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This Week: Kumasi J. Barnett, Jeffrey Kent, and Dr. Darryl Peterkin in conversation at The Peale, Summer ’22 exhibition opening at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Youngblood opening reception at Maryland Art Place, Second Chance Community Spotlight Festival installation, Truepenny Projects presents Squidsbury by Chad Short at the Mercury Theater, The Big Show + The Big Show on stage at Creative Alliance, and an artists reception for Donald Edwards at Hamilton Gallery — PLUS Crystal Moll Gallery Plein Air Show Call for Entry and more featured opportunities.


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THE AMAZING BLACK MAN: Kumasi J. Barnett Artist Talk and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, July 14 • 6-7pm
@ The Peale

THE AMAZING BLACK MAN: Kumasi J. Barnett Artist Talk and Panel Discussion

July 14, 2022, 6-7pm

FREE | In-person at the Peale

* COVID protocols are in place when visiting the Peale; Proof of vaccination and masking required

In this panel discussion, artist Kumasi J. Barnett and exhibition curator, Jeffrey Kent, are joined by Dr. Darryl Peterkin, author and American historian from Morgan State University. “When I was introduced to Baltimore-based artist Kumasi Barnett’s artwork in New York at the Armory Show in 2019, I was blown away by the content editing and visual editing process. So much that I felt very fortunate to have an opportunity to exhibit his artwork at the Peale.”

—Jeffrey Kent, Chief Curator, the Peale

Photo by Fabien Palencia



SUMMER ’22 | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 14 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through September 10
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

Hasan Elahi / José Manuel Fors / Carol Brown Goldberg / Cheryl Goldsleger / Grace Hartigan / Jae Ko / Dimitra Lazaridou / Eugene Leake / Beverly McIver

ON VIEW July 14 – September 10, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, July 14, 6:00-8:00 PM

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present its 45th annual summer group exhibition, Summer ‘22, featuring contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture. Participating artists represent an overview of the gallery’s ongoing commitment to engaging programming.

This survey exhibition spans decades to pull together work that showcases, most importantly, a deep love of art making. The work of Eugene Leake (1911-2005) guides us through rural landscapes and atmospheric painting, while Grace Hartigan’s (1922-2008) washes of color blend together figurative content with the artist’s signature sensibility of vibrant color, active gesture, and painterly freedom. Beverly McIver examines racial, gender, social, and occupational identities in her narrative and autobiographical paintings, working to both confront and amaze the viewer with her prowess.

Hasan Elahi works across photo-based disciplines to examine issues of citizenship, migration, and surveillance. After being erroneously suspected of terrorist activity and subjected to FBI questioning in 2002, the artist inundated his detainers with an ongoing archive of his everyday activities, turning personal data into an open-ended art project. In a similar ode to the archive, Cuban artist José Manuel Fors creates photographic collages which act as a collection of memories. Images of family and old documents cast in sepia-tone bring together ideas of time and identity.

The work of Carol Brown Goldberg and Cheryl Goldsleger presents ideas of entwinement and interconnection through painting. Goldberg creates dense organic landscapes filled with intricate foliage, providing an artistic interpretation of advanced sciences as it bleeds into visual language. And Goldsleger explores the inescapable relationship between societies and location, also building tension in the chaos of overlapping typographical forms. Korean artist Jae Ko brings viewers deep into her world of paper by constructing memorizing sculptural forms seeped in vibrant color; shifting our consciousness fluidly between the natural and the human-made. And finally, Greek photographer Dimitra Lazaridou depicts her native Athens in a soft silence which allows us to linger on subtle architectural elements and engage in stillness.

Summer ‘22 will be on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from July 14 through September 10, 2022. A reception will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. We are pledged to follow certain requirements for COVID-19 safety compliance and therefore masks covering the nose and mouth are REQUIRED at this event.

Summer hours for C. Grimaldis Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that the gallery will be closed from August 21 through September 5 for our annual summer holiday.



YoungBlood | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 14 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through September 2
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 13thYoung Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood Exhibiting Artists:

Candice EH Cramer | MICA
Penn Eastburn | MICA
Martin Gonzales | UMD
Bao Hu | MICA
Danielle Hawk | Towson
Geoffrey Krist | MICA
Anna Reed | MICA
Jennifer Yablonsky | Towson



Second Chance Community Spotlight Festival | Installation Opening
Friday, July 15 • 3-5pm
@ Second Chance

During July and August, we will be hosting and celebrating several local installation and mural artists! Please join us at Second Chance on Friday, July 15, from 3 – 5 p.m. for an official installation opening that showcases this eclectic group of talented artists. Sweet Satisfaction Ice Cream Truck and Thread Coffee will be serving up some goodies to enjoy while you wander and wonder!

Kelly Walker: Kelly Walker uses a wide range of atypical materials pushing mediums past their intended purpose- creating works referencing graffiti, landscape and color field.  Her work absorbs the beauty, chaos and reality of Baltimore City. In an immense labor of love, Walter transformed a rundown auto shop in the heart of the city into a live/work space that has been featured in Baltimore Magazine as a work of art in its self-boasting the work of other local artists.

