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This Week:  John Oliver’s hand-picked AVAM exhibition, A Passion for Collecting: The Vision of Louis Allan Ford at Galerie Myrtis, Zoë Charlton in conversation presented by Cade Gallery, Bridget Z. Sullivan at Hamilton Gallery, Jonna McKone/Keep A-Knockin’/Noah Breuer/Solo Lab 5 opening at VisArts, Amber Robles-Gordon at the Katzen Art Center, Katie Pumphrey: Night Swim at Project 1628, The Guardians presented by the Peale at Carroll Mansion, and more … plus Maryland Art Place UNDER $500 2021 and other featured calls for entry.


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Temptress by Allan Rohan Crite, Watercolor and Ink on Paper, Framed:14.25" x 11.5" x 0.75", 1982, image courtesy of the Ford Collection and Galerie Myrtis.

A Passion for Collecting: The Vision of Louis Allan Ford (1942-2020)
Ongoing through January 29
@ Galerie Myrtis

Featured Artists: Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Allan Rohan Crite, David Driskell, Victor Ekpuk, Sam Gilliam, Ronald Jackson, Lois Mailou Jones, Joseph Holston, Charles Sebree, Alma Thomas, James Wells, and more.

A Passion for Collecting: The Vision of Louis Allan Ford is a testament to Ford’s cultural pride and the legacy he built through collecting. As a patron of the arts, Louis Ford was a familiar and beloved figure on the Washington metropolitan art scene. His passion for African and African American art is reflected in the collection he amazed of nearly two hundred items. Ford acquired utilitarian and ceremonial objects of West Africa and historically significant works of art created by prominent and emerging contemporary artists. He was also a treasure hunter and was known for discovering rare works at estate sales and auction houses.

Ford was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Howard University. He was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Ford served in the U.S. Air Force and after a brief stint in the federal government found his niche in real estate, creating opportunities for homeownership for many African American families.



John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight’s Gallery for Cultural Enrichment
Wednesday, November 3 | Ongoing through November 21
@ the American Visionary Art Museum

Out of a field of nearly 1,000 submissions, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) has been selected as one of only five museums nationwide to exhibit three “weird works of art” selected by Last Week Tonight’s television host John Oliver. AVAM’s required special three-week mini exhibition of the national tour titled, “Last Week Tonight’s Gallery for Cultural Enrichment,” ( will showcase Oliver’s collection and open at AVAM on November 3, 2021 and run through November 21, 2021.

The featured works include:
Stay Up Late by Brian Swords – 1992:
Dimensions – 18 H x 24 W
Watercolor on Paper

Ties by Judith Kudlow – date unknown:
Dimensions – 14in H x 11in W
Oil on Canvas

Wendy Williams Eating A Lamb Chop, 2020 (artist unknown)
Dimensions – 36in H x 46in W
Acrylic on Plywood Board

…and a few other special surprises!!

Buy regular admission tickets to see these special works through November 21st, 2021.



A Conversation with Zoë Charlton: The Latter to the Former
Wednesday, November 3 • 5pm
presented by Cade Center Gallery

A zoom webinar with the artist Nov 3rd at 5pm.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

The talk is in support of the current exhibit at the Cade Gallery running from Oct 12 – Nov 12

Details about the exhibit are below.
Open, Mon & Wed 8-4pm and Tues & Thurs, 12 – 6pm
Cade Center for Fine Arts, Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012

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).

EXHIBIT DETAILS: Curated by Wilfredo Valladares with 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. 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.

The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery is on the western side of AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Located on the main floor of the Cade building on West Campus, The Cade Art Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College features seven exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is focused by theme or medium.



Bridget Z. Sullivan – For Our Sake, archival pigment print, acrylic, pastel, graphite on fine art paper

Bridget Z. Sullivan: For Our Sake| Opening Reception
Friday, November 5 • 4-7pm
@ Hamilton Gallery

Bridget Z. Sullivan: For Our Sake – Gallery II
Exhibition runs November 1 – November 28, 2021
A recording of NE Baltimore garages in their state of decay, life and hope.

Holiday Art Exhibition – Gallery I
Exhibition runs November 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022
8th Annual Holiday Exhibition – Unique gifts priced $15 – $275
Hamilton Gallery is brimming with over 300 pieces of beautiful artwork and fine craft. Locally created work is priced at or below $275 for the gift giving season. Purchases may be taken at time of purchase or picked at a later date.

