BmoreArt’s Picks: December 8-14

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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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Raoul Middleman’s Baltimore
Ongoing by appointment through January 31
@ Ink Spot Press

When Raoul returned to Baltimore in 1971 from a decade in New York City and Paris, it was with the idea of devoting himself to painting his home city — specifically, the disused and dilapidated Inner Harbor.

After Harborplace was built, the Inner Harbor was cleaned up and no longer visually interested Raoul. Seeking more ruggedly dramatic motifs, he ranged further afield, to the area that is now Harbor East, Fells Point and the Canton waterfront. These areas were soon to be developed as well, leading Raoul to venture to the industrial areas of Curtis Bay and Fairfield to the south.

Today, perched in his 19th floor studio, he continues to paint these neighborhoods from above — sweeping vistas reaching out across the city and harbor to Key Bridge and beyond.

This exhibition reveals the evolution in Raoul’s painting style as it deepens and darkens over time, while also chronicling a transitional period in the Baltimore waterfront’s transformation from an industrial center to a tourist destination.

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Plant Sale: A Holiday Pop-up by Dave Eassa
Tuesday, December 4 • 4-8pm
@ B. Willow

Plant Sale is an installation at B. Willow, a flower bed made up of oil paint sculpted flowers and rose bushes. Start off your holiday shopping with affordable sculpture from Baltimore based artist Dave Eassa this Tuesday evening. Small to large flowers will be available, ranging from $10 – $75, and enjoy 15% off any B. Willow plants with the purchase of a sculpture.



LIVE Artist Talk: For the Love of Bronzes with Lisa Anderson Zhu and Merle Davison
Tuesday, December 8 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters

Artworks and everyday objects made of bronze have been crafted using the lost-wax process for almost 4,000 years. Using this ancient process as a starting point, Associate Curator of Ancient Mediterranean Art Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator of Ancient Mediterranean Art, 5,000-300 CE, talks with Merle Davison, a Baltimore-based, self-taught artist, about the process she uses to create her bronze sculptures.



Picturing Pandemic Baltimore | Exhibition Opens
Wednesday, December 9
presented by the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

This online photography exhibition explores Baltimore’s experiences of the COVID-19 epidemic ( Pandemics are, by definition, global phenomena, but they are lived locally; in this exhibition 19 local photographers offer their perspectives on our city’s experiences with COVID over the past several months. The exhibition, sponsored by the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is in conjunction with the publication of a special issue of the journal focused on the pandemic. The exhibition was juried by J. M. Giordano and curated by Mary Fissell and Loren Ludwig.

Photo: Jessica Atlass Roscoe



MCHC Core Conversations – Community with Porchia Moore, PhD, and Nina Simon
Thursday, December 10 • 12pm
presented by Maryland Center for History and Culture

How can history museums be relevant, responsive, and useful for many audiences in today’s disconnected and fast-paced world? Dr. Porchia Moore, Museum Critical Race Theorist, and Nina Simon, designer, instigator, and advocate for community-driven institutions, join Katie Caljean, MCHC’s Vice President of Education & Strategic Engagement in a conversation about “community.”

Learn about our new core values—Discovery, Dialogue, Authenticity, Community—through MCHC Core Conversations, a four-part virtual program series. Subsequent programs to be announced monthly.

By registering for this program, you will be automatically subscribed to the Maryland Center for History and Culture e-newsletter. You can opt out at any time.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required.

After registering for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions.



The Ultimate Gingerbread Design Competition
Thursday, December 10 • 4-5:30pm
presented by AIA Baltimore

Join us for the second part of our Ultimate Gingerbread House Design Competition as we unveil and display the Gingerbread Houses at The Center for Architecture and Design! Due to the ongoing public health crisis it will be held on Zoom.

We ask our design teams to compete in fundraising for our AIA Baltimore/BAF scholarships. Whomever raises the most can participate as a judge in 2021!

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.



Broadcast Series presented by Transceiver Radio | Current Movements: Insurgent Imagination, A Conversation with Mia Eve Rollow
Thursday, December 10 • 6-8pm
presented by VisArts + MICA student radio

VisArts and emerging curator in-residence Joshua Gamma invite you to tune-in this Fall for a series of programs presented by Transceiver Radio. Transceiver Radio — a collaboratively produced experiment in radio as cultural commons—began in 2019 as a curatorial platform and a month-long exhibition at Transformer in Washington, DC. In-tune with our times, Fall 2020 Transceiver Radio programming will all exist socially distanced.

Fall 2020 programming will revolve around four major politically-themed broadcasts—on October 1st and 29th, November 12th, and December 10th—and will be supplemented with impromptu DJ sessions, archival broadcasts, and special guests, throughout the season.

Stay tuned!

Broadcasts will be streaming LIVE online on the VisArts site &

The Transceiver Radio live stream is brought to you by Radio WICV, student-run radio at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.



The Stoop Virtual Holiday Hoo-Ha
Saturday, December 12 • 7pm
presented by Creative Alliance

The Stoop Storytelling Series in partnership with WYPR presents “The Stoop Virtual Holiday Hoo-Ha: An evening of seasonal stories, comedy sketches, and music” on Saturday, December 12.

Join us virtually for an evening of true, personal tales, comedic holiday sketches from the Maryland Improv Collective, and music from The Hot Club of Baltimore, hosted by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin, broadcast live from the Creative Alliance.



Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 12 • 7:30pm
presented by Maryland Opera

Maryland Opera inaugurates “Home for the Holidays,” a series of free live streamed concerts on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:30pm.

These hour-long concerts will be presented from beautifully decorated homes and will be live streamed from the Maryland Opera Facebook page.

The programs will feature holiday selections as well as operatic favorites highlighting renowned and exciting young vocalists. All selections will be accompanied on the piano by Maryland Opera Artistic Director James Harp.

The December 12 concert will feature Christine Lyons, soprano; and Gabriel Hernandez, tenor. The December 19 concert will feature Colleen Daly, soprano; and Yi Li, tenor; as well as a special guest from the North Pole.

“Although the details of our lives have changed our love for great music and opera remains constant and powerful. We are thrilled to bring musical holiday cheer to our community to keep us connected and to bring to all the much-needed message of hope, peace and beauty. Magnificent private homes will provide a festive and unforgettable backdrop to the beautiful music,” said Harp. “Especially during these uncertain times, we recognize now more than ever the privilege and treasure it is to experience a live music performance. We remain committed to providing the grand opera experience to our audience!”

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Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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Memory | Call for Submissions
deadline January 3
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

The click of the shutter freezes a moment in time. And that moment is what we often remember as fact. But what about the moment before and the moment after the shutter was clicked, that complex sequence of events? Are our memories being deceived, for we know that they are infused with our personal experiences.

As Ian McDonald has written, “Imaginings too easily become memories, memories imaginings.”
For this call, we are looking to suggest the illusory aspect of memory, that intersection of reality and illusion.

Black-and-white or color, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our Juror, Fran Forman, held a succession of positions in the field of design, and was an art director at AOL Time Warner, where she designed the preeminent web site devoted to African American culture. Between professional life and raising her two daughters, Fran continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, and the dislocations of time and place.

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.



Arrangements In Space | Call for Entry
deadline January 3
sponsored by The Arts Collective

Still lives traditional and experimental; artists’ works range from photographic to abstract, including a variety of objects and moods

Visit our website for details on this special Call for Entry.

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The Dreamer | Call for Entry
deadline January 7
sponsored by LoosenArt

As in the experience of dream, the dreamer is immersed in the world of images and inner perceptions, in a more or less conscious state of detachment from the perceptible world, and transported by osmosis by the call of an idea or an image in which the “dreamer” finds an answer to a request of fulfillment of the senses. Hopes, memories and fantasies attract the “dreamer” to the same world in which the will and of a goal finds its first phase of creation.

Every aesthetic production arises from here, from the conscious thought and image, manifested by the “dreamer”, receiver and transmitter of himself through the means of his own existence.



2021 Arts Scholarship Program | Call for Applications
deadline January 13
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council’

The Howard County Arts Council’s 2021 Arts Scholarship application is now available for Howard County high school seniors planning to pursue higher education in the arts.

The Arts Council will award a minimum of $10,000 in scholarship funds to students entering college in the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarships must be used for enrollment in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Award amounts will range between $1,000 and $5,000 and may be used for tuition and fees only.

Applications will be reviewed by the Arts Council’s Scholarship Panel, made up of professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines. Review criteria will include artistic merit, demonstrated knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts, and a demonstrated track record of success in an academic setting. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in March 2021.

Applications for the scholarship program must be submitted online. Prospective applicants should visit to initiate the application process. Applicants must be legal residents of Howard County in their senior year of high school. Applications must be submitted electronically by January 13, 2021. Contact the Howard County Arts Council at 410-313-2787 or email [email protected] for more information.



Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize
deadline January 11
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that applications for the 16th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are now open. The prestigious competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. Approximately six finalists will be selected for final review for the prize. This year, the finalists’ work is scheduled to be exhibited at the Walters Art Museum. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 11, 2021 and the application is available at
The finalists’ exhibition is scheduled to be on view Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St. Admission to the exhibition is free. In the case of continuing COVID-19 restrictions, the exhibition will occur on the online platform Kunstmatrix, with curatorial support from the Walters Arts Museum.
Additionally, works by the remaining semifinalists will be selected by BOPA curator Lou Joseph for a separate exhibition during the summer of 2021. The 2021 jurors are Naz Cuguoğlu, Michelle Grabner, and Meleko Mokgosi.

Past distinguished recipients of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are Laure Drogoul (Baltimore, MD) in 2006; Tony Shore (Baltimore, MD) in 2007; Geoff Grace (Baltimore, MD) in 2008; Baltimore Development Cooperative (Baltimore, MD) in 2009; Ryan Hackett (Kennsington, MD) in 2010; Matthew Porterfield (Baltimore, MD) in 2011; Renee Stout (Washington, DC) in 2012; Gabriela Bulisova (Washington, DC ) in 2013; Neil Feather (Baltimore, MD) in 2014; Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore, MD) in 2015; FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (Baltimore, MD) in 2016; Cindy Cheng (Baltimore, MD) in 2017; Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD) in 2018; Akea Brionne Brown (Baltimore, MD) in 2019; and LaToya M. Hobbs (Baltimore, MD) in 2020.

In 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize competition occurred fully online with a virtual exhibition and an online award ceremony, during which LaToya M. Hobbs was announced as the winner. The ceremony is available to watch on BOPA’s YouTube.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Estimated Timeline
Application Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2021
Announcement of Semifinalists: Mid-February 2021
Announcement of Finalists: Mid-March 2021
Finalist Studio Visits with Exhibition Curators: Late March 2021
Finalist Exhibition Press Preview: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 10 AM
Finalist Exhibition: Thursday, May 27 – Sunday, July 18, 2021
Finalist Interview: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Award Announcement: Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 7pm; Galleries open at 6pm



header image: "Masks in Repose" by Jessica Atlass Roscoe, from Picturing Pandemic Baltimore exhibition

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