has become an integral part of his musical persona.

 

 

Art in August: Virtual Artist Café | Stephen Towns
Tuesday, August 25 • 7-8pm
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces Art in August, a month-long celebration of art experiences featuring Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions, the B2020 Virtual Exhibition, the Virtual Artist Café, and Saturday Night Virtual DJs. These programs will lead up to and occur during the previously announced Artscape Online Artists’ Market, which will open for business virtually from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020.

From cocktails to canvases, curation to couture, everything is open for discussion in the Virtual Artist Café. The Artist Café is a virtual artist talk series featuring conversations between favorite local and national artists. The series will feature four artist talks, including participants from the Artscape Online Artists’ Market.

Acclaimed Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns in conversation with International Curator and ARTNOIR Co-Founder, Larry Ossei-Mensah.

 

 

Gallery Visit to Resort with Co-Directors Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger
Wednesday, August 26 • 12:30-1:15
presented by BmoreArt via InstagramLIVE

View two concurrent solo exhibitions, Rachel Hayden: Four Bitten Fruits and D’Metrius Rice: Time Stamps in the project space.

“While we are all navigating the different options of distanced art viewing, Resort will be presenting two exhibitions in our gallery that will be viewable by appointment only. The first is a long-awaited solo exhibition by painter Rachel Hayden, titled Four Bitten Fruits. Rachel’s work is graphic and stylized, depicting glimpses of the artist in her home and animated, imagined space. Rachel’s painting revel in an introvert’s sardonic pleasure found in solitude and extrapolate it into a cast of inanimate object-characters that serve as companion or voyeur in her self-portraits. These works, which were made before quarantine, and before the artist’s move to New York, reveal the anxiety and often hermetic solitude of an artist’s practice, which is a condition now more widely shared by the general population. In this new series, Hayden presents her largest works to date, accompanied by a group of smaller paintings, that together emphasize a manic joy in minutiae: moths, flowers, and fruit. The isolated world we peek into is familiar, funny, inviting, and infinitely more exiting than our own.

In the project gallery, we will be presenting new paintings and works on paper by D’Metrius Rice in a show titled Time Stamps. Rice’s densely constructed abstractions, each modest in scale, were created in the months since quarantine reset our routines. Flat diagrammatic motifs and symbols combine with chance, atmospheric paint events to form complex visual fields. The title, Time Stamps, refers to the digital sharing of image, and the extra reliance we’ve come to develop on virtual connections and communication.

Both shows will be installed and documented in the first week of Augusts, and appointments will be available for in-person viewing shortly after. Appointments are available in one hour time slots on Saturdays and can also be scheduled for other times during the week.”

Read BmoreArt’s Living With Art: Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger

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LIVE! Artist Talk with Jerrell Gibbs
Thursday, August 27 • 5:30pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore portraitist Jerrell Gibbs exhibits his work all over the nation. His paintings illustrate his life growing up as a Black man in Baltimore. Jerrell delves into the importance of collecting Baltimore experiences throughout history and how to create context for the Black experience beyond trauma in art.

Jerrell Gibbs retraces family memories, examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and instantly joyous moments. While affirming the multilayered experience of the African-American diaspora, Gibbs plunges the viewer into an immersive experience, the realm of his childhood. Growing up in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socio-economics, body politics, race, economic disparities, and their influence on one another.

image:
Fly Black Boy, FLY
Oil, acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 1/4 in.
2020

 

 

Art in August: Virtual Artist Café | Bishme Cromartie
Thursday, August 27 • 7-8pm
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces Art in August, a month-long celebration of art experiences featuring Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions, the B2020 Virtual Exhibition, the Virtual Artist Café, and Saturday Night Virtual DJs. These programs will lead up to and occur during the previously announced Artscape Online Artists’ Market, which will open for business virtually from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020.

From cocktails to canvases, curation to couture, everything is open for discussion in the Virtual Artist Café. The Artist Café is a virtual artist talk series featuring conversations between favorite local and national artists. The series will feature four artist talks, including participants from the Artscape Online Artists’ Market.

Thursday, August 27, 7-8 PM
In the Atelier w/ Bishme Cromartie (American fashion designer from Baltimore and Project Runway Finalist).

 

 

Make Studio Presents Rerooted in Color: Painting the Possibilities
Opening Thursday, August 25 | Ongoing through September 24
presented by Make Studio

“Rerooted in Color: Painting the Possibilities with Kris McElroy and Claire Kalala”, is an upcoming collaborative, guest exhibition to be presented both online via our website and in our Showroom Gallery. Recently acquainted multidisciplinary artists, and friends of Make Studio, Claire Kalala and Kris McElroyhave both been working on their art with urgency in this cultural moment of uplifting Black life and fighting racist systems.

