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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.

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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Mixed Media Speaker Series – Rights and Wrongs, Part 1 of 3 | Webinar
Tuesday, October 20 • 4pm
presented by MICA

“Rights and Wrongs” is a 3-part series that explores a range of perspectives, including the history of race in America and the Black Lives Matter movement, women’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, immigrant rights, public health vs. individual liberty, voter rights and voter access, freedom of speech and the arts, or other topics and approaches that connect to this theme.

Panelists for Part 1 include Xaviera Simmons, a visiting lecturer and the inaugural Solomon Fellow at Harvard University. Her interdisciplinary art practice is rooted in shifting definitions of landscape, character development; art, political and social histories and the interconnectedness of formal processes. Joining her is Dr. Martha S. Jones, a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. She is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. The event is co-hosted by Sheri Parks, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, and Chloe Green, General Fine Arts (Major) | MICA, ’21.

Register in advance at: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Queer Threads: Fresh Voices
Tuesday, October 20 • 6-7pm
presented by Transformer DC

A conversation with curator John Chaich and artists André Terrel Jackson and Zoe Schlacter exploring how queerness informs their thread-based fiber practices and works on view at The Corner at Whitman-Walker and Transformer. Moderated by Caroline Kipp, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Textile Museum, and Victoria Reis, Executive & Artist Director of Transformer. Hosted by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in collaboration with Transformer.



Thursday, October 22 • 10:30am
presented by Julio Fine Arts

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery of Loyola University Maryland invites you to join us on Thursday, October 22 at 10:30AM for a very special virtual artist talk by Mina Cheon, a global Korean new media artist, scholar, and educator who lives and works between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul. The talk, MINA CHEON ONE KOREA will explore Cheon’s new body of work Dreaming Unification: Protest for Peace along with an introduction to Cheon’s artistic progression and personal history. This program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (

Image above courtesy of Mina Cheon Studio (Photo by Cyrus Feldman)



Art in the Round
Friday, October 23 ; 7 pm
Suggested donation of $25

Art in the Round, presented by Title Sponsor Scientific Plant Service, is an art exhibit and auction benefiting the nonprofit The Arc Baltimore. It features 50 pieces created by local artists with developmental disabilities. Everything you need to register, bid on the art, contribute to our Color our World campaign, and view the virtual event can be found on our website.




ALEXA: SHORE AS IN CERTAIN | Show Opening** Postponed Date TBA
presented by Connect + Collect





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SHORE AS CERTAIN will be Alexis Economides’ & ALEXA’s first show following their undergraduate time at Goucher College & Anne Arundel Community College. Alexis Economides offers her lens into the rural world they both grew up in, and the world they are constantly re-imagining. With both artists hailing from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this show serves as a reckoning to ALEXA’s own sense of self-made pop-stardom, her feminine lineage, & her conflicted country upbringing.



The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Tarana Burke and Nadya Tolokonnikova
Thursday, October 22 • 6-8pm
presented by The BMA

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to imagine and create new possibilities for our lives in Baltimore and beyond. We invite you to dream with us during our landmark conversation series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), returning this month as a free online event featuring Tarana Burke, activist and founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement, and Nadya Tolokonnikova, conceptual artist and political activist.

Connect with us on Facebook, YouTube, or our website at to join the conversation, moderated by Jenna Wortham, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and co-host of the New York Times podcast Still Processing.

The evening begins with a performance by the interdisciplinary artist and musician JOJO ABOT and closes with a public Q&A and viewing of short films from the BMA Screening Room that were selected by the speakers.



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

** special code just for BmoreArt for $5 off a ticket! ** promo code: bmoreart

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.



Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival
Friday, October 23 | Ongoing through October 30
streaming online @ SNF Parkway

Butter the popcorn, grab a seat on your couch, Sweaty Eyeballs returns for the 2nd Annual festival of animated short films! This year the festival will be fully online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2nd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival will go live for online streaming October 23–30, 2020, in collaboration with the SNF Parkway Virtual Theatre in Baltimore. The festival will focus on independently produced short animations from across the globe, with a lean towards the quirky and boundary-pushing.

Tickets and Passes can be purchased online:

“Think 90’s MTV animation or modern-day Adult Swim content, more than classic Walt Disney features,” says Phil Davis, the festival’s founder and creative director, who is also a professor of animation at Towson University. “Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is the only one of its kind in the region, and a rarity on the east coast.”

Since 2012, Davis and his “Sweaty Eyeballs” moniker have been carrying the torch of the animation scene in the Mid-Atlantic with original, one-night-only, animation programming and live performances in Baltimore. Many of the series’ veteran artists have gone on to earn critical acclaim at large festivals like Sundance, and nominations at the Academy Awards. Now in its 9th year, the beloved series will partner with the Maryland Film Festival again to launch the seven-day festival of animation in an online platform, supported by area universities, arts organizations and businesses.

