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This Week:  D. Watkins discusses his new book at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Sanahara Ama Chandra and Hannah Brancato host a happy hour at CityArts2Cafe, Current Space bar opening, Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk, Galerie Myrtis hosts a zoom artist talk with Ronald Jackson, Jubilee Arts Youth in Business Fashion Show, and Luba Drozd opening reception at CPM — PLUS job openings at Washington Project for the Arts + The Peale, 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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Writers Live! D. Watkins
Wednesday, August 3 • 7pm
@ Enoch Pratt Free Library – Central Branch

Please join us as bestselling author D. Watkins returns to the library for his latest book Black Boy Smile that recounts the author’s childhood and formative years in East Baltimore as well as his thoughts on identity, toxic masculinity, and the emotional lives of Black men.

D. Watkins is the author of four prior books, editor-at-large for Salon, and a University of Baltimore lecturer.

Order your copy of Black Boy Smile from Charm City Books here. 

This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually. Please register for the event here.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Dial-In Information

This program will be streamed on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page and Enoch Pratt Free Library YouTube pageClick here for the Live video library.



Dreamseeds: Makerspace and Happy Hour
Thursday, August 4 • 4-6pm
@ CityArts2Cafe

You are invited to spend time dreaming, connecting, making with Sanahara Ama Chandra and Hannah Brancato, to share stories of possibilities for a powerful future. Come out for snacks and drinks, and join us for an afternoon of meditation, paper making, and sound healing.

Anyone who identifies as an artist, activist, healer or visionary is welcome!! No art or music making experience is necessary! Children are invited. You are welcome to sign up for one or multiple of the upcoming workshops.

The artworks and conversations from this workshop will be woven together for Dreamseeds, an installation of textiles, sound, and interactive components that invites current and budding activists and visionaries in Baltimore to develop visions for the future, at Gallery CA, October 7-November 11, 2022.

This project is supported by a 2021 Rubys Artist Grant, which is a program of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.



Bar Grand Opening!
Thursday, August 4 • 5pm
@ Current Space

🎉 We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of our outdoor bar, which will help subsidize and expand our arts programming! Starting in August, we’ll be open every Wed-Sat from 5-11pm (or later). 🍸🍹🍷🍺

🎺 We’re marking the occasion with a free, grand opening celebration on Thu, Aug 4th including jazz performances by Brandon Woody & Friends and tunes from DJ Ned Ryerson!

🍻 Happy Hour: 5-7pm
💕 Toasts: 6pm

🎊 While Current Space has been in operation since 2004, the number of events we’ve held each month was limited by the number of one-day licenses we could secure through partnerships with nonprofits or by working with a caterer. Now, we’re able to fill our calendar with programming – including music, exhibitions, workshops, an experimental fashion show, drag, puppetry, performance art, poetry reading, and more!

🙏 The new license was created through state legislation – thank you to the 40th District Team with a special thank you to State Senator Antonio Hayes! We’re also grateful to have received a BGE Energizing Small Business Grant hosted by Hello Alice, which we put toward the costs of building out and equipping their bar! Finally, we’re always grateful to our volunteers, our members, and all of the amazing artists we are so lucky to work with!

We’re celebrating all week:
🤗 Wed, 8/3: Members Soft Opening
🥂 Thu, 8/4: Bar Grand Opening
💃 Fri, 8/5: Bar Open! Entertainment TBA
🕺 Sat, 8/6: Bar Open! Entertainment TBA

So, join us the first week of August to celebrate and come out for a drink any Wed-Sat evening after that!



First Friday Art Walk
Friday, August 5 • 5-8pm
@ Highlandtown Arts District

Link to map: HighlandtownArtWalk2022

As always, the Art Walk is FREE to attend, with drink and food specials at restaurants and bars like Snake Hill, Sally O’s, and IndoViet. The Art Walk is self-guided —check out the Art Walk Map for venue locations and details to plan your night!

Remember to wear your mask, keep your distance and have fun! If you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next month!

**Some venues are open earlier than 5pm and some stay open past 8pm. Please check individual listings.**

GETTING HERE: Free street-parking is available throughout the neighborhood. Metered parking is available on Eastern Ave and Conkling Street (and is free after 6pm). City buses #21, #22, Navy, Blue bring you to the district.



Ronald Jackson Artist Talk
Thursday, August 4 • 7pm
presented by Galerie Myrtis

Galerie Myrtis invites you to join us for a virtual artist talk with Ronald and collectors of his work. During the program, Jackson will discuss the inspiration for his fictitious character Aunt Johnnie Mae King, and her various adventures. For the collector’s segment, individuals will share why they’ve acquired Jackson’s artwork and pose questions to the artist about his practice.



Youth in Business Fashion Show
Friday, August 5 • 7pm
@ The Unity Hall: 1505 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217 ** venue change **

Youth in Business Summer Intensive participants are pleased to present five new t-shirt designs in an outdoor fashion show, Friday, August 5, 6:00 PM.

Youth in Business (YiB) cultivates the entrepreneurial leadership skills of high school aged youth by providing hands-on experience operating an art-based business. Over the span of six weeks, 16 youth ages 14 to 21, participating youth went through the process of developing products from ideation to market, under the leadership of five program alumni mentors and one professional artist.

Powered by our core values of cooperative economic empowerment,  personal and professional identity development, and youth voice, each team created a shirt around one of the following topics: Self-love & care, economic hardship, mental health, unity, and racial injustice. After conducting market research, youth used their personal experience to create designs centered around their stories and hope for the future.

Featured tshirt designs will be available for purchase at the event for $20 each and online starting 8/7/2021.

About the Youth in Business Fashion Show:

  • August 5, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • 1947 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
  • Outdoor event
  • Hosted by Youth in Business members and program alumni
  • Masking for those unvaxxed is encouraged

At the close of the show youth will share their design inspiration and process.



Luba Drozd: The fields would slowly overtake you | Opening Reception
Saturday, August 8 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through September 10
@ Critical Path Method

CPM is pleased to announce the seventh exhibition in its Baltimore location, a site-specific installation consisting of sculpture, sound, and video animation by Luba Drozd, titled The fields would slowly overtake you. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

Luba Drozd uses industrial materials and technological processes to create immersive sound and light installations that heighten our temporal awareness of the built environment. Each installation is considered a unique work, created specifically in response to the physical and spatial parameters of the architecture that it exists in.

The exhibition at CPM will create an ambient sonic landscape using various sized pieces of industrial steel, thick bass piano strings, and micro motors. Drozd has written programs that control the frequency and speed of the motors that connect to the piano strings. The vibrations from the strings resonate and are amplified by the steel. The sculptures will be suspended above the floor of the gallery, held up by the tension between the steel, the strings, and the architecture.

All of the sounds are produced through vibrations—there are no speakers and the built space itself—the walls, the floor, the air, and the body of the viewer become an acoustic field. The patterns of sounds created within the installation are at once highly planned and entirely contingent on the resonances of the space and the viewer.

A series of light animations will be projected onto the sculptural objects, creating a play of light that further restructures how the viewer perceives and moves through the space. This dynamic between the controlled and the uncontrollable, gestures towards how intangible spaces within us, such as memory, knowledge, and perception are transformed by the physical spaