BmoreArt’s Picks: September 15-21

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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch or safely socially distanced, 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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Call to Videographers: GRL PWR

GRL PWR Baltimore is seeking a videographer for a documentary style project.


  • Shoot performances, behind the scenes footage, and interviews with artists

  • Edit and deliver final product within 2 week deadline


  • Must be comfortable working efficiently within deadline

  • Must be receptive to GRL PWR critiques

GRL PWR is a creative collective based in Baltimore, MD. Established in 2014, our mission is to provide a platform for LGBTQ, women and poc performers/artists. Over the years we have elevated marginalized and overlooked talent, sparking conversation around equity, queerness, and identity. Women, poc, trans, non-binary, femme & queer artists will be prioritized in our selection process.

*This is a paid opportunity, interested applicants please submit work samples & CV/resume to [email protected]

Stoop Storytelling “Invisible Labor” and  “Head in the Stars” | Call for Stories
sponsored by Stoop Storytelling

Submit a story for “Invisible Labor”
The Stoop Storytelling Series in collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Industry will present “Invisible Labor: True stories about hidden work, unseen efforts, and toiling far from the limelight” on Thursday, October 15, 2020 via a Zoom live broadcast from the museum. Please share a story about a time your work went unnoticed, your labors were ignored or unseen, or your efforts were unacknowledged. Thank you, we’ll be back in touch soon!

Submit a story for “Head in the Stars”
The Stoop Storytelling Series in partnership with The Jewish Museum of Maryland will present “Head in the Stars: Stories about exploring, discovering, and dreaming about Outer Space” on Thursday Nov. 12, 2020. The show will be live broadcast from the museum via Zoom. Please submit a true, personal tale for the show here. We’ll be back to you soon. Thank you!



The Abstract Image | Call for Entry
deadline October 4
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

The SE Center for Photography is looking for non-representational imagery from found objects in nature, man-made or figurative works. We’re seeking images that do not attempt to represent external reality but seek to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and texture.

Our juror for Abstract ‘20 is Blue Mitchell. Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Mitchell is the Founding Editor of Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, an independent, reader and contributor supported annual that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date.



Post-Industrialism | Call for Exhibition
deadline October 7
sponsored by LoosenArt

Accepted media: Photography, Digital Visual Design
Group Exhibition in Rome or Milan city. January 2021

Currently, we are living in a post-industrial society, which is, by definition, “a society marked by a transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy”. So what happened to the urban/suburban factories populating the industrial landscape?

The main focus, here, is centred on pictures showing the decadence of industrial buildings as well as renewed factories, currently fulfilling a different function (museum, art gallery, shop…).



Recording History: A Juried Virtual Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline October 9
sponsored by Gormley Gallery

Exhibition on view: October 26 through November 27, 2020

To enter slide room, click here.

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University invites submissions for a juried virtual exhibition on the theme “Recording History.” This exhibition examines art’s role in recording history and documenting our lived experience of it. We seek artworks that reflect personal responses to the political and social realities of the historic moment we are living through — the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and protests over racial justice, the looming national election, just to name a few. How are we recording the events of the present? How does our art express our experience of these times?

Eligibility and media: Visual artworks in all media and formats are eligible for consideration for this virtual exhibition. All entries must be original works of art. Each artist may submit up to 3 works online only. No mailed or emailed entries will be accepted.

Entry fee: A nonrefundable entry fee of $16.00 entitles the artist to submit up to three artworks.

Selection process: Jury will be of online submissions received by October 9, 2020. Notification will be by email on October 19, 2020. Accepted artworks will be exhibited at from October 26 through November 27, 2020.



Art of Collectors VIII | Virtual Exhibition
Tuesday, September 15 | Ongoing through October 30
presented by Galerie Myrtis

Art of the Collectors VIII features works from private collections created by prominent and lesser-known African and African American artists. Included in the exhibition are paintings and sculptures by artists who played an integral role in informing the landscape of American art.

Offerings include rare paintings, original prints, photographs, and sculptures held in private hands for generations.

Featured artists: Sam Gilliam, Richard Mayhew, Valerie Maynard, Greg Pitts, Elizabeth Catlett, Clemence Mupinga, Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco), Ernest Crichlow, Jacob Lawrence, James Wells, Nesbete Mukomberanwa, Lazarus Takawira, Kwame Adeji, Bernard Mensah, Scott Edeba, Ben Macala, Micheal B. Platt, David C. Driskell, and Ulysses Marshall.