The artists have assembled paintings, mixed media collage works and altered books, video reflections, and poetry that together underscore Kalala’s reminder to us that “despite it all, we still have joy and resilience, we are still liberated and everyone’s voice counts” and McElroy’s interest “in not separating the messy from the resilience.” This exhibition will be on view from August 27th to September 24th, 2020.

 

 

Close Read | Savannah Wood, Akea Brionne Brown, and SHAN Wallace
Opens Thursday, August 27 • screening nightly sunset-11pm | Ongoing through October 1
presented by BmoreArt’s Collect+Connect Gallery
2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore: 21218

Close Read is a group exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by Akea Brionne Brown, SHAN Wallace and Savannah Wood.

This exhibition marks the first time that artists have been explicitly invited to work within the AFRO American Newspapers’ archives. Following their individual interests, these artists have produced new work inspired by their research. Brown dissects a pamphlet on urban renewal, redacting the language used to promote its cause to reveal its underlying negative effects. Wallace’s animated photo collages combine her own images with photos from the AFRO archives to celebrate nearly a century of Black women and girls’ play and labor. Wood follows a genealogical trail, connecting the AFRO’s roots back to a former plantation (now a state park) in Montgomery County. The work produced for this show highlights different artistic approaches to archival inquiry, with Baltimore’s Black communities as a common thread.

Close Read is produced by Savannah Wood and the AFRO American Newspapers. This project is supported by a grant from the Grit Fund, with additional funding from the Awesome Foundation and Afro Charities.

Learn more at www.afrocharities.org.

 

 

STILL | Opening Reception
Saturday, August 29 • 7pm
presented by Y:Art

JOIN OUR ONLINE OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 7PM

Thousands of years after the Ancient Egyptians were known to be the first to produce still-life artwork, the genre remains alive and thriving.

A still life, by definition, is a painting featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether natural or manufactured. The Tate Museum succinctly describes a still life as, “anything that does not move or is dead.”

Look around any art gallery today, and life literally stands STILL. The finished artworks can be realistic or abstract; each artist has control over the subject, lighting, and context.

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to present STILL, an exhibition of still-life paintings by artists, Edmond Praybe, Marie Riccio, Maggie Siner and Justin Wiest.

 

 

Baltimore Bookstore Crawl
Saturday, August 29 • 9am-8pm

August 29 is national Independent Bookstore Day. Celebrate by e-visiting DC’s amazing, brilliant bookstores – connect with them and show your support during a tough time for small businesses. Purchase a great new book – or IBD swag or a zine or a toy or whatever your heart desires.

Share your adventures and your IBD finds on Instagram and Twitter at #BmoreBookstoreDay. You’ll be entered into a raffle to win eternal glory and a great bookish prize!

Don’t miss a single bookstore with your very own Bookstore Crawl map from www.dmvbookstoreday.com. Participating stores include:

Atomic Books (indie comics, zines, and other awesomeness)
Charm City Books (brand new!)
The Children’s Bookstore (kids books, obvs)
Greedy Reads (new location in Remington!)
Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand (extensive selection and delicious coffee at BiH)
Red Emma’s Cafe & Bookstore (anarcho-activist books and great vegetarian food)

*Some bookstore are open for limited browsing. Please check individual bookstore protocols. Thank you!

 

 

Art in August: Artist Pop-Up Series | McKinley Wallace III
Sunday, August 30 • 1-3pm
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces Art in August, a month-long celebration of art experiences featuring Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions, the B2020 Virtual Exhibition, the Virtual Artist Café, and Saturday Night Virtual DJs. These programs will lead up to and occur during the previously announced Artscape Online Artists’ Market, which will open for business virtually from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020.

Artist Pop-Up Series
The Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions are a series of outdoor galleries providing the opportunity for artists to show their work, expand their network, and generate sales while offering a safe and socially distanced gallery experience outdoors. The artists participating are AMBROSE, Marie Amegah, Italo De Dea, McKinley Wallace III, and Will Watson. The exhibitions take place each Sunday in August at 1706 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 from 1 PM to 3 PM in collaboration with Hot Sauce Artist Collective.  BOPA thanks Theatre Parking, Inc. for partnering to temporarily transform the parking lot into an outdoor art space with the Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions on Sundays.

by the oppressed and an educator dedicated to cultivating people-oriented environments that foster inclusive community building and high-quality learning. Wallace received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio work has obtained both local and national attention. He has also worked collaboratively to create murals for NIKE, Inc., Access Art, Inc., and Monarch Global Academy.

 

 

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