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This Week in Baltimore and beyond:  screenings of Lynn Silverman & Jason Sloan’s Memory Foam at Goya, Waller Gallery presents Nakeya Brown, Safiya Cheatham, Chris Kozjar, and Savannah Wood at Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Gallery Blue Door hosts an opening for Kelly L. Walker, Robert Hoffman, and Markus, Elaine Fisher’s opening at Project 1628, and the Lewis Museum celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day virtually — Plus, the Frankenthaler Climate Awards and other 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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Edmonia Lewis

Virtual Happy Hour: Edmonia Lewis Celebration
Wednesday, January 12 : 5:30-6:30pm
@ National Museum Of Women In The Arts

Join staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a virtual happy hour to celebrate the life and work of Edmonia Lewis! We will make a specialty cocktail in her honor, share artworks and stories, and discuss all things Edmonia.
Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.



Lynn Silverman & Jason Sloan: Memory Foam
Screening from January 6 – February 4, 2022
@ Goya Contemporary

Due to rising COVID-19 numbers, and out of an abundance of caution, Goya Contemporary regrets to announce that we have postponed the January 6th film screening of Lynn Silverman & Jason Sloan’s groundbreaking work, Memory Foam.

Instead, we have opened the following dates (see below) for intimate screenings with the artists present for discussion following viewings. These screenings require RSVP seat reservations with a limitation of 14 participants at one time.   Vaccination proof and masks are required for entry. Please email [email protected] with your request for seat reservations. Please indicate the number of seats you wish to reserve and your preferred date. We will try our best to accommodate your request on a first come first served basis. (patrons who reserved seats for the January 6th event have priority reservations). Please note: we continue to remain open and accessible to our patrons at all times during regular business hours. This change only effects the formerly scheduled larger public gatherings.

Thank you for helping us safeguard our community and its collective health.

Schedule of Screening with the artists:

Wednesday, January 12 at Noon
Saturday, January 15 at Noon
Wednesday, January 19 at Noon
Thursday, January 20 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 22 at Noon
Wednesday, January 26 at Noon
Saturday, January 29 at Noon
Wednesday, February 2 at Noon

Memory Foam, 2019-2021, is a masterfully layered, time-based collaboration between celebrated photographer Lynn Silverman and the distinguished sound artist Jason Sloan. Working at the intersection of form and sound, this conceptual film fuses complex amalgamations of black and white photography sequences with a responsive, ambient score that beautifully documents light within intimate, interior domestic spaces. Assembled with acoustic elements mined from the electromagnetic fields unique to each depicted light source, Memory Foam blurs the border between private and public explorations of space and sound. This experimental film manipulates sound into a physical form thorough photography, while photography vibrates and dissolves through elements of sound, creating a visceral effect filled with mystery and tension.



Dispersive Archives Vol. 2 | Opening Reception
Friday, January 14 • 5-9pm | Ongoing through February 14
@ Eubie Blake Cultural Center, hosted by Waller Gallery

Featuring Artists: Nakeya Brown, Safiya Cheatham, Chris Kozjar, and Savannah Wood

January 14 – February 14, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, January 14 from 5-9pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday and Saturday 11-3pm

Dispersive Archives Volume 2 builds on the thesis of Dispersive Archives Vol.1: creating your own archive. The artists work with the archive to tell their histories and stories about real and theorized experiences. Themes include enslaved liberation, the beauty industry, family, and popular culture. The exhibition conveys the expansive nature of archives and how it relates to multiple cultures within the Black Diaspora and the United States.

Nakeya Brown uses archival materials of an extraordinary kind and formats them into tableaus in front of the camera. Her work confronts the history of hair care, beauty, and social mores through Black History. Safiyah Cheatham presents a contemporary archive that explores Muslim cultures through the digital and visual culture of music videos and social media. Using AR Cheatham changes the way the archive is shown, the audience interacts with the work in a unique way.

Chris Kojzar presents Black History on a large scale by focusing on John McDonogh and the enslaved persons at his Louisiana plantation. Kojzar’s work reinforces how difficult it is to interact and confront your personal histories. Savannah Wood’s work uses her familial archive and presents an active, or working, project. Wood’s presentation honors her history as well as her material sources.

Thank you to the gracious support of the Eubie Blake Cultural Center for housing this exhibition. There will be a digital artist talk presented towards the end of the exhibition’s run. Education and school-based tours are available by appointment only. Support for the Waller Gallery is in part by the Waller Gallery Patreon page, volunteers, patrons, and supporters.



Saturday, January 15 • 4-6pm
@ Gallery Blue Door

Opening Receptions of – Compatible Union – Kelly L. Walker, Imaginary Worlds – Robert Hoffman, and Rough Road – Markus.

Kelly L 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.

Robert Hoffmanattended Indiana University (BFA – painting major), but found himself drawn to fibers and mixed media and taught himself how to embroider and combine mediums. This opened up a world of possibilities.​ In Robert’s work, landscapes are whimsical environments for his birds. In this imaginary landscape, birds take on the narratives of humans.

