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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.

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Moron This Later… | Virtual Exhibition
Ongoing though March 13
presented by Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary is pleased to present Moron This Later…, a virtual solo exhibition of the late William S. Dutterer (1943–2007) and is honored to partner with the Dutterer Trust in reintroducing his range of works from early minimalist abstraction to comic-book-inspired figuration.

Dutterer was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated in the first class of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s prestigious Hoffberger School of Painting. He was a beloved professor at the Corcoran College of Art for twenty years, commuting for much of that time from New York. Dutterer died in 2007 leaving thousands of works to be discovered. The Dutterer Trust is directed by his wife, Jamie Johnson.

Featured in this exhibition is a selection of late paintings and drawings concerned with the central human feature, the head. In Dutterer’s hands, these come in several forms. The first are reductive, clown-like, lozenge-shaped forms that are deceptively simple yet evocative and often screaming, yelling, biting, pursing. A second style of Dutterer’s heads are blind-folded, gagged, wrapped, and faceless. These heads symbolize an essential concern: finding one’s ability to give voice to sincerity, truth, beliefs, anger, frustration, love, and humor. In addition, the bound heads point to something deeper: a duality and sometimes frequent conflict of internal and external forces. Are the wrapped heads symbolizing our ability to see or not see what is happening around us, or is the wrapping a symbol of being invisible to others? Likewise, are the gagged heads symbolizing one’s inability to speak truth to power and being silenced by outside forces?

Amid a global pandemic, a confrontation with systemic racism and police brutality, and attacks on democracy itself, Dutterer’s bold visions about the follies of humankind are more than merely relevant, they are urgent. The title, Moron This Later…, is a quote from Dutterer’s email signature and is a humorous play upon Catalyst Contemporary’s upcoming in person exhibition of his work later this year.

Catalyst Contemporary is pleased to offer this virtual exhibition on its Artsy platform in preparation for an in person exhibition at our Baltimore Gallery in the fall 2021.



Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 28
presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Ornamenta 2021, its  annual fundraiser, via seven online events. From February 11 through February 28, guests can enjoy  Ornamenta from the comfort of their own homes. Events include demonstrations, artist and art  historian talks, and live music. Each event is paired with take-out meals from local restaurants  including Le Comptoir Du Vin, Blacksauce Kitchen, Orto, Dutch Courage, Golden West, and  Dylan’s Oyster Cellar.

Tickets range from $45-$80 and a snack pack option is available for guests outside of Baltimore.  Each ticket includes access to an online event, one meal from a local restaurant, access to an online  silent auction, and one raffle ticket. The silent auction and raffle will feature with work from many  art jewelers from around the country as well as donations from awesome local businesses and  restaurants. Tickets can be purchased at 

Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA  Jewelry Center.Today, the nonprofit is providing a rigorous academic program and robust studio  access program for metal and jewelry artists. Ornamenta is an annual event; the fundraiser provides  the BJC an opportunity to raise much-needed funds while exposing a larger community to their work.  The event attracts a desirable audience who share a common interest in jewelry, art, and patronizing  Baltimore-based businesses.

Revenue from Ornamenta allows the Baltimore Jewelry Center to offer free workshops in and around  Baltimore, offer scholarships to students, sustain a residency program for emerging artists, offer  programming for Baltimore City Public School students, implement a workforce development  program for city youth, and host prestigious exhibitions that present the work of local, national, and  international artists.



Zoe Friedman: Selected Works
Thursday, February 11 • 2-2:25pm + 2:35-3pm | Ongoing Thursdays through February 25
presented by Cade Center Gallery

Exhibit Dates and Visitation
The exhibit will be open for select appointment dates in Feb 2020

About the Artwork:

On view are a collection of works spanning the last several years of a dedicated studio practice. Hanging tapestries hand cut with intricate designs, large scale collage works pressed in glass, stop motion animation with sound that fills the gallery space, along with a selection of hanging mobiles that cast shadows and meander across the walls and floor—they are dynamic works that engage time, light, and space.

About the Artist:

Zoe Friedman exhibits her work nationally and internationally. She has received a Fulbright ETA Fellowship to Malaysia (2007), a Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship (2012) and a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center (2012). Last summer she completed a large-scale permanent installation at the Hampden Enoch Pratt Public Library in Baltimore. She has an active studio practice and is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Time Based Media Program at Anne Arundel Community College.

