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This Week:  The Walter’s celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Jaz Erenberg and Christina Delgadoat Open Works, Zoë Charlton at Cade Gallery, The I. Henry Photo Project at Connect + Collect, Lou Joseph: Intervals at Current, Curator Night at The ARC, Unfolding Seven at Waller Gallery, Bethlehem Steel at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, Mallory Weston at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Kelly Walker at Hotel Indigo, plus CLLCTIVLY’s Black Futures Micro-Grant 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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Fire & Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel
@ Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s new exhibition, Fire & Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel, opens on Friday, September 24, and explores the company’s complicated history and tragic legacy.

Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point mill was once the world’s largest producer of the world’s most important product. The well-paying union jobs—and the hundreds of smaller companies the mill sustained—supported countless Baltimoreans and nourished close-knit communities.

And then it was gone. When the company went bankrupt in 2002, thousands of retirees saw their pensions cut and their healthcare benefits stripped away. When the mill shut for good in 2012, thousands more lost their jobs. Beyond the economic devastation were psychological and even spiritual wounds.

The long-term exhibition is the capstone of the Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, a multi-year initiative to document and preserve the history of the company and its workers via projects including an award-winning podcast, an outdoor exhibition, a blog series, a legacy garden, and more. The project is made possible by the Davis Family Foundation and Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,250-acre global logistics center located at the site of the former steel mill.

Fire & Shadow features both historic and contemporary photographs, artifacts ranging from workplace IDs to flame-resistant clothing worn in the mill’s furnaces, and first-person narratives of workers themselves. The exhibition provides a look at the history of the steel giant and the devastation left in the wake of its loss.

“This exhibition was made possible by Baltimore’s steel community, whose members graciously donated artifacts, shared stories, and helped fill in the human aspect to this story of industrial might,” says Anita Kassof, the museum’s executive director.

The museum is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm. A limited number of tickets are available each day, and may be purchased online or at the museum on a first-come first-served basis.

We are grateful to project sponsors the Davis Family Foundation, Tradepoint Atlantic, Balti Virtual, Direct Dimensions, Residential Title and Escrow Company, Titan Steel, and Venable, LLP.



Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Mayan Community Language
Tuesday, October 12 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Mayan languages have survived colonialism and systemic erasure, and many are spoken in the Baltimore region today. Maria Polinsky, Director of University of Maryland (UMD) Guatemala Field Station, and Pedro Mateo Pedro, Executive Director of UMD Guatemala Field Station, join Ellen Hoobler, William B. Ziff, Jr. Associate Curator of the Art of the Americas, to discuss their long-term collaboration, their approach to engaging and working with Mayan speaking communities, and the ambitious oral history projects Maria undertakes with her students. This digital program is in observance of the United States’ acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the diaspora of indigenous communities in the United States from the Americas.

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

This program is part of a series exploring themes from the Walters Art Museum’s exhibition Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones: A Celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence (1821–2021), on view through November 7.

About the Speakers:

Maria Polinsky received her doctorate in Linguistics in 1986. She has taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University. She specializes in linguistic theory and has done extensive work on endangered languages in different locations around the world. Polinsky’s research is situated at the intersection of theoretical syntax and cross-linguistic variation in sentence structure, with a focus on long-distance dependencies, control and raising constructions, and ergativity. In theoretical syntax, Polinsky’s work spans a wide array of languages including Austronesian and Mayan languages, as well as languages of the Caucasus. She is a pioneer in bringing both the tools and the research questions of lab-based psycholinguistics to speakers of under-studied languages.

Pedro Mateo Pedro is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto and the Executive Director of the Guatemala Field Station at the University of Maryland. A native speaker of Q’anjob’al, a Mayan language of Guatemala, Mateo Pedro’s research focuses on the documentation and description of Mayan languages, specifically language acquisition, Mayan languages in contact and dialectal variation. His documentation projects on Mayan languages have been a collaborative effort with mentors and colleagues from different universities, such as the University of Kansas, University of Maryland, McGill University, and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Mateo Pedro received his PhD in linguistics at the University of Kansas in 2010 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Mateo Pedro has taught at universities in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States and was recently a visiting scholar at the Facultad de Lenguas y Letras of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México. He has also taught courses on Mayan linguistics in different Mayan communities in Guatemala.



