BmoreArt’s Picks: November 24-30

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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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Two Weeks Left to Subscribe for Issue 10: Power!!! Gift subscriptions and issues available.

As Covid picks up and art venues close, BmoreArt will ship its newest print journal directly from our printer to your home, a socially distant and safe way to engage with the art and culture of Baltimore.

Support BmoreArt’s beautiful print journal, a work of art in itself featuring jewelry by Joyce J. Scott, Nikki Couppee (pictured above modeled by Leticia Enos and photographed by Jill Fannon), and Everett Hoffman. In addition the power issue features institutional leaders and museums working towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership roles built in opposition to inequitable structures in the arts, fashion designers’ power suits (all made in Baltimore!), and art by Jackie Milad, Larry Cook, and Ellen Lesperance… and more.

Thank you to all who signed up for BmoreArt’s new subscription service for Issue 09: Craft. You will receive Issue 10 as well in December. We hope you will share this link with friends, colleagues, and family members who would benefit from a subscription to BmoreArt.

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Baltimore Clayworks Holiday Shop
Ongoing through December 24
@ Baltimore Clayworks + online

Shop LOCAL this holiday season! Baltimore Clayworks is excited to announce our annual Holiday Shop open from November 21-December 24*.  We are thrilled to feature work from local and national artists including artists at Make Studio and Jubilee Arts, two local non-profit organizations dedicated to the arts.

Baltimore Clayworks will host the Holiday Shop Grand Opening on Saturday, November 21st from 12pm-5pm. Proper social distancing and masks are required. Please sign up here to schedule your arrival.

Stop by our galleries from 10:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday – Sunday to browse and purchase your holiday gifts! Your purchase will support artists and small organizations. If you can’t make it in store, shop online 24/7. Last day to guarantee Christmas delivery is 12/14.

*Baltimore Clayworks is closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving*



Ongoing through December 19
@ Y:Art

Featuring the work of:
Daniel Stuelpnagel, Richard Hagerty and Cindy Mehr.

Dreamy colors that melt in whimsical figures, floating shapes that look abstract and life-like all at once, and the images of a dream that nearly slipped through the cracks of memory, are among a few elements that come to mind when discussing the artistic movement of surrealism. A twentieth-century literary, philosophical and artistic movement, surrealism explores the workings of the mind, championing the irrational, the poetic and the revolutionary. Y:ART Gallery is pleased to present SURREAL: an exhibition of paintings, photography, and sculpture that explores personal interpretations of surrealism by artists – Daniel Stuelpnagel, Richard Hagerty and Cindy Mehr. Come dive into the surreal worlds of our three featured artists, who have each taken unique approaches to a movement that attempts to unlock ideas and images from their unconscious minds and uncover hidden psychological tensions.



Sustainable Design | featuring Marie Otsuka, Curry Hackett, Kristian Bjornard
Tuesday, November 24 • 1:15pm
presented by MICA

Sustainable design considers the environmental, social, and economic impacts of designed objects from their inception to end of life.

Marie Otsuka
Curry Hackett
Kristian Bjornard

Ellen Lupton



LIVE Artist Talk: Akea Brionne Brown
Tuesday, November 24 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters

Baltimore-based photographer, writer, curator, and researcher Akea Brionne Brown investigates the implications of historical, racial, and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary Black life and identity in America. In conversation, Akea discusses her approaches to photography, the connections to life in America depicted in our collection, as well as her collaborative works Shades Collective and Diary of Angry Black Women.

About the Artist: Akea Brionne Brown is a photographer, writer, curator, and researcher. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she explores current political and social themes, as they relate to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Akea has received the Visual Task Force Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian’s Ralph Rinzler Collection and Archives. She was announced the 2018 Winner for Duke University’s Center for Documentary Arts Collection Award, as the 2018 Documentarian of Color. Her series, Black Picket Fences, was acquired for their permanent collection, and is on preserve at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She was nominated for PDN’s 30 (Photo District News) 2018: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. Brown was also named the 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Winner, juried by Laylah Ali, Regina Basha, and William Powhida.

In 2019, Akea Brionne co-founded Shades Collective and in 2020 co-founded Diary of Angry Black Women.

Akea received her BFA (2018) from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in the dual degree program of Photography and Humanities. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

Read BmoreArt’s 2019 Art AND Interview with Brown by Suzy Kopf and photos by Jill Fannon.



