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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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In All Transparency | Call for Artists

In All Transparency is a socially engaged project that focuses on getting out the vote during the pandemic, the history of voting rights, racial oppression in voting, and the United States Postal Service.  The USPS has become a nexus for these issues leading up to the general election in 2020. Through an open call, artists and activists will create mail art aiming to shed light on various aspects of these histories and our current moment.  The artists will use translucent materials to create mail art that will be sent in transparent vellum envelopes; when illuminated on a light table, various messages and perspectives of the makers will be transparent. The mail art messages will be photographed and then projected large scale in a loop outside Gallery CA in Baltimore, MD and read by people passing by as we approach the general election. Once documented the mail art will then be sent to a person of the makers’ choosing to encourage voter participation and demand fair elections. These luminous messages might be sent to a targeted voter in a swing state, a family member or politician, for example.  In All Transparency engages with the history of mail art during this time of physical isolation and social solidarity.

 

* Email dkuthy@towson.edu or text (443) 248 7022 with interest.

* Pick up vellum envelopes between September 29-October 9
sizes (3.6 x 5.1), (4.75 x 6.5), (5.5 x 5.5) or (5.25 X 7.25).
* Drop off transparent mail art between October 12 – October 18. Email a statement (50 words or less).

* Mailed to addressee by October 19.

* Pop-up exhibition and rally, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, November 1, 6:30 – 8:00
440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Mailed to addressee by October 19th

Pop-up exhibition and rally, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, November 1st, 440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

 

 

MASKerade | Call for Entry
deadline *extended* October 24
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

We are excited to announce a call to artists to participate in Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund MASKerade Baltimore – a Mask Design Competition & Virtual Event to raise awareness of and fundraise for issues facing the LGBTQ community. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund at BCF has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing art and culture events  and supporting young people with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to partner with BCF this year to help support their efforts in raising awareness. MAP will be running and managing the online auction made available to artists throughout the state and beyond to participate for free. All artists and bidders must register with Givesmart to view the auction which will not be made LIVE until November 7.

DETAILS 

  • Artists and non-artists must use the provided COVID mask to participate. Template for reference included HERE.
  • Masks must be finished per finishing instructions to be included in the exhibition (chin dart must be closed and twill threaded).
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • All participants must register a loan agreement (google form) with Maryland Art Place HERE
  • You cannot register in full without a fully executed image of your mask.
  • Proceeds will be split 40% to the artists and 60% to the LBGTQ Fund. Your portion of proceeds contributed to the Fund are considered a donation. You may donate more.

 

 

Gutierrez Memorial Fund’s Legacy Grant | Applications Open
deadline October 30
sponsored by Gutierrez Studios

Gutierrez Memorial Fund’s Legacy Grant application is now open.

Our annual project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations and individual artists who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community and transform our built environment.

The deadline for applications is October 30th.

For more information, please review the eligibility requirements and downloadable application documents:

* Eligibility and General Information

* Application Documents

 

 

Hamiltonian Platform | Open Call
deadline November 3
sponsored by Hamiltonian Artists

Hamiltonian Artists is launching a new initiative of public programming, Platform, that positions the organization as a hub for conversation amongst practitioners. For the first season, now through the Presidential election on November 3, we invite artists, independent curators and organizers, organizations, and others to submit a proposal for a public program that specifically addresses racial justice, social justice movements and practices, collective action, and other conversations that intersect with the arts. This is not a call for artist talks or studio visits.

Emphasis will be placed on amplifying Black and underrepresented voices including communities of color, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.

We believe in paying artists and cultural workers. Hamiltonian Artists will follow that W.A.G.E. (Working Artists for a Greater Economy) Fee Calculator for all engagements.

Please note that we are continuing to monitor and respond to the developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and will be adhering to best practices to protect the health and safety of the community. As such, all programs will remain online until we are able to safely hold them in person.

Programs will be selected on an ongoing basis throughout the Fall. The next season and theme will be announced this Winter.

 

 

2021 Bresler Resident Artists | Call for Entry
deadline November 15
sponsored by VisArts

In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.  This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a monthly stipend of $500. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. Each year the current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo project exhibitions at VisArts.

