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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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BmoreArt at Baltimore Craft Week
Thursday, April 15 • 1pm
presented by The American Craft Council + AIGA Baltimore

Join BmoreArt and the American Craft Council (ACC) for a Zoom discussion of contemporary craft with three featured artists in ACC’s Baltimore Craft Week. Prior to COVID-19, ACC’s annual juried shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco featured thousands of professional artists working in metal, glass, wood, clay, and fibers and attracted a loyal following of more than 45,000 patrons. With Craft Week, ACC is moving their Baltimore event online, so this year we will spotlight a few of their talented artists about the shrinking divide between contemporary art and craft, the meaning of materials, and why living with artful, handmade objects is so important. Special thanks to AIGA Baltimore for Co-hosting.

Webinar Registration Link Here.


The History of Black Women In Graphic Design
Thursday, April 15 • 6pm
presented by MICA

The William O.Steinmetz ’50 Designer-in-Residence program is MICA’s most prominent annual design event, named after MICA alumnus, faculty member and trustee William Steinmetz (1927–2016). This year, MICA is honored to bring together three generations of cultural activists, including two MICA alumni, to discuss the crucial issue of racial justice in art and design and to celebrate the achievements of Black creative professionals. In light of racial injustice felt across the country, topics this year will focus on graphic design history and why Black representation matters. Cheryl D. Miller ’74 and Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton will present an intimate look at the Black woman in design’s hidden history.



Here, but not here | Closing
Thursday, April 15

“Here, but not here” is an emotional journey that explores common themes associated with immigration, such as displacement, disorientation and isolation. Through the use of watercolor paint, images are given faint forms that are partially detected by the eye, but not. The absence of certain facial & bodily details correlates with the exhibit’s theme, of being present, but not completely present. The visual narrative expresses a personal journey of overcoming emotional seclusion, and redefining one’s identity in a foreign land.

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Thursday, April 15 | Ongoing through April 25
@ Flatform Studios

Flatform Studios is pleased to invite you to our very first interactive exhibition, created by artists Kaya and Ayana. We’re building this exhibit from the ground up and turning the studio into a museum!#ASLONGASITSDOPE is our very first interactive exhibit coming April 2021!

For two weekends only, our exhibit #ASLONGASITSDOPE will feature a number of dope installations by us for you and your enjoyment. It’ll be a number of interactive exhibits with lots of photo opps so get your outfits ready now y’all!🤳 🤩




Significant Delay | Opening Reception
Friday, April 16 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through April 27
@ School 33

What are the things that stay with us, and what are the thoughts that are lost to the ether? Seven recent graduates of the Hoffberger painting program present work from graduate school that was never shown due to the pandemic, along with newer work that reflects the changing emotional and mental landscape of the past year. Lingering preoccupations, open questions, and new avenues of inquiry float in and out of a show that ranges from quiet to cacophonous. Included in the show is work by Eric Birkin, Carolyn Forrester, Timo Kuzme, Edward Patton Moore, Michael Pajtas, Mimi Pinnow and Xuanlin Ye.



Friday, April 16 • 5-7pm
presented by MICA

Join us on Friday, April 16, 2021 for an all-Inclusive MAT Graduate Studio Thesis Exhibition ZOOM OPENING & REVIEW for the greater MICA community including Cooperating Teachers, MAT Mentors, Family, Friends.

5-7 PM Presentations and opening for MAT AY21 graduating class. Live, virtual exhibition opening. Welcome by MAT faculty Dr. Lisa Hochtritt and Tru Ludwig; Opening Remarks by Dr. Pamela Harris Lawton, Florence Gaskins Harper Endowed Chair in Art Education; followed by Cohort 21 MAT students who will each share their studio thesis work in this order: Anjali Shankar; Ashley Sazo; Harmony Murray; Iyana Young; Joey Davis; Julia Martinez-Rivas; McKinley Wallace III; Priscila Cordero Hernandez; Sam Troilo; Shyheem Gordon; Vivian Nicole Garcia; Yisha Zhao; and Zihui Zhu.



