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This Week: Whitney Frazier and Kirby Griffin artist talk for The Guardians at the Peale, Say It Loud opening reception at AIA Balitmore, Victoria Rose Pass and Shane Prada discuss Betty Cooke’s Walters exhibition, Familiar Strangers opens at Julio Fine Arts, Professor Minkah Makalani from Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies, Baltimore Clayworks Winterfest Preview Party, and Dr. Ashley Minner and Dr. Elizabeth Rule launch Guides to Indigenous Baltimore — plus AIA Baltimore/BAF 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition entries open 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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Speaking of Calendars… BmoreArt is releasing a limited edition ART DOG Calendar for 2022. Please head to our shop if you want to purchase one for $10. Photos by Jill Fannon from Issue 11 and featuring Katie Pumphrey’s two studio assistants on the cover.



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The Guardians: Reshaping History Virtual Artist Talk and Second Life Launch
Tuesday, November 16 • 6pm
sponsored by The Peale

Join us for a virtual discussion and tour of The Guardians: Reshaping History with lead artists Whitney Frazier and Kirby Griffin. The exhibition, on view at Carroll Mansion, the Peale’s home away from home during our building renovations, includes life-size portraits and audio stories of 13 women changemakers in Baltimore. The images were captured by Kirby Griffin, and the interviews were conducted by Whitney Frazier.

Whitney Frazier is an interdisciplinary artist, mother and educator with a community based public art practice in Baltimore, MD. She completed her BA in Painting, MA and MFA in Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Since 2002, Frazier has intentionally worked with diverse groups of people to implement community focused, concept driven public art projects that lead to relationship building, new resources for neighborhoods and bringing to life the shared vision of community leaders. Her work pushes the boundaries of what “public art” looks like by celebrating the unique cultures and site-specific needs of each community and by providing vibrant, bold and creative skills in design, painting, visual storytelling and outdoor placemaking.

Kirby Griffin is a Cinematographer and street photographer from the West Baltimore area Of Maryland. As a child of the Arts, Kirby pursued filmmaking in his early twenties after initially chasing a dream of being a performance artist – spoken word/acting – searching for the perfect 0utlet to express himself as a storyteller. In the Wake of the DSLR era, he set his sights on Cinematography. In 2011, with the help of a friend and fellow artist ‘Jerald Kerr,’ also known as ‘Jay Mastermind.’ Both motivated outside of the academic structure, they began teaching themselves the art and craft of filmmaking by diving headfirst, purchasing their own equipment and then filming, directing, and editing as much as possible. They came away with countless hours of study by way of literature, Youtube tutorials, lectures, networking, and a tremendous amount of trial and error, which proved essential.

Whitney and Kirby will talk about how the exhibition and companion photographs came to be.



SAY IT LOUD Exhibition | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 18 • 5-7pm
@ AIA Baltimore

The Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore), the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF), and the Baltimore Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (Bmore NOMA) announce the physical opening of SAY IT LOUD Maryland, a new exhibition 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.

The physical exhibition launches October 1 as part of Doors Open Baltimore and will be the first major exhibition at the new Center for Architecture and Design at One Charles Center.

Created by Pascale Sablan, founder of Beyond the Built, SAY IT LOUD is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been hosted in cities such as New York, Chicago, and London.

Programming for SAY IT LOUD Maryland will elevate the identities and contributions of diverse architects and designers with lectures and tours that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact.

Parking At The Center: The most convenient place to park for our event is the SP Parking garage located at: 111 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21202. For more convenient parking options near One Charles Center click here.



