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This Week:  Liz Flyntz and Rahne Alexander at Red Emma’s, BROS Monster World at the Baltimore Zoo, the Driskell Center and Phillips collection present American Landscapes Symposium, Jenny Golan at Gallery Ca, Sam Lacombe at Gormley Gallery, and more — plus Baltimore Jewelry Center’s Jewelry Across History: Community Making Challenge and other featured Calls for Entry.


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Eleanor Whitney presents “Riot Woman: Using Feminist Values to Destroy the Patriarchy” w/ Liz Flyntz and Rahne Alexander
Wednesday, October 27 • 7pm
@ Red Emma’s

A celebratory but critical look at the Riot Grrrl movement

Growing up immersed in the feminist, DIY values of punk, Riot Grrrl, and zine culture of the 1990s and early 2000s gave Eleanor Whitney, like so many other young people who gravitate towards activism and musical subcultures, a sense of power, confidence, community, and social responsibility. As she grew into adulthood she struggled to stay true to those values, and with the gaps left by her punk rock education.

This insightful, deeply personal history of early-2000s subcultures lovingly explores the difficulty of applying feminist values to real-life dilemmas, and embrace an evolving political and personal consciousness. Whitney traces the sometimes painful clash between her feminist values and everyday, adult realities — and anyone who has worked to integrate their political ideals into their daily life will resonate with the histories and analysis on these pages, such as engaging in anti-domestic violence advocacy while feeling trapped in an unhealthy relationship, envisioning a unified “girl utopia” while lacking racial consciousness, or espousing body positivity while feeling ambivalent towards one’s own body.

Eleanor C. Whitney is a feminist writer, musician, and editor living in Brooklyn. She has built community and content strategy for startups and arts organizations including Axiom, Managed by Q, Dev Bootcamp, Shapeways, and the Brooklyn Museum. Her first book, Grow, is a practical field guide for managing a creative business.

Liz Flyntz I’m a curator, writer, content architect, and artist, based in Baltimore, MD.

Rahne Alexander is an intermedia artist based in Baltimore, Maryland.



Monster World: Zoo Quest
Thursday, October 28 + Friday, October 29 • 5-10pm
@ The Maryland Zoo

Tickets available at

$25 for Party Only, $60 for Full Quest Experience, $75 for VIP

In the dark places of the world, elusive and frightening creatures make their homes untouched by the ever-expanding influence of mankind. Drawn forth by the lure of Epic Partying, the veil has now been lifted on these secretive beasts, and there is much they can teach us, for they represent the last sliver of mystery from the Old World. But beware, there are those that would seek to destroy what they represent. Prepare yourself, for here there be monsters.

Join the Baltimore Rock Opera Society for Monster World: Zoo Quest! A new interactive Halloween theater experience at The Maryland Zoo. Follow our guides on foot and by shuttle into the gloomy jungle to experience the horrifying monstrosities from BROS past in their natural habitats such as the grotesque Wooly Bully, the majestic Hippogriff, and the deadly Nog Tree on an immersive tour, but monsters come in many forms, and there are other dangers in the deep jungle…

We’ll bring these monsters out into the light with something they can’t resist: an excellent Halloween party! From 5 PM – 10 PM all attendees will get to rage at The Waterfowl Pavilion and enjoy drinks, carnival games, a costume contest, and a photobooth all overseen by our host and DJ Landis Expandis. Rounding out the night will be a live concert from two excellent local bands!

Our expeditions into the wild will take place throughout the evening in small groups of 10-14 people. Each trip will leave from and return to the party and involve a walking portion and a trip on the Maryland Zoo shuttle and take approximately 40 minutes. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the weirdest creatures on Earth!

To accommodate all adventurers, we are offering several ticketing options, including a VIP ticket upgrade that includes access to a special lounge area and exclusive swag bag:

Full Zoo Quest Experience (party + expedition + 2 drink tickets): $60

VIP Upgrade (party + expedition + 2 drink tickets + goodie bag and access to VIP area): $15

Party Only (access to party + 1 drink ticket, but no quest): $25

BROS Rock Operative members will enjoy a 50% discount on the Full Experience ticket. Monster World: Zoo Quest is part of our fundraising efforts and all ticket sales and donations will be used to sustain our operations through 2021.

For those venturing into the wilds on our Zoo Quest, there will be several departure groups and times, so make sure you pick carefully! Please be sure to arrive at the party at least 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure time to ensure you do not miss your quest! We cannot guarantee that groups will be able to quest together but those who arrive at the quest gate early will have a better chance of questing with their group.

This is above all a Halloween party, and we will be having a costume contest, so by all means wear one!

This event is entirely outdoors and will continue through light precipitation. In the event of heavy weather rain dates will be scheduled.



American Landscapes: Nature, Beauty, and History
Thursday, October 28 • 6-8pm
@ The David C. Driskell Center + online

The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, present a symposium: American Landscapes: Nature, Beauty, History, which brings together curators and scholars from across the country to discuss the African American artists and the American landscape tradition. The speakers include Maggie M. Cao, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Adrienne L. Childs, PhD, Adjunct Curator, The Phillips Collection; Christine Oaklander, PhD, Independent Curator; Jonathan Walz, PhD, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum, GA. The program will begin with remarks from Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection, and conclude with Curlee R. Holton, Director, David C. Driskell Center and co-curator of American Landscapes.

The event will occur on Thursday, October 28th at 6pm EDT in hybrid format, with opportunities to attend and participate both in-person and online. Registration is required to attend.

Limited tickets are available for the in-person event at the David C. Driskell Center. Masks are required at all times. To register, click here

To register to attend virtually, click here.



The New Black Vanguard Live Webinar
Thursday, October 28 • 4:30pm
presented by MICA

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is thrilled to invite the Baltimore community and beyond into a conversation around art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries.

This month, join curator Antwaun Sargent and MICA alum Faith Couch ’19 (Photography BFA), along with moderator and the College’s Interim Vice Provost Colette Veasey-Cullors ’96 (Photography MFA), for a webinar as they discuss the international traveling exhibition “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art to Fashion.” 

The exhibition, which features selected works from fifteen groundbreaking contemporary photographers, is currently on view for MICA’s on-campus community in Fox Building’s Meyerhoff Gallery. It is organized by Aperture, New York, and is made possible, in part, by Airbnb Magazine.

These photographers’ work have 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.

“MICA’s approach to ‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion’ exhibition differs from other iterations of the exhibition in that we, as an educational institution, made a conscious decision to prioritize our mission to EMPOWER students by centering their voices through every aspect of our programming,” Veasey-Cullors said. “This prioritization includes a two student-produced video walk through of the exhibition, student-developed questions that were used to create the discussion between the exhibition curator, Antwaun Sargent and MICA Photography alumna and New Black Vanguard artist Faith Couch, as well as the integration of the exhibitions themes and content within a multiplicity of class content. I see this as an opportunity to not only provide our students with a global and progressive exhibition, but to also partner with them in activating their experience in multiple ways.”

The work in this exhibition fuses the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries — and open conversations around the roles of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter.

Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. 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.

“As the exhibition continues to travel across the world, I am excited for the local conversations it will inspire,” Sargent said. “It is my hope that the MICA run will foster great conversations with the student body about the power of photography to speak to the everyday.”

About the Curator
Antwaun Sargent is a writer, editor and curator living in New York City. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, and various art and museum publications. Sargent is author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture, 2019) and editor of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists(2020). He is also a director at Gagosian Gallery.

Involved Photographers:
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.

This exhibition also includes 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 and Joshua Woods.

For more information about the exhibition and event, click here. 



Healing Color, by Jenny Golan | Opening Reception
Friday, October 29 • 5-8:30pm
@ Gallery CA

” I paint abstract images using very bright and bold colors. I use color and painting as healing tools to alleviate anxiety and stress. Painting helps me to quiet the mind and be in a more relaxed state. I layer coats of paint on top of each other and then manipulate the canvas by scraping it with various tools, creating different images. Painting has been a way of helping me deal with isolation and fear during covid-19 and has been very healing. “
– Jenny Golan

A note from Gallery CA gallery manager Quentin Gibeau

During the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Mid 2020, many artists and other creatively focused people leaned into their work. This practice of creating and building a routine was grounding in the midst of so much uncertainty, with many discovering and experimenting with new ideas and processes. With the Gallery shut down, City Arts turned its focus onto resident programming in order foster connectivity and maintain our community bonds whilst social distancing. One of the most consistent and successful of these programs was Art Club. Meeting weekly on zoom, the Art Club artists and myself would discuss what we were working on, talk about what artists we were looking at, and share opportunities. During this time we saw Jenny’s work grow from an experiment to a near obsessive practice in which as an artist she found herself to be truly free. The results are a deluge of abstract forms and fields, variations on an artist’s weekly practice reminiscent of Anselm Kiefer, Lee Krasner, and Grace Hartigan, while channeling a creative and aesthetic voice that is truly original.

