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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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2021 Commencement Exhibition
ongoing online
presented by MICA

MICA congratulates the Class of 2021 who have persevered in reaching this important milestone. Their work, which you’ll find here on these pages, is the result of years of passion, collaboration, hard work, and a willingness to invent through thoughtful disruption. MICA is incredibly proud of these students, and we hope you are too.

 

 

Young Blood 2020 & 2021
ongoing through August 21
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce the return of Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 12th Young Blood program which has, to date, provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood took a brief hiatus due to the pandemic last year. As result exhibiting artists have graduated from their MFA programs in 2020, in addition to current MFA candidates (2021) were invited to participate.

Brandon Ables | UMBC

Jason Charney | UMBC

Elijah Davis | UMBC

Jim Doran | Towson University

Brianna Doyle | Towson University

Tinglan Huang | MICA

Yifan Luo | MICA

Noah McWilliams | UMD

McKinley Wallace | MICA

You Wu | Towson University

MAP is located at 218 West Saratoga St. Baltimore, MD 21201. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. Please call for entry. Masks required.

 

 

ARTINA 2021: Balancing Acts
ongoing through November 6
@ Sandy Spring Museum

On exhibit Wednesday, August 4 – Saturday, November 6, 2021
Open daily from dawn until dusk

A juried exhibit featuring 12 original works created by 10 local artists who are members of the Washington Sculptors Group. The sculptures are exhibited throughout the grounds of Sandy Spring Museum.

In this exhibit, artists respond to the concept of balance, which is a dynamic force of nature and constantly in flux. The world is out of kilter, with natural as well as social systems listing to extremes. “What we need,” we say, “is balance; balance must be restored.” But what do we mean by “balance” and what is our relationship to it? What has the chaos of the past year taught us about the human need for balance? Can we ever achieve balance or is it an elusive chimera?

This is the fifth sculpture garden hosted jointly by Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum.

On Exhibit
Struggle (1) and Within a Dark Forest (2) by Adam Bradley

Dean (1) and Olympia (2) by Annie Farrar

Balance of Industry and Nature, Vulnerability of Nature by Stephanie Garon

Unearthing the Roots by Dalya Luttwak

On the Edge by Mary Opasik

About to Fly by Sookkyung Park

Coextensive Coexistance by Marc Robarge

Mother Earth II by Belen Sorzana

Balance Counterbalance by Veronica Szalus

Accident by Ira Tattelman

About the Juror
Twylene Moyer, editor of Sculpture magazine, has published in a wide range of periodicals, monographs, and catalogues. She is the co-editor of five books on contemporary sculpture, including The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency. In addition to serving as a juror for a variety of shows, she curated “Insight Out” and “Disintegration,” two exhibitions of site-specific, outdoor works for the Arlington Arts Center.

 

 

Art Sound Now: Patrick McMinn
Thursday, August 12 • 5:30-6 p.m.
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. Patrick McMinn will perform a 20-minute concert inspired by the Florentine painting entitled Ideal City from the Walters collection. In the artist’s words: “I feel a certain kinship with this painting, but also a trepidation and agoraphobia at the open spaces that have been exposed.” Through this concert, McMinn hopes that the musical structures of his original composition will mirror those of the painting, both in attention to ratio and perspective and in the eerie starkness that has come to embody the collective daily experience.

About the Artist

Patrick McMinn is a composer, sound designer, and multimedia artist. He builds dense, melancholy soundscapes out of trumpets, synthesizers, homebuilt software, and bits of cultural detritus. He is interested in generative, emergent systems and emulations of natural structures as well as direct, programmatic statements and song-suites. He is conscious of, and relishes in, the inherent conflict between these two modes of creation. While he often works and performs alone, he believes deeply in the artistic community.

McMinn is an active collaborator in Baltimore and beyond, having worked with Dan Deacon, Future Islands, William Cashion, Lower Dens, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Frith and Inlé, Mind on Fire, and Eze Jackson. He is a member of the dream-folk band Cora Sone as well as the anti-marching band Bedlam Brass. Patrick’s most recent record is called There Was A Time When The World Was Suffused With Light, and was released in the Spring of 2018 on Canadian Duck Tapes.

