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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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Peale Spring Gala
Tuesday, May 4 • 5:30pm
presented by The Peale

Despite the many challenges of the past year and more, there is still plenty to celebrate and a lot going on at the Peale this spring. Join us for a special online event to catch up on the Peale’s progress with the renovation and to make a final push to close out our capital campaign, all while supporting the preservation of our National Landmark building – an anchor institution in Baltimore for more than 200 years!

With your donation in any amount to the Peale’s Capital Campaign, we’ll be delighted to send you the link to the event. The program starts at 5:30pm and includes:

1. Virtual hardhat tour of the Peale’s renovations with architect, Walter Schamu, and the Peale’s Board Chair, “Chick” Chickering.

2. Highlights from recent exhibitions:

  • Redefine/ABLE at the virtual Peale
  • Rights and Wrongs at Carroll Mansion
  • Kim Rice: Inheritance virtual tour & catalogue
  • Wendy Lewis sings at the Peale
  • Pouring Light at Carroll Mansion

3. What’s coming:

  • Q&A about the Accomplished Arts Apprentices “arts-force” development program with its founder, the Peale’s Artistic Director, Jeffrey Kent.
  • How Art Saved My Life” – program preview with Jeffrey Kent
  • Juneteenth celebrations with the Griot Circle

4. Talk back: From 6:30pm, join Peale staff and architects for questions and conversation about the Peale’s renovations and plans for the future!



LIVE Art Talk: strikeWare
Tuesday, May 4 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters

Baltimore-based collective strikeWare, a finalist for the 2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, is driven to rethink and breakdown tangible and intangible hierarchies. In conversation with Joy Davis, Manager of Adult and Community Program, its members discuss the collaborative process, the importance of creating art experiences in museums and other historic spaces, and using historic institutions as a catalyst for their work.

About the Artist

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.



Writers LIVE! Morgan Jerkins
Tuesday, May 4 • 7pm
presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Morgan Jerkins will be in conversation with Teri Henderson about her work. In this talk, Jerkins discusses her literary journey, culminating in the release of her newest work, Caul Baby.

Following the critical and popular success of her first two books of nonfiction, New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins returns with her electrifying fiction debut, Caul Baby, a family saga filled with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic.

Desperate to be a mother after multiple pregnancies have ended in heartbreak, Laila turns to the  Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that  is the secret source of their healing power. When the deal for Laila to acquire a piece of caul to  protect her baby falls through and her child is stillborn, she is overcome with grief and rage and  blames the family for the loss.

What she doesn’t know is that she has another connection to the Melancons: her niece, Amara,  an ambitious college student, soon secretly delivers a baby girl she names Hallow and gives her  to the Melancons to raise as one of their own.

Hallow is special, born with a caul, and the Melancons’ matriarch believes she will restore the  family’s waning prosperity. As a child, Hallow is sheltered in the Melancons’ decrepit  brownstone, but as she grows up, she starts to become suspicious of the Melancon women, particularly wondering about Josephine, the woman she calls mother, and the matriarch, Maman,  who only seems to care about Hallow’s caul.

As the Melancons’ desperation to maintain their status grows, Amara, now a successful lawyer  running for district attorney, looks for a way to avenge her longstanding grudge against the  family for their crime against her beloved aunt Laila.

When mother and daughter finally cross paths, Hallow must decide where her loyalty lies.



SPARK IV: A New World? Virtual Reception
Thursday, May 6 • 6pm
presented by Maryland Art Place + Towson University

April 29 through June 26, 2021, at MAP and online

Virtual Opening Reception May 6 | 6pm – 7:00pm

Towson University and UMBC present the fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK pop-up exhibition — SPARK IV: A New World? — in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank. The exhibition will be held in MAP’s main gallery space from April 29 through June 26, 2021, with opportunities to experience the exhibition and programs virtually.