Maryland Arts Awards 2021
Friday, April 16 • 6-7pm
presented by The Maryland State Arts Council

Join us as we honor and celebrate the artists, arts advocates, and arts leaders of Maryland! Enjoy special performances and presentations by:the Maryland State Arts Council’s Heritage Awards winners, the Independent Artist Award winners, the Poetry Out Loud State Champion, the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Arts Educators of the Year in music, dance, and visual art, the Maryland Citizens for the Arts’ Elected Official Award, & the Jay Tucker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. Don’t miss this virtual celebration of artists across Maryland!



One Year In | Opening Reception
Friday, April 16 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through May 31
@ Gallery CA

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a major event in the lives of many Americans, the residents of the City Arts communities included. And for many, it’s been a period of time defined by restrictions in movement, changes in behavior, increased awareness and intentionality, and generally more time alone. For many creatives, the act of making the work is already a solitary practice, but creating during a pandemic has posed a different kind of challenge. Please join us in a different version of our annual resident show in which City Arts and City Arts 2 residents share the work they made during the pandemic. Some of this work was inspired by the experience, some was made to stay busy, and some took on a life of it’s own.

Please join us for the opening reception this Friday, where the work will be shown through the windows of Gallery CA, allowing for viewers to safely socially distance and observe the artwork from the street. Please stop by, and don’t forget your mask! Special thanks for Ashley Johnson for the graphic, more of her work can be seen at



𝙎𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 : 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 & 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚
Friday, April 16 • 7pm
presented by ‘sindikit

𝙎𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 : 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 & 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 is a manifesto of the self, as a notion that navigates through the ecosystem of the consciousness void. An intervention and introspective reflection through the use of archival digital media, text, movement, ritual and sonic alchemy to explore the nuances of the Deep Self. This manifestation echoes and ripples from Pauline Oliveros concept of “Deep Listening”…(“an aesthetic based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation… to practice the art of listening & responding to environmental conditions”).

𝙎𝙤𝙛𝙩𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 : 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 & 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚, presents a meditative portal and practice that invites the viewer on a journey of the present moment to reclaim the self, within the overlaps of time and space. To reclaim the transformative desires of the deepest expressions within when we allow ourselves to sit still and listen to the rawest and truest essence of our most authentic expression.

Join April 16th at 7pm for sindikit: Friday Performance Series curated by Jaimes Mayhew.



Black & Blue: Prints in the Time of COVID | Closing
Saturday, April 17
@ Galerie Myrtis (by appointment only)

Galerie Myrtis collaborates with master printmaker Susan J. Goldman, owner of Lily Press in presenting “Black & Blue: Prints in the Time of COVID.” Curated by Goldman, the exhibition features prints by artists expressing through the use of colors black and blue, their response to the individual and universal crisis our culture is experiencing during the political revolution and the plague of the 21st century. Black & Blue’s title refers to being beaten up and bruised by the constant barrage of the terrifying events and news of the day. Artists find solace and security in the safety of their studios, creating works of art that record, protest, protect, grieve, soothe, offering hope and beauty for humanity.

Featured Artists: Jermaine Ashman | Victor Ekpuk | Susan J. Goldman | Michael Gross | Keiko Hara | Jun Lee | Preston Sampson | Jonpaul Smith | Eve Stockton | Renee Stout



Resident Artist Pop-up and Talk
Friday, April 16 • 7-8pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join us for a culminating artist talk and pop-up exhibition next Friday, April 16th from 7:00-8:00 pm EST with current 3-month resident Adam Fertig. Join us virtually or in person!



Saturday, April 17 | Ongoing through April 27
presented by The Cade Gallery

An Instagram exhibit, Curated by Da Vinci Art Alliance
Cade Art Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, presented on the Cade Gallery Instagram Account @cadegalleryaacc
Dates: One artwork will be posted each day from April 17th-27th

Artists: Sarah R. Bloom, Inga Kimberly Brown, Samantha M Connors, Maci Kociszewski, Alan Lankin, Chelsey Luster, Alla Reznik, Eddy Rhenals, Rebecca Schultz, Bill Timmins.

Exhibit Theme: Space is an area in which something exists. Space is also an area that is empty or available to be filled. We carry space in our hearts for memories, people, and places. We also carry space for hopes and dreams yet to be achieved. Sometimes old spaces get torn down, memories fade, sometimes new buildings get built or former homes become abandoned. Whether your space is a family restroom or a rock formation on the Wissahickon or even an unoccupied room in a Colombian home, you carry the weight of your space on your shoulders, in your heart, and on your mind. From exploring one’s own vulnerability to questioning the societal structures that create our buildings, the artists in this exhibition all examine our relationship to spaces they know. The space within us and the spaces around us are all spaces we carry.

