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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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BmoreArt at Galerie Myrtis | with Larry Cook and Myrtis Bedolla
Thursday, April 1 • 6:30pm
presented by BmoreArt

Join BmoreArt’s Jeffrey Kent and Teri Henderson for a conversation with artist Larry Cook and gallerist Myrtis Bedolla about the importance of Black-owned art galleries, documenting quotidian Black American experiences, and challenging the status quo through art and culture.

Larry Cook is a conceptual artist and photographer, a professor at Howard University, and an archivist based in Washington, DC. Cook is represented by Galerie Myrtis and recently received national acclaim in the 2020 MoMA PS1 exhibit “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”

Galerie Myrtis is a Baltimore-based, Black-owned art gallery, located in a brownstone in the Old Goucher neighborhood since 2008. Owner Myrtis Bedolla is a curator, gallerist, and art consultant who specializes in 20th and 21st-century American art with a focus on work created by African-American artists. Bedolla has recently gained national press in the New York Times (“Black Gallerists Press Forward Despite a Market That Holds Them Back”) and authored the article “Why My Blackness Is Not a Threat to Your Whiteness” in Cultured Magazine in July 2020.

Read BmoreArt’s Interview with Cook and Bedolla from Issue 10 here.

 

 

 

Haitian Waves for Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange Featuring the work of strikeWare
ongoing through May 1
@ Connect + Collect

A digital exhibition screening nightly in the window video gallery from 7 to 10 pm.
Curated by Teri Henderson
“Haitian Waves for Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange,” 2019, Video, Total Runtime — 10 minutes

This digital exhibition screening nightly in Connect+Collect’s window video gallery  features the video Hatian Waves for Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange. The footage was shot by strikeWare member Christopher Kojzar off the coast of Haiti. It is an ode to Elizabeth Lange who came to Baltimore in 1813 and began to work to educate children of Caribbean immigrants and enslaved people, a practice which was illegal at that time. Lange, the founder and first superior of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, was born in Haiti and arrived in the United States by way of Cuba.

The work is viewable entirely from the outside in the window video gallery.

About strikeWare: strikeWare lives on the line between human and user experience. Mollye Bendell creates digital and analog sculptures to connect with digital and analog worlds. Christopher Kojzar experiments with multimedia to convey messages about seeing and being seen. Jeffrey L. Gangwisch works with the interaction of digital and physical media with a focus on the human figure. Together, they work and play with VR/AR, time-based media, customized hardware, digital fabrication, and interactive media. The three person collective were finalists for the 2020 Sondheim Prize.

Connect+Collect Mission Statement: “We believe that everyone can benefit from engaging with the arts and, specifically, from collecting the art of their place and time. Connect+Collect was designed to create opportunities for collectors to build relationships with artists based in Baltimore through studio tours, speaker series, events, gallery openings, PD for artists, and through BmoreArt Magazine. We work with artists and galleries across the city and feature exhibitions in our gallery space.”

For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Teri Henderson at teri@bmoreart.com.

 

 

A Landscape Show | Exhibition Opening
Tuesday, March 16 | Ongoing through April 21
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present A Landscape Show, featuring seven artists with unique perspectives on the role of the landscape within Contemporary Art featuring works by Eugene Leake, Wolf kahn, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Erin Fostel, Henry Coe, Raoul Middleman, and Robert Dash.

The work of Eugene Leake offers a look into rural Maryland from an inquisitive and admiring eye. His perception of our natural world focuses on atmosphere, expression, and movement, and of course an absolute mastery of painting. As a late pillar of the Maryland Arts Community, Leake’s work lives on to inspire the viewer to devour and enjoy painting. Wolf Kahn’s vibrant pastel drawings also showcase the lyricism and emotion that brings a landscape to life. By combining realism with the passionate immediacy of Abstract Expressionism, Kahn’s work harnesses the energy of human-nature interaction.

