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This Week: Cade Center Gallery Student Art Exhibit opening, Jazz outdoor concert and talk at Evergreen, Lauren R. Lyde solo exhibition reception at Top of the World, J.M. Giordano opening reception at Maryland Art Place, The Lost Weekend at Greedy Reads, Voices of a Black Butterfly premiere at The Peale, Hoffberger School of Painting graduates’ reception, Elena Volkova’s Anacostia Portraits opens at Hornfleur Gallery, Elena Johnston: Mood Ring opening at Current Space — PLUS Rapid Lemon Productions Variations Project and more 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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Wine And Magazine Party GIFs | Tenor

Artist: Eleanor Woodbury Medium: Digital Collage Title: Error Code

The Cade Gallery’s AACC Juried Student Art Exhibition 2022 | Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 11 • 5-7pm
@ Cade Center Gallery

Juried by Eric Briscoe

Exhibition Information: This year’s exhibition will occur in the Cade Gallery. May 10 – June 10.
Exhibit Reception: Wed May 11th 5-7pm.

About the Exhibit: 

The exhibit will feature works by AACC students in a variety of 2D and 3D media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photo, design, and more. Our annual juried exhibition is an opportunity for students to go through a selection process by an outside art professional and to learn about the jurying process.
Juror: E. L. Briscoe was born in LaPlata, MD in Charles County. Briscoe attended Charles County public schools and continued on to study visual art at Charles County Community College (currently the College of Southern Maryland), Morgan State University, (‘95) B.A., Howard University, (‘98) M.F.A. Briscoe is the coordinator of the Visual Arts Program at Morgan State University and has artworks in The James E. Lewis Museum of Art collection The Jean and Robert Steele Collection of African American Prints, David Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park and has exhibited at the African American Museum, Dallas, TX, SoWeBo Gallery, Baltimore, The Creative Alliance, National Black Art Show, SOHO, NY, Art-O-Matic, Washington, D.C., The Nina Simone Experience, Atlanta GA as well as others. Briscoe has also curated exhibitions such as The Evolution of Depression; revisited, drawings by Larry Scott at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Energies and Entities, paintings by Doris C. Kennedy and Baltimore City Arts: Turning the Corner



Jazz: America’s Secret Sonic Weapon
Thursday, May 12 • 6-8pm
@ Evergreen Museum + Library

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government recruited jazz icons such as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington to tour the world as cultural ambassadors and burnish America’s reputation as a beacon of multi-cultural freedom and creativity. While this projection often obscured a far more complicated reality, the tours proved incredibly effective, inspiring one reporter to dub them “America’s secret sonic weapon.” At Evergreen—once the home of Ambassador John Work Garrett and his arts patron wife, Alice Warder Garrett—diplomacy and jazz have long co-existed. They will once again harmonize at this outdoor concert and talk co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and featuring music by Peabody jazz sextet Kenyatta and narration by Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars professor Anna Harwell Celenza. Staged on Evergreen’s newly renovated historic terrace, this program will illustrate the power of jazz to seduce the world even as it remained a source of cultural dissonance for some Americans. Light refreshments will be served.



“We Used to Live at Night “J.M Giordano | Opening Reception
Thursday, May 12 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through June 25
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present J.M. Giordano’s “We Used to Live at Night” on view May 12 – June 25. Not since Weegee’s Naked City or Brassai’s Secret Paris of the 30s has a photobook captured the tapestry of an entire city.

J.M. Giordano’s “We Used to Live at Night” (2021, Culture Crush Editions) covers over 25 years of Baltimore After Dark. Underground sex scenes, drag scenes, club scenes, crime scenes, and more are all featured in MAP’s upcoming show based on the book.Giordano’s first solo show at MAP will feature black and white film and digital photos from all across our city starting in 1994 until COVID ended the old way of living at night for good.

We Used to Live at Night” has been featured in The Guardian, Washington Post, Huck Magazine, Dazed and Confused Magazine, and more.

Join us for the reception on Thursday, May 12 between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm located at Maryland Art Place, 218 West Saratoga St. COVID compliant.