From Tyson Street to New York Fashion Week: The Style and Influence of Betty Cooke
Thursday, November 18 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

While Betty Cooke is best known for designing and fabricating jewelry, she also played a key role introducing the local Baltimore community to innovative modern design first through her home on Tyson Street and later at The Store Ltd, her shop in the Cross Keys community. The Store Ltd was one of the first shops in America to sell Marimekko fashions, Le Creuset pots, Noguchi paper lamps, and even cardboard furniture designed by Frank Gehry. Join Victoria Pass, faculty member in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in conversation with Shane Prada, Director of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, as they discuss Cooke’s impact on Mid-Century design and Baltimore aesthetics, and her influence on contemporary jewelry. Pass will also discuss the working relationship Cooke had with others such as fashion designer Geoffrey Beene and explore Cooke’s role in the broader context of Mid-Century designers and design intermediaries.

This program is part of a series inspired by Cooke and her artistic practice and accompanies the exhibition Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line, on view at the Walters Art Museum through January 2, 2022. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, The Circle and the Line: The Jewelry of Betty Cooke, which includes an essay by Jeannine Falino and reflections by a number of friends and collectors. The Circle and the Line: The Jewelry of Betty Cooke is published by the Walters Art Museum in association with D Giles Limited; it is available for purchase at the Walters Museum Store.

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.

About the Guest Speakers:

Victoria Rose Pass is an Associate Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a specialist in Visual Culture, particularly in areas of design and fashion. Her research considers the history of fashion culture in the 20th century and focuses specifically on issues of gender and race. Her essay “Racial Masquerades in the Magazines: Defining White Femininity Between the Wars” was recently published in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. She has co-edited two books, Design Beyond the Canon with Jenniver Kauffman-Buhler and Christopher Wilson published by Bloomsbury in February 2019, and Women’s Magazines in Print and New Media with Noliwe Rooks and Ayana Weekley published by Routledge in 2016.  Her writing has also appeared in Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, Omenka Magazine, Design and Culture,, and BmoreArt.

Shane Prada came to Baltimore in 2004 as a Teach For America corps member. After receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching from JHU in 2006 and completing her TFA tenure, she helped start the Green School of Baltimore, one of the first charter schools in Baltimore city. In 2010, Shane began taking evening classes at MICA’s Jewelry Center, then a continuing studies program. She fell in love with art jewelry and metalsmithing and the community fostered by the Jewelry Center. In the fall of 2012, MICA announced that it would discontinue the 22-year old Jewelry Center program in 2014. In the spring of 2013, Shane took the lead of a group of core MICA faculty and students who sought to create a new organization that would continue the legacy of the MICA Jewelry Center. She has held the role of director of the Baltimore Jewelry Center since the organization opened in June 2014.

Image Credit:
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. © Betty Cooke



Familiar Strangers | Public Opening with Artist Talks
Thursday, November 18 • 5-7pm
@ Julio Fine Arts

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present, Familiar Strangers, featuring Loyola University Maryland Seniors: Averi Cannon, Julia Cirincione, Phoebe Clark, Valerie Downing, Tomas Fernandez, Brett Hooper, Natalie Labib, Libby Nank, Scarlett Parish, Hannah Schaub, Camryn Simmerman, John Skahill,andBrianna Zaccari. Each student has worked intensively on a body of work that will be presented in exhibition as the culminating project of a course called ‘Professional Practices’.

The exhibition runs from November 18 – December 17, 2021, with a free public opening on November 18 from 5-7pm, during which the artists will give brief remarks about their work. **Note that properly fitted masks will be required at all times in the gallery—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!

Image credit: Jon Malis



Helena Hicks Emancipation School- II
Thursday, November 18 • 6pm
@ Union Baptist Church

Fall 2021 Helena Hicks Emancipation School

Honoring Baltimore’s living legend Helena Hicks, who as a Morgan State University student led the 1955 sit-in movement at Read’s Drugstore, our fall lecture series features 40-minute presentations from the Johns Hopkins faculty. These lectures are digests of standing courses, manicured for our event. The mini-courses present the main hypothesis or research question, a pithy literature review explaining key readings from the syllabus, definitions of specialist terms, and a window into the unique archives or data. At the conclusion of the lectures our experts will field questions from the audience. Registered participants of all three mini-courses will receive a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins University Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts: Helena Hicks Emancipation School.

November 18th Speaker: Professor Minkah Makalani, Director of the Center for Africana Studies || Johns Hopkins University

Topic: “Worlds of Hip-Hop”

Dr. Makalani will explain the historical evolution of hip-hop music and culture as a global black arts movements.



Winterfest Preview Party
Saturday, November 20 • 6-8pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Wine, Snacks, and Live Jazz by Mark Kramer.

MEMBERS: Add tickets to the cart. Your cost will show as $15 each.

For your safety and the safety of our community,
Preview Party event attendees must show proof of vacination or official negative test results within 48 hours.



Guides to Indigenous Baltimore Launch + Community Celebration
Monday, November 22 • 6pm
hosted by The Baltimore American Indian Center and Baltimore Center Stage

The Baltimore American Indian Center and Baltimore Center Stage invite you to a virtual community launch celebration for Guides to Indigenous Baltimore, to include cell phone walking tour apps, a website, and a print guide focusing on the twentieth century and the historic American Indian “Reservation” of East Baltimore. The place now known as Baltimore is part of the ancestral homelands of the Piscataway, the Susquehannock, and a diverse population of American Indians from many nations that have traveled through or lived here throughout time — and still do!

On November 22nd at 6 pm, join community artist Dr. Ashley Minner (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), Dr. Elizabeth Rule (Chicaksaw Nation), and other collaborators to celebrate the launch of these free, public resources and the legacy of East Baltimore’s Historic American Indian “Reservation,” a treasured community that most Baltimoreans are surprised to learn ever existed.

This event will be hosted on the Baltimore Center Stage YouTubepage and is free and open to the public. Register below to receive the link directly to your inbox on the day of the event.




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Call for Vendors, Performing Artists, Volunteers & Community Partners!
deadline November 19
sponsored by Banneker-Douglass Museum

Here’s your opportunity to be a part of the annual Kwanzaa Celebration (December 11th) at Banneker-Douglass Museum

We are in search of:

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

This is an indoor event and space is limited. Please email our Director of Programs, Sabriyah Hassan here no later than Friday, November 19th to express your interest in participating in this event.

African American-themed businesses are encouraged to inquire.



Regional Juried Art Exhibition | Call for Entries
Deadline December 1
sponsored by Hill Center Galleries

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to artists residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Original hanging work, in any medium, will be considered.

ENTRY FEE: $40 for up to 5 pieces; $10 for each additional piece. Payment through PayPal (which accepts all major credit cards).

GUIDELINES: Artwork must be delivered ready to hang using the Hill Center cable-and-hook system. Details will be provided to selected artists. No size restrictions apply, as 14’ ceilings in some gallery space can accommodate large pieces. Juror requests a short artist statement and a description of each piece. Submitted artwork must be from 2019-2021, not earlier. All artwork must be available for sale.

PRIZES: Three cash prizes and five Honorable Mention awards will be made. First place $750; Second Place $500, Third Place $350. Plus, Honorable Mention Certificates.

ENTRIES: 2022/

JUDGING: The Exhibition will be juried by Claude Elliott, arts consultant and independent curator. Elliott has served on review panels for Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, NEA Challenge America, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Rhode Island Council for the Arts. All artists will be notified of the Juror’s decisions on/about Friday, December 3, 2021.

DELIVERY/PICKUP: Artwork selected for the exhibition must be delivered to Hill Center on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 9am-12pm.

SALES: Artists selected for the exhibition will be asked to sign the Hill Center Galleries Consignment Agreement. Hill Center Galleries shall sell artwork at the sales price submitted in the on-line entry, plus applicable DC sales tax, and remit proceeds to the artist, retaining a 30% sales commission. No price changes will be allowed after the call deadline.