Neighborhood Design Center Fellows talk
Wednesday, October 13 • 5:30-7pm
@ Open Works

Join Jaz Erenberg and Christina Delgado, two Neighborhood Design Center Build Together Designers in Residence, as they discuss their work in collaboration with Johnston Square neighborhood and Greater Greenmount Community Association, including recent efforts to beautify and enliven the E Biddle St. bridge. This gateway installation covers both the north and south sides of the bridge with a 200-foot mural design emulating Johnston Square’s new community identity branding, along with 14 vinyl photos on display.

5:30pm: Snacks and an opportunity to socialize on our beautiful patio.

6-7pm: Presentation and discussion with fellows.



Bridging the Disability and Arts Communities
Wednesday, October 13 • 7pm
presented by The Arc Baltimore

Join The Arc Baltimore and a panel of prominent leaders from Baltimore’s arts community for Curator Night, “Bridging the Disability and Arts Communities,” on Wednesday, October 13 at 7 pm.

To be held virtually, Curator Night will feature a discussion of a selection of the curated artwork  for this year’s Art in the Round, The Arc Baltimore’s annual art exhibit and auction showcasing the talent and artistry of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Panelists will also share their thoughts about the need to ensure that access is always a part of the DEAI (diversity, equity, access, and inclusion) conversation – particularly in the arts community – and the DEAI initiatives at their own organizations.

Panelists for Curator Night include:

  • Kibibi Ajanku , Urban Arts Leadership Director and Equity and Inclusion Director, GBCA;
  • Myrtis Bedolla, Director, Galerie Myrtis;
  • George Ciscle, Curator-in-Residence, Emeritus, MICA;
  • Sammy Hoi, President, MICA;
  • Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director, Maryland Art Place; and
  • Kirk Shannon-Butts, Public Art and Curation Manager, BOPA.

These curators chose a piece of art out of the 50  that will be featured at this year’s Art in the Round, which will be held virtually on Friday, October 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Bidding for the artwork will begin on Friday, October 15. Look for the mobile bidding app registration information on The Arc’s website so you can bid on your mobile device.

Both Curator Night and Art in the Round are free events. A Wine & Dine package in a souvenir tote bag complete with wine glasses, however, is available for Art in the Round for $95.

Proceeds from Art in the Round’s online auction of artwork and Wine & Dine package will go to The Arc Baltimore’s mission of supporting people with developmental disabilities. In addition, 60% of winning bids on each piece of artwork auctioned will go to the artist.

You can live stream Curator Night and get more details about Art in the Round at



Virtual Tour of the Peale 2021
Thursday, October 14 • 5pm
presented by the Peale

FREE | RSVP Required
Presented in partnership with Doors Open Baltimore

Join us for a tour with Chief Strategy officer, Nancy Proctor, and Chief Experience Officer, David London

Take a virtual tour of the historic Peale Museum building, the first purpose-built museum in the country, with Chief Strategy officer, Nancy Proctor, and Chief Experience Officer, David London. Hear some of the many stories the building holds, from its founding by Rembrandt Peale, of the Peale family of artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, to its role as the first public high school in the state of Maryland to offer a secondary education to African Americans. See vintage gas street lights – a technology introduced to the city by Peale in 1816 – and the oldest still extant public sculpture in America, in the Mimi Cooper Garden. And hear how the Peale is being reinvented today with the city’s communities as a home for Baltimore stories.

This program is hosted on Zoom. 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.



IMAGE Looking hopefully for life (from the Compromise series) 2020 Graphite, acrylic paint, gouache and collage on paper, 110” x 70” (approximately)

Zoë Charlton: “The Latter to the Former” | Reception
Thursday, October 14 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through November 12
@ Cade Center Gallery

Masks are required. If you are not currently a student please fill out a health attestation prior to entering the gallery. Attestations and a dropbox will be available outside the gallery door.

The exhibit is curated by Wilfredo Valladares in conjunction with Cade Gallery Director, Teddy Johnson and the artist.

The Latter to the Former is a solo exhibition of sculptures, large scale drawings with collage, and small works on paper by Zoë Charlton. This unique grouping  unites pieces from four different bodies of work created over the last three years. An artist, educator, and curator of note, Charlton is a prominent member of the region’s arts community with both a national and international reputation. Her work brings together vital questions regarding representation, race, figuration, and history, with a vigorous exploration of material and form.


In this presentation, the overlaps between each series highlight the artist’s ongoing questions about figuration: how representations of bodies, even when abstracted, matter. In The Latter to the Former, it’s the space between physical objects and their two-dimensional representations, drawn and printed images, legibility and abstraction, and historical accuracy and personal narratives that have generated a broad range of dynamic content. The title comes from Frederick Douglass’ 1852 4th of July speech excerpted below.

