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This Week:  Jeanne Keck, Scott Newcomb, and Tim McFadden at Jo Fleming Contemporary Art, women artists at Chesapeake Arts Center, NMWA celebrates Black women printmakers, High Tide in Dorchester screens at MD Center for History and Culture, The Folks at Home opens at Center Stage, artist talk with Earnest Shaw at Top of the World, Power Boothe, Julie Karabenick, Patsy Krebs, Linling Lu, and W.C. Richardson opening at MONO Practice, James von Minor artist talk at Catalyst Contemporary — PLUS Creative Alliance Artist Residency 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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Jeanne Keck , Messages and Memories

Texture, Color and Word
Ongoing through March 22
@ Jo Flemming Contemporary Art

Jo Fleming Contemporary Art touches into spring with a striking, colorful and textural exhibition. We are featuring large expressive mixed media artworks by Baltimore artist Jeanne Keck, rich pigmented caustic abstracts and found object sculptures by Annapolis Scott Newcomb and contemporary art glass by Baltimore’s Tim McFadden.

Jo Fleming Contemporary Art
68 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 280-1847

Gallery hours:
Wed – Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Thursday 12 – 8 pm



image by Kayla Williams

Her Ideas, Her Stories: Women Artists
Ongoing through April 28
@ Chesapeake Arts Center

Women artists have often been overlooked and undervalued. Though gender bias is less apparent today, women artists continue to face many obstacles and disparities – especially minority women. The Chesapeake Arts Center is committed to diversifying the gallery by acquiring the work of women artists and to highlighting the art of creative women. Their identities as women influence their artwork in various, unique ways.

Hal Gomer Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 10am-1pm
*Visitors are required to call ahead to reserve a time to view the exhibit. Please call CAC’s main office at 410-636-6597 during our business hours Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am-6:00pm to reserve a date and time. Visitors will be checked in upon arrival and masks are required to enter the gallery and CAC building.



Virtual Happy Hour: Celebrating Black Women Printmakers
Wednesday, March 16 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by 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 Black women printmakers! AJ Johnson, partner and bar director of Serenata, demonstrates how to make a specialty cocktail (or mocktail) in the artists’ honor as we share artworks and stories and explore the museum’s collection and archives.

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join. This program is free, but if you would like to support these programs and others like them, please consider making a donation.




Film Screening: High Tide in Dorchester
Wednesday, March 16 • 6-7:30pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

Coastal landscapes across the world are facing growing concerns about the future, including Dorchester County. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties by land area, but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100—or sooner—as waters rise and erosion worsens. High Tide in Dorchester, a documentary by Tom Horton, Sandy Cannon-Brown, and Dave Harp, chronicles the effects of climate change and rising sea levels on Dorchester County.

A Q&A will take place following the film screening in France Hall featuring Lynn Cazabon, featured artist of Losing Winter; Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions; and Alex Green, life-long residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and owner of Harriet Tubman Tours LLC. Moderated by Joe Tropea, MCHC Curator of Films and Photographs.

This onsite program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is encouraged. We are closely considering the reality of hosting this person in-person and will pivot to a virtual format depending on COVID case numbers and city regulations.



The Folks at Home
Thursday, March 17 | Ongoing through April 12
@ Baltimore Center Stage

Roger and Brandon, an interracial couple living in South Baltimore, are doing the best they can. Their mortgage is late, Roger’s been laid off for months, and there might be a ghost in the attic. It’s a lot. And that was before all of their parents had to move in with them. From the hilarious mind of Baltimore’s own R. Eric Thomas and directed by Obie Award winner Stevie Walker-Webb, The Folks at Home is a contemporary riff on the beloved family sitcoms of the 1970s.



Earnest Shaw, Jr.: Continuous Line | Artist Talk
Thursday, March 17 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through April 17
@ Top of the World Observation Level

Baltimore native Ernest Shaw Jr.‘s solo show “Continuous Line” is on view at the Top of the World Observation Level through Sunday, April 17, 2022.

In this exhibition presented by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Shaw examines the uninterrupted, unremitting connection between continental African traditional culture and Africans dispersed throughout the diaspora, with a particular lens focused on the United States of America. Through his layered images, Shaw dispels the myth that the Black American has been totally separated and stripped of their name, culture, language, and history.

Contemplating his pieces, Shaw says, “My artworks are more reflective of my observations than my words, hopefully.” It is this balance and optimism Shaw embodies that makes him the epitome of what Baltimore City curator Kirk Shannon-Butts calls “The Baltimore Movement.

The Baltimore Movement is a group of Baltimore-based artists whose work reflects the creative morals and social expressions deeply rooted in the Baltimore City landscape — family, community, body, spirit, and reckoning. At this movement’s forefront, Shaw’s broad vision encapsulates and manifests the global story taking place up and down blocks all over the City. Regarding Shaw’s selection for this exhibition, Shannon-Butts says, “It was a no brainer for me. Shaw is the cornerstone of The Baltimore Movement, which the entire art world is only just beginning to recognize.”

Go to to plan your visit to Top of the World Observation Level.

Top of the World Observation Level is open Thursdays from10am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 10am-7pm, and Sundays from 11am-6pm. Ticket sales end 30 minutes prior to close.

All visitors to Top of the World must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test with 24 hours of their visit.



Power Boothe Set Re-set,1997 Oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches

Order and Uncertainty: Five Abstract Painters | Opening Reception
Saturday, March 19 • 2-5pm | Ongoing through April 23
@ MONO Practice

Order and Uncertainty: Five Abstract Painters

Curated by Timothy App

Power Boothe
Julie Karabenick
Patsy Krebs
Linling Lu
W.C. Richardson


March 19 – April 23, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 2-5 pm

MONO PRACTICE is pleased to present “Order and Uncertainty: Five Abstract Painters,” a group exhibition curated by Timothy App, featuring the work of Power Boothe, Julie Karabenick, Patsy Krebs, Linling Lu, and W.C. Richardson.

Works of art, if they are at all poignant and affirming, and if they challenge our thinking, have a guiding, vital and sustainable premise. Art that holds our gaze, engages our hearts and minds, and nourishes our experience of the world has a specific, carefully conceived, and commanding point of departure. That is certainly the case for the work of the five abstract painters presented here.

The title of this exhibition, Order and Uncertainty, alludes to this proposition. In variously idiosyncratic ways, the works of these mature artists bring us to a nexus where the intention of the makers mingles with the means by which the works are created. For some abstract painters, the premise of their work is primordial chaos. Blind chance and utter unpredictability are the necessary ingredients for these romantics to begin their search for truthful resolution. These creators progress from the proverbial unknown towards some semblance of order, to a subjective locale of perceived resolution. Others, like the artists in this exhibition, possess, to varying degrees, a classical turn of mind. Rather than beginning with the chaos of the unknown, as do their romantic counterparts, they launch their work employing a clear set of a priori variables, a lineup of concrete precepts from which they venture outward, wending their way through uncertainty towards unforeseen discoveries. Through the medium of paint, they mine myriad pictorial possibilities, allowing the power, beauty and complexity of these variables to be unleashed in diverse, inventive and exhilarating ways.



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Hours: Thursday & Saturday 1-5 pm, or by appointment






Saturday, March 19 • 3pm
@ Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary presents Forging the Past Decoding the Present, a solo exhibition of internationally known, Maryland-based artist, James von Minor. Highlighted in both the Main and Backroom galleries, are decades worth of paintings, drawings, prints, and constructions, all of which illustrate a delicate juggling act of equilibrium, form, pigment and motifs. Through the use of geometry and a visualized abstraction of mathematics, von Minor tangibly documents his own explorations into an intuitively driven process, one with no destination, like a new world explorer looking to the edge of the horizon into the unknown.

