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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.

To submit your calendar event, email us at events@bmoreart.com!

 

 

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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.

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2021 ICA Flat File Program
@ ICA Baltimore

Artwork now available for purchase!

https://icabaltimore.org/products/collections/603

We are excited to open the online shop for the 2021 Flat File program! Please go to the link above to view and purchase work. Work is also available for viewing by appointment only at our gallery at 16 West North Ave, please email us at icabaltimore@gmail.com to reserve a time. You can be in a group of 2 maximum, and this group will be the only people allowed in the gallery, along with the gallery attendant. You will he required to observe social distancing and be fully masked, thank you for understanding.

2021 Flat File artists:

MK Bailey
Becky Borlan
Amanda Burnham
Yunkyoung Cho
Seth Crawford
Sue Crawford
Patrick David
Katie Delaney
Liz Donadio
Selina Doroshenko
Brian Michael Dunn
Andrea Sherrill Evans
Mahsa R. Fard
Elaine Fisher
Michaela Flatley
Andrew Geddes
Skye Gilkerson
Kate Gorman
Alexander Heilner
Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron
Magnolia Laurie
Caryn Martin
Matthew Moore
Gretchen Schermerhorn
Linda Smith
Wasin Tirawattanawanich
Elena Volkova

2020 Flat File work will also be available for viewing, and can be viewed and purchased at the link below:

https://icabaltimore.org/products/collections/593

 

 

Exhibitions: MFA Candidates Fall 2020
ongoing through December 12
@ Towson University Holtzman MFA Gallery

In partial completion of degree requirements, several artists are exhibiting this season.

Brianna Doyle: Jesus is the son, and the sun is a circle

Doyle explores complexities of morals and ethics that results from growing up between vastly different environments. She uses collage to depict imagery that seemingly opposes itself to show the internal dilemmas that comes with an identity full of dichotomies.

Jack Livingston: Falling off the Edge of Nebraska

Livingston blends fact and fiction in this large-scale multimedia installation to present a fractured memoir that draws on the mythic American West and the counter-culture experience of the past half century. He assumes the role of an unreliable narrator in order to exhume a rich history both cultural and personal.

Khalid Ali: Honest Living

Ali, a documentary filmmaker, explores how work can define or defy one’s identity. His subjects toil in humble jobs: an itinerant knife sharpener, a fine artist, urban window washers. All aspire to greatness yet take pride in their daily work, teaching us much about the tension between humility and ambition.

 

 

Dave Eassa: I want to hug you
ongoing through December 18
@ The Shed

I wanna hug you is an exhibition of new work by Dave Eassa in The Shed, an artist-run arts space in northeast Baltimore.

Please use the calendar tool to schedule your visit. Once you submit your request, you will receive a confirmation email with the address and instructions for how to access the shed.

 

 

Silent Spring by Stephanie Garon
Wednesday, December 2 – January 6 | Artist Tour Saturday, December 5 • 3pm
@ Motor House

Silent Spring, an immersive site specific installation at Baltimore’s Motor House by Stephanie Garon with sound by Clint Sleeper, explores humanity’s connection to the environment through a journey that is both an expedition and a contemplation. This installation offers guests a surreal oasis from their walls, the winter, and the city.

Rows of prehistoric-sized Princess Tree leaves (Paulownia tomentosa) frame an ethereal curtain walkway. These leaves, classified as an invasive species of weeds, are typically found in soils hurt by construction or fire and frequently located in pavement cracks or by powerlines at the road’s edge. They grow up to 15 feet/year until smothering the canopy and plants beneath it. All leaves were sourced from the Baltimore region.

In Japan, a Princess Tree is planted when a girl is born. When she is eligible for marriage, the tree is cut down and carved for her dowry. Women and nature, around the world, are interconnected and tied to issues of claim, commodity, and climate change.

Silent Spring presents a journey of the self as part of a larger continuum.

Artist tours will be offered December 5 and December 19 at 3pm.

RSVP’s limited to 4 people per time slot.

Masks are required at all times in the building.

Photos by Jill Fannon

 

 

Virtual Holiday Heap
Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6
presented by Charm City Craft Mafia

For the safety of our vendors and shoppers, we’ve decided to go virtual for Holiday Heap this year! We’ve extended the event for 3 full days of holiday shopping and fun! While we’ll miss seeing everyone in person, we’re thrilled to still be able to bring you incredible handmade items from some of the best makers! You can expect lots of holiday deals and sales, a giant raffle basket for charity filled with amazing goods donated by our generous vendors, games and activities, Instagram and FB live demos, freebies, handmade items for everyone on your list, and so much more, all from the comfort of your home!

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Invite Only | Opening Reception
Friday, December 4 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through January 15
@ Inadequate Lighting

For the inaugural show at Inadequate Lighting, we’ve invited ten artists and friends to respond to the theme of invitation. Invitation as in the desirous signals emitted by our sexy, socialized bodies, the way we package and present ourselves for others, how we indicate our interest; our lives as invitations sent and received from/ to/by friends and strangers, love tempered by exclusivity, market values pulling the strings of hierarchical rela- tion, the artist’s social network as it bumps up against and melds with larger and more monopolized networks of selfhood, the Invite, the Connection, the Career; invitation as how you place (now largely-absent bodies) in (still-extant) spaces at (largely-cancelled) events; invitation as anticipation, speculation, indicator of value. Invi- tation as future.

Invitations these days are quite rare. We founded Inadequate Lighting in our apartment in response to that rarity, an invitation to ourselves to fill space in our social and artistic lives left empty by the pandemic. Absent employment, classes and any reasonable hope for relief, the only opportunities on the horizon seemed to be those we would create for ourselves. Inadequate Lighting is an inclusive exhibition and project space that aims to collaborate with our dispersed community of friends and artists, both in curated groups and highlighted indi- vidual practices, to strengthen the bonds that connect us to each other and in the hopes of forming new ones.

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Invite Only opening reception is scheduled for December 4th, 4 to 7pm. To limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we are requiring all visitors to make an appointment via email so that we can effectively limit visi- tors to 6 per time slot. Walk-ins will be permitted if we are not already at capacity. We plan on hosting a closing reception on January 15th, for which appointments may also be necessary depending on the Covid situation at that time. Inadequate Lighting will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11 to 5 pm, throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Please email inadequatelighting@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Inadequate Lighting is located at 915 Saint Paul St, Apt 1F.

Guidelines Volume 2 | Opening Reception + Holiday Sale
Friday, December 4 • 6-9pm | Guidelines ongoing through February 13, Holiday Sale ongoing through December 6
presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Guidelines: Volume 2. The exhibition explores how learning, inspiration, and aesthetic growth take place outside of the traditional academic environment and is an ongoing process. Guidelines: Volume 2 will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, February 13, 2021, with an opening reception via zoom on Friday, December 4 at 6pm. The center will also host a holiday sale at their studio from Friday to Sunday, December 4-6. The sale will feature work by Baltimore Jewelry Center community artists. The sale will run from 6-9pm on Friday and from 12-7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Both events are free and open to the public. Shopping will be limited to five people at a time and social distancing and other safety protocols will be followed.

The Guidelines Project was started in 2019 by artist and curator Brie Flora who was interested in exploring how artists find and maintain inspiration. When artists graduate from an academic program, they are no longer driven by prescribed guidelines. How do they create work and what kind of work do they create? In this exhibition, artists were asked to look at an older piece of work and remake it, exaggerating and expanding on things that they want to change. Guidelines: Volume 2 features work made by artists in the BJC community.

The Baltimore Jewelry Center hosts a limited number of sales each year that provide jewelry artists working in the studio an opportunity to sell their work and provide patrons an opportunity to buy handmade jewelry and engage with artists. Artists in the sale consist of instructors who teach at the BJC, working artists who utilize the BJC’s studio, students of the BJC’s educational program, and other local jewelry artists. This is a juried sale, and each artist in the sale will present a unique line of work. Work made of sterling silver, steel, brass, copper, gemstones, and alternative materials will be included.

Buyers can shop in a safe, socially distanced setting for jewelry that is handmade, exquisitely crafted, and aesthetically unique. Much of the jewelry in this collection is comfortably priced, and buying art jewelry gives patrons the opportunity to own a small piece of artwork that they can both wear and treasure in their collection.

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

 

 

The Medicine Show presents OUR VOICE
Friday, December 4 • 7-8pm

An intimate series of conversations with emerging storytellers examining how the next generation is using their creative voices to shape the future of our communities.

Featuring the debut of a new piece of digital-visual storytelling by Baltimore artists, Kondwani Fidel and Kirby Griffin.  Centered around the signature format of The Medicine Show, this thought provoking piece will be inspired by social impact organizations B-360 and Baltimore Ceasefire, and takes aim at giving new voice to their important work shaping the Baltimore community.

Followed by a storyteller Q&A plus special guests and live performance by Nia June.

Hosted in collaboration with Red Bull Arts Book Share.

 

 

Joe Speier: The Waiter’s Lament | Opening by appointment
Saturday, December 5 • 12-7pm | Ongoing through January 9
@ Springsteen

Springsteen is pleased to present, The Waiter’s Lament, by Joe Speier. The exhibition opens Saturday, December 5th from 12-7pm and is on view through January 9th, 2021. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made at springsteengallery.com/visit.