About the Curator: Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) is a non-profit art organization, founded in 1931, that builds community through art. Based in South Philadelphia, DVAA fosters an artist membership of 150 adult artists and provides exhibitions and community for our surrounding neighborhoods. Whether we are sharing artists with audiences or introducing community members to creative experiences, we do so with the goal of creating a vibrant, more empathetic, and connected city.



ASIA NORTH 2021 Virtual Workshop: Exploring Identity through Culture
Saturday, April 17 • 1-3pm
presented by ASIA NORTH Festival

Who Am I? How does my culture affect me? How can culture and personal memory shape my understanding about my identity? Join artist, Lek Vercauteren Borja, to learn how some contemporary artists explore these questions in their work or practice, reflect on significant events in your life, and create a collage to begin exploring (notions of) who you are using a combination of found materials, written text / personal reflections, and drawings.

Materials needed: scissors or x-acto knife, glue or tape, cutting mat or thick cardboard that’s about 12 x 18 inches, blank paper or cardstock, drawing tools (pencil, pen, marker, etc.) and 2D printed materials such as magazines, comics, family photos, paper, wall paper, dried plants, etc.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

ASIA NORTH celebrates Baltimore’s Charles North (a.k.a. Station North) neighborhood’s constantly evolving identities as a Koreatown, arts district, and creative hub. Virtual & socially distanced in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District. Co-presented with Central Baltimore Partnership.

FREE. Suggested donation: $25. Make a donation at



“we make do // Black women marketplace”
Saturday, April 17 • 1-8pm
presented by Necessary Tomorrows

Necessary Tomorrows presents the closing celebration for the landmark exhibitions “we make do // wit wat we got ” curated by Necessary Tomorrows founder Sharayna Ashanti Christmas.
“we make do // black women marketplace” curated by Sharayna Ashanti Christmas and “we make do // wit wat we got ” artist Diamon Fisher will take place on Saturday, April 17th at 847 N Howard St. Baltimore, MD 21201

1p-5p | There will be a marketplace with a $15 “Fill-A-Bag” sale from Raynqueen’s Closet featuring vintage, designer and brand new item → click here for more info

Along with an herbal workshop, tarot, vintage clothing, candles, and original artwork prints and posters from Diamon FisherNova SoulSupa Ultra VioletAshley WilderSola in The CityNia JuneKingdiorTyannis Carter, and more!

6p-8p | Performances from local artists Nia JuneBlack AssetsSha-Shonna Rogers

With food from Velvets.Kitchen + Music by Syd

This event will also serve as the closing celebration for the landmark exhibitions “we make do // wit wat we got” and “Draped in Dark” also curated by Sharayna Ashanti Christmas



Organic Destruction | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 17 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through May 29
@ Creative Alliance

Opening Day In-person Viewing: APR 17 | NOON-5PM (Drop-in)
Opening Reception: APR 17 | 6-8PM (Masks are required in the building at all times)

From climate change to racial climate, Organic Destruction consists of artworks that provide direct commentary on how human intervention effects the environments in which we live. By tracing the values, philosophies, and actions of humans, we find direct correlations to these issues and begin to ask the right questions as a means to enact change. This exhibition investigates the many facets of our ecosystem that play a part in the human condition and the world around us.

Exhibiting artists:
Kyle J Bauer
Christian Benefiel
Yam Chew Oh
Brandon Donahue
Nicole Fall
Stephanie Garmey
Stephanie Garon
David Gleeson
Grayson Gross

Artemis Herber (Cover Piece)
Andrew Hladky
Jason Hughes
Sam Husseini
Jeanne Keck
Shelley Picot
Michael Thron
Omalara Williams McCallister
Marcia Wolfson Ray

Cover Photo by Thomas Petzwinkler



Julia Glatfelter: What We Heard | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 17 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through May 29
@ Creative Alliance

In early childhood, each of us internalized unique environments, experiences and messages. All of us heard different things, which our young bodies and minds absorbed. These voices continue to shape us into who we are today. “What We Heard” is a collection of images made from submissions by close friends. The artist collected reference material using the prompt: “What did you hear growing up?” The response was an array of captured memories paired with phrases which might be interpreted positively or negativity. Our own experiences will influence how we interpret each element.

