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This Week:  American Landscapes exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center, Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles at UMBC, MICA Constitution Day featuring Lady Brion, Landis McCord, and April Danielle Lewis, Closing Reception and Talk with Margaret Rorison and Monique Crabb at Current, A Talk with Kristen Hileman, Joshua Gamma, and Dean Kessman at VisArts, Henri Matisse & Etta Cone at the BMA, BOPA and MSAC’s Free Fall Baltimore, and Doors Open Baltimore, plus Call for Solos 2022 Proposals at Arlington Arts Center, Grit Fund Recovery Grants, and more 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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American Landscapes
Ongoing through November 19
@ The David C. Driskell Center

American Landscapes is the first major exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center to juxtapose African American artists with their contemporaries, presenting a comprehensive narrative of the contribution of African American artists to American art canon.

The works in this exhibition were selected based on the artists’ contribution to the genre of landscape art and date from c. 1850 to 2020. Of the 73 works by 68 artists, over half were selected from the Driskell Center collection, with others borrowed from outside collections. These artists were chosen for their historical relevance and their artistry while considering individual style and influence or dialogue with their contemporaries.

Additionally, the exhibition includes a selection of 30 landscape works by Professor David C. Driskell, known for his love and depiction of pine trees, gardens, and landscapes. American Landscapes is curated by Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director, assisted by Professor Curlee R. Holton, Director, both of the David C. Driskell Center.



Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 30 • 5pm | Ongoing through December 11
@ The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Annet Couwenberg: Sewing Circles, on display from September 30 through December 11. The exhibition presents an overview of ten years of cultural research, digital experimentation, and finished artifacts by Couwenberg, who uses lace as a primary material. Through her creations, the artist asks how traditional textile construction can be modified or transformed by adapting it to digital fabrication processes.

Couwenberg’s technical experiments include 3D printing of multi-pronged connectors that are used to assemble umbrella-like structures, laser-cut buckram (cloth stiffened with glue) that produces dramatic origami “infinity” collars, and Y-shaped CNC-cut polyethylene that produces infinitely scalable lace forms. She has also explored Damask and Jacquard digital weavings. Some of Couwenberg’s work that evokes fish scales and skeletons was inspired through exploration of digitized fish skeletons during a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

One particular work on display was created at UMBC in partnership with engineering students led by professor of mechanical engineering Tim Topoleski and with the assistance of software developer and engineer Alan Grover. Cleft (2016–21) is based on a Dutch ruffled collar as an example of a piece of clothing acting as both a constraint and a beautiful enhancement. Based on the concept of clothing as metaphor, the work examines the precarious balance between the constraints of social norms and our private desires. There is an intertwined yet conflictual relationship between immigration and citizenship, a state of anxiety that defines our contemporary condition. By putting the audience in charge as the “digital puppeteer,” Cleft explores the untangling of this conflict between self-determination and dependency through the syntax of the body, and the boundaries of our social interactions through computer software, which translates our “movements.”

Born in the Netherlands, Annet Couwenberg received MFA degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Syracuse University. She received a Smithsonian Artist and Research Fellowship in 2014. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Gyeonggi MOMA (Ansan, Korea), HOMA Museum (Seoul, Korea), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), 28th Street Studio (NYC), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), City Gallery (Atlanta), Decorative Arts Museum (Little Rock, AR), Textile Museum (Tilburg, Netherlands). Her work has been reviewed widely, including in Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fiberarts, Surface Design, The Journal of Cloth and Culture and Sculpture Magazine. Telos Art Publishing published a monograph on her work in 2003.



MICA Constitution Day 2021
Thursday, September 30 • 7pm
presented by MICA

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have changed drastically. But through all of that, a constant has remained — artists and organizers are using the power of art and civic action to take care of our neighbors, our hearts and our minds.

This year, MICA’s annual Constitution Day event aims to show appreciation to the local artists and organizers that used their work to cultivate joy, hope and positivity in the community as we continue to move through the pandemic and attempt to re-open campuses and our public spaces throughout Baltimore.

