BmoreArt’s Picks: July 27 – August 2

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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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Holding Patterns by Amy Stober & Ripple by John Bohl
On view through August 7
@ Springsteen

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).

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.



A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction
Streaming now through August 8
presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore’s own Miranda Rose Hall returns to BCS with this darkly comic world premiere play. The Zero Omissions Theater Company desperately wants the audiences of their climate change play to WAKE UP! But when things don’t go as planned, it’s up to their stage manager/light board operator/dramaturg Naomi to find a new way of telling their story. In this communal experience like no other, the play becomes an awakening about how to be human in an era of man-made extinction.

An East Coast Reckoning: Film Screening and Conversation
Wednesday, July 28 • 5:30pm
presented by Maryland Humanities

Maryland Humanities co-hosts (in partnership with Delaware Humanities and Pennsylvania Humanities Council) a virtual screening of A Reckoning in Boston on July 28 and a roundtable discussion July 29, both at 5:30 p.m.

The film centers on two students—Kafi Dixon, 44, and Carl Chandler, 65— who took the Clemente Course in Humanities in Boston. The course is designed for those who have experienced homelessness, transitioned out of incarceration, or faced other barriers to a college education. Director James Rutenbeck hoped to show how the course and humanities positively affect lives: what he learned in following Dixon and Chandler closely is the extent of the violence, racism, and gentrification they faced, as well as the film’s own flawed premise and his own complicity. Rutenbeck eventually invited Dixon and Chandler to collaborate on and co-produce the film with a share in revenues.  A conversation with Rutenbeck and film-subject-turned-producer Kafi Dixon immediately follows the July 28 screening.

The July 29 roundtable features local community leaders, including Baltimore’s Cameron Miles, who founded and directs Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood. The activists will discuss parallel systemic issues in the film and in Baltimore, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. Both events are free but registration is required. Learn more about the July 28 screening and the July 29 discussion.



Thursday, July 29 • 1-2pm
presented by Society of Design Arts + AIGA Baltimore

Join the Society of Design Arts (SoDA) and AIGA Baltimore for this online talk by Wustavo Quiroga, a designer, cultural manager, institutional advisor, and researcher from Argentina. He is the president of IDA Foundation (2013) in Buenos Aires. Quiroga will share his experience as the editor of the publication “Material Ideas. Argentine Art and Design in the 1960s.”

AIGA Baltimore and SoDA member Raquel Castedo will host this event, part of the virtual series created to promote the rich and plural histories of Latin American production in design.

Thank you to AIGA Unidos, Stevenson University, and the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre for partnering with us on this event.

* The speaker will present in Spanish. Interpretation in English will be available.
1) The event will be online using Zoom. Click here to register for free.
2) Please ensure you download the app for your computer or mobile device prior to the event here on Zoom.
3) Registered attendees will receive a link and password when they complete their registration. The link and password will also be sent 24 hours and 1 hour before the event. Make sure to check your spam folder for the email.

Wustavo Quiroga co-founded and directed the Foundation of the Interior and the Museum Under Construction (2005-2017) in Mendoza, and IDA Foundation (2013) in Buenos Aires. He has implemented measures to systematize patrimonial assets by creating archives, processing data, improving material conditions, and validating cultural capital. He has participated in curatorial and publishing projects, conferences, academic meetings, and biennials in Argentina and abroad. Quiroga has received awards for his research and professional career.

Fun fact: The typefaces we used for the event’s visual identity were created by Latin American Type Designers. Inge was designed by Fernanda Cozzi from 🇦🇷 Argentina and Anguita Sans was designed by Sofia Mohr from 🇧🇷 Brazil.



Art Sound Now: WAYTA
Thursday, July 29 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Experience the collection in new ways as musicians and sound-artists transform the galleries with sonic installations. This year we provide a new experience with filmed performances in the galleries streamed online. WAYTA will perform a 20-minute concert inspired by the Sculpture Court at the Walters. WAYTA’s performance centers indigenous culture and values in contemporary space and context. Their repertoire of traditional, popular, and original Andean instrumental music asserts their expression as an anticolonial statement and a call for people’s unity.

WAYTA was formed in 2018 in the social justice movements of Washington D.C. Initially starting as part of a larger musical project during the Standing Rock (NoDAPL) solidarity movement, WAYTA was consolidated as a duo and started performing and arranging instrumental Andean music as a form of cultural resistance and community participation. Multi-instrumentalists Cesar Mazat (Guatemala) and Gustavo Vargas (Bolivia), make the duo WAYTA a musical statement of unity for the Abya Yala.