Artist Statement:

I craft things on a small scale, such as hand-cut paper or scenes in a stop motion, gradually building them into immersive installations. My work incorporates the ephemeral space around an object, such as light, shadow and movement, which then becomes an integral part of the piece itself. I’m interested in art that can move between the familiar and the unknown, to incorporate both the domestic and the wild. 



Meet the Artist: Lek Vercauteren Borja
Thursday, February 11 • 6:30-7:30pm
presented by Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Celebrate the launch of the online exhibition, Anak (My Child) with a talk by multimedia artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, who discusses her dynamic and ethereal mixed media works and the experiences that inspire them. Vercauteren Borja emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. with her family at age 10 and has since moved through the world many times feeling displaced. She uses art to return to those moments in order to better understand them and their effect on shaping her as a person.

Suggested donation: $10. Make a donation at

Shae McCoy Presents: West Baltimore Ruins
Thursday, February 11 • 7pm
presented by Red Emma’s

If you’ve been to our restaurant in the past year, you’ll have seen Shae’s beautiful photography in our windows. Now, join us as Shae presents her debut book, West Balitmore Ruins, in conversation with Teri Henderson, curator and staff writer for BmoreArt.

Join us on youtube live to celebrate the release of Shae McCoy’s new book, West Baltimore Ruins, with this conversation between Shae McCoy and Teri Henderson of Bmore Art!

“West Baltimore Ruins includes beautiful yet eery photographs of houses and businesses that have been left vacant for decades. The book includes bits of information about things such as housing discrimination, blight and more.”



Witness: Stories and music that reveal hidden truths and untold stories
Thursday, February 11 • 7pm
presented by The Stoop

The Stoop Storytelling Series presents “Witness: Stories and music that reveal hidden truths and untold stories.”

Featuring true, personal tales about birth, death, ghosts, and disappearances. Plus performances from Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops and spoken word artists The 5th L.

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary, true tales of their lives. The mission of The Stoop is to build community through the sharing of personal stories. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the tales of more than 3,000 people onstage — including notable citizens such as Congressman Elijah Cummings, “The Wire” creator David Simon, activist DeRay Mckesson, and Senator Barbara Mikulski. The Stoop has been featured in The Washington Post and The New York Times. Learn more at

If you attend the Engaging Males of Color Event, Beyond Expectations: Beyond Numbness and Anger, you will receive a code for a 15% discount to “Witness: Stories and music that reveal hidden truths and untold stories.”



Contextual Exposure: Artist Talk with Ada Pinkston, Rebecca Marimutu, and Noel Puello
Friday, February 12 • 6 pm
Presented by Waller Gallery via Facebook Live

The exhibition features national multimedia artist Ada Pinkston, Baltimore based multimedia artist Rebecca Marimutu, and Philadelphia-based fashion designer Noel Puello.

Each artist, through their work, incorporates different levels of repurposing and vulnerability in the context of their art practices and personal experiences. The artists visualize their stories and craft yet each artist has, and continues, to provide context to how they expose the elements and materials of their work. All the artists in “Contextual Exposure” unveil a process, a feeling, and identities with varied perspectives and messages.



Figure Study: Drypoint Prints by Louise Bourgeois and Pooneh Maghazehe | Reception
Saturday, February 13 • 12-5pm | Ongoing through March 12
@ Critical Path Method

Visit by Appointment Only

This presentation marks the inaugural project of CPM editions—the publication of a suite of four drypoint prints by Pooneh Maghazehe, exhibited in conversation with four drypoint prints by Louise Bourgeois from 1993-2000.

The pairing of these two artists is presented as a dialogue between two approaches to figuration, taking place on a common material ground—a case study about how the depiction of the body and the concept of figuration has been expressed in different eras, cultures, and aesthetic traditions. This show is also about how the notion of the multiple informs the way we see and process the figure. Equally, this is a study of the historical figure of the artist and how discourse about and between artists evolves.

The four Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911- d. 2010) prints chosen for this show depict the body in various states of pain. The titles: Dismemberment, Arched Figure, Head on Fire, and Hanging Figure all describe violence or mutilation imposed upon the body. The figures are laid bare, presented succinctly on a stark, vacant background. The overt imaging of external physical trauma in these works functions as a gateway into an internal, non-physical condition, into memory and the subconscious—a territory often explored by Bourgeois throughout her career.

