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This Week:  Maryland Film Festival 2022 at the SNF Parkway, UMD’s 2022 MFA Exhibition Preview, Station North Sips in Station North Arts District, MAROONED! at Baltimore Theatre Project, the Peale presents a lunchtime lecture with Paul Chaat Smith, Joyce J. Scott + Alma Cocina at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Hooper House Gallery hosts Hellbond : Dancing with the spirits, Floral Harmony at the Walters, Visions of Night Artist Mingle at Maryland Center for History and Culture — PLUS Beneath Our Feet Community Parade and more featured opportunities.

 

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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Maryland Film Festival 2022!
Wednesday, April 27 | Ongoing through May 1
@ SNF Parkway Theatre

After two years of virtual programming and hybrid adaptations, we are anticipating a celebratory return to the in-person Fest that you love for MdFF 2022! Get ready to screen your film live at the historic Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and other select locations in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Maryland Film Festival is made possible by our dedicated crew of volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s festival, please click here to fill out an application.

Join hundreds of fellow filmmakers – including Stanley Nelson, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow, and more – in a unique, accessible, competition-free atmosphere created solely for the love and enjoyment of film.

 

 

2022 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION: BLUE HOUR | Exhibition Preview
Wednesday, April 27 • 5-7pm
@ University of Maryland Art Gallery

On view Apr 28 – May 20, 2022

The 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition features work by UMD Department of Art MFA students graduating at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, and showcases cutting-edge graduate research that utilizes a myriad of new approaches in art-making. This year the exhibition features work by three MFA candidates: Elizabeth Katt, Martin Gonzales, and Alyssa Imes.

Blue Hour is the title for this year’s MFA thesis presentation. The title references the “blue hour,” or the time before the sun crests over the horizon. It also alludes to the moment before the graduate students’ art practices transition from being academic research to careers as professional artists. Prevailing themes and ideas explored in the exhibition include: the human experience of COVID-19, uprooted shelter, and post-traumatic growth.

This exhibition is organized by the University of Maryland Art Gallery, in association with the Department of Art. Major support is provided by the Dorothy and Nicholas Orem Exhibition Fund. Generous support is provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. This exhibition is in association with the University of Maryland’s Arts for All initiative.

Exhibition Preview

An in-person and socially distant exhibition preview will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 5-7 pm.< Admission >All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Location

2202 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Bldg.

Safety

Wearing a mask indoors is required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Information for UMD web page.

 

 

Station North Sips
Wednesday, April 27 • 5-8pm
@ Station North Arts District

Join Station North Arts District on Wednesday, April 27 to kick off Station North Sips, a new happy hour in the arts district! Participating venues will offer unique specials for just one evening. Make your own self-guided tour of the district, stay for dinner, and a show!

Mention “Station North Sips” for the following special discounts and more…

  • ●  Showroom Bar at Motor House: Happy Hour followed by Art of Comedy Open Mic + Asia North 2022 Exhibition: Remembrance, Resilience, Power, + Pride on view
  • ●  North Avenue Market: $3 off cocktails, $2 Natty Boh, $9 nachos and wings, $3 off frozen margarita
  • ●  No Land Beyond: $10 “Unicorn Farts” drink special, Catoctin Creek gin, peach tarragon syrup, tonic, edible glitter, unicorn straw
  • ●  Joe Squared: $7 “Mint Joe-leps”, $1 off all drafts, $10 10″ cheese pizza
  • ●  Tapas Teatro: $3 Spanish Lager, $9 “Rojito” (rum, mint, lemon, sugar, red wine float)
  • ●  Alma Cocina Latina
  • ●  Foraged: $10 selected wines by the glass
  • ●  Metro Baltimore: $8 “BlueBerry Hill” cocktail, Baltimore Spirit Company Shot TowerGin, beer specials, and a new art exhibit: Drew Danburry: 25 Years on view

Later in the neighborhood…
7:00 PM ~ Maryland Film Festival Opening Night Shorts at SNF Parkway 8:00 PM ~ Art of Comedy Open Mic at Motor House @Motorhousebaltimore

 

 

Marooned! A Space Comedy
Thursday, April 28 | Ongoing through May 8
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

Alex and Olmsted (creators of Milo the Magnificent and Homebodies) return to BaltimoreTheatre Project with the Jim Henson Foundation grant awarded MAROONED! A SpaceComedy.

In this innovative new puppet show at the outer reaches of space, an astronaut crashes onan uncharted planet. Will she be able to survive strange creatures, anomalous atmosphere,and isolation in order to find her way home? See for yourself… in MAROONED!

Great for all ages!

