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This Week:  UMBC Senior Visual Arts exhibition, Essential Tremors with Brandon Soderberg, Sam Gilliam at the Hirshhorn, FIRED UP! reception at Coppin State, Red Emma’s hosts D. Watkins, MICA: NOVUS opening at The Peale, Black Activism exhibition comes to Maryland Center for History and Culture, The Sound We See: A Baltimore City Symphony at SNF Parkway, and a poetry workshop with Abdu Ali — PLUS Lexington Market Kiosk + Pop-Up applications and more featured opportunities.


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Visual Arts Senior Exhibition | Opening Reception
Tuesday, May 24 • 5-7pm

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and the Department of Visual Arts present the Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, featuring work of graduating seniors in photography, graphic design, cinematic arts, animation and interactive media, and print media, reflecting the interdisciplinary orientation and the technological focus of the department.



Essential Tremors Presents The Selector Series #1: Brandon Soderberg
Tuesday, May 24 • 7-10pm
presented by Essential Tremors / WYPR

Modeled on the “jazz kissa’s” founded in Tokyo in the 1950’s in which people gathered to drink and listen to records, The Selector Series features a guest “selector” (DJ) who chooses a record that’s important to them that we then play that evening. The Selector will begin the evening by introducing the record, its relevance to them, and some of the history behind it, then attendees will don headphones to listen to a high-fidelity playback of the record in its entirety. The Selector for this event is Baltimore author Brandon Soderberg, former Baltimore City Paper editor and co-author (with Baynard Woods) of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad, and the record he’ll be playing is Manuel Gottsching’s 1984 masterpiece E2-E4.



Sam Gilliam: Full Circle
Wednesday, May 25 | Ongoing through September 11
@ Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

In the 60 years since moving to Washington, DC, Sam Gilliam has produced a prolific body of abstraction across media through which he has continually pursued new avenues of artistic expression. He initially rose to prominence in the late 1960s making large, color-stained manipulated, unstretched canvases. Gilliam continues to experiment with staining, soaking and pouring pigments, elaborating on the process-oriented tradition of Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and other Washington Color School artists. In 1972, Gilliam represented the United States at the 36th Venice Biennale, and returned in 2017 with “Yves Klein Blue,” a draped work that welcomed visitors to the Venice Giardini. Gilliam’s approach focuses keenly on the cornerstones of abstraction—form, color and material—from which he creates artworks that reflect his career-long engagement with art history and the improvisatory ethos of jazz. Full Circle shows Gilliam’s most recent works in recognition of his indefatigable vision, presented in his chosen hometown on the National Mall at the national museum of modern art.

This exhibition reflects Gilliam’s tireless propulsion of the through lines of abstraction. His new round paintings (or tondos) expand the body of beveled-edge abstract paintings that Gilliam first pioneered in the 1960s. Ranging in size from 3 to 5 feet in diameter, each tondo begins with a beveled wood panel, which the artist loads with layers of dense, vibrant pigments, their aggregate effect heightened through the addition of thickening agents, sawdust, shimmering metal fragments, wood scraps and other studio debris. Using a stiff metal rake along with more traditional tools, Gilliam then abrades, smears and scrapes the coarse surfaces to reveal a constellation of textures and colors below.

Gilliam’s 2021 works will be shown alongside “Rail” (1977), a stellar “Black” painting by Gilliam in the Hirshhorn’s collection marks some of the artist’s earliest experiments with pronounced materiality. With its immense scale of more than 15 feet in length, stained underpinning, pieced canvas structure and deep tones, “Rail” offers a resonant counterpoint.

“I am greatly looking forward to premiering this new body of work,” Gilliam said. “The tondo series introduced in this show encapsulate many of the ideas that I have been developing throughout my career. Just as importantly, they reflect my current thinking about color, materials, and space. These spaces determined by color and texture are limitless.”

Sam Gilliam: Full Circle is organized by Head Curator Evelyn Hankins.



