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Do you want to spend 2021 alone making art in the desert? Is it your goal to be a 2021 Sondheim Finalist? Do you need funding to create art in public places?

Today we offer you the opportunity to at least bookmark and tab, and hopefully find at least one thing to scrape together an application for in 2021. It’s actually good practice to force yourself to fill out applications, even for things that seem out of reach. Also, the more you do, you can take more risks and experiment with the process without judging yourself. Cheers to new deadlines, new faces, and new work!

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Lexington Market Public History Initiative | Call for Submissions
sponsored by The Peale

The Peale is excited to participate in the Lexington Market Public History Initiative, which is collecting, archiving, and telling the stories of Lexington Market, Baltimore’s largest public market and an icon of culinary and cultural heritage. Construction on a new Market building is under way with expected completion in early 2022, and at this critical inflection point for the Market, key partners have come together to launch this initiative in the hopes of both paying homage to the Market’s long history and also paving the way for its next chapter.

The initiative’s core partners are Baltimore HeritageBaltimore Public Markets CorporationLexington Market, Inc., Market Center Community Development CorporationSeawall, and the Peale, and the work is partially enabled by a Pathways Grant from the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

If you have a memory of Lexington Market, had friends or family who worked there, or any stories you’d like to share about the market, the Peale would LOVE to hear from you as part of a brand new public history project documenting the market. We are amplifying and preserving Baltimoreans’ stories!



B&O Railroad Museum Street Art Competition | Request for Proposals
deadline January 3
sponsored by B&O Railroad Museum

Street art and graffiti have a deep connection with railroads, as works of art crisscross the nation on train cars, connecting artists with unknown new communities. As a reflection on railroads themselves, the B&O Railroad Museum, in partnership with the Creative Alliance, is seeking street art and graffiti art proposals that respond to the idea of connectedness, in our Baltimore community and as a nation. Four selected artists will have the opportunity to create a mural of their design on half of one side of a caboose at the Museum.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Submit the following materials to the B&O Railroad Museum by email to [email protected]:

• Original sketch of street art design that will be installed on train car.

• CV/Resume: Limit to three (3) pages.

• Letter of Intent: How do your personal style and past projects relate to this project.
○ Briefly describe your interest and concept for this project. Use 500 words or less.

• Supporting Materials:

○ Images: Up to ten digital images of relevant completed artwork.
– SUGGESTED: Upload images as JPG files

○ Images Descriptions: Include relevant descriptions with each image (include project budgets where applicable)

○ OPTIONAL: Video file that may demonstrates moving parts, time-based work, functionality, etc.
– SUGGESTED: Upload as mov, wmv, of flv files, no larger than 60MB each, nor longer than five minutes each

• One professional reference: complete contact information for references with a deep knowledge of your artwork and work methods.



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

Arrangements in Space features still lives both traditional and experimental. The artists’ work can range from photographic to abstract, including a variety of objects and moods. Visit our website for details and for the entry form.


Sunday, Jan. 3 | Drop off form 12pm – 3pm

Thursday, Jan. 7 | Reception from 5pm – 7pm, Reserve your spot here

Sunday, Jan. 31 | Pick up from 12pm – 3pm




Spring 2021 MAP Internship | Call for Applicants
deadline January 4
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

MAP offers internships for upper level college students, graduate students and recent graduates. Fall, Spring and Summer Internships available. MAP hours: 11 am-4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday.

Interns are responsible for assisting MAP in a variety of ways, ranging from programming to administration, with opportunities for special projects depending on skills and professional interest.

Intern duties include: performing research; assisting with gallery preparation and installation; photo/video documentation, coordinating events, gallery sitting, social media and community outreach.

Required: High interest. Positive attitude. Professional demeanor. Reliability.

Preferred: Familiarity with Mac and PC platforms; Microsoft Office; Photoshop; social media.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter briefly outlining their interest in the position and their educational and professional goals, along with a résumé to Caitlin Gill: [email protected]. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2021 MAP internship is January 4.



Neighborhood Placemaking Grants (NPG) | Call for Application
deadline January 4
sponsored by Baltimore National Heritage Area

Are you in need of funds for a neighborhood project that helps advance heritage tourism for your community?

BNHA offers the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program for small, non-capital projects in the range of $1,500 – $5,000 with a required one for one match.



Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency | Call for Artists
deadline January 10
sponsored by Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

Founded in 2007, JTHAR is a nonprofit artist residency that fosters creativity through opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local artist community. We establish spaces where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world. Each year we invite 4-6 artists from around the world to create work amidst the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.

Group Artist Residency Period: Seven Weeks – April 27 – June 15, 2021

Artists unable to attend the group Residency Program may apply for a 6-week individual stay at JTHAR.

Artists selected for this program are at all stages of their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice and architecture.



Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize | Call for Entry
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



Baltimore Screenwriters Competition
deadline January 15
sponsored by BOPA + The Baltimore Film Office

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. 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. 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.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2021 by 5pm. The application and full guidelines are available here.

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.

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.



Folklife Apprenticeship | Applications Now Open
deadline January 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC is pleased to announce that applications are open for 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeships. This grant supports traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to a learner artist. Grants are $5,000 each, with $4,000 disbursed to the master artist and $1,000 to the learner artist during a one-year teaching period. Applications are due Friday, January 15, at 5 p.m. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship guidelines and evaluation criteria here.

Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Folklife Apprenticeships annually since 2004. See a list of past recipients at

Folklife Apprenticeships are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program, which supports workforce development.



Diversity Advancement Scholarship | Call for Entry
deadline January 15
sponsored by Architects Foundation

This architecture scholarship can change your life!

Maybe you chose architecture because you want to design a better world. Or you can’t imagine doing anything else. One thing’s for certain: You love this work. And we’d love to help fund your college experience with a multi-year scholarship, up to $20,000.

We created the Diversity Advancement Scholarship to help more minority students pursue a successful career in architecture. Multiple scholarships are available.



Bearing Witness – an exhibition of the artists’ tenacious view | Call for Entry
deadline January 15
sponsored by Hamilton Arts Collective

Hamilton Arts Collective | Hamilton Gallery (HAC|HG) seeks applications from artists to participate in a combined exhibition which includes a 2-month long virtual exhibition(2/15-4/15/21) and a group exhibition (July and August 2021 if possible) to be held at Hamilton Gallery located at 5502 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD.

The exhibitions, Bearing Witness – the artists’ tenacious view, explore how the events of 2020 have impacted the creative process and psyche of working artists.
All media are considered for the exhibitions: drawings, prints, paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.
The exhibitions are co-sponsored by HAC|HG and a grant from Baltimore Promotion of the Arts.  Artists accepted into the virtual exhibition are invited to participate in the subsequent in-person exhibition held in possibly summer of 2021 depending on current public health conditions. This is an open call to artists residing within 75 miles of Baltimore City.

November 25, 2020 – CALL FOR ENTRY OPENS
January 15, 2021 – ENTRY DEADLINE
February 15th – April 15th, 2021 – IN-PERSON EXHIBITION
Summer 2021 (July and August hopefully) – SECOND EXHIBITION Artists will be notified via email regarding the details of the second part of the exhibition to take place in-person at Hamilton Gallery. The current hope is we can hold this exhibition in summer 2021 (July and August).



Summer 2021 and 2022 Artist and Writer in Residence Programs | Call for Artists
deadline January 15
sponsored by Chashama North (ChaNorth)

In 2006 Chashama opened the ChaNorth international artist residency in Pine Plains, New York.  The ChaNorth residency offers the opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists to work and live in the Hudson Valley for four weeks. Annually the program hosts 48 artists during seven 4-week sessions running from April through November.

ChaNorth upholds the storied tradition of the Hudson Valley by providing local and international artists with a supportive and secluded environment in which to create new work. The artist residency is embedded in the rural communities of the surrounding towns, serving as a cultural resource for the Hudson Valley. The program offers networking, exhibition and teaching opportunities and promotes awareness and understanding of visual arts in a rural community through engagement with the artists. ChaNorth also sustains a successful partnership with McEnroe Organic Farm to supply healthy, fresh produce for the artist residency through a work exchange program.

ChaNorth accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to visual arts, choreography, writing, music composition, and performance. National and international emerging and mid-career artists are welcome to apply. For international artists, we can provide letters of support, but each artist is responsible for arranging their own visa. Artists enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at the time of their application are not eligible to apply to ChaNorth.
The application process is in two stages: shortlisted artists will be asked for a 10 -15 minute Skype/phone interview to be scheduled from February 2021. Artists are selected based on quality and commitment to their work, their project description, and their ability to interact positively with the community. ChaNorth accepts a total of 48 artists for each summer season.



Solitary Retreat in the Desert | Call for Artists
deadline January 24
sponsored by Montello Foundation

Montello Foundation is a foundation dedicated to support artists who foster our understanding of nature, its fragility and our need to protect it. The Montello Foundation provides a solitary retreat near Montello, NV where artists can experience the vastness of a desert landscape from a safe building, a “base camp,” a unique space for inspiration and creation, a place that provides a shield from distractions in the solitude of the desert. A building designed with a large shading roof under which there are two distinct spaces: one space for the bodily needs: eating; sleeping; washing, and a stove for the cold desert nights, and a second space for work: for writing; painting; drawing; studying, a space for the first materializations of new ideas. There is no cost for this program. Artists must cover travel and living expenses.



This Week: Picks of the Week will return soon… In the meantime, here are lots of Calls for Entry with upcoming deadlines that you might be perfect for!

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 [email protected]!

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