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This Week: Open House exhibition at MICA, Barbara Takenaga on NMWA xChange: Pulsating Patterns talk show, SHAN Wallace and Webster Phillips at Pratt Library, Forever Indonesia exhibition artist talk at TU Asian Arts + Culture Center, Chris Wilson solo exhibition reception at Julio Fine Arts, David Brown opening at Goya, Irina Rozovsky opens at CPM, Ornamenta’s digital silent auction goes live, filmmaker Joanna Raczynska hosts Sight Unseen at the Parkway, On the Topic of Now opens at Current Space, David Page closing performance at Area 405 — PLUS applications are open for the Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy 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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Open House: Art, Craft and Domesticity
Ongoing through March 6
@ MICA Fox Building

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) are thrilled to present Open House: Art, Craft and Domesticity, a show that calls attention to the relationships between individuals, home environments and everyday household objects.

Open House features pieces by 12 artists working in fine art, craft and functional design. Using textiles, furniture and ceramics — as well as newly-commissioned sculptures, site-specific installations and digital graphics — the show invites visitors to consider how they live with and among objects made by human hands.

“We selected the artists in Open House because of their relationships to functional objects and the everyday,” Victoria Cho ’22 (Painting BFA), a senior in the class, said. “After more than a year of learning and working from home, we all think about labor, art objects and the boundaries between people and places differently — and while this show doesn’t directly address the pandemic per se, it does reflect that changed perspective.”

Nearly all of the artists in the show live in or near — or have ties to — Baltimore. They include:

Head to to learn more about each of these artists.

Programs for Open House include two writing workshops — one in-person and one virtual — with local author and creative writer Dale E. Lehman; a virtual paper flower workshop with featured artist Emily Paluska; and various streamable videos, including an artist lecture and virtual studio visits with featured artists David Knopp and Crump and Kwash. For more information, visit



NMWA xChange: Pulsating Patterns
Tuesday, February 8 • 12-12:45pm
presented by The National Museum of Women in the Arts

This monthly talk show, a spin-off of the 2021 GLAMi award-winning series BMA x NMWA, connects viewers to NMWA and its mission to champion women artists. Join us as hosts from the museum interview special guests, including artists, educators and curators; consider topics relevant to our world; and offer insight into collaborations that the museum is fostering while its building is closed for renovation.

On this episode, museum staff members Virginia Treanor, associate curator, and Adrienne L. Gayoso, senior educator, welcome artist Barbara Takenaga, whose work is featured in NMWA’s special exhibition Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center through May 22, 2022. This episode centers on Takenaga’s expression of subjects from the cosmic to the cellular through a meticulous process of patterning. This discussion also celebrates Untitled (Belinda), the first work by Takenaga to be accessioned into NMWA’s collection.

Barbara Takenaga is the Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Art, Emerita, at Williams College. She divides her time between Williamstown, MA, and New York City, where she maintains a studio. Her work has been widely exhibited, at institutions including Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; National Academy Museum, New York City; Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia; and International Print Center, New York City.

Takenaga’s most recent awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Fine Arts, the Wauson Fellowship from the FOR-SITE Foundation, and the Eric Isenburger Annual Art Award from the National Academy Museum. She is represented in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney; and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, among others. She was born in North Platte, Nebraska.



Pieced Together Sign Up with SHAN Wallace and Webster Phillips
Wednesday, February 9 • 12-2pm
presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library + SNF Parkway

Join photographers and archivists SHAN Wallace and Webster Phillips of the I Henry Photo Project to help analyze, identify, and discuss archival photographs and materials from I Henry Phillips Sr’s collection of photos from the 1920’s – 60’s. This is a unique opportunity to bring the archives to life and paint a fuller picture of the pictures. The I Henry Photo Project focuses on identifying unknown people and places in Mr. Phillips work, preserving history and making it available for educational purposes. We aim to bridge the gap between the elders in our community and the youth.

