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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 calls for entry 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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Cultural Exchange in Times of Crisis: A Historical Perspective from Mexico of the 1930s and ‘40s and the Lessons it Holds for Today
Tuesday, January 12 • 1:30pm
presented by Art Seminar Group

During the late 1930s and early 40s, as the winds of fascism and war began to blow in Europe, the United States promoted exhibitions in and about Latin America, an attempt to promote cultural diplomacy with its hemispheric neighbors. One of the most important such display was the unprecedented exhibition “Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art / Veinte Siglos de Arte Mexicano,” which took over the newly completed building of the Museum of Modern Art in New York from May to November 1940. The show was mounted during a moment of great tension between the two nations, as Mexico had just expropriated its oil resources, and many in the US business community would have preferred invasion – or at least sanctions – rather than a venue for Mexico to show its art. However, the show was the talk of the town in New York, and portions of the exhibits were sent on to other cities as well. This talk will explore the idea of cultural diplomacy and the important role art can play between nations.

$15 fee for guests and subscribers



Conversation with Artist Soledad Salamé
Wednesday, January 13: 11 am
@ the Washington Print Club

Please join us on Wednesday, January 13, 11:00 (EST) for an online conversation with Chilean-born, Baltimore-based artist Soledad Salamé. Soledad is a printmaker and owner of Sol Print Studio. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. Ksenia Nouril, Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center, Philadelphia and Amy Eva Raehse, Executive Direct and Partner at the Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore. Together they will address topics of climate change, immigration and activism as reflected in Salamé’s work, as well as her many artistic collaborations with other printmakers.

We encourage you to register on Eventbrite promptly before registration is opened to nonmembers.

Soledad’s work is represented in public and private collections throughout the world including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the World Bank.



Wednesday, January 13 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through February 4
@ Hotel Indigo

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo in celebrating new works by Maryland artist, Blake Conroy. Conroy’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. In addition to Conroy’s exhibition on view at Hotel Indigo, his work can also be viewed online Tuesday, December 2 -Thursday, February 4, on MAP’s new virtual gallery located on our website.

About the Artist:
In a world that commodifies nature, Conroy shows us the individuality of every living thing. Conroy disseminates his message through art: “We must preserve and protect the richness of our world—replete as it is with unique, particular things.”After drawing and laser-cutting images of the same subject viewed from different perspectives, the multimedia sheets are layered atop one another, requiring the viewer to closely examine each page’s minute differences.

Blake M Conroy resides in Aberdeen, Maryland. Conroy graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Conroy is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Additionally, Conroy was an artist in residence at Glo’Art in Belgium, 2018. Conroy is represented by the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown Md. Selected shows include: Solo shows at Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa Ok, Bloomsbury University, Bloomsbug Pa, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati Oh. He has also shown at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La., Masur Museum, Monroe, La (People’s Choice Award), UH Hilo Art Department,Hilo, Hi, and The Bennington Center For the Arts, Bennington, Vt.

Due to COVID and the ever-changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact to reserve your spot

We hope to see you Wednesday, January 13  from 5 – 7 pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage



AIA Baltimore 150th Celebration!
Wednesday, January 13 • 4-5pm
presented by AIA Baltimore

Let’s toast to 150 years! During this very special birthday party, you’ll hear from city and cultural leaders on the impact of Baltimore architecture and architects, learn about upcoming 2021 AIA Baltimore programs and opportunities, and enjoy a night of memorable toasts, history, and trivia!

Follow Us on Facebook and Instagram so you can keep up with all our exciting 2021 programs. We will be presenting various fundraisers, trivia nights, lectures, and networking events. Stay in the loop by giving us a follow!

Check out our Youtube Channel that hosts various lectures, virtual tours, historical overviews, and more! Become a Subscriber to see all our upcoming 150th Programs virtually from the comfort of your home!

As we enter our 150th year, consider giving a gift to The Center Fund. A monumental move for us means monumental opportunities, and we need your help to make the exciting opportunities ahead of us a reality. Our aim is to raise $1 million for The Center Fund, our capital campaign to sustain the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design. Your individual contribution or firm/corporate sponsorship will match these funds to sustain costs for the design and construction and ongoing operations of the Center.