A Landscape Show features work by Baltimore-based artists Andrea Sherrill Evans and Erin Fostel, who bring the idea of the landscape into a contemporary context. Evans’ silver point drawings from her “Invasive Series” portray images of foliage along Mid-Atlantic roadways. She is interested in the way in which humans influence the natural world, introducing invasive species of plants that come to define a region’s landscape. The growth of these species is slow and unconscious, creeping into our idea of what Maryland looks like. Evans highlights the beauty and simplicity of nature while interjecting the existence of man through moments of disturbed negative space. In a similar attention to steady environmental change, Fostel’s “Baltimore Series” depicts the unconscious architectural elements of the Baltimore landscape. Rendered in graphite and charcoal, she draws buildings which have existed throughout time but have since been repurposed. Rather than showcasing Baltimore’s tourist traps, Fostel reveals the real city landscape, its perceivable imperfections with its dark moments of majesty. These drawings act as “vessels for grief” in the artist’s attempt to mourn the loss of her father, a Baltimore architect who always pointed out the beauty and intricacy of the city’s underrated structures.

Henry Coe’s plein air oil paintings capture the mundane and the sublime of the Maryland landscape. His attention to realism and luminosity evokes feelings of nostalgia for a simpler time when nature provided sustenance and entertainment alike. Through Coe’s gaze, documenting the natural world engages the viewer with a sense of time and place. The exhibition also includes watercolors by Baltimore-based artist Raoul Middleman, combining natural elements with the artist’s unrestrained expression. Middleman’s marks spontaneously dance across the page to highlight the active gestures in the world around him. Robert Dash’s pochoir prints play off of this whimsy. As an avid horticulturist, Dash illustrates gardens, waterways, and pastures, while drawing illusions to their inhabitants through the inclusion of pathways and picket fences. Dash’s landscapes offer a rich depiction of idyllic terrain and flora.

A Landscape Show is on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from March 16 through April 24, 2021. An ALL DAY reception will take place on Saturday, April 3rd, 11 am to 5 pm, in order to keep capacity low in the gallery throughout the day. Press Inquiries: info@cgrimaldisgallery.com

 

 

Why It Matters: Reckoning with Race. Equity. Allyship.
Tuesday, March 16 • 7-8:30pm
presented by Maryland Humanities

Maryland Humanities will host authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal for an event entitled “Why It Matters: Reckoning with Race. Equity. Allyship.” They wrote I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, inspired by the death of Freddie Gray.

The authors will discuss their book and touch on the recent resurgence of our country’s reckoning with racial inequity, a video of Jones that went viral after the death of George Floyd, and reaching beyond platitudes to work together on issues of common concern. The conversation will be moderated by Christine Platt, author and Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. The event is suitable for teens and adults.

Tickets are free but registration is required. People can register here.

 

 

2021 AIA Baltimore & BAF Spring Lecture Series: Money & Hose
Wednesday, March 17 • 12-1pm
presented by AIA Baltimore

Join AIA Baltimore & The Baltimore Architecture Foundation for a Lunchtime Lecture.

Architecture is a manifestation of culture. On the occasion of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary, the AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation 2021 Lecture Series will explore how the built environment simultaneously reflects and influences culture, in Baltimore and beyond. Each lecture will expose how cultural values shape design. The three lectures are focused around themes with specific local resonance in Baltimore, a city in which the arts and culture are key to community identity, history, and future vitality: Architecture and Identity, Art and Architecture, Architecture and Social Justice. Visiting and local speakers will examine and highlight the built environment and its relationship with the arts, community initiatives, sustainability goals, preservation, equity, the vernacular, and more, as we reflect on how these have been shaped by design practice throughout AIA Baltimore’s 150 year history.

Phaan Howng is a Baltimore-based multidisciplinary artist focused on exploring the production of landscape through large-scale landscape painting, sculptures, installations, and performance. Guided by philosophical, anthropological, and socio-political thinking, Howng’s immersive environments are a response to the toxic extractive practices of global capitalism that hinder environmentally and socially just landscapes. Her work attempts to deconstruct man’s presumed power over nature by focusing on the geopolitics of displaced plant-life and questioning the labor and management that result from processing nature as product. Howng will provide an overview of her work and present on her latest exhibition, A Bag Of Rocks For A Bag Of Rice, urging us to rethink how gardening and landscaping practices can mobilize the development of more environmentally thoughtful and sustainable futures.