“The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, the distance between this platform and the slave plantation, from which I escaped, is considerable — and the difficulties to be overcome in getting from the latter to the former, are by no means slight. That I am here to-day is, to me, a matter of astonishment as well as of gratitude. You will not, therefore, be surprised, if in what I have to say, I evince no elaborate preparation, nor grace my speech with any high sounding exordium. With little experience and with less learning, I have been able to throw my thoughts hastily and imperfectly together; and trusting to your patient and generous indulgence, I will proceed to lay them before you.”


Zoë Charlton makes large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in densely collaged landscapes. She works in sculpture, animation, and collaborates with other artists to make installations and videos. She grew up in the military, primarily in northern Maine. She received an MFA degree from the University of Texas, Austin (1999) and a BFA degree from Florida State University (1993). In 2001, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 2003, Charlton has been teaching full-time at American University (DC) and received tenure in 2009. She served as Chair of the Department of Art from 2015-2018 and is the first Black American tenured, Full Professor in the department. Charlton holds a seat on the Maryland State Arts Council, is a board member of the Washington Project for the Art, and is a co-founder of ‘sindikit, a collaborative art initiative, with her colleague Tim Doud. They created the ‘sindikit project to engage their overlapping creative research in gender, sexuality, race, and the economies of things. Her work has been presented in national and international group exhibitions including in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art , and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, (Warsaw, Poland).



Kelly Walker | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 14 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through January 25
@ Hotel Indigo

Maryland Art Place (MAP) in partnership with Hotel Indigo, are pleased to present new works by Baltimore-based artist, Kelly Walker. Walker’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. The reception will be held on Thursday, October 14  from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will be on view at Hotel Indigo Thursday, October 14 through January 25, 2022.

Kelly Walker is an American born, self taught artist who continues to study at the ‘School of Life’. She found her way to Baltimore, Maryland by the age of 18 where she has lived ever since. Walker absorbs the beauty, chaos and reality of Baltimore City channeling it into her work.

In 2013, Walker purchased a rundown auto shop in the heart of the city. The building is located between the historic cultural arts district of Mt Vernon and the newly designated Bromo Arts district currently undergoing a neighborhood revitalization. In an immense labor of love, Walker transformed the downtrodden building into a live/work space that has been featured in Baltimore Magazine as a work of art in of itself. An art collection covers the inside walls, boasting of other local artists. The studio and apartment serve not only as a place of business and a home but sometimes Walker opens her home for gatherings which benefit community organizations such as Creative Alliances ‘Art to Dine for’.

The dichotomy of Kelly Walker’s world translates onto her canvases as she paints in fits of inspiration which has led to an expansive collection of unique series, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas. Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures, and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. She pushes mediums past their intended purposes, encouraging them to collide and react, not rejecting happy accidents and forcing incompatible materials to meet. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered, calling reference to landscape, graffiti and color fields. Walker’s artwork has been featured extensively at venues both in and outside of the Baltimore area, including the Rosenberg Gallery, Silo Point, Gallery 1951 in Los Angeles & Las Laguna Art Gallery in California and the Delaware Museum of Art.”

Due to COVID and the ever changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact [email protected] to reserve your spot



Intervals | Opening Reception
Friday, October 15 7pm | Ongoing through December 4
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present ‘Intervals,’ a solo exhibition of works by Lou Joseph. Please join us for the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 15th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: October 15th – December 4th
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm

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

Programs at Current Space are made possible in part 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.



Unfolding Seven Pop Up Exhibition | Exhibition Opening + Performance
Friday, October 15 • 7pm | Ongoing through October 16
@ Waller Gallery

Unfolding Seven Pop Up Exhibition by creative production company Underground Rainbow (@undergroundrainbowgroup), in partnership with The Waller Gallery (@wallergallery) and curated by Rae The Conjurer (@rae_the_conjurer), is happening next week!

The Unfolding Seven exhibition is an artistic experience based on the themes of Rae The Conjurers visual EP Seven.

The exhibition will include Rae The Conjurer and these AMAZING Black artists:

Savannah Imani Wade (@savannah.imani)
Sabrina Lee (@s.lee.mellow)
Ky Vassor (@kyartin)
Boutzie (@boutziee)
Katiana Jasmine Weems (@katiana.jasmine)

Unfolding Seven will be on view from 10/15-10/16 with a general entry fee of $11

The exhibition opening will be held on 10/15 at 7:00 pm and will include a performance by Rae The Conjurer and sounds by DJ Hunter (@hunterfrommarz)! Opening night tickets are $15.

