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This Week: This week: Baker Artist Awards, BMA Violet Hour with Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Call for Women-Identifying Artists at Latela Curatorial, the Station North Art Walk, and more.

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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Baker Artist Awardee Showcase
Wednesday, August 25 • 6pm
presented by Baker Artist Awards

Join the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance for the first in a series of virtual events celebrating the 2021 Baker Artist Awardees.

The live stream will  be available to watch at To receive updates and instructions, please RSVP Here.



A Farewell Celebration for “Out of the Blocks”
Thursday, August 26 • 6pm
presented by WYPR

On Thursday, August 26 at 6 PM, join WYPR with the creators, participants, and fans of Out of the Blocks to celebrate a decade of Baltimore stories, told one block at a time. The event will be at the Pagoda Observatory hill at Patterson Park, located at 27 South Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231.

You can register for the event, here.

It’s free and open to the public! And, if you register in advance, the first 150 family groups to check-in at the WYPR table will get a deck of Out of the Blocks playing cards.

As the long-running podcast ends in August, this is your unique opportunity to meet the people whose stories you’ve heard on Out of the Blocks, to talk with producers Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick about how and why they made the show, and to learn some useful tips for your own DIY interviewing projects.

Bring a picnic and/or food will also be available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets!


COVID-19 :
If you are eyeing the uptick in COVID-19 numbers due to the spread of the Delta variant, we hear you. In an abundance of caution, this event is outdoors, in a venue with a ton of space to spread out, picnic style. We hope to see you and your family at the hill of Patterson Park on August 26th!



BMA Violet Hour: Frieda Toranzo Jaeger
Thursday, August 26 • 6-7pm
presented by The Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us for BMA Violet Hour featuring Mexican, Huichol, and German artist Frieda Toranzo Jaeger in conversation with Joshua Chambers-Letson, author and professor of Performance Studies and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. The discussion will be inspired by Frieda Toranzo Jaeger: The Perpetual Sense of Redness, on view through October 3 at the BMA.

Watch live on Facebook and YouTube.



5th Annual Love Groove Music Festival
Friday, August 27 – Saturday, August 28
@ Baltimore Center Stage + Virtual

Sometimes timing is everything and this combo In-person/Virtual Festival comes at a time when we all need some uplifting entertainment!

Baltimore-based, Love Groove Music Festival, Hot Sauce Artists Collective, and Blueprints for Artists presents a 2-Day Music, Arts, and Educational Festival on Friday/Saturday – August 27 & 28, 2021 @ Baltimore Center Stage. This collaborative is bringing a fresh approach to Baltimore’s young art scene by offering education and entertainment for the entire family.

Station North Shines: August 27 Art Walk
Friday, August 27 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts and Entertainment District

Join us for our second event in our summer series of Station North Shines Art Walks on Friday, August 27th. Follow us @stationnorth and reserve your tickets to get a reminder email with event highlights! As always, stop by the Ynot Lot earlier in the evening at 4 W. North Ave to grab your map before you make your stops. This month we have a special community art workshop at the Ynot Lot – read below to learn more!

FEATURE EVENT: “WE’RE HERE” t-shirt workshop, visibility walk, and party at the Ynot Lot .
On Friday evening, join artist April Danielle Lewis and the Neighborhood Design Center plus the Dynasty Marching Unit & Soul Cannon for a visibility walk & party! There will be a free t-shirt making workshop at the Ynot Lot led from 5 – 8pm, followed by a march down North Avenue wearing our hand-made reflective shirts, led by the Dynasty Marching Unit! We’ll return to the Ynot Lot for music by SOUL CANNON and delicious food from Mera’s Kitchen Collective.

REGISTER separately for “We’re Here” to make sure you get a shirt at this link!


