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This Week:  Stoop Storytelling talks the Baltimore music scene at Ottobar, Resplendent opens at Mehari Sequar Gallery, The Peale presents a panel discussion for The Guardians, Myrtis Bedolla in conversation with painter Alfred Conteh, Earl Martin’s opening lecture for Majolica Mania at the Walters, Richard Cleaver and Sue Tirrell’s rescheduled reception at Baltimore Clayworks, opening reception for works by Stephanie Barber, Patrick David, and Josh Dorman at Current Space, Guarding the Art exhibition opens at the BMA — PLUS Out of Order (OOO) + KIDOO at Maryland Art Place and other featured Calls for Entry.


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Stoop Storytelling Presents: Something for Everyone: Stories about the Baltimore music scene
Thursday, March 23 • 8pm
@ Ottobar

In 2008 Rolling Stone named Baltimore the Best Music Scene in the nation. Ten years later, it dubbed Ottobar one of the nation’s Best Music Clubs. Now, The Stoop Storytelling Series is partnering with WTMD and Ottobar to present an evening of tales from some of the wild, and wildly talented, folks who’ve created Baltimore’s music scene, past and present.

Scheduled to appear:

Rodney Henry
Sara Autrey
Eze Jackson
Kelly Bell
Lisa Mathews
John Decampos
Rahne Alexander
Josh Sisk

Hosted by The Stoop’s Jessica Henkin and WTMD’s Sam Sessa.

Something for Everyone: Stories about the Baltimore Music Scene

Doors, 7:30 p.m. Show, 8:00 p.m.
Ottobar, 2549 North Howard Street, Baltimore

General Admission Tickets, $18
Student Tickets, $15

Get them here.


Masks and proof of Covid-19 vaccination required.






Resplendent | General Public Opening Reception
Thursday, March 24 • 7-10pm | Ongoing through May 10
@ Mehari Sequar Gallery

Mehari Sequar Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition “RESPLENDENT,” by artists Marraym Moma, Bria Sterling-Wilson, Heather Polk, Khaleelah I.L. Harris and Zoë Charlton. Curated by Teri Henderson, this 5-person exhibition will speak through the reconfigured works to the variation of Black feminine beauty, drawing from popular culture and their own personal archives. RESPLENDENT depicts Black women in various forms, resolute, resting, strong, soft centered and in focus. The exhibition will be twined with a concurrent showing at Connect+Collect Gallery in Baltimore.

The works in RESPLENDENT all signal the collective consciousness of Black women collagists and definitions of what is considered beautiful in popular culture. The artists in RESPLENDENT were asked to submit works that spoke to their own definitions of Black feminine beauty in their own worlds. The results are a garden of collages that are exquisite, generative, and full of depth and beauty, reflecting Black popular culture of both past and present, from old Jet Magazine advertisements to African sculpture.



The Guardians | Panel Discussion
Friday, March 25 • 12-1pm
presented by The Peale

The Guardians Panel Discussion
Featuring Guardians speakers and Whitney Frazier, artistic director
It’s More Than History Lecture Series
Friday, March 25, 2022 | 12:00pm -1:00pm (ET)

Free online | RSVP required

Drop in for an in-depth discussion about The Guardians project with artistic director, Whitney Frazier and some of the women celebrated in the Guardians exhibition, a photo-documentary presentation that features real-life stories from black women leaders in Baltimore who are fighting injustice in their neighborhoods and communities. This lunchtime talk is FREE and presented by the Baltimore National Heritage Area’s “It’s More than History” lecture series.

This lunchtime talk is FREE and is sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Areaas part of the “It’s More than History” lecture series. 





Myrtis Bedolla in conversation with painter Alfred Conteh
Saturday, March 26 • 12pm
presented by Galerie Myrtis

Galerie Myrtis invites you to join Myrtis Bedolla in conversation with painter Alfred Conteh on Saturday March 26th at 12pm EST via Zoom. Conteh will discuss his “Two Fronts” series. A body of work concerned with the inequities faced by people of the African Diaspora, particularly those residing in Atlanta, Georgia, his hometown.

Conteh’s portraits lift those living on the fringe of society from obscurity. Members of his community fighting social, economic, educational, and psychological wars are the subjects in his paintings. In Conteh’s work, they are honored and made visible.



Majolica Mania Opening Lecture: Majolica in Baltimore and Beyond
Saturday, March 26 • 2-3pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Saturday, March 26, 2-3 p.m.
Location: Onsite and Virtual
Registration required. Limited capacity.