The Art of Activism, MLK Weekend Virtual Programs
Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18
presented by BOPA + Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum this MLK weekend to commemorate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a weekend of virtual programming from Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18, 2021. Four days of virtual events feature arts and activism programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the voices of community leaders and artists who live the legacy of Dr. King through their work. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s impossible to gather for Baltimore’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. programs offer the Baltimore region an opportunity to safely honor Dr. King during this historic weekend.

The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features a High School Juried Art Show and Artist Talk with Will Watson on Friday, January 15; a lecture featuring Eddie S. Glaude Jr, in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library, on Saturday, January 16; a Celebratory Film Screening, on Sunday, January 17; and The Art of Activism: Youth Activists Panel Discussion, on Monday, January 18.

More information about The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is available at and

The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Full Schedule

High School Juried Art Show and Artist Talk with Will Watson
Friday, January 15, 2021 – 7PM

Join the Lewis Museum to recognize Maryland high school students who participated in the annual art show. This year’s artistic theme is inspired by the exhibition Make Good Trouble: Marching for Change currently on view at the Lewis Museum. This virtual program includes an artist talk with Will Watson, spoken word presentation by DewMore Baltimore and a conversation with the student artists. In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. In partnership with the Lewis Museum.More Information

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture Featuring Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Saturday, January 16, 2021 – 2PM

Author Eddie S. Glaude Jr. will talk about race today in America following the Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography–drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews–with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black.  In partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library. More Information

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebratory Film Screening
Sunday, January 17, 2021 – 7PM
Monday, January 18, 2021 – 9PM, (Comcast/Ch 25)

Hear from Baltimore artists and activists whose work honors the legacy of Dr. King. The celebratory video also highlights past footage of Baltimore’s historic and beloved MLK parade. Streaming on Charm TV and BOPA’s YouTube. Sponsored by WBFF FOX45 and Radio One: 92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, Praise 106.1, and WOLB 1010. Supported by Charm TV and the City of Baltimore. More Information.

The Art of Activism: Youth Activists Panel Discussion
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8PM on CharmTV, (Comcast/Ch 25)

2020 ignited a cultural revolution of youth activism. In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, join us for a powerhouse conversation as panelists discuss issues and themes related to MLK’s legacy, inequality, and social injustices. Writer Lisa Snowden McCray will serve as moderator. Panelists include Destinae Butler, Baltimore’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate; Lynnea Davis, Youth Activist; Destini Philpot, Good Kids Mad City; and Tia Thomas, Wide Angle Youth Media. Streaming on Charm TVMore Information.

About Baltimore’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, a twenty-year tradition, has historically joined Baltimore business and community members in tribute to the remarkable civil rights activist. Each year, residents, visitors, elected representatives and organizations have joined the procession to commemorate the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice and international peace.

In 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Film Screening, as part of The Art of Activismprogramming, will feature memorable footage from past parades to honor this historic and beloved Baltimore tradition.

Join the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum this MLK weekend to commemorate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a weekend of virtual programming from Friday, January 15 through Monday, January 18, 2021. Four days of virtual events feature arts and activism programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and highlight the voices of community leaders and artists who live the legacy of Dr. King through their work. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s impossible to gather for Baltimore’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The Art of Activism: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. programs offer the Baltimore region an opportunity to safely honor Dr. King during this historic weekend.



RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals online exhibition | Opening
Monday, January 18 | Ongoing through December 31
presented by National Museum of Women in the Arts

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals is a new participatory exhibition featuring nine interdisciplinary artists. Conceived as a virtual experience that re-contextualizes the traditional role of women in providing sustenance and healing, RECLAMATION will also feature content submitted by the public, interwoven with the artists’ work. Submissions can be uploaded starting on November 15, 2020.