About The Presenter

Phaan Howng is a Baltimore-based multidisciplinary artist focused on exploring the production of landscape through large-scale landscape painting, sculptures, installations, and performance. Guided by philosophical, anthropological, and socio-political thinking, Howng’s immersive environments are a response to the toxic extractive practices of global capitalism that hinder environmentally and socially just landscapes. Her work attempts to deconstruct man’s presumed power over nature by focusing on the geopolitics of displaced plant-life and questioning the labor and management that result from processing nature as product. Howng received her BFA in Painting from Boston University (2004) and her MFA from the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute of College of Art (2015), where she is currently an adjunct professor. Howng’s work has been exhibited across the United States at major venues and cultural-institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD 2017-2018), the Smithsonian Arts and Industry Museum (Washington D.C. 2018), Spring Break Art Show (New York, NY 2019) Art Kiosk (Redwood City, CA 2019), Facebook (Washington D.C. 2019), and The Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University (Towson, MD 2020).

 

 

The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls | Streaming
Thursday, March 18 | Ongoing through April 11
presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage has announced the cast and artistic team for the world premiere of The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls, the first offering of the Mainstage Series. The play will be delivered solely virtually.

The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curlsis a world premiere play written by multiplatform storyteller Keli Goff. A collection of monologues in the tradition of For Colored Girls…,The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls explores the complex relationship women have with their hair, and reveals that for Black women in particular, hair is deeply personal and political. Playwright Keli Goff has previously written about the politics of hair as a journalist. An Emmy nominated documentary producer, she also works as a screenwriter and recently joined the writers’ room of the Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That…, announced last week. In addition to Goff, all of the major creative and crew roles for this production are filled by a team of extraordinary Black women.

“The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls is a play about self love,” said Director Bianca LaVerne Jones. “It highlights Black hair stories of oppression of self and from outsiders. We are going to address it, get real about it, call it out and HEAL.The Glorious World will lay on display the intimate emotions and stories of Black women and their hair.”

The various stories in the play will be familiar and relatable to many Black women. “Twisted, curled, fried, picked and plaited, Black women have always had an adventurous and creative relationship with our hair,” said Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. “The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls is a funny, heartbreaking and ultimately healing play about the role hair plays in unbraiding, shaping and celebrating our Black identity.” Nottage was joined in her praise of the play by other notables including feminist legend Gloria Steinem, supermodel Beverly Johnson and Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr.( Please see additional page titled “Endorsements for The Glorious World…”.)

The cast includesStori Ayers*,Awa Sal Secka*, andShayna Small*. The artistic team includes Bianca LaVerne Jones (Director); Keli Goff (Playwright); Dede Ayite (Scenic and Costume Designer); Stacey Derosier (Lighting Designer); Diggle (Associate Scenic Designer); Lauren Jackson (Assistant Director); Nikiya Mathis (Hair & Wig Designer); Twi McCallum (Sound Designer); Dean Radcliffe-Lynes (Film & Post Production); David Lee Roberts Jr. (Video Director & Editor); Danielle Teague-Daniels* (Production Stage Manager); and Grace Chariya (Production Management/Stage Management Apprentice).

 

 

LIVE Artist Talk: Hoesy Corona
Thursday, March 18 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore-based uncategorized artist Hoesy Corona works in many mediums to tell stories that confront the past and the present. In conversation with Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Program, Hoesy, a finalist for the 2020 Janet & Walters Sondheim Artscape Prize, shares his work and artistic practice. Exploring references from the Walters Art Museum’s collection, Hoesy compares the experience of the contemporary artist residency to that of the court painter.

Hoesy Corona (b. 1986 Guanajuato, Mexico) is an emerging and uncategorized queer Mexican artist living and working in the United States. His work is executed across various media while considering what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. His performances and installations oftentimes silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, and celebration are present throughout his work.

