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This Week:  Jovencio de la Paz lecture presented by GW Textile Museum, JJC Talks at the BMA with Brandon J. Donahue, Trauma Informed Art presentation with MICA and MOMA, Resplendent artist talk via Connect + Collect, Kim Rice lecture at Goucher, Peabody Conservatory hosts a concert for Ukraine, TOOTHFAIR at Current Space — PLUS Backwards and Forwards Community Art Show at MICA 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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Contemporary Voices: Jovencio de la Paz
Tuesday, April 12 • 7pm
presented by GW Textile Museum

Join artist Jovencio de la Paz online for a discussion on weaving the digital. The weaving loom is considered by many historians to be the precursor to the modern computer. In their art practice, de la Paz uses this interrelated history to examine the intersection of digital and material cultures, finding surprising narrative threads through science-fiction, histories of technology and queer identity.

About Jovencio de la Paz

Jovencio de la Paz (they/them, b. Republic of Singapore, 1986) is an artist, weaver and educator. Their current work, exhibited both nationally and internationally, explores the intersecting histories of weaving and modern computers. Rhyming across millennia, the stories of weaving and computation unfold as a space of speculation around the concerns of material and digital culture and their complex histories. De la Paz is currently assistant professor and curricular head of Fibers at the University of Oregon.



JJC Talks: Brandon Donahue
Wednesday, April 13 • 6:30-7:30pm
presented by Baltimore Museum of Art

Join the Joshua Johnson Council’s April meeting featuring artist Brandon J. Donahue.

Watch on Facebook Live.

Brandon J. Donahue (b. Memphis, TN 1985) is a visual artist working in painting and assemblage. Donahue received his B.S. from Tennessee State University and M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Donahue has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 13th annual Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba in 2019. He recently completed an artist residency at the David C. Driskell Center in College Park, Maryland where he painted a mural commemorating Prof. David C. Driskell. Donahue is represented by Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia and David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, TN and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

About the Joshua Johnson Council (JJC):

Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Members share a passion for African American and African art. Named after an 18th-century African American portrait painter who lived and worked in Maryland, the JJC is one of the oldest African American museum support groups in the U.S. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between Baltimore’s African American communities and The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) by promoting and highlighting the achievements of African American artists.



Trauma Informed Art w. the Museum of Modern Art
Thursday, April 14 • 10am
presented by MICA

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has been awarded funds by the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development and HUD to collaborate with the residents of the Perkins-Somerset-Oldtown community to design and install a series of trauma-informed public art. Jackie Armstrong is the first of a series of speakers to enrich our discussion with each other, the larger community and City leaders on this approach.



Connect + Collect Resplendent Artist Talk Featuring The Women of Resplendent
Thursday, April 14 • 6:30pm
presented by BmoreArt

Join BmoreArt for a zoom artist talk as we discuss our current show Resplendent: Black Women Collagists.

Resplendent is viewable by appointment at Connect+Collect Gallery from April 1st, through May 10th, 2022. The show will run concurrently with Resplendent at Mehari Sequar Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Using collage as both a medium and a metaphor, the women in Resplendent have created collaged artworks that speak to the variations of Black feminine beauty, drawing from popular culture and their own personal archives. Resplendent features the work of Alexandria Valentine, Bria Sterling-Wilson, Marryam Moma, Heather Polk, and Zoë Charlton.

This exhibit features artists from Gallery Coordinator Teri Henderson’s new book, just released, titled Black Collagists, which is a comprehensive look at a vibrant art movement.



Kim Rice Lecture
Thursday, April 14 • 7pm
@ Goucher College

Goucher College is pleased to welcome Kim Rice as the Spring 2022 Unobskey Visiting Artist in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Kim Rice creates large-scale works using common materials. Her installations are a meditation on institutional racism and the policies that continue to affect American society today.

Kim earned her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been shown throughout the country including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Northern Illinois Art Museum, the Delaware Museum of Art, the Peale Museum and Prospect 4 Satellite in New Orleans. She has received multiple awards including the McNeese Grant for Socially Engaged Practice. She is based in Baltimore, MD.

Kim Rice will present a public lecture on April 14, 2022 in Merrick Lecture Hall at 7pm.

The event will be broadcast on YouTube for those who wish to attend remotely.



CONCERT FOR UKRAINE | A Student-Led Benefit Concert
Friday, April 15 • 7:30pm
@ Peabody Conservatory

Denis Savelyev, Flute, from Ukraine
Evanghelina Ciobanu, Cello, from Moldova
Nikolai Klotchkov, Saxophone, from Russia
Ramilya Saubanova, Piano, from Tatarstan

Peabody Conservatory graduate students from Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine have organized a benefit concert to raise funds to support humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Ukraine. Moldovan cellist Evanghelina Ciobanu, Russian saxophonist Nikolai Klotchkov, Tartar pianist Ramilya Saubanova, and Ukrainian flutist Denis Savelyev put together an evening of music by Ukrainian, Tartar, and Georgian composers — Reinhold Glière, Zhanna Kolodub, Boris Lyatoshisnky, Myroslav Skoryk, Otar Taktakishvili, and Rustem Yakhin — and invite concertgoers to donate to the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health (using the code “Ukrainian assistance”), which is galvanizing frontline NGOs and agencies in European countries receiving refugees from the Ukrainian conflict.