The list of films in the international competition at the Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival includes 80 animated shorts in total from 28 countries. The festival’s opening night Animated Music event will showcase six brand new music videos featuring the best of the Baltimore music scene and animation created by Baltimore artists and students. The festival’s signal film (trailer) was created “exquisite corpse” style by 15 Baltimore animators. In addition to the international juried programming, there will be a dedicated screening of 18 Baltimore-made animations. Due to the restrictions of in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic the festival has invited seven animators from around the world to create behind the scenes Remote Animator Studio Tour Videos, followed by a screening of short films from the participants.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is generously supported by Towson University, Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County along.

For more information on Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, visit:



Phoenix Art Yard Outdoor Art Market
Every Sunday • 12-6pm, rain or shine
@ Phoenix Art Yard :: 1320 Bayard Street (21230)

Baltimore’s NEW Art Market
!Mask Required!
Sunday’s 12pm-6pm – FREE Entry – Music, artist vendors, and local food*.

Message us for a vendor spot!

*no live music, food; size of market will be reduced until Covid restrictions are lifted



Baltimore Open Studio Tour | Virtual
Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the schedule and participants of the 32nd annualBaltimore Open Studio Tour, occurring on Saturday,October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2020. This year the tour will be virtual, featuring a weekend full of studio tours, artist talks, demos, performances and art exhibitions on BOPA’s Facebook. The artists and galleries featured in Baltimore Open Studio Tour will showcase graphic art, woodwork, dance, glassblowing, textiles and more. Baltimore Open Studio Tour is an annual showcase of artist studios throughout Baltimore City, held each October as part of Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council and produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

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. The weekend virtual festivities include video tours of participating artists’ studios, Lunch Live! Inside the Artist Studio, artist panel discussions, and the extended “B2020” virtual art exhibition. The list of participating artists, as well as the full weekend schedule, is available below. Sample artwork, artist and studio images are available to download here.

The artist tours and conversations will be available to stream on BOPA’s Facebook throughout the weekend. Visit for more information about Baltimore Open Studio Tour.

Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), is held each October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, and showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. This year, Free Fall Baltimore will occur as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events all month through Saturday, October 31, 2020. Visit to see the schedule of events and participating organizations.



Something Wonderful is About to Happen | Reception
Saturday, October 24 • 10am-12pm
@ Exeter Gallery :: 241 South Exeter Street (21202)

A three-person exhibition featuring the work of Marybeth Chew, Ilenia Madelaire, and Virginia Fleming.

Exeter is hosting two IRL Receptions in the coming days. One this Friday the 16th, from 5-7pm and one next Saturday the 24th, from 10am-Noon. ‘Something Wonderful is about to Happen’ featuring Marybeth Chew, Ilenia Madelaire, and Virginia Fleming. @marybeth_chew @bankrupt_circus @chunlivf @exetergallery

There will be outside distanced seating. Small groups of up to 4 persons will be admitted into the gallery for 10 minute sessions. Masks required

On view through October 31st by appointment only. Message through Instagram, exetergallery, or email to schedule your visit.

When this show was conceived in late 2019 the title was originally a joke about a self-help mantra.

The events of the last eight months have dramatically shifted so many things. This title, however, seems more apropos than ever. As anxieties have mounted, and a large part of our population is calling for change, this phrase has shifted too from sardonic humor to both an ardent hope and a desperate cry.

The ‘uneasy narratives’ painted by Marybeth Chew, Ilenia Madelaire, and Virginia Fleming are also ways of containing, finding humor, catharsis, confronting, and asserting new ways of viewing disquieting subjects, emotions, and experience.

These women are painters of uneasy narratives, power dynamics, and voyeurism. Figuration and representation are the mediators to the alternate worlds occupying the paintings. The figures are victims and transgressors, lovers and villains, participating unselfconsciously in their worlds, to be exposed, looked at, and interpreted. Humor buffers the vulnerabilities and the antipathy present in the disturbing narratives.

Culling from B movies’ film imagery, Marybeth Chew paints the apex of private moments charged with exaggerated, artificial drama – leaving us as spectators and participants of an impending eruption. The tension resides in the figures’ malleable expressions, brimming with possibilities.

Ilenia Madelaire’s bright colors and cartoony approach subvert their cheerful allusions and confront the viewer with psychological discomfort. Satire, myth, and symbolism bring forth a judgment without accusation, of both our external world in which we exist, and the world in the painting. She asks how we too have become complicit in transgressive acts.