Read BmoreArt’s profile of Hoesy Corona with his partner in LabBodies, Ada Pinkston, from BmoreArt’s Issue 06 here.

 

 

Celebrating Forty Years and the Future
Friday, March 19 • 7pm
presented by Baltimore Clayworks

A comprehensive exhibition celebrating the artists who contributed to Baltimore Clayworks’ status as an exemplar in the global ceramics community including works by Matt Hyleck, Martina Lantin, Yorhi Fuhii, Brett Freund, Kevin Rohde, Ryan Kelly, Lars Westby, Kyle Bauer, Helen Otterson, and HaeWon Sohn.

We have selected these artist as an embodiment of Clayworks’ vision: an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of the highest quality of ceramic craft. Our group represents a timeline of makers whose tenure in our studios reflect the highest quality of craftsmanship. Spanning multiple generations, these Clayworks artists possess a breadth of talent that covers all aspects of the field.

Functional potters are represented by the high-fire shino ware of Matt Hyleck, colorful majolica terra cotta of Martina Lantin, exquisitely carved vessels of Yoshi Fujii and slip-cast and re-assembled forms of Brett Freund. The sculptural realm is reflected in the realistic figures of Kevin Rohde, whimsical historical references of Ryan Kelly, rustic industrial implements by Lars Westby. Non-traditional approaches are presented by the mixed media works by Kyle Bauer and the pristine porcelain and cast-glass botanicals by Helen Otterson. Installation explorations with slip-cast assemblages by HaeWon Sohn will all be on display.

Many nascent talents started as a resident artist and went on to more illustrious careers. Baltimore Clayworks molded their careers and they in turn shaped our history.

 

 

CityLit Festival: A Virtual Celebration of the Literary Arts
Saturday, March 20 • 10am-5:30pm
presented by CityLit Project + Enoch Pratt Free Library

Join CityLit Project and the Enoch Pratt Free Library for a day of celebrating local and national literature.

10:00 – 11:00 am FEATURED EVENT
The Wolf You Feed: Brandon Hobson, The Removed & Kelli Jo Ford, Crooked Hallelujah

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
One-on-One 30-Minute Editorial Critique Sessions: Rosalia Scalia, Karen Houppert, Bret McCabe, Laura Ballou, Rebekah Kirkman and Chelsea Fetzer (Zoom Meet)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
ReThinking How We Do Story: A 90-minute craft intensive featuring Jennifer Baker, Courtney Maum, Matthew Salesses and Felicia Rose Chavez with Susan Muaddi Darraj moderating.

1:00 – 2:00 pm FEATURED EVENT
The Mattering of Words: Nikky Finney
A Reading and Audience Q & A

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Who’s Missing? & Who’s Here Now? Children’s & YA Lit with Randi Pink, Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi

3:00 – 4:15 pm FEATURED EVENT
The Writer’s Room: Poet to Poet w/Nikky Finney

4:15 – 5:30 pm
The State of Baltimore: Brandon Soderberg, Joshua Davis and Alanah Nichole with Nneka N’Namdi of Fight Blight Baltimore moderating.

This is the only Zoom Webinar link needed to access sessions throughout the Festival day, March 20, 2021, from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm EST.  

Please click the link below to join the CityLit Festival webinar:
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/97990345929?pwd=cmFabHY1bWRyRlE3dUtNbjJUMWs3Zz09
Passcode: 119011

Webinar ID: 979 9034 5929
Passcode: 119011
International numbers available: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/u/aeJfWeXf4f

 

 

david-jeremiah: I.A.H.Y.F.F.A.W.D. / N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D.
Saturday, March 20 | Ongoing through April 25
@ von ammon co

von ammon co is pleased to announce its next project, I.A.H.Y.F.F.A.W.D. / N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D., a solo show by Dallas-based multidisciplinary artist David-Jeremiah. The show will consist of over thirty mixed media works on plywood installed in vertical pairs and predominantly on the gallery’s fourteen exposed structural columns.