RECLAMATION is an evolving exhibition and ingredient archive that examines food as a creative medium for visual art and a connective tool for exploring intergenerational and intercultural experiences. The exhibition centers around a kitchen table, the central domestic object for gatherings of family and friends. Nine artists will activate their own kitchen tables, sharing photographs, videos and stories about how they use this domestic object. These intimate glimpses into the artists’ homes simultaneously reveal a work of art and the process by which it is made.

Through a digital ingredient archive, developed in partnership with the Family Arts Museum and Ten-Fifteen Media, online visitors can participate in the exhibition by sharing recipes, anecdotes, photos and reflections related to food. Submissions will be layered with the artists’ work, creating a dynamic portal for exploring the interconnectedness of food and the communal nature of nourishing and curing the body. In this way, both artists and viewers will use those materials to honor women’s roles in the practices and traditions surrounding food.

RECLAMATION: Recipes, Remedies, and Rituals opens a year-long season of programming that examines the relationship between food, art, and women as part of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.



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Spring 2021 Artist in Residence Program (AiR) “Virtual Residency” | Call for Artists
priority application deadline January 14
sponsored by Montgomery College

All Spring 2021 residency programming will be implemented virtually to accommodate our remote studio art and art history classes. We are seeking proposals for a virtual artist residency that focuses on artistic collaboration with students. The three-week residency will take place during April 2021.

About the Residency – The Rockville Art Department of Montgomery College is located on the Rockville Campus outside Washington, DC. The Germantown Art Department is located on the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College. The College has an enrollment of about 60,000 credit and noncredit students and is noted as being one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse in the nation, with student from over 170 countries enrolled.

The Art Department encourages proposals that cultivate collaborative work between artists and students. The three-week Artist in Residence program (AIR) augments the studio arts curriculum by providing students with direct hands-on experience in the arts that is guided by visiting artists. This is accomplished by:

Enabling students to work with contemporary artists other than faculty.

Fostering a vested commitment between artist, student and the educational setting of the College.

Enhancing the Department’s curriculum.

What we are looking for

We are seeking individuals or groups with a wide range of artistic practices outside the traditional studio arts foundation curriculum. Proposals should offer a mutually supportive creative learning environment between students, classes, and artist. Preference will go to proposals that emphasize the creative potential for working collaboratively in a virtual environment.

Who may apply

Professional artists or artists groups in all visual arts disciplines who are interested in working with students are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants whose work and proposal expand on the working range of foundation level teaching and whose proposal utilizes the creative potential of the remote instruction and the virtual environment.

Project Stipend

A stipend of $2500 will be available for the three-week residency. Student materials for any proposed collaboration with students will be supported through a separate budget and will be determined based on the size and scope of the work. Non-residential (housing and travel not provided).



The Body Language 2021 | Call for Entry
deadline January 15
sponsored by ITSLIQUID

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is selecting all interesting photo, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art works to include in the next exhibition THE BODY LANGUAGE – ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2021 that will be held in Venice during the period of Venice Carnival 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, from February 25 to March 19, 2021, and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from February 26 to March 19, 2021.

THE BODY LANGUAGE analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness.

The exhibition will be presented during the period of Venice Carnival 2021 and we invite artists to be inspired by the magical power of Venetian costumes, exploring the connection between desires, needs, fears through rituals that brings human kind to change, to transform and to evolve their inner world.

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2021 (11.59 PM of your local time)

Artists, photographers, video makers, architects and performers are invited to submit their works. To take part in the selection click here, or send your works’ submissions with a CV/biography, some still images (for video-art), links of videos/films/performances and pictures via e-mail to



INK IT Juried Printmaking Exhibit | Call for Entry
deadline January 17
sponsored by BlackRock Center for the Arts

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting entries for the regional juried exhibition INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices. The juror will be Susan J. Goldman, an artist, master printmaker, curator, filmmaker and founding director of both Lily Press® and the Printmaking Legacy Project®. Open to both professional artists and student artists (reduced fee) in the Mid-Atlantic region (MD, DC, VA, PA, DE and WV) age 18+. Artists may submit entries for up to three works completed within the past three years (January 2018 – January 2021). Selected entries will be presented in the exhibition from February 27 – April 10, 2021. Awards will include one artist selected for a future solo exhibit in Gallery II (upper level). For more information, please contact Anne Burton, Gallery Director, at

