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This Week: The New Black Vanguard curated by Antwaun Sargent at MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery, Brandon Woody & Asya Shaw perform at The BMA, Cicada Parade–a Garden Party at Carroll Mansion, MSAC’s Regional Arts Summit, Rania Matar & Madeleine Deitz at Grimaldis, Bromo Arts Walk, Goucher College’s Lost Museum with Jackie Milad, Fiber Artists at Loyola’s Julio Gallery, and Station North Shines, plus The Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants and other featured Calls for Entry.


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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Cicada Parade-a Exhibition | Garden Party
Tuesday, September 21 • 5-9pm
@ Carroll Mansion

RSVP for this event!

Masks required*

The “Cicada Parade-a” is a large-scale collaborative art project organized by Formstone Castle Collective that has been on outdoor display around Maryland all summer. Consisting of 170 plaster cicada sculptures uniquely transformed by 170 local artists, this will be your only chance to see them all together in one place: The Peale at Carroll Mansion, in downtown Baltimore.

The Cicada Parade-a represents an emergence from a long period of darkness to sing, make noise, and fall in love with the world again. More information about Cicada Parade-a can be found at

Cicada Parade-artists, sponsors and friends will also be hosting a garden party to wrap-up the project on Tuesday, September 21, from 5pm-9pm.

*Please see additional COVID-19 requirements for visiting.



Upendo Performs Trees
Tuesday, September 21 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Upendo performs the musical composition Trees, a piece that is representative of growth and expansion of the Black mind from its root/core. From Updendo: “This song is a musical depiction of overcoming the struggles that Black people have faced throughout the world and that we still face today. This piece is dedicated to my longtime friend, collaborator, and supporter Amani Lewis who is a pillar in today’s and tomorrow’s art world.”

Upendo is a group led by Brandon Woody that includes his family and friends. Never run away from your deepest dreams and desires. Love the ones who surround you. Featured in this performance with Brandon Woody is Devron Dennis and Troy Long.

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.



The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion Curated by Antwaun Sargent
Wednesday, September 22
@ MICA Meyerhoff Gallery

Curated by Antwaun Sargent

Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the representation of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that Blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with Black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.

This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed works sit alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial Black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

Also including a salon-wall of photographs by:

Lawrence Agyei, Daveed Baptiste, Faith Couch, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Delphine Diallo, Rhea Dillon, Justin French, Erica Génécé, Denzel Golatt, Travis Gumbs, Texas Isaiah, Seye Isikalu, Adama Jalloh, Manny Jefferson, Joshua Kissi, Myles Loftin, Ronan Mckenzie, Tyra Mitchell, Travys Owen, Lucie Rox, Makeda Sandford, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Isaac West, Joshua Woods

Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, Aperture, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.

The New Black Vanguard is made possible, in part, by Airbnb Magazine.

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BMA Violet Hour: Brandon Woody & Asya Shaw
Wednesday, September 22 • 6-7pm
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us for an evening of live music and movement featuring bandleader, composer, and trumpet player Brandon Woody and choreographer, modern dancer, and teaching artist Asya Shaw. Along with a host of musicians and dancers, Woody and Shaw will perform the original piece Many Rivers, an interdisciplinary collaboration representing healing, new life, and the divinity of the waters that carry us. Through the flow of music and movement, many streams of consciousness and expression exist simultaneously in this performance.

This event will be held in the BMA Sculpture Garden. Registration is required

Rain date: Thursday, September 23.

About Brandon Woody

An alumnus of the Brubeck Institute and the Manhattan School of Music, Brandon Woody is a bandleader, composer, and trumpet player from Baltimore, Maryland. He has curated his own events and festivals, and traveled the country and world with his band. He has gotten the opportunity to score films and explore the world of interdisciplinary collaborations. Through music, Brandon aspires to bring together people from all walks of life.

About Asya Shaw

Baltimore native Asya Melan Shaw (she/her) is a modern dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College. Asya is an alumna of Towson University and the Baltimore School for the Arts and has performed nationally and internationally with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: ENCORE!, the Dallas Opera, and Norwegian Creative Studios. Through her movement, she expresses gratitude for the human experience and advocates for the therapeutic beauties of the creative process.



2021 Virtual Regional Arts Summit
Thursday, September 23 • 12-3pm
presented by Maryland State Arts Council

Join us on Thursday, September 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the 2021 Virtual Regional Arts Summit! This Summit is a space for artists and arts organizations to convene with MSAC staff and arts professionals through sessions on the MSAC Grants for Organizations, reimagining your organization, presentations from our collaborators, and arts discipline-specific artmaking!