The Bresler Resident Artist is encouraged to initiate community outreach with the VisArts and greater Rockville communities. Rockville is a progressive, diverse city in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It ranks nationally and state-wide as a leader in environmental sustainability and green power use. Rockville is recognized for its high quality of life, excellent schools, numerous public parks, well-educated, and culturally diverse population. Artists are encouraged to engage with local resources including: Rockville Library, Montgomery College Rockville campus and other local schools, historical sites, Rock Creek Park, the Potomac River watershed, and Rockville’s diverse community.

VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Rockville offers easy access to public transit to Washington, D.C. via the Red Line Metro, an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.

The Bresler Residency does not provide housing for artists. Please contact VisArts directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.

Current Call Overview
The current call is for artists or collaborative artist teams whose primary residency practice is Social/Community Practice with projects centering on environmental, social, racial, and economic justice. Artists must be prepared to use online platforms in place of face to face community gatherings due to pandemic safety concerns. Please be sure to include ideas for online engagement in your project description.

With civil unrest rocking the nation, a pandemic that has killed over 140,000, over 40 million unemployed, and progressing climate change, there is a desperate need for active re-imaginings of the future and immediate engagement with the invisibilities of the present. The precarities and inequities rooted in our systems have been exposed. To face these challenges and offer expressions of hope, solidarity, and mutual aid what can we do as artists and arts organizations? How do we focus our efforts and work together for a sustainable anti-racist future that enlists creativity as an essential civic tool while staying safe and healthy? What can we do now and over the long haul within and between communities to make change?

VisArts is committed to responding to these questions by continuing to explore the potential of art to transform individuals and communities, engage radical imaginations, build safe and equitable spaces for artists and audiences, and cultivate trust, empathy, creativity, and diversity. VisArts is located on Gibbs Street in the center of Rockville, Maryland. Gibbs Street is named in honor of William Gibbs, Jr. whose advocacy of equal pay for African-American teachers in Montgomery County led to a precedent setting case with Thurgood Marshall as one of the lead attorneys.

The Bresler Resident Artist is encouraged to initiate community outreach with the VisArts and greater Rockville communities. Rockville is a progressive, diverse city in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It ranks nationally and state-wide as a leader in environmental sustainability and green power use. Rockville is recognized for its high quality of life, excellent schools, numerous public parks, well-educated, and culturally diverse population. Artists are encouraged to engage with local resources including:  Gibbs Street and history of William B. Gibbs, Jr., Rockville African-American history and heritage, City of Rockville, Beall-Dawson House and Museum, Montgomery College Visual and Performing Arts Departments, Montgomery College and local schools, Montgomery County Public Library, Potomac River/Rock Creek watershed, Rock Creek National Par, historic sites, organizations and groups in the DMV, support for virtual/on line experiences for a wide array of audiences ages and cultural orientations within Rockville’s very diverse community.

2021 Bresler Resident Artists will engage with the VisArts Social Justice Curatorial Fellow/Visual Activist who will write a contextual essay for the solo project exhibitions, visit studios, and engage with artists throughout their residencies.

 

 

Design & COVID-19 | featuring Rachel Smith, Dr. Bon Ku, Dr. Nzinga Harrison
Tuesday, September 29 • 1:15pm
presented by MICA

MICA Graphic Design presents MICA Design Talks, made possible by Betty Cooke.

Next week, Professor Ellen Lupton moderates a panel discussion with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, Rachel Smith and Dr. Bon Ku on Design and Covid-19. This conversation will discuss how designers have found novel ways to apply their skills in response to the public health crisis.

For full details on the series: https://mica-design-talks.org/Design-Covid-19

Meet the speakers:

Dr. Nzinga Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, a value-based provider of comprehensive, outpatient addiction treatment. She is pioneering the field of virtual patient care in the age of Covid-19.

Rachel Smith is a Latina UX Designer who founded Design to Combat COVID-19, a virtual community of over 2,000 creatives working globally to support communities affected by COVID-19. She also co-founded Masks for Docs, which delivers free PPE to health care workers and underserved communities globally. She is a Senior UX Designer at Nordstrom.

