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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 attended 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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2021 Maryland Heritage Awards | Call for Nominations
deadline October 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for 2021 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony. Nominations are due Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account here.

Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is significant, and past contributions to that traditional practice. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria here.

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. See a list of past winners here.



Let’s Build The Patterson Theater out of Legos!
deadline September 24
Creative Alliance Kickstarter Campaign

We’ve got a crazy idea to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Help us build the first Lego Landmark in Baltimore – The Patterson Theater!

2020 is our 25th Anniversary year. We had HUGE plans for a year-long party but the reality has been pretty different. We had to shut our doors, cancel incredible programs, drastically cut our budget, transfer our youth classes online, and start from scratch with virtual programming.

We are lucky to be a small and nimble organization and we have adapted quickly to the new challenges. We created a slew of new programs to directly support Baltimore artists and communities in need, but we’ve also had to cut all the extra fun we had planned for our birthday year.

So here’s our request: help us create a birthday present for Creative Alliance – A LEGO Patterson!

Do you know that Brick Master Mel Brown (from the hit show Lego Masters) is a Maryland resident? Mel is standing by ready to build, build, build! We just need the LEGO’S! And to make this scale replica we need a TON of LEGO’s! This is where you (and this Kickstarter campaign) come in!

The 4 ft scale replica will include the theater, marquee lounge, BUS sculpture, resident studios, main gallery, and more! This videos of the build and final legostructure building will allow us to launch a larger fundraising for campaign to make sure we have enough funds to keep our programs running, adapting, and are safe as we slowly start to reopen our doors.



Baltimore Open Studio Tour | Call for Applications
deadline September 13
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that the 32nd annual Baltimore Open Studio Tour will occur virtually the weekend of October 24-25, 2020. Baltimore Open Studio Tour is an annual showcase of artist studios throughout Baltimore City, held each October as part of Free Fall Baltimore and in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month. Baltimore Open Studio Tour invites the public into artists’ workspaces to view or purchase original works of art, meet the artists, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their creative processes. This year, due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic, the tour will feature a weekend full of virtual studio tours, artist talks and art exhibitions across BOPA’s social media platforms on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Transforming this annual in-person event to a virtual experience allows Baltimore City artists to showcase their work, studio, and creative process to the Baltimore community and beyond. Twenty artists and galleries will be featured in Baltimore Open Studio Tour this year. Applications for artists to participate in Baltimore Open Studio Tour are available here and due by Sunday, September 13, 2020.


All practicing artists with studios within the Baltimore City limits are eligible to participate.


Application Deadline: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Participant Notification: Monday, September 21, 2020
Open Studio Tour: Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25, 2020

Fee: There is no registration fee to apply this year for participation in Open Studio Tours.

Participating artists and galleries will receive digital promotional postcards and their studio information will be featured in a virtual map produced by BOPA, to be included on BOPA’s website and blog. More information about eligibility, application requirements and participation in Baltimore Open Studio Tour is available here.



MASKerade | Call for Entry
deadline 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.


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.

Masks may be picked up Monday – Friday at: Jill Andrews Gowns 3355 Keswick Rd, Baltimore MD 21211 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

You may be as creative as you would like!

If you are unable to pick up a mask please contact to make alternate arrangements.

If you do not have a Google account email for a PDF version of the application.

PICK UP PROTOCOL: Masks can be picked up September 5th to September 30. They can be picked up Monday – Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm. We are following the general CDC protocol conduct. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and be thoughtful of others. Fill out and sign the sheet on the clipboard with your corresponding packet number, name, cell number and email contact. PLEASE only take ONE mask. If you are picking up for another artist, have their info available and fill out the paperwork accordingly. The front door to the lobby will be unlocked; there will not be time slots to pick up. If you are unable to pick up a mask from the specified location, we will work with you to arrange shipment.

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS: The masks will be flat, with all edges finished except the chin dart. The chin dart can be stapled, taped or sewn to make the 3-D effect. Twill and tap e will be included and threaded through the channels (this is how the mask is secured to the face). Be as creative as you like!

SUBMISSION DETAILS AND TIMELINE: When submitting an image of your mask, you MUST take a high-quality image of your completed mask on a white backdrop. (a high res iphone/or similar device image is fine). Any images taken on a different substrate are subject to exclusion.


Monday, August 24:  Release Call to Artists & Community to Participate
MASK PICKUP: August 28 and 29 OR September 3, 4 & 5  10am to 5pm
Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 24 by 5pm
Saturday, November 7: Auction Launch 10am
Friday, November 13: Auction closes 10pm
Tuesday, November 17 – Saturday, November 21: Mask Drop Off



Gutierrez Memorial Fund 2020 Legacy Grant | Call for Entry
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



BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Memory
Tuesday, September 8 • 12-12:45pm
hosted by National Museum of Women in the Arts and Baltimore Museum of Art

What makes a memory? Join artist Hyeyoung Shin, in conversation with educators from the BMA and National Museum for Women in the Arts for this talk show that will explore how contemporary artists use their work to document, recover, and create personal and collective memory.