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

Thursday Nights are supported by BGE.

 

 

Cities of Steel Cities of Rust | Artist Talk
Thursday, August 12 • 7 p.m.
presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Cities of Steel Cities of Rust is a collaborative exhibition developed by Mary Fissell and Courtney Powell that explores relationships between the cities of Baltimore & Pittsburgh.

For this exhibition, artists from each city selected a site they were inspired by and then started a piece. They then gave that piece to an artist from the other city and that artist completed the piece.

Join us for an artist talk with participating artists Mary Fissell, Allison Jones, Courtney Powell, and Elliot Keeley on Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom.

Works pictured by Allison Jones/Mary Fissell and Elliot Keeley/Katie Rearick

 

 

Live @ the Lewis: Exhibit Expressions -Tell Our Story
Saturday, August 14 • 1-3 p.m.
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Explore the photographic works of Civil Rights photographer Robert Houston along with the contemporary works of Devin Allen, Joe Giordano, and Dee Dwyer through the world of dance. Dance Baltimore Repertory Ensemble will perform dance interpretations based on their works. A gallery walk with the curator of Tell Our Story: A Tribute to Robert Houston exhibition will follow each dance performance.

Exhibit Expressions Dance Presentations: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

Click HERE to RSVP/Purchase Online Tickets.

 

 

Founder’s Day 2021: Virtual Celebration
Sunday, August 15 • 5-6 p.m.
presented by The Peale, online

Free | RSVP required

It’s the Peale’s 207th birthday party! Join us for an online celebration!

This hour-long online event includes a virtual tour of the Peale’s renovations, a preview of the upcoming Guardians exhibition, and the debut of the original score composed for the Peale’s Proximity Project by Scott Patterson from Afro House. WYPR’s Aaron Henkin will be with us to reflect on the award-winning Out of the Blocks story series as it comes to an end, and share what is coming next from its renowned producers. See silhouette cutting in the 19th century manner by artist Lauren Muney, and more!

This event will be simulcast to the Virtual Peale in Second Life, which celebrates its one year birthday on the same date! Looking for in-person Founder’s Day events? Learn more about our Founder’s Day Hard Hat Tours here!

 

Calls for Entry // Opportunities

 

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Call for Submissions
deadline August 14
sponsored by the Motor House

Motor House is excited to receive work for a mixed media group show in September 2021 that will showcase and celebrate the work Latina/x women and femmes in Baltimore City.

The breadth and diversity of work of Latina/x women and femmes represents the cultural contribution of Baltimore’s fastest growing ethnic group in the city. Motor House’s commitment to celebrating the emerging artists of Baltimore includes a priority to create space for BIPOC artists to exhibit their work.

About Motor House

Motor House is a creative crossroads rooted in the culture of Baltimore. We are a non-profit arts hub, gallery, and performance space that encourages new visions, bold experiments, and emerging voices to celebrate the artistry of our city.

The Motor House building started out literally as that, a storefront selling a horseless vehicle
that would transform the early 20th century. Fast-forward to our present century and the building, called “Load of Fun,” was home to artist studios and performance spaces.

In 2013, the building was acquired by BARCO, a non-profit real estate development corporation that’s dedicated to providing affordable and sustainable spaces for Baltimore’s growing artistic community. Collaborating closely with an advisory committee of artists, curators, performers, arts educators, and art organization executives, BARCO has created a totally new concept for community arts development, engagement, and yes, making history.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline is August 14, 2021 (10 p.m.). Artists will hear back from curators by August 20, 2021. Please submit works directly to Executive Director, Camille Kashaka- camille@motorhousebaltimore.com. Submissions will be reviewed by Motor House staff.

Artist must live in Baltimore area.

Submitted works must be in one or more of the following visual art mediums: painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, collage, photography, installation, or video.