De-coupled this year from the annual Light City festival, SPARK IV expands beyond a focus on light-based artworks to embrace the notion of art’s power to illuminate and trigger reflection and dialogue. In A New World?, artistic work is considered through the lens of the significant modifications to life during the pandemic alongside longstanding concerns such as systemic racism and the climate crisis. What have we been through and what happens next? After experiencing the chaos, upheaval, and uncertainty that dominated this past year, how do we see the world, and how do we cope, adapt, and persevere.

The exhibition will feature artwork by Towson and UMBC faculty and student artists. A list of participating artists will be announced, and special public programs will also be announced.

SPARK is curated by Catherine Borg, a Baltimore artist tracing shifting narratives in American culture in photo and video-based artworks. Her work has been presented in many venues; highlights include screenings at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center Las Vegas reviewed in Art in America, and public art projects for the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, the City of Las Vegas, and Scottsdale Public Art. She holds an MFA degree in visual arts from Rutgers University, a BA degree in broadcasting from San Francisco State University, and has received fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Jentel Foundation. As a curator, Borg has presented the work of dozens of artists in film and video screenings, solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in venues as varied as traditional gallery spaces, empty storefronts, hotel rooms, a seven-story rotunda, and the Columbus Center (SPARK III).



Violet Hour: City Schools x Devin Allen
Wednesday, May 5 • 6-7pm
presented by Baltimore Museum of Art

In honor of Baltimore City Public Schools Fine Arts Week, Western High School students and artists Kennedy Cutchember and Camille Lawrence co-moderate an artist talk with photographer, photojournalist, and activist Devin Allen. Join them live on Facebookand YouTube as they showcase student works inspired by Allen and discuss the trajectory of his career and the experiences that motivate and inspire his work. Baltimore City Public Schools Fine Arts Week takes place May 3–9 and features nearly 400 of the best and brightest student visual artists and performers from 90 schools. A special event will be highlighted each day in the virtual galleries at

Devin Allen

Devin Allen is a photographer, photojournalist, and activist based in Baltimore, MD. He gained national attention after the Freddie Gray protests in 2015, when his documentary photo Baltimore Uprising was published as Time magazine’s May 2015 cover; almost five years later, his documentary photo of the George Floyd protests made the magazine’s June 2020 cover. Allen’s photographs are held in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. His book, No Justice, No Peace, will be published by Hachette Books in 2022.

Camille Lawrence

Camille Lawrence is a junior at Western High School in Baltimore City. She is an artist, activist, and student of the world. Passionate about teen mental health, Camille hopes to normalize the conversation around mental health and its importance through her art, and is also interested in philosophy, mindfulness, and meditation.

Kennedy Cutchember

Kennedy Cutchember is a senior at Western High School in Baltimore City. She is passionate about racial injustice and gender equality and this is reflected in her artwork. Growing up, Kennedy saw and experienced racial and gender injustice and her work aims to address these issues. She uses art as a form of activism and expression to push for change in America. She is also passionate about music and this, too, bleeds into her creative expression.



BmoreArt at Erin Cluley Gallery | with Jackie Milad and Erin Cluley
Thursday, May 6 • 6:30pm
presented by BmoreArt + Erin Cluley Gallery

Join BmoreArt for a visit to the Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas, Texas where the mixed-media work of Baltimore-based artist Jackie Milad is on exhibit. Our conversation will explore the evolution of the artist’s work, how galleries work with artists from across the country, the influence of Baltimore upon the creativity and ambition of both Milad and Cluley, and the importance of building relationships across the art world.

RSVP for Zoom here.



