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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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We Protest | Call for Entry
deadline August 31
hosted by University of Maryland Eastern Shore



TELEPHONE: A Global Art Project
deadline August 2020
presented by The Satellite Collective

TELEPHONE is a global art project based on the children’s game Telephone (also called Operator, Grapevine, Telefono Roto, Dengon, Stille Poste, Telefono Descompuesto, Phonebook), in which a message is whispered from person to person. In this game, the message is whispered from art form to art form. A poem could become a painting, and then music, film, and dance. Each completed artwork is assigned for translation to numerous artists around the world, so the game branches out exponentially.

The first game of TELEPHONE, played five years ago, involved 315 original and interconnected works, created by artists from 159 cities in 42 countries. You can see it HERE and read about it HERE. The second game, launched on March 24th, 2020, will be much more robust.

If you want to play, we need to know your name, email address, what city and country you are playing from, and the art form you wish to use. We also need three examples of your artwork. It would be an honor to have you join our game.

Submit your work 

Can’t access the link? Send us an email with your name, location, art form, and 3 examples of your work.



2020 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards | Call for Entries
deadline September 8
sponsored by AIA Baltimore

The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA Baltimore members and AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members are judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

New this year! AIA Baltimore, AIA Chesapeake Bay, AIA Maryland, and AIA Potomac Valley are launching a joint initiative to enhance and promote our Excellence in Design Awards recipients through the creation of a new digital platform featuring our award-winning projects. The platform will highlight key details and provide a video tour of each winning entry. We will also conduct a robust marketing campaign targeted at both professional clients and the general public. In this way, we are seeking to expand recognition of design excellence, and offer more visibility and value for our members.

Meet the 2020 AIA Baltimore Design Awards Jury

Learn More About Design Awards Submission 

As a reminder: Enter both the AIA Baltimore and AIA Maryland Awards by duplicating your entry on the online submission portal.



Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB) Community Art Matching Grant
deadline September 15
sponsored by BOPA

Historically, The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB) has invested its effort and money in the placement of works of art near schools, government buildings, and in the public spaces in Baltimore City. MASB has always been committed to supporting art and artists in Baltimore City and continues this tradition today. Recently, MASB expanded its board to become more representative of the city’s demographic allowing for a more diverse and inclusive perspective on the city’s artistic interests.

The purpose of the MASB Community Art Matching Grant is to focus on building a beautiful Baltimore by strengthening the vitality and sustainability of arts projects in communities across the city. MASB is offering matching grant funds for artists to activate or expand community engagement with a public art project that will continue to stimulate interest in art in the City of Baltimore and to encourage an appreciation for contemporary art that is openly accessible to all.



LIVE! Artist Talk with Ariel Cavalcante Foster
Tuesday, August 4 • 5:30pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Join community arts organizer and international multimedia artist Ariel Cavalcante Foster in conversation with Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Programs. Ariel creates textile art that is inspired by art produced outside of the colonial gaze. In this talk she will discuss her work and its relation to the Walters pre-Columbian collection. Based in Baltimore, but originally from Brazil, she offers a unique perspective on Amazonian cultures, institutional histories, and advocacy work.

Ariel Cavalcante Foster is a Brazilian-American artist, curator, and community programer based in Baltimore with a BA from Goucher College (2016) in Studio Art and Arts Administration. Ariel’s organizational work includes leading art workshops, co-directing The Parlour (an arts, music, and community space), and being an active member of artist-run collective initiatives. She currently is the Inclusion Strategist and Community Arts Program Assistant for Baltimore Clayworks.



BmoreArt Lunch in the Studio with LaToya Hobbs
Wednesday, August 5 • 12:30-1:15pm
presented by BmoreArt

Join LaToya Hobbs, the 2020 Sondheim Award Winner, for a studio visit with Cara Ober where they will discuss the nuances of printmaking, the impact of motherhood, art travel, her experiences as a Baltimore transplant from Arkansas, and winning the Sondheim.

Tune in to BmoreArt’s Instagram Live at 12:30 and feel free to send us your questions ahead of time via our IG messages.

Image: The Founder, 2020, acrylic, collage, and relief printing





Tenderhands | Artist Talk
Thursday, August 6 • 5pm
presented by Arlington Arts Center

Join Ivetta Sunyoung Kang on Thursday, August 6 at 5pm as she discusses Tenderhands with AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions, Blair Murphy. Kang will discuss the work’s connection to her previous interactive installation projects, as well as the possibilities and challenges of creating live performance for social media.



Siren Arts: Fluxus Sea | Hannah Spector
Thursday, August 6 • 7pm
presented by Transformer DC

Fluxus Sea marks the 4th year of Transformer’s innovative summer residency & performance art series.

Supporting an evolving & diverse roster of dynamic emerging visual artists based within the northeast corridor of Washington, DC to NYC through micro-residencies and public performances on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ for the past three years, Siren Arts has been reimagined summer 2020 due to COVID-19. This year, the artist residency component is being conducted as a series of zoom calls among the participating artists, with live performances and pre-recorded artist-led interviews presented online July 16 – August 20.

