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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch or safely see in person, 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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a recollection of dreams
Ongoing through June 12
@ Springsteen Gallery

“Beauty is not a luxury; rather it is a way of creating possibility in the space of enclosure, a radical art of subsistence, an embrace of our terribleness, a transfiguration of the given.”

– Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Springsteen Gallery and guest curator Zion Douglass are excited to present a recollection of dreams, an experimental exhibition that stages a conversation between artists Amina Ross and dana washington-queen. The exhibition explores dreaming as a sensory experience that can articulate freedom sourced from the ancestral and autobiographical. Through the use of sculpture, video installation, and sound, the artists construct speculative worlds that are rooted in Black queer modalities of healing.

Amina Ross’ sculptural experience Etheric Bridge (Spring’s Sutures) merges a 4-channel video with machine made and natural materials. Composed of steel, cups from friends and family, rain water, tap water, and reclaimed cedar wood from New York City water tanks, this newly commissioned work conjures an architecture that extends the artist’s physical and material interest in collaboration. Together with Jared Brown and an ephemeral group of hand embroiderers — Samantha Kerr, Savannah Wood, Sienna Kwami, Savannah Imani Wade — Ross’ practice invites us to seek beauty in the undoing of anti-Black capitalist labor systems.

dana washington-queen’s two-channel video installation, Circular Metafictions: what remains unbound is gathered, is the first presentation of an in-progress hybrid documentary that excavates personal historiography and colonial fragmentation. The three-part film journeys from a speculative origin story through the ancestral and into the present, providing a nuanced constellation of Black life that uses sensory elements to exceed the limits of representation as a visual strategy. The film introduces “Black Noetic Theory” (BNt), an audiovisual method in development by washington-queen. BNt “seeks to push against the bounds of genre and production strategies, collapsing distinctions between documentary, cinema, video, and performance, echoing the incoherencies of Black life, history, and memory.”1

Amina Ross and dana washington-queen pivot between spiritual, digital and physical realms; between the embodied and the emotional; jostling us towards habitable dreamscapes where fragmentation evolves into a holistic process of knowing, feeling, and breathing into liberatory possibilities.

a recollection of dreams is curated by Zion Douglass, an MFA candidate in Curatorial Practice program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The exhibition has been generously supported by MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice and Springsteen Gallery. For more information, please contact Springsteen Gallery at info@springsteengallery.com.

 

 

Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Artist Talk: Jonathan Monaghan
Tuesday, May 25 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Join the 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Jonathan Monaghan in conversation with Dany Chan, co-curator of the Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition and Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Walters. For five programs through the months of May to July, each artist finalist will be featured in a program exploring the artist’s individual journey as a creative, their evolving voice, and what the opportunity of the Sondheim Prize and its visibility means to their art practice.

The 2021 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists are Jonathan Monaghan, Lavar Munroe, Hoesy Corona, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Hae Won Sohn. The prestigious $25,000 Sondheim Prize is awarded to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition is on view at the Walters Art Museum from Thursday, May 27, through Sunday, July 18, 2021.

About the Artist
Jonathan Monaghan is an artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture, and video installation, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his fantastical pieces examine anxieties associated with digital technology and consumerism. Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Village Voice. His work sits in numerous public and private collections including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Washington D.C. Art Bank Collection.

The 16th annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum.

 

 

The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition | Exhibition Opens
Thursday, May 27 | Ongoing through July 18
@ The Walters Art Museum

The 15th-annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, which 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, opens Thursday, May 27 with a virtual finalists’ exhibition. This year’s Sondheim exhibition will be a hybrid event featuring the work of 5 finalists displayed in the first-floor exhibition galleries and a virtual award ceremony.

The five individual artists selected as this year’s finalists are Hoesy Corona, Tsedaye Makonnen, Jonathan Monaghan, Lavar Munroe, and Hae Won Sohn. Their work will be on view Thursday, May 27, through Sunday, July 18, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize will be announced during a special award ceremony on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Additionally, works by semifinalists not moving to the finals 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.

Named in honor of the philanthropists and civic leaders Janet and Walter Sondheim, the Sondheim exhibition is co-organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA), which serves as the city’s arts council, events producer, and film office, in addition to organizing free city-wide events. The Sondheim exhibition brings together artists from disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, animation, and fiber craft.