The Lost Weekend
Friday, May 13 | Ongoing through May 15
@ Greedy Reads

Baltimore’s historic literary contributions are well known, and it remains still today a city overflowing with creativity and talent, from social and cultural commentary, to poetry, to award-winning fiction.

The city’s literary talent is matched by a community of readers who are insatiably curious, hungry for stories, and unapologetically politically and culturally engaged.

THE LOST WEEKEND is three days of culture, books, spoken word, poetry, good food and good people – hosted by Greedy Reads.



Voices of a Black Butterfly Film Premiere
Friday, May 13 • 5:30-7pm
@ The Peale

Featured Guest: Dr. Lawrence T. Brown, Author, “The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America”

May 13, 2022 | 5:30-7:00pm (EDT)

Admission: $15 – To Support BNHA Heritage Area Youth Initiatives

In-person at the Peale, 225 Holliday Street, Baltimore

**Effective October 1, 2021, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to attend all in-person, indoor events, including Peale exhibitions and programs. Masks are also required. Learn more.

What is it to survive and thrive in a city that doesn’t always acknowledge your presence and history? Voices of a Black Butterfly, the latest documentary produced by The Baltimore National Heritage Area, explores the cultural aspects of living in Baltimore, where history is both enriched and complicated by its length and its diversity.

The film addresses what a heritage area is and also singles out the unique characteristics of Baltimore’s urban heritage area. Baltimore’s heritage isn’t just represented by its historic buildings or museums. This film offers a voice to the real experiences of the “black butterfly,” the city’s often disinvested Black neighborhoods. These voices remind us that each culture is worth preserving in all its facets, and that we are both defined and connected as people by the wings of Baltimore’s “black butterfly.”

This screening is sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

Accessibility Information

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Image: Collen Harkins

Vibrations: Works by graduating and recently graduated painters from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting | Reception
Saturday, May 14 • 2-7pm
@ Caroline Street Chapel

Works by graduating and recently graduated painters from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA

Paintings by

Penn Eastburn
Christopher Graham
Colleen Harkins
Lauren Lortie
Ian Miyamura
Jay Rangam
Eric Crist Schneider
Ryan Strochinsky
Thiang Uk
Arthur Youngblood

Caroline Street Chapel
5 South Caroline
Baltimore, MD 21231

On View
09 May–31 May
By appointment only<

Saturday 14 May
2:00–7:00 PM


Mellow Vibrations
Saturday 21 May
5:30–8:30 PM

Music by

Bobby Woody



Anacostia Portraits | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14 • 4-7pm | Ongoing through June 18
@ Hornfleur Gallery

Anacostia Portraits is a participatory arts project using a historic photographic process to create a visual archive celebrating the people who make up the Anacostia region of the District of Columbia. In this revival of the 19th century tintype, individuals with a connection to the community were invited to portrait sessions with photographer Elena Volkova at the Anacostia Arts Center. Each sitting produces two portraits, one for the participant and one for a final installation.

Volkova sees Anacostia Portraits as a way for people to shape their own representations, and to encourage a dialogue between past and present. The tintype, or wet plate collodion, process makes exposures on metal plates coated with wet silver nitrate. Like a Polaroid, each exposure produces a single image. However, a single tintype takes about 15 minutes to create. Volkova uses the forced slowness to collaborate with participants, learning enough about each person to reveal their internal stories in a final portrait.

Subjects come with a diverse range of connections to Anacostia: life-long residents, people who grew up and moved away, and newcomers making art or building businesses in the region. Their lives touch on different parts of the varied and changing landscape of Anacostia, which began as a Native American settlement, grew into a center for DC’s African-American community, and now grapples with the push and pull of gentrification.

Honfleur Gallery will host a final installation of portraits produced through Volkova’s project from May 6 through June 18, 2022.  Nearly 100 original photographic plates will be on display, along with digital enlargements.

Anacostia Portraits is supported by a grant from Corcoran Women’s Committee and ARCH Development Corporation.



Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14th from 6 to 8 pm
Heather Gray Gallery
16 W.North Avenue Baltimore, Md 21201





Elena Johnston: Mood Ring | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 14 • 7pm
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “Mood Ring” a solo exhibition of works by Elena Johnston. Please join us for the opening reception!