Showtimes:
April 28 @ 8pm (Pay-What-You-Can)
April 29 @ 8pm
April 30 @ 3pm
April 30 @ 8pm
May 1 @ 3pm
May 5 @ 8pm (National Astronaut Day)
May 6 @ 8pm
May 7 @ 3pm
May 7 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 3pm

Tickets:
General Admission: $20
Student/Senior/Artist/Military: $15
April 28: (Pay-What-You-Can)

***COVID Policy:

All patrons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please bring a proof ofvaccination (either the original vaccination card, or a photo of the card) along with avalid I.D.

All guests must wear masks while inside Theatre Project.

Seating will be limited.

If you have any COVID-associated symptoms the day of the show, please do not attend.

**Tickets are non-refundable, but may be exchanged for another performance if available.

*Tickets are also available at the door beginning 45 minutes prior to the show.

 

 

Curator Talks: Guarding the Art
Thursday, April 28 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through May 1
@ the BMA

Join a series of in-gallery presentations led by the guest curators of the Guarding the Art exhibition, on view through July 10. Experience works of art through the lens of seven exhibition curators: Jessica Bither and Alex Dicken, Dereck Mangus, Bret Click, Rob Kempton, or Kellen Johnson and Sara Ruark. Each curator will discuss object selections influenced by their creative careers, intellectual backgrounds, and experiences as gallery officers.

RSVP required. Register here.

Curator Talks Schedule

Thursday, April 28

6—7 p.m.
Jessica Bither and Alex Dicken
This talk we will focus on a central question—what do you see? Alex and Jess will provide gentle guidance during a close-looking exercise. In the spirit of Guarding the Art we will collaboratively generate ideas, with audience participation encouraged. Our subjective experiences of works by Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, and Grace Hartigan will function as a foundation. However, much like our method of curation, the conversation will not adhere to rigid thematic parameters. Guests are encouraged to bring their outside interests into the discussion of the works. What connections will we uncover?

7—8 p.m.
Dereck Mangus
Baltimore City’s landscape and its analog in the galleries are at the heart of Mangus’ selection. Join him as he conducts a verbal tour of the city, discussing the Washington Monument, battle sites of the War of 1812, and the vantage point in his selection (House of Frederick Crey, attributed to Thomas Ruckle), all the while never leaving the galleries and works on view!

Saturday, April 30

1—2 p.m.
Bret Click
Click will lead a gallery tour, exploring the 26 works picked by the curators, and ending with his person selection, Entry into the Ark, attributed to Jacopo Bassano.

2—3 p.m.
Rob Kempton
Kempton will contextualize each of his chosen paintings to ground the viewer through biographical and contextual information. He will then speak on what visually emerges within these works and how close looking affects our understanding of art. Kempton then plans to tie these paintings to the BMA’s vision and mission dedicated to displaying often unrecognized artists, which he believes is deeply relevant.

Sunday, May 1

1—2 p.m.
Kellen Johnson and Sara Ruark
Ruark and Johnson will discuss how and why their experiences in film and the performing arts influenced their object selections (Miniature totem pole possibly Haida, A World in Darknessby Karel Appel, Still Life with Large Shell by Max Beckmann, and Normandy Landscape by Hale Woodruff). This will be followed by a short recital by Johnson, who will sing a repertoire influenced by the artists shown in the exhibition.

 

 

History as a Mangy Dog: Abolitionists, Indian Removal, and the Price of Denial
Friday, April 29 • 12-1pm
presented by The Peale

Featuring Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), National Museum of the American Indian curator
It’s More Than History Lecture Series
Friday, April 29 | 12:00pm -1:00pm (EDT)
Free online | RSVP in advance 

Join us for a compelling talk by Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Mr. Smith has organized many exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Americans. He is the author of Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong, and with Robert Warrior, Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. Smith is a citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. He lives in Washington and watches way too much sports on television.

Mr. Smith will discuss the intersection of two powerful social movements of the 1830s and the unlikely alliance between Cherokee slaveowners and leading abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison. As the long-buried story of Native American enslavement of Africans has slowly come to light, this episode can help us understand why it was ignored for so long, and why it matters now.

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

Above: Paul Chaat Smith. 

 

 

Exclusive Ornamenta Event with Joyce J. Scott
Friday, April 29 • 6-9pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join the Baltimore Jewelry Center on Friday, April 29th, from 6-9pm for an intimate in-person event with local legend and national treasure Joyce J. Scott. Limited to only thirty attendees, this exclusive event will feature cocktails, a behind-the-scenes tour of the BJC, beautiful art jewelry, and a delicious meal at Alma Cocina Latina. All proceeds from the evening go to supporting the mission and programs at the BJC.

Purchase your tickets today for a good time and a good cause!