Kimberly George Art: Kimberly George is a sculpture artist whose work highlights the fluid nature of fabric. Both modern and minimal, yet intricate and inviting, her work is versatile and translates to many design styles. Her collection of sculpture painting is created from plaster and fabric with attention to texture and color.

Stephanie Garon: Stephanie’s artwork investigates the vulnerability of nature to humanity. The juxtaposition of natural objects against industrial materials exposés dichotomies of formality/fragility and permanence/impermanence.  A contemporary twist on the Arte Povera movement, her internationally exhibited work addresses climate crisis politics and mediates attention to the materials themselves.  Her contemplative spaces explore how we, as people, interrupt the natural world around us.

Mike McConnell Art: Mike’s paintings, drawings, and constructions are fueled by life experiences and nature.  He works intuitively, combining, editing, and recombining marks into compositions that are unexpectedly recognizable.  He does not set out to tell a story, but his many years as an illustrator inevitably weave their way into his work.

Katie Pumphrey: Katie, an open water swimmer, has lived and worked in the Highlandtown Arts District for 10 years. She can be found most days in her studio at Crown Cork & Seal working on her hand build large canvases, allowing her to customize the size of her acrylic and spray paint-covered works Recently, she has expanded her work to include sculptural pieces made using inflatable plastic beach toys filled with spray foam and fiber filling, which she exhibits as large hanging sculpture. Her work explores the tension and connection between chaos and calm and she of ten pulls inspiration from the water and swimming.

Stephanie Mercedes: Stephanie Mercedes is an uncategorized Queer Latinx artist who choreographs large-scale performances and installations based in sound. Mercedes transforms weapons into musical installations and works of art. Mercedes has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum, the Queens Museum, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art.

Iandry Randriamandroso: Iandry Randriamandroso is a Muralist and a Graphic and Community Artist. He specializes in graphic and mixed media art-making that focuses on environmental and social subjects.  He uses his artworks as educational tools to facilitate inclusive and hands-on presentations, community arts workshops, art classes, and mural projects in public and private venues around the US.



Squidsbury by Chad Short
Friday, July 15 | Ongoing through July 31
@ Mercury Theater

Dates: July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 pm

Location: Mercury Theater, 1823 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202



Truepenny Projects presents the world premier of Squidsbury by Chad Short. Directed by Tessara Morgan and featuring Maria Ortiz-Marquez, Shana Herndon, Dorian Elie, Bobby Henneberg, J P Hargrove, O’Malley Steuerman, and Caitlin Weaver.

Tina the squid is miserable in her life as a sea creature who is forced to wear a human suit by her neurotic husband, Tim. After revealing her squiddy self to her BFF Teensy, the two hatch a plot to get Tina the heck outta Squidsbury.Expect touching tentacles, diabolical spouses, ominous ticket takers, and more! This production is funded in part by MSAC.

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***If you have a disability and want to attend this production, let us know! Just email us directly at and we will try our best to accommodate***

Content Warning: This production includes profanity, talk of suicide, depression, and sex, as well as portrayals of violence.



The Big Show + The Big Show On Stage
Saturday, July 16 • 6-9:30pm
@ Creative Alliance

Our 27th annual members’ extravaganza is back!

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your artwork on the walls of our main gallery or your fabulous talents showcased on our stage. Who knows… you might be the next BIG thing!

Did you know that The BIG Show was the very first Creative Alliance program? That first event led to twenty-five years of artistic expression, community, cultivation of young minds, and so much joy.

This event is all about our incredibly talented members, those that have just joined Creative Alliance and those that have been with us since the beginning and are at the heart of our organization. Nothing can stop our members from creating and sharing their art with the world. This exhibition and show are designed to celebrate your artistic voice, creativity, and imagination!

The Big Show On Stage is a chance for our members to show off their talent in front of the Creative Alliance community. We know there are many hidden (and not so hidden) talents in our member community and expect performances ranging from song, variety arts, poetry readings, full band performances, amazing individual talents and so much more.

The BIG Show on Stage: SAT JUL 16 | 8-9:30PM

View our talented members perform  in person or via live stream

Tickets $5 | FREE for Members



Donald Edwards: Accumulation | Artists Reception
Sunday, July 17 • 1-3pm | Ongoing through August 28
@ Hamilton Gallery

Donald Edwards: Accumulation.

Exhibition runs July 1 – August 28, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION Friday, July 1, 4-7pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Sunday, July 17, 1-3pm
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTION Friday, August 5, 4-7pm
ARTIST RECEPTION Sunday, August 21, 1-3pm

Donald Edwards: Accumulation.

Donald Edwards works are executed in mixed media to explore form, shape, composition and structured transformations of trash and recycled materials. His work focuses primarily on how consumerism impacts the environment and the sustainability of trash. Instead of adding to the waste stream Donald intentionally makes things out of discarded items in an attempt to keep things from being added to landfills and dumps, to remove trash that either breaks down into harmful bits like plastics and to avoid adding trash to the waterway. This not a perfect solution and sometimes he uses things that some people would consider not environmentally friendly. Choices  to use new or chemical based adjunctive materials have been carefully considered. When he does use things like spray foam, glue, or paint they with purpose sparingly.