Discover the history of majolica in America, particularly in Baltimore, with Earl Martin, Associate Curator at Bard Graduate Center and a specialist in the history of design and decorative arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Martin will trace the development and introduction of majolica in Britain around 1850 and touch on major English manufacturers, especially those which exported extensively to the United States starting in the late 1860s. The production of majolica in the U.S. beginning in the mid-1870s will be highlighted and the products and histories of two Baltimore firms, D. F. Haynes & Co.’s Chesapeake Pottery and Edward Bennett Pottery, will be explored in depth.

This event will be held in the Walters’ Graham Auditorium and livestreamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. You don’t need an account on either platform to enjoy the program. To register for the onsite program, please fill out the registration form below. No registration is required for the virutal program.

About the Guest Speaker:

Earl Martin is an Associate Curator at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC), and a specialist in the history of design and decorative arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. During his tenure at the BGC, he has curated Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010 (2011) and overseen numerous other exhibitions and publications, including Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (2009); Swedish Wooden Toys (2015); and John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London (2017). He is the BGC’s project director for Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915 and was one of the editors of the accompanying catalogue to which he contributed an essay titled “Beauty, Utility, Good Value: Majolica Made in Baltimore, Maryland.” Before coming to the BGC, he was a curatorial intern in the product design and decorative arts department of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where he earned his MA in the program administered by Parsons School of Design, The New School.



“Night Visions” by Richard Cleaver / “Surface Circus” Juried by Sue Tirrell | *Rescheduled* Artists Receptions
Saturday, March 26 • 6-8pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Nationally recognized Baltimore artist Richard Cleaver celebrates 50 years of creating ceramic sculpture with an exhibition in the Solo Gallery. His meticulously designed mixed media artworks will be featured from March 15 through May 7, 2022.

Richard Cleaver’s works are intricate, Jungian, and always enigmatically multilayered.

“My sculptures integrate ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, gold leaf, and oil paint,” Cleaver explained. “They are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple, and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images.”

He has exhibited across the U.S. with solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, American University Museum, the Kohler Arts Center, and more. His work is represented in numerous collections including the Renwick Museum in DC, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento CA, DeYoung Museum in San Francisco CA, Delaware Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, and many others.

The Main Gallery features “Surface Circus,” a group exhibition juried by Sue Tirrell, from March 15 through May 7, 2022. The exhibition features a deep exploration of the myriad ways that texture and surface can complete a piece of ceramic art.

Clay has many potential surface possibilities and “Surface Circus” will show a smorgasbord of ideas from traditional glazes, low to high-fire temperatures, wood-fire atmospheric, and even paint. Artists use the method they need to achieve their vision and function for each object, while colors ranging from bright and whimsical hues to more contemplative earth tones showcase the boldness and skill of contemporary ceramic art.

“Hand-carved or screen printed, kissed by soda or blasted by wood ash, I’m a sucker for a well-executed surface,” said Sue Tirrell. “What makes the most successful surface though – the thing that will draw me across a room in a home or gallery – is the way a surface completes its companion form. Glaze, texture, and graphics don’t exist or make sense on their own in ceramics. These elements complete the form, giving it context, narrative, and function.”

Artists in the exhibit include: Elka Adamowicz, Patrick Bell, Casey Ann Hanrahan, Steve Hilton, Erin Holmes, Shea Kister, Marina Kuchinski, Martine Kuhlman, John Matuszak, Lynne Molner, Rebeccca Murtaugh, Tina Opp, Russ Orlando, Michael Poness, Kit Reseau, Whitney Sherman, Minsoo Yuh, and Kara Zuzu.



Early Blossoms/Perilous Thirds | Opening Reception
Saturday, March 26 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through May 7
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “Early Blossoms/Perilous Thirds.” an exhibition of works by Stephanie Barber, Patrick David, and Josh Dorman. Please join us for the opening reception!

Exhibition Duration: March 26th – May 7th
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm
Opening Reception: March 26th, 6-9pm.

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 Counsil; 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.



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Guarding the Art | Exhibition Opens
Sunday, March 27 | Ongoing through July 10
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

Guarding the Art will feature works from the BMA’s collection, across eras, genres, cultures, and mediums, selected by guest curators from the BMA’s Security department. As guest curators, the officers will collaborate with leadership and staff across the museum to select and reinterpret works. In addition, the team is working with renowned art historian and curator Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, who is providing additional mentorship and professional development.

The exhibition was conceived earlier this year by BMA Trustee Amy Elias in conversation with Dr. Asma Naeem, BMA Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator, about ways to fulfill the Museum’s commitment to be more diverse, more inclusive, and more representative of the community it serves. An inquiry was subsequently sent to all members of the BMA’s security team to gauge their interest in developing an exhibition that would provide them with the unique opportunity to have their voices heard through their perspectives about the museum’s collection.

