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This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch and some that you can safely leave the house for, 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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The Ink Spot Press Summer Workshop Show 2021
Ongoing through August 2021
@ Ink Spot Press

We’re happy to announce that our presses are rolling again at the Ink Spot Press!

This show features prints by the whole workshop: both professional printmakers, and artists who are discovering the medium.

With a wide variety of print mediums, and very collector friendly prices should you be tempted to purchase.

The Summer Workshop Show 2021 has already begun, and will be on view through August 2021 by appointment:

theinkspotpress@gmail.com

The Ink Spot Press is located at #943 N Calvert St, Baltimore 21202

 

 

When Two or More are Gathered :: Curated by Amani Lewis | Reception
Tuesday, June 29 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through August 27
@ Sperone Westwater (NY)

Sperone Westwater is pleased to present When Two or More are Gathered, an exhibition of 13 contemporary artists curated by Amani Lewis, mounted in collaboration with LiveArt, the digital peer-to-peer marketplace. Drawn from and in support of Lewis’ own relationships in the artistic community, the show will feature physical works alongside related NFTs that have been minted on the LiveArt platform. This marriage of the traditional and emerging digital art worlds will debut simultaneously online at LiveArt Market, where the works will be available for purchase, and in person at Sperone Westwater in New York.

The exhibition focuses on the relationship the artists share in their creative community and with the world. “Some of us are partners in life and love, some of us are close or best friends, and some of us may know a few or everyone in this exhibition, but we all have a profound respect and love for each other’s work,” says Lewis. “I have no doubt that our show will be unique because we’re expressing our innermost thoughts, and values, and hopes about our relationships to ourselves, the world, and in this context, each other.” Participating artists include Stephen Arboite, Adrian Armstrong, Destiny Belgrave, Mark Fleuridor, Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe, Shaunté Gates, Ashanté Kindle, Amani Lewis, Murjoni Merriweather, Ambrose Murray, Jo Nanajian, Khari Turner and Will Watson.

 

 

Just You and Me in the Garden
Tuesday, June 29 • 6:30-8pm
@ Union Craft Brewing

Join Baltimore Center Stage, the Blaq Equity Center and Union Craft Brewing for a special happy hour event in connection with BCS’s production of The Garden by Charlayne Woodard. Music by DJ Trillnatured.

June 29th, 2021, 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Union Craft Brewing
1700 W 41st St Unit 420
Baltimore, MD 21211

Schedule

6:30 PM to 7 PM – Doors open
7 PM to 7:30 PM – Conversation led by Dr. Durrell Brooks
7:30 PM to 8 PM – DJ Trillnatured plays a set as everyone discusses, drinks, and mingles

** Buy tickets to stream The Garden here **

 

 

Pride: The Last Rodeo
Wednesday, June 30 • 7pm
presented by Baltimore in Conversation

Join host Alanah Nichole for a virtual performance and conversation-based event to close out the month of Pride. The line-up of LGBTQIA+ Baltimoreans is CRAZY. Featured performances from Abdu Ali, Black Assets, Hunter Hooligan, Kotic Couture, Wifty Bangura, Rachel Winder and a special keynote message from Erricka Wonder Voice Bridgeford.

 

 

Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Artist Talk: Hae Won Sohn
Thursday, July 1 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Join the 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist Hae Won Sohn 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

Hae Won Sohn is a visual artist and craftswoman from Seoul, South Korea. In her practice, the artist utilizes studio artifacts such as broken molds or material remnants, further incorporating the action of de-/reconstruction in her (re)development of form and object-history. While her process metaphorically references the archeological procedures and geographical phenomena, her studio practice incorporates conscious improvisation and the autonomy of material as a structural and conceptual foundation, further proposing a system built upon failure as a parallel model to success. Being selected as a finalist for the inaugural Galerie Emerging Artist Award (2019) by Galerie Magazine, Sohn’s most recent body of work was exhibited at Emmanuel Barbault Gallery (New York, NY) as part of Monologue aside (2020), her gallery solo. Her work also has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York, NY; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD; Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale, MI; Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery of National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan; and Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Sohn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College of Design at Kookmin University located in Seoul, South Korea, and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

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. 

 

 

BmoreArt at Lowell Ryan Projects | with Kumasi J. Barnett, Virginia Ryan Martinsen and Michael Lowell Weiss
Thursday, July 1 • 6:30pm
presented by BmoreArt and Lowell Ryan Projects

Join BmoreArt at Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, with Baltimore-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett, whose comic-book inspired paintings directly confront issues of police brutality, racial profiling, and systemic racism. BmoreArt co-hosts Teri Henderson and Jeffrey Kent will talk to the gallery about their move from Chelsea to LA, discuss best practices for artists and collectors, and dig into Barnett’s prolific comic-based work.