WALLER GALLERY: 2420 N. Calvert St (indoors – mask required)
mache trip-nou through September 10. Open gallery hours Friday and Saturday 1-5pm
mache trip-nou (in english, walk our gut) offers space to four trans and non-binary artists of Haitian descent to present their practice within a distinctly Haitian and queer context. In 1804, Haitians seismically disrupted the world order by imagining beyond the binary world their colonial oppressors created. Intertwined with Haitian liberation is Vodou: a spiritual practice, a philosophy, and an aesthetic system central to Haitian history and culture. In Ezili’s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders, Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley offers a framework to understand the trans- and queer nature of Vodou. Although Vodou touches every Haitian’s life in some way, it suffers from being demonized by imperial forces and disconnected, by those same forces, from its history of moving outside of the colonial binary-making apparatus. In addition to Ezili’s Mirrors, mache trip-nou is indebted to the writing and philosophies of Frankétienne and Spiralisme. Working across all mediums, namely: sound, fiber, photography, painting, and performance, artists Mars, Mithsuca Berry, Nadia Wolff, Tati Au Miel invoke the original revolutionary spirit of Haiti.

THE CROWN BACKBAR GALLERY: 1910 N Charles St. (indoors – mask required)
The Crown presents recent works by Brandon Buckson (IG: @bucksonbrandon) and Scout Roll (IG: @repeopled). Both artists work in painting and mixed media. Brandon’s work addresses emotions surfacing from isolation, as well as the financial realities and everyday stresses instigated by the health crisis. Scout’s recent work responds to a loss from a Fentanyl overdose, exploring representations of Fentanyl itself, as well as the loved one lost.
Artist Talk: Friday August 27th at 7pm

GALLERY CA: 440 E Oliver St (indoors – mask required)
Opening reception for Necessary Steps. 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. Gallery CA presents submitted work that was rejected, works that have failed, and works that just didn’t work.
PARKWAY THEATER: 5 W North Ave ( get tickets on their website with assigned seating)
Opening Night at “Black Alternative Worlds: Exploring Fantasy & Horror in Cinema” with a screening of a remake of the classic horror, Candyman, written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta. Get tickets now at

SHOPS: Stop by for specials and live performances!
After visiting the different venues, have an exquisite meal at Alma Cocina Latina and listen to the “striking vocals” and “extraordinary, heartbreaking” song of jazz vocalist Irene Jalenti perform live. Alma Cocina Latina is a Venezuelan restaurant with a menu crafted by executive chef David Zumadio— combining Venezuelan culinary roots with contemporary techniques, spanning from antojos to arepas, crudos and ceviches, and platos principales.

Stop by for an art walk discount on art supplies, AND a BYOT (bring your own t-shirt) Tie Dye workshop from 5 – 7pm! Join Artist and Craftsman in the shop to see how easy it is to create unique patterns with vibrant colors using Jacquard’s Tye Dye Kit. If you forgot your shirt, they will have bandanas on hand while supplies last. (one tye dye item per person)

TIGHTFISTED FASHION: 2114 N Charles St #100
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 for a fashion show at 5:30pm.

Stop by this little gem of a book shop for an eclectic and vast collection on art, architecture, history, literature, and hard to find books, guided by a dedicated literature lover, Professor Ned! Mention the Art Walk and recieve a 20% discount!

Shop at one of the best record stores in the country with a huge selection of genres, including some of the most diverse selection of experimental and independent music you can find. Stop by to hear from DJ Jason Willett while you shop!

Shop one of a kind, hand-made screen prints posters, cards, shirts, and check out opportunities for upcoming workshops.

NO LAND BEYOND: 2125 Maryland Ave
Come out to the Final Friday Summer Series at No Land Beyond! Join NLB for outdoor music, food, drinks, and games at Baltimore’s First Board Game Bar.

Catch the shows you missed in July!

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:
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Megan Lewis, Earnest Shaw, Gary Mullen, Deric Emry, Yele Stitches, Jazzy Studios, Brandi Lewis – Syeko Design House, Kyeong-Soo Kim, Nyasa Bryant, Rawn Price

CONNECT + COLLECT: 2519 North Charles Street (indoor/outdoor, masks required)
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.

