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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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MASKERade Baltimore
ongoing through November 13
presented by Maryland Art Place

The LGBTQ Fund at BCF and Maryland Art Place proudly present MASKerade Baltimore – a virtual silent auction and mask design competition to raise awareness and funds for issues facing the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Since launching in 2018, The LGBTQ Fund at BCF 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.

Proceeds from MASKerade will be split 40:60 between local artists who have lost income during the economic downturn and The LGBTQ Fund to ensure that support for vital programs continues. This support is needed more than ever since the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting marginalized groups especially hard. LGBTQ individuals are at greater risk for contracting the virus due to compromised immune systems; may be suffering increased mental health challenges due to isolation; and may be forced into unsafe situations, such as living with unsupportive family members or partners due to unemployment or illness. Additionally, Black Lives Matter protests have spotlighted violence against gay and trans people of color which must be addressed.

 

 

This is Who I Am Now: A Solo Presentation by Amber Eve Anderson
ongoing through November 28
@ Hamiltonian Arts

Washington, DC: Hamiltonian Artists presents This is Who I Am Now, Amber Eve Anderson’s first solo exhibition with Hamiltonian Artists. It will be on view by appointment only from October 31 – November 28 at H Space, 1932 9th Street NW, #C102 (Enter from 9 1/2 Street), Washington, DC 20001. All public programs will take place online.

This is Who I Am Now is an archive of every advertisement that Anderson viewed on Instagram over a one-week period. Composed of 126 images that almost exclusively depict household goods, the archive presents a portrait of the artist through the lens of targeted advertising. The exhibition vacillates between physical and digital worlds, combining images and found objects through installation and video, functioning as a case study in the aspirational. Objects ranging from rugs to sofas to earrings to soap portrayed amidst orderly, plant-filled, sun-dappled rooms, suggest affluence, aesthetic integrity, and a good night of sleep. Anderson highlights the way one’s surroundings, whether virtual, manmade, or natural, come to shape one’s identity and behavior. By bringing representations of social media into physical space, the work calls attention to everyday technologies by upsetting the usual means of interaction. Her work functions as a playful, funny, and poetic critique in order to explore how identity is reduced by consumerism.

Amber Eve Anderson (b. 1982) lives and works in Baltimore. She received an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2016 and a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in group shows across the US as well as in Canada, Finland, Morocco, and Peru. In 2019 she received an Individual Artist Award in Media from the Maryland State Arts Council. She was a 2019 and 2020 Trawick Prize Semi-finalist and a 2016 Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Baker Artist Award Finalist. Her work has been featured in Bmore Art Magazine, Hyperallergic, and The Creator’s Project. She volunteers on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore.

 

 

Mixed Media Speaker Series – Rights and Wrongs, Part 3 of 3
November 10, 2020, 12 PM – 1:30 PM

“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.

Part III’s featured speaker is Amalia Mesa-Bains, an internationally renowned artist, scholar, and curator. Throughout her career, Mesa-Bains has expanded understandings of Latina/o artists’ references to spiritual practices and vernacular traditions through her altar installations, articles, and exhibitions, and in 1992; she was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New Museum and international venues around the world. The event is hosted by Kenneth Krafchek, Director, MFA Community Arts.

BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Healing
Tuesday, November 10 • 12-12:45pm
presented by National Museum of Women in the Arts + Baltimore Museum of Art

Find some peace, connection, and well-being in this episode dedicated to art that promotes healing. Join artist Elissa Blount-Moorhead and curators Melani Douglass and Amanda Vercruysse in a conversation that explores how both the making and appreciation of art can do us good.

BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show is an online program that brings together women artists and special guests to discuss their work with educators from the BMA and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

WATCH LIVE on the BMA and NMWA Facebook pages.

 

 

Authenticity with Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick
Thursday, November 12 • 12-1:30pm
presented by Maryland Center for History and Culture

WYPR’s Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick will headline the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s next Core Conversation on November 12 at noon ET. During the third virtual program in the four-part series, Henkin and Patrick, creators of WYPR’s Out of the Blocks, will explore the theme of authenticity.