In Maghazehe’s prints the figure also sits at the boundary between physical and psychological space, but the bodies exist more as an absence than a presence; a starting point from which a complex process of encryption and erasure unfolds. The initial steps in the making of these works involved applying a vinyl stencil of the artist’s enlarged figure drawings to the surface of the copper plates, sanding the entirety of the negative space, and dissolving the vinyl stencil, leaving its ghost image unmarked. The imagery comes out of a memory that has fueled much of Maghazehe’s sculptural works in recent years—a visit to Miami beach in the summer of 2014, in which she observed two identical twin girls carefully measuring and sharing sips of a diet coke, passing the bottle back and forth, then throwing it out, still mostly full. Elements of this story float within the pictorial landscape and are abstracted by ornamental marks and patterns that allude to a range of ideas, from Islamic Architecture and textiles, to Euclidean Geometry.

A special thanks to Peter Blum Editions as well as Catherine Stack and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, for helping make this exhibition possible.

Pooneh Maghazehe (b. 1979) lives and works between New York and Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2011 and her Master of Science in Interior Architecture from Pratt Institute in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include 2for1 at Brennan & Griffin Gallery NY, New York Resort, Split Double Zero at Resort, Baltimore MD, and Double Zero -0%0%0%0%0% at 17 Essex, New York, NY. Select group exhibitions “Isolation is the Mother of Invention” at Kathryn Brennan Gallery, NY, New York, “even grass gets lonely” at darkZone, Madison, NJ, Don’t trust me, I’m homeless, curated by K.O. Nnamdie of Restaurant Projects, Ed. Varie, NY, New York, The Pit Presents Step Sister at The Pit, Los Angeles, CA, Naotaka Hiro, Pooneh Maghazehe, Robin Peck, Eric Wesley at Stepsister, NY, New York, Without God or Governance, Marinaro Gallery, NY, New York, and Momentarily, Columbus Property Management, NY, New York.



Bearing Witness – the artists’ tenacious view | Exhibition Launch
Monday, February 15 • 5pm | Ongoing through April 15
presented by Hamilton Gallery

The exhibitions, Bearing Witness – the artists’ tenacious view, explore how the events of 2020 have impacted the creative process and psyche of working artists. 59 artists from the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area are included in the exhibition. The group exhibition showcases a wide range of artist’s viewpoints working in various media including: drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Artist were asked to write a statement reflecting on the theme of the exhibition and the events of 2020 as related to their work presented and their art process.

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 proposed to be held in summer of 2021 depending on current public health conditions.

The exhibitions are curated by Jessica Devilbiss a HAC|HG exhibiting artist member who currently works as an Emerging Professionals Program Guide at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. Bridget Z. Sullivan, the Curatorial Director of HAC|HG, is coordinating and facilitating the events.

Artists featured in the exhibition:
Kathleen Adrian, Kiane Artis, Jude Asher, Beverly Baptiste, Ruby Bassford, Loring Boglioli, Dominique Butler, Schroeder Cherry, Melissa Cormier, Diane Dennis, Julie Dietrich, Jim Doran, Heather Dorst, Grace Doyle, Donald Edwards, Abby Fitzgibbon, Amanda Hays, Elli Maria Hernandez, Jodi Hoover, Jessie Houff, Samantha Iaconi, Noelle Imparato, Chloe Irla, Yasmine C. Iskander, Flora Iste, Janet Jeffers, Annette Jones-Wilson, Amy Klainer , Nic Koski, Walter Levy, Katana Lippart, George Lorio, Jon Malis, Dereck Mangus, Alberta Marchesani, James McDonald, Greg McLemore, Chloe Ndour, Nef Partlow-Myrick, Katey Phelps, Linda Popp, Lynn Poshepny, Tim Prendergast, Theresa Reuter, LJ Richey, Lucas Rougeux, Lauren Silex, Val Smith, Therese Spadaro, Peter Stern, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Carol Tankard, Maxine Taylor, David, Thompson, Chloe Wack, Samantha, Welsch, Delvonta Wilson, Monica Youn, and Richard Gordon Zyne

An in-person group exhibition is planned for later this year, when it is healthful to do so, and will be held at Hamilton Gallery located at 5502 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD. The virtual, online exhibition, and the in-person exhibition Bearing Witness – the artists’ tenacious view, are co-sponsored by HAC|HG and a grant from Baltimore Promotion of the Arts.