The first works encountered in the Main gallery are von Minor’s constructions. These constructions utilize both 2D patterns – such as grids, dots, circles, and stripes – as well as 3D elements, which come together to create a collaged, formulaic expression. An example of this can be seen in Soto and Maracaibo, where additional items are attached including red wooden circles and curving strips of wooden dowels that have been bent. The vast array of von Minor’s constructions brings visual delight and joy in the way they balance objects, shapes, lines, and colors.

In the The Backroom, are featured von Minor’s works on paper. These paintings, drawings and prints address influences of architecture such as archways, doors, and markings on roadways. One such example is Segment #39. These works are less about the 3D materiality of 2D designs like in the pieces located in the Main gallery, but instead expands into the 2D realm as a whole. These pieces summon Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and our own understanding and experiences of the higher levels of reality. The characters bound into von Minor’s 2D planes exist in a mystical yet playful realm beyond our 3D understanding. It is up to us to take a crack at unlocking and discovering the roadmap left by von Minor.

The works featured in both spaces highlight von Minor’s long-term investigations, like field notes, or perhaps a coded map with no legend to interpret the terrain. On his journey to solving problems and asking questions that are not yet discovered, his works draw maps between point A and an unknown point B.



Calls for Entry

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Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant (ARG) | Call for Applications
deadline March 18
sponsored by BOPA

Applications are now open for the Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant Award (ARG), administered by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) on behalf of the city, to support Individual Artists impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. To apply CLICK HERE.

Please note: The Artist Recovery Grant is available to Individual Artists. Artists practicing under an LLC are not eligible for the Artist Recovery Grant. Artists practicing under an LLC are eligible to apply for Economic Recovery Funds for small businesses. The first grant application window for Baltimore Base Network is from January 18–February 3, 2022 (at midnight). For more information, visit:

Baltimore City, a recipient of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), requested proposals to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impacts on the City and citizens of Baltimore City.

As the City’s Arts Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts will serve as the fiducial agent of ARPA for individual artists in Baltimore City. Baltimore City approved a grant of $500,000 to fund the Baltimore City Artist Recovery Grant, or ARG. The ARG will provide direct economic relief by providing grants to individual professional artists whose lives and livelihoods were demonstrably impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  BOPA will engage the members of the Baltimore arts community to assist in local outreach and grant evaluation efforts, in collaboration with arts and cultural leaders as well as individual working artists within Baltimore City.

The City aims to provide grant funding to support individual professional artists that were in practice at the onset of the pandemic and who were impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The ARG is open to individual artists at least 18 years old, living in the City of Baltimore. Funds will be administered based on need to artists/creatives that have a demonstrated high need of support.



CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence Fellowship | Call for Applications
deadline *extended* March 31
sponsored by UMBC CIRCA

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) invite applications from full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty members, non-tenure track faculty, Lecturers, and Senior Lecturers in the Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) at UMBC for the CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence Fellowship for the Fall 2022 semester.

The award is intended to support and promote significant collaborative research in the Arts between colleagues at IMET and UMBC. The awardee will receive a release from teaching in the Fall 2022 semester (one course release, with permission of the Chairperson) and a research stipend of $5,000 in order to conceive, establish, or accelerate a substantial project that engages IMET scientists and ventures. In addition, IMET commits $2,000 towards supplies and materials. IMET will provide office space for the awardee and, if necessary, can also make available a studio space. IMET will work with the awardee to provide opportunities to engage with a wide range of scientists and to present work and have discussions with IMET stakeholders, including faculty, students, and start-up companies in the IMET Harbor Launch business incubator.

Previous CIRCA-IMET AIR awardees may re-apply three years or longer after receiving an initial award with a proposal for a completely new project with a new partner. Successful awardees who want to continue existing collaborations beyond the term of their award should seek other sources of funding. In exceptional cases, only if no competitive applications are received for new awards, previous CIRCA-IMET AIR awardees may be considered for a second term of support for a previously funded project, three years or longer after an initial award.