“This conversation with Aaron and Wendel – who have been able to tell the stories of everyday Baltimoreans in such a compelling manner – will help participants develop an understanding of what we think is one of the primary roles of museums and cultural institutions,” said Mark Letzer, president and CEO, the Maryland Center for History and Culture. “We’ll explore what it means to be authentic, how authenticity plays a role in the way we collect objects as well as in how we and Aaron and Wendel tell stories.”

Aaron and Wendel’s Out of the Blocks series has taken the pair all over Baltimore City, where they go to a block, and make it their mission to meet and interview everyone there. Based on the theory that everyone has a story to share, they have produced countless programs proving exactly that.

“Their mission for storytelling is very translatable to what we do with historic objects and art here at the Maryland Center for History and Culture,” Letzer added. “We want our visitors to take that leap into the story of each painting, garment and object with us.”

The Maryland Center for History and Culture reopened in September with a new brand identity. The Core Conversation Series was created to explore the institution’s core values – Community, Authenticity, Dialogue and Discovery. Previous programs have featured Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden discussing Discovery and Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer, David Simon exploring Dialogue.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences, however, registration is required. Those interested in registering can do so through the link here. Once registered for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture’s series will continue with one final conversation in December, to be announced. Visit mdhistory.org for a full list of virtual programming.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is now open with limited hours and capacity due to COVID-19. Museum and library hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Research visits to the library are currently by appointment only. Entry will be monitored to ensure proper social distancing. Masks will be required.

For more information about the Maryland Center for History and Culture, visit www.mdhistory.org.

 

 

Performance: Peabody in the Evening
Thursday, November 12 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters

Inspired by artworks in the Walters European Baroque collection, Ching-Yi Lin, DMA candidate of the Peabody Conservatory, will deliver The Beauty of Pearl and Symmetric Design in Baroque: Music and Craft, a digital piano concert.

Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yi Lin performs throughout North America and Asia. He appeared as a soloist performing Schumann Piano Concerto with the Soochow Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the concerto competition. Most recently, he gave his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as one of the top Prize Winner of the New York International Artist Association Competition. Other venues including National Opera Center in New York City, Brodbeck Music Center of Hood College, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Taipei KHS Hall, and Yunlin Cultural Affairs Department.

He has been awarded numerous prizes in both regional and international competitions, such as the young artist competition by Philharmonic Society of Arlington,  the Marbella International Piano Competition by Arthur Rubinstein Institute, Ishikawa International Piano Competition, the New York International Artist Association Piano Competition, Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Taipei Taiwan International Piano Competition, the Asia Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Wonderlic Piano Competition in Baltimore, and the Taipei City Piano Competition. In 2017, he was chosen as the winner of the Taiwanese Chapter of the Peabody Institute Alumni Society, performing a recital at National Recital Hall in Taiwan.

Lin has been involved with many prestige festivals such as Art of the piano, Marbella Music Festival, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Berkshire Music Festival, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Festival. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman. Besides playing the piano, he likes streaming games and cooking.

Thursday programs are sponsored by BGE.

 

 

JJC Talks: Jerrell Gibbs
Thursday, November 12 • 6:30-7:30pm
presented by Baltimore Museum of Art

Join the Joshua Johnson Council on Facebook Live for their November meeting featuring a presentation from Baltimore artist Jerrell Gibbs.

Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Members share a passion for African American and African art. Named after an 18th-century African American portrait painter who lived and worked in Maryland, the JJC is one of the oldest African American museum support groups in the U.S. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between Baltimore’s African American communities and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) by promoting and highlighting the achievements of African American artists.

JJC Membership offers a wide range of opportunities for active participation within a network of friends and colleagues dedicated to art, education, community, and family. JJC programs and meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month.

About the Presenter:

Jerrell Gibbs retraces family memories, examining the origin of his own life by representing intimate and instantly joyous moments. While affirming the multilayered experience of the African American diaspora, Gibbs plunges the viewer into an immersive experience, the realm of his childhood.