Calls for Entry // Opportunities

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Art Contest for Artists with Disabilities | Call for Entry
deadline February 22
sponsored by Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial

In our discussions as a board, we have been searching for ways to provide resources to artists of all ages with disabilities in Maryland during the pandemic.

We are very excited to announce our first Juried Art Contest for Artists with Disabilities-Art Created During the Pandemic-“OPTIMISM, RESILIENCE, HOPE,” in the Spirit of Ellene “Brit” Christiansen for artists age 5 and up.



Famous Artists Inspire | Call for Entry
deadline February 28
sponsored by The Arts Collective

Artists are influenced by personal mentors, by use of media, art elements, composition or content, for example. Show off work that displays what you have learned from your mentor teachers.

CURRENT MEMBERS: $10 for entry of 1-2 pieces; must fit in a 3′ x 2′ space

CURRENT MEMBERS: $20 for entry of up to 6 pieces, must fit within a 6′ x 6′ space

NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERS: $25, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)

NEW STUDENT MEMBERS AND RENEWING STUDENT MEMBERS: $15, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)



Fair Housing Month Student Exhibition 2021 | Call for Entry
deadline March 1
sponsored by BOPA + BNHA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore City Office of Equity and Civil Rights announce a Student Artwork Call for Entry for the 2021 Fair Housing Month Exhibition. This call for entry seeks student art from Elementary School, Middle School, and High School students in Baltimore City for the 2021 Fair Housing Month Student Exhibition in April 2021. The exhibition will be a dynamic curated outdoor art event installed in the Parks and People Foundation location at 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21217 from Thursday, April 1, until Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Students can submit their artwork here, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, March 1, 2021. The 2021 Fair Housing Month Exhibition is supported by the Maryland Center for History and Culture and the City of Baltimore. More information is available

Theme: What Does Home Mean to You? 

The theme of the 2021 Fair Housing Month Exhibition is open to interpretation on the theme of home. From your dream house, to your dream neighborhood, to what your block looks like, to thoughts on redlining, housing segregation, and discrimination. Students are encouraged to let their imagination and creativity soar. The prompts for Elementary, Middle, and High School students are included below.


Elementary School students are encouraged to read The Fair Housing Five and the Haunted House, illustrated by Sharika Mahdi, and then draw pictures, construct homes out of shoeboxes, or create a paper cut-out model of a house, neighborhood or block.


Middle School students are encouraged to read A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, and then create artwork based on the ideas of homeownership, home-buying, and moving into their very first home.


High School students are encouraged to read Baltimore’s own writer, Kondwani Fidel’s Hummingbirds in the Trenches, and then write a poem or create artwork about the meaning of home.


The Office of Equity and Civil Rights will provide the first 25 student entrants in each category with a free copy of the related book: Elementary School – The Fair Housing Five & The Haunted House, illustrated by Sharika Mahdi; Middle School – A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry; and High School – Hummingbirds in the Trenches, written by Kondwani Fidel.


For additional inspiration and resource, students are also encouraged to review the following videos:

National Fair Housing Alliance, “Seven Days – History of the Fair Housing Act

Maryland Center for History and Culture, “Housing Discrimination


For further information about the 2021 Fair Housing Month Student Exhibition, please visit


For any questions, please contact Lauren Jackson in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights at



Residency Program | Call for Applications
deadline March 19
sponsored by Creative Alliance

The Residency Program provides a highly visible, intense and creative environment for the production of artwork in all media. Attracting artists from around Baltimore, nationally, and internationally, the program is located on the second floor of Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, Baltimore’s most diverse neighborhoods. The program accommodates eight resident artists, one in each of the studios and is intended for emerging artists and more accomplished artists whose goal is to invigorate their work in an intensive creative atmosphere.



2021 ONLINE Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
deadline April 5
sponsored by Baltimore Watercolor Society

Exhibition Dates:
June 12-August 31, 2021
Locations:  ONLINE at
and the BWS Facebook page
Entries must be received by:
April 5, 2021
Notification to artists:
May 10, 2021
Online Workshop:
June 21, 22 & 24 2021
Online Reception and Awards Presentation:
June 27, 2021, 2pm-4pm
Entry Fee for one or two images:
BWS members $30 (using coupon code), non-members $35
Optional catalog donation $5
NOTE: You may submit one or two images, but only one entry will be selected for exhibition.



header image: William S. Dutterer, The First Casualty of War is the Truth, 2004 Oil and charcoal on linen

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