Dr. Bon Ku is the Marta and Robert Adelson Professor of Medicine and Design at Thomas Jefferson University. He is an emergency medicine physician and director of Jefferson’s Health Design Lab. He co-authored the book Health Design Thinking with Ellen Lupton (MIT Press, 2020).

 

 

Lang Wethington // Hotel Indigo | Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 30 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through October 15
presented by Maryland Art Place and Hotel Indigo

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo in celebrating new works by Maryland artist, Lang Wethington. Wethington’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. In addition to Wethington’s exhibition on view at Hotel Indigo, his work can also be viewed online Saturday, August 22 – October 15, on MAP’s new virtual gallery located on our website.

About the Artist:
Lang Wethington is an artist and educator who lives and works in Maryland. Whether painting abstract canvases in oil or portraits in watercolor, his pursuit of meticulous detail is a way to practice mindfulness. Lang’s work has been featured in a variety of group exhibits in Maryland and DC and can be found in dozens of private collections.

Artist Statement:
“My artistic practice is similar to meditation. When meditating, I focus on my breath. When my mind wanders, which it inevitably does, I try to catch it and bring it back to the breath. When painting, I try to focus on the line. When my hand wanders, which it inevitably does, I try to catch it and bring it back to the line. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I experience the feeling of being present.”

Due to COVID and the ever-changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org to reserve your spot

We hope to see you Wednesday, September 30 | from 5 – 7pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

 

 

Stephanie Garon: Recede the Plain | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 1 • 6:30-10:30pm
presented by Alchemy of Art

Please join us on Thursday October 1st 2020 in welcoming Recede of the Plain Installation by Stephanie Garon to also coincide with celebrating 7 years of The Alchemy of Art. This is our first Exhibit of an installation and it is something exciting to share with all of you. To come to the opening reception please signup for a time slot https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/904044aabae22a7f58-stephanie

Stephanie Garon’s latest body of work, Recede on the Plain, contains environmental installations which juxtapose industrial elements with natural materials sourced from Maryland. These ecological interruptions of landscapes, conventions, and time capture paradoxes like permanence and impermanence. As the pieces decompose, nature’s vulnerability succumbs to humanity’s intervention.

Garon’s work aligns with the Arte Povera movement. By incorporating untraditional materials like dirt and weeds into the sculptures, and exhibiting them within a gallery setting, the viewer must consider their own connection to their elements.


Recede on the Plain uses installations to reflect the impact of global climate change and environmental fragility on an intimate level. As sculptural planes and lines adjust with time, these deceptively formal pieces explore the complexity of humanity’s relationship to nature

 

 

Our Stories Virtual Festival
Thursday, October 1 • 7-9pm
presented by Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Celebrate our common humanity and the unique beauty of diverse experiences during this 6 week international community festival. 27 individuals from Baltimore to Bengaluru share their personal and cultural stories about life in quarantine, racism, relationships, social justice, empowerment, persistence, mortality, immigration, identity, courage, loneliness, and sustainable living through narrative, music, art, animation/video/short film, and more. See the schedule and learn more about the storytellers and their stories below.

If you require captioning during the event, please submit your request to asianarts@towson.edu at least 48 hours before the event.

Register: http://bit.ly/aacc-OurStories-Oct-1-register

• Jen Rolnick (Baltimore, MD) “I’m the Coronavirus”
• Ikenna Umeh (Baltimore, MD) “The Towers”
• Yuqi Wang (New York, NY) “Relationship”
• Shanthi & Aishwariya Chandrasekar (Montgomery County, MD) “Kolam”
• Martin Lamar (Lusaka, Zambia) “Lamar’s Graffiti”
• Jena Burchick (Baltimore, MD) “Dear Country”
• Marina Jansen (Frederick, MD) “The Dark Side of the Performing Arts”

 

 

Doors Open Baltimore Kick-Off Lecture: Aaron Henkin on Out of the Blocks
Friday, October 2 • 1-2pm
presented by Baltimore Architecture Foundation

BAF is proud to kick-off Doors Open Baltimore with a special presentation by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin, co-hosted with Baltimore Heritage.