WAYTA se formó en 2018 en los movimientos de justicia social de Washington D.C. Inicialmente formado como  parte de un proyecto musical más amplio durante el movimiento en solidaridad con Standing Rock (NoDAPL), WAYTA se consolidó como un dúo y comenzó a interpretar música Andina instrumental como una forma de resistencia cultural y participación comunitaria. Los multi-instrumentistas, Cesar Mazat (Guatemala) y Gustavo Vargas (Bolivia), hacen del dúo WAYTA una declaración musical de unidad para el Abya Yala.

Please note: This event is virtual and is available exclusively on ourFacebook and YouTubepages. You don’t need an account on either platform to enjoy the program.

Thursday Nights are supported by BGE.



Freedom Train | Exhibition Reception
Thursday, July 29 • 7pm
@ Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park And Museum

Join me in Baltimore for some good music, good food, & good vibes at a live and in person reception for my Freedom Train exhibition. It features the artistry of Ed Towles, renowned for his work with Black Enterprise magazine… Thursday, July 29th at 7pm… I hope to see you there. (COVID protocol in play)

The Freedom Train exhibition tells the story of Harriet Tubman and her resistance to bondage and enslavement. The artwork of Ed Towles presents a necessary celebration of Black power and resilience that allows for a comparison of past to present. During the year 2020, in addition to a world-wide corona pandemic crisis, widespread protests were witnessed across the United States in response to the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other African Americans at the hands of police brutality. The oppressive nature of violence in current times is driven by the same systemic oppression of the chattel slavery that America was built upon. (curator: Kibibi Ajanku)



Creative Mornings Baltimore: Home featuring Teri Henderson
July 30th, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT Hosted at Your Home!

Teri Henderson (b. Fort Worth, TX, 1990) is a curator, co-director of WDLY, founding director of the Black Collagists Arts Incubator, and writer. Henderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University. She formerly held a curatorial internship at Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington. During that time she also helped launch the social media campaign for the non-profit access to justice platform PopUpJustice!. She also previously served as the Art Law Clinic Director for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts. Currently Henderson is a staff writer for BmoreArt as well as the Connect+Collect Gallery Coordinator. In the Fall of 2020 Henderson founded the Black Collagists Arts Incubator, a platform for researching, collecting and archiving the work of Black collage artists globally.

Free tickets here.

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Station North Shines: July 30 Art Walk
Friday, July 30 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts & Entertainment District

We are thrilled to announce our summer series of Station North Shines Art Walks on final Fridays. Reserve your tickets for July 30th, and save the date for Friday, August 27th and Friday, Sept. 24th!

The event is free, we just ask that you register for a ticket so we can track attendance, and share email updates and specials.

Our featured venues are below! Follow us @stationnorth on IG/FB for a map, venue highlights, and more!

As always, meet at the Ynot Lot at 4 W. North Ave to grab your map, jam out with DJ Landis Expandis, and check out local vendors before you make your gallery stops!

LIVE MUSIC at Alma Cocina by jazz guitarist Kevin Clark and Station North Books by Love Groove Music Festival founder and artist John Tyler!


Motor House: 120 W North Ave (indoors- mask required)

Motor House’s Annual Tenant Exhibition The second and third floors of the Motor House are dedicated to studio and working space for more than 18 individual artists and collectives. With a wide array of talent and experience, Motor House artists represent a cross-section of artistic disciplines and cultural diversity found within Baltimore’s various creative communities. The Motor House Annual Tenant Exhibition celebrates the work and impact of our Artists in Residence:


  • Megan Lewis
  • Deric Emry
  • Gary Mullen
  • Yele, Yele Stitches
  • Jazzy Studios
  • Brandi Lewis, Syeko Design House
  • Kyeong-Soo Kim
  • Nyasa Bryant
  • Ernest Shaw
  • Rawn Price

The Crown Baltimore: 1910 N Charles St (indoor, masks encouraged)

Birds Of A Feather at The Crown Backbar Gallery

Featuring a collaborative project with video and photo artworks by Hsiao-chu (Julia) Hsia, Van Ngo, Miki, and Dolor, “when the light intertwines with the dark.”

Baltimore Jewelry Center :10 E. North Avenue, Suite 130(indoor/outdoor- mask required)

Cities of Steel/Cities of Rust Exhibition A collaborative exhibition conceived of by Mary Fissell & Courtney Powell, ehe exhibition pairs artists from the BJC Peer Feedback Group & the Allegheny Metals Guild and challenges them to respond to a site in their respective cities of Baltimore & Pittsburgh & then finish a piece started by their partner from the other city.

Full Circle Gallery: 33 E 21st St (indoors, masks encouraged)

Reaching for Justice: These photographs urge us to comprehend, connect with, and understand the long ongoing history of the various communities who have been reaching for justice throughout the centuries and our human responsibility to know our own roles in the American and Western systems and our abilities to fix them.⁠

Connect+Collect: 2519 North Charles Street (indoor/outdoor, masks optional)

Re-emergence is the first physical exhibition in the Connect+Collect gallery since we shut our gallery doors in March 2020. The show consists of small artworks by members of the inaugural Connect+Collect cohort including, Chris Bathgate, Oletha DeVane, Elliot Doughtie, Erin Fostel, Taha Heydari, Phaan Howng, Antonio McAfee, and René Treviño.