FIRED UP! | Reception
Wednesday, May 25 • 7-9pm | Ongoing through June 18
@ Coppin State University

Coppin State University, in collaboration with The American Ceramic Society’s Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD), is pleased to present the exhibition FIRED UP! on view from May 18 to June 18, 2022.

FIRED UP!  is a survey exhibition highlighting the diversity and innovation of artists working in contemporary glass around the Mid-Atlantic region, and features artworks by Chul Hyun Ahn, Anthony Corradetti, Oletha DeVane, John Henderson, Michael Janis, Tim McFadden, Soledad Salamé, Dr. Joyce J. Scott, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers.

FIRED UP!  includes objects and installations as distinct as their makers, challenging the perception of glass as a media for artistic practice, while emphasizing the many messages glass is capable of imparting. Organized by a panel of thinkers in celebration of the United Nations “International Year of Glass” (IYOG) and the 60th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement, FIRED UP!  is part of a series of special events commemorating the 2022 Glass & Optical Materials Division’s Conference in Baltimore, held from May 22-26, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The 2022 GOMD technical program will feature four symposia with talks from glass scientists and researchers from all over the world. The symposia include Fundamentals of the Glassy State; Glass and Interaction with its Environment—Fundamentals and Applications; Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices—Fundamentals and Applications; Glass Technology and Cross-cutting Topics.

The adjacent exhibition, FIRED UP! will showcase the many ways glass has matured as a sculptural medium, bring a distinct group of renown artists to connoisseurs, students and admirers who wish to discover the creative possibilities in glass, while amplifying artist’s voices including members of the BIPOC, Latinx, LGBQT and immigrant communities.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.  It is made possible through the support of the GOMD, the American Ceramic Society, and Corning & Owens Corning who helped fund related educational outreach and programming for Baltimore City High Schools. Student programming includes glassblowing workshops and career development discussions.  Registered GOMD Conference attendees may sign up for bus transportation to the exhibition reception through the conference registration portal, all others must use their own transportation.



D. Watkins presents “Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments”
Wednesday, May 25 • 7pm
@ Red Emma’s

“This is, no doubt, an origin story for the ages.” —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist

At nine years old, D. Watkins has three concerns in life: picking his dad’s Lotto numbers, keeping his Nikes free of creases, and being a man. Directly in his periphery is east Baltimore, a poverty-stricken city battling the height of the crack epidemic just hours from the nation’s capital. Watkins, like many boys around him, is thrust out of childhood and into a world where manhood means surviving by slinging crack on street corners and finding oneself on the right side of pistols. For thirty years, Watkins is forced to safeguard every moment of joy he experiences or risk losing himself entirely. Now, for the first time, Watkins harnesses these moments to tell the story of how he matured into the D. Watkins we know today—beloved author, college professor, editor-at-large of, and devoted husband and father.

Black Boy Smile lays bare Watkins’s relationship with his father and his brotherhood with the boys around him. He shares candid recollections of early assaults on his body and mind and reveals how he coped using stoic silence disguised as manhood. His harrowing pursuit of redemption, written in his signature street style, pinpoints how generational hardship, left raw and unnurtured, breeds toxic masculinity. Watkins discovers a love for books, is admitted to two graduate programs, meets with his future wife, an attorney—and finds true freedom in fatherhood.

Equally moving and liberating, Black Boy Smile is D. Watkins’s love letter to Black boys in concrete cities, a daring testimony that brings to life the contradictions, fears, and hopes of boys hurdling headfirst into adulthood. Black Boy Smile is a story proving that when we acknowledge the fallacies of our past, we can uncover the path toward self-discovery. Black Boy Smile is the story of a Black boy who healed.