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



Jeffrey Kent video projection at Connect+Collect

Friday, August 26 • 5-8pm
@ Connect + Collect // part of Station North Arts Walk

2519 North Charles Street (indoor/outdoor, masks required)

Re-emergence 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. Screening outside: Jeffrey Kent’s “An Abstract Baltimore Story,” 2019 video about Henrietta Lacks and HeLA cells, each night 7-9 pm.



FlatFile PopUp Sale
Saturday, August 28 • 1-5pm
@ TransformerDC

Transformer is hosting a special one day pop-up sale featuring works from our FlatFile!

Join us for a fun indoor/outdoor sale of artworks in a variety of mediums including: photography, printmaking, painting, drawing and mixed media works on paper. Prices range from $30 to $500.

Light refreshments will be served outside: masks will be required inside!

Background Image Credit: FlatFile Artist, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, “Heartscape 2.1,” 2018, 12″ x 9″


Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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Call for Vendors, Performing Artists, Volunteers & Community Partners
deadline August 20
sponsored by Banneker-Douglass Museum

Here’s your opportunity to be a part of the GRAND Re-opening Celebration at Banneker-Douglass Museum

We are in search of:

  • Food trucks and other food vendors.
  • Local non-profits and community-based businesses.
  • Performing artists (singers, dance troops, etc.).
  • Volunteers to assist on the day of the event.
  • Current and new community partners looking to highlight their platforms and more!

African American-themed businesses are encouraged to inquire. The deadline for application submissions is Friday, August 20th. For more information, please click here.



Necessary Steps | Call for Entry
deadline August 22
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 [email protected], include title, medium, year, and the context for rejection….if it doesn’t sting.

Submit by Sunday 8/22, with an opening reception on Friday 8/27, part of Station North’s New Final Fridays.



Women in the Arts
deadline August 31
sponsored by Latela Curatorial

Latela Curatorial is thrilled to announce the second annual Women in the Arts exhibition and programming series, October 11-November 21. Launched digitally in Fall 2020 to uplift and center the work of 102 diverse women-identifying artists working in and around the nation’s capital, this year’s Women in the Arts will take place through multiple platforms including SIX exhibition satellite locations, a digital exhibition catalogue, and a full roster of events online and in-person.

A vibrant nexus for contemporary art, Women in the Arts is a curated 6-week program of intersectional placemaking, gap-filling, community-fostering exhibitions, receptions, artist-led programs, and dialogue.

Today, in the year 2021, women artists’ sales still make up only 2% of the global market. Despite highly visible efforts to counter the absence of women artists in international museum collections, very little action has been directed toward this jarring discrepancy in emerging to established women artists’ primary survival mechanism: the creative economy. Further, DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists are working at the red-hot center of the United States’ political landscape, and yet the voices of those working in this charged and deeply engaged local art world are largely dismissed by the international art community and press.

Latela Curatorial dedicates its platform now and always to promoting balance in the art market and to shifting the narrative around cultural value in Washington. Latela Curatorial staunchly supports trans women and affirms that ALL women and femmes are welcome and safe as participants and collaborators in the Women in the Arts container.



COVID-19 Relief Grant
deadline August 31

CERF+ the Artists Safety Net — The COVID-19 Relief Grant provides $1,000 to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

In the first three cycles of the program, we awarded 888 grants to artists in 48 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia.

To be eligible for a “CERF+ Covid-19 Relief Grants”, applicants must:

Work in a Craft Discipline
CERF+ broadly defines eligible artists to include those who create work using historically recognized craft materials such as clay, glass, textiles, wood, metal; as well as those whose work expands on these historical definitions through the incorporation of non-traditional materials, new technologies and experimental approaches.