Growing up in Baltimore influenced his perspective of socioeconomics, body politics, race, economic disparities, and their influence on one another. Through his figurative portraits, Gibbs accentuates banal representations of Black identity by depicting empathy, inviting the possibility for a spiritual connection. The works are adapted from small Polaroids into life-sized paintings. The artist draws from revised characters in his own life and narratives such as Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts, mimicking the comic strip’s playful illustrative style.

Gibbs will graduate in 2020 with an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has exhibited at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Galleries at CCBC, and the Gallery at Howard University. His work appears in the permanent collection in the Harbor Bank of Maryland.

 

 

Head in the Stars: Stories about exploring, discovering, and dreaming about Outer Space
Thursday, November 12 • 7-8:30pm
presented by Stoop Storytelling + The Jewish Museum of Baltimore

Experience seven true, personal tales about voyaging to the final frontier — both literally and imaginatively. Join us as we go where no one has gone before!
Storytellers:

Nora Lützgendorf
Eric Morrison
Duilia Demello
Edward Doyle-Gillespie
Sarah Pinsker
John S. Benham

Join us for this LIVEstream event!

 

 

Amy Boone-McCreesh: Room with a View | Virtual Reception + Artist Talk
* Reception Postponed to December 4 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through November 17
presented by VisArts

The signifiers of status and class present themselves culturally in overt and nuanced ways. Logos of high fashion, cars, and grand architecture are predictable ways to display wealth, even if it is perceived. What about the subtle visual ways culture and society delineate class? Class is evident from the view outside one’s window, the level of access and choice in self-care, to the types of fabric in a home. I use an abstracted version of this materialistic visual vocabulary to ask questions that challenge classist structures, but also to tantalize with maximalist aesthetics. Highly saturated colors and a rich variety of textures create an initial attraction, while at the same time questioning assumptions of “good” taste. With this work, I push against the cross-cultural ideas of beauty and perception of class. This maximal and decorative aesthetic is partnered with detailed and hand-driven processes often associated with craft. The utilization of technology and digital components are combined with the handmade processes to create a direct shift in value and labor. These decisions aim to mimic the seemingly arbitrary lines that are drawn to signify cultural markers of luxury, mass production, and the defining features of access.

About the artist

Amy Boone-McCreesh was born on Loring Air Force Base to a British mother and American father. Currently she is based in Baltimore, MD with interests in the connections between aesthetic leanings within economic and cultural status. She has a heightened visual awareness of the ways people and spaces flaunt class, taste, and access. Amy received her MFA from Towson University in Maryland, and shortly thereafter was awarded a two-year Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship in Washington, DC. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the country, notably at Mixed Greens (NY, New York, 2015), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY, 2015), Transformer Gallery (Washington DC (2015), Terrault in Baltimore, MD, and supported by institutional exhibitions at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, Goucher College, in Baltimore, MD and Marymount University in Alexandria, VA. Amy’s large-scale works have been acquired by the Department of State in the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico (Art in Embassies, 2013), Facebook (2019), and Capital One (2018). Her work is featured in New American Paintings (issues 106 and 118) and Handmade Life, published by Thames and Hudson (2016). Amy is also a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award for works on paper.

In addition to her own studio practice, Amy has a committed relationship to visual arts education as well as curating and running INERTIA. A website dedicated to studio visits, artist interviews, and providing a voice for artists to create context for their work outside of critical dialogue. Amy is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art. www.amyboonemccreesh.com

 

 

Swanktacular VI: 10th Anniversary Special
Saturday, November 14 • 7pm
presented by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

To purchase access to the live stream for only $20 on November 14th, please follow this link.

Join the Baltimore Rock Opera Society for our sixth annual fundraising gala, Swanktacular VI: 10th Anniversary Special!

For reasons that by now should be obvious, we and our attendees will unfortunately not be able to enjoy the epic, in-person 10 Year Anniversary Special we’ve been planning. But you should know by now that BROS is not content to just do nothing, so we’ve created a whole new Swanktacular experience!