D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side, The Cook Up, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised and We Speak for Ourselves, which was a One Book, one Baltimore selection. He is Editor at Large for Salon. He is featured in the HBO documentary The Slow Hustle and is a writer on We Own the City, an HBO miniseries from David Simon. His work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. Watkins’ awards include the BMe Genius Grant for dynamic Black leaders, the City Lit Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts, the Maryland Library Association’s William Wilson Maryland Author Award, and the Ford’s Men of Courage award for Black male storytellers. He was also a finalist for a 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and The Cook Up was a 2017 Books for a Better Life finalist. He is lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter.



MICA: NOVUS Exhibition | Opening
Thursday, May 26 • 6-8pm
@ The Peale

Thursday: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm
* COVID protocols are in place when visiting the Peale

NOVUS foregrounds a strain of artistic production operating outside of conventional forms, frameworks, and paradigms. In this exhibition at the historic Peale — the nations first purpose-built museum — the exhibition showcases emerging multidisciplinary artists who are actively defining the future of art. Through site-specific installations, wearable art, and digital or virtual works, these artists urge the use of new strategies for creative interventions in daily life.





Artist Talk: Walter McConnell
Thursday, May 26: 6-7pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Location: Onsite—Walters’ Graham Auditorium. Registration required. Limited capacity.
Join artist Walter McConnell as he discusses his work A Requiem in White (2020), a contemporary installation that memorializes the 19th century factory workers engaged in the production of lead-glazed majolica. The installation, which includes a collection of meticulously arranged cast porcelain objects and figurines, is on view as part of the exhibition Majolica Mania. McConnell will share insights into his inspiration, research, and technical processes in the creation of this impressive contemporary intervention.



Passion & Purpose: Black Activism in Maryland
Thursday, May 26 • 6-7pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

MCHC welcomes members of the “Passion and Purpose: Voices of Maryland’s Civil Rights Activists” exhibition curatorial panel for a conversation about civil rights activism in Maryland. David Taft Terry PhD of Morgan State University, Joshua Clark Davis PhD of University of Baltimore, Linda Day Clark, visual artist and scholar, and MCHC staff discuss the ways Black Marylanders have fought and continue to fight for equality, from letter writing, to sit-ins, to marching.

Thursday, May 26 • 6:30pm
@ SNF Parkway

Sight Unseen and The SNF Parkway are thrilled to welcome Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr of the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles to Baltimore for a special collaborative program.

The Sound We See: A Baltimore City Symphony invites students to create an analog film over an intensive one-week period with support and mentorship from Paolo and Lisa. Working collaboratively, participating students will learn about the city symphony genre, examining the joys and challenges of the urban environment while exploring techniques for filming with vintage Super 8 cameras and developing black and white film stock. Together, they will produce a 24-minute film that envisions a spring day in the life of Baltimore, starting at the moment many residents wake up, building into the bustle of the work day, and moving into the vibrant folds of the night.

Each student will be responsible for recording and telling the story of one hour of the day, guided by their own intuitions, personal styles and perspectives. Analog filmmaking techniques and iconic works produced by Walter Ruttmann and Dziga Vertov in the 1920’s will serve as starting points for this exploration into the communal creative process and contemporary environment.

Students will choose the site and subject of their hour and learn how to edit the footage into a one-minute film. Adding to the excitement of the “Slow Film” movement, the visiting artists will introduce students to eco-processing techniques, which replace harsh chemicals with locally sourced organic ingredients, and engender the film with a signature tone and mood. These 24 one-minute segments will be stitched together to form a single 24-minute film and set to music. The students will take an active role in the creation of the soundtrack, working with local musicians to create a score which may range from orchestral music to spoken word, gospel, or experiments in hip hop, acoustic, synth and jazz.

The Sound We See: A Baltimore City Symphony will premiere with live musical accompaniment at the end of the week-long workshop.