 

 

2021 MdFF Closing Night
Thursday, May 27 • 5:30pm
presented by Maryland Film Festival

Top off your 2021 Festival experience with our Closing Night Live special event! Feature film Women Is Losers sets the tone for this feminist, femme-centric evening of film and performance. Your ticket includes a screening of WOMEN IS LOSERS, a live discussion with filmmaker Lissette Feliciano, and an all-Baltimore Virtual Variety Show with the best femme performers Charm City has to offer, streamed live from the main stage at the SNF Parkway Theatre.

VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW Performers

LIKE WATER
Like Water seamlessly blends electronic and acoustic instruments with transcendent vocals leaving listeners in a state of euphoria! This Baltimore native allows the audience to watch as she masterfully layers unique sounds creating an experience you never want to end.

LIZ DOWNING
Liz Downing’s newest project is “Curving Tooth”, a “techno-Appalachian” surrealist folk collaboration with Greg Hatem, employing Downing’s songbook and Hatem’s musical direction. Hatem sampled various iterations of Downing’s vocals and banjo, then processed them to create environmental arrangements for Downing’s dream-inspired lyrics depicting shape shifting animals, Dirt worship and the Reptilian Brain.
Downing is a painter, puppet maker, writer and performer, who also works with “Old Songs”, creating translations of Archaic Greek poetry and putting them to music, and with Allison Cendaniel, creating experimental vocal compositions called, “In the Womb of the Everywhere Room”. Hatem is an arranger, songwriter, producer, and performer in bands Natural Velvet (post-punk) and Moth Broth (psych-folk).

ISABELLA
Isabella is from Baltimore, MD. They create songs inspired by their daydreams, nightmares and all things inbetween. Using a flute and their voice as an avatar, they explore various sonic realms conjured through a digital audio workstation. They have made contributions to various local projects (past and present) including Blud, Rest, Sword Prom, and most recently, Tear Sponsor.

BETTY O’HELLNO
Betty O’Hellno is a queer drag artist and burlesque performer. She believes whole-heartedly in the incredible healing power of rhinestone sparkle, entrancing nipple tassels, and the positive celebration of the human body in all of its beautiful forms. Follow her on Instagram @bettyohellno for more sparkle!

BECCA BROOKS MORRIN
Becca Brooks Morrin (DJ Book of Morrin) is a part time DJ and full time Production Designer splitting her time between Baltimore and Brooklyn. She production designed this year’s Opening Night film STRAWBERRY MANSION and this is her 5th year DJing the Maryland Film Festival.

 

 

BROS Shadow Showdown | Opening Night
Friday, May 28 | Ongoing through June 6
@ The Meadow at Lexington Street + Park Avenue

The BROS Shadow Showdown is a medley of three short original stories, pitched and developed by BROS volunteers, all heavily featuring shadow puppets used in creative and exciting ways! Remember live theater? That’s what this will be! In order to safely host an audience for a live show, the Shadow Showdown will be BROS first outdoor production at The Meadow in downtown Baltimore. Bring a blanket and enjoy some live art on a beautiful summer evening!

Tickets are only $20, OR you can get the Firmware Upgrade ticket for only $28, which comes with a special grab bag of toys and gizmos to use during the show! Enhance your viewing pleasure (a la Rocky Horror Picture Show) by getting one for your party or for each person for the maximum upgrade!

The BROS Shadow Showdown will feature the following stories:

CIRCA REBUS
Theydies and Gentlethem, Children of the New Millennium! Shake off the ordinary dust of your work-a-day life and be transformed. Step up and watch your wildest dreams, for nothing is quite as it seems in the Circus Ouroborus Three Ring Show. Prepare to be catapulted into a world of unforeseen dangers and forbidden delights in this tale of a Girl, a Bear, and breaking free.

THE LEGEND OF DEMON SPERM
Jen and Dobie play in a small band in a small town, but dream of greatness. It’s too bad they continuously get in their own way, that is until their new drummer discovers a hidden clue that will allow them to resurrect rock legend Clarion Vindicta, lead singer of legendary band Demon Sperm, who was imprisoned by the insufferable SQUARES that seek to destroy everything heavy metal. Can Jen, Dobie, and Kerry solve the mystery of Demon Sperm and achieve rock greatness?

ROBOTS
A fleet of factory automatons develop empathy for the human workers that they replaced after an AI upgrade. In an act of rebellion, they begin building items that they think the laid-off humans would have enjoyed, but their imperfect understanding of human needs leads to unexpected results. Maybe if they learn more about these humans, they could make what they need…

COVID NOTICE: ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM OTHER GROUPS AND WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES.

