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This Week: Baltimore School of the Arts 2021 Fall Exhibition online, Freedom Bound Exhibit + Virtual Tour at Banneker-Douglass Museum, Small Works | Big Cause at Creative Alliance, Betty Cooke at the Walters, A Fence Around the Torah at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Chef Yassmeen H. Jackson at the Lewis Museum, and the SNF Parkway’s Baltimore Living Archives with Lawrence Burney — PLUS 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Call for Submissions 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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2021 Fall Exhibition: In Positive Space
Ongoing online
presented by Baltimore School of the Arts

2021 Fall Exhibition: In Positive Space is now LIVE! Enjoy these artworks from over 40 of students in the visual arts department- ranging from painting, digital, mixed media, sculpture, and more.




Freedom Bound Exhibit & Virtual Tour
Ongoing online
presented by Banneker-Douglass Museum

This powerful exhibit tells nine stories of resistance to bondage and servitude in the Chesapeake Region from the Colonial Period to the American Civil War (1728-1864). The Banneker-Douglass Museum invites visitors to consider what resistance and freedom look like in the present day.



Small Works | Big Cause :: A Virtual Exhibition & Fundraiser for Creative Alliance
Ongoing through January 17
presented by Creative Alliance

Creative Alliance’s first virtual exhibit of small works created by emerging and established artists. The exhibition features over 75 small scale works in a variety of mediums by 40+ artists. Proceeds from art sales support the astounding variety of multidisciplinary and multicultural arts and educational events Creative Alliance presents annually.



Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line
Ongoing through January 2
@ The Walters Art Museum

Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line is the first major museum retrospective of the Baltimore artist’s work. It explores the themes, and expressions in Cooke’s jewelry practice, and spans the period from her earliest designs in the 1940s and ’50s to the present.

Cooke grew up in Baltimore, attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she also taught for 22 years. Her first working location was a studio, showroom, and residence on Tyson Street, a few blocks from the Walters, which she had visited from childhood; the medieval armor collection was a particular favorite.

In 1965, Cooke, with her husband and business partner, William O. Steinmetz (d. 2016), moved from Tyson Street to the Village of Cross Keys in Baltimore’s northern suburbs, where they opened The Store Ltd. Over the years her jewelry has been featured in Vogue and received two Diamonds Today awards from DeBeers. In 1996 she was made a Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Below the surface of Cooke’s work are deeply personal, witty, and emotional meanings. She is inspired by the natural world, especially animals and birds, as well as kinetic forms, and uses materials as varied as metal tubing, enamel, wood, and gemstones. Cooke’s strong sense of composition underlies all of her work and is based in her conviction that with “a circle and a line, you can make anything.”

Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line comprises approximately 160 objects drawn from public and private lenders and Cooke’s own collection. It approaches Cooke’s jewelry as individual works of art and in relation to the body as sculpture in motion. In addition to her jewelry, the exhibition will include photography, drawings, and design sketches.



A Fence Around The Torah: Safety And Unsafety In Jewish Life
ongoing through February 11
@ The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Over the winter the Jewish Museum of Maryland is showing a new exhibit called A Fence Around the Torah: Safety and Unsafety in Jewish Life. Through a combination of video, sculpture, painting, textile, poetry and more, this multi-media installation explores the concepts of safety and unsafety, and how physical and emotional danger has been experienced by marginalized community members and neighbors within and in proximity to Jewish institutional spaces.

Works include personal reflections on queer life and Judaism, racial justice in Jewish spaces, cultural loss and reclamation, political dialogues and dissent, mythological narratives around unsafety and dreams for inclusion and solidarity coming from within Jewish institutions and the organized Jewish community.



Holiday Home Cookin’ at the Lewis Museum
Tuesday, December 21 • 6-8:30pm
@ The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The holidays are in full gear, and you’re invited to enjoy the tastes of the season while getting in a little last minute shopping at Holiday Home Cookin’ at The Lewis Museum. Sample local holiday favorites from Classic Act Cateringthen savor sweet treats from Baltimore’s own Master Pastry Chef and Season 4 Best Baker In America Yassmeen H. Jackson of Cocoa and Nuts Pastries. Plus stop by the Museum Gift Shop where we have something for everyone on your list.  Admission is free but registration is encouraged. To register, CLICK HERE.



Baltimore Living Archives: WHEN TIME STOPS
Wednesday, December 23 • 10am-3pm
presented by SNF Parkway

Where Time Stops: Living History Storytelling Project by Lawrence Burney

Are you a performer? Have a favorite club or bar you miss? Had an artistic experience you never will forget? Come tell your story about Baltimore’s African-American music history with writer, archivist and curator Lawrence Burney during his open interview hours at the Enoch Pratt Public Library’s Central Branch.




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2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize | Call for Submissions
deadline January 10
sponsored by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the 17th edition of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. The prize will award $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. 2022 Jurors are curator Catherine Morris, and artists Jean Shin and Kambui Olujimi.