OPENING RECEPTION Friday, November 5, 4-7pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Sunday, November 21, 1-3pm
HAMILTON GALLERY HOURS: Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

Bridget Z. Sullivan: For Our Sake

At the start of the pandemic we walked our neighborhood in NorthEast Baltimore for exercise and sanity.  The walks evoked my own memories from different times in my life. The COVID pandemic began to turn the local, very local, environment into my subject. Our walks continued to reveal gems – natural and human made. Through the fall and winter we continued our daily walks. Really only heavy rain or high winds kept us from walking. I had been photographically foraging in my neighborhood. The varied and unique garages caught my eye. The garages became symbolic of memories and of the people from my past. Many of the garages are original to the homes and still have the materials used 50-80 years ago to build them. Their age and varying states of decay remind me of the garages from various times in my life. I began producing portraits of the garages, collecting them like mushrooms or insects.

My work is a crossing of mediums, digital photography, drawing and painting, that explores nature and environment with a combination of reverence and intimate expression. The images survey natural and human elements from many angles and distances. These depictions are enhanced and abstracted by painterly additions of color and text. The rich images converge with gestural strokes and emotive language that allows the viewer to engage with the greater implications of the subjects. Sometimes these embellishments are delicate; sometimes they obliterate the subject into a space of wonder.

A garage is often a forgotten structure but steadfast and essential in their service to a home. Each of the garages tell a unique story. Through my work I spend time reflecting on the visual and symbolic significance of the subjects as they relate to my personal investigation of life and death and the human experience as realized in health and illness.



Jonna McKone: Slow Drift | Opening Reception
Friday, November 5 • 7-9pm
@ VisArts

Slow Drift is a lyrical series of photographs that explores concepts of home, land, boundaries, and afterlives. Former tobacco farms in Maryland provided the starting point. I followed the reverberations of these sites on communities, topsoil, waterways, ownership, and development. Most of the photographs were made with large and medium format cameras. Some of the works, called Chemigrams, were produced through a painting-like process made by exposing light-sensitive paper to photo chemicals and different materials without a camera. All of the work considers the physicality of place, the subtleties of light and the ways that history imprints on locations, which in turn shapes our present. This body of work has become my means to explore family and collective histories as well as a changing climate. Julie Buisson contributed living sculptures to represent soil compaction as a result of human activity. Within each object, plants grow at different soil depths to illustrate the ways soil quality affects root systems, impacting erosion, carbon storage and nutrients.

Jonna McKone is an artist, filmmaker and producer whose work blends documentary, archives and abstraction to explore the connections between land, power and memory. Her awards include a 2021 Baker Artist Award for film, a Rubys Artist Project grant from the Robert W Deutsch Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. She has held residencies and fellowships at Platteforum, VisArts, Skidmore’s Storytellers Institute and the Center for Documentary Studies. Her work has shown most recently at Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC. She currently teaches in the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and UMBC, and she produces independent films as well as podcasts and videos for WNYC, the BBC, museums and cultural institutions. Her first feature film as a producer, All Light, Everywhere, premiered in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition in 2021 where it won a Special Jury Award for Experimentation in Nonfiction.

The creation of Jonna McKone’s work was made possible in part by a Ruby Artist grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Her project was also supported by a Puffin Foundation Grant and a MICA adjunct faculty grant.

RSVP to our in person reception on Friday November 5th to stop in and see the group exhibition Keep A-Knockin’ curated by the 2021 VisArts Emerging Curator Joshua Gamma, a solo show of work by Jonna McKone, a solo show of work by Noah Breuer, and a series of performances from the 2021 iteration of Solo Lab 5.

This event is free and open to the public. VisArts requires all onsite visitors to be masked and vaccinated.



Tour of Successions: Traversing US Colonialism, with Amber Robles-Gordon
Saturday, November 6 • 1pm
sponsored by Katzen Arts Center

Successions: Traversing US Colonialism is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, and is on view from August 28, 2021 to December 12, 2021, at American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.

This solo exhibition featuring the work of Amber Robles-Gordon is a conceptual juxtaposition that celebrates abstraction as an art form while leveraging it as a tool to interrogate past and current US policies within its federal district (Washington, DC) and territories (including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands). By highlighting nuances related to US governance in its federal districts and territories, Robles-Gordon seeks to question who has access to resources, citizenship, and the right to sovereignty. Successions is a celebration of abstraction as an artistic expression while creating a pathway towards discursive criticism around issues impacting marginalized communities oppressed by the United States’ hegemonic domestic and foreign policies.



The Guardians: Reshaping History | Opening Reception
Saturday, November 6 • 6-8pm
@ Carroll Mansion

RSVP Required 

The Guardians is a photo documentary and storytelling project including photo portraits, large scale banners, and digital archives that celebrate unrecognized Black female leaders across Baltimore City neighborhoods. This project provides a platform for women who spend their lives fighting for a better, more equitable Baltimore.