This performance is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. Please review current COVID safety guidelines under JHU policy.



Saturday, April 16 • 2:30pm
@ Current Space

A tooth-themed carnival and concert including music, performance, carnival games, vendors, and more!

Doors at 2:30, costume pageant at 3:30, and performances starting at 4:00!

Performers include:
– Dreambaby
– Curving Tooth
– Glorian
– Talbolt Johnson
– String Theory
– Savanna Immani
– Valeria Voxx

Tickets: $10-15 sliding at the door (cash only at the door) or purchase advance tickets here.

This outdoor show will be held in our rear courtyard. Enter through the alley – Tyson Street, between Franklin and Mulberry. Use 421 Tyson Street in Google Maps.



Calls for Entry


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Decker Library Community Show Fall 2022: “Backwards and Forwards”
deadline April 15
sponsored by MICA

Submit your work here for consideration in “Backwards and Forwards,” the Fall 2022 Decker Library show. Show Dates: September 19, 2022 – December 9, 2022

The Decker Library is proud to display MICA Community artwork on a semester-long basis during the fall and spring terms. Artwork submitted for the Fall 2022 term should be submitted no later than April 15, 2022. Artists whose work is chosen for display will be informed by April 22.

After the last couple years living through historical events and constantly redefining “normal”, what are we taking with us and what are we leaving behind? We are accepting works that explore themes of revivals, renewals, metamorphosis, and change.

All mediums and sizes are encouraged to submit. Time-based and digital work will be considered, though library space and needs may provide unique limitations for this work. There is no entry fee. Submissions are open to all current MICA students faculty, staff, and alumni. All work should be submitted with a brief artists’ statement explaining why this work fits the theme.



Artist Residency Racial Justice Open Call
deadline April 15
sponsored by KODA

KODA is a Brooklyn-founded nomadic social practice nonprofit arts organization focusing on conceptual mid-career artists ingrained in social justice. KODA offers survey exhibitions as well as tailor-made and community-based artist residencies, through dedicated collaborations with socially engaged partners. KODA offers an artist residency program for two mid-career, female-identifying artists who create conceptual and socially engaged work. The Fall 2022 residency will span from August 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022 (with a possibility of one month extension). The program is placed under the theme of Racial Justice. Proposals related to mass incarceration are encouraged.



The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program
deadline April 15

The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program explores the positive roles that art and design can play in strengthening the community. Our Residency Program provides the time, space, and support needed for artists to work on their studio practice and produce onsite activations. The Nicholson Project is a paid artist residency program and neighborhood garden in Ward 7’s Fairlawn neighborhood. Our mission is to support, provide opportunities, engage, and amplify artists and creatives from our community and the local artist community—particularly artists of color and those from Ward 7 and 8—while engaging our neighbors through community-based programming.



THRIVE! Uplifting Theatres of Color
deadline April 19
sponsored by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

THRIVE! Uplifting Theatres of Color is being offered with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and developed and administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) with an Advisory Circle of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre leaders. THRIVE! provides unrestricted funds for BIPOC theatres that are closely connected to and have positive impact on their chosen communities. They will award 25 rapid response grants of $10,000 each and 20 general operating grants of $50,000 each, all unrestricted funds. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.



“Turning Tides” at Target Gallery | Call for Entry
deadline April 25
sponsored by Torpedo Factory

Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply to “Turning Tides”, a group exhibition that presents work about climate change. This exhibition aims to illuminate the issue, with the variety of artworks represented by different styles and approaches coming together in a dialogue. The subject matter, mediums, and concepts for artwork is open to interpretation but the overall connecting theme must be about, relate to, or be a direct cause/effect of climate change.



New Work Project Grants
deadline April 29
sponsored by Harpo Foundation

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 by artist Ed Levine to support emerging and under recognized visual artists. Through grants and residency programs, the foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of making and thinking about art.

• The Foundation makes grants directly to artists to support their development and to non- profit organizations in support of new work by artists. The only criterion is the quality of the work and its potential to extend our experience of art and artmaking.

The Foundation’s grant program awards 12-18 grants annually.

Grants are made directly to artists to support their development through the program ‘Grants for Visual Artists.’

Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by visual artists through the program ‘New Work Project Grants.’



header image: Jovencio de la Paz; Bionumeric Organisms 2.0, 2021. Handwoven TC2 textile and canvas, cotton, dimensions 36 × 24 inches.

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