The vibrant yet muted works cause viewers to think back on their own histories. What did you hear? How does that differ from your siblings or your present day neighbors? What are the children of today hearing – and what might we choose to say to them?

Image: Don’t Take No Wooden Nickels, 18″ x 24″, oil, 2020



Ritual Cleansing an Outdoor Public Performance
Sunday, April 18 • 4pm
@ VisArts

Join us for an outdoor public performance in front of the Gibbs Street Gallery on April 18th at 3PM. This performance will be led by Liz Miller, whose work is on view from April 2 – May 14, 2021 in the Kaplan Gallery.

This performance is a ritual cleansing of one of the sites where three African-Americans were lynched in the 1880s. Sidney Randolph was lynched a block from VisArts. Four performers will ritually cleanse the space. Each performer will serve as a surrogate for one of the lost lives; the creator of the ritual will preside as high priestess over the ceremony. The artist Liz Miller has conceived the ritual cleansing concept in conjunction with her wearable hair sculptures. The ritual transforms these headdresses from adornment to artifact. The bond is sealed when the DNA of the wearer is deposited upon the pieces themselves. The sculptures are activated by the black bodies whose liberation and joy propel the ceremony. Not only do they cleanse and transform the energy of the space by their movements, but they are tapping into a rich reservoir of ancestral energy and releasing it into the present. Rather than seeking freedom from the colonizer, true emancipation comes from unlocking what is embedded within.

Performers: Liz Miller (high priestess), Adontae McCallum, Brian Rice, Kay Harvey Bonham

Learn more about Liz Miller’s Ritual Cleansing project

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The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program | Call for Applications
deadline April 15
sponsored by The Nicholson Project

The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program explores the positive roles that art and design can play in strengthening the community. Our Residency Program provides the time, space and support needed for artists to work on their studio practice and produce onsite activations. We welcome residents from all creative practices. Residents are paid $2000.00/mo and stay for free at 2310 Nicholson St. Residencies are for 3 months.

Applications are now LIVE – scroll down to read instructions and access the application link.

CLICK HERE to meet our current and past residents.



Studio Museum Artist Residency | Call for Applications
deadline April 19
sponsored by The Studio Museum in Harlem

Studio Museum offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international artists working in any media. Artists receive institutional guidance and professional development, research support, and a stipend.



Culture + Community Public Engagement Study
deadline April 25
sponsored by The Peale

The Peale is proud to be part of a major national research study to learn how arts, culture, and creativity fit into people’s lives during this difficult period —and how cultural organizations can become better for you in the future. We know you get a lot of surveys, and that this one comes at a challenging time for many of us. We’re passing it on to you because it’s genuinely important to our community and our shared future. If you can spare a few minutes to give your views, we’d be very grateful. This survey is truly for everyone –adults across the U.S., whether or not you’re actively involved with organizations like the Peale. If you’re reading this email, this invitation is for you!

The questions take about 15 minutes to answer, and they’re about how you’ve been spending your time during the pandemic, what kinds of things you’re doing online, what you’re looking forward to when things get back to “normal,” and how arts or culture organizations can help you, your family, and your community. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Portuguese, and is being conducted by independent researchers on behalf of nonprofit organizations and foundations around the country.



Cave Canem Poetry Prize | Call for Submissions
deadline April 30
sponsored by Cave Canem

The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is a first-book award dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. The winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and more.



The Hopper Prize
deadline May 18
sponsored by The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize offers unrestricted cash grants to individual artists through an international open call juried by leading contemporary curators.

Twice per year, they accept submissions from artists around the globe. Beginning with the Spring 2021, grant cycle, the awards will be increased. In total, 6 artists will each receive unrestricted awards. Two (2) artists will each receive $3,500 grants, and four (4) artists will each receive $1,000 grants.

The Hopper Prize supports artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. There is no restriction on genre, style or subject matter–all media is eligible. Artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of their submission.

Grant submissions will be juried by 2 leading contemporary art curators. Curators for the Spring 2021 & Fall 2021 grant cycles will be available on The Hopper Prize website when they begin accepting submissions.



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