On view is a series of paintings on panel whose common content is derived from one of two acronyms, I.A.H.Y.F.F.A.W.D. or N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D. These acronyms, according to the artist, stand in the place of “the most toxic, hateful, and racist sentence [he] could get off [his] chest at the time towards white people”, and neither will ever be decrypted by the artist. The artist is concerned in this series with the rarely-discussed topic of black racism: if racism is a construct undergirded by white supremacy, can those outside of this group participate? By encoding this hateful remark as an acronym, the message adopts its own authority over the recipient, who is unable to read the words but still vulnerable to the acronym’s inherent pathos. The viewer thus spontaneously engages in a dark guessing game wherein assumption overrides proof. A portion of the works on view contain a second acronym, N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D. whose decrypted meaning and sentiment are identical but spoken in Dallas slang and thus consisting of a completely different set of letters.

The shape of each painting shares a common referent: the hood of a particular model of Lamborghini automobile. This reference emerges in several bodies of the artist’s work as a potent conceptual signifier: each of Lamborghini’s contemporary models is named after a particularly dangerous line of fighting bulls, and especially those known to have killed matadors in the bullfighting ring. The fighting bull, which is commonly associated with virility and masculine beauty, is goaded into violent reactions and summarily executed in public as part of a macabre European ritual. The namesake bulls of Lamborghini are the most formidable opponents in the sport’s history: while some did in fact kill their matador opponents, others gained notoriety simply by surviving long enough to earn their freedom.

David-Jeremiah (b. 1985, Oak Cliff, TX) is a conceptual multidisciplinary artist based in Dallas TX. He is a recipient of the 2020 Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Grant Award. A concurrent exhibition, titled G’ordiavonte Fold, will be on view at anonymous gallery in New York City until 04 April. Recent solo exhibitions include PLAY at Halsey McKay Gallery (East Hampton) and Offerings at Janette Kennedy Gallery (Dallas). This is David-Jeremiah’s first exhibition in Washington DC.

von ammon co is a contemporary art gallery based in Georgetown, Washington DC and founded in 2019. One of the only privately-run contemporary art spaces in the US capitol, the gallery’s agenda is to exhibit important exhibitions on a project basis by international artists. I.A.H.Y.F.F.A.W.D. / N.F.D.B.J.W.B.D. is the tenth project in its current location. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday, 12pm to 6pm and by appointment. Please email info@vonammon.co for additional information.

 

 

Light Over Plaster Clouds | Reception (by appointment)
Saturday, March 20 • 2-6pm
@ Critical Path Method

A three woman show featuring Fabienne Lasserre, Yamini Nayar, and Rosemary Mayer, curated by Max Warsh.

Over the course of the past year, the expansion and contraction of time has become routine. The ubiquitous questions of “what day is it?” or “I can’t believe it’s already Friday!” arise from the slow, monotonous drone of the day-to-day, blanketing our lives with a sense of dislocation I can only compare to the experience of living in Los Angeles where the sun always shines and memories morph into atmospheric conditions. At the same time society has regressed and accelerated at an exponential pace causing a numbing effect—we know we are living through a historic moment, yet each day is perhaps more historic than the previous one, leaving past days in the dust.

What if time travel is not the ability to move through time, rather just a repositioning of the perception of time so that notions of linear time collapse into a cacophonous field of collected moments that can be accessed at any time? What if any moment can be accessed through a material object, whether a book, drawing, or sculpture akin to a token that many time-travel scenarios provide for the traveller to locate themselves across the continuum? It is in response to these questions and states of being where the artists and artworks in this exhibition come together at this moment, as they look at the material world through its perceptual and temporal potential; and it is through the lens of this past year that we can view these artworks as openings to new pathways for comprehending time.

As the newspaper, “The Bellona Times,” in Samuel R. Delany’s epic science fiction novel Dhalgren, prints erratic dates jumping from April 1, 1979 to July 17, 1969 to October 24, 1985, the reader must ask if this is in fact a leap in time within the arc of the story, or do these dates mark the irrelevance of linear time within the hallucinatory post-apocalypse narrative. In this latter reading, Delany positions time as a mood in a way that also mirrors the current moment, and further sets the framework for considering the works in this exhibition.