These choices are similar to the ones we all make living in the world today. Some people care about their impact on the planet more than others, recycle, avoid single use plastics, buy thrifted clothes and furniture, grown their own food or walk instead of using a car. We all make choices about the way we live our lives and the mark we will leave on the place we live. Using things that would have been trash has been a theme in Donald’s work for a long time and has evolved from collage to sculptural paintings to 3-D sculptures.



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Arts Education Specialist | Job Opportunity
posted by BOPA

The mission of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is to address the needs of the arts community through arts and cultural activities, advocacy and support; create pride by promoting Baltimore to Baltimoreans; and, to use the arts and events marketing tools to promote Baltimore’s assets locally, regionally and nationally. BOPA produces festivals, special events, and promotions for Baltimore City and develops and administers funds, grant programs and community workshops. In addition, BOPA manages several historic attractions and sites in the Baltimore area. Facilities include School 33 Art Center, The Cloisters, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and the Top of the World Observation Level in the World Trade Center.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

Aperture Foundation Image Equity Fellowship
deadline July 18
presented by Google

Google’s first-ever Image Equity Fellowship is a 6-month, application-based Fellowship awarded to 20 early-career image-based creators of color in the US. Selected Fellows will receive $20,000 in unrestricted funds to create an image-based project that explores and uplifts community(ies) of color with care and nuance. Fellows will receive support from Google and three industry-celebrated nonprofit partners—Aperture, For Freedoms & FREE THE WORK—in the form of dedicated mentorship, workshops, funding and publication of and press for their completed projects.


The Image Equity Fellowship will consider any person who meets the following qualifications:

  • Fellow must self-identify as a person of color (e.g. Black, Middle Eastern, Indigenous, Asian, and/or Latinx)
  • Fellow must be at least 18 years old (at the time of application submission)
  • Fellow must have a valid United States address.
  • Fellow must be able to submit a W9 form
  • If selected, Fellows will need to provide a W9, a US address, and bank account information.



NY / Open Call: Solo Exhibition
deadline July 21
posted by Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York (Brooklyn, NY) is excited to announce our 2022 open call for one Solo Exhibition artist, one STAR (Short Term Artist in Residency) recipient, and 4 Instagram Spotlight artists.

The solo exhibition will run from January 7, 2023 to February 12, 2023. The exhibition will include a $500 budget and professional installation shots. Submissions will be reviewed by TSA NY members. We will prioritize underrepresented artists, works that uniquely activate the space, and works that are not viable in traditional commercial markets. The artist chosen for the solo exhibition will work closely with member curators at TSA NY to prepare for their show.

In addition to the artist chosen for the solo show, the gallery will choose four runners-up. Throughout 2023, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York will feature these finalists in our Instagram Spotlight program in a series of posts, with the option to take over our Instagram stories.

The STAR residency program will be held in the TSA NY gallery space, from December 2, 2022 to December 18, 2022. The resident artist will have access to a semi-private gallery space for the term of the residency. Time in the space can be used for production, rehearsal, or studio development. Please review our Instagram (@tsa_ny, #TSANYSTAR) for work done during past STAR residencies, for an idea of what can be accomplished in this space/time. The floor plan for our space can be found here:

In the event that the physical gallery space has to close due to shutdowns during the run of the exhibition, the gallery is committed to working with the artist to ensure that their work is highly accessible by prominently and creatively featuring the work across all social media and connectivity platforms.

Your submission fee directly contributes to the operating expenses for this volunteer-run non-profit art organization. We thank you for your support.



The $10,000,000 OMG! Fund
deadline July 22
posted by Airbnb

Adding to its collection of playful spaces—this six-ton potato being one—Airbnb is awarding $100,000 each to 100 designers interested in creating a unique location that will become part of its OMG! category. Final projects need to be completed by August 2023.



9th Annual Summer Plein Air Show | Call for Entry
deadline July 27
posted by Crystal Moll Gallery

Attention Plein Air Painters !!! It’s that time of year again for our Annual Summer Plein Air show @crystalmollgallery – Call for Entries is here!
The deadline to submit work is July 27th

Can’t wait to see your work at Crystal Moll Gallery.



Fresh Squeezed Opera | Call for Operas
deadline July 29

Fresh Squeezed Opera is pleased to announce a Call for Chamber Operas to be performed, fully staged, in summer 2024. We do not require a fee to submit, but we kindly ask each composer to consider making a donation of $10. The selected composer will receive an honorarium of $500. RULES and GUIDELINES: Open to composers of any nationality and age. Pieces must have been written within the last 5 years. Works must be a minimum of 45 minutes, and a maximum of 120 minutes Instruments and voice types available include: piano/keyboard, violins, viola, cello, bass, flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion (no available timpani or marimba), electronics; soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone.



header image: artist Kumasi J. Barnett | Photo by Fabien Palencia

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