February 9, 2022, Noon to 2:00 pm – Virtual Meeting
March 4, 2022, Noon to 2 pm – Enoch Pratt Free Library – Orleans Branch (1303 Orleans Street)
April 12, 2022, Noon to 2 pm – Enoch Pratt Free Library – Pennsylvania Avenue Branch (1531 W. North Avenue)

Sign up for a session below and SHAN will reach out to confirm scheduling.

For questions: Contact SHAN via email at [email protected] or by phone at 443-682-3651



Forever Indonesian: A Journey through Art | Reception + Artist Talk
Wednesday, February 9 • 7:30pm
@ Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Nico Gozal is an Indonesian of Chinese descent who is also an American citizen. In sharing his unique style of silk painting that blends elements of Indonesian traditions with contemporary techniques, he shares the culture of his homeland, his childhood, his experiences as an immigrant in the United States, and his experiences balancing multiple cultures.

Image: Sang Dewi (The Goddess) by Nico Gozal



Ornamenta 2022 | Helen W. Drutt English + Le Comptoir du Vin
Sunday, February 13 • 7-8:30pm | Ornamenta Silent Auction Ongoing through February 19
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The BJC’s digital silent auction is live and our final digital event takes place this week Sunday, February 13th at 7:00pm, featuring Helen W. Drutt English and an accompanying meal by Le Comptoir du Vin. Their exclusive in-person event with Joyce J. Scott has been pushed to April 29th.

Guests will enjoy an evening with collector and gallerist Helen W English Drutt. You can still join us from afar, select the Snack Pack option and we will send a Baltimore themed Snack Pack directly to your front door.

  • Purchase of a ticket includes: Access to an online event with a takeout meal or Snack Pack
  • Please note tickets are nonrefundable.

Le Comptoir du Vin

Le Comptoir du Vin is a natural wine bar and neighborhood bistro in the heart of Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Focusing on French classics, they received the prestigious honor of being named one of the top ten new restaurants in 2019 by Bon Appetit Magazine. Warm and inviting, Le Comptoir du Vin re-imagines the potential of French cuisine.  Ordinary classics are infused with a youthful approach allowing for fresh new tastes that will not disappoint.

Helen W Drutt English

(Helen Drutt) was Founder/Director of her eponymous gallery in Philadelphia (1973–2002), which was among the first in the United States to commit to the modern and contemporary craft movement. She has received numerous awards and three honorary degrees, including a doctorate from Alfred University. Drutt is a fellow of the American Craft Council, and serves on the American Board, National Gallery of Australia; the Peter Dormer Lecture Advisory Committee, London, and the American board of the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens. She was a trustee of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, served on the Advisory Committee, Indian and Himalayan Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was a curatorial consultant for The Hermitage Museum Foundation: USA.

Drutt built a permanent collection of contemporary crafts for the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, and is building a collection of American craft for the National Museum of Sweden. Her own collection of international studio jewelry has been exhibited in the US and abroad; in 2002, 800 works entered the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Jewelry exhibitions organized by Drutt include, “Brooching it Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright” (1998-2001), “Challenging the Chatelaine!” (2006-07), American studio jewelry for the Museo del Gioiello Vicenza, Italy (2016-18), and most recently “Rings!” at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (2021), which will travel in 2022.



Allegory, Artist & Society | Reception
Thursday, February 10 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through February 21
@ Julio Fine Arts

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is proud to present, Allegory, Artist & Society, a solo exhibition by Chris Wilson, author of The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose. Allegory, Artist & Society provides a broad insight into the artistic practice, vision, and range of painter and author Chris Wilson. Wilson is deeply invested in the creative process of transforming small, personal moments into expressive and emotional visions, while capturing frustrations of surviving the turmoil that haunts a person in a marginalized community. At the same time the artwork invites the viewer to share in an event that they most likely will never experience, giving them the opportunity to take time to consider a life that differs from their own.