Artists may submit up to five pieces.

Submission must include the following: Artist Name, Contact Information (email, phone number, mailing address), Artist Bio, Work Sample Statement that provides insight into why the work would speak to the exhibit description, Size and Name of Piece(s).

 

 

Necessary Step | Call for Entry
deadline August 20
sponsored by Gallery CA

An artist’s life is rife with failure. In addition to becoming one of the more annoying truisms of an artists career, this fact is also an essential koan to one’s dedication to studio practice and the incorporation of art-making into everyday living regardless of discipline. In this open call, Gallery CA invites you to submit your works that have been rejected, works that have failed, and works that just didn’t work. All mediums and disciplines welcome. All artists welcome, from emerging to established.

Submit work to info@galleryca.org, include title, medium, year, and the context for rejection….if it doesn’t sting.

Submit by Friday 8/20, with an opening reception on Friday 8/27, part of Station North’s New Final Fridays.

 

 

All Kinds of Weather | Call for Entry
deadline August 31
sponsored by Towson Arts Collective

A landscape show with a twist!

TIMELINE

Sun., August 29 | Drop off from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 2 | In-Person Reception from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 26 | Pick up from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit our Call for Entries page for details and entry form.

 

 

Fiberart International 2022 | Call for Entry
deadline August 31
sponsored by FiberArts Guild of Pittsburgh

Fiberart International 2022 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that ­­­reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.
FI2022 is produced by FIBERARTS GUILD OF PITTSBURGH, INC., a non-profit, member supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuance. Since 1967, the Fiberarts Guild has sponsored juried exhibitions that bring innovative contemporary works of art in fiber from around the world to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FI2022 will feature works by established and emerging artists and will be open to the public from June 3 to August 20, 2022. The Fiberarts Guild is pleased to sponsor this twenty-fourth exhibition.

Jurors:
Chiachio & Giannone Working and living together as partners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chiachio & Giannone create hand embroidered textile mosaics that reference LGBTQ artists and their legacy in Latin America. Chiachio & Giannone recently completed a residency at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA, and Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, CA.
They have shown at De Buck Gallery, New York, NY; Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL; Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Argentina, School Gallery, Paris, France, the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Museum of Art and Design MAD, NY, USA.
http://www.chiachiogiannone.com

Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She earned her BFA in Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, MA in Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Her editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations. Jessica is a member of the Editorial Board of Textile: the journal of cloth & culture and Craft Research. She is currently Professor of Craft & Vice-Prefekt of Research at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the 2020-2021 Rita Bolland Fellow at the Research Centre for Material Culture, the Netherlands.
https://www.jessicahemmings.com

Nnenna Okore (born in Australia, 1975) is an artist who works both in Nigeria and the United States. Her largely abstract sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums in and outside of the United States. She has won several international awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012. Okore is currently a Professor of Art at North Park University in Chicago. The daughter of a professor and a librarian, she often examines her American identity versus her Nigerian identity and the contrasts between her homeland with that of the States. https://nnennaokore.com

Awards:
The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. will present over $5,000 in cash awards.

 

 

Brown Sugar Bake-Off: A Black Woman Play Festival | Call for Submissions
deadline September 3
sponsored by Two Strikes Theatre Collective

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, Black women focused Two Strikes Theatre Collective announces the Brown Sugar Bake-Off, a celebration of Black women creatives and the stories they have to tell. In its second year, the Brown Sugar Bake-Off will focus on a new theme: BODY. Misogynoir, colorism, objectification, and body-shaming are a part of the Black woman’s experience. Brown Sugar Bake-Off 2021 will focus on what it means to take ownership after an undeniable history of policing Black and Brown bodies. “This year’s festival will be better than ever. We continue to showcase new talent in writing, acting and directing. It’s great to see new faces show up to our annual event each year”, says Rachel Wilson, Two Strikes Theatre Collective board member.