For more on The Sound We See project and a link to all the films in the series, please visit



“Dear Baltimore: We Sing Your Songs” Poetry Workshop
Monday, May 30 • 6-8pm

Online free workshops: 5/30, 6/1, 6/6, 6/8 with performance on 6/9. This two-week, free poetry workshop will focus on the particulars of what it means to live, work, create, love, and grieve in Baltimore. We will use the city as our lens to declare our creative visions, describe our neighbor/hood(s), document that which we love and have lost, and explore new approaches to writing (and reading) poetry. There will be generative creative prompts to get your poetic juices flowing. One-on-one sessions will also be scheduled to discuss current and future projects, opportunities, and sources of support. The workshop culminates in a public performance. This workshop is a partnership between Voyage Writing Workshop and the Black Arts District and is supported by a generous grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. The workshop is led by poet Abdul Ali. Learn more and apply at



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The Lexington Market Kiosk & Pop-Up Application

As 240-year-old Lexington Market completes its $45 million rebirth, the search is on to find the next generation of specialty vendors to secure their kiosk and pop-up spaces. The new building will have room for 12 kiosks – as well as outdoor pop-up opportunities on the new plaza – that will offer short-term rental opportunities for product makers and businesses to sell locally made, locally grown, or handmade products.

When the new building opens this fall, the first group of accepted kiosk merchants will join other previously announced vendors— a mix of new merchants and longtime favorites, who will call the new market home.

The kiosks and pop-ups give customers even more reasons to shop and spend time at the market, and will serve as a launch pad for Baltimore’s talented entrepreneurs. With little upfront investment, kiosk vendors can showcase and sell their wares, including things like small batch pre-packaged food and beverages, handmade jewelry, accessories, clothing, body care products, and home decor items, books, and artwork. If you think you have a concept that would work well as a kiosk or pop-up, submit your application now thru June 20 by 5:00 p.m. Visit this link for more information on pricing, duration and design, and to apply online:  The application can be found under the “Vendor Mix” section of this page.



New Visionary Magazine, Issue 3 | Call for Submission
deadline June 10
sponsored by Visionary Art Collective

New Visionary Magazine is a publication centered around contemporary art & education brought to you by Visionary Art Collective. Released on a quarterly basis, our magazine features a wide range of work by artists and educators from around the world.

Visionary Art Collective is now accepting submissions for issue 3 of New Visionary Magazine. This is an open call with no specific theme, and we are looking for diverse artwork to feature!

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to artists of all backgrounds and experience levels. We accept submissions from artists around the world as we are an online art platform. 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.

To submit your work, please visit:



Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants
deadline June 14
sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts

The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) program, administered by NYFA, will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.



2022 BCPL Artist in Residency Program | Call for Submissions
deadline June 15

The Hereford Branch of Baltimore County Public Library is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2022 Artist/Maker-in-Residence program. Now in its fourth year, this program presents a unique opportunity for the growth and development of selected artists, as well as the convenience of interacting with our community through sharing of skills and expertise. Artists may be asked to work in multiple spaces inside the branch, including the Hive – the branch’s enclosed collaborative art/maker space. Musicians will spend time on the public floor. Residency terms will be awarded through December 2022.

Located in northern Baltimore County, the Hereford Branch is a dynamic community center providing a range of free arts programming and exhibitions for all ages. In addition to offering 21st century library services, the branch has two floors of gallery space attracting local, regional, and nationally recognized artists.  As our mission statement says, Baltimore County Public Library is your place to “explore, learn, create and connect.” The Artist-in-Residence program supports the library’s mission to provide opportunities for social connection, recreation, and lifelong learning. Won’t you consider joining us?

A full description and directions to apply can be found attached to this email and at for receipt of applications is Wednesday, June 15. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of June. If you have additional questions, please contact Samantha O’Heren or Cynthia Webber at [email protected].

Call for Artists & Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants
deadline June 16

SPRING 2022 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant  awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (4) honorable mentions (2 in art and 2 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline: June 16, 2022
Region: US & International
Awards: $550.00 USD Grants

Apply Online Today



header image: Sam Gilliam, “X for X,” 2021 Photo: Jonathan Nesteruk. Copyright 2022 Sam Gilliam /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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