Form + Process: A Conversation with Jae Ko and John Ruppert moderated by Kristen Hileman | via Zoom
Tuesday, September 15 • 6:30pm
presented by C. Grimaldis Gallery

In conjunction with C. Grimaldis Gallery’s 43rd annual group exhibition, Summer ’20, we would like to present Form + Process, a conversation between artists Jae Ko and John Ruppert, moderated by Kristen Hileman. This talk will focus on the art of creating extensive visual vernaculars through process-based studio practices and an inspiration from natural forms.

Korean artist Jae Ko creates phenomenal sculptural objects and immersive installations from rolled paper, which evoke topography and movement. She works by laboriously unwinding, and re-spooling miles of adding machine tape and submerging it in ink and graphite powder. As it dries, the paper swells into soft, biomorphic forms saturated with delicate lines. Similarly, American artist John Ruppert’s sculptures at once preserve natural phenomena and confound material by exposing evidence of the artist’s hand in otherwise seamless reproductions of natural objects. If not for a polished edge or buffed surface, the patina on oxidized bronze or rusted iron can easily be mistaken for stone. With sustained studio practices spanning decades within the Baltimore/Washington Region, both artists produce a harmonic balance between natural order and human effort.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 15th at 6PM on Zoom for this virtual conversation. We look forward to your presence and participation!



Virtual Happy Hour in the Artist’s Studio with Francisco LOZA
Wednesday, September 16 • 5:30pm
presented by American Visionary Art Museum

On Mexican Independence Day, experience the hospitality of Mexican artist Francisco LOZA in his home and studio. See his beautiful technique, arte de estambre, or pressed yarn art, using colorful yarn and wax to create vibrant paintings. The tour includes live audience Q&A with the artist. The virtual event is free, however you’ll need to first register in order to join us here.



Intertwined | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17 • by appointment, free tickets | Ongoing through October 31
presented by Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary presents Intertwined, a solo exhibition of recent works by Maryland artist, Arthur Jedson Smalley. His fluid yet carefully conceived paintings and sculptures derive from a close understanding of natural form and are used as vehicles to provide the materials – wood and paint – the opportunity to reveal themselves through the artist’s hand. Revealed in his art making approach is Smalley’s subconscious intent to persuade these raw elements. What unfolds in both the process of making and the experience of the work is a balance of handmade gesture and the wildness of the substance.

The abstract mark-making of Smalley’s paintings demonstrates and expands the genre of landscape painting. In these paintings, Smalley depicts not only a landscape we can experience with our bodies but an imagined one as well. The subject matter of landscapes becomes less about what we can see and more about the atmosphere and capabilities of the materials themselves, which are discovered within the rhythm of paint. Tessellating shapes and line, impressionistic color and texture, all coalesce into fairly recognizable scenes. Mark-making is driven by its proximity to the next – a conscious and attentive gesture by the artist. Each luxurious daub is as a response to an adjacent one.

Smalley’s twisting sculptures present three phases of this process. The first is nature unbroken. Carefully selected vines are precisely joined – the cut lines, hidden and made to seem as if the sculpture is a mobius strip. The result is a natural impossibility, seemingly something the artist just picked up in the woods. The second phase is where we see Smalley’s hand and his cuts accented, highlighted, and featured with colorful blocks of painted wood wedges. We can observe the subconscious collaboration between the material and the artist as if Smalley’s purpose is a mischievous attempt to tinker with the nature of the materials.
The third phase encompasses the techniques of the other modes of creation. The nature and texture of the wood is highlighted; the natural organic form of the material is contrasted and crafted into a geometric one. Assemblage is not hidden from view but instead or merely being made obvious, here the cuts are a new form of texture and material They mimic nature and organic forms, honoring the natural world. However, it is driven by its proximity to the next – a conscious, attentive gesture by the artist and his attention to detail.

Intertwined is a collection of work that demonstrates a mastering of materials with minimal pomp and presents a landscape deeply connected to Smalley’s subconscious. The work is a result of a sublime performance between the creator and the natural world. Smalley’s work is an unsubtle gesture to mimic, honor and enhance our connection to splendor that is found only in our internalized experience of the world.



Live Artist Talk: Liz Miller
Thursday, September 17 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore-based, multi-media artist Liz Miller discusses the importance of public ritual, changing the energy in institutions, and working as a teaching artist. In conversation with Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Program, Liz shares her work on decolonizing institutions and her performance and production called Ubuntu.

About the Artist:

Liz Miller is a second-generation international fine artist. Dance/Performance art is a primary part of her social art practice. She performs locally and internationally, and her fine art has also been shown nationwide and internationally in Japan, Indonesia, and England. She has a BA in Art and Design from Towson University and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Liz has been a teaching artist for the last sixteen years for many non-profit arts organizations in Baltimore and currently works as an art teacher in the public schools.