Barnett’s works have been exhibited widely in the USA and abroad, including Lowell Ryan Projects, LA, where he is represented, and at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NY and City Lore, NY, with museum exhibitions including the Zeittz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, and most recently at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, CA. Barnett presented a solo booth with Lowell Ryan Projects at The Armory Show in 2020, in the Focus selection curated by Jamillah James. Barnett’s work has been featured in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Artnet News, and The Guardian, among others.

 

 

Amy Stober

Holding Patterns, by Amy Stober + Ripple, by John Bohl | Opening Reception
Saturday, July 1 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through August 7
@ Springsteen

Springsteen is pleased to announce the opening of two concurrent solo exhibitions this Saturday July 3rd. Join us for the opening reception 5 – 8pm.

Holding Patterns
Amy Stober
Exhibition text by Reilly Davidson
July 3 – August 7, 2021

I get to thinking… Sometimes it’s like: Every single thing happens at once, or else not at all. All about titles, less about content
I am loved before precedent, that is no good
I’ve done many things on accident and even more things on purpose
The fact of the matter is…
In my dream it was the end of the world and I got muffins somehow. One was chocolate and huge
You give to Morpheus and he gives back
Your thoughts are matter. Pick them up and throw them around
I still don’t understand all of this primordial shit, but I guess I’ll just let it rock
Love is a secret you carry with you

Springsteen is pleased to present Holding Patterns, a solo exhibition by Amy Stober, marking her solo debut. Holding Patterns alludes to a moment of stasis, the pregnancy of stillness. A plane suspended in flight, waiting on the go-ahead for landing. In stillness or perceived immobility there exists a process borne of latency, anxiety, calculation.

Obsessively process-oriented, Stober catechizes the given in favor of the exceptional. How to pervert forms and conceptions? Basking in the autogenous gives way to a universal spirit. Look within to implore without. Presuppositions fall away as new understandings of essence metamorphosize. Stober is meticulous, presenting objects charged with potential, memory, the interrogation of time, and presence.

Her practice is deeply rooted in the processional, a creative digestive tract. She begins by inputting two of her own images in Dreamscope, an artificial intelligence program which transforms photos into mangled recreations. A quick Google search of the app yields bulbous and grotesque images of politicians, landscapes, and animals all suffering aesthetic upheavals in service of the new. Stober rejects this supposed end goal and attacks her images yet again, by hand painting the neural network’s productions onto various paraphernalia. This reproductive methodology is her very own encryption tool.

She establishes a collaborative relationship with the virtual, while maintaining staunch footing in the material world by physically painting her array of vessels. These are containment devices, markedly sentimental, diaristic. She largely renders these works in acrylic, though painterly casting material proliferates. The latter substance yields unruly lines, this where an abstraction of brushstroke is activated.

Stober understands her own information by organizing what could be taken-for-granted as imminent. She contends that her process underscores “repetitive personal archivation [as] a comprehension tool,” “a visual approximation for memory recall.” By casting her objects, Stober freezes them in time, allowing one to behold a calculated limbo.

– Reilly Davidson

Amy Stober (b. 1994, New Jersey) currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She earned her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Interstate Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Underground Flower (Perth, Australia), 891 N. Main (Providence, RI), Catbox Contemporary (Queens, NY), and Resort Gallery (Baltimore, MD).

Ripple
John Bohl
July 3 – August 7, 2021

Springsteen is pleased to present Ripple, a solo exhibition by John Bohl. Ripple presents a series of new paintings offering a meditated take on memory and its ability to both restructure and reify our senses.

Bohl uses hand and machine augmented processes to sample and revisit familiar imagery layered into hyper-stylized pictorial fragments deployed with surgical precision. These elusive images conflate the imagined and memorable with their disarming simplicity and assurance. They remind us of sought after images mashed with competing advertising, the textual blur of digital feeds, and that surreal questioning if an experience was IRL or just ingested elsewhere. The ambiguity of these newly encrypted images grant us space to interpret and embrace their dysfunction and imperfection. The resulting amalgamations of images and forms are eerily off, weaving together petrified space and time and calling into question our perceptive acumen and visual dexterity.