We must make visible the tireless efforts and amazing accomplishments of Baltimore’s Black female leaders. The Guardians are the backbones of their neighborhoods. They are the eyes and ears keeping people safe. They don’t take no for an answer. They raise our future leaders. They are reshaping history. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated. The premiere exhibit will take place inside and outside of The Peale at Carroll Mansion, 800 E Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21202 as well as through photographic banners on Baltimore’s City Hall, the War Memorial and other historical buildings.

Lead Artists: 

  • Whitney Frazier, WGF Studio, Creative Director & Public Artist 
  • Kirby Griffin, Photographer 

The Guardians: 

  • Antionette Mugar, Harlem Park West 
  • Audrey Carter, East Oliver 
  • Cherring Spence, Park Lane 
  • Dorothy Cunningham, Irvington 
  • Gwen Brown, Govans 
  • Joy Ross, Harlem Park West 
  • Pauline Charles, Darley Park 
  • Samiriah Franklin, West Baltimore
  • Sharon Snow, Cylburn 
  • Sheree Briscoe, Deputy Commissioner, Mt. Washington
  • Tayler Mugar, Harlem Park West 
  • Terrye Moore, Park Heights (NW) 
  • Yeshiyah Israel, Pimlico/Park Heights

Accessibility: The online event includes live, human-generated captions and American Sign Language interpretation. For more information about transcripts, captioning, and other accessibility resources, please visit our accessibility page If you have any additional accommodation requests ahead of time, questions or feedback about access, please contact our Accessibility Manager Robin Marquis at 



A.Wake: Invocation | A series of receptions and events at AREA 405 during Autumn 2021
Saturday, November 6: 7-9 pm
@ Area 405

A.Wake: Invocation features the meditative sculptures of Jordan Tierney highlighting environmental detritus and the human effects of climate change.
A.Wake is an expansive exhibition that will unfold throughout Autumn 2021 that features a site specific installation by David Page, and a performative oration by Reverend Je’ Exodus Hooper, PhD.
A.Wake is a tribute to nearly 20 years of growth, change, community, creativity, love, and labor built on the180-years of industry and innovation in this space.

We sit at the precipice of our own climate change.
We mourn a loss; we celebrate a life.

We welcome you to experience AREA 405 in person.
We are an accessible space run by artists for everyone.
Stay in touch for updates on programming.
AREA 405 is open on Saturdays and by appointment.
Please wear a mask and be considerate of others.

Katie PUMPHREY: Night Swim | Opening Reception
Sunday, November 7 • 2-5pm | Ongoing through January 9
@ Project 1628

Night Swim is a solo exhibition that features new work by Katie Pumphrey, including large scale paintings, and for the first time ever, sculptures. This new body of work dives head first into her experiences as an open water swimmer. With playful imagery, vibrating color, and a bit of silliness, this body of work explores the tension and connection between the constant chaos around us, the roller coaster we ride between our ears, and the scramble to find calm at the surface of it all.

Katie Pumphrey is an American contemporary artist and ultra-marathon open water swimmer. Pumphrey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Major swims include the English Channel (2015), around the island of Manhattan (2017), and the Catalina Channel (2018). Those three swims make up the Triple Crown of open water swimming, making Katie the 194th person (73rd woman) in the world to achieve that goal.

Please join us on Sunday November 7 from 2 PM – 5 PM for the opening reception and on Saturday December 4th from 1 PM – 3 PM for “Swim Stories” artist’s talk. Masks and vaccination required. Sign-in to attest vaccination status. Unvaccinated children under age 12 are welcome with masks.




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Poetry Out Loud Registration
deadline November 9
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The 2021-2022 Maryland State Poetry Out Loud competition will be held virtually! We encourage students (who want to participate independently), educators, and community organizers to register indicating their intent to submit poetry recitation videos for competition consideration. Poetry Out Loud is a great opportunity for a remote and hybrid student learning project. You can showcase your students’ creativity in a new, fun, digitally engaging way!

Click here to learn more about Maryland’s Poetry Out Loud competition.



2022-23 Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship | Call for Applications
deadline November 15
sponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Hired for a two-year term, the Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow works as a public historian for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History.

The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in LGBTQ+ and gender history, and have an interest in public history. The Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellow will strengthen the interpretive and pedagogical aspects of LGBTQ+ programming, expanding interdisciplinary efforts to encompass the intersection of women’s history with gender studies and LGBTQ+ history, as the New-York Historical Society prepares to engage fully with the new LGBTQ+ Museum.