 

 

Hellbond : Dancing with the spirits
Saturday, April 30 | Ongoing through May 8
@ Hooper House Gallery

Presented by artists from all over East Asia, this is a performance project incorporating various performances and on-site installation with an eclectic range of traditional and modern artistry. Hell, chaotic yet orderly, is a place full of surprises. It is also a rite of passage for all souls, good or bad, to pass through in order to reincarnate into a new life. Starting from an experimental live performance that provides an immersive and interactive experience to kick off the project on April 30th, we will have solo performances, demonstrations, and lectures by each artist the next day and the following weekend until May 8th. Hellbond is curated by Miki, artist Jia Le Ling with on-site installation, and the series of performances are presented by Butoh dancer Azumi O E, Shakuhachi musician Hideo Sekino, performance artist Hsiao-Chu Hsia, and Korean traditional drumming musician Dami Soh Schlobohm.

For details, RSVP for the opening and purchase tickets for artist solo sections, please visit our event page.

Event/ Ticket Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hellbond-dancing-with-the-spirits-tickets-313880173047 

Date: Apr 30-May 1, May 7-May8

Location: James E Hooper House 100 east 23rd Street, Baltimore MD 21218

(All Ages/ Mask Required Indoors/ Street parking free after 6 pm, limited parking in lot available)

Schedule

Saturday, April 30th, Opening Night (All night free/ RSVP through link)

6:30pm Reception & Opening Remarks by Miki and Jia Le Ling

8:00pm Interactive Performance by Azumi O E, Hideo Sekino, Hsiao Chu Hsia and Dami Soh Schlobohm.

9:00pm Artist Talk & Social

Sunday, May 1st

1:00pm-5:00pm Exhibition Visiting Hours by Jia Le Ling (Free)

2:00pm Meaning of No-Meaning (Lecture/Demonstration) by Azumi O E (ticket required)

3:00pm Blowing Shakuhachi Bamboo Flute in performance arts with ‘MA’ (Lecture/Demonstration) by Hideo Sekino (ticket required)

4:00pm Synchronized Beating (Performance / Discussion) by Hsiao-Chu Hsia (ticket required)

Saturday, May 7th

1:00pm-5:00pm Exhibition Visiting Hours by Jia Le Ling (Free)

Sunday, May 8th

1:00pm-5:00pm Exhibition Visiting Hours by Jia Le Ling (Free)

2:00pm Beat of the Korean Drum (Lecture / Demonstration ) by Dami Soh Schlobohm (ticket required)

3:00pm Closing Party: Project Film Screening with Commentary by Jia Le Ling and Miki (Free)

This project is funded by Grit Fund, co-presented by Towson University Asian Arts And Culture Center, Central Baltimore Partnership, partnering with MICA SoundArt, Interactive Arts, and sponsored by Red Bull, Station North, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities, BubbyLolita.

 

 

Floral Harmony: Flower Mart, Music, and Majolica Mania
Saturday, April 30 • 12-4pm
@ The Walters

Location: Onsite – 1 West Mount Vernon Place and in the Flower Mart Education Tent in Mount Vernon Place

In conjunction with the annual Flower Mart festivities, we invite you to engage your senses with music and floral arrangements inspired by the colorful Victorian-era ceramics in our exhibition Majolica Mania, on view in Hackerman House at 1 West Mount Vernon Place. Hear live musical performances wafting through the galleries as you explore nature motifs in Majolica Mania, then join us outdoors for a floral arranging workshop inspired by the exhibition in Flower Mart’s Education Tent. First come, first served and while supplies last.

Performances are approximately 20 minutes in length and will begin at 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 p.m. The floral arranging workshop will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m at the Flower Mart Education Tent near the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place.

Presented in partnership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

 

 

Richard Childress, Untitled, c.1960s-’70s, Richard Childress Photograph Collection, MCHC

Visions of Night: Baltimore Nocturnes | Artist Mingle
Saturday, April 30 • 2-3:30pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

Artists have been creating visions of nighttime for centuries. Photographers started attempting to document the night sky at the advent of the medium, but truly successful attempts did not come to fruition or common practice until the 1930s, when technology caught up with artistic vision. Visions of Night will showcase photographs taken at night in the city from the collections of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as well as contemporary photography, including the work of co-curator J. M. Giordano, Sydney Allen, John Clark Mayden, and others.

Meet and mingle with the Baltimore photographers who are showcasing their contemporary works in Visions of Night. Come along for a visual exploration with artists Sydney Allen, Webster Phillips, John Clarke Mayden, and MCHC Curator of Films & Photographs Joe Tropea followed by mingling and conversation.

Registration is strongly encouraged.