John Bohl (b. New York) graduated with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives and works in Baltimore. Group exhibitions include Phantom Limb at Guest Spot (Baltimore, MD), Herding Cats, Again at Catbox Contemporary (Ridgewood, NY), and Blind Reconnaissance at Current Gallery (Baltimore, MD). He has also produced a variety of prints and publications with Beach Press in London and Oso Press in Los Angeles.

 

 

The 5th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival (Virtual)
Sunday, July 4 • 1pm
presented by The Youth Resiliency Institute and Cherry Hill Community Coallition

The 5th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will air virtually on Sunday, July 4th starting at 1pm! It is FREE to enjoy and appropriate for all ages! www.cherryhillfest.com.

Thanks to lead sponsor South Baltimore Gateway Partnerships, Inc., you’ll hear musical performances from Maysa, Teddy Douglas, Mighty Mark & Friends, The Kelly Bell Band, Jahworks and many more!

Hosted by local television host Elsa M., the benefit concert is organized by the Youth Resiliency Institute, and directly supports the Artist Relief Fund, which will provide critical educational arts and crafts supplies in the Cherry Hill community.

 

 

 

Calls for Entry // Opportunities

 

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The “Proximity Project”
sponsored by Baltimore National Heritage Project + The Peale

The Peale is gathering stories about people’s experiences with the fight for equity and social justice around Baltimore, particularly as it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Peale encourages people of all ages to share their stories for the “Proximity Project,” a collection of location-based stories about civil rights and social justice that will become part of a self-guided Baltimore walking tour, accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

The “Proximity Project” creates a unique, immersive, on-demand exhibition of this historical moment for cultural tourists and locals who visit city locations where the demonstrations have happened. Scott Patterson, the acclaimed musician and composer from Balitmore’s Afro House, is producing an original musical soundtrack for these stories of the city. Participants’ narratives will also be shared on the Peale’s website and SoundCloud Channel.

  1. Record your video story! We especially encourage folks using American Sign Language to use this platform.
  2. Give us a call on the story hotline: 1-833-TEL-STRY
  3. Download the free Apple phone app “Be Here Stories.” Simply click SPEAK, and then select “Stories from Baltimore.”
  4. Schedule an interview with one of our storytelling ambassadors! Email online@thepealecenter.org

 

The Variations Project | Call for Submissions
deadline July 1
sponsored by Rapid Lemon Productions

Each year since 2005, the Variations Project has given Baltimore audiences reasons to celebrate. Writers of all experience levels, from across the region, come together to create a dazzling collection of brand new ten-minute plays based on a single theme. This year our theme is the winter holidays, and the show will appear on stage at Motor House this December to close Rapid Lemon Productions’ 2021 season.

Writers, it’s time to finish those scripts! Email your submissions to variationsproject@gmail.com by 11:59pm this Thursday, July 1st.

Starting July 10th, we’ll do cold readings of all the submissions we receive. Saturdays will be in-person, Sundays will be virtual. At these readings, authors will be able to engage in discussion and receive feedback – and even have the chance to revise and re-submit, if they like.

On August 1st we’ll make the tough decisions and announce the group of plays chosen for the December production, Variations on Holidays. There, audiences will vote to pick the theme for the 2022 Variations Project.

So, finish up those scripts, and get them to us pronto! See https://www.rapidlemon.com/variations for more official info and guidelines.

 

 

2022 Independent Artist Awards | Call for Submissions
deadline July 1
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by grants of $2,000, $10,000, and $15,000 that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice.
2022 IAAs will recognize artists in the Literary Arts. Examples of literary works eligible in this category include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Screenplays
  • Children’s Literature
  • Graphic Literature
Other literary works? Not sure if you qualify this year? Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) or Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) to discuss further!
For further details and information, including IAA Guidelines, please visit our website here.
Questions about the application process?
Watch the “How to Apply” Information Session here.

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency | Call for Applicants
deadline July 11
sponsored by The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is now accepting submissions for the 2021 National Artist Residency (AIR.) Now in its sixth year, The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection. The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will have the opportunity to develop a project inspired by The Neon Museum collection. Engagement with the community is an important residency component through a workshop or specific engagement project. A virtual artist talk is scheduled at the beginning of the residency and a studio open house at the residency conclusion.

The 2021 residency program will span six weeks from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, December 5, 2021. The first two weeks will be conducted virtually and the final four weeks completed on location in Las Vegas. U.S.-based artists over the age of 18 are eligible to apply.

 

 

Tusen Takk Residency | Call for Applications
deadline July 15
sponsored by Tusen Takk Foundation

Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists working primarily in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and composers. Artists receive free housing, an honorarium of $625 a week, and more.