Session Overview

Art in the Now: Responsiveness and Reactivity – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A discussion on responsiveness vs. reactivity for arts organizations, artists, and art programming. We will look at examples of organizations and artists who are reimagining the work they are doing in this current moment of time.

Artmaking – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Choose one of three artmaking experiences in performance and multidisciplinary art, visual and media art, and literary arts.

Collaborator Presentations – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presenter information and updates from MSAC collaborators.



Bromo Art Walk
Thursday, September 23 • 5-8pm
@ Bromo Arts District

Experience the Bromo Arts District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios on Thursday, September 23, from 5-9pm. Check out the information below from the 20+ participating creative groups to plan your evening. An event map will be shared soon! This event is free, but we ask that you register in order to get event updates and access to special discounts.

While you are welcome to stay for full performance times at participating locations, please feel comfortable quietly leaving during performances in order to make it to your next location.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be hosting an after party for Bromo Art Walk attendees! This will be held in Current Space’s beautiful courtyard located at 421 N. Howard Street. Join for music, drinks, and a good time. Please show your Eventbrite registration (digitally or printed) at the door.

COVID GUIDELINES: We are following Baltimore City mandates. Please wear a mask inside all venues.



Keeping it Together: Local Fiber Arts in the Time of COVID | Public Reception
Thursday, September 23 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through September 30
@ Julio Fine Arts Gallery

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present Keeping it Together: Local Fiber Arts in the Time of COVID, featuring 12 artists and one artist collective. The exhibition, juried by MICA professor Victoria Rose Pass, examines a wide variety of fiber arts practices and the ways those practices have both literally and metaphorically ‘kept us together.’

The exhibition runs from August 31 – September 30, 2021, with a free public reception on September 23 from 6-8pm where Dr. Pass will provide brief remarks about the exhibition. **Note that properly fitted masks will be required at all times in the gallery and there will be occupancy limits—please help us keep everyone safe and healthy!

Our current gallery hours are Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10AM-4PM; Thu 10AM-8PM; and Sat/Sun 12-4PM. These hours are subject to change based on current health guidelines. To learn more about the Gallery’s programs and exhibitions visit or call 410-617-2799. Follow us on social media @JulioArtGallery for updates!

Artwork shown (Left to Right):

Elaine Zukowski, Slipknot, Glass beads, steel wire, thread, 2021

Yunkyoung Cho, Morning Routine, Korean silk, fabric, PVC, yarn, wire, 2021
Shirey Baig, The Waves Come in Sideways, Cotton cord, 2021



Rediscovering Goucher’s Lost Museum | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 23 • 6-8:3pm | Ongoing through December 15
@ Silber Gallery, Goucher University

Rediscovering Goucher’s Lost Museum reconstitutes the remnants of the former Museum of the Woman’s College of Baltimore, a universal collection of Natural History, Art, and Ethnography assembled in the late-19th century. The show, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, explores the history and legacy of Goucher’s historic Museum and the power of exhibition as an agent of storytelling. A collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, the exhibition considers the shifting practices and ethics of collecting, and diverse narrative strategies for telling the complicated history of objects. Goucher’s Lost Museum features storied artifacts and specimens; facsimiles; fictions; speculations; and the artistic contribution of contemporary artists whose work addresses ethical and archival gaps in museum and field research practices.



Mirrors and Windows: Art and Evolving AAPI Identities
Thursday, September 23 • 7pm
@ Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Explore artwork by Asia in Maryland artists Tima Aflitunov, Farida Hughes, and Jinyoung Koh and reflect on how their work provides a mirror and/or window into expressions and notions of AAPI identities. Hear from the artists themselves as they share the experiences, feelings, and aspirations that created the shapes, colors, and textures in their work. Hosted by TU Department of Theatre Arts professor, Mohammad Rohaizad Suaidi.

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Station North Shines
Friday, September 24 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts + Entertainment District

Don’t miss the last Station North Shines Art Walk of the season! We’re closing a busy summer with a celebration of art and light on Friday September 24, 5 – 8pm.

On Friday, Sept. 24, join us at the Ynot Lot (4 W North Ave) in the Station North Arts District for two featured projects: Catch an early peek of the development of the Baltimore Underline, an upcoming blacklight mural installation along North Ave under I-83 by the Made You Look team at MICA’s Center for Social Design in partnership with Formstone Castle Art.

Stay for a special closing project for Signal Station North called “We’re Here!”, a visibility walk + workshop with hand-made reflective t-shirts rescheduled from August 27, by artist April Danielle Lewis in partnership with Signal Station North and Neighborhood Design Center.

This is our last Art Walk of the season, so if there’s a gallery or shop you’ve been wanting to visit, now is the time! After stopping by Ynot Lot to grab your map or check out one of our featured projects, make your own self-guided tour of your favorite spots in Station North.

