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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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Summer Pleasures: 33rd Annual Summer Group Exhibition
Ongoing through September 30
@ Steven Scott Gallery

33rd Annual Summer Group Exhibition featuring Gallery Artists and Selections from our Estate/Resale Collection

Annual Tenant Exhibition | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 8 • 6-8 pm | Ongoing through August 28
@ Motorhouse

The Annual Tenant Exhibition is a celebration of the artistic brilliance of Motor House Resident Artists. This exhibition highlights the work of famed veteran artists to emerging fashion designers, by showing the scope of talent, unlimited creativity and boundless beauty of local artistry in Baltimore.

Three New Exhibitions: Lynn Cazabon, NextGen 8.0, and Mojdeh Rezaeipour | Opening Receptions
Friday, July 9 • 5-7 pm | Ongoing through August 8
presented by VisArts

VisArts is thrilled to present three new exhibitions on display through August 8. Mojdeh Rezaeipour’s formations of a diasporic body is in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Lynn Cazabon’s Losing Winter is in the Common Ground Gallery, and NextGen 8.0 may be viewed on the VisArts website.

The artists will discuss their work at a virtual reception on Friday, July 9, 5:00-7:00 PM.

VisArts’ galleries are now open to the public without an appointment (masks required). Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-4:00 PM.



Time Keepers Workshop
Friday, July 9 • 6-8 pm
@ The Shed Space

The Timekeepers Workshop is a material workshop conducted by Sasha Fishman, coinciding with her first solo exhibition, The Space Between Your Nostrils, at RESORT, and the Brood X emergence. In the early stages of planning the workshop, the artist called on the community to collect the moulted cicada shells from around their homes and walking routes, and to deposit them in designated collection boxes around the city. Locations include Waverly, the Mt. Washington Arboretum, Park School, Goucher College, Charles Village, and more. Please reach out for collection box details and to find one near you!

As an artist who is driven by material exploration, Sasha invites the attendees into her process, utilizing the collected shells to produce a bioplastic.  The group will learn together to extract chitin, a biopolymer found in cicada shells that can be used as a potential replacement for petroleum plastics, and create sheets of translucent material that is compostable.  Participants will also be invited to experiment with sculptural processes, including making molds from cicada wings.

While working in a direct, source-driven relationship to her materials, Sasha has found it important to examine the ethical questions that arise.  She will lead a discussion on the ethics of extraction and shared material resources, questioning the scale of individual versus industrial, how extraction has impacted certain communities, and how to establish an extraction threshold.

As we engage with the abundance of biomaterial around us, it is exciting and important to consider the immediate potential.  However, we should be conscious of this temporary condition and ask how it changes the environment over a longer period of time.

Are you enjoying all the aspects of the Brood X emergence?

Remember to check out Cicada Mania, the UMD Cicada Crew, + report any cicadas you see to the Cicada Safari App

Sasha Fishman is a sculptor and researcher based in Los Angeles, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She is particularly interested in marine biomaterials, toxicology + genetic engineering as points for critical analysis + mechanisms for sculpting. Fishman considers her studio practice to be equal parts research and creative output.

Fishman has exhibited at Spring/Break LA (2020); Ars Electronica, Los Angeles (2020); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (2019); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2020); the Visual Arts Center, Austin (2019, 2018, 2017); and the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Baltimore (2019) among others. She has presented her work, run workshops and given talks at Caltech (2020), Genspace (2021), and UCLA, University of Denver, and CSULB (2021). She holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin (2018). Fishman has been a recipient of numerous awards, including a grant from The Dallas Museum of Art (2018), research fellowships from Caltech (2020), The University of Texas at Austin (2018), and scholarships from The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Urban Glass, Oxbow and Anderson Ranch. Fishman is currently organizing a community cicada shell collection and bioplastic extraction workshop with The Shed Space in Baltimore and an artistic research assistant at SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery.

Read BmoreArt’s review of Fishman’s exhibition and Sophia Belkin’s Ground Swell at Resort.



RENE TREVINO, Reclaiming the Constellations (Birds of Paradise), 2017

SUMMER ’21 // JOHN RUPPERT: Drift | Opening Receptions
Saturday, July 10 • 11 am-5 pm
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present its 44th annual summer exhibition, Summer ‘21, featuring contemporary painting, drawing, and sculpture. Participating artists represent some of the gallery’s recent past and upcoming programming, while also highlighting new talent in Baltimore City.