Masks are requested indoors for the reception. Refreshments will be served outdoors. Thank you!

Opening Reception: May 14th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: May 14th – June 25th
Closing Reception: June 25th, time TBA
Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-5pm

This event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated for our planning and contact tracing if necessary.


Mood Ring features paintings made between January 2021 and April 2022. These works were inspired by recent immersive experimentation and exploration of paint and material in my studio practice. For years I have favored colorful combinations of house paint, acrylic, and gouache as my primary materials. The addition of pigment dispersions, bleach, inks, and a lot of water to my process allows for greater opportunities of unique interactions of the materials and layering. I naturally dye found fabrics and canvas and pour the paint to incorporate the element of chance. The process is mystical and unpredictable, like a mood ring. The resulting paintings are meditations on color and the human experience.



Calls for Entry

MRW when I'm on a party line with my best buds and one tells a great joke. - Album on Imgur


Mural Project at 7 St. Paul Street | Request for Qualifications
deadline May 20
sponsored by BOPA

In a commitment to include works of art in construction projects, BOPA is excited to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from Baltimore-based artists to create an original artwork in BOPA’s new, beautifully designed office space.

The commissioned work of art will contribute to BOPA’s creative energy and vibrancy, engage and inspire visitors, arts and culture leaders, while beautifying the new office space. This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists over the age of 18 residing in the City of Baltimore.

>The selected artist will receive a $200 commission to create two design concepts for review and design revision work. The selected artist must also provide an installation plan for approval by BOPA. Upon successful completion of art design revision work, the selected artist will receive $3,000 to implement the finalized design in the form of a painted mural in BOPA’s office space at 7 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. The credited artwork will appear in news releases, advertisements, and social media promotions and the artist will be publicly acknowledged for their work

Applications are now open! The deadline to apply is Friday, May 20, 2022. Click below for the full RFQ and a link to the application.



PAPERWORKS 2022 International Juried Art Competition | Call for Entry
deadline May 22
sponsored by B.J. Spoke Gallery

JUROR: Kiko Aebi is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, since 2019. In this role, she has provided exhibition and acquisition support on various projects. Most recently, she worked with Senior Curator Jodi Hauptman and Associate Curator Samantha Friedman on Cézanne Drawing (2021) and contributed texts to the associated exhibition catalogue.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and holds an M.A. in Contemporary Art History from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and a B.A. in Art History and Environmental Studies from Amherst College.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists using paper as their primary substrate, or the subject of a video. All entries to the Paperworks 2022 competition must be the original work of the artist.

ACCEPTED MEDIA: Works made on, with, or about, PAPER: cut paper, folded paper, woven paper, glued paper, drawings, paintings, pastels, printmaking, photographs, paper sculpture, digital art, bound books, collage, mixed media, video, and installation.

AWARD: Selected artists will have up to six pieces included in a one month, online exhibition on – and promoted on b.j spoke gallery’s social media accounts from August 1-31, 2022. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artists.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, August 13th at 7:00pm on ZOOM (Video Communications Inc.).

ENTRY FEE: $35.00 for up to 6 images and/or 2 videos, any or all of which could be selected for the on line exhibition. You will be juried on your body of work. If you’re submitting an Installation or sculptural work you might consider using 2 or more of your 6 permitted images and/or a video, in order to give the juror an accurate visual. However, please keep in mind 6 images are 6 images, not 6 entries.

SIZE LIMITATIONS: PAPERWORKS 2022 will be an online exhibition. There are no size constraints for work submitted.

DEADLINE: May 22, 2022 11:59 (Mountain Time)

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be contacted by June 10, 2022



History Through Art Youth Contest 2022
deadline May 25
sponsored by The Baltimore National Heritage Area

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) invites Baltimore City youth to participate in our 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition. The purpose of this contest is to engage City youth in an art exhibit showcasing their unique talents while also expressing their view of life in Baltimore City. The expectation is that the artwork will reflect Baltimore’s historic people, places, significant architecture or represent a historical event.