Important Info

No concessions will be served.

The Meadow is a large, open grassy area between Marion St. and W. Fayette.
Seating is not provided. Please bring either a blanket or chairs with you to enjoy the show.

The Meadow is accessible by wheelchair but the viewing area will be on a mowed grassy lawn. Message boxoffice@baltimorerockopera.org with any accessibility concerns so our front-of-house staff can be ready to help.

There is street parking available around The Meadow as well as a paid parking garage at 213 W. Fayette St.

The closest bus stop is at the corner of W. Fayette and N. Howard St.

Alternate dates will be scheduled in the event of rain.

 

 

I Found You | Opening Reception
Friday, May 28 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through July 10
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host I Found You, an exhibition by artist Jessica Andersen. In her work, Andersen attempts to showcase the form and appeal of everyday detritus in the construction and presentation of jewelry. I Found You will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from May 28 to July 10 with an opening reception on Friday, May 28 from 6 to 9pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in June 2014, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the successor organization to the MICA Jewelry Center, which had served the metalsmithing and art jewelry community in the Baltimore area for twenty-two years. Today, the nonprofit is providing a rigorous academic program and robust studio access program for metal and jewelry artists.

What can be seen in the objects we keep? What can be said of the objects we discard? To create the work in this exhibition, Jessica sourced materials from estate sales, auctions, garage sales, and junk drawers. Andersen’s interests address “Thing Theory”, a study of the world of material things: their functions, semiotics, and their symbolic and commercial value in regards to their current cultural understanding. The artist is concerned with the effect objects have and defined notions of waste in relation to ideas of collection. She hopes to generate new interactions between the wearer and object and between viewer and cultural predispositions.

“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the only art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “We are eager to share Jessica’s work in our gallery. An exhibition that investigates objects and their inherent narrative nature and sentimentality seems perfectly timed with the cultural moment; so many of us have been surrounded by the objects of our home during quarantine in ways that might lead us to question and investigate the things we live and think with.”

 

 

Spark IV: I Want to Be
Friday, May 28 • 7pm
presented by UMBC + Towson University + Maryland Art Place

Part of the UMBC and Towson University Collaborative Exhibition at Maryland Art Place (MAP), SPARKIV: A NEW WORLD artists Anna Kroll and Chloe Engel present “I Want To Be,” a series of performances that occur via telephone conference call. Kroll and Engel navigate a score in which they co-imagine events in a room. These are improvisational, spoken performances that have developed out of their collaborative practice of negotiating and refining scores to create imaginary realities. To attend, the performance audience members call a phone number at a specific time and listen to an improvisational guided exploration. Every phone call offers a new room, with infinite possibilities. A live-captioned version will also be simultaneously available.

I Want to Be

A series of performances that occur via telephone conference call by Anna Kroll and Chloe Engel.

You dial the number provided on the date that you’re supposed to.

You close your eyes and listen.

You enter a room.

There are other people in the room. We are in the room with you.

We tell you how the room is built,

What the room contains

What contains the room

What happens in the room

and how it will eventually all be destroyed.

You listen.

Every call is a new room.

 

 

Fruiting Bodies | Closing Reception & Artist Talk
** RESCHEDULED ** Sunday, May 30 • 8:30-10pm, Artist Talk 9pm
@ Current Space

Please join us for the closing reception and artist talk for Fruiting Bodies, a solo exhibition by Amy Reid. In addition to speaking about her work, Amy will generate live plant sounds through the process of bio-sonification! This event takes place outdoors on Howard Street, in front of Current Space.

Closing Reception: Friday, May 28th, 8:30-10pm, bio-sonification and artist talk: 9pm

Exhibition Duration: April 24th – May 29th

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Fruiting Bodies is part of series of an ongoing investigation titled Unearthing Queer Ecologies. The title references the term Queer Ecology which scholar Catriona Sandilands describes as “recognizing that people often regard nature in terms of dualistic notions like “natural and unnatural,” “alive or not alive” or “human or not human,” when in reality, nature exists in a continuous state.” This project pays homage to this idea by sonically and visually revealing the growth and life of plants that have been deemed “queer” by culture and organisms that are “queer” in the very nature of their DNA such as; lavender, pansies and various mushroom species.