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 ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Doors Open Baltimore is going all virtual in 2020 with a month’s worth of programming. Kicking off the festivities is Aaron Henkin, producer and co-host of WYPR’s award-winning Out of the Blocks.

Aaron will guide viewers behind the scenes of Out of the Blocks and share some of the incredible stories exploring Baltimore block-by-block and tuning into the city’s mosaic of soundscapes and voices.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support 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.

 

 

The Battle of Broken Mirrors – A Live, Virtual, Interactive Online Show
Friday, October 2 | Ongoing through November 1
presented by The Scattered Players

TICKETING INFORMATION:
~All showtimes are EST (Eastern Standard Time)
~General admission $20. Suggested age 13+

~A ticket purchase grants you a unique access link sent to you on the evening of your chosen show date.
~One ticket is good for an entire household sharing one laptop or tablet. Tickets cannot be shared or accessed by multiple devices.

*BOOKING A PARTY*: Adventure with your friends! 5 people required per party request. Each person in the party must purchase their tickets individually. Email thescatteredplayers@gmail.com with the email addresses of your party.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
From the creators of Shattered Space, The Scattered Players present their second show: THE BATTLE OF BROKEN MIRRORS – A Live, Virtual, Interactive Online Show.

The Battle of Broken Mirrors is a devised, collaborative show directed by Deirdre McAllister & Shattered Space alum Teresa Attridge. Conceived by Brett Messiora & expanded lore by Teresa Attridge, our show takes its audiences on an immersive journey inspired by the folktale “The Fauna of Mirrors: The Legend of Huang Di.” Rorrim, the World of Magic, and Aerith, the World of Alchemy (our world) originally existed in harmony together. When The Tiger, an elemental Evil, nearly destroyed us both, Emperor Huang Di saved our world from The Tiger by sealing our mirror portals, abandoning our alliance with Rorrim. Likewise, they too sealed themselves away, trapping The Tiger in a realm called The In | Between. Now, The Tiger is threatening to break out of The In | Between and feed on our fear, rage, sorrow, and hatred once more – and ultimately drive both worlds to destruction.

To defend the balance of the universe, the people of Earth are called upon to join members of The Heart of the Dragon, a secret society, to fight against The Tiger. Acting as allies, audience members will travel with a Guide to call upon the mythical beings of Rorrim and enlist their aid in the fight against evil.

Lead Engineer Chris Uehlinger will be building upon his innovative custom 3D web interface to create a stunning virtual room of refractions. At the start of the show, audience members will dive into the deep history of Rorrim and the war of The Night of No Reflection. Then, their Guide will take them to The In | Between to access the mirror portals to other realms. A completely immersive, interactive online experience, The Battle of Broken Mirrors combines the electricity of live performance with the fantasia of myth and legend.

Maximum capacity per show is 30, with audience members divided into six adventuring parties. In each party of 5, audience members will be accompanied by one member from The Heart of the Dragon as they work together to enlist the aid of the magical folk of Rorrim.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for content releases on the magical world of Rorrim!

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
For the optimal experience during your mission we recommend the following technical specifications and guidelines:

-We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer to access the web interface. A high powered tablet is second preferred, and any mobile device is third. However, the web platform will function using any device with internet access.
-The Google Chrome browser is required, except if you are using a mobile iOS device (iPad or iPhone) the Safari browser is required.
-For best results, open an “incognito” or “private” window before copy and pasting the access link provided. Note for some Windows users that the default browser may be Edge. If you’re unsure of your default browser, open Chrome first, then copy/paste your link.
-Make sure you are in an area with a strong WiFi or cellular service connection.
-Please close all other browser tabs and applications on your device. If you are able, make sure your device is plugged into a power source.

For questions about your tickets, access, or customer service – email us at thescatteredplayers@gmail.com.