Home Bodies: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition | Exhibition Closes
Friday, May 7
presented by UMBC

Home Bodies is the graduate thesis exhibition for the seven artists of the 2021 UMBC Intermedia + Digital Art MFA class: Amelia Voos, Danielle Damico, Elijah Davis, Lindsay D’Andelet, Maks Prykhodko, Rahne Alexander, and Safiyah Cheatam. The CADVC is open to the public via free, ticketed admission UMBCTickets – Home Bodies: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition. More information on the artists and their exhibit:



Station North Shines: A ‘Light’ Art Walk Launch
Friday, May 7 • 5pm
presented by Station North Arts District

We are thrilled to announce a soft launch of Station North Arts District Art Walks for spring/summer 2021!

A new series of district art walks, Station North Shines, is getting a little brighter as spring carries us forward into new possibilities of safely gathering outside again! The event is free, we just ask that you register for a ticket so we can track attendance and wear a mask/face covering.

To honor Baltimore Ceasefire weekend Friday May 7th – Sunday May 9th, we are asking for optional donations that will go towards Ceasefire. Learn more at

FRIDAY MAY 7TH from 5pm – 8pm, we are featuring the opening for “Shine in the Dark”, a popup, outdoor gallery installation on the Ynot Lot fence, along with an in-person window tour of the Asia North 2021 Exhibit, an opening of Baltimore Jewelry Center’s new show “United”, a world premier at Motor House by resident theater company Rapid Lemon Production, a window exhibit with Gallery CA, and a screening hosted by Blue Light Junction.

Can’t make it to the in-person art walk? Join us for the last virtual event of the month-long Asia North festival, a workshop at 7:00pm titled “Making Stories with Where We’re From”, with artist Margaret Huey, details to join are below.

Later in the evening, head over to Blue Light Junction at 209 McAllister for drinks and a screening. Swing by to learn more about this growing natural dye studio, alternative color lab, retail space, dye garden & educational facility and what to look forward to this summer at the garden!

We are pumped to have DJ James Nasty performing at the Ynot Lot from 6pm – 8pm!



a recollection of dreams | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 8 2-7pm | Ongoing through June 12
@ Springsteen

image: Amina Ross, digital collage portion of Vision of Beauty, 2021

Amina Ross | dana washington-queen Curated by Zion Douglass

“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 [email protected].



United: a solo exhibition by Shani Richards | Opening Reception
Friday, May 7 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through May 23
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host United, an exhibition by emerging artist Shani Richards. Richards creates objects that address issues of racism, sexism, and stereotypes to provoke the viewer into critical engagement. In United, artist Richards asks can a person take back an offensive/taboo word and make it their own? United will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from May 7 to May 23 with an opening reception on Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8pm. 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.

Shani Richards is fascinated with how people use jewelry, body modifications,
shoes, and clothing to convey their race, social status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation,
and class. She is incensed and inspired by the word N-i-g-g-e-r, and how the Black community
years ago, decided to take the N-word back. United is an exhibition of pendants featuring racial and ethnic slurs, sexual orientations, gender pronouns, and more. Richard’s goal for the exhibition is that by revealing a rainbow of slurs, people will see themselves reflected somewhere in it and maybe gain a greater understanding of the power of the N-word. The art relies on audience participation and conversation. Throughout the exhibition, viewers will be invited to wear the pendant of their choice. Selfies posted on social media are encouraged so the conversation can spread out beyond the community.

“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 fortunate to share Shani’s work in our gallery. She is utilizing jewelry as a tool to increase awareness and empathy while opening up a dialogue that goes far beyond adornment and decoration to a conversation that is so very needed in the field of art jewelry.”



Connect + Collect: Ilana Harris-Babou and Miranda Javid | Outdoor Reception
A Partnership with Goucher College Virtual Artist in Residence
Friday, May 7 • 7-9pm | Ongoing through June 1
presented by BmoreArt + Goucher College

Opening Friday, May 7th, 2021
Closing Thursday, June 1st, 2021

BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect Gallery
2519 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
A digital exhibition screening nightly in the window video gallery from 7 to 9 pm
Curated by Alex Ebstein

Selected Works:
Miranda Javid’s Two Truths Mixtape, followed by student rotoscope projects
Ilana Harris-Babou’s Long Con, followed by student aftereffects video collage projects

BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect Gallery is happy to announce its collaboration with Goucher College to present new video work by Ilana Harris-Babou and Miranda Javid, at our outdoor, digital projection gallery located at 2519 N. Charles Street. The artists will be screening new pieces made with support from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

At Goucher College in their virtual Artist in Residence positions this Spring 2021 semester, Ilana and Miranda taught workshops in animation techniques relevant to their individual practices. Their work will be shown along with short videos by Goucher students who participated in these classes and created finished pieces in response to the residents’ work.

The exhibition will be on view from May 7 through June 1, 2021 and will open with an outdoor reception on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 7 – 9 pm. *Rain Date for Reception Friday, May 14th, 2021). The work is viewable entirely from the outside in the window video gallery.

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 Alex Ebstein at [email protected]  or Gallery Coordinator Teri Henderson at [email protected])



Truth or Dare: An Electronic Eleganza and Cocktail Competition
Friday, May 7 • 7pm
presented by Single Carrot Theatre

Join the Carrots in a good ole’ fashioned game of Truth or Dare! You’ll witness the Single Carrot Theatre ensemble take on the spiciest dares, and get a peek into the theatre company’s juiciest truths. All while learning how to make craft cocktails by some of Baltimore’s best artisanal mixologists! Join us in a silly and joyful evening hosted by two of our favorite local performers, weigh in on the competition, and get ready to laugh!

Gala Packages Include:

Dare Package- Watch your heart out! Join Single Carrot in an evening of fun, cocktails, and a bit of mayhem from the comfort of our screens!

Double Dare Package (Per Pair) – Plus the Fixins’! Everything the Dare includes, plus a basket of Baltimore snacks, surprises, and all the mixers and garnishes needed to participate in the cocktail competition from home! All you need is the booze 🙂

Triple Dog Dare Package (Per Pair) – The Whole Shebang! The whole Double Dare plus all the booze! Everything you could need to join the cocktail competition – plus a little more 😉



Friday, May 7 • 8pm
@ Motor House

An unconventional scientist is on the cusp of a cure for a mysterious disease. But to complete her research she must find forgiveness from a family with no reason to trust her and embrace the transformative potential of her own healing. From the marvels of the modern laboratory to the inner depths of the human psyche, “Serious Adverse Effects” is an imaginative contemporary drama unfolding at a collision of medical ethics, blood memory, and forgiveness.

Workshopped in 2018 at the National Black Theatre, “Serious Adverse Effects” receives its world premiere with Rapid Lemon Productions.

Directed by Noah Silas (“Give Me Moonlight”, 2020).


All performances will be live, and available both online and in person at Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue Baltimore. In-person attendance will follow strict COVID safety protocols, including:

* Cast, crew, staff, and all audience members will be masked at all times.

* The number of in-person attendees will be limited so as not to exceed 25% of venue occupancy (including cast, crew, and staff). Audience members will be physically distanced in the theater.

* Temperature checks will be conducted, and audience members’ information logged (privately) for contact tracing purposes.

For the safety of our workers, additional measures have been taken: All participants are required to produce recent negative COVID test results prior to any in-person rehearsal, where temperatures will be taken and masks worn at all times.




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VisArts Studio Fellowship | Call for Entry
deadline May 7
sponsored by VisArts

VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships.

Admission to the VisArts Studio Fellowship is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of artists and art professionals. Panelists include painters, sculptors, film and video artists, photographers, installation artists, inter-disciplinary artists, and independent curators. The admission panel is rotated regularly.

VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Rockville offers easy access to public transit to Washington, D.C. via the Red Line Metro, an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.

The VisArts Studio Fellowship does not provide housing for artists. Please contact VisArts directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.