The 17 officers who elected to participate are Traci Archable-Frederick, Jess Bither, Ben Bjork, Ricardo Castro, Melissa Clasing, Bret Click, Alex Dicken, Kellen Johnson, Michael Jones, Rob Kempton, Chris Koo, Alex Lei, Dominic Mallari, Dereck Mangus, Sara Ruark, Joan Smith, and Elise Tensley. The group reflects a broad range of backgrounds and interests with officers who are also artists, chefs, musicians, scholars, and writers.

Throughout the exhibition’s development process, the guest curators are collaborating with staff in curatorial, design, education, conservation, and marketing departments to support cross-departmental conversation, learning, and idea-sharing. With additional guidance from Dr. Sims, the group is conducting object research, determining the scope of the exhibition, weighing in on installation design, developing didactic materials, generating content for a catalogue, and planning visitor tours and other public programs. Along with the creative opportunity, each participant is being compensated for their time with funds directed from a lead grant from the Pearlstone Family Foundation.



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Core Program 2022 Residency
deadline April 1
sponsored by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Core Program awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. Residents engage with a wide range of distinguished artists, critics, curators, and scholars who are invited to meet individually with the residents, lead seminars, and deliver public lectures. Fellows are expected to be active in their artistic and/or critical practices. Core fellows come together for a yearlong seminar, the content of which is driven by contemporary concerns, the interests and work of the fellows, and the Core lecture series and visitors. The residency term is nine months, from September to May, and fellows may apply for a second term. Because the program is intended to foster intensive participation in an active peer group, including regular seminar meetings, Core fellows must reside in Houston for the duration of the Core term. Tuesday mornings are reserved for seminars and most public lectures take place on Thursday evenings. Each spring the program mounts an exhibition of work produced during the current residency term accompanied by a publication to which the critical-studies residents contribute essays based on their original research. Critical studies residents may apply for support for a curatorial project in their second year. Residents receive a $20,000 stipend, 24-hour access to a private studio or office, and borrowing privileges at the Museum’s Hirsch Library and Rice University’s Fondren Library. Limited administrative and financial support is available for successful international applicants seeking J-1 visas through our partnering sponsor organization International Arts & Artists. No other visa support is provided. Museum Covid-19 protocols will be in place. For more info, please visit:



Call for LGBTQ+ Artists: Infinite Growth
deadline April 1
sponsored by Frederick Arts Council

LGBTQ+ artists are invited to consider and respond to the idea of infinite growth. The world has room for infinite growth and room to experience love, friendship, bliss, heartbreak, loss, and emptiness. Artists are invited to submit artworks that consider or respond to these concepts. consider these concepts points of view. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, inquiries such as: How is growth cultivated? How is this growth nurtured individually and/or socially? What are you making space for in the midst of the current social climate? society?.

All forms of visual art media will be considered. Sculptures must be limited to 24” x 24” x 48” or smaller.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday, April 15, 2022.



“Hear Us Now?!?!” | Call for Film Submissions
deadline April 1
sponsored by inFusion

Baltimore filmmakers and artists are invited to submit films and artwork to be screened and exhibited in an exhibition and film festival titled, “Hear Us Now?!?!” that will be on view at the Hoen Building in East Baltimore.

This event is focused on Baltimore, social justice, and the effects of COVID-19. The festival and exhibition is a follow up to the 2019 inFusion Film Festival and exhibition “Are We Loud Enough?” The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 1, 2022.



The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant
deadline April 1
sponsored by Provincetown Art Association and Museum

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need.

The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.

The late Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed studied with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown. They were very active at PAAM as artist members and instructors in the summer school, and they served on a variety of committees throughout their 50 years on Cape Cod. Orlowsky, in particular, was sensitive to the challenges artists face, especially those working against the mainstream or outside of popular schools of art. Her desire to provide financial support to mature artists through this generous endowment gift speaks to her passionate commitment to art for art’s sake and art created regardless of the demands and whims of the marketplace.


  • You are 45-years old or older.
  • You are a painter. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein, enamel) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This includes fresco. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, dry pastels, chalk, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (ie mixing acrylics with oil paints). Do not submit images in ANY of these excluded mediums as they will not be reviewed. Only paintings will be considered.
  • You are American. You must be either a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though you can be presently living abroad.
  • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.



VisArts Visual Arts and Creative Writings Residencies | Call for Applications
deadline April 4

apply for the organization’s 11-month residency program, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Windgate Foundation. Three emerging visual artists and one writer will be invited to spend the year at VisArts (September 1-July 31) making new work which will be included in a group exhibition and reading at VisArts midway through the residency. This program is open to artists in all stages of their careers. VisArts will prioritize artists who have a demonstrated creative practice and are either emerging in their field or exploring new ideas or media.