Please join us in celebrating the monument to that work, in Jenny’s debut solo exhibition at Gallery CA on view through November. 



Sam Lacombe: 25 Years of Neon | Artist’s Reception
Saturday, October 30 • 4-6pm | Ongoing through November 19
@ Gormley Gallery

Sam Lacombe draws on urban architecture and commercial signage to explore light, pattern, geometry, and color, grounding his work in the formal world of design. 25 Years of Neon features paintings and gouaches of urban Americana graphic signage, which Lacombe transforms in poetic ways. Imbuing these mundane and ubiquitous subjects with dignity, he elevates their forms beyond their literal qualities to create self-contained, physical objects that are greater than the sum of their parts.



The Sleepover
Monday, November 1 • 8pm | Ongoing Th/F/Sa through December 18
presented by Sisters Freehold

Sisters Freehold presents The Sleepover, an online, immersive production best experienced in your pajamas, November 11-December 18, 2021.

The Sleepover is an exploration of female gathering traditions and a one-of-a-kind theatrical event created just for you. Audiences are invited to attend a sleepover unlike any they’ve experienced before (and not just because this one takes place online). Limited to 8 attendees per performance, The Sleepover is intimate, interactive, and full of surprises. All are welcome. We’ll bring the secrets; you bring the snacks.

The Sleepover is part two of a larger project. In part one (funded in part by a Creativity Grant by the Maryland State Arts Council), offerings from across the globe were collected and organized as a digital community art project. Over 90 artists and non-artists ages 9 to 78 shared art & memories related to female gatherings; these were used as inspiration in the devising process and brought an international perspective to a local project.

Co-directed by Makeima Freeland and Ann Turiano (Artistic Directors of Sisters Freehold), The Sleepover is devised and performed by Hana Clarice, Molly Shayna Cohen, Holly Gibbs, Shana Herndon, and Jacqueline Youm. Production design by Rowan Suder, stage management by Annie Malady, and dramaturgy by Sian Edwards.

Ticket prices range from $20-35 and can be purchased online at

For more information, please visit

Recommended for ages 18+, Approximate run time: 90 minutes, no intermission

For critics: Review requests may be directed to

About Sisters Freehold

Founded in 2021, Sisters Freehold is a new theatre company with a mission to grow Baltimore theatremakers. We create robust, supportive experiences for artists–with a focus on emerging BIPOC and female directors–through hands-on production opportunities and intentional theatremaking.




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Jewelry Across History: Community Making Challenge
deadline October 29
sponsored by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Jewelry is one of the oldest known art forms, as humanity has adorned itself throughout the ages. The oldest known jewelry artifacts date between 100,000 – 135,000 years ago and can be seen as a sign that prehistoric humans were thinking symbolically about the objects around them. Historically, jewelry has been used to denote marital or class status, signify availability or fertility, act as protection against evil spirits, enhance beauty, mark grief, act as a marker of membership to a group, hold wealth, and more.

For this community challenge, we are asking artists to make a piece of jewelry or a sculptural object that is inspired or influenced by a historical piece of jewelry. Artists participating in the challenge will draw inspiration from a pre-selected collection of historical jewelry objects. The objects have been chosen by a group of curators from the Walters Art Museum which is home to an expansive collection of historical jewelry. The items in the collection come from various cultures and time periods; they exhibit spectacular craftsmanship and skill.

At the Info Session, we introduced the project and the objects selected from the Walters Art Museum. We also discussed how you might approach your design, provide prompt questions and give you the opportunity to ask us questions. Click here to watch the info session recording.