Virginia Fleming’s deceptively simple and lighthearted figurations depict a joyfully dark world. A disorientation surfaces, and we no longer have bearings to ground us to what we thought we knew.

Suddenly we are transported into her voyeuristic fascinations, evasive and unsafe.



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Bromo Artist Survey & Directory
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is pleased to support the Bromo District’s efforts in building a comprehensive Directory specific to individual artists. The Bromo Artist Directory will provide artists with free marketing and publicity and will be housed permanently on their up and coming website. To get involved please take this short 10-minute survey which will provide Bromo vital feedback on future programming, initiatives, and resources for artists. Click here to access the survey.



Red Bull Arts Microgrant: Baltimore | Call for Entry
rolling deadline | November + December cycles still available
sponsored by Red Bull

Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally. This initiative directly supports our community of artists through providing unrestricted aid. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in 19 cities across the United States.

Microgrant Program Award Details:

  • On a monthly basis, a lump-sum $1,000 grant given to two artists based in Baltimore County or Baltimore City.
  • Potential opportunity to share projects through Red Bull Arts social channels.

Eligibility and Expectations:

  • Open to artists aged 18+
  • Artists must be residing and working in Baltimore County or Baltimore City for the last year, at minimum. Applicants must be able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status.
  • Both individual artists and groups can apply. Groups that apply together will collectively receive one $1,000 grant.

Application Guidelines:

  • Applications are open on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants who have applied in the past and were not selected are encouraged to reapply. There is no requirement to wait a certain amount of time since your last application.
  • You may not apply if you have received a Microgrant from Red Bull Arts in the last six months.
  • Please provide a CV or resume (if you are not able to do so or do not have a CV or resume you may submit without one); a portfolio of 1-4 examples of your work; and a letter of purpose which states why the Micro-Grant is important to you now and how it will impact your work.


Register for Poetry Out Loud
deadline November 2
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

For the 2020-2021 year, the Maryland State Poetry Out Loud competition will be held virtually! Students (who want to independently participate), educators, and community organizers are encouraged to register indicating their intent to student submit poetry recitation videos for competition consideration. Poetry Out Loud is a great opportunity for a remote and hybrid student learning project. You can showcase your students’ creativity in a new, fun, digitally engaging way! To view the full Poetry Out Loud schedule, webinar recordings, and more important information, go to

Poetry Out Loud | Call for Judges and Coaches
deadline November 2
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of supporting students, parents, and educators through the Poetry Out Loud competition. MSAC selects pre-regional, regional, and state judges and coaches with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in supporting students throughout all levels of the competition. In particular, MSAC seeks theater artists, educators, professors, arts journalists, writers, actors, librarians, slam poets, and general poetry lovers as Poetry Out Loud judges and coaches. Judges and coaches must be Maryland residents.

Selected judges and coaches serve a one-year term.

Judges and coaches receive modest compensation for their service.



Windows into the Virtual and Augmented Reality | Call for Exhibition
deadline November 7
sponsored by LoosenArt

Since the Renaissance period the concept of frame itself has been a reference to the idea of a window that opens to external worlds, to others, and to what is beyond reality. With the invention of the photographic medium, and cinematography later, the first virtual reality constructions come to be. These are capable of involving the recipient / spectator in a more participatory way thanks to an aesthetic and narrative arrangement that favors a direct, and at the same time illusory, experience of a specular real world.

Augmented reality today represents a further development of this immersion:a reality where the participant (no longer just a spectator) interacts with avatars and virtual constructions.



Holiday Show | Call for Entry
deadline November 8
sponsored by The Arts Collective

The Holiday Show is one of our favorites! All artwork is priced $150 and under and can be taken home at the point of sale. Craft artists are encouraged to show off their wares!

CURRENT MEMBERS: $10 for entry of 1-2 pieces; must fit in a 3′ x 2′ space *bring 2 backup pieces

CURRENT MEMBERS: $25 for entry of up to 6 pieces, must fit within a 6′ x 6′ space *bring 2 backup pieces

NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERS: $25, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)

NEW STUDENT MEMBERS AND RENEWING STUDENT MEMBERS: $15, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)



UNDER $500 | Call for Entry
deadline November 13
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming winter benefit exhibition. On Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, 2020, this two-day event will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region.

The exhibition will include approximately 1-3 works by each artist (scale dependant – in the case of smaller works more than 3 pieces may be accepted). Each individual piece will retail for $500 or less. Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the event. Artists who plan to attend must RSVP, please email to reserve your spot!  Selected artists will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form to fill out inquiring anecdotal information to help better engage patrons with the artists and their work. UNDER $500 is MAP’s winter benefit. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 between Maryland Art Place and the artist. For the full prospectus and application click HERE



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.

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.



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