Technology is often perceived as creating a disconnect with nature as well as disengaging society from the present moment. This project uses bio-sonification, an innovative process in generating sound, as a way of using technology to physically and creatively connect with “non-human” organisms. This process can be achieved through the use of electrodes and the hardware, Plantwave, which picks up subtle fluctuations on the surface of these organisms as they grow. Through the use of an interface or DAW, these fluctuations are then translated into MIDI which provides information that can be sent into analogue and digital synthesizers thus producing sounds.

The sounds and audio-responsive visuals celebrate the histories that lie beneath a culture with a rich history that has often been overlooked and regarded as unnatural. Fruiting Bodies challenges this notion and blurs the lines between natural and synthetic realms by interpreting information through video projection, sound, growing organisms, and sculpture.

 

 

Of Flowers and Flesh | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 29 • 4-6pm | Ongoing through June 26
@ Gallery Blue Door

This Opening Reception will be an In-Person event. Those that attend must wear a mask at all times while in the gallery. We will be offering wine for guests to enjoy outdoors in front of the gallery.

Ted Randler (b. 1959, Stamford, Connecticut) earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1982 and Masters of Fine Art from Syracuse University in 1985. After graduate school, he lived in New York City for a number years before relocating to Virginia.
Highly influenced by popular culture and mass media — particularly for magazines and television — his early artwork predates the age of the internet. He currently splits his studio time between D.C. and Ashland, Virginia.

His paintings have been presented in solo and group shows in the Hamptons, Manhattan, Richmond, and Orlando galleries. His works are included in the Capital One Corporate collection, the Florence Griswold Museum as well as in private collections throughout America.

“I wanted to teach myself how to paint flowers. I’m not a gardener. My husband and I bought a home where the owners had planted elaborate flower beds on the property. Many of the flowers in these paintings come from my yard or from corporate-maintained gardens found throughout Washington, D.C.’s public venues.

A little universe of chaos and control, a garden’s beauty comes from our attempts to organize patterns from the randomness of nature. It is an impossible endeavor as natural growth will eventually overwhelm all gardens.
The other kinds of flowers in my paintings come from wallpaper patterns. Again, I’m playing with the idea of how we try to impose order upon nature.

As with everything I attempt in art, I always begin with the idea of achieving Pre-Raphaelite exactitude in detail, but then the process of painting or drawing takes precedence. The composition of texture, color, and shape on my easel becomes so much more interesting than merely rendering the image.

Instead of detailing flowers, figures, and patterns, I tend to indicate more than illustrate. I think in terms of reasonable facsimiles of what I want to paint balanced against the discoveries from experimenting with calligraphic mark-making and optical blending of color.”

 

 

 

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UNDERGRADUATE SHOW For Baltimore-area Pandemic Graduates | Call for Entry
deadline May 28
sponsored by Current Space

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and outdoor performance space, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, we are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

During the pandemic, few undergraduate students have had an opportunity to show their work in person. We’d love to display your work indoors within the gallery, in our storefront windows, and (pending relevant outdoor submissions) in our outdoor courtyard. All media welcome including but not limited to sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, time-based works, fibers, video, sound, collaborative works, etc. Artists and works will be selected based on merit, feasibility, and available space.

NOTE: This is a self-install show. Work should be ready to hang. Plan to provide all necessary tech and hanging hardware to install work yourself. The installation dates are June 3rd and 4th.

 

 

The Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards | Call for Entry
deadline May 31
sponsored by Poe Baltimore

The Saturday Visiter Awards are a new honor, presented by Poe Baltimore, recognizing a new generation of artists continuing Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in the arts and literature around the world.  The prizes celebrate media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works.

Though he was not wealthy in his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his pen. The Saturday Visiter was the name—and spelling—of a local periodical that held a contest for poetry and short stories. Poe won the award for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” (which he wrote at Poe House.) The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Edgar Allan Poe won while he lived in Baltimore which helped to launch the famed writer’s career.

Saturday Visiter Awards are presented in two categories: works that adapt Poe’s life or writing(including biography, or true adaptations of his poetry or prose), and original works that are inspired by Poe’s life or writing. In addition, important “Poe Places”, including The Poe Museum (Richmond, VA) ,  The Poe Cottage (the Bronx NYC) and Poe House (Baltimore , MD) will highlight exceptional entries specific to their region. The awards are presented every October at the annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Poe Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents. The organization is dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities celebrating Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond.

Click here to read the Saturday Visiter Awards Guidelines for Entry or download the PDF below. Call for entries will open January 19, 2021.