ELIGIBILITY: Live, work or attend school in MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, or WV. Must be age 18+
ENTRY DEADLINE: January 17, 2021 (online submission by 11:59 pm EST)
$20 – Professional Artists (up to 3 works per entry)
$10 – Student Artists (up to 3 works per entry)
PROSPECTUS: Please click here to view the full prospectus before applying.
APPLY ONLINE: Submit images and information online through Submittable.



Panelists sought for 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeship grants
deadline January 22
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review Folklife Apprenticeship grants for the 2022 fiscal year. Offered annually, Folklife Apprenticeship grants fund the teaching of skills from a master to a learner artist in the traditional arts. During the study period, a master artist passes down her or his knowledge to a learner artist in an effort to support the vitality of traditional arts in Maryland.

Panelist work is at the heart of 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 Apprenticeship 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.

MSAC selects Folklife Apprenticeship panelists in alignment with the rubric criteria located here. MSAC encourages panelist applications from historically-resilient communities, including but not limited to communities comprising Black, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as people with disabilities.

Folklife Apprenticeship panelists are paid $350.00 for their service, which includes the responsibilities listed below. MSAC staff provide support throughout the process. Please note that, currently, all panelist activities are held virtually. All panelists:

Attend a 90-minute panelist orientation, which includes a focus on uncovering implicit bias.

Independently read and score grant applications by the established deadlines. Scores and comments are submitted online.

Attend one panel of approximately two to four hours, depending on the number of applications received.

MSAC is committed to providing the training and flexibility that ensures the regular addition of new panelists to its review panels. In addition to regular orientation sessions, panelists are encouraged to reach out to relevant program staff to ensure their experience is both professionally useful to them and in alignment with MSAC needs. In other words: we are here to curate a positive experience for you!



Baltimore Screenwriters Competition | Call for Entry
deadline *extended* January 27
sponsored by BOPA + Baltimore Film Office

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) continues accepting entries for the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Due to the ongoing pandemic, and the backlog of USPS package shipments, the application deadline has been extended until Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Screenplays are to be submitted electronically only, along with the completed application. Copies of the application form, along with entry fee check, must be mailed to The Baltimore Film Office, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 10 E. Baltimore Street, 10th floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The application and full guidelines are available online at

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are judged by industry professionals in film and television, including producers and writers working on projects for HBO, NBC and others. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are scheduled to be announced during the 2021 Maryland Film Festival in May 2021. The 2021 Competition Judges include MK Asante, Nina K. Noble, and Annette Porter. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

In 2020, the 15th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition judges – Ken LaZebink, Nina K. Noble, B.A. Parker and Annette Porter selected “King of the Freaks” by Evan Balkan; “Squeegee Boy” by Chung-Wei Huang; “Wooden Nickels” by Miceal O’Donnell; and “Stealing Cars,” “Derby Night” and “Like You Think You Know Me” by Stephen Schuyler, whose “Like You Think You Know Me” screenplay also won a Script Competition Award at the Austin Film Festival 2020. Previous Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners have also received Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowships, Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and have participated in nationwide film festivals.



BlackRock Exhibition Proposals
deadline February 1
sponsored by BlackRock Center for the Arts

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for solo, group and themed exhibits to be presented in our galleries in 2022 and beyond. BlackRock accepts proposals at any time of year from artists, artist groups and collectives, as well as curators. The annual deadline is February 1 (11:59 PM). For more information, please contact Anne Burton, Gallery Director, at

ELIGIBILITY: Resident of MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, or WV. Must be age 18 or older.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2021 (online submission by 11:59 pm EST)
APPLICATION FEE: $35 (non-refundable)
PROSPECTUS: Please click here to view the full prospectus before applying.
APPLY ONLINE: Submit images and information online through Submittable.



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