WATCH LIVE on the BMA and NMWA Facebook pages.



Art Sets Your Imagination Free: LACs 1st Annual Art Fundraiser
Thursday, September 10 • 7-8:30pm
presented by Leadership and Arts Coalition

LACs 1st Annual Art Fundraiser

About this Event

The ART SETS YOUR IMAGINATION FREE: 1st Annual Art Fundraising Event will take place September 10, 2020. The celebration will begin at 7:00 PM ET for all to enjoy. Be sure to download the calendar reminder to mark your calendar for the event!

Who Should Attend

This online event is for art enthusiasts of all ages. Creators, consumers, and connoisseurs alike. We will all be gathering to celebrate art in its most expressive form, true.

How Does it Work

Follow LAC on your favorite social media platform.

Visit on September 10th, 7:00PM.


Visit LACs YouTube channel on September 10th, 7:00PM.

Watch for free … Give what you can.

Tell a friend. Two dollars is too easy.

What Now

You can visit LACs website,, before the event to see the organizations and individuals working together to build better.

We look forward to your participation!



Jill Sisson Quinn Book Talk
Thursday, September 10 • 7pm
hosted by Goucher College
To Join:

The M.F.A. in Nonfiction Program is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 10, at 7 p.m. EDT with Jill Sisson Quinn, M.F.A. ’08, about her second collection of essays. Jill will talk about writing about nature and the inner landscape — and how essays can combine those two worlds.

Sign Here If You Exist and Other Essays is the winner of the Ohio State University Press Journal Non/Fiction Prize. It’s one of several honors Jill has won for her work, including the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, a John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011, Best American Essays 2016, Orion Magazine, and Kenyon Review. She’s also the author of Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan.

This conversation with Jill is the first of a series of webinars we’ll have with Goucher M.F.A. graduates about their new books and other projects.



Geometric Aljamía and Source Material | Virtual Opening Receptions
Friday, September 11 • 6-7pm
presented by Howard County Arts Council

In conjunction with HCAC’s Road to the Arts kick-off, join us for a virtual reception for our current gallery exhibits, Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration and Source Material. The event will feature artist talks via Zoom.
Download a free Road to the Arts map here:

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit



Jewelry Edition Vol. 5 | Opening Reception
Friday, September 11 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through October 17
presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Jewelry Edition, a traveling pop-up exhibition of contemporary jewelry featuring the work of eight jewelry artists. Jewelry Edition will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from September 11 to October 17 with an opening reception on Friday, October 11 from 6 to 9pm. The opening will be both in person and online. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center, which had served the metalsmithing and art jewelry community in the Baltimore area for twenty-two years. Today, the nonprofit is providing a rigorous academic program and robust studio access program for metal and jewelry artists.

Jewelry Edition is a traveling retail exhibition of contemporary jewelry that offers an in-depth look at the work of eight artists. Jewelry Edition is a project co-founded by contemporary art jewelers Kat Cole and Laura Wood to support and promote the work of early career jewelry artists and artists who wish to exhibit a new collection of jewelry work. Now in its fifth iteration, each Jewelry Edition features new artists, pop-up venues and collaborative opportunities. The diversity of the jewelry field grows larger and more exciting every year and this exhibition highlights the work that contributes to the ever-evolving scope of contemporary adornment. Artists featured in Jewelry Edition, Vol. 5 are: Amelia Toelke, Aric Verrastro, Jillian Moore, Kat Cole, Laura Wood, Megan McGaffigan, Tanya Crane, and Taylor Zarkades King. All work is for sale.

“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the only art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “Jewelry Edition is an exciting project that highlights emerging talent in the field of contemporary art jewelry.”



Fresh Talk: Righting the Balance—Culinary Justice
Sunday, September 13 • 4:30-6pm
presented by National Museum for Women in the Arts

Join us for a virtual conversation about the gender inequity that pervades the culinary industry. Celeste Beatty, the first Black woman brewery owner in America and founder of Harlem Brew; Chef Jenny Dorsey, interdisciplinary visual artist and professional chef; and Ashley Rose Young, Historian of the American Food History Project at the National Museum of American History will explore how creativity, ingenuity, and networking can create opportunities to level the field.

Required. General Admission $10; Members, Adults 65+, and Students $5.


Part of the 3rd annual MakeHER Summit, this Fresh Talk is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change public program initiative. The MakeHER Summit is a two-day celebration of women makers, artisans, and creative entrepreneurs in the DMV area. This year’s programming focuses especially on women in the culinary industry.

The Women, Arts, and Social Change public programs initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and the Susan and Jim Swartz Public Programs Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



header image: from Jewelry Edition's Facebook page

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