Korean artist, Chul Hyun Ahn, creates sculptural “voids” which act as optical and bodily illusions of infinity. Through the poetics of emptiness and luminosity, Ahn bridges the gap between conscious and unconscious space. He draws from the Zen practice of meditation to consider man’s boundless ability for physical and spiritual motion. Sparking a similar awareness of the body’s relationship to space, Cheryl Goldsleger creates portal-like paintings that explore the inescapable connection between society and location. Her dense topographical compositions offer emotional tension and a yearning to understand our global landscape. And in an expanded idea of distorted understanding, Rene Trevino’s work weaves together themes of race and sexual orientation. His meticulously detailed paintings confront societal assumptions about his Mexican-American identity, and blur historical facts to deepen the complexity of story-telling.

Summer ‘21 showcases paintings from Alfonso Fernandez’s ongoing series depicting immigration from Mexico into the United States. Through light washes of color and overlapping figurative content, the artist confronts the viewer with social, cultural, and psychological issues. His investigations question austere borders and inevitable displacement. The exhibition also includes work from two recent graduates from the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA), Cat Camargo and Marisol Ruiz. Both artists make their debut with work that explores culture and time. Camargo’s grayscale, panoramic drawings merge dreamscapes, post-colonial traditions, and family history. Her active canvases layer narrative elements that abandon the hierarchy of loss and memory. Ruiz’s vibrant paintings pull reference from the artist’s upbringing in Güayanilla, Puerto Rico, where the remains of sugarcane production are still prevalent. She highlights traditional domestic spaces filled with rococo furnishings, florid glass, and intricate tiling. These spaces of memory tie together a lavish facade and the unexpected intimacy of colonialism.


C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Drift, an installation by local artist, John Ruppert. Through sculpture, video, and photography, Ruppert focuses on the wonders of the natural world and our role in its impermanence.

Ruppert’s ongoing Bergs series pairs found Vermont slate rocks with their mirrored aluminum castings. This juxtaposition of natural materials and man-made forms continues the artist’s investigation of human intervention. By simultaneously hiding and revealing his process-based practice, Ruppert provides the viewer with a harmonic balance between the earth’s own creativity and man’s effort to celebrate such vision.

Floating above the surface of his scattered rock forms, Ruppert plays video documentation of melting ice. The slate and aluminum respectively absorb and reflect the projected light, creating movement that preserves the experience of encountering semblance in nature. The installation is then encompassed by photographs of the melting arctic landscape. Ruppert zooms in on a particular moment, highlighting both the temporality of these structures and the awe of their compositions. Taken during a 2019 Arctic Circle Residency in the International Territories of Svalbard, these images divulge environmental urgency and the phenomenon of change.

John Ruppert has exhibited widely at institutions in the US and abroad including the UMBC’s Center for Art Design and Visual Culture (Baltimore, MD), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Katonah Museum of Art (Katonahm, NY), Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), OMI International Sculpture Park (New York), Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Weatherspoon Museum (Greensboro, NC), and DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA). He is the recipient of many awards and grants, as well as installations and commissions at Ladew Topiary Gardens (Monkton, MD), the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Baltimore, MD), and The American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD). Drift is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery. Ruppert is a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park and currently lives and works in Baltimore.

Re-imagining Harriet Tubman Grove: What’s Next? | Listening Session
Saturday, July 10 • 2 pm
@ Harriet Tubman Grove

In 2019, the Friends of Wyman Park Dell received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council to engage an artist to lead community listening sessions concerning the future of the Lee-Jackson monument site in Wyman Park Dell.

Two virtual listening sessions and one in person listening session will be facilitated at the Park site.

As a nonprofit organization focused on maintaining, enhancing, and activating Wyman Park Dell, we understand it is not our place to determine the future of this site. However, we believe we are in a unique position to foster dialogue about the site’s history and future.

We are entering into these sessions with an open mind and the goal of hearing from as many people as possible.



Tell Our Story: A Tribute to Robert Houston Artist Talk – In Person
Saturday, July 10 • 3-4:30 pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join us for an artist talk of the latest exhibition, Tell Our Story: A Tribute to Robert Houston. This conversation moderated by museum Curator Carol Dyson will examine the works of photographer Robert Houston who documented the Civil Rights movement including the Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City in Washington, DC along with the photographs of J. M. Giordano, Dee Dwyer and Devin Allen. This in-person conversation includes photographers J.M. Giordano. Devin Allen and Dee Dwyer.

Then mix and mingle with the artists and the museum’s exhibition/education team for a social gathering of music, light refreshments and laughter. Musical selections will be presented by jazz trumpeter Brandon Woody of Upendo.

Artist Talk – Open to Public. Free to Members.

Reception – “Museum Members/Guests Only”



Time Flys, ceramic sculpture, by Jenny Reed

July/August Gallery Exhibitions: Jenny Reed Resident Artist Exhibition and Tyler School of Art and Architecture MFA Candidates
Saturday, July 10 • 6-8 pm | Ongoing through August 28
@ Baltimore Clayworks

How Everything Changes & All Stays the Same by Jenny Reed

Jenny Reed, Baltimore Clayworks’ 2020-2021 Lormina Salter Fellow, spent half of her residency in quarantine making elaborate tapestries from recycled clothes and fabric with ceramic embellishments.

Features these fabrications paired with her mixed-media sculpture assemblages that tackle the detritus of daily routines with sharp observations and humor. Exploring the liminal space between moments, she records the accumulations of our mundane tasks in a loose and spontaneous style.

“I think about how similar my struggles and thoughts are to people from the past- and the way we soothe ourselves with stories and shared cultural values, whatever they may be. This body of work showcases a personal narrative of the myths I believe, the ones I try to dismiss and the ones I hope to be true. …This transformation from representational reality into a whimsical, wacky alternate universe melts meaning and sparks curiosity and wonder.”

Ceramic MFA Candidates from Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Malene Barnett, L. Autumn Gnadinger, Brian McNamara and Isaac Scott

The ceramic graduate students from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. also labored under strange circumstances and restrictions. We are thrilled to be able to share the works from the students of this preeminent ceramics program. Their art challenges ceramic history while they refine technique and concepts, these works push the boundaries of ceramic art, leading it forward to a reimagined tradition.

Both shows run from July 10-August 28, 2021 and are free and open to the public.
An artist reception will be held Saturday, July 10th from 6-8 pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday, 10 am-5 pm




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Critical Writing Fellowship | Call for Applications
deadline July 12
sponsored by Eyebeam and Momus

Eyebeam and Momus are thrilled to announce a paid Critical Writing Fellowship, 2021-22, that will provide sustained mentorship, editing, art-publishing access, and artist/writer/editor network building to an early-career art writer or critic. Starting in August 2021, the Critical Writing Fellow will participate in the Momus Emerging Critics Residency (August 9-20), followed by an 8-month writing incubation period, in which the Critical Writing Fellow engages with and responds to Eyebeam’s inaugural phase of its new Fractal Fellowship program, from October 2021 – May 2022. The Fractal Fellowship program seeks to upend traditional artist-support models, handing full authority to artists to self-generate new branches of connectivity and creating new forms of equitable support.

Attended by a close and sustained mentorship with writer and critic Nora N. Khan, and overseen by the Momus editorial team, this period of research, dialogue, and drafting will result in the Fellow producing a feature-length text (with support in identifying publishing opportunities, including in Momus). In using Eyebeam’s Fellowship –  a de-centered structural approach to artist resource-sharing and coalition-building – as a site of research and engagement, the Critical Writing Fellow will encounter myriad subjects to research and respond to, and develop an important artist and curator network.

Through this bridge-building collaboration, Eyebeam and Momus will be pursuing their shared objectives of extending artistic knowledge, increasing access to art publishing, enabling sustained mentorship, and reading our cultural text more deeply.



#BlackDesignVisionaries Aspiring Designer & Small Business Grants
deadline July 16
sponsored by @design and The Brooklyn Museum

The inaugural #BlackDesignVisionaries grant program — presented by Instagram’s @design in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum — is an effort to empower, center, and invest in the global Black design community.

We recognize the transformative contributions Black designers have made across design fields throughout history. With these grants, we seek to uplift aspiring and up-and-coming Black designers who have the potential to expand the future of design, and design’s impact on the world. For more details on how to apply, keep reading!

We will award three $10,000 grants to aspiring Black designers between the ages of 18 and 30, as well as one $100,000 grant to a small, Black-led design business no more than 10 years into its practice. Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of prominent Black designers, led by the curator and writer Antwaun Sargent. Our hope is that the diversity of passions and disciplines demonstrated by our panel, combined with the inclusivity and accessibility championed by our @design account, will inspire designers from a range of disciplines to share their dreams with us in the form of applications.

Each grant recipient will also be connected to a community of mentors, selected with the support of our grant committee and three partner organizations: Inneract Project, Chicago Mobile Makers and The Hidden Genius Project. The mentors will provide grant recipients with at least one year of regular check-ins and guidance.