Go to to apply, due January 10th!

Approximately three finalists will be selected for the final review for the prizes; their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum in June and July, 2022. All Sondheim Prize Finalists will receive a Finalist Award of $2,500 each, and ten semi-finalists will receive a $500 award and an exhibition during Artscape 2022. We will also be awarding two residencies to finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize: a six-week fully funded residency at Civatella Ranieri, in the Umbria region of Italy, and a six month long residency at the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower in Baltimore.

Civitella Ranieri ( is a residency program for international writers, composers, and visual artists. Since 1995, Civitella has hosted more than 1,000 Fellows and Director’s Guests. The Center enables its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in a unique and inspiring setting.

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower ( The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower has been transformed into studio spaces for visual and literary artists. Located at 21 S. Eutaw Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore’s West Side near the Hippodrome Theater, Baltimore Convention Center and the University of Maryland of Baltimore, the 15 story city landmark is the perfect location for artists. Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is a project of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Capital Funding for the project is made possible by the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Development Corporation, Eddie & Sylvia Brown, Maryland Historic Trust, Laverne Hahn Charitable Trust and Baltimore City Heritage Area.



33rd National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline January 14
sponsored by Gormley Gallery

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 33rd National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition. The deadline for submissions is January 14, 2022. The exhibition will be held March 7 through April 14, 2022, with a reception and gallery talk on Saturday, March 12.

AWARDS: A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money.

JUROR: Joy Davis, Director and Curator of Waller Gallery, Baltimore.

ELIGIBILITY AND MEDIA: Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium up to 60 inches high (with frame) are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface or materials. All drawings and prints must be original works of art. Each artist may submit up to 3 works online only. No mailed or emailed entries will be accepted.

ENTRY FEE: A nonrefundable entry fee of $36 entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.

SELECTION PROCESS: Initial jury will be of online submissions received by January 14, 2022. Notification will be by email on January 31, 2022. Accepted drawings and prints received by February 28 will be juried for purchase prize awards at the value set by the artist. No substitutions will be accepted. Works selected for purchase prize awards will become the property of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are accepted online here.

More information:



17th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition
deadline January 14
sponsored by BOPA + the Baltimore Film Office

Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is accepting entries for the 17th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. This is an opportunity to craft a winning screenplay highlighting Baltimore. Screenplays may be submitted in both the feature and short categories, and scripts must be set in or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply. Director of the Baltimore Film Office Debbie Donaldson Dorsey emphasizes, “The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition nurtures all levels of writers and the many wonderful Baltimore stories waiting to be told.” The application and full guidelines are available at The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 14, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.

Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are judged by industry professionals in film and television, including producers and writers working on projects for HBO and other studios. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are scheduled to be announced during the 2022 Maryland Film Festival in April 2022.

In 2021, the 16th annual Baltimore Screenwriter Competition judges Nina Noble, Ken LaZebink, MK Asante and Annette Porter awarded “Giselle, Awakened” by Bridget Bell McMahon, “Six Shots from Now” by Mike Marroga, and “Abolition” by Evan Balkan in the features category: and “Mama,” by Leesa Ashley, “Last Call,” by James A. Burkhalter, and “Stink Bomb,” by Miceal O’Donnell in the shorts category. Previous Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners have also received Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowships, including 2020 Baltimore Screenwriter Competition winners Stephen Schuyler for “Like You Think You Know Me,” and Chung-Wei Huang, for “Squeegee Boys” who both recently shot their films in Baltimore.

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, call 443- 263-4313 or visit



2022-2023 Folklife Apprenticeships | Call for Applications
deadline January 15
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC is now accepting applications for 2022-2023 Folklife Apprenticeships.

This grant supports traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to a learner artist. Grants are $5,000 each and support any traditional arts education costs occurring during a one-year teaching period. For details, visit MSAC’s Folklife Apprenticeship page.

Applications are due Saturday, January 15th, at 5 p.m. Begin an application using MSAC’s online application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at



Native American Artist Fellowships
deadline January 15
sponsored by The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of established and emerging Native American artists. Each fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, studio space, a supplies allowance, full access to the IARC collections, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and strengthen existing talents.



BEING SEEN | Call for Art
deadline January 15
sponsored by The Artists Gallery

The Artists Gallery (TAG) in Frederick is soliciting entries for “BEING SEEN,” a juried exhibition set for March 2022. Regional artists 18+ are encouraged to apply. Eligible works include original paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, photographs, and sculpture created within the last three years. No giclees or similar reproductions, digital prints, or videos will be accepted. Over $1,000 in total prizes will be awarded. The entry deadline is Saturday, January 15, 2021.



header image: "Untitled" by Rosa Leff at "Small Works, Big Cause" at Creative Alliance

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