2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline April 5
sponsored by Baltimore Watercolor Society

Exhibition Dates:


June 11-July 23, 2022

and ONLINE at


and the BWS Facebook page

Entries must be received by:

April 5, 2022

Notification to artists:

May 10, 2022


June 7,8,9, 2022

Reception and Awards Presentation:

June 26, 2022 2pm-4pm

Entry Fee for one or two images:

BWS members $30 (using coupon code), non-members $35
Optional catalog donation $5
NOTE: You may submit one or two images, but only one entry will be selected for exhibition.


Gold Medal $1,500
Silver Medal $1,200
Bronze Medal $1,000
All other sponsored awards will have a cash component. Awards total approximately $10,000. A limited edition catalog will be sent to all entrants and BWS members.


Kathleen Giles will select paintings for the 2022 exhibition. Kathleen is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, American Women Artists, the Transparent Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society and a member of the International Guild of Realism. She teaches workshops in the U.S and Canada, in person and online. See more of her work at



Out of Order (OOO) | Call for Submissions
deadline April 8
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

This year’s theme for OOO is Alice in WOOOnderland!  Jump down the rabbit hole and join the celebration in support of local & regional artists. Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. Tickets include light tastings and an open bar. All tickets also include free entry to KIDOOO, MAP’s accompanying youth-driven OOO exhibition to be held on the 2nd floor of the MAP building the very same evening.  Parents/guardians of KIDOOO may attend at a discounted price of $25 presale and $30 at the door. Arrow Parking will be providing free parking for OOOguests at the Arrow Lot across the street from Maryland Art Place on Saratoga Street.
Submission Requirements and Install:

Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on a first-come, first-served basis. Installation will take place Friday, April 8, 2022 from 7am-midnight. No need to sign up in advance, just come by MAP’s first floor gallery space @ 218 West Saratoga Street in the Bromo Arts District! You must be able to install your own work on April 8th to participate in the exhibition.

  • All work must come framed and ready to hang.  (size requirement is 40″ x 40″ or less)
  • Artists must install their own work on Artist Install day, Friday, April 8 between the hours of 7am and midnight
  • NO Application fee to exhibit!
  • The work you include in Out of Order must be for sale. The proceeds from the silent auction are split 50/50 between the artist and MAP. All works will be silently auctioned Friday, April 22, 2022 from 6 -10pm
  • Participating artists receive free admission to OOO!

Questions? Come to the Artist Information Workshop on Saturday, April 2nd from 1 – 3 pm. Maryland Art Place is located at 218 West Saratoga Street between Park and Howard streets. On-street, and garage parking available.

Visit MAP’s exhibition page for more information or read the full prospectus online. This year all bidding will be entirely virtual. Loan agreements can be filled out on-site when you deliver your work. Please bring your phone to complete the loan form virtually. We will have staff and volunteers on-site to assist you with this process. Email Caitlin, MAP’s Exhibition Manager with any OOO inquiries,
MAP is proud to be partnering with The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) again this year—a nonprofit organization that works to enrich lives by increasing access to original visual art within underserved communities, allowing individuals who might not otherwise have an opportunity, to experience the beauty and inspiration that art enables. An example of recipient agencies include: homeless and battered women’s shelters, mental health facilities, and substance abuse centers, amongst several others.

About Out of Order:
By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides a salon-style display space for hundreds of artists to hang their work wherever they please. OOO plays host to a variety of artists and professionals practicing in the visual arts and isa great opportunity for students and emerging artists to get their feet wet in Baltimore’s creative sector.



KIDOOO | Call for Submissions
deadline April 9
sponsored by Maryland Art Place

Calling all Elementary, Middle School and High School level artists!

MAP is happy to introduce KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of Order! KIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, expanding MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle and high school level arts classes.

The opening of KIDOOO will take place in tandem with MAP’s annual Out of Order event on April 22, 2022.

Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on the first-come, first-served installation day of KIDOOO. The open installation day for KIDOOO will take place on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 11am – 4pm. To participate in the exhibition, artists must be ages five-seventeen. No need to sign up in advance, just come by MAP’s 2nd floor Gallery @ 218 West Saratoga Street in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District!

  •  All work must come framed and ready to hang. (size requirement is 24″ x 24″)
  •  Registration is free
  •  All works must be priced to sell and will be silently auctioned Friday, April 22, 2022 from

6 – 10pm

  •  All forms will be virtual. You will receive the link to complete the loan agreement when

you arrive. There will be volunteers and staff on-site to assist you.



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