If you are a Black-identifying designer between the ages of 18 and 30, or a Black-identifying leader of a small design business no more than 10 years into its practice, we encourage you to apply. Please see this post on Instagram’s @design for more:


Trash Wheel Fan Fest | Call for Submissions
deadline July 20
sponsored by Waterfront Partnership

Trash Wheel Fan Fest is back and better than ever! After last year’s global pandemic we cannot wait to celebrate all the loyal trash wheel fans emerging from their homes, much like the majestic cicada. This summer we are looking for trash wheel inspired visual art, music, and performances to exhibit at Fan Fest! If you are a creative type who loves the trash wheels, we need you! You could create craft pieces, art, songs, poetry, stories, dances, skits, you could even be live painter or face painter whatever creative idea you may have to celebrate the trash wheels. There is no project too small or too big. Describe your idea for trash wheel fan art below! The deadline to apply is July 20, 2021.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.



Women Artists Making Their Mark 2021 | Call for Entry
deadline July 23
sponsored by O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Continuing our annual show devoted to women artists, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is committed to amplifying the creative vision of today’s women artists across the globe helping to bring more gender equity to the world of art. This 13th year we continue to extend our reach around the globe by hosting the show in an ONLINE format; we invite a warm welcome to all artists who identify as female and encouraged them to submit to this popular show.

Women Artists Making Their Mark 2021 is dedicated to living working artists known and yet to be discovered: women artists making their mark and changing the landscape of contemporary art. Yayoi Kusama, Judy Chicago, Naibah Chacon, Wngechi Mutu and Chakaia Booker to name a few.

OHCA Herstory: Ann and Richard O’Hanlon founded Sight & Insight Art Center in 1969; today, their students and those attracted to their approach to creativity keep up the thriving operation. In 2004, Sight & Insight was changed to O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, to reflect the growing offerings in the Literary, Performing, and Healing Arts.

Mission: O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is a nonprofit educational organization 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide an environment and spaces where creativity and community can develop, expand and flourish.



Creative Futures Grant
deadline July 26
sponsored by Black Artists + Designers Guild

What is your dream project centered on the Global African Diaspora?

Through the Creative Futures Grant, Black Artists and Designers Guild is providing opportunities to four selected Black undergraduate and graduate students in Architecture, Design and Fine Art to receive the $5000 award, a chance to join the canon of Black Art & Design and bring their art and design dreams closer to becoming reality.

The Creative Futures Grant is intended to support the kinds of projects that Black students in the arts may want to do but are not necessarily supported to create at their educational institutions. The grant seeks to activate young professionals toward actualizing all the phases of a professional project: from ideation to research to working through the steps of what the final project might look like in the world.

Be creative. Think BIG and outside the box. Think about what you want someone looking at your work a century from now to feel. Proposals can be for anything from a permanent public art installation, building, monument, and anything in between. It could be a project you are already engaged in outside of your school work, it may be a project that you want to bring to fruition at some point in your career. This is an opportunity to bring your vision, and the histories and practices of Black designers and makers who have not always been visible firmly, into the global story of architecture, arts, and design.

Applications must include a statement on the concept and design rationale, a detailed budget, CV, portfolio, proof of enrollment and two letters of recommendation.



2021 AIA Baltimore Student Awards
deadline July 30
sponsored by AIA Future Architects Resources (FAR) Committee

Click here to enter a project to the 2021 Awards

AIA Baltimore (f.1871) connects you with more than 1,300 local members representing licensed architects, emerging professionals, students and allied partners. The AIA Baltimore Future Architects Resources (FAR) Committee created this scholarship program for students pursuing careers in architecture. Each year the winning projects demonstrate critical thinking, innovation, social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Submissions can be a single project, multiple projects or a research/theory paper (graduate students only).

Deadline: Submissions are due no later than Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Participation is open to all eligible students at no charge.
  • Entries are open to students entering/beginning the final year of their architectural studies program (community college/undergraduate/graduate school) in Maryland.
  • The work can be a studio project, a competition, a self-directed project, or a graduate research/theory paper.
  • The student must be the sole author of the work and it must have been realized exclusively in an academic setting.
  • Designs completed in a professional office are not eligible.
  • Students who submit to the FAR Awards are encouraged to also submit to student awards for AIA Maryland and AIA Chesapeake Bay.
  • Faculty sponsorship is required for all submissions

Award Categories
All forms and file uploads will be completed in the FAR Awards online submission portal. You may save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed, but all work must be completed and submitted by the submission deadline – Friday, July 30, 2021



featured image: MARISOL RUIZ, Buey, 2020, oil and flashe on canvas, 20 x 16 in

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