Fabienne Lasserre’s hanging/standing orbs, discs, ovals, and shards glide along gradients of opacity/transparency, visibility/invisibility and dimensionality. They invite, absorb and reflect both light and vision as they and we are in perpetual motion together. They are bodies standing in for doorways and windows, slivers of hand-made architecture for a compounding present and speculative future. Lasserre’s sculptures are access points demarcating momentary shifts in perception while also carving out space for new ways of seeing.

The aggregation of material and time find a home in Yamini Nayar’s photographs. Each image contains a site constructed through building forms of plaster, paper wood, paint and/or other materials. Allowing the accumulation of material to metamorphose into elegantly precarious structures, Nayar decides when to flatten and capture the image into the paper of the photograph. Each photograph holds multitudes of moments and actions, in some cases multiple exposures, they contain and unravel time; they are composite storyboards, monuments to the unconscious impulse to build and shelter.

Flowers become fabric, words become flowers, words become vessels, flowers become architecture. Rosemary Mayer’s drawings of flower forms, tulip petals, carnivorous plants and still lifes embody the duality contained in her acute observation over days in the studio coupled with the magnitude of a classical history that has studied such forms for hundreds of years. Forever committed as a diarist and journaler of the day-to-day, Mayer’s attention to the moment-to-moment shifts in light, vibrancy and decay in her subjects reflect broader tendencies in Mayer’s work to look at the arch of history in relation to her personal lived experience as an artist in her time.

-Max Warsh

“Exuberance of gilded stucco, ingenious, intricate, vaulting altars bursting with angels and light over plaster clouds spilling out like the branding curving stucco racing in countless gilded trails, coursing near the ceiling, unfolding in limitless variety”

-excerpt from text in Rosemary Mayer’s drawing Untitled, (part of the pinning down of flowers), 1975

 

 

Terra Nova opens at Resort
Saturday, March 20th with an extended reception from 1pm – 6pm
Masks and social distancing required.

Terra Nova- a group exhibition that brings together four artists exploring materiality, process, land and land forms. Joe Bartram, E. Saffronia Downing, Jonna McKone, and Sean Noonan.

On view March 20th – April 30th.
235 Park Ave. Downtown Baltimore

Image: Jonna McKone @jonnamckone

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Shine in the Dark | Request for Proposals
deadline March 15
sponsored by Central Baltimore Partnership + Station North Arts District

The Station North Arts District, a program of Central Baltimore Partnership, seeks submissions for 12 paid commissions by emerging Baltimore artists for Shine in the Dark, a popup, outdoor gallery installation on the Ynot Lot fence. This work is specifically intended for outdoor display, and the installation will run for three months, May – July. Up to 12 artists will be commissioned to create original work, selected by a jury panel of local arts professionals. Selected artists will receive an artist fee of $300, plus $50 for supplies.

What is the Ynot Lot?

The Ynot Lot is a privately owned, publicly accessible outdoor event venue located in the heart of the Station North Arts District, at the geographic center of Baltimore City. Established in 2014, the Ynot Lot is the home of Baltimore Pride, the Maryland Film Festival, shows, festivals, exhibits, and many of Baltimore’s most cutting edge artistic endeavors.

Who is eligible?

Artists must be Baltimore City residents. Preference will be given to: 

1) Self-identified Station North artists (living / working / active in the district)

2) Emerging artists 

When and where is the exhibition?

The Ynot Lot is located at 4 W. North Avenue, the geographic center of Baltimore City. The exhibition will run from May – July, at which time artists may either reclaim their work or leave it on Ynot Lot to display.

If I am selected, what are my deliverables?

— Original Work: Each piece will be approximately 3′ x 4′ with works ranging in size. Selected artists will receive MDO board panels cut to spec to be installed on the Ynot Lot fence. Artworks will need to be weather proofed and protected with anti-graffiti coating with technical assistance from Station North. Station North staff will coordinate with artists regarding delivery/installation/pick-up logistics. Artworks will be installed by a master carpenter. Accepted work may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition on July 31.