In The Waiter’s Lament, Joe Speier mines different roles of the overworked artist. To make a living, like many artists, Speier waits tables. He most recently worked at a restaurant in a major museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art. In this new series, developed during the 2020 pandemic, Speier uses, in bulk, Bic ballpoint pens on canvas, the same he hands to diners to sign checks at restaurants. He also utilizes flatware and napkins, found in fine dining establishments. Such materials, intrinsically tied to the exchange between diner and server, turn the canvas into a table-setting, forcing the viewer to reconsider the painting’s indexical relationship to consumption, labor, and distribution. For Speier, artists and servers cater to the same milieu: patrons seeking hospitality and entertainment. In his practice, Speier blurs the lines between these seemingly disparate modes of labor.

Intrinsic to Speier’s art is affordable craft-associated materials such as store-bought canvases, beads, glitter, and acrylic medium. These material choices speak to a common vernacular, which he phrases as “a shared economy of artistic and therapeutic gestures,” seen in You-Tube painting tutorials or the doodles of a bored co-worker. This alchemical material play results in the stylistic imitation of the Abstract Expressionists. A tongue in cheek jab to those artists of the ‘50s and ’60s, Speier is interested in the performance of modernist cliches to deconstruct the myth of the artist. In 2020, how does the artist eat? As the rift grows between emerging artists and the blue-chip market, Speier asks critical questions related to class, value, and taste.

Joe Speier (b. 1992, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. Speier directs the roving fence-based curatorial platform Sinkhole Project. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at King’s Leap (New York) and is presenting Sinkhole Project at Pik Deutz (Cologne, Germany). He will be included in the upcoming Early Works, an anthology featuring 30 influential artists under the age of 30, to be published by Taschen at the beginning of 2021.

 

 

Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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The Ultimate Gingerbread Design Competition | Call for Entry
deadline December 8
sponsored by AIA Baltimore

It’s the Ultimate Gingerbread Design Competition! We want to see your most creative designs, from classic Baltimore landmarks to the avant garde of gingerbread home design. Participate in the competition or join as a spectator!

We ask our design teams to compete in fundraising for our AIA Baltimore/BAF scholarships. The team that raises the most will win gift cards to local bakeries!

Proceeds of the event, including sponsorship and registration fees, will be donated to AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation scholarship programs for students of architecture at Morgan State University, and Maryland community colleges and Universities. Proceeds also support Future Architects Resources/Kids In Design, programs for underserved middle and high school students to encourage career opportunities in architecture, design, and construction, and major BAF programs like Doors Open Baltimore.

 

 

Call for Arts and Social Justice Fellow
deadline December 16
sponsored by VisArts

With civil unrest rocking the nation, a pandemic that has killed nearly 230,000, more than 40 million unemployed, and progressing climate change, there is a desperate need for active re-imaginings of the future and immediate engagement with the invisibilities of the present. The economic, political, and social inequities rooted in our systems have been exposed. What can we do as artists, curators, and arts organizations to address these challenges and offer expressions of hope, solidarity, and mutual aid? How do we focus our efforts and work together for a sustainable anti-racist future that enlists creativity as an essential civic tool while staying safe and healthy? What can we do now and over the long haul within and between communities to make change?

As part of our efforts to consider these vital questions, 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 is committed to a sustained exploration of the potential of art to transform individuals and communities and to engage radical imaginations. Since our founding in 1987, we have provided safe and equitable spaces for artists and audiences designed to cultivate trust, empathy, creativity, and diversity. The new Arts and Social Justice Fellowship is designed to facilitate and amplify this essential work.

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.

 

 

Howard County Arts Council General Exhibit | Call for Entry
deadline January 1
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.

For detailed entry guidelines, visit https://hocoarts.submittable.com/submit or email exhibits@hocoarts.org. The next deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021.

HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2,100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gallery hours may be subject to change. For current gallery hours, or to learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit hocoarts.org.

 

 

A Woman’s View | Call for Submissions
deadline January 3
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

“My dear fellow women photographers! Let’s make the best work we can make. Let’s let our voices be heard. let us change the world with our beauties and complexities, our subtleties, with our stories, our experiences, our points of view. Our love, compassion. anger, and passions. Our bodies, and experiences. And yes, our opinions, our decisions!

 I can’t wait to see your work and to see and listen to your images.”

Our Juror, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. In a relatively short amount of time, her work has been included in an impressive amount of solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.

 

 

header image: Model Leticia Enos wearing earrings by Nikki Couppee, photo by Jill Fannon - for BmoreArt's Issue 10: Power

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