Constitution Day 2021: Cultural Lifelines of the Pandemic includes speakers Lady Brion, an international spoken word artist, poetry coach, activist, organizer, educator and the executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District; Landis McCord — better known as Landis Expandis — a musician and artist who has proven to be adaptable, multi-faceted,and relevant to the times; and April Danielle Lewis, director of Community and Culture at Open Works, an artist, visionary and community cultivator whose artwork explores the intersections of history, place, and identity through a social justice and community building lens.

Join us as we highlight how integral their art, energy and mutual aid has been to our city’s survival during the era of COVID-19.

“Colleges all over the country choose to commemorate Constitution Day in different ways — but at MICA, we hold this annual celebration based on our values as an institution to celebrate the transformative power of art and design in supporting an engaged and active global citizenry,” Director of MICA’s Center for Creative Citizenship Abby Neyenhouse said. “As we know the words of the US Constitution have always been aspirational at best, Constitution Day at MICA has given us the opportunity to bring meaning into what these values look like within our own city. An unprecedented global pandemic exacerbated critical needs throughout our communities in Baltimore that artists, creatives and organizers necessarily filled.”

The annual Constitution Day is brought to you by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Enoch Pratt Free Library and is part of MICA’s Mixed Media Speaker Series.

For more information, visit MICA Constitution Day.



A Conversation with Dean Kessman, Kristen Hileman, and Joshua Gamma
Thursday, September 30 • 7-8:30pm
presented by VisArts

Join us for a video exhibition walkthrough and virtual conversation with: Kristen Hileman, the 2021 VisArts Mentoring Curator; Joshua Gamma, the 2021 VisArts Emerging Curator; and artist Dean Kessman about his solo exhibition Light Years, Chemical Days and Digital Seconds.



Free Fall Baltimore
Friday, October 1 | Ongoing through October 31
presented by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces Free Fall Baltimore presented by Atapco Properties and the Maryland State Arts Council, featuring free arts & cultural events from participating venues and organizations throughout Baltimore City. Free Fall Baltimore is held each October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, and showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts provides grants, ranging from $250 to $1,500, to cultural organizations with operating budgets under $300,000 to provide free events during the month of October.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, October 1, 2021 and lasts all month through Sunday, October 31, 2021. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Free Fall Baltimore is presented by Atapco Properties and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Visit to learn more about our programs, events and activities or call 410-752-8632.



2021 Doors Open Baltimore Kick Off Lecture: Mapping Baltimore Apartheid
Friday, October 1 • 1pm
presented by Doors Open Baltimore

Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage kick off Doors Open Baltimore and the opening of the SAY IT LOUD Maryland exhibition with Dr. Lawrence Brown, author of The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America.

This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact [email protected]. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

Dr. Brown will put Baltimore under a microscope, looking at the causes of segregation and drawing on extensive research of data and policy. Brown will demonstrate how data visualization can be a tool to distribute resources to communities in need, and speak to the roles of design, planning, and preservation in healing and restoring redlined Black neighborhoods.

Dr. Brown’s presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by author and journalist Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson. Participating discussants include:

Seema Iyer, Ph.D, Associate Director of the Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore

Tom Liebel, FAIA, Vice-President of Moseley Architects and CHAP Commission Chair

Nakita Reed, AIA, Associate, Quinn Evans Architects

A limited number of signed copies of The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America are available through the Baltimore Architecture Foundation bookstore at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design. Books can be purchased using one of the Eventbrite ticket options, either “Delivery” or “Pick Up.” Further details on getting your book will be included in the confirmation email. Questions? Reach out to Nathan Dennies at [email protected].

Doors Open Baltimore 2021 includes a month’s worth of virtual and in-person programming. Visit for more information.

SAY IT LOUD Maryland is the new exhibition at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design spotlighting the contributions of diverse designers to Maryland’s built environment. The exhibition includes 45 individuals representing a diversity of career levels, cultures, and backgrounds. Learn More



Hypogean | Closing Reception + Artist Talk
Friday, October 1 • 6-7
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present ‘Hypogean,’ an exhibition of works by Margaret Rorison and Monique Crabb. Please join us for the closing reception.