Digital Marketing Associate | Call for Applications
deadline May 7
sponsored by VisArts

VisArts is seeking a dynamic, resourceful, and proactive professional with 1-2 years’ experience in digital and social media marketing, community engagement, and design (preferably at an agency or nonprofit) to join our team as Digital Marketing Associate.

We’re a small, nonprofit arts center with contemporary art galleries; studio artists, fellows, and residents; a supported studio program for artists with disabilities; art classes; art camps; and community outreach programs. We’re a caring, creative community and our mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts.

This new, primarily onsite position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications. It’s a full-time, early career role for someone who really gets – and loves – marketing and outreach and is excited to help us grow.

We’re actively recruiting applicants from all backgrounds so that our staff more closely matches the diversity of our community. We want to hire the best person for the job – including people who challenge the status quo – and we believe a diverse team creates a better experience for our community, a better place to work, and a better world to live in! We strongly encourage BIPOC, AAPI, and/or LGBTQ+ applicants.

Please send a cover letter (required) and resume to [email protected] by Friday , May 7. We may request writing, social media, and design samples.



Out of Order + KidOO | Call for Submissions
*deadline extended * May 11
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

To submit an application for OOO simply click HERE

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to announce its 2nd Virtual Out of Order exhibition event and very first virtual KIDOOO. This year marks the 24th year of MAP’s signature Spring art auction. Using a virtual platform, Out of Order will be available to anyone on an electronic device for free!

As one of Baltimore’s longest-standing consecutive contemporary exhibitions, Out of Order has successfully continued to stay relevant and fun. Last year (2020) Out of Order expanded to include artists from outside the state with over 300 participating artists.

To submit an application for OOO simply click HERE fill out the application and upload ONE image. Artists working at any skill level are encouraged to participate.

To submit an application for KIDOOO simply click HERE fill out the application and upload ONE image.



deadline May 15
sponsored by ITS LIQUID

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, is pleased to announce the open call for BORDERS ART FAIR – VENICE 2021.

BORDERS ART FAIR, curated by Arch. Luca Curci, will be presented in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and in other prestigious venues between June 14 and September 19, 2021.

BORDERS ART FAIR is a contemporary art fair that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The 2021 edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance.

BORDERS ART FAIR provides artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of professionals as curators, gallerists, collectors, editors and publishers who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents.
Deadline for applications is May 15, 2021 (11.59 PM of your local time)

Click here to take part in the selection.



Summer Teacher Institute | Applications Accepted
deadline May 15
sponsored by Maryland Center for History and Culture

As educators balance curricular requirements with students’ needs to effectively analyze the social landscape around them, civics education and the study of cultural history are more important than ever. The Maryland Center for History and Culture has a rich tradition of engaging with K-12 audiences, using our archival and museum collections to examine often difficult topics in American history. We invite educators to join MCHC and the University of Maryland Department of History for a week-long summer institute, July 26-30, 2021.


Participants will explore topics including the freedom, citizenship, and memory of African American Marylanders during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as the Jim Crow-era legal battles that continued into the early 20th century. Scholars from the University of Maryland Department of History will share their expertise and highlight the latest research. Educators will also enjoy field trips, create resources to bring back to their classrooms, and have extensive access to primary source collections from the H. Furlong Baldwin Library.

Participants will receive continuing education credits from the Maryland State Department of Education upon completion of the course.

The Teacher Institute will be hybrid. Content presentations and select field trips will be virtual, while collections research and local tours will take place in-person. Contact Director of Education David Armenti, [email protected], with any questions.

Applications are now live! Click on the button below to join our cohort this summer. Candidates will be accepted through May 15th, and will be notified by May 31st.



MASB Artist Travel Prize | Call for Entry
deadline May 31
sponsored by BOPA and Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB) announce that applications for the MASB Artist Travel Prize are now available. The sixth edition of the MASB Artist Travel Prize awards $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living in Baltimore City, to be used as funding for travel essential to studio practice. The MASB Artist Travel Prize application is available here and applications are due by Monday, May 31, 2021.

