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This Week: Izlia Fernandez at Small Bombs Gallery; MK Bailey, Suzy Kopf, & Rachel Rush at Goucher’s Rosenberg Gallery; Special Feature: Jane Jin Kaisen at SNF Parkway; MICA presents Lucille Tenazas, the William O. Steinmetz ’50 Designer in Residence, talk; Julie L. McGee hosted by the UMD’s David C. Driskell Center; Asia North Festival 2022 begins; 2022 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition featuring Monique Crabb, Adam Droneburg, Sylvia Eken, Alieh Rezaei, and Foster Reynolds-Santiago opening reception at UMBC; Artist Talk with Anthony Grant and Teri Henderson at Good Neighbor — PLUS volunteer opportunities at the Maryland Film Fest 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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Izlia Fernandez: Golden People
Ongoing through May 22 (by appointment)
@ Small Bombs Gallery

“One third, more or less, of all the sorrow that the person I think I am must endure is unavoidable. It is the sorrow inherent in the human condition, the price we must pay for being sentient and self-conscious organisms, aspirants to liberation, but subject to the laws of nature and under orders to keep on marching, through irreversible time, through a world wholly indifferent to our well-being, toward decrepitude and the certainty of death. The remaining two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.”
― Aldous Huxley, Island

Golden People is a solo show by Baltimore-based artist Izlia Fernandez. She earned her BFA at Florida International University in Miami, FL and her MFA at Brooklyn College, CUNY. The works featured are all portraits done in the tradition of oil painting. Upon close inspection, the figures are caught in a world that lingers with questions and uncertainty.



Familiar Flora | MK Bailey – Suzy Kopf – Rachel Rush
Ongoing through April 27
@ Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College

Familiar Flora features three Baltimore-area artists who created work during the pandemic and resulting quarantine depicting scenes of nature. These images were rendered with the constraints of proximity and memory in a time when travel to new landscapes was difficult and unpredictable.

Each of the three artists documented this period of limitation via a generative, creative output. Paintings of conservatory plants and neighborhood tree lines, as well as prints of remembered tropical foliage, offer windows into each artist’s practice and meditation on routine and escape.



Special Feature: Jane Jin Kaisen, Community of Parting
Ongoing through April 10 | Events April 7-10
@ SNF Parkway

CRAAV welcomes Jane Jin Kaisen as artist-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS).

In collaboration with CAMS, CRAAV has organized:

Special Feature: Jane Jin Kaisen

Viewing of selected artworks including: Apertures/Specters/Rifts (2016), Strange Meetings (2017), and The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger (2010)

Jane Jin Kaisen (born 1980 in Jeju Island, lives in Copenhagen) is a visual artist, filmmaker, and Professor at the School of Media Arts, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Spanning the mediums of video installation, narrative experimental film, photographic installation, performance, and text, Kaisen’s artistic practice is informed by extensive interdisciplinary research and engagement with diverse communities.

She is known for her visually striking, multilayered, performative, poetic, and multi-voiced feminist works through which past and present are brought into relation. Her works negotiate and mediate the means of representation, resistance, and reconciliation, thus forming alternative genealogies and sites of collective emergence.

Engaging topics such as memory, migration, borders, and translation, she activates the field where lived experience and embodied knowledge intersect with larger transnational political histories, among others the Korean War and division, the Jeju April Third Massacre, gender marginalization, and transnational adoption.

Kaisen has exhibited and screened her works in a range of contexts internationally. She represented Korea at the 58th Venice Biennale with the film installation Community of Parting which traces a different approach to borders and aesthetic mediation through the Korean shamanic myth of the Abandoned Princess Bari and has participated in the biennials of Liverpool, Gwangju, Anren, Jeju, among others. She was awarded “Exhibition of the Year 2020” by AICA – International Association of Art Critics, Denmark for the exhibition Community of Parting at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and awarded the Montana ENTERPRIZE at Kunsthallen Brandts in Denmark in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Parallax Conjunctures at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2021), Community of Parting at Art Sonje Center (2021) and Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2020), and Of Specters or Returns, Gallery damdam (2020).


March 4 – April 10 (Thursdays-Sundays)

APERTURES | SPECTERS | RIFTS, 2016 and STRANGE MEETINGS, 2017, installed artworks in the SNF Parkway building. Open during Parkway operating hours.