The exhibition runs from January 18 to February 21, 2021 with a Reception on February 10th, from 6-8PM
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. **Note that properly fitted masks are required in the gallery—please help us keep everyone safe and healthy!
To learn more about the Gallery’s programs and exhibitions visit or call 410-617-2799.
Follow us on social media @JulioArtGallery for updates!



David Brown | Reception
Friday, February 11 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through March 2
@ Goya Contemporary




Irina Rozovsky: Traditions Highway | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 12 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through March 26
@ Critical Path Method

Irina Rozovsky (born Russia,1981) makes photographs of people and places, transforming external landscapes into interior states. She has published three monographs: In Plain Air (MACK 2021), Island in my Mind (Verlag Kettler 2015), and One to Nothing (Kehrer Verglag 2011). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and others. Irina lives in Athens, Georgia where she and her husband Mark Steinmetz run the photography space The Humid. She currently teaches in Hartford University’s MFA photography program.



Sight Unseen – Beginning Longing: Cinema as Threshold
Saturday, February 12 • 6:30pm
@ SNF Parkway

Sight Unseen and the SNF Parkway are thrilled to offer a program of short non-fiction films spanning over twenty years by local maker and curator Joanna Raczynska, with examples of instrumental work by select artists. Presented and curated by Joanna Raczynska

Based in Baltimore, film programmer Joanna Raczynska organizes screenings and film artist presentations for the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (since 2009). She’s worked for a variety of non-profit organizations including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others. She has served as a juror for many film festivals, including the Berwick International Film and Media Arts Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Images Festival, Toronto; and the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, and participated as a panelist for a variety of funding agencies including the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Rubys Artist Grants, the DC Commission on the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Program. Joanna earned her master’s degree with distinction in documentary by practice, Royal Holloway College, University of London (2001) and attended undergraduate classes in film at UMBC. Her short films have screened at various international sites, including the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY; Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Sheffield Doc/Fest and LUX, London, UK; and Hallwalls and Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY.

Sight Unseen is supported by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



On the Topic of Now
Saturday, February 12 | Ongoing through March 12
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present ‘On the Topic of Now,’ an exhibition of works by CENTENNIAL, curated by Reuben Francois. Please join us for the closing reception.

Exhibition Duration: February 12th – March 12th
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm
Closing Reception: March 12th, 6-9pm.

Asha Jamila Holmes
Troy Taylor
Emma Cheshire
Isabelle Valcarce
Alec Ferrer
David Correa
Reuben Francois
Torrance Hall
Samantha Karlishev
Ajay Bhatt

The word “centennial” is an adjective referring to a hundred year anniversary. It is also the name given to the generation born after 1997. (Gen Z, Zoomers, etc.)

Subsequently, CENTENNIAL is a collective of ten artists based in Baltimore, Maryland. As a CENTENNIAL, born at the dawn of a new society, we have grown into adulthood as culture has developed exponentially.

On the Topic of Now, is a multimedia presentation and introduction to the ten members of CENTENNIAL. The show will be the first outing for CENTENNIAL as a collective, so the outcome is to define each artist’s unique perspective on what it feels like to be alive.

This program is made possible in part by supporting members like you; the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; the generous contributions of The Maryland State Arts Counsel; The Creative Baltimore Fund, which is a grant program funded by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Baltimore; and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.



David Page: one hundred years without progress 2021-2122 | Closing performance
Saturday, February 12: 4pm
@ Area 405

Please join us for the closing performance of “one hundred years without progress” on Feb 12, 4:00pm at Area 405, 405 East Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
More information: You may contact the artist at [email protected]

Read the review by Rebekah Kirkman at




Calls for Entry // Opportunities


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The Maryland Curiosity Bureau Story Series

What’s got you curious about Baltimore, the region, and its people? Is there a local mystery that’s always left you scratching your head? Veteran WYPR journalist Aaron Henkin is reporting to a new assignment editor: You. And together, you’ll find some answers, or at least learn something new along the way. Learn more about this storytelling series.



Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy | Applications Open
deadline February 11
sponsored by Farm Alliance of Baltimore

Priority will be given to applicants with at least 1 or more seasons of prior gardening or farming experience and those who are currently engaged growing and marketing. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to commit to a full season of on-farm training (at minimum 1 day per week for a total of 144 training hours), 24 hours of classroom instruction (12 weeks of 2 hour sessions) and 8 field days at partnering farms. We will prioritize applicants that live and work in the “butterfly wings” of Baltimore City. We will accept applications from MD, DC and VA.

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2022 (at 11:59 pm).
Selections will be made by the end of February. The program will run from March through October of this year. There are 10 spots in the program. Please include as much information as possible in your application.

To learn more about the program visit our FAQ page
For additional questions, please contact Denzel Mitchell at: [email protected]



Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition
deadline February 13
sponsored by Greater Denton Arts Council

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 35th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. The 35th anniversary exhibition is expanded to two galleries both the Meadows Gallery and the Gough Gallery. Since 2017, the exhibition has expanded to include works by international artists. Past jurors include: JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, CA, Perry Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Janet McCall retired director of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburg, PA, and Beth C. McLaughlin of the Fuller Craft in Brockton, MA, and Pablo Barrera of the Oklahoma Contemporary.



Call for Teaching Artists
deadline February 18
sponsored by Arts Every Day

Arts Every Day is proud to open recruitment for eight Resident Teaching Artist Fellows, who will join us from May 2022 – April 2023 in the inaugural year of the Baltimore Arts Integration Project, a US Department of Education-funded initiative. Resident Teaching Artist Fellows selected to join Arts Every Day commit to participating in all scheduled aspects of the program from May 2022 – April 2023.

For more information about the Baltimore Arts Integration Project,
please read our blog post here.



Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial | Call for Entries
deadline February 21

The Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial is excited to announce our second annual virtual art contest for artists with disabilities who reside in Maryland.

This year’s theme is “Emerge, Seek, Connect” and the three age categories are Elementary, High School, and Adult.

Download the Entry Form
Deadline for submissions is February 21, 2022.

Email any questions and inquiries to [email protected]

Asia North 2022 Exhibition
deadline February 22
Sponsored by Towson University  Asian Arts + Culture Center

This year’s Asia North exhibition will be a healing and empowering space for regional Asian and AAPI artists to express REMEMBRANCE, RESILIENCE, POWER and PRIDE within the context of the ongoing triple pandemic of COVID-19; social, environmental, and racial injustice; and economic insecurity. In resistance to these injustices, we celebrate pride in our cultural heritage; gain strength in connecting across cultures; honor, through remembrance, friends, family and mentors we have lost; and call attention to the importance of civic engagement and environmental stewardship.

All regionally based Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) visual artists.

1 to 5 works. All 2-D, sculptural, and video works welcome. Works must be original. PLEASE NOTE: This is a curated exhibit, and we may not be able to accommodate all pieces submitted. The AA&CC reserves the right to decline any submissions.

Exhibition: April 8 – May 28, 2021
Locations: Motor House and Stillpointe Theater galleries in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District

Applications must be received no later than February 22.
You will receive a notification from the AA&CC no later than March 1.
Accepted work may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition on May 28.

Each accepted entry must be installation-ready with appropriate hanging hardware if needed and installation instructions, and clearly labeled with artist’s name and title of the work. Sculptures will be wall placed, on pedestals, or free standing. Test your framing/presentation before sending it. AA&CC staff will coordinate with artists regarding delivery/installation/pick-up logistics.

AA&CC will insure the works while on site for the insurance value indicated on the entries.

Will my works be photographed?
AA&CC and Asia North partners may photograph the work for reproduction on AA&CC website, press releases, social media, and for a possible future online version of the exhibit.

Whom should I contact for more information?
CONTACT [email protected] FOR MORE INFO



header image: Chris Wilson - The things that kept me alive, mixed media, paintbrush, fabric, paper, oil, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

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