QUESTIONS? Email [email protected]



deadline December 7
sponsored by LoosenArt

Photographers are invited to submit 1 up to 3 photos addressing the theme.
Group Exhibition in Rome or Milan city. March 2022

The cultural codes within which we define ourselves through our image, generate the language used for the realization of inter-individual exchanges that may be defined as “relations in public” (Goffman E.). Every human being develops an attitude towards self-representation, this self-representation concerns itself with different fields and languages, such as the way one dresses. Extension of the self, expression of our “modus vivendi”, the dress is a cultural product that concerns our identity, linked to historical, cultural and personal continuity, through which it is possible to affirm one’s individuality, and communicate and inform others on ourselves. This call is an invitation for photographers who tackle such a subject in its various fields of interest: from sociology to fashion; from the anthropology of costumes to that of psychological introspection.



2021 Gingerbread House Design Competition
deadline December 8
sponsored by AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation

AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation are excited to announce the 2021 Gingerbread House Competition! This year, our challenge is for participants to choose a building from our Sweet Sixteen Round of BAF Arch Madness Competition! Prizes are available for winners in each of the awards categories.

[Note: If you would like to build a Baltimore building not on our sweet sixteen list, please choose the “build your own” ticket.]

Proceeds of the event, including sponsorship and registration fees, will support the Baltimore Architecture Foundation’s public programs and scholarships.

Fundraising Drive

We ask our design teams to compete in fundraising for our AIA Baltimore/BAF scholarships. The team that raises the most will win a $250 gift card to a local bakery!

Donations can be made here. Donors should specify the team they are donating on behalf of by checking the comment box in the donation form. Donations can be made electronically or by check.

You can enter as a team or solo. Participate with your co-workers, family and friends, or on your own.

Get inspired by the winners of last year’s Gingerbread House Competition.

Gingerbread Building Specifics

*Design must be inspired by the list of 2021 BAF Madness Buildings

*Design must fit a base that is 24”x 24”

*Video: Due 12/8, 2 minutes maximum,(videos are not necessary for judging but are highly encouraged so we can show off your designs!Once you’ve registered, we will send you a Dropbox link for your video submission!

*Delivered To The Center of Architecture and Design by 12/9

Each gingerbread house will be displayed in the windows of The Center for Architecture & Design!


While visiting our gingerbread houses, don’t forget to stop by Downtown Partnerships Candy Lane Nov. 20 – Dec. 31 at Center Plaza, 110 W. Fayette Street. The Park at Center Plaza will be transformed into Candy Lane with larger than life sweet-themed installations, thousands of lights, activations, performers, and delicious local retailers! Learn More



HoCo Open 2022 | Call for Entries
deadline December 13
sponsored by Howard County Arts Center

It’s time to apply for the Howard County Arts Council’s popular non-juried exhibit, HoCo Open 2022, open to artists (aged 18 years and older) who live, work, or study in Howard County. Eligible artists are invited to submit one piece of ready-to-hang original artwork completed in the past two years for inclusion in the exhibit.

Due to the need for social distancing, there is a change in how artists will submit their work this year. In lieu of a one-day drop-off, entries are being accepted online beginning November 1st on a first-come basis, one entry per artist, until 100 submissions have been received, or until December 13 at 5pm, whichever comes first. Accepted artists will be provided with instructions for scheduling a specific day and time to drop off their artwork at the Center for the Arts.

All artwork submitted must be original — commercially-printed or computer-generated reproductions of paintings or non-digital work will not be accepted. All work must be delivered ready for installation. Wall work must be wired for hanging. The Howard County Arts Council retains a 20% commission on all sales.

The Arts Council will host an exhibit reception on Friday, January 7 from 6-8pm (snow date: January 14). A highlight of the reception will be the presentation of the $500 Covington Emerging Artist Award, established by local gallery owner Robin Holliday to recognize and support an emerging artist at a pivotal time in their career.

To submit a HoCo Open entry, visit HoCo Open 22 will be on display from December 18, 2021 through February 5, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gallery hours are subject to change; check current gallery hours at before visiting.



header image: from Familiar Strangers exhibition at Julio Fine Arts

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