Working in a variety of mediums, both artists are concerned with personal histories, the mapping of experience onto surfaces, and the stains of memories through dyes and light. This exhibition focuses on stories cultivated to make sense of complex societal structures and the illusions, sadness, and beauty in the hidden subterranean landscape.

Closing Reception & Artist Talk: October 1st, 6-9pm. Talk at 7pm.

Exhibition Duration: September 11th – October 2nd
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm

You can also view Hypogean during the Bromo District Art Walk on Thursday, Sept 23rd, 5-9pm.

Masks required indoors with refreshments served outdoors in our back courtyard. Thank you ❤️

Creation of Margaret Rorison’s work was made possible in part by a Ruby artist project grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Her project is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit

‘Hypogean’ is made possible by supporting members like you; the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; and the generous contributions of The Maryland State Arts Counsel.



A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore
Sunday, October 3 | Ongoing through January 2
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

This exhibition explores the 43-year friendship between artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Baltimore collector Etta Cone (1870-1949). More than 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and illustrated books will provide new insights into the formation of the renowned Cone Collection, one of the greatest collections of modern art in the United States.

Etta, with her older sister Claribel (1864-1929), acquired more than 700 works by Matisse between 1906 and 1949 and bequeathed the majority of them to the BMA as part of a gift of 3,000 objects.  Etta’s dedication and curiosity ultimately lent the Cone collection its characteristic depth and breadth. After accepting Etta’s invitation to visit her in Baltimore in 1930, Matisse realized he could have a major U.S. presence, and began creating and offering Etta specific works of art with the Cone collection in mind.” Among these works are masterpieces such as The Yellow Dress (1929-31) and Large Reclining Nude(1935), rarely shown drawings, and the preliminary studies for his first illustrated book,  Stephane Mallarmé’s Poésies (1932). The works in the exhibition are generally arranged by acquisition date, demonstrating Cone’s increasingly discerning eye for Matisse’s work throughout their long partnership. A fully illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition contains new scholarship on the formal, technical, and social aspects of the decades-long working partnership between artist and patron.




Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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Coordinator, Community Arts

General Purpose:                    
The Coordinator of Community Arts & Service provides assistance to the Assistant Director of Community Arts and direction to the overall Center for Student Engagement towards the development of a comprehensive program of community-based student programming. The Coordinator must be committed to fostering social change through the arts as well as the social, artistic, educational, cultural, and recreational development of art students. The Coordinator must be sensitive to the needs of a diverse student body and familiar with the challenges of community arts. This position requires flexible hours as well as evening and weekend hours.

Role Qualifications:

  • Project and Event Management

  • Student Advising

  • Community Arts and/or Social Justice Theory

  • Community Partner Relations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Provide assistance to the Assistant Director.

  • Support and implement the community arts & service program, a program for

  • Students to engage in community-based work inclusive.

  • Plan and facilitate training for students involved in community arts work.

  • Supervise Community Site Leaders (CSL) including regular communication, site visits, mid-terms, and finals.

  • Coordinate CSL and FMF recruitment, hiring, training and manage regular team meetings.

  • Maintain relationships with current site partners and strengthen new site partners.

  • Increase the presence of the community arts & service program through effective marketing and public relations.

  • Promote service and volunteer opportunities to the MICA student population, including one-time service opportunities and days of service opportunities.

  • Process and communicate to students short-term volunteer opportunities from community organizations.

  • Update the Community Arts and Service website and MICA Volunteers Facebook page.

  • Organize community-related events.

  • Assist with the implementation, set-up, and coordination of campus events as assigned, including but not limited to: New Student Orientation, Parent & Family Weekend, Leadership Awards Ceremony and Commencement.

  • Participate in campus-wide and Division of Student Affairs committees as assigned.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Perform as an advisor for a student organization.



SOLOS 2022 | Call for Proposals
deadline October 7
sponsored by Arlington Arts Center

Arlington Arts Center is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2022, to take place April 9 – June 4, 2022. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo-style exhibitions or projects to take place in one of AAC’s gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with AAC staff.