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Cast & Crew

Producers: Chris Uehlinger, Matt Payne, Benjamin-Ernest Abraham, and Lance Bankerd
Lead Engineer: Chris Uehlinger
Directors: Teresa Attridge & Deirdre McAllister
Stage Manager: Katy Gentry
Composer & Sound Designer: Bobby Ge
Marketing: Donna Ibale

Ensemble: Alex Shade, Ashley Lauren Rogers, Brett Messiora, Caitlin Weaver, Derek Cooper, Emily Classen, Erika Quintana, Heiko Spieker, J Hargrove, Jenn Alexander, Jess Rivera, Kat Kaplan, Mani Yangilmau, Megan Livingston, Nina Kearin, Siobhan Beckett, Steve Barroga, Sydney Amanuel

 

 

New Constellations: Contemporary Neon Art | Socially Distanced Opening Reception
Saturday, October 3 • 5-9pm | Ongoing through October 31
presented by Cardinal Space

Even as neon has all but been replaced by digital media such as LED, artists continue to find this analog art form an attractive method by which to explore the intersection of text and image. New Constellations: Contemporary Neon Art features the work of seven artists—including three newly commissioned works—that use the medium of neon to translate thoughts, feelings, and visual research into physical form. In recognizing that neon is a commercial language, the artists in this exhibition help prompt certain questions about its use in contemporary art, including: what are the poetic capabilities of neon? If artists are using neon, are they still selling something, even if it’s an idea? And if neon signs are usually declarative and demarcating, how can contemporary versions not just reveal but also blur accepted truths, identities, and realities?

This exhibition takes place in public facing windows along a six block corridor of Bolton Street, from the 1800 to 1300 block, in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. All works in the exhibition will be visible each evening from 5-9 p.m. in their respective windows. This project format aligns with Cardinal’s in interrogating ideas about exhibition formats and the ways that art shapes space.Viewers are encouraged to take a walk along the six-block corridor of Bolton Street, as long as they feel safe and healthy, in order to view this exhibition.

 

 

F.E.A.S.T. 2020: a more than human world
Sunday, October 4 • 12-3pm
presented by VisArts

This year for F.E.A.S.T.: a more than human world, we invite you to attend a virtual celebration! We will begin this annual event with a cooking demo from artist Catherine Khamouane, followed by presentations from this year’s artists, and conclude by voting on who the 2020 F.E.A.S.T. winner will be! Guests are invited to dress up as their favorite more than human creature, and eat together while we hear from this year’s FEAST applicants.to register and learn more about this event, visit:
https://www.visartscenter.org/product/donate-to-feast-2019-survival/

 

 

Cordially Invited III: Celebrating Progressive Art Studios | Opening Reception + Artist Panel/Talks
Sunday, October 4 • 5-8pm | Ongoing online and in-person through November 4
presented by Make Studio

Make Studio is excited to bring back our annual event – Cordially Invited — an invitational exhibition and showcase of artists working at progressive art centers around the U.S. and the globe!

Once again, we’re pleased to be part of Free Fall Baltimore! This year’s celebration, like everything else, is a bit different. It centers on a hybrid exhibition (mostly online, part in our gallery), but will make for as packed and festive a month as you’ve come to expect.

As a reminder, Make Studio is one of just several dozen “progressive art studios” (also known as “art centers for persons with disabilities”) in operation in the world. The art produced in progressive art studios is often exciting and thought-provoking because it’s unexpected, and invites the art-loving public to better appreciate our neuro-diverse world. In 2020, progressive studios around the world have been adapting to the pandemic, and providing vital connection and expressive outlets for their artists, even when their physical studios are closed. (http://www.disparateminds.org/blog/2020/6/11/progressive-art-studios-adapt-to-the-pandemic)

Exhibiting artists this year come from 18 diverse local and more distant studios (including Make Studio). Stay tuned here as over the next few days we’ll introduce each of the studios, the link for this year’s online show, sneak peeks, and provide details about all our Cordially Invited features.

Free Fall Baltimore is presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council, and is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

 

 

The Baltimore Butterfly Sessions: Who Tells Baltimore’s Story?
Monday, October 5 • 7pm
presented by Baltimore Center Stage

What are the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of Baltimore? Where did those perceptions come from? Media representation is a powerful and persuasive tool used to showcase either the highlights or downfalls of prominent figures, events, and places. Baltimore is no exception in the ways the media can seriously impact a city and create stereotypes that can harm and separate communities. Baltimoreans have the power to change the dominant narrative, debunk the stereotypes, and grow together.

 

 

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