CERF+ is equally committed to the preservation of folk and traditional arts, as rooted in, and reflective of, the cultural life of a community. We recognize and support the ways that information is often passed on from one generation to the next and celebrate practices rooted within a common ethnic heritage, geographic region, religious affiliation or occupation.

CERF+ serves artists at all stages of their careers and seeks to support people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Eligibility is not determined solely by the amount of money an artist generates from their work and we recognize that many individuals have careers that rely on multiple streams of income and financial support.

Craft objects may be functional or nonfunctional, but both types derive part of their meaning from their association with traditional functional forms such as chairs, vessels, garments or implements, and/or their association with cultural tradition. Qualities that contribute to the success of a craft object include the skill of the maker, the use of the material, the refinement of the design, the originality of expression, its cultural significance – or all of these.

Reside and work in the U.S. or U.S. Terrorities for the last two years

Dire Financial Emergency
Experience a dire financial emergency as a result of Covid-19 including food, housing, or health insecurities.

Conflict of Interest
Current employees, board members, consultants, immediate family members of CERF+ are not eligible to apply for this grant.


Folklife Apprenticeship & Heritage Award | Call for Editors
deadline August 31
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

As MSAC staff begin revisions to the Folklife Apprenticeship and Heritage Award programs, we need editors from across the state! Editors review current policies and procedures and recommend changes that ensure equity, transparency, and access in MSAC programs. The Folklife Apprenticeship program supports traditional arts education, and the Heritage Award program recognizes long-term achievement in the traditional arts. Following approval by the council and department, the changes recommended by editors through this process will take effect with the FY 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) Folklife Apprenticeship and Heritage Award application and nomination processes.


Review and provide requested responses to current policies, constituent feedback, and staff proposed changes. (Approximately 6-8 hours)

Participate in two meetings (virtually), discussing program policies and developing recommendations for proposed changes to the programs. (4 hours)

Receive $300 for participating in the editing process.

Must have access to a Gmail account.

What we are looking for:

Maryland residents with backgrounds in the traditional arts, or who are interested in learning how changes are considered and implemented within MSAC.

How to apply:

Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple. You must be registered as an “Independent Artist” to apply to be an editor.

Under Funding Opportunities, select “Public Call.”

Select “Program Editor” from the first drop down option.

Select “Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship” or “Maryland Traditions Heritage Award” as the Grant Program from the second drop down option. Apply once – applicants to either program will be considered as editors for both programs.

Click “Save Draft” at the bottom to populate the application.

Complete the application and click “Submit.”
If you have questions about the editing process, please contact Folklife Specialist Ryan Koons at [email protected].



Ox-Bow Haunted House Residency | Call for Applications
deadline September 11
sponsored by Ox-Bow School of Art

Starting in 2019 Ox-Bow has organized, built, and operated haunted houses and a “Spooky Trail” open to the public and for all ages. Using a limited budget and materials largely found on campus, the creative crew at Ox-Bow has captured the imagination of locals with their twisted minds and creeped-out craftiness. This year Ox-Bow Goes to Hell for a 3-day weekend combining the haunted house from 2019 with the outdoor Spooky Trail of 2020, along with a few new attractions, to bring back from the dead one creepy campus experience.

Artists, or “creeps-in-residence,” will participate in a mini-residency in preparation for Ox-Bow Goes to Hell 2021, producing at least one of many creepy, beautiful and bizarre scenes for the weekend of October 29, 30, and 31. Scenes/projects will be located in either one of three cabins or outside either between cabins or on the Spooky Trail. Each cabin contains several rooms available for a creepy conversion. There are also a number of stations available on the Spooky Trail, anywhere from 9 to 12. Scenes may be static/atmospheric/immersive, or activated/interactive/operated by actors or engineers. All media and disciplines are acceptable for fleshing out a freaky experience: sound, video, puppetry, practical effects and special effects artists are all encouraged to apply.

*Creeps are not required to act within the experience they create, though they are expected to work or aid in operations in some capacity leading up to and during the weekend’s events.



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