Pat Dennis: Love Abides | Opening Reception
Sunday, November 29 • 2-5pm
@ The Alchemy of Art

I go into my studio and turn on my music.  I put a canvas on the wall and wait until I get off my chair to start painting.  I don’t know until then what I will paint.

These days I am strongly influenced by the value of Love on our planet. I want more love and less violence.  I understand that life isn’t easy, and love has the strength to be with us through it all. I search for a deeper understanding of the human condition. So, I paint hearts.

Some practices that influence my art are yoga, meditation, and spirituality.  I also have a degree in Mathematics and am drawn to quantum physics and beyond that, quantum consciousness.  I explore this in my paintings. The long black rectangles represent a person with no ego, standing in quantum consciousness looking around.  What is out there, which is beyond our ability to define with words?

My journey as an artist has been exciting.  I attended and was involved in the Taos School of Fine Arts, the NY Feminist Art Institute, the Art Students League, SUNY Purchase, and more.  I was in the first Women’s Art Show in Taos, NM and the first Women’s Art Show at UMass, Amherst. I participated in shows in NYC and Nyack, NY.  I served as Executive Director of the Edward Hopper House Art Center. I love working with artists.

Right now, I live in Baltimore, a significant part of this adventure. I have been showing my art here for the past 16 years.



Bmore Burlesque’s Cyber Monday Virtual Show
Monday, November 30 • 8pm

Join this Cyber spectacular, a one-night Burlesque Stream featuring some of Baltimore’s sexiest Burlesque Performers.

% of entry proceeds will be donated to SWOP Baltimore (Sex Workers Outreach Project Baltimore). 100% of Tips go to the dancers!

Enjoy 8 exclusive shows @ 8 PM (est) on Cyber Monday.

< + A Live Set from DJ RACEWAR>

Spend some money on the burlesque community this holiday 😉

To avoid ticket fees pay directly to our Paypal Here and include your email to get stream link!

This show prioritizes Black Dancers, LGBTQI+ dancers, POC dancers & dancers of all sizes.

Bmore Burlesque Bio:

The Baltimore Burlesque Troupe is dedicated to spreading safe and inclusive fun to Baltimore and beyond. BB Troupe was founded by two amateur turned professional Black burlesque performers in 2020 during the worldwide pandemic. Black Ivy + Ria Lema saw the need for creativity, fun, and celebration of the human form in all its sexiness amongst the chaos!
This troupe is a culmination of the best performers based in Baltimore city, belonging to no gender or race norms usually instilled by mainstream burlesque. We believe in uplifting one another, while also giving back to our community by donating proceeds to chosen non-profits/ transformative justice groups. We will be hosting monthly virtual shows and hope to eventually safely travel the world to show the amazing variety + talents our performers have to offer!!



Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals | Call for Submissions
sponsored by National Museum of Women in the Arts

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals is a yearlong participatory online exhibition and ingredient archive that examines food as a creative medium and a tool for human connection, as well as a key element of cultural diversity. Alongside the work of nine featured artists sharing photographs, videos and stories from around their kitchen tables, the museum is inviting us all to submit recipes & food memories. These public submissions will be interwoven with artists’ work and a digital food pantry, creating a dynamic portal for exploring the interconnectedness of food, nurishment, culture and personal histories. Submissions are welcome from now and the exhibition will be online from Jan. 18, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021.


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Fall/Winter Exhibition | Call for Artists and Panelists
deadline December 1
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC is seeking artists and panelists for its Fall/Winter exhibition IDENTITY featuring self-reflective art that expresses and explores how the artist perceives themself. This exhibition will be open January 4 – March 5, 2021 on the virtual exhibition platform Kunstmatrix.



Innovate Grants | Call for Artists and Photographers
deadline December 10

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at



Call for Arts and Social Justice Fellow
deadline December 23
sponsored by VisArts

VisArts has created a new Arts and Social Justice Fellowship Program for visual activists whose current research, curatorial or visual activist practice and passion centers on social, racial, economic, and/or environmental justice. The year-long fellowship is an opportunity to explore how thoughtfully curated art, dialogue, communication, and collaborations between artists and communities can productively navigate political flashpoints, chronic systemic inequities, and entrenched perspectives to inspire change towards a more equitable, just, and inclusive society. VisArts seeks a highly motivated, visionary person and/or collaborative team to explore these ideas with us! Applicants do not need to be traditional curators. We are interested in creative activist cultural producers who explore the use of art, creative practice and curation to catalyze and evoke change.



header image by Jill Fannon from BmoreArt's "Art AND: Akea Brionne Brown" by Suzy Kopf

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