Compassion in Action Scholarships for Students
deadline April 1
sponsored by AVAM

APPLY NOW! AVAM’s Compassion in Action Student Scholarship program to be awarded to Baltimore K-12 students who have demonstrably put compassionate actions into their own daily lives, and to the benefit of fellow students, elders, family, animals, and their community.



Creative Howard Grant Program | Call for Applicants
deadline April 1
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County, Maryland that are not currently served by HCAC’s existing grant programs.

The purpose of the Creative Howard grant is to recognize and support the arts with grants of up to $1,000.00. Eligible applicants must be located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to submission of the grant application and have an annual operating revenue of $100,000.00 or less. This grant will help fund small projects and other immediate needs.

The deadline for the Creative Howard grant will be on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed monthly and grants will be given each month until the total funding allocated is awarded.

Creative Howard grant guidelines and application are available at



Howard County Arts Council General Exhibit | Call for Applications
deadline April 1

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.

For detailed entry guidelines, visit or email [email protected]. The next deadline for submissions isApril 1, 2022.

HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2,100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am- 8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12- 4pm. The Arts Council galleries are closed most federal holidays. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gallery hours are subject to change. To confirm gallery hours and review COVID-19 visitor guidelines, or to learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit



Wild Futures—2023/2024 Award Cycle
deadline April 1
sponsored by Creative Capital

In celebration of our upcoming 25th Anniversary, Creative Capital is pleased to announce “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact”— the one-time theme for our next grant cycle in 2023/2024. Over a two-year period, the Creative Capital Awards will provide up to $5 million in grants to help realize 100 artists’ projects with awards of up to $50,000 with additional advisory services per project. Since our founding in 1999, Creative Capital has been committed to funding freedom of expression through groundbreaking ideas in art and to helping artists build sustainable careers through our transformative giving model of combining financial and professional support.

We invite artists to propose experimental, risk-taking projects in the performing arts, technology, literature, visual arts, and moving image, which push boundaries formally and thematically, and/or venture into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts and future universes real or imagined. Ultimately, we seek proposals for groundbreaking new work—including, but not limited to, work that attends to the many relationships between social, economic, and environmental justice, and advances the global dialogue around critical issues impacting the sustainability of artists, our communities, our planet, and beyond.



Creative Alliance Resident Artist Application
deadline April 4

The application process for the Creative Alliance Resident Artist Program is now open and will conclude on APRIL 4, 2022. This long-term program, founded in 2003, is open to artists of all media who would like to deepen their practice in a supportive, dynamic environment, and interact with colleagues who thrive in a lively cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, live/work environment.

The Program
The Program accommodates eight resident artists, one in each of the studios, for terms of one to three years. It is intended for emerging artists as well as mid-career artists whose goal is to reinvigorate their work in an intensive creative atmosphere. Artists are encouraged (but not required) to use the studios as their primary residence.

The resident artist supports the Creative Alliance by paying subsidized rent. Resident artists are expected to actively work on their art practice, showcase their work at Creative Alliance, and participate in resident artist gatherings. In turn, the Creative Alliance supports the artist with professional development, studio visits with leaders in the art world, trips to immerse in art mediums around Baltimore and the DMV, connections to other art production services, and a sense of community that extends beyond the artists’ time at Creative Alliance.

Creative Alliance’s one to three-year residency provides:

  • Partners to support art production
  • Subsidized rent
  • Connections to scholars, curators, galleries, collectors, and educators in Baltimore
  • Professional development sessions
  • Opportunities to design and participate in artist-led projects and public programming
  • Fiscal sponsorship support
  • Visits to cultural venues and gathering spaces
  • Support in project management
  • Marketing support for exhibitions, projects, and fundraising
  • Ongoing support after you leave the program

Expectations of Artists include: 

  • Complete a minimum of one year of the resident artist program
  • Partnering with Creative Alliance staff on projects and programs
  • Producing a solo exhibition, project, or presentation by the end of your tenure
  • Display your work in the Resident corridor
  • Participating in monthly and/or quarterly events



header image: James von Minor @ Catalyst Contemporary

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