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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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AACC Visual Arts Faculty Online Showcase
Ongoing on Instagram
presented by Anne Arundel Community College

Exhibit Dates and Location
Work will be posted daily, M-F, starting Oct 26th on the Cade Gallery Instagram account: @cadegalleryaacc

About the Exhibit
This online exhibit will highlight recent works by Anne Arundel Community College’s visual arts faculty. This Fall’s exhibit, “New Works,” includes works created in the past few years by the vibrant artists teaching in AACC’s visual arts department. The works will include photography, drawing, sculpture, painting, ceramics, print making, design, video, and more.

Artists
Dawn C. Bond, Marybeth Chew, Julia Clouser, Erik Dunham, James Fitzsimmons, Zoe Friedman, David Friedheim,Teddy Johnson, Brian Kelley, Matt Klos, Jin Lee, Lindsay McCulloch, Chris Mona, Matthew Moore, Jared Donovan Paolini, Jason Piccoli, Sara Allen Prigodich, Margaret Rorison, Wilfredo Valladares, Joe Yablonsky

The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is focused by theme or medium.

Cade Art Gallery, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
http://www.aacc.edu/campus-life/visit-an-art-show/cade-center-gallery/

Image Details
Artist: Wilfredo Valladares
Artwork:”Unmasked” series
Medium: Mixed Media

 

 

Inheritance by Kim Rice | Private Tours with Jeffrey Kent
ongoing through January 2021
@ The Peale Center

Reservations and masks required, FREE

Please request a private tour by using the form at the bottom of this page. Review our safety questionnaire before making your reservation. Can’t make it to the Peale in person? Subscribe for our weekly emails to be among the first to get the link to the forthcoming virtual tour of this exhibition!

Inheritance by Kim Rice was scheduled prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the heinous murders of yet more Black people, some by police, including Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd,  and Breonna Taylor. In our present historical moment of facing the race divides of America and how black and brown people have been continuously discriminated against; it is the pivotal time to applify as many voices as possible around the discussion of equal justice and de-investing police funds to invest in real social change in marginalized communities. For years we have seen examples of activism through artwork, but, rarely from white artists specifically informed by their privilege as a white person. In this exhibit Rice takes the unique approach of not trying to tell a story that does not relate to her personal story while confronting racism and  white privilege.

> See the works from this exhibition on the artist’s website. 

Kim Rice confronts her white privilege and how her privilege has everything to do with the many opportunities that have been awarded to her through an in depth examination of the systems that keep her privilege strong. Inheritance is informed by Rice’s exploration of how her “fair” complexion is exactly the cause of so much inequality for others not fortunate enough to look like her. In this exhibition of artworks created over the past decade up to present you will be confronted with the harsh realities of systemic racism from the perspective of a white American woman whose ancestors enslaved hundreds of humans for hard labor.

In her research, Rice has discovered documents such as the will of her ancestor, William Venable, that identifies enslaved humans as property. Rice’s white skin represents a legacy of generational wealth built upon the disenfranchisement of others; as all white skin does. ‘Family Values 2’ the Last Will and Testament of William Venable casts a shadow on the wall, as racism and salvery have cast a shadow across generations of United States Americans.

Rice’s artwork practice includes exploration of medium; she has created large scale artworks constructed singularly of woven paper, zip ties, handcut maps, or boot straps. Each artwork investigates a unique medium and another layer of Rice’s inherited privilege, and the inherited disenfranchisement of the “other.”

 

 

THE TENDER INTERVAL (Virtual Exhibition)
ongoing through November 14
presented by Diverse Works

Sara Dittrich’s The Tender Interval creates a meditative experience that encourages the audience to slow down, engage in sensory perception, and find poetic refuge in moments of crisis. This newly commissioned series of multi-sensory experiences uses the body’s circulatory system as a means of fielding questions about close listening and ecological healing. Through her work, Dittrich engages in repetitive gestures, video, and sculpture to focus on the body’s circadian rhythms using biosensors as performative objects to track heartbeats and footsteps. The Tender Interval offers participants (and viewers) an opportunity to contemplate how the pace of our bodies’ physical processes are often determined by our surroundings.

This virtual project builds on Dittrich’s past works Turn of the Tide (2019) and Going/Staying (2015-17) in which she uses interactive bio-sensors to record everyday rhythms of life. The Tender Interval features two different durational performances designed and choreographed by Dittrich, with opportunities for viewers to activate the works online in real-time through coded Twitch Chat commands, and includes a sound composition titled, Undulated Vector Raise-Song for Earth by Houston-based artist Li. All activities will air through live streaming via Twitch.tv. on Sara Dittrich Twitch.TV Channel. Performances will run from September 23 – November 14, 2020.