You can buy tickets using the link below:…


Chromoflage: A Solo Exhibition by Mallory Weston
Friday, October 15th from 5 to 8pm | Ongoing through November 20
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Chromoflage, an exhibition that juxtaposes nature and technology in large-scale, wearable pieces of art jewelry. Combining anodized titanium and textile techniques, Weston’s Chromoflage will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from October 15 to November 20th with an opening reception on Friday, October 15th from 5 to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Chromoflage explores the familiar landscapes of a digital world superimposed on the foliage of rare tropical plant specimens. Coincidentally, these lush species also lead a double life as popular houseplants with a sometimes cult-like following and appeal. Constructed of anodized Titanium, Mallory Weston’s work echoes the sleek devices that we depend on every day. Titanium anodizing allows her to capture botanical color palettes while simultaneously providing a material link to cutting edge computing technology. Mallory investigates the connection between natural imagery and forms of technology that mediate our existence. Consider plant propagation, with enough care and attention, you can swap cuttings and grow an entirely new plant from a single leaf. Nodes can take root and lead to exponential generations of offspring. This growth mimics the spread of information and virality seen in the online ecosystem.

“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the only art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “Weston’s work marries digital and analogue jewelry design and fabrication techniques in a highly compelling way. Her work is wearable sculpture and could adorn a wall as easily as it could a body.”

Check out BmoreArt’s photo essay, Alternative Adornment, by Jill Fannon featuring Mallory Weston’s work here.



Roots Need Water: I. Henry Photo Project | Opening Reception
Saturday, October 16 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through November 6
@ Connect + Collect

Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr.

Public Opening, Saturday, October 16th 2021 from 4 – 8pm at Connect+Collect, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

RSVP Link: Calendly – Connect+Collect
The exhibit will be on view through November 6th, 2021 with additional images from the archive on display each night via the Charles Street facing digital window gallery from 6-10 pm.

“When you take a photograph you stop that moment in history forever.” – I. Henry Phillips Sr.

Connect+Collect is pleased to present Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr., an exhibition of historic Baltimore photographs created from 1940-1980 by I. Henry Phillips Sr. and printed from a trove of thousands of photo negatives by his grandson, Webster Phillips, founder of the I. Henry Photo Project, a digital archive of his grandfather’s, and his father’s, photos.

I. Henry Phillips Sr. was a photographer at the Afro-American newspaper for over a decade, known for capturing images of Louis Armstrong at the Royal Theatre and Billie Holiday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as thousands of images of everyday life for Black Baltimoreans, a history that has been largely unseen.

Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. presents never before exhibited historical photographs dating back to the 1940s featuring Baltimoreans in intimate moments, highlighting the everyday life of Black Baltimore of the past. The exhibition is a celebration of life and culture and offers the chance to experience the intimacy of the photographic works in a deeply personal way, focusing on moments of leisure, including swimming and boating, picnics and family time.

Webster Phillips is the director of the I.Henry Photo Project, and Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. serves as an exploration of his own legacy, with two generations of photographers in conversation, with their work on display in concert in the gallery. Phillips, along with Rassaan Hammond. combed his grandfather’s archives in order to select images for the exhibition focusing on swimming and leisure. While some of the images subtly allude to the history of racism in Baltimore City, specifically the formerly segregated swimming pools and beaches, they venture into rich moments of Black joy and leisure, presenting Black Baltimoreans on beaches, on boats, at museums, and familiar Baltimore parks and landmarks.


Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr. is available to view by appointment, beginning on Thursday, October 7th. Email [email protected]. Gallery Hours: October 23rd from 12-2PM and October 30, 2021 from 12-2pm by appointment. Masks are required indoors while the digital window gallery portion of the exhibition is entirely viewable nightly from the outside.

2519 North Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland

Gallery Hours: October 23rd from 12-2PM and October 30, 2021 from 12-2pm by appointment, with additional appointments available.
Email: [email protected] for purchase inquiries and to schedule a visit.

Connect+Collect Covid guidelines

Roots Need Water will have an opening celebration on Saturday October 16th, but an RSVP is required and space is limited: Calendly – Connect+Collect.




Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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Black Futures Micro-Grant
deadline October 15
sponsored by CLLCTIVLY

Are you a Black-led organization serving in the Greater Baltimore community? CLLCTIVLY is proud to announce our Black Futures Micro-Grant video contest.