BNHA will host a summer exhibit showcasing this artwork in partnership with the Downtown Partnership in 2022. The contest is open to Baltimore youth ages 9-18. Submissions can take the form of photography and works on paper. The deadline for submissions is May 25, 2022.

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) works to promote, preserve and enhance Baltimore’s legacy through history, arts and culture. Find out more at

*** Must have parental consent to participate. ***

*** Artists retain all rights to their work. BNHA will only use the work for promotional purposes.***

For a work in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release form the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to BNHA upon request. A model release is available on the heritage area’s website. (Click here for the form.)



The Saturday Visiter Awards
deadline May 30
sponsored by Poe Baltimore

The Saturday Visiter Awards are presented by Poe Baltimore to recognize a new generation of artists continuing Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in the arts and literature around the world.  The prizes celebrate media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works. 

Though he was not wealthy in his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his pen. The Saturday Visiter was the name—and spelling—of a local periodical that held a contest for poetry and short stories. Poe won the award for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” (which he wrote at Poe House.) The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Edgar Allan Poe won while he lived in Baltimore which helped to launch the famed writer’s career. 

Saturday Visiter Awards are presented in two categories: works that adapt Poe’s life or writing (including biography, or true adaptations of his poetry or prose), and original works that are inspired by Poe’s life or writing. In addition, important “Poe Places”, including The Poe Museum(Richmond, VA) ,  The Poe Cottage (the Bronx NYC) and Poe House (Baltimore , MD) will highlight exceptional entries specific to their region. The awards are presented every October at the annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards in Baltimore, Maryland. 


Poe Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents. The organization is dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities celebrating Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond.  

Click here to read the Saturday Visiter Awards Guidelines for Entry or download the PDF below. Call for entries will open January 19, 2022.

NEW for Maryland High School Students only:   The Young Saturday Visiter Awards, sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Click here to read more about this category, open to Maryland High School Students (Grades 9-12 or equivalent during the 2022-23 School Year.)



Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grant Program
deadline May 30
sponsored by Frederick Arts Council

The Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is pleased to announce that the Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Grant Program will open on April 29. This is a regranting opportunity made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Recovery Plan funding.

There are two funding opportunities: 1) Grants to artist organizations with 501c3 status; and 2) Stipends for arts activities undertaken by individual artists. Individual artists can request $2,500 or $5,000, and arts nonprofits can request up to $15,000.

“We are pleased to be able to help support our creative community which was very hard hit by the pandemic and in need of this infusion of support,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council.

This funding opportunity is made possible through a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant to Local Arts Agencies (LAA) awarded to the Frederick Arts Council for sub-granting.

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria: artistic excellence, relevance/service to community, and capacity to implement.

Artistic activities are supported to strengthen our county’s—and the nation’s—cultural infrastructure.

The subgrants will help restore the local community’s creative sector, benefitting arts workers, artists, and audiences.

An Applicant orientation will be offered via Zoom on April 28th at 2p.m. Applicants may use this link to attend. Pre-registration is not required. The session will be recorded and shared via the FAC Website for those who cannot attend. The deadline for the grant applications is May 30, 2022.



Variations Project | Call for Submissions
deadline May 31
sponsored by Rapid Lemon Productions

New to the Variations Project? Here’s how it works:

1) Take a look at our online source material for ideas, think about the theme of CHANGE, and write a ten-minute play. If you’re not sure about length, aim for around 1500 words.

2) Email your script to in .doc or .pdf format by May 31. Please be sure to send us something new, that you’ve written specifically for this year’s project.

3) Throughout June and July we’ll hold readings of all the submissions, with the authors present, for discussion and feedback. Writers will have the opportunity to make revisions afterward, and (time permitting) we’ll read those too. These readings are for developing plays as well as playwrights, and they’re a lot of fun!

4) Shortly after the readings, we will announce the group of roughly 7 to 12 plays which will be produced on stage—and start rehearsals! We will cast an ensemble of around 8 actors from members of the company, as well as newcomers from the summer submission readings. If you’re interested in acting, the readings are your audition! All of our artists receive a small stipend.

5. The stage production will appear September 16–October 2, 2022 at Motor House, directed by Tracie M. Jiggetts.



header image: Mood Ring by Elena Johnston @ Current Space

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