The Tender Interval is commissioned by DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas, and curated by Ashley DeHoyos.

STREAM SCHEDULE

Tune in anytime between the designated hours to view and interact with the performances. All times are Central time.

Please note, the stream will alternate between two durational performances, each approximately 25 minutes long with a 5 minute intermission between each performance.

Thursday, October 1 – Saturday, November 14

7-9 pm CST Thursdays and 12-2 pm CST Saturdays
Live-streamed performances will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

 

 

Contemporary Voices: Aram Han Sifuentes | Virtual Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 26 • 6-7pm
presented by GW Textile Museum

confronts social and racial injustices created by and through institutions and governments. In this virtual presentation, Han Sifuentes will guide us through her practice, and how she employs fiber and performance to reimagine inclusive systems of civic engagement and belonging.

Speaker Bio:
Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion and protest.

Han Sifuentes earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2020-2021 Artist in Residence at Loyola University, Chicago.

Image of Aram Han Sifuentes. Photo by Virginia Harold.

 

 

7th Annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival
Wednesday, October 28 | Ongoing through November 7
presented by SOGAA Inc

Founded in 2014, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival is produced by the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt social /service organization: SOGAA, Inc. Our mission is to support unity in the community and foster education with the best in independent film-making while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of Baltimore City. With its unique paring of films by African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) communities, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a dual purpose of educating the community while providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally. The 1st Annual BIBFF was held at the historic Charles Theatre, the only theatre of its kind in Baltimore. The Charles Theatre with its 1150-seat, 23,000 square-foot movie house is located in one of Charles Street’s most historic buildings and is only minutes away for the Baltimore Harbor in addition to numerous restaurants, bars, museums and attractions. The BIBFF is truly a “Charm City” event blending entertainment and education in the greater Baltimore area through a uniquely diverse cinematic experience. The inaugural Baltimore International Black Film Festival was held December 3-5th 2014.

With its unique paring of films highlighting the experiences of African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a much needed purpose of providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally. The 5th Annual BIBFF will be on held October 2-8, 2018 at the historic Charles Theatre, the Murphy Fine Arts Center, the Motor House and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Tickets to the festival are powered exclusively by EvolutionTIX. For more information contact the festival box office and customer service center at 1-844-4 B I BI F F 1 (1-844-424-2331).

 

 

Unexpected Kinship: A Conversation with Cheryl Goldsleger and Sarah Tortora, moderated by Fran Kaufman
Wednesday, October 28 • 6pm
presented by C. Grimaldis Gallery

In conjunction with C. Grimaldis Gallery’s current solo exhibitions, we would like to present Unexpected Kinships, a conversation between artists Cheryl Goldsleger and Sarah Tortora, moderated by curator and art advisor Fran Kaufman.

In an exploration of the inescapable relationship individuals and societies have with place and location, Cheryl Goldsleger’s intricate topographical paintings offer a unique vantage point for the viewer to understand the myriad forces at play upon the global landscape and its inhabitants. Sarah Tortora is inspired by canonical statues, urban infrastructure, and museological displays, to create mixed media sculptures which reimagine allegorical motifs from a contemporary lens.

Please join us on Wednesday October 28th at 6PM on Zoom for this virtual conversation. We look forward to your presence and participation!

 

 

Mason Jar Press: The Horror Is Us Anthology Release Celebration
Wednesday, October 28 • 6:30pm
presented by The Ivy Bookshop

The Ivy is pleased to welcome Majon Jar Press in celebration of their new anthology, The Horror is Us. This event will take place on Zoom.

Click here to register for the event!

Click here to purchase the book!

The Horror is Us is an anthology about monsters and the monstrous things that grow from us—individually and together. It examines the horrors we experience and put each other through. The authors within this creeping collection demonstrate an eye for taking our world and adjusting the picture of it until we can see the gleaming teeth that were always there. A mix of killers, the supernatural, and everyday fears play out in these short stories that blend the aesthetics of slasher films, ghost stories, campfire tales, and thrillers. The Horror is Us gives a view into other people’s fears and asks us to feel that fear with them.

 

 

Gillian Laub: Southern Rites | Virtual Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 28 • 7-8pm | Ongoing through December 12
presented by UMBC Center For Art, Design And Visual Culture

In conjunction with the exhibition Southern Rites at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (October 15–December 12), artist Gillian Laub will present a virtual tour of the exhibition.

American photographer Gillian Laub (b. 1975) has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness.

A link to the online event will be provided.

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UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents Southern Rites by Gillian Laub, on display from October 15 through December 12.

American photographer Gillian Laub (b. 1975) has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. In Southern Rites, Laub engages her skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and visual activist to examine the realities of racism and raise questions that are simultaneously painful and essential to understanding the American consciousness.