Markus often creates his work in series of 4, 8, 12 or more pieces that share a related feeling or theme, though he pursues no statements or social commentary. He has been an artist for 35 years, but in 2014 he turned his attention solely to 3D work, and now focuses exclusively on abstract assemblage in metal, wood, concrete, glass and found objects from the alleys of his home city of Baltimore.



Elaine Fisher: “Repartea” | Opening Reception
Sunday, January 16 • 2-5pm | Ongoing through February 20
@ Project 1628

‘Repartea’ is a dinner-party installation drawing its inspiration from previous ‘banquet’ events at Project 1628, a refined non-commercial setting in Baltimore’s historic Bolton Hill neighbourhood. The words ‘Repartee’ (conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies) and ‘tea’ (a term used to denote ‘dinner’ or an evening meal in England as well as the Colonial ‘brew’ itself) combine to invite an imaginative viewing of this work. As place-settings for a sumptuous feast, and through the shifting and layered dialogues that emerge from their trashy parts, each sculpture is gradually revealed as both consumer and consumed  – we are what we eat!

“The imaginative play of my recent miniature exhibition ‘the baby and the bathwater‘ at Shelter in Place Gallery, Boston, hoped to break down some of the barriers that make it difficult for us to properly address alarming environmental issues such as climate change. At Project 1628 I intend to match that with an undeniable physical reality.  Faced with an enticing feast of household recycling I hope that it will be difficult to look away”  Elaine Fisher, Artist ‘Repartea’

“We exist to share art and culture with those who enjoy the spark of new people and ideas. Our mission is to support the drive to create and the drive to connect.”  Marcia Hart, Director, Project 1628

Open Hours Saturdays and Sundays 2-5pm 16 January thru 19 February, weekday appointments available on calendly

enquiries: Elaine Fisher [email protected]



Virtual MLK Day 2022
Monday, January 17 • 12pm
presented by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Day virtually this year with the Lewis Museum as part of your day of reflection. Virtual programming includes a conversation with Civil Rights historian Taylor Branch  with Dr. Izetta Autumn Mobley, Direcor of Interpretations, Collections and Education; an MLK Children’s Theater Read Aloud with oratory speeches and sing along with theCFA Repertory Theatre Company; a viewing of the annual HS Juried Art Show: Changemakers along with spoken word raps by Dewmore Baltimore poets; and a musical homage to the movement performed by  jazz saxophonist Benny Russell, trumpeterBrandon Woody, pianist Justin Taylor, drummer Jay Moody and bass player Blake Meister.

**This virtual program will premier at Noon and be accessible online here via our museum’s youtube page and facebook page.

To RSVP, Click HERE.




Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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Content Creator | Job Opportunity
with Abel Communications

Abel Communications, one of Baltimore’s most dynamic PR firms, is seeking a Content Creator. The Content Creator will work with our Creative Lead and account teams to develop top-notch creative for our clients.

The right candidate for this position will have impeccable graphic design chops with some experience in other disciplines to boot. You will thrive here if you’re energized by a high-performance, collaborative environment, and are willing to take risks and color outside the lines. You’ll be working in tandem with our Creative Lead to develop multi-channel content marketing campaigns from strategy to execution so a love of language and an ability to draft catchy copy would be a plus. Experience with, or interest in, video editing and mograph design preferred but not necessary.

The Content Creator role is an entry-level, full time position with a competitive salary. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and portfolio with relevant work samples to [email protected] with subject line: Content Creator Candidate.



Proud to Make it in Maryland
sponsored by Maryland MEP

MD MEP’s new Proud to Make It In Maryland campaign is part of our larger Make It In Maryland initiative, designed to promote manufacturing and tell the stories of the manufacturers who are proud to call Maryland home. Currently there are more than 4,000 manufacturers in Maryland that employ more than 110,000 workers state-wide that contribute nearly $25billion to our state GDP. As an industry we need to do better to ensure our legislators, friends, stakeholders and the communities we live and work in understand the importance of manufacturing to Maryland’s economy and to our future.

The Proud to Make It In Maryland campaign will allow us to collectively demonstrate our commitment to manufacturing in Maryland and to share images, videos and examples that showcase the breadth and diversity of the manufacturers in our state.


The Proud to Make It In Maryland is a social media campaign to highlight manufacturers and tell the story of manufacturing in Maryland. MD MEP’s goal is to get a Proud to Make it in Maryland banner hanging in every manufacturing facility in Maryland! Photos, images and stories will be shared through social media platforms and other media channels to raise the level of awareness of manufacturing in Maryland.


Any manufacturer that has a valid manufacturing NAICS code, and a physical manufacturing facility with at least 1 employee located anywhere in Maryland.


There is NO COST to participate in the ‘Proud to Make It In Maryland’ movement!