Transformer is honored to support and present the following artists in Siren Arts Fluxus Sea: Carolina Mayorga (DC), Samera Paz (DC), Armando Lopez-Bircann (DC), Hannah Spector (TX/DC), Muse Dodd (ATL, DC+NYC), and Yacine Fall (DC).

Created & curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer – a non-profit visual arts organization based in Washington, DC that is celebrating its 18th year of operations this summer – Siren Arts is an expansion of Transformer’s mission to connect and promote emerging visual artists, to advance them in their artistic careers, and to build & engage audiences in new and best contemporary arts contexts and practices.

Siren Arts seeks to empower the participating artists and engage audiences in both reflection and positive action around the intersection of personal, civic, social and environmental activism, while introducing and advancing emerging contemporary art practices. Pursuing different themes each year, with Siren Arts: Fluxus Sea, the participating artists have been invited to respond to Fluxus art practices, concepts of ‘flux’, and the sea as it may relate to the ocean and/or movement.

Siren Arts: Fluxus Sea Schedule of Events:

Approximately 30-minute performances will take place live via Zoom every Thursday at 7pm July 16 – August 20, with 10 minute artist conversations presented on Transformer’s IGTV at 7pm on the Tuesdays between performances: July 21, August 4, and August 18.


Thursday, July 16: Carolina Mayorga
Thursday, July 23: Samera Paz
Thursday, July 30: Armando Lopez-Bircann
Thursday, August 6: Hannah Spector 
Thursday, August 13: Muse Dodd 
Thursday, August 20: Yacine Fall

Tuesday, July 21: Carolina Mayorga and Samera Paz
Tuesday, August 4: Armando Lopez-Bircann and Hannah Spector
Tuesday, August 18: Muse Dodd and Yacine Fall



Variations on Vision | 10 Minute Play Festival
Friday, August 7 | Ongoing through August 23
presented by Rapid Lemon Productions

It’s the 16th annual production of Baltimore’s ten-minute play festival, the Variations Project! See a group of world premiere short plays by local authors, all based on the theme that won our audience vote last year.

For the 2020 project, in addition to the full stage production (directed by Sydney Pope), we’re also presenting a second group of plays as staged readings (directed by Arthur Cleaves). The plays and schedules are below.

VARIATIONS ON VISION the production:

“Seeing the Guru” by R.A. Pauli
“20/20” by Shelbi Lauren Nelson
“Gone Vision” by John Sowalsky
“Next Wind” by Sharon Tyrell
“Little Birds” by Chad Short
“Freedom” by Danielle DuPree
“How Women Dance” by Sharon Goldner
“Take Out” by Brandon Rashad Butts
“The Walls You Cannot See” by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
“A Recipe for the Future” by Archie Williams
“Three Cucumbers” by Deborah Carry Amland

Aug 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8pm
Aug 16, 23 at 5pm
Industry Night is Monday 8/10

VARIATION ON VISION the staged reading:

“Good Mothers” by Danielle DuPree
“Paint Me a Picture” by Erin Klarner
“To Be Determined” by Elizabeth Shannon
“Milton Avenue” by Christopher A. Kess
“Box” by Joshua Scheid
“The Unseen Truth” by Linda Wellman
“In the Dark” by Pamela Wilterdink
“A Sight for Sore Eyes” by Colin Riley
“No Rules Pasta” by Emma Howard

Aug 9, 15, 22 at 5pm
Aug 13, 16, 17, 20, 23 at 8pm
Industry Night is Monday 8/17

Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of our venue, Motor House, tickets to view these streamed events are FREE!

Register at, and we’ll email you with instructions for viewing the performance of your choice.



White Elephant Barn Clearance
Saturday, August 8 • 7:30am-12pm
presented by The AVAM

It’s a CLEARANCE sale of AVAM memorabilia and more, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. Buy a timed entry ticket from $10-$50, with the ticket price descending each half hour. Then bring something to haul away as much as you’d like! That’s right—one ticket buys you entry to your selected time and as much as you can take away during your time slot. Over 1,000 items divided into categories: Books, DVDs, electronics, homewares, Kinetic memorabilia, exhibition text panels and photos, art supplies, costumes, t-shirts, some furniture. Come shop till your bags drop. Everything must go! So c’mon down and take home one-of-a-kind finds while supporting AVAM. To purchase your ticket today, visit



Million Woman March Exhibition | Exhibition Closes
Sunday, August 9
curated by Imani Haynes

The Million Woman March exhibition (MWM) serves as both a retrospective and a celebration of the organizing efforts and missions of the seminal 1997 March for Black Women held in Philadelphia. In partnership with—and on the grounds of—the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the show transforms a shipping container into an immersive sensory experience by juxtaposing archival audio-visual materials and historical artifacts with new and recent works by contemporary artists. MWM aims to create a living platform for the legacy of the march by continuing to advance intersectional empowerment for generations to come.

To ensure the safety of our visitors during the pandemic, please schedule an appointment to view the exhibition.

***Masks are Mandatory***

We look forward to seeing you!



header image: Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, Proposition 1: Hands (detail), 2020

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