April 7 at 7PM

COMMUNITY OF PARTING 2019 will be screened as a single-channel film (Theatre 1). The screening will be followed by an artist Q&A and discussion.

April 8, 9, 10

Experience the installed artworks and the screening of two films as part of the Asia North Arts Festival 2022. Featuring single-channel film screenings of The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger, 2010 (Theater 3) and Community of Parting, 2019 (Theater 2).



Lucille Tenazas | MICA Graphic Design Talk | William O. Steinmetz ’50 Designer in Residence
Tuesday, April 5 • 2pm
presented by MICA

This annual event is being held online and is open to the public. Those interested in attending can register here. For more information, visit MICA’s website.

MICA is pleased to announce Lucille Tenazas — whose groundbreaking creative career opened up graphic design to diverse influences and personal voices — as this year’s William O.Steinmetz ’50 Designer-in-Residence. The Steinmetz program is MICA’s most prominent annual design event, named after MICA alumnus, faculty member and trustee William O. Steinmetz (1927–2016).

On April 5, Tenazas will talk about her work, spanning her origins as a young student in the Philippines to her current role as an endowed professor at Parsons School of Design. Tenazas will also lead an online design workshop with MICA students from 12-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

Tenazas is the Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design, where she served as associate dean of the School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) from 2013–2020. She founded the MFA Design Program at California College of Arts (CCA) in 2000.

Her work as a designer and teacher bridges theory and practice in a process of self-discovery. Tenazas builds layers of typography and image that embrace poetic expression. She received the National Design Award in Communication Design from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

“When I came to the US to study graphic design in 1979, I arrived with no baggage of history,” Tanazas said. “I asked, how can I refer to the foundations of Western typography but make it my own? How can I synthesize ideas from the Bauhaus or Swiss modernism and go beyond them?”

Born in Manila, the Philippines, Tenazas has taught and practiced in the United States since 1979. As a graduate student at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in the early 1980s, she was exposed to the work of Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. She is an authority in the evolving state of design education and has conducted workshops in institutions throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

“MICA is proud to share Lucille Tenazas’s voice with our students and with the wider design community,” says Ellen Lupton, MICA faculty and the College’s inaugural Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair.



Annual Distinguished Lecture in the Visual Arts in Honor of David C. Driskell with Julie McGee, PhD
Thursday, April 7 • 6pm
Presented by the David C. Driskell Center @ UMD

The Annual Distinguished Lecture Series was established to provide a forum for prominent artists and scholars to educate the public about important issues pertaining to African American art and artists.

Julie L. McGee is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, at the University of Delaware. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the 2003 documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art. In 2011–2012, she held the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She was a 2019 Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. researching the American-Dutch artist Sam Middleton (1927–2015) and transnational art history. In collaboration with the High Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, she curated of David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History (2021). Her extensive scholarship on Driskell includes the monograph David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (Pomegranate Communications, 2006) curatorial essays, artist interviews, and analyses of Driskell’s curatorial endeavors. McGee is currently the Interim Director of Special Collections and Museums, University of Delaware, Library, Museums and Press.



Opening Event: Asia North 2022
Friday, April 8 • 6pm
@ Motor House + Stillpointe Theatre

Explore the Remembrance, Resilience, Power + Pride exhibit and meet the artists. Contribute to the Growing Our Gardens altar. Enjoy performances by Didimsae Dance, Gyuneun Kim, Mega Drum, Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe, and EN’B, and savor refreshments from local Asian eateries.



2022 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition | Opening Reception
Friday, April 8 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through April 22
@ UMBC Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) and the Department of Visual Arts preset the 2022 IMDA MFA Thesis Exhibition: Extimacy, featuring works by Monique CrabbAdam DroneburgSylvia EkenAlieh Rezaei, and Foster Reynolds-Santiago.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

As part of the exhibition, on Friday, April 1 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park, Alieh Rezaei will present a performance event, The Tongue in the Landscape.

Visitor Information

Admission is free. The CADVC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please visit here for directions and parking information.

Please note: Visitors to the CADVC are not required to wear masks. Please visit here to view current campus Covid safety information.



Black Collagists Mural at Good Neighbor Artist Talk and Celebration
Friday, April 8 • 6:30pm
@ good neighbor

Artist Talk with Anthony Grant and Teri Henderson on Friday April 8th at 6:30PM.