Follow all of our venues and @stationnorth and @signalstationnorth for updates. Check out the event link for details on all 15 venues, specials, and new artwork at galleries we love like Galerie Myrtis, Motor House, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Gallery CA, and Blue Light Junction. Register to get email reminders and updates:

Special thank you to the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund, Central Baltimore Partnership, Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Station North Board for making this series possible.



Rania Matar // Madeleine Deitz | All Day Receptions
Saturday, September 25 • 11am-5pm | Ongoing through November 6
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present SHE, a solo exhibition of works by Lebanese photographer Rania Matar. Drawing from personal experience as both a woman and mother, Matar’s ongoing series captures female- identifying subjects in new environments, offering a view into the exploratory nature of what it means to be on your own for the first time.

Centering her subjects in less familiar environments, Matar probes at the relationship our physical environment has to the way we self express and create. The twelve portraits presented in SHE consider ideas of transition, revealing the beauty and vulnerability connected to growing up. Rania Matar has dedicated her practice to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographs of female adolescence and womanhood in the United States and in the Middle East. As a Lebanese-born American woman, Matar’s cross-cultural experiences inform her art.

The artist and published essay writers will be present at our open house reception from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

C. Grimaldis is pleased to present Wandtresor, a solo exhibition of work by German sculptor Madeleine Dietz. In a survey display of floor and wall structures, the permeable nature of organic materials is unpacked via the tension within materials, presenting a stark contrast in coming together.

Wandtresor disrupts the dichotomous tension between organic and man-made materials through harmonious sculptures that present relationships between technology and nature, order and chaos, hard and soft, male and female. The play on texture found in Dietz’s work opens a conversation about formalism and the environment, pointing to earth as a live-giving force and a source of man’s creation. There is balance that exists within the natural and the industrial. The artist’s compositions are constructed of geometric shapes that act as vessels for cracked earth and negative space, alluding to notions of death and decay. The title of the exhibition and many of its works translates from German to mean “Wall Safe,” a nod to the ability to contain and preserve.




Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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Photographer’s Green Book Traveler’s Residency | Open Call
deadline October 1
sponsored by People of the Global Minority

The Photographer’s Green Book’s Travelers Residency is searching for its inaugural group for the 2022 year. We are searching for four artist scholars interested in engaging for one month with PGB to conduct research and resource building that benefits the People of the Global Majority* working within lens based mediums.  Each resident will conduct research, build, and implement a resource during the month of their residency. Residents may also apply to engage, expand, or remix resources already found on the PGB website. The proposed resource must be designed to be free for the public, have an online component,  and speak to radically advancing the conversation of diversity and equity within the photographic medium.

Apply on the google form here .

Applicants should submit a 500 word proposal that outlines their project, how it advances a particular conversation, an anticipated research and implementation plan, and what support they anticipate needing from the PGB team. In addition to this 500 word statement please submit a maximum 10 page pdf with links and previous work samples that relate to or support your ability to accomplish the creation of your resource. Note within your proposal three months between January and August of 2022 and rank them from most to least desired.

Residents will receive a 500 dollar stipend, be listed as a part of the PGB team for their contribution, access to PGB online platform, and scholastic and professional development. Residents are expected to host one public event that centers around their resource via PGB online platforms. Residences can be based anywhere in the world, but those based in the Philadelphia and New York area may submit ideas which could take advantage of physical spaces to be determined based on the scope of the proposal.

Applications are Due October 1st 2021. Notifications will occur December 15th 2021.

*People of the Global Majority references non-white individuals that make up the majority of the worlds population.

This residency was funded by Limited Release, a sporadic print sale and partnership program for supporting creative research created by Zora J Murff and contributions from community members like you.



Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Art Mural in Market Center Historic District
deadline October 1
sponsored by Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks to engage an artist to create and execute work to be installed over eight existing panels located on the Greyhound Bus Garage building on Centre Street near the corner of Park Avenue, directly across from the Mount Vernon Marketplace.

The purpose of this project is twofold: to beautify this section of our campus and to increase the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s visibility in the neighborhood. We intend for the murals to provide a visual representation of our state’s rich history and culture, inspired by our collection and the people of Maryland while highlighting aspects of the museum/library’s core values: community, authenticity, dialogue, and discovery.


Application deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Finalist interviews: mid-October, 2021

Artist selected: November, 2021

Artworks installed: February/March 2022, dependent on weather


A commission of $10,000 will be paid to the selected artist to realize their proposed concept. An initial payment of $6,000 will be made following approval of concept and execution of a contract with the artist and the remaining $4,000 will be paid upon completion and installation of the work in early 2022.