List your organization in our directory –


Video entries meeting all requirements are accepted beginning the 2nd of every month until 11:59pm on the 16th every month. Videos should include your mission and what inspires you to do your work. Building collectively requires shared principles, so please include one principle from the Nguzo Saba and explain why this principle is important to your work.

Nguso Saba (The Seven Principles): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).


Voting opens on the 17th of every month. SHARE with your networks to increase your chances.


The two organizations with the most votes are announced on the last day of every month.

Our mission is to end the fragmentation and duplication of programs, to learn from and about each other, and to be a resource for the Greater Baltimore community that seeks to find, fund and partner with Black social change organizations.



BJC Holiday Sale 2021 | Call for Applications
deadline October 15
sponsored by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Every year the BJC hosts a Holiday Sale that provides our community of makers the opportunity to sell their work. This year, our annual summer sale will be held Friday, December 3rd (from 6 – 9p) – Sunday, December 5th(12 – 7p) with an online portion extending until December 17th. Artists will set up their work in the studio for patrons and all sales will go through the BJC (with a 75%/25% artist/BJC split). Participating artists’ work will also be for sale on our website. The BJC will promote the event and have staff on hand to moderate and run sales, We also have special programming planned in the gallery and the studio that will coincide with the sale and entice people into the space.

To apply:

Fill out this application form. You must also pay a $15 entry fee. Entry fees must be made via PayPal (make payment to [email protected]). Applications will not be reviewed until the entry fee has been paid in full. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note “Holiday Sale 2021” when you make your payment.

Entry Deadline: October 15th, 2021

Entry fee: $15, for up to three entries of jewelry

Artists will be notified of acceptance by October 22nd, 2021. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].



Call for Panelists, Judges and Coaches
deadline October 22
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 and nominations. We invite participation through program-specific public calls for panelists, editors, jurors, and judges and we select evaluators with a focus on experience in equity and justice, diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in varying artistic disciplines.

In the coming months, we have four different paid opportunities to evaluate and provide valuable feedback on applications and/or nominations.

General Information

What to Expect:

Serving between six and 16 weeks, depending on role, with assignments spread throughout the service period.

Attending a required virtual orientation and training.

Receiving compensation of a minimum of $350, assuming the completion of all scheduled assignments.


How to Apply:

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

Click the “Apply Here” button to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple; be sure to log in as an individual, rather than an organization, as organization-based accounts do not have access to panelist applications. If you do not have an individual account, you may create one for free by registering as an “Independent Artist.”

Click on “Funding Opportunities”

Under “Public Call,” click “Apply Now.”

From the dropdown menu labeled “I am applying as a,” select “Panelist Call,” and click “Save Draft” to populate the application.

Select your desired Program from the drop down menu, and fill in the remainder of the form.

Click “Submit.”



Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize | Call for Entry
deadline October 22
sponsored by Contemporary Craft

In 1997, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Craft, a $5,000 prize for excellence in the field of contemporary craft was established. The biennial award is given in conjunction with a catalogue and juried exhibition in the gallery. This opportunity is funded by the daughters of Elizabeth R. Raphael, the founder of Contemporary Craft and a nationally known figure in the contemporary art scene for many decades.

The call for artists for the 2022 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 22, 2021.

View the prospectus and submit your application HERE.



The SE Center Open | Call for Submissions
deadline October 31
sponsored by SE Center for Photography

Open Call is just that, an open theme – all subjects, The SE Center is looking for images of any theme, media, digital, analog, or antique processes that show your best work.

Our juror for the SE Center Open is Coco Conroy. Coco Conroy is the director of Jackson Fine Art, a gallery in Atlanta, GA specializing in 20th-century and contemporary photography. She has been with the gallery since 2014, and advises Atlanta clients and focuses on local collaborations.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slideshow. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.

PORTRAITS project | Call for Entry
deadline November 1
sponsored by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

(GMCW) is seeking artwork to be used as part of the PORTRAITS project to be premiered in June 2024.

PORTRAITS will represent through visual art, music, and dance, the spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. Paintings, drawings, and photographs are welcome. The artworks may be a portrait, or a scene depicting an aspect of the human experience, including identity expression and historical references specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Selected artworks will be used as projections as part of a live performance, brought to life aurally by music, and visually by GMCW’s 17th Street Dance ensemble to be presented in June 2024. Music for PORTRAITS will be commissioned by composers inspired by the artworks selected for the project.