In 2002, Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. The town, nestled among fields of Vidalia onions, symbolized the archetype of pastoral, small town American life. The Montgomery County residents Laub encountered were warm, polite, protective of their neighbors, and proud of their history. Yet Laub learned that the joyful adolescent rites of passage celebrated in this rural countryside — high school homecomings and proms — were still racially segregated.

Laub continued to photograph Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of growing — and eventually violent — resistance from community members and local law enforcement. She documented a town held hostage by the racial tensions and inequities that scar much of the nation’s history. In 2009, a few months after Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Laub’s photographs of segregated proms were published in The New York Times Magazine. The story brought national attention to the town and the following year the proms were finally integrated. The power of her photographic images served as the catalyst and, for a moment, progress seemed inevitable.

Then, in early 2011, tragedy struck the town. Justin Patterson, a twenty-two-year-old unarmed African American man — whose segregated high school homecoming Laub had photographed — was shot and killed by a sixty-two-year-old white man. Laub’s project, which began as an exploration of segregated high school rituals, evolved into an urgent mandate to confront the painful realities of discrimination and structural racism. Laub continued to document the town over the following decade, during which the country re-elected its first African American president and the ubiquity of camera phones gave rise to citizen journalism exposing racially motivated violence. As the Black Lives Matter Movement and national protests proliferated, Laub uncovered a complex story about adolescence, race, the legacy of slavery, and the deeply rooted practice of segregation in the American South.

Southern Rites is a specific story about twenty-first century young people in the American South, yet it poses a universal question about human experience: can a new generation liberate itself from a harrowing and traumatic past to create a different future?

 

 

Refracted: Family, Memory, and The Glass Menagerie
Thursday, October 29 • 7pm
presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Join BCS for our first Bridge Series reading of the season as we dive into Tennessee Williams’ time honored classic —The Glass Menagerie.

Amari Cheatom (Jitney National Tour, Django Unchained) and Nicole Ari Parker (Empire, Chicago P.D.) will play Tom and Amanda in all of their iconic scenes. These performances will be followed by a discussion amongst leading theatrical scholars moderated by Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra about The Glass Menagerie’s lasting impact on the American Theater Canon and how memory shapes the stories we tell.

This event is free for members and pay what you will starting at $10 for non members.

Baltimore Center Stage is excited to bring you this brand-new series of virtual gatherings that explores the interconnectedness of classic and contemporary theater through readings and discussions between artists and scholars. In this series, we’ll explore classic texts, reflect on the rich production history of BCS, and dive deeper into the elusive artistic process. These are live events and you’ll have the chance to get your questions answered from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced folks in the business!

 

 

The Great Halloween Lantern & Día de Los Muertos Parade
Saturday, October 31 • 6:30-7:30pm
presented by Creative Alliance

This year we’re bringing the parade into the neighborhoods of Southeast Baltimore! Decorate your stoop, create lanterns at home, cheer on the parade!

Our car parade will wind its way through Southeast Baltimore, with music, massive glowing lanterns, bubbles, decorated vehicles, Día de Los Muertos inspired floats and sculptures, flowers, lights, and special pop-up Sidewalk Serenade performances located along the parade route to keep the energy moving.

Stay tuned for the car parade route and more ways for you to engage safely. 

Earlier that day:
Día de Los Muertos Virtual Celebration | SAT OCT 31 | 11am | Facebook Live!
Join the Artesanas of Creative Alliance to learn about the history and traditions of Día de Los Muertos. Watch beautiful dance performances, see glowing altars, explore the differences between Halloween and the Day of the Dead, and much more!

In All Transparency | Projection
Saturday, October 31 • 6:30pm
@ Gallery CA

Join us for the socially distant, outdoor projection display.

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 the open call, artists and activist will create mail art, shedding 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 vellum envelopes; when displayed on a light table, the envelopes will make transparent the various messages and perspectives of the makers. The documented mail art messages will be projected large scale in a loop outside Gallery CA 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 Ohio or Florida, a family member or politician. In All Transparency engages with the history of mail art during this time of physical isolation and social solidarity.

In All Transparency is a projected created a curated by artist Diane Kuthy.

 

 

Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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Adopt a Poll Center | Call for Volunteers
sponsored by Baltimore Votes + The BeMore Lab

Baltimore Votes and The BeMore Lab are teaming up to bring fun, energy, and enthusiasm to the polls during the 2020 election!

This election is monumental, and they need YOUR help to keep every person at the polls.

Adopt a Vote Center during Early Voting week and on Tuesday, November 3 to:

Get folks pumped up to vote

Encourage voters to stay in line

Celebrate democracy

Sign up on your own or with a group of friends. T-shirts, snacks, and swag will be provided. To learn more about what adopting a vote center entails, see here.