Key Dates:

Deadline for Submission: Friday, October 29th

Exhibition dates: December 3rd, 2021 – February 5, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday December 3rd, 2021




It’s a SNAP! Baltimore Photo Contest | Call for Entry
deadline October 29
sponsored by Baltimore National Heritage Area

No matter your level of expertise, here’s your chance to share your special photographs that reveal the best of Baltimore – the people and places of Charm City!

Winning photographers receive prizes, and the best images will be showcased on BNHA’s social media channels and a special Baltimore National Heritage Area promotional product in 2022.

Photographs must be taken within the Baltimore National Heritage Area. All hi-res entries must be submitted electronically by October 29, 2021



2021 Legacy Grant | Call for Applications
deadline October 30
sponsored by The Gutierrez Memorial Fund

The Gutierrez Memorial Fund is pleased to present its 2021 Legacy Grant. The project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations, individual artists, and educators who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage the community and permanently transform the built environment.

For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit our website.

The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2021.



Holiday Art Sale | Call for Vendors
deadline November 7
sponsored by City of Takoma Park Arts and Humanities

Vendors are being sought to sell their original, handmade art or crafts at the 15th annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 from 10 am-4 pm. The art sale will be held inside the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. The sale is organized by the City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division.

A jury will select 25 vendors from the D.C. area who make original art and crafts, including painting, prints, pottery, photography, jewelry, clothing, toys, etc.

It is free to apply, and applicants don’t have to be Takoma Park residents. Vendors who are accepted must pay a $25 vendor fee and will receive a table and chair in an assigned space inside the Takoma Park Community Center.

Applicants will be notified about their status by Nov. 18.



Being Seen: The Photographic Portrait | Call for Entry
deadline November 12
sponsored by The Morean

The Morean is pleased to invite photographers currently residing in the US to submit entries for possible exhibition in the 2022 national photography exhibition “BEING SEEN: The Photographic Portrait.” The exhibition will be held at the Morean Arts Center January 14 – March 17, 2022.

Everyone wants to “be seen,” to feel like we are heard, understood and acknowledged. Portrait photography serves as a window on the self or another person; drawing attention to what might otherwise be overlooked, and recognizing the full spectrum of emotions, contours and characteristics that make up a human face. “BEING SEEN” celebrates the genre of the photographic portrait, whether it’s a selfie, a candid, or a composed studio shot.

Juror Bio: Gregory Heisler

It has been said that photographer and educator Gregory Heisler possesses “the eye of an artist, the mind of a scientist and the heart of a journalist.” Renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness during a career of more than 40 years, his enthusiasm, curiosity and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image-making process. Heisler is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for Time magazine, but his iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many other magazines, including Life, Esquire, Fortune, GQ, Geo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and The New York Times Magazine. He also has photographed major advertising campaigns for such clients as American Express, Dewar’s, Ford, Guinness, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Pfizer, Reebok and United Technologies. His private portrait commissions include a lithographic print of New York Mayor Ed Koch, which was the first photographic portrait for City Hall in New York City, and large-scale portraits of noted authors and actors, now on display at the National Arts Club. He is the recipient of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence, and he has been profiled in American Photo, Communication Arts, Esquire, LIFE and numerous other industry publications. An internationally sought-after speaker and educator, he is the author of Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits. The Chinese edition of his book was published in 2017.

Eligibility: The exhibition and competition is open to all artists (age 18 or older) who are residents of the US. All work must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Morean. Please keep post production to a minimum, no composites. Images may be color or black & white. The juror has the final authority for selection. All work must be for sale.

BIPOC is The Theme! | Call for Entry
deadline November 15
sponsored by Buckham Gallery

Juror Tyanna J. Buie

Exhibition Dates: April 8 – May 14, 2022

Prizes: First prize $750; Second prize $500; third prize $250; additionally, up to three artists will be selected for exhibition in the 2023 – 2024 season.

BIPOC is trendy right now. However Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) artists have traditionally been underrepresented in U.S. galleries and museums. How do we make this moment in time more than a moment? Singular Black History Month exhibitions do not make up for the decades of systemic racism and omission from our arts institutes. Buckham Gallery acknowledges the need to build stronger relationships with BIPOC artists and our community. “BIPOC is The Theme,” with juror Tyanna J. Buie, is a launch pad to build new collaborations with BIPOC artists. In addition to the traditional cash prizes, Buckham Gallery will select artists to be featured in the 2023 – 2024 season.



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