2:00-3:00 PM Visual exploration with artists Sydney Allen, John Clark Mayden, Webster Philips, and MCHC Curator Joe Tropea

3:00–3:30 PM Mingle & questions

 

 

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EMBARC (Emerging Maryland BIPOC Artist Residency in Ceramics) Fellowship
deadline April 27

Founded in 2021, the EMBARC (Emerging Maryland BIPOC Artist Residency in Ceramics) Fellowship seeks to center the experiences and talents of Maryland based BIPOC artists. This fellowship is awarded to an artist who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color. Must be a resident of Maryland for at least 1 year prior to application submission date.

Includes the same benefits and responsibilities as long-term Resident Artists plus:

    • $500 materials/firing stipened
    • Solo exhibition in our solo gallery

The EMBARC Fellowship has the same responsibilities as our long-term residencies and requires the completion of a long-term residency application, letter of intent, artist statement, and submission of requested images.

 

 

Beneath Our Feet: Help Us Build a Community Parade
sponsored by Black Cherry Puppet Theater

Beneath Our Feet is a series of workshops at Black Cherry Puppet Theater that will culminate in a parade at the Sowebo Arts Festival on Sunday, May 29, 2022! The parade takes inspiration from the living systems that exist, out of sight, under layers of concrete in the city. Ancient rivers and creeks flow, diverted through sewers and culverts. A diversity of organisms thrive in layers of earth, doing their age-old work of building soil. All workshops will take place at Black Cherry Puppet Theater at 1115 Hollins Street in Baltimore! for more information, please email valeskapopuloh@yahoo.com or contact us through social media!

WORKSHOP DATES:
Saturday, Apri 30, 12-4pm
Monday, May 2, 6-9pm
Wednesday, May 11, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 21, 12-4pm
Friday, May 27, 11am-5pm
Saturday, May 28, 12-4pm / Make a HEADDRESS or CROWN to wear for the parade.
Sunday, May 29, 11am-5pm Parade Day! 1 and 3pm

 

 

2022 Community Arts Grant | Call for Applications
deadline May 2
sponsored by BOPA

The 2022 Community Arts Grant, produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), supports community-artist collaborative design & implementation of new, exterior wall mural projects sited in underserved communities of Baltimore City. The collaborative projects must be free and open to the public and exist in outdoor, publicly accessible space. Grant applicants may request up to $17,000 in mural project funding support; BOPA will administer right of entry agreements, artist contracts and assist procurement of required permits.

 

 

Ephemeral / Eternal | Call for Entry
deadline May 6
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

Ephemeral / Eternal is a virtual exhibition centered around the inherent polarities that exist within art. The essential question guiding this exhibit is: how does the work we create reflect our current state of being and where we are going?

As artists, we often contemplate the duality within our own art practice – the fleeting moments we spend immersed in our studios, while also considering the longevity and lasting impact of the work we create. For many, the pandemic forced us to contemplate our own legacy and the imprint we will one day leave behind. And yet, when faced with these deep truths and unsettling questions, we often find the only answer can be found in the present moment. In this exhibition, we are seeking work that reflects and perhaps even questions the ephemeral and eternal nature of art.

Eligibility: This international exhibition opportunity is open to artists of all backgrounds. We are looking for diverse mediums, styles and subject matter. Must be 18+ to submit.

We accept all 2D & 3D mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, digital, prints, fiber art, collage, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, and installation art. We do not accept film or video at this time.

To submit your work, please visit: https://visionaryartcollective.submittable.com/submit/223374/ephemeral-eternal-virtual-exhibition

Deadline: May 6th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

This virtual exhibition will be presented in June to www.visionaryartcollective.com, with an additional 3D virtual walk-through using Art Placer software.

 

 

Community Arts Development Grant Program | Call for Applications
deadline May 11
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is currently accepting applications for its FY23 Community Arts Development Grant Program. The Community Arts Development Grant funds day-to-day activities for county arts organizations, as well as arts-related projects for new arts organizations or non-arts groups.

Interested applicants should visit https://hcac.gosmart.org/ for more information and to register. The deadline to apply for the FY22 Community Arts Development Grant Program is May 11, 2022.

HCAC is a private, non-profit organization established to serve and enrich the Howard County community by fostering the arts, artists, and arts organizations. To carry out its mission, HCAC awards operating and project grants to eligible organizations. HCAC is committed to helping promote, improve, and strengthen the structure of community arts organizations by providing operating funds for established arts organizations and by supporting the development of small and mid-sized arts organizations through project-specific funds.

HCAC’s grant program is supported through grants from the Howard County government and the Maryland State Arts Council as well as through its own foundation, corporate, and individual giving initiatives. 

 

 

The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant
deadline May 13
sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council

The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) New Artworks Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council offers funding to artists and organizations to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects. You can apply for Panning Grants of $5,000 or Project Grants of up to $20,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 13, 2022.

 

 

header image: Richard Childress, Untitled, c.1960s-’70s, Richard Childress Photograph Collection, PP177-1985, MCHC

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