Imagine a 1970’s TV awards show of epic proportions. This year’s star-studded event will be an entirely virtual live stream, enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Witness your favorite BROS moments, meet a puppet or two, and support your city’s flagship rock opera company on our 10th anniversary of creating original rock theater.

Our evening’s entertainment will highlight footage from BROS archives of music and dance numbers from across our decade as a community theater, as well as original skits, a documentary-style video section with candid interviews with BROS members sharing stories from throughout our history, and the kickoff video for our $10K for 10 Years campaign.

You’ll have the option to bid on numerous exclusive items and services in our online silent auction, including one-of-a-kind masks created by BROS artists. Towards the end of the evening we’ll have a Doggies & Diamonds fashion show, where viewers can show off their swanky pets!

All attendees that have already purchased tickets are invited to join us on this live stream. Those that haven’t yet purchased tickets can join us for this monumental occasion for only $20.

All new guests will have access to the live stream event, the Swanktacular silent auction, and access to Blue Pit BBQ’s specialty carry-out cocktails the night of the event, where 50% of proceeds will benefit BROS!

If you previously purchased a VIP ticket, General Admission ticket, or Rock Operative ticket we have a surprise for you! You’re invited to a special Swanktacular Pop-Up Concert from BROS musicians that will be traveling around the city on Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th. Attendees will receive treats by Insomnia Cookies as well as two FREE drinks from our curated bar with specialty cocktails featuring spirits from Baltimore Spirits Company and WILD Kombucha. Special thanks to our Libations & Sustenance Sponsor Charles Green! Keep a lookout for an invitation and RSVP form in your email in the coming weeks. We will have a special swag bag with our event poster, stickers, and more waiting for you at these private events!

All VIP ticket holders will receive all of the above plus unlimited free drinks from the traveling bar at our Swanktacular Pop-Up Concerts, upgraded specialty swag bag, and free access to the first-ever BROS anthology short-film production, premiering in December 2020: The Puppet 6-Pack!

Pandemic? More like GLAMdemic. Attendees for both the stream and our popup concerts are encouraged to wear some fancy duds, because when else would you?

Join us for this new and innovative Swanktacular experience! Tickets available now!

Swanktacular is proudly sponsored by Lighting Dragon Design.

For any questions, please email boxoffice@baltimorerockopera.org.

FAQs

What if I don’t feel comfortable attending the Pop-Up concert?

Totally understandable! If you’d like, we can refund your ticket, but we ask that you consider making it a donation to BROS as the Swanktacular contributes a significant amount to our funding.

Once I purchase a ticket how do I watch the stream?

We’ll be sending out emails with the ticket link the week of the event.

Why can I only buy one ticket at a time?

When you buy a ticket, it generates a unique access code for the email address you provide. This key can’t be shared, so if you want to but a ticket for someone else, you’ll need to do so for a different email address.

 

 

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Love Letters to a Baltimore Building | Call for Submissions
sponsored by AIA Baltimore

Declare your love to the Baltimore building that has you smitten in a 150 to 450 word letter. Don’t worry if you’re not a writer. Don’t worry that you are truly, madly, deeply in love with a building that other people don’t know exists. We want to hear from you! We will feature a letter in each edition of Keystone, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. All letters will then be archived here on our website.

Please include the address of your beloved building and if possible, a digital image. Authors should also include a short, 1-sentence bio. Letters will be reviewed and copyedited by BAF staff.

Send submissions to Olivia Miles at omiles@aiabalt.com.

 

 

HoCo Open | Call for Entry
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

It’s time to apply for the Howard County Arts Council’s popular non-juried exhibit, HoCo Open, open to artists (aged 18 years and older) who live, work, or study in Howard County. Eligible artists are invited to submit one piece of ready-to-hang original artwork completed in the past two years for inclusion in the exhibit.

Due to the need for social distancing, there is a change in how artists will submit their work this year. In lieu of a one-day drop-off, entries are being accepted online beginning November 5th on a first-come basis, one entry per artist, until 100 submissions have been received. Accepted artists will be provided with instructions for scheduling a specific day and time to drop off their artwork at the Center for the Arts.