 

 

Call for Vendors
sponsored by Station North Arts District

In an effort to support Baltimore based artists, craftspeople and other small businesses, the Station North Arts District, Central Baltimore Partnership and Theatre Parking, Inc are teaming up to provide a safe, socially distanced holiday market in the parking garage on North Charles Street across the street from the Charles Theatre. Our goal is to help small businesses reach new customer bases in a safe, socially distanced, fun and creative environment. We are looking for artists, crafts people, jewelry designers, beauty product entrepreneurs, and more to set up shop!

The Station North Holiday Market will operate Friday-Sunday from 3:00pm – 7:00pm every weekend, with vendor stall openings starting Friday, December 4th to Sunday, December 27th, with the exclusion of December 25th. Vendors will be able to book one weekend at a time in their vendor booth for $25/day, or $75 for the full weekend. Once a vendor has booked for a weekend, they will be expected to be present for the open hours of the market every day of that weekend. We will also have staff support each day. Participating multiple weekends may be possible depending on availability and scheduling. If the vendor fee or schedule prohibits you from participating, please get in touch with us by emailing Maura Dwyer, program coordinator for Station North at mdwyer@centralbaltimore.org

We are accepting vendors who live and work across Baltimore City, with a percentage of vendors going to Station North-connected artists.

 

 

Call for Musicians
sponsored by Station North Arts District

The Station North Arts & Entertainment District is hiring musicians (solo/duo acts) to perform outside in the Design for Distance outdoor dining area along the 1700 block of Charles St.

This will be an outdoor, 3 – hour session, socially distant, while folks are eating dinner (could be 6 – 9pm, or 5 – 8pm, we can work with each person) or later in December, inside the garage for the Holiday Market. All musicians are asked to wear masks and need to provide their own gear. We will have access to power through nearby buildings/extension cords.  Dates are Friday or Saturday evenings starting now through end of December. If you have questions or concerns please contact Maura at mdwyer@centralbaltimore.org

 

 

Legacy Grant | Call for Entry
deadline October 30
sponsored by Gutierrez Memorial Fund

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

 

 

MASKerade | Call for Submissions
deadline *extended* October 30
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

Join us for MASKerade Baltimore – a virtual silent auction and exhibition hosted by the Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund to raise awareness and funds for issues facing the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing arts and culture events, and supporting LGBTQ youth with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs. Funds from MASKerade will be used to establish an endowment, ensuring vital support for LGBTQ youth programs in perpetuity.

To view the silent auction, LIVE on November 7, or to register to bid click HERE

More than 100 artists and non-artists picked up canvas masks in August and September and are now in the process of transforming them into works of art!

 

 

Scale Your Passion: a BCAN Pilot Pre-Accelerator
deadline November 1
sponsored by Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network

Scale Your Passion (SYP) is a pre-accelerator, imagined and inspired by the Baltimore Creative Community. SYP provides access to content and resources to help guide emerging creative entrepreneurs.

SYP workshops will introduce and support entrepreneurs in grappling with the complexities of navigating business “essentials” not traditionally built for creatives. SYP will feature workshops that include topics to help emerging entrepreneurs identify a business model that aligns with their natural talents and that will help them understand how their personal relationship with money can impact their business finances.

The two-day program will give participants straightforward tools and resources to support their businesses, develop a business leadership identity, and build a community of peers and mentors to support their journey.
When? Wednesday, Dec 2 | 9 AM – 4 PM Thursday, Dec 3 | 9 AM – 1 PM

Where do we meet? From the comfort of your own home OR wherever it suits YOU. This program is 100% virtual.

How?  We only have room for 40 program participants, you must apply by November 1.
Have questions? Reach out to hello@baltimorecreates.org for more information.

 

 

32nd National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline January 15
sponsored by Gormley Gallery

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 32nd National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2021. The exhibition will be held March 22 through April 23, 2021, with a reception and gallery talk on Saturday, March 27.

AWARDS:

A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money.

JUROR:

Alex Ebstein, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at Goucher College, and Co-Owner of RESORT Baltimore.

ELIGIBILITY AND MEDIA:

Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium up to 60 inches high (with frame) are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface or materials. All drawings and prints 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 $36 entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Initial jury will be of online submissions received by January 15, 2021. Notification will be by email on February 1, 2021. Accepted drawings and prints received by March 1 will be juried for purchase prize awards at the value set by the artist. No substitutions will be accepted. Works selected for purchase prize awards will become the property of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are accepted online here: https://artndm.slideroom.com/#/login/program/58185

More information: ndm.edu/gormleygallery

 

 

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