New Door Creative: 1601 Saint Paul St. Baltimore, MD 21202 (indoor/outdoor, masks required, steps to enter)

Curlee Raven Holton: Deluge — Rebirth, A Retrospective 1993-2021 showcases a collection of paintings, drawings, mixed media, and prints created between 1993 and the present.

Jordan Faye Contemporary: 302 E Federal St, 5th floor (inside the Cork Factory, elevator available, masks optional)

Jordan Faye Contemporary: 200 Paintings Made from 2020 – 2021



Artist and Craftsman Supply: 137 West North Ave. Baltimore MD, 21201 (indoors, masks encouraged, steps to second floor event) Open until 7pm with a 10% discount for Attendees who show their emailed artwalk registration ticket.

Tightfisted Fashion: 2114 N Charles St #100 (indoor/outdoor – masks required)

Sip+Shop Fashion Pop-up How about a little wine with your weekend 🍷Check out some of your favorite local black-owned businesses in-store at Tightfisted Fashion or tune in via Facebook LIVE.

Station North Books: 34 E. Lanvale (indoor/outdoor – masks required)

Stop by to hear live music from multi-instramentalist, composer, and Love Groove Music Festival founder, John Tyler.

⁠Baltimore Print Studios: 18 W North Ave (indoors, masks encouraged)

No Land Beyond: 2125 Maryland Ave (indoor/outdoor, masks encouraged)

Last Friday Summer Series at NLB! Join us for outdoor music, food, drinks, and games at Baltimore’s First Boardgame Bar. The last Friday of every month from July to September.




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2021 Excellence in Design Awards | Call for Submissions
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.

New This Year – Framework for Design Excellence

In response to AIA’s commitment to climate action, AIA Baltimore, AIA Chesapeake Bay, AIA Potomac Valley, and AIA Maryland are expanding the Framework for Design Excellence questions for all Design Awards submissions.

Following the lead of AIA National, the Maryland Chapters of AIA will include all measures from the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. When you submit a project, you will be given open-ended prompts to describe in a few sentences how your design achieves outcomes for each measure.

Projects are not required to address every measure; you should only address those measures that are relevant to your project. Add N/A when not applicable or when information is not available, where relevant explain why this is the case. Submitters are expected to provide as much accurate data as possible.The goal is to promote the sustainable design work of our members and to support AIA’s Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action.



Our Stories Festival | Call for Storytellers
deadline August 6
sponsored by The Asian Arts &_Culture_Center (AA&CC) at Towson University

Have a story to tell? The Asian Arts &_Culture_Center (AA&CC) at TU will present the second “Our Stories Festival” this fall. This Artists can share and explore personal and cultural stories from around the world through narrative, animation, music, art, and more. The virtual festival seeks to feature the works of artists of all cultural backgrounds, and provides a space for sharing diverse artistic expressions.

More Info/Apply:



Lyrics with/out Music | Zine Open Call
deadline August 15
sponsored by “Lyrics with/out Music” zine

“Lyrics with/out Music” zine is seeking submission for written works (poem, prose, creative writing, etc). The zine is part of the curatorial project “A Quiet Transition”, an experimental, curatorial project that aims to adopt lullaby as a poetic, generative framework to create restful and contemplative experiences. Including a line up of a workshop, music performances, a game, a bedtime radio show and a zine, “A Quiet Transition” hopes to highlight the power of lullaby as an access point to connect and reflect on personal narratives and moments of enchantment.

The submission is encouraged to respond to the following prompt: “If you could write the lyrics of your own lullaby, what would it be?”

Lullaby is a song that is being sung to lull people into sleep. It functions not only as a sleep aid, but also as a vehicle to express personal grievances, musings and love. These lyrics can haunt the listeners, making them return to the songs over and over again. The zine seeks to include writing that takes inspiration from the romantic, melancholic, melodic and sometimes graphic nature of lullaby lyrics. The zine wants to embrace the beauty of lullaby lyrics, even without music.

Submissions or questions can be sent directly to [email protected]. Please submit pdf, doc or word files. Submission deadline:  August 14, 2021. The writings will be edited into physical zines and shared online.

Deadline: August 14, 2021



The 2021 Rubys Artist Grants | Call for Applications
deadline August 15
sponsored by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

The Rubys were established in 2013 to provide project-based support for individual artists. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work. The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning. The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish.

UPDATES for 2021:

  • In previous years, the Rubys Artist Grants required that project proposals included a public component to occur at some point during the grant period. For 2021, the public component requirement is optional, due to the uncertainty of public gathering limits. If you find that you can and want to create a public event (safely) for your project, then you may include ideas in your application proposal; though this is not required.