All artwork submitted must be original — commercially-printed or computer-generated reproductions of paintings or non-digital work will not be accepted. All work must be delivered ready for installation. Wall work must be wired for hanging. The Howard County Arts Council retains a 20% commission on all sales.

The Arts Council will host a virtual exhibit reception on Friday, January 22 from 6-7pm. A highlight of the reception will be the presentation of the $500 Covington Emerging Artist Award, established by local gallery owner Robin Holliday to recognize and support an emerging artist at a pivotal time in their career. To kick off the Arts Council’s 40th anniversary, a $400 Director’s Choice Award will also be presented to a participating artist.

To submit a HoCo Open entry, visit the Exhibit Opportunities section at hocoarts.org. HoCo Open will be on display from January 9 through February 20, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gallery hours are subject to change; check current gallery hours at hocoarts.org before visiting.

 

 

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. Artworks will be exhibited at MAP Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, 2020, for a first-come-first-serve, ticketed, a two-day event that will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region. Artwork will then be featured ONLINE – for a virtual sale running Tuesday, December 15 – Saturday, December 19. Event Details to follow.

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.  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

 

 

Solo Lab 545: Call for Performance Artists
deadline November 15
sponsored by VisArts

Solo Lab 5 is a performance art festival where participating artists get a total of five minutes to present a performance piece.  Solo Lab 5 is an experimental platform for artists of different mediums who would like to translate their work into performance art, or for already established performance artists, it provides a forum for exploration of future ideas in performance art and/or an opportunity to investigate how to communicate concepts to your audience in a short amount of time.

‘Solo Lab 545’ will be a total of six separate events. The first event will be during the VisArts virtual reception on Dec. 4th, and then one performance per week for five weeks following the reception. A total of ten performances will be virtually broadcast. Five artists will be selected to do a live performance at the Common Ground Gallery at VisArts, and the other five will be asked to pre-record their performance where we will virtually broadcast them at the time of the event. Every artist will get a total of six minutes.  Five minutes to perform and an additional minute for set up and break down/clean up of the artist’s stage.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in a mini-residency, with the use of the Common Ground gallery as a studio and performance space for one week.  At the end of each artist’s mini-residency, the artist will do a small talk and performance on a virtual platform. All mediums are welcome, but at the end of the mini-residency your transformed space must be of a performative nature.  Groups of two artists (for example a painter and an performance artist) can work together in a collaborative manner. Both the space as well as the performance will work as one cohesive project. All mediums are welcome to apply. This event will give performance artists a chance to have their own solo show in a gallery environment where the walls are not shared with other visual artists.

All artists accepted for the SoloLab 545 mini-residency must respect all Covid-19 safety guidelines, and masks must be worn inside VisArts when not in your studio space.

 

 

Folklife Network Grants | Call for Panelists
deadline November 22
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

Panelist work is at the heart of the Maryland State Arts Council’s (MSAC’s) service. This work enlists members of Maryland’s arts sector to make the funding recommendations that MSAC uses in its grantmaking. Panelist service is a way to ensure that the needs of your community are represented on the state level.

Selected Folklife Network panelists serve for a six-week term, which includes preparation for and participation in one panel of approximately two hours. To be eligible, applicants must be Maryland residents. It is recommended that panelists have access to a computer with an internet connection to participate. If this is not possible, alternate methods for participation can be made available.

Download the Folklife Network Panelist rubric to learn more.

 

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Artist Residency | Call for Application
deadline December 1
sponsored by Montgomery College

The Artist In Residence (AIR) program provides artists with studio space for up to one semester in duration. Studios provided are highly visible and placed in an interactive academic setting. To maximize interaction with academic programs, residency dates will align with the academic calendar.

Apply to Be an Artist In Residence

Applications are now being accepted for a Virtual AIR in the spring 2021 semester. See general information about the AIR program (PDF, ) , and go to the Spring 2021 Virtual Artist In Residence (AIR) Application(PDF, ) . The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

If you have questions about the program or application procedure, please email Katherine Knight.

 

 

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