The position’s responsibilities include: investigating key issues, events, and people that shaped the LGBTQ+ community; laying the groundwork for future exhibitions, public programs, research, and collection plans; developing and implementing at least one of the Center’s quarterly public programs; and participating on the Center for Women’s History team in the development of temporary and rotating exhibitions. Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will also explore the collections of the New-York Historical Society, and support promotion of the Center’s resources to the scholarly community, as well as assist in the development and implementation of the Center’s annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History.

All Center fellows receive practical instruction and cross-disciplinary guidance from New-York Historical staff. Fellows learn to harness academic skills—such as research, scholarship, and writing—to serve a broad public, while gaining hands-on experience in exhibition creation and design, public program development, and the collecting of both museum and library materials.

Applicants for the Mellon Gender and LGBTQ+ History Fellowship must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. This fellowship will last from January 4, 2022, through December 31, 2023, and will receive a stipend of $70,000 per year, with benefits.



2022 Maryland Film Festival | Call for Submissions
deadline November 15
sponsored by SNF Parkway / MDFF

The Maryland Film Fest is now accepting submissions for our 24th annual Festival in 2022. We’re seeking top-notch film and video work from all over the world – narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid – in short and feature-length format.

After two years of virtual programming and hybrid adaptations, we are anticipating a celebratory return to the in-person Fest that you love for MdFF 2022! Get ready to screen your film live at the historic Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and other select locations in Baltimore, Maryland.



2nd Biennial Student Juried Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline November 19
sponsored by UMD Stamp Gallery

The Stamp Student Union Gallery announces a call for student artwork for our 2nd Biennial Student Juried Exhibition to be held during the Winter Session. Our first show, held during the 2019-2020 winter session, was an overwhelming success. With subjects ranging from topical sociopolitical concepts to studies of abstract form and showcasing the work of sixteen student artists, the inaugural exhibition featured a diverse range of media—including photography, ceramics, painting, and more.

Artwork in this 2nd Juried Exhibition will be displayed on the walls in front of the windows of our gallery during the winter session; all forms of media, including 2-D, 3-D and digital, are accepted. The Juried Winter Show acts as a reflection of the varied artistic interests of the University of Maryland campus community. Proposals are open to all currently enrolled University of Maryland students.

Selected artwork will be exhibited in the Stamp Gallery in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park between January 3rd-Feb 4th.



2022 Bresler Resident Artists | Call for Applicants
deadline November 19
sponsored by VisArts

In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland.  This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a monthly stipend of $500. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. Each year the current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo project exhibitions at VisArts.

VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Rockville offers easy access to public transit to Washington, D.C. via the Red Line Metro, an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.

The Bresler Residency does not provide housing for artists. Please contact VisArts directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.

Current Call Overview
The current call is for artists or collaborative artist teams whose primary practice is sound, new media and/or photography centering on environmental, social, racial, and economic justice. Artists must be prepared to use online platforms in place of face to face community gatherings due to pandemic safety concerns. Please be sure to include ideas for online engagement in your project description.



UNDER $500 2021 | Call for Entry
deadline November 30
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

Application FORM 


UNDER $500

Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming, winterbenefit exhibition/affordable art sale. On Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 2021 this two-day event will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region. The virtual exhibition and sale event will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 10am – Wednesday, December 15 at 10pm, to view the site click HERE. Artwork featured virtually will include featured artists in addition to artists presented in the gallery. *Please note: applications received will be selected for either the virtual sale (featured online) exclusively, or for both the physical (featured in gallery) AND virtual exhibition (featured online). Your acceptance letter will indicate in which capacity your work will be presented.

The exhibition will include approximately 1-3 works by each artist (scale dependent – in the case of smaller works more than 3 pieces may be accepted). Each individual piece will retail for $500 or less. Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the event. Selected artists will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form to fill out inquiring anecdotal information to help better engage patrons with the artists and their work. UNDER $500 is MAP’s winter benefit. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 between Maryland Art Place and the artist.

October 22 – Call For Entry, 12pm

November 20 – Call For Entry Deadline

Week of November 24 – Artists Notified of Selection

Tuesday, November 30 – Saturday, December 4– Artwork Drop Off – 11am-4pm

Friday, December 10 (7 – 10pm) & Saturday, December 11, 20201 (12 to 4pm)– Under $500

Saturday, December 11, 10am – Wednesday, December 15, 10pm – Virtual Exhibition & Sale

NOTE: Proposals should be emailed to no later than Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Midnight. Subject line: Under $500 Application.

Submission Guidelines: To apply please submit the following information to, subject line UNDER $500 Application before Midnight on Saturday, November 20, 2021 . There is NO fee to apply. OR fill out this FORM online.



header image: John Oliver, via AVAM

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