Artists are encouraged to propose new bodies of work, installations, or projects and to consider AAC’s exhibition spaces in their exhibition proposal. Exhibition proposals should include the preferred gallery for the proposed work, especially if the artist feels strongly about exhibiting in a particular gallery. Floor plans of the potential galleries can be found here.

Who Can Submit?
Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

Artists who have participated in the SOLOS program in the five years leading up to the opening date (i.e., in 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 SOLOS programs) are not eligible for consideration and should not apply.

Artists whose work has been exhibited at AAC in a non-SOLOS exhibition in the three years leading up to the exhibition opening date (ie, between April 9, 2019 and April 9, 2022) are also not eligible.



Together We Rise: Reclaiming the Female Gaze | Call for Entry
deadline October 10
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

Together We Rise: Reclaiming the Female Gaze is an online exhibition for women artists centered around female empowerment. Though women have historically been underrepresented in the art world, female artists have continued to push back and elevate their voices through art. The essential question guiding this exhibit is: how can we use art to visually communicate our thoughts, beliefs, and experiences in response to the world around us? In this exhibit for women artists, we are seeking a wide range of work that responds to this question. We are looking for diverse styles, mediums and techniques.

To submit your work, please visit:

Deadline: October 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

This is a selling exhibition, and all work must be available for sale with a maximum price of $1500 USD. Shipping costs must be covered if work is sold. We do not take any commission on sold artwork. All inquiries regarding artwork in this exhibit will be forwarded directly to the artist.

We will select 10 artists to receive a discount price for their submission of 50% off the entry fee.

The following mediums are accepted: painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art.

Our guest curator for this exhibit is ArtGirlRising, who actively work to raise awareness about the inequalities that women artists face. Their goal is to spark conversations about the inequalities and to ultimately inspire change and action to help women artists rise to their rightful equal positions in the art world. Visit to learn more.

This virtual exhibition will be held on our website at the end of November. Visit our website to learn more.



Rash Field Mural | Request for Proposals
deadline October 11
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPOB) seek to commission professional visual artist to produce unique, original mural artwork designs for implementation in the new Rash Field Café at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This commission of requires that sketch, mockup, and final design digital image submissions of artwork for fabrication are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA.

This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the City of Baltimore. Employees of BOPA and WPOB are not eligible to apply.
Scope of Work for painted interior wall artwork:
BOPA will solicit art design proposals from qualified artists for the Rash Filed Café Mural Project. A panel of project stakeholders will select an artist finalist to prepare a final art design for implementation in the Café interior.

  • Applicants submit art design concept proposals that meet the design criteria set forth in this RFP.
  • Commissioned artists participate in multiple rounds of design development to provide revisions to the project stakeholders before final artwork is approved. Sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of art works for fabrication meet the design criteria of BOPA and WPOB.
  • Commissioned artists are required to provide the final, approved artwork designs in a digital format that meets the technical specifications of BOPA and WPOB.
  • Commissioned artists design and implement an interior wall painted mural at Rash Field Café.



Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants
deadline October 12
sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation + The Peale

Grit Fund Emergency Recovery Grants will be open September 14th, 2021 to October 12th, 2021 at midnight EST.

With the partnership and support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grit Fund is offering $500 Emergency Recovery Grants (ERG) 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 approximately 120 grants to artists. These unrestricted $500 grants may be used for immediate needs such as housing, utilities, food, childcare, healthcare, etc.

We request that applicants self-select whether they are in significant financial stress during this time. If your work has not been significantly impacted in the immediate moment, please do not apply.

Art Omi: Residencies | Call for Applications
deadline October 15

Applications are open for Art Omi’s three residencies in architecture, art, and writing. Located in Columbia County, New York, each program brings together a group of creatives for cultural exchange, experimentation, and critical evaluation.



The Next [Collective] Fellowship | Call for Applications
deadline October 18
sponsored by Everlane

The clothing brand Everlane launched its first fellowship program dedicated to making the fashion industry more sustainable. Open to U.S. applicants, the Next Collective is looking for ideas to reduce virgin plastic use and will award up to five recipients a $20,000 grant and mentorship with the industry experts.

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