— Brief artist statement, to be included in a published gallery guide

— You may be asked to participate in a virtual artist talk

 

 

2021 Beyond a Dream Youth Conference | Call for Presenters
deadline March 19
presented by The Be. Org

The Be. Org is excited to bring back their signature event, the 2021 Beyond a Dream Youth Conference (BADYC). This year’s conference will take place, virtually on Saturday, April 17. BADYC welcomes students in grades 6-12 and their parents from the Central MD region. The conference will give students an opportunity to learn from industry-experts, explore various careers, and prepare for college.

Want to join as a special guest, speaker, workshop facilitator and/or career panelist? Complete the registration form by Friday, March 19

Emergency Grant for Independent Artists | Call for Applications
deadline April 1
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The current round, made possible by the Maryland General Assembly’s passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021, will distribute $5 million to independent artists, arts organizations, County Arts Agencies, and Arts & Entertainment Districts. Per the legislation, MSAC will prioritize grants to organizations that have not received prior funding from MSAC or do not qualify for funding under other MSAC programs.

 

 

Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 Juried Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition | Call for Applications
deadline April 12
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking artists to take part in Paint It! Ellicott City 2021, its annual, juried plein air paint-out in Ellicott City, Maryland.

This year’s paint-out will take place from June 10-13. Over the course of the weekend, juried artists will set up their easels throughout Ellicott City’s historic district to capture the town’s picturesque charms as they vie for a minimum of $4,000 in total awards. Community artists are invited to join the fun as part of the Open Paint-Out taking place concurrently.

On June 18, HCAC will host a virtual reception from 6–7pm to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of the juried artists’ work at the Howard County Center for the Arts. A highlight of the reception will be the presentation of juror awards. Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 will be on display from June 19 through August 6 and will also be available to view online.

 

The juror for Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 is Lynn Mehta, an award-winning artist from Alexandria, Virginia.  Recognized for loose impressionistic paintings abundant with color and paint, Mehta earned her B.A. in Art from San Diego State University, and has studied with internationally acclaimed artists in the US and abroad.

 

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 safety measures, including the use of face masks and physical distancing, will be in place during the paint-out.

 

The deadline for entries for the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2021 is April 12. Entry information is available online at hocoarts.org/paint-it. Registration for the Open Paint-Out will be available in May. For more information on this and other Arts Council programs, email info@hocoarts.org, or call 410-313-2787.

 

 

THE KINTSUGI SPIRIT | Request for Proposals
deadline April 30
sponsored by Southern California Grantmakers

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center invites artists of all creative disciplines to interpret KINTSUGI, the Japanese philosophy of ‘golden repair,’ and showcase their art through a final video. Poetically translated to “golden repair,” kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Consider how your art and art-making process can use kintsugi as an approach to individual or collective healing, and explore how your art can be shared using video in an innovative way.

WHO: All U.S.-based artists who are eligible to work in the United States. Artists across all creative disciplines are welcome, including, but not limited to: music, dance, theater, comedy, visual art, essays, poetry, video art, etc.

DATES: Commissioned artwork development period: June 1 – August 31, 2021; Virtual exhibit: September 25 – October 31, 2021

DEADLINE: April 30, 2021 at 11:59PM PST

FINE PRINT: Up to 5 artists will receive $2,000 to showcase their art through a final video (3-10 minutes) for a special virtual exhibit on JACCC’s website and social media. Learn more here.

 

 

Abandoned | Call for Submissions
deadline May 2
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

>Abandoned. According to Merriam Webster, abandoned could be: abandoned1a: left without needed protection, care, or support, b: left by the owner, c: no longer held or thought of given up, 2: wholly free from restraint

The SE Center is looking for images of Abandoned; structures, people, landscapes, ideas, anything that can interpreted as Abandoned.

Our juror for Abandoned is Dennis Kiel, a respected curator, Dennis Kiel is the Director of the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University, served as interim executive director and chief curator at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, was the associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 24 years.

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.

 

 

header image: Rosemary Mayer @ CPM

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