Join us at Good Neighbor for an artist talk, drinks, food, and music in celebration of the Black Collagists mural!

about the mural:

BOOOOOM is a collage installation created by Anthony Grant that is on display at good neighbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The piece contains references to Baltimore’s past and present, iconography typically found in advertising, and figurative Black imagery. The artist invites the viewer to either decode the messages or just simply take in the image.

BOOOOOM, a Black Collagists installation at good neighbor was curated by Teri Henderson. BOOOOOM is viewable entirely outdoors and is the second public art installation at good neighbor.

about the artist

Anthony Grant is a graphic designer and artist located in the Bay Area, California. He spends his days crafting brands and user interfaces and nights making collages. While his professional work strives for perfection and solutions, his personal artwork finds beauty in imperfection, texture, and introspection. His works has been shown at NIAD (Richmond CA), District (Oakland CA), Themes+Projects (San Francisco CA), Plastik Comb Magazine, and Black Collagists: The Book. Find his work on Instagram @anthony.r.grant or at

about Black Collagists

Founded in August 2020, Black Collagists (@blackcollagists) is an online platform that highlights and amplifies the work solely of Black artists making collage worldwide. The platform features the work of emerging Black collage artists as well as more established and well known collage artists in order to raise awareness about the history of Black collage art.

In December 2021, Black Collagists: The Book was published by Kanyer Publishing. Written and curated by Teri Henderson, Black Collagists: The Book features over fifty emerging and established Black collage artists from around the world. With over 300 full color images alongside historical context and academic essays, the book establishes a physical archive of the history and the future of Black collage artists.Black Collagists: The Book does not claim to be a complete record, but rather a door that invites others into a conversation about representation in Black collage art, both historically and currently, and challenges others to expand their own research. For more on Black Collagists follow @blackcollagists or visit



Calls for Entry


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Paint It! Ellicott City 2022 Juried Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition
deadline April 12
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking artists to take part in Paint It! Ellicott City 2022, its annual, juried plein air paint-out in Ellicott City, Maryland.

From June 9-12, juried artists will set up their easels throughout Ellicott City’s historic district to capture the town’s unique charms as they vie for a minimum of $4,000 in total awards. Community artists are invited to join the fun as part of the Open Paint-Out, which takes place concurrently.

On June 13, HCAC will host a free public reception from 6–8pm to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of the juried artists’ work at the Howard County Center for the Arts. A highlight of the reception will be the presentation of juror awards. Paint It! Ellicott City 2022 will be on display from June 13 through August 6 and will also be available to view online.

The juror for Paint It! Ellicott City 2022 is Ron Donoughe, an award-winning plein air artist who has spent nearly 30 years exploring the many textures of the Western Pennsylvania landscape. A native of Loretto, Pennsylvania, Donoughe is a distinguished alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and also studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and California College of the Arts.

This year’s paint-out takes place as Ellicott City celebrates its 250th anniversary. Special events and programs honoring the beloved mill town’s extraordinary history are scheduled throughout the year. To learn more, visit

The deadline for entries for the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2022 is April 12. Entry information is available online at Registration for the Open Paint-Out will be available in May. For more information on this and other Arts Council programs, email [email protected], or call 410-313-2787.



YICCA Art Contest | Call for Entry
deadline April 13

YICCA is an international call for artists, open to professionals and not only from any country in the world. All kinds of contemporary artworks are allowed in the art contest: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, mix media, video, installations and performances. The competition’s aim is to promote the enrolled artist, giving them chance to join the international market of contemporary art. Internationality and networking make this art call a huge chance for the artists, which can win a cash prize and have the opportunity to exhibit the submitted works in an art gallery of a European city. Jury’s final decision will lead to a selection of 18 artists that will participate in the final exhibition.



2021 Howie Award Nomination Forms Now Available
deadline April 15
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking nominations for the 2021 Howie Awards honoring individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts in Howard County. The 2021 Howie Awards will be presented at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County in the fall of 2022 in front of an audience comprised of members of Howard County’s arts, education, government, and business communities. Winners and nominators of winners will each receive two complimentary tickets to the event.   

Nomination forms are available on the Arts Council website at Nominations must arrive at the HCAC office via mail, fax, email or hand-delivery no later than 5pm on April 15, 2022.  