Two Strikes Theatre Collective is searching for Black women and non-binary playwrights to write ten-minute performance pieces using the following ingredients (physical, literal or symbolic): shapewear, peach/peach emoji, a mirror, colorism, fitting room, BMI and brown sugar. A panel of readers will select several plays for the virtual production in October 2021. Stipends will be provided to all Festival participants.

On August 7th, Two Strikes Theatre Collective will offer a free writing workshop hosted by educator and Playwriting Development Director Christen Cromwell. This free workshop is designed for those who would like to participate in the Festival but may not know where to begin or need a refresher on how to write a short play. Interested in joining the workshop? Email tstc.baltimore@gmail.com to sign up.

Submissions will be accepted by midnight September 3rd via Google Forms. Information on how to submit, festival guidelines, and production dates can be found at www.twostrikescollective.com/brown-sugar-bake-off-2021. This project is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

 

 

FREEDOM FOR FREE | Call for Exhibition
deadline September 7
sponsored by LOOSEN Art

In the modern age we have rediscovered a concept of Freedom increasingly linked to the right to redeem something obtained in exchange for something else. The medium of exchange is money, a bypass for freedom that allows us to satisfy our desires, vices and needs.

It is the same invisible structure within which we lead our existence to propose the windows of freedom, a selection of products and services that summon us to rooms of pleasure, where the dormant senses are stimulated and reactivated to rekindle with our emotions, the only residues of our human nature, that also make us alive.

The protagonists of the art world, as well as any author of any form of free expression, were the first to understand the need to live beyond these structures. This call is an invitation to propose works that testify to this rupture, where freedom is obtained without any exchange, where it is not a product and it is priceless.

 

 

Grants for Organization’s FY2023 | Intent to Apply
deadline September 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The Grants for Organizations (GFO) program provides general operating support to nonprofit organizations, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming that is open to the public.

If your organization is a NEW applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply application in order to be eligible to apply for MSAC FY2023 GFO funding. If the organization is deemed eligible after review of the Intent to Apply form, the organization must submit a completed On-Year Application by November 15, 2021 to be considered for FY2023 GFO funding.

 

 

Grants for Organizations | Call for Panelists
deadline September 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Grants for Organizations (GFO) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the disciplines of the organizations under review. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

What does a panelist do?

Selected panelists:

Participate in two training sessions – one in November, and one at a mid-way point in the winter

Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*

Complete assigned extension assignments (Artistic Site Visits and In-Depth Conversations)

Participate in one GFO panel meeting (March/April 2021)

Panelists receive compensation of $50/training meeting, $50/completed extension assignment, $200 for all online application reviews, $100/panel meeting, and travel stipend if applicable.

*Each panelist can expect to review up to approximately 25 applications and to complete up to approximately 12 extension assignments each. The average commitment of hours varies based on the total number of applications. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late November 2021 through the panel meeting in March/April 2022.

What We’re Looking For:

Independent artists, arts administrators, fundraisers, arts enthusiasts, and students interested in the grantmaking process

Individuals to represent expertise in the following panel disciplines:

Dance

Multi-Disciplinary Arts

Music (specifically those with experience in presenting Music, such as those associated with performance venues, radio stations, concert associations, etc.)

Individuals to fill a multi-disciplinary Performing/Literary Arts panel (including those with backgrounds in Music, Theatre, Dance, and Literary) and a Visual Arts/Media/Folk and Traditional panel

Individuals representing the wide geographic diversity of the state of Maryland – we are especially looking for individuals from the Western, Southern, and Eastern Shore regions

Individuals who have some flexibility and time in their schedules to allow for daytime and/or evening availability of the applicants.

Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a panelist?

Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.

Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple (you will need to be registered as an Independent Artist to apply).

Under Funding Opportunities, select “Public Call.”

Select “Panelist” from the drop down options and click “Save Draft” to populate the application.

Select “Grants for Organizations” as the Grant Program.

Complete the application, and click “Submit.”

 

 

header image: MAP Young Blood image. featuring the work of McKinley Wallace II, Jim Doran, and Tinglan Huang.

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