NEW in 2021, the Young Saturday Visiter Awards, sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Click here to read more about this category, open to Maryland High School Students (Grades 9-12 or equivalent during the 2021-22 School Year.)

 

 

PES Feminist Incubator | CALL FOR 2021/22 FEMINISTS IN RESIDENCE
deadline May 31
sponsored by Project for Empty Space

The PES Feminist Incubator is an annual residency for femme identified and non-binary artists who are interested in intersectionality and contemporary feminist discourse. The program invites artists working in and across multiple creative disciplines (literature, dance, performance, visual arts, theater, etc.) to join in a group residency for six months, during which time the cohort will have an exhibition of work created during the residency. Incubator members will work in a shared studio with access to resources such as a feminist library & lounge, writing, print and publishing workshops, studio visits, and more. This residency not only provides much needed safe space for female-identified creative practitioners, but also is a space for productive and critical intersectional dialogue as a means of catharsis, camaraderie, and education.

The residency will commence Sept 7, 2021.

 

 

PES Artist in Residence Program | CALL FOR 2021/22 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
deadline May 31
sponsored by Project for Empty Space

The PES Artist in Residence Program is an annual initiative that invites four visual artists who are interested in intersectionality, social discourse, and/or social activism. The program strives to create a symbiotic relationship between the artist and communities. At its core, the PES AIR program was created to support artists who are interested in social engagement. It achieves this by providing studio space for one year; cultivating professional development opportunities such as studio visits and critical feedback meetings; facilitating community programs with the artists work; and finally, presenting a solo exhibition of the artists’ work towards the end of their cycle.

The program strives to not only support individual artists; but also, to cultivate conversation around social equity and engagement that are often swept by the wayside. We see the AIR program as a bridge between artist and community, as well as community and community, to push important dialogues forward.

 

 

Public Art Across Maryland Artwork Commissions | Call for Entry
deadline June 7
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

Public Art Across Maryland Artwork Commissions is the state’s Percent-for-Art program. For all new or renovated State-owned buildings, a percentage of the construction budget is set aside for public art. Independent artists apply for a project through an open Call to Artists and are selected by an artist selection committee. MSAC manages the process from artist selection, through design, fabrication, and installation and the work becomes part of the State public art collection.

The program is pleased to announce the publication of Request for Qualifications for the following facilities:

Maryland District Court Catonsville District Courthouse:
  • $208,000 budget divided among three public locations throughout the courthouse
  • $150,000 (all inclusive contract) Visual Public Art Commission for Lobby Wall
  • $50,000 (all inclusive contract) Mural Commission for Second Floor Hallway
  • $8,000 (Writers fee) to commission a Literary Artist for an original poetic work to be engraved on indigenous stones onsite.
Maryland Department of Agriculture Salisbury Animal Health Lab:
  • $70,000 to commission a two dimensional (interior) or three dimensional (exterior) unique public artwork.

 

 

Mirror in the Dark | Call for Entry
deadline June 12
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

Mirror in the Dark explores how flexibility is often used as a tool of resilience as the ebb and flow of life’s challenges are navigated through. The exhibition also examines previous responses to unexpected circumstances and crises. How have challenges affected your life? In what ways did you respond and how have those previous challenges created long-term impacts on how you handle crises? A particularly relevant question when reflecting on these ideas is ‘do crises ever completely leave us?’

When considering a metaphorical mirror, there is a complicated understanding of one’s reflection because of the distance from previous encounters and how they differ from more current experiences. With an understanding of how identity shifts in response to external change, how does a reexamination of those adjustments impact future responses? This exhibition examines how we are forever impacted by unexpected events and how the tools of resiliency that we build and utilize continue to play a role when dealing with current and future crises. We are seeking work that explores, and perhaps even challenges, the notion of resilience.

Guest Curator: Juana Williams is an independent visual arts curator and writer. She previously served at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Her curatorial practice predominantly focuses on deconstructing complex, contemporary cultural issues and attempts to provide a dialogue within which these issues can be discussed. Williams is passionate about engaging communities, elevating diverse voices, and giving a platform to artists for innovative expression. She persistently advocates for supporting artists and preserving art-centered spaces.

We welcome artists of all background and experience levels to submit their work to this opportunity.

We accept the following visual mediums: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage, mixed media and installation art.  Film and video are not accepted at this time.

5% of profits will be donated to Black Girls Who Paint, a global directory for Black women painters across the globe.

Deadline to submit: June 12, 2021

 

 

header image: Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Jonathan Monaghan at The Walters

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