Artists may submit works from their existing portfolio, or the artist may submit a sample or sketch of a proposed work to be developed should the artist/work be selected. If the sample/sketch is selected for the project, the completed work will then be due September 1, 2022.

All selected artists will give permission for their work to be included as part the PORTRAITS exhibit and project to be used in perpetuity in performance as part of the PORTRAITS composition. The artist will also give permission for the artwork to be displayed electronically in perpetuity as part of the curated exhibit on GMCW’s website. Other than the usage described here, the artist will retain ownership and rights to their piece.

Compensation to the artist is $2,500 per piece.

To be considered, please complete the submission form at no later than November 1, 2021. Multiple works or sketches may be submitted. Artists will be notified of selection by December 17, 2021.

Questions: Please contact [email protected].



Emerging Curator Program 2022 | Call for Applications
deadline November 1
sponsored by VisArts

VisArts invites applications from emerging curators to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program offers a unique opportunity for an emerging curator or artist with an interest in exhibition making or curating to work with an experienced mentoring curator to develop and present an exhibition and to assist in the presentation of the mentor’s exhibition. In an effort to develop expanded education programming/enhanced visitor experiences, the 2022 Emerging Curator and the Mentoring Curator will also focus on developing tools to support public programming that promotes social interaction, creative exchange and audience engagement.

VisArts will provide the Emerging Curator with budget of $10,000 to cover exhibition costs and curatorial fee. Additional funding and staff support for printing, promotions, and execution of exhibition programming is available. The program is one year and will begin in January 2022.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, since we are not equipped to handle any visa issues.

The selection panel includes the VisArts’ Curator, Artist Advisory Council, Gallery Committee and 2022 Mentoring Curator.

The 2022 Mentoring Curator is Sofía Gallisá Muriente.

Sofíia Gallisá Muriente is a visual artist working through multiple approaches to documentation, deepening the subjectivity of historical narratives and examining formal and informal archives, popular imaginaries and visual culture. She studied Film & TV Production and Latin American Studies at New York University and has participated in experimental pedagogical platforms led by artists, like Anhoek School and Beta-Local’s La Práctica, substituting graduate studies with a process of learning and unlearning with others. She has been a resident artist of Museo La Ene (Argentina), Alice Yard (Trinidad & Tobago), Solar (Tenerife), and Catapult, as well as a fellow of the Flaherty Seminar and the Smithsonian Institute. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Terremoto, and Hyperallergic, and earned her grants from TEOR/éTica and NALAC. She has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Queens Museum, ifa Galerie in Berlin, MALBA in Argentina and CCA Glasgow, and Puerto Rican galleries like Km 0.2, El Lobi, Diagonal and Embajada. From 2014 to 2020, she was Co-director of the artist-run, non-profit organization Beta-Local, dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange and transdisciplinary practices in Puerto Rico. She is currently a fellow of the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative and the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC.

Curatorial Collaboration:
During the yearlong program, the Curatorial team (Mentor Curator and Emerging Curator) will:

  • Conduct curatorial research;
  • Develop a cohesive and compelling exhibition proposal;
  • Develop writing skills for catalogs and other printed and online materials;
  • Develop budgets for executing exhibitions and exhibition programming;
  • Communicate with artists and lending institutions – developing contracts and loan information;
  • Research and develop a plan for incorporating technology upgrades to gallery programming through website enhancements, use of tablets and apps, and production of video and audio materials;
  • Design and implement educational exhibition programming and outreach activities that engage artists, curators and public audience of all ages;
  • Develop sponsorship/fundraising initiatives to support the exhibition programming (if needed);
  • Oversee exhibition design and installation; and,
  • Develop marketing and public relations materials – press releases, website presence, social networking and print media supporting the exhibition.

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program provides emerging curators with practical, hands-on experience at a community arts organization. It is designed to support diverse exhibitions presenting a broad spectrum of ideas and curatorial approaches. In addition, it enhances the VisArts exhibition experience by developing educational opportunities, public programming and opportunities for community engagement through expanded use of interactive interpretive media in its gallery program.

Applicants do not need to have a fully realized curatorial proposal, though we are interested in getting a sense of your interests, tastes, and sensibilities. The formal proposal will be developed with the support and guidance of the mentoring curator and the VisArts Gallery Department.



header image: I. Henry Phillips Sr. from Connect + Collect's Roots Need Water: The Photography of I. Henry Phillips Sr.

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