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.

About the MASB Artist Travel Prize 

The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with supporting materials. The previous winners of the MASB Artist Travel Prize are Schroeder Cherry and Hoesy Corona in 2020, LaToya M. Hobbs and J.M. Giordano in 2019, Erin Fostel and Erick Antonio Benitez in 2018, Nate Larson in 2017, and Stephen Towns in 2016. The winners have traveled to Morocco, Czech Republic, Japan, Peru, throughout the United States, and to Ghana and Senegal.

Proposals should consider speaking to the current pandemic and what the prospect of traveling for studio practice would mean, given travel limitations at the moment. With this in mind, BOPA and MASB will be flexible with the selected artist, should travel restrictions continue further into 2021 than currently estimated.

The application and full list of eligibility requirements is available here. Applications are due by Monday, May 31, 2021. The recipient of the MASB Artist Travel Prize will be announced in July 2021.

Estimated Timeline 


April 15, 2021: Call for applications released
May 31, 2021: Application deadline
Early July 2021: Recipient of MASB Artist Travel Prize announced
Summer/Fall 2022: Public presentation of travel by selected artist

For more information about the MASB Artist Travel Prize, contact Lou Joseph, Prize and Competition Manager at BOPA, at [email protected].

For more information about the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, contact Peter Doo, President of Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, at [email protected].



Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism | Call for Entry
deadline May 31
sponsored by The Museum of Craft and Design

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) has launched a new artist opportunity with Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism, a nationwide juried exhibition and artist marketplace.Working alongside the Museum of Craft and Design’s Executive Director, JoAnn Edwards and Curator, Ariel Zaccheo, Call & Response will be juried by Glenn Adamson, Curator, Writer, and Historian; Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Ceramicist, Sculptor, and Designer; and Nate Watson, Visual Artist, Educator, and Executive Director of Public Glass. The winning piece will receive a grand prize of $1,000, the runner-up will receive $500, and the third place will receive $250.

The national reckoning for social justice spurred by protests and the Black Lives Matter movement has made clear that all museums and arts organizations must do better to represent, engage, financially support, and communicate with their BIPOC communities. “Craftivism” (as coined by Betsy Greer in her 2011 essay “Craftivist History” in “Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art”) celebrates the power of craft to bring about political change. This juried exhibition intends to highlight artists that are working at this crucial intersection of craft and activism, uplifting their political ideals and their communities through their medium of choice.

This open call to artists and craftspeople aged 18 and older, throughout the United States, will culminate in a juried exhibition to be displayed virtually on starting July 30, 2021. BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply. All entries will be juried and the top 50 will be presented in the virtual exhibition. Additionally, selected artists will have the opportunity to sell their artwork online via the MCD Artist Marketplace on through September 30, 2021. Entry is $5.00, paid directly to SlideRoom for use of their software. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2021.



Building Love | Call for Submissions
deadline May 31
sponsored by AIA Baltimore

Let’s Get Creative! As the 6th oldest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Baltimore celebrates its 150th birthday in 2021. In recognition of this milestone, the AIA Baltimore and BAF Lecture Series Committee announce an invitation to submit a token of your love for Baltimore architecture. The goals of Building Love are to reflect on the built environment and values manifested in a building or space and to create a discourse among design professions and the public about qualities that make a building or space successful. This call for entries is free and open to the public, but limited to one entry per person.

How To Participate: Create one letter, poem, sketch or other creation of your favorite building or place in Baltimore in the format of a 4×6 postcard that will then be digitally collected. The submission should be original work and produced specifically for this. The postcard format below should be printed and cut out, with the submission created in the space it provides. The submission should describe the subject and why it is beloved in a visual or written way.

Deadline For Submissions: May 31, 2021
Follow BAF on Instagram and see all of our submissions by searching the hashtag #AIABALT150BUILDINGLOVE




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