Thursday programs are sponsored by BGE.



Constitution Day 2020: Justice and the Vote
Thursday, September 17 • 6:30pm
presented by MICA

“Justice and the Vote” will explore and assert the centrality of Black politics in American legal and justice system transformations of the United States through the 19th century — drawing a connecting thread to the present-day grassroots mobilization of Black women and families continuing these structural transformations through advocacy amplified by collective voting power.

Panelists include Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland educator who specializes in African American history and the nineteenth-century United States and author of the recently published Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship; Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson, a values-drive leader, entrepreneur, visionary, and motivator from Baltimore who has a passion to change the world; and Imani Haynes ’20 (Curatorial Practice MFA), a curator, educator, historian, and creator of the Million Woman March Exhibition, a retrospective celebration of the organizing efforts and missions of the seminal 1997 March for Black Women held in Philadelphia.

The free event, sponsored by the MICA and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, commemorates the holiday (September 17) with panels and commentary on contemporary issues in politics, government, civic engagement and activism.



Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice | Virtual Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17 • 6:30-7:30 | Ongoing through December 12
presented by Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Register Here.
Celebrate the opening of Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice with an opening reception and talk by artist, Phaan Howng. Virtually experience the immersive gallery space while chatting with the artist about her process and the issues that compel her work.

Please Note: This event is virtual, not in person.

To learn more about the artist, follow @phaanlove on Instagram or Phaan Howng on Facebook!

Exquisitely disposed rocks and trees and vegetation. The promise of an inspired space of meditation and detachment. Such has been of the Westernized image of the Chinese and Japanese garden. Yet, such enchanted “natural” spaces camouflage the histories of empire, wealth, privilege, exploitation, ecological extraction, and displacement behind their creation. Phaan Howng’s site-specific installation engages East Asian gardens as a case study of the dynamics embedded within these private spaces.

Check out the following site for more information about this event

Please note, this event will be held from September 17th, 2020 to December 12th, 2020. It will also be closed from November 25th, 2020 to November 29th, 2020.

This exhibition is virtually accessible via the Asian Arts & Culture Center website. It is also open for in person visits by appointment only for TU students, faculty, and staff. Please email [email protected] to schedule an in person visit.

To get to know the artist better,
Follow @phaanlove on Instagram,
Follow Phaan Howng on Facebook!



Methods of Creation | Opening Reception
Saturday, September 19 • 4-6pm | Ongoing through October 17
presented by Gallery Blue Door

Please join us for the opening of
Methods of Creation; A two person exhibit from Minás Konsolas & Donald Depuydt, with a Virtual Opening Reception – Visit this link for details and the zoom link.
(All work will be available for purchase.

Minás Konsolas was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. His original artwork and reproductions are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.
Konsolas is known for employing a variety of artistic styles and techniques, which allows his work to continually evolve. His constant focus is how light interacts with color and form.

Donald Deputdt is a printmaker living in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mankato State University, Mankato, MN and a Master of Fine Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, with a concentration in printmaking. Depuydt is an award winning artist whose work has been exhibited nationally.

Working in etching and lithography, his images are process-driven. They evolve, in large part, from trial-and-error. He prints his etching plates and litho stones in different sequences and different colors in order to allow the element of surprise and chance to move the images forward.

A total of 35 original works of art.

(Virtual) Opening Reception –
September 19th, 2020 – 4pm-6pm (or until all questions are answered)

Show runs from –
September 19th, 2020 – October 17th, 2020
Open By Appointment (Visit the website for more information)
Located in Mt. Vernon – The Cultural District and heart of Baltimore.
833 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201



RO101 Epilogue: Constellations & Crossroads Viewing Party
Saturday, September 19 • 7-8:30pm
presented by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

As part of the final programming for our Rock Opera 101 series, join us for an online viewing party of our 2018 collaborative remount with Arena Players, Inc. of two Black-focused shows from the Rock Opera 6-Pack:

Determination of Azimuth – A trance-rock tribute to the career of Katherine Johnson, the hero mathematician of the Apollo program.

The Battle of Blue Apple Crossing – A fictional account of blues legend Robert Johnson and the deities that fought for his soul in exchange for musical greatness.

During this stream we will also discuss the themes covered during the Rock Opera 101 series about the importance of equity and anti-racism in the arts with BROS representatives and Arena Players Artistic Director Donald Owens, and how we as a company will continue to incorporate those policies into our future endeavors.



header image: Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice, exhibition, Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

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