The Howie Awards are presented annually by the Arts Council to an outstanding: Artist who has contributed a high level of talent and vision to the artistic life of the community; Arts Educator who has made an exceptional contribution to the arts in education in Howard County; and Business or Community Supporter of the Arts in recognition of their long-term contributions or significant impact on the arts in Howard County. The 2021 Howie Awards Committee is comprised of Barbara Lawson (Chair), Jeffrey Agnor, Sandra French, Naomi LaRonde-King, Kristi Simon, Coleen West, and Beverly White-Seals.

Please note: Previous winners, current Howard County Arts Council Board of Directors and Howie Committee members are NOT eligible for 2021 awards. Winners will be notified in writing no later than June 15, 2022.

For a nomination form or more information, visit the Arts Council website at, call 410-313-ARTS (2787), or visit the Howard County Center for the Arts at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.



Unveiling Resistance | Call for Submissions
deadline April 23
sponsored by The Galleries at CCBC

The Gallery at CCBC Essex is looking for artwork rooted in protest against injustices for the exhibition Unveiling Resistance, curated by Thomas F. James. We are accepting all forms of visual media, including but not limited to, sculpture, drawing, painting, digital art, film, animation, collage, photography, found object, performance (both live or filmed), and mixed media. For more information, visit

From the Curator:

“From political cartoons to graffitied slogans on city walls, art has always been used as a tool for resistance.  Commonly used as a provocative social commentary, art allows for radical thoughts and ideas to be publicly displayed on some of the largest platforms attainable – such as a higher education institution.

Deriving from Community College of Baltimore County’s 2020 exhibition Protest Art, in which the college’s gallery used its platform to amplify marginalized images and perspectives in reference to racial injustice, Unveiling Resistance expands on this concept. This call for entry is looking for artists who create works that directly explore injustice and oppressive systems inflicted on marginalized groups. Together we will create an exhibition that highlights how contemporary artists are using their voices and artist talents to resist against injustice.”

​Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: April 23, 2022
Jurying: April 24 – 30
Selection Announcement: May 2
Drop off: May 30-June 3
Install Dates: June 6 – 10
Exhibition Dates: June 17 – September 9
Pick-Up: September 12 – 16

For more information and the submission form, please visit our website page at



Director of Strategic Growth | Job Opportunity
deadline April 24
sponsored by Station North Tool Library

Thank you for your interest in working at the Station North Tool Library (SNTL). SNTL is a nonprofit tool-lending library and community hub in the heart of Baltimore City. Our mission is to empower all people, through affordable access to tools, skills and workspace, to positively direct the development of their environments and lives. We are looking for our next Director of Strategic Growth. This role is crucial to expanding our earned revenue and fundraising to further deepen our mission and help take us to the next level. To learn more, please find the full job description below:



Emerging Artist Studio Opportunity
deadline April 30
sponsored by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom a short-term studio placement may make a significant difference to their career development or completion of a project. The selected artist will fill one available artist studio space, approximately 216 square feet, sharing access with two other artists in adjoining studios, for $167.76/month for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2022. 

HCAC provides accessible studio space for fourteen studio artists, as well as three arts organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, natural light, and easy access to water. This is a work studio; the program does not provide living space. Heat and utilities are included.

For this program, HCAC defines “emerging artists” as those early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), who are gaining momentum, and may be at a critical point in their career – when such support may be most impactful. These artists are not yet considered established professionally by standard indicators such as gallery representation, awards and commissions, or significant exhibition history or art sales.

HCAC emerging artists are required to participate in HCAC’s annual resident artists’ exhibit, open their studios for up to four open studio events per year, maintain membership in the Howard County Arts Council, use their studio a minimum of eight hours per week, and carry liability insurance as specified in their lease. Emerging artists must also maintain a safe working environment in their studios and abide by all other requirements outlined in their lease.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their artistic discipline, artistic merit, experience (as it pertains to ‘emerging’ status), and commitment, as well as the appropriateness of their activities for the available space.  In cases where all other elements of candidates’ qualifications are deemed of equal value, Howard County artists or artists with an established history of living, working, and teaching in Howard County will be given priority.

The Howard County Center for the Arts is located at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

For more information and to apply, visit



header image: from Izlia Fernandez: Golden People at Small Bombs Gallery

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