Tusen Takk’s residencies are geared for artists to explore new ideas or expand current work. We look for ideas and work that will affirm and enrich the human spirit, giving form to chaos and perception to beauty.

Tusen Takk was designed to host one resident, or two in collaboration, for residencies between three and eight weeks. The single most important qualification for artists invited to Tusen Takk is that they have created a body of work that exemplifies excellence and has (or could) significantly contribute(d) to their artistic field. Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and music composers.

Artists should be self-motivated so they can be productive in the relative isolation afforded by a residency with a giving spirit that’s exemplified by a willingness to share insights with audiences about their work and processes. While in residence, artists are encouraged to engage with the local arts community; this could take the shape of a small-scale workshop or studio visit, or a public artist’s talk, exhibition, or performance, either virtually or in collaboration with one of the Foundation’s partner organizations (see below).

Artists-in-residence are provided housing with 24/7 access to the Foundation’s Studios and Library. Financial assistance is provided to the artist in the form of an honorarium. Arrangements can be made to use the Collection and Library as a resource for learning and inspiration.

Tusen Takk hosts six to eight residencies each year between the months of March and December filled by applications submitted to an open call.

Tusen Takk is a proud Emerging Program Member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.

 

 

Asia in Maryland Fall 2021 Exhibition | Call for Submissions
deadline July 23
sponsored by The Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA&CC) at Towson University

The Asian Arts & Culture Center (AA&CC) at Towson University invites all Maryland-based Asian and AAPI visual artists to submit entries to be included in the fall 2021 Asia in Maryland (AIM) exhibition. As part of this exhibit, your artwork will showcase the stories of, raise awareness about, and facilitate dialogue about the ideas and issues that are most important to the 500,000+ Asian and AAPI residents who play integral roles in the fabric of Maryland life.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
All Maryland-based Asian and AAPI visual artists.

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
1 to 5 works. All 2-D, sculptural, and video works welcome. Works must be original. PLEASE NOTE: This is a curated exhibit. The AA&CC reserves the right to decline any submissions.

WHEN + WHERE IS THE EXHIBITION?
Exhibition: September 8 – December 11, 2021
Location: Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts, Towson University
Opening Reception: September 8, 7:30-9PM, Center for the Arts Atrium, Towson University

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JULY 23.
You will receive a notification from the AA&CC by AUGUST 6.

WHEN DOES THE GALLERY NEED MY WORK?
Accepted works must arrive at the Asian Arts Gallery, August 30 – September 3, 2021, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. No works will be accepted outside of these times. Artists will be contacted by AA&CC staff regarding delivery/pick-up/shipping logistics. Accepted work may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition on December 11, 2021.

HOW WILL MY WORKS BY ACCEPTED?
Each accepted entry must be installation-ready with appropriate hanging hardware if needed and installation instructions, and clearly labeled with artist’s name and title of the work. Sculptures will be wall placed, on pedestals, or free standing. Test your framing/presentation before sending it.

DO I NEED MY OWN INSURANCE COVERAGE?
AA&CC will insure the works while on site for the insurance value indicated on the entries..

Will my works be photographed?
AA&CC may photograph the work for reproduction on AA&CC website, press releases and in social media.

Whom should I contact for more information?
CONTACT ASIANARTS@TOWSON.EDU FOR MORE INFO.

 

 

2021 AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards | Call for Entry
deadline July 30
sponsored by AIA Baltimore

The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA Baltimore members and AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members are judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

Design Awards may be given to built or unbuilt architecture, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, planning, renovation, restoration and urban design projects. Architectural projects eligible for submission include, but are not limited to: details, images of models, building segments and renderings.

Eligible projects include:

  • Built or unbuilt projects designed by AIA Baltimore licensed architect members anywhere in the world.
  • Built or unbuilt projects built in AIA Baltimore’s region designed by AIA members of other chapters.
  • Unbuilt projects designed by Associate AIA members of AIA Baltimore.

Projects must be completed on or after January 1, 2016 and cannot have previously received an award from AIA Baltimore.

There is no limit to the number of projects that may be entered by a firm, and all materials included in submissions must be cleared for public reproduction. Entries must be submitted jointly by the architect and client and must credit all members of the design and construction team. Projects must be submitted by or on behalf of an AIA member involved in the project.

 

 

header image: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen, Presenting the Black Avante Garde: A Tribute to Senga and Maren, 2019. Photo by Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen

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