Metamorphosis: The Art of Transformation | Call for Entry
deadline August 14
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

About this exhibit: How does the art we create reflect our own personal growth? As artists and individuals, we are in a constant state of transformation. Our lives continue to shift and evolve with every season, and the work we make tends to mirror these changes. For many of us, our art is a reflection of the lives we live, and often serves as a deeper extension of ourselves. Through art, we are able to visually communicate our transformative states of being. For this exhibit, we are seeking work that reflects personal growth and evolution across a wide range of visual mediums.

Deadline: August 14, 2021

We welcome artists of all backgrounds and experience levels to submit to this opportunity. Artists must be 18 or older to submit.

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.

Our guest juror for this exhibit is Sergio Gómez, a Chicago-based visual artist and curator. He received a MFA degree from Northern Illinois  University. He is known for his large scale figurative abstraction paintings and charcoal drawings exploring the cycles of life. Sergio’s work has been the subject of more than 45 solo exhibitions, and he has participated in over 150 group exhibitions. His work is in the collection of the National Museum of Mexican  Art, Brauer Museum, and other public and private collections. Sergio Gómez is an active curator with a  career of over 100 curated exhibitions since 2010. He is curator and  Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, Director and founder  of 33 Contemporary Gallery, co-founder of the coaching academy Art NXT  Level®, and founder of Amplified Art Network.

Visit our website to learn more & submit.

This exhibit will be presented to our website in September.



​McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency Program | Call for Applications
deadline August 15
sponsored by McColl Center for Art + Innovation

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space committed to putting artists first with 360 degrees of support, including artist studios, modern equipment and tools, and exhibition spaces.

Here at this one-of-a-kind historic place, built from the ashes of a former Church that burned down in the 1980s, the artist’s need for expression, advancement, experimentation, and growth is fulfilled.

Beyond serving as catalyst for artistic advancement, McColl Center is a hub for connection within the creative community. This is a place where all are welcome to share in a universal passion for art and inspiration through creative participation and engagement.

We invite artists to take risks in their processes and explore their ideas within the context of Charlotte. We welcome you, your family, friends, and colleagues to connect with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and public programs.


McColl Center’s summer 2022 artist-in-residence program is offered to educators and parents who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in McColl Center residencies because of responsibilities during school or university terms. This residency will support your practice, giving you the opportunity to bring your family with you, utilize our facilities, and access equipment in our artist labs.

  • Residency Dates: May 16–August 9, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Application Opens: July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Application Fee: $35 nonrefundable


The Fountainhead Residency
deadline August 16
sponsored by the Shepard Broad Foundation

This residency is dedicated to artists who were born outside of the United States and now live and work within its borders. At the core of Fountainhead’s mission is the belief that artists and their work can shift hearts and minds toward a more hopeful and equitable future. With that in mind, we initiated this thematic residency around the topic of immigration, generously sponsored by the Shepard Broad Foundation.

The goal of this residency is to connect artists and our community and bring forth the value of our unique and shared experiences. An important component to this residency is a willingness to share your story with people in our local community through intimate gatherings and public programs.

Visual artists over the age of 23 yrs of all race, religion, gender, and working in any medium are invited to apply. Three artists will be selected to take part in this residency from October 2-31, 2022.

A Miami-based residency with a global family of artists, The Fountainhead Residency has hosted over 450 visual artists from 47 countries, providing an environment to create, converse, inspire and be inspired outside the daily routines and traditional confines of their home life. Fountainhead seeks artists who are at a pivotal point in their career where time and space, connections and conversations with art professionals and an immersive and nurturing environment is just the catalyst needed.

In addition to creating work while in-residence; artists will engage with art and business professionals who will provide one-on-one advice and feedback, be provided free access to all museums and personalized tours of private collections, be introduced to artists and collectors in the community, attend openings and talks, and participate in a public open house. As part of this residency, artists will also be connected with organizations and community leaders working with immigrants and/or advocating on their behalf.

From the moment artists arrive, they’re immersed in the visual beauty of Miami and the color and depth of the local community. Three artists live communally in a three bedroom, two bathroom 1950’s mid-century home flooded with natural light and the energy that comes with it. Each artist will have a private bedroom and shared bathroom. The home is located in the heart of Miami’s cultural community with most museums, galleries, private collections, alternative spaces and performing arts venues all within a seven-mile radius.

Studio space is semi-private and located within the home and attached garage. There are several large working walls, many table tops, a small outdoor area, sewing machine, projectors and basic tools.

All the basics of a home are provided including fully equipped kitchen, wifi, washer and dryer, sheets, towels, kitchen and bikes.


The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant | Call for Applications
deadline August 20
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant offers funding to artists and organizations to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects. Go here to apply.



header image: John Bohl, Chair, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22 inches

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