Art Talent Fair
deadline October 6

The “Art Talent Fair” award offers you the opportunity to exhibit your art taking part in the 31st edition of the “Arte Padova” contemporary art fair, in Padua (Italy) from 12 to 15 November 2021.
It’s a great opportunity for the 10 selected artists who will exhibit their art at the “Art Talent Fair” stand.

“The Art Talent Fair” is a part of the “Contemporary Art Talent Show” project created by “Arte Padova” art fair, which will be dedicated to emerging talents in a prestigious context with over 300 exhibitors and an average of 26,000 visitors per year.
The “Art Talent Fair” prize is reserved for artworks with a value of up to € 5,000.

You have time until October 6, 2021 to register and not miss this important chance.



EnterpRISE 2021 | Call for Entry
deadline October 8
sponsored by Open Works Baltimore

Welcome to EnterpRISE 2021! Are you a maker? Inventor? Entrepreneur? Artist? Craftsperson? We are looking for Baltimore’s BEST product-based business ideas that can use Open Works’ resources to grow. If you can leverage our wood shop, metal shop, CNC router, laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing, or graphic design facilities to prove your idea and take it into production, we will give you the resources to do the rest!

This is our fifth year of putting cash investment on the line for Baltimore makers. But it’s not just money — we take you through workshops on business planning, pitching, fundraising, prototyping, and legal considerations. Since 2017, we’ve funded 20 companies and helped twice as many grow through mentorship and membership. Check out the full FAQ and workshop schedule here. Workshops are currently being planned as a mix of in-person and virtual programming in order to be as safe as possible during the pandemic.


1st place: $10,000

2nd place: $5,000

3rd place: $1,000

7 runners up: $250

All cohort companies also receive two free safety classes in our two most popular shops, Wood and Digital Fabrication, and 6 months of free “Pro” membership from January-June, 2022.

BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors the Maryland Department of Commerce, and the Abell Foundation.



Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants | Call of Application
deadline October 12
sponsored by The Peale + The Andy Warhol Foundation

$500 mini grants available!

The Peale is thrilled to announce that it is now able to offer Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG) for Baltimore City and Baltimore County-based artists, through Grit Fund. With the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and as a part of the Regional Regranting Program, Grit Fund-ERG will provide $500 mini-grants to Baltimore City and Baltimore County-based artists whose income and opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The ERG Fund totals $60,000 and will provide 120 grants to artists. 



ICA Baltimore 2022 Flat File | Call for Applications
deadline October 15
sponsored by ICA Baltimore

The Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore is pleased to announce an open call for our annual Flat File Program. The 2022 program will open in late November 2021 with an mini-exhibition of accepted works at our soon to be announced location in Station North. Due to COVID-19 and the Delta variant, we cannot predict if we will be able to have an full exhibition at this gallery; we are planning to produce a display of artworks along with having the actual flat files for viewing by appointment only. Individual works from the Flat File Program will be highlighted throughout the year in the gallery, on our website, and through social media. Works will be available for purchase throughout the year on our website and accessible in the gallery for browsing.

– Open to professional working artists in the Maryland/VA/DC area only. Currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.
– Submission fee is $10, nonrefundable, for up to five images. NOTE: You will be prompted to pay the $10 application via PayPal once you complete the application and hit send, OR you can go to this link: OR you can send $10 to @Louis-Joseph-9 on Venmo. You will be prompted to submit payment after you submit your application materials.
– All work for consideration must have been completed in the last five years.
– Work should be no larger than 22×30” unframed and unmounted with a maximum thickness of 1/2″.
– All submitted work must be available for sale.
– Maximum retail price of each work submitted should be less than $500; current price should be indicated.
– 70% of sales of artwork will go to the artist and 30% will go toward programming at ICA Baltimore.
– Images must represent actual work submitted for acceptance. If an accepted work is not available for any reason, it may not be replaced.
– If you have participated in a previous ICA Flat File you may apply again but cannot show work that was previously in part of a flat file (i.e. please submit different work)
– Each image should be not larger than 1000 pixels at the largest dimension.
– Files must be numbered and named LastnameFirstname#.jpg, for example WatersJohn1.jpg.
– All submissions must be in by 11:59pm EDT on October 15, 2021 for consideration.



2022 Heritage Award Nominations
deadline October 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC will begin accepting nominations for 2022 Maryland Heritage Awards on Wednesday, September 1st. We invite you to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Nominations are due Friday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is important, and past contributions to that traditional practice. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Click here to see a list of past winners, and to read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria.



header image: Micaiah Carter from MICA's exhibition The New Black Vanguard

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