Apply – manufacturers interested in applying to the program should complete the short application form

Approval – applications will be reviewed to ensure information is complete and your manufacturing company has a physical location in Maryland

Display – once approved, you will receive notification that you have been accepted and an electronic ‘Proud to Make It In Maryland’ badge for you to proudly display on your website, social media and or other materials. Your ‘Proud to Make It In Maryland’ banner will arrive within two weeks.

Hang the Banner & Share – Hang your banner inside of your manufacturing facility and post a photo to your social media platforms! Get creative, include your team members, products, and have fun!



Artaxis Fellowship
deadline January 15
sponsored by Artaxis

We are happy to announce the Call for Applicants for the 6th annual Artaxis Fellowship. This year, we will again be offering two fellowships. Each one is worth up to $2,000 to fund a two-week summer workshop in ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The fellowships will cover room, board, and tuition for a two-week workshop, and up to $500 for travel to and from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, USA.The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. In particular, attention will be paid to race, gender, and socio-economic status, with unique circumstances such as wartime military service, medical conditions, and unconventional family structures also considered. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

The 2022 Fellowship Selection Committee is comprised of: Ashlyn PopeApril Felipe, and Shoji Satake. After an initial round of reviews by the Artaxis Board of Directors, our distinguished Fellowship Selection Committee will choose the final recipients for the 2022 Fellowship.


Artists 18 years of age or older, at any stage of their career. Applicant does not need to be a student.

Applicant can not be an Artaxis member. If you have already been accepted to Artaxis, you are not eligible for the fellowship.

Artists must demonstrate financial need in their letter of intent.

The Fellowship is designed to offer an experience that would otherwise not be possible for the Nominee. To that end, any applicant who has attended numerous workshops, residencies, or similar experiences will not be considered “in need”.

This Fellowship is open to US-based and international applicants. Artaxis will provide international applicants with letters of invitation, but cannot offer additional funding or support with acquiring a visa.

Haystack will be requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all summer workshop attendees.

Artaxis often asks Fellows to be involved in programming to help promote the fellow, their work, and the Artaxis Fellowship. If selected for the Fellowship, you agree to be involved when asked.

The 2022 Artaxis Fellowship is supported by Artaxis members and funded by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in an effort to nurture talent within creatively driven individuals by offering financial support to underrepresented artists.



Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards | Call for Entry
deadline January 20
sponsored by Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Presented by Asia Society and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards aim to foster climate change awareness through the imagination and insights of an upcoming generation of visual artists.

Starting January 10, 2022, eligible emerging artists and collectives are invited to submit video artworks (e.g. digital video art, animation, film) or videos about visual artworks (e.g. documentation of 2D or 3D artworks, such as sculptures, photos, paintings, installation, or performance works) that tackle the climate change emergency directly on this webpage.

A shortlist of finalists will be announced in February and their videos displayed online. Three winners will be selected by a jury of leaders from the collaborating institutions: Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Molly Donovan, Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art; Dorothy Kosinski, Vrandenburg Director & CEO, The Phillips Collection; and Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, Vice President for Global Artistic Programs at Asia Society and Director of Asia Society Museum, New York.

Each winner will receive $15,000. The winners will be honored in April 2022 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of Asia Society’s COAL + ICE exhibition.



2022 Arts & Drafts Festival | Call for Exhibitors
deadline January 21
sponsored by Baltimore County Arts Guild

The 2022 Arts & Drafts Festival, presented by the Baltimore County Arts Guild, will be held June 25–26, 2022 at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe. This two-day outdoor festival will welcome over 5,000 visitors and feature up to 60 visual artist exhibitors from across the Baltimore-Washington region, live music, interactive programs, and family-friendly activities. The Baltimore County Arts Guild is currently accepting applications from artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Festival. The Arts & Drafts Festival is open to all artists, including new and emerging artists. Applications are due January 21, 2022. To apply, click on the button below.



Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers
deadline January 24
sponsored by the Robert Giard Foundation + Queer | Art

In partnership with The Robert Giard Foundation, Queer|Art’s first international grant of $10,000 supports the creation of work by emerging LGBTQ+ photographers. The Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers is made possible entirely through support provided by The Robert Giard Foundation.

Previously known as The Robert Giard Fellowship (2008-2018), the grant is named in honor of photographer Robert Giard (1939-2002), a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work focused on LGBTQ+ lives and issues. The grant focuses on supporting emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity. This year, the grant winner will receive $10,000, and the first-runner up will receive $5,000.

Funds can be requested to support new or ongoing work at any stage of development. For questions, email Robert Giard Grant Manager Ka-Man Tse at [email protected].



NEA Big Read | Call for Applications
deadline January 26
sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts + Arts Midwest

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and more. Activities focus on one book from the
NEA Big Read library.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 26, 2022.



header image: Kelly L. Walker, Shark Fin, 11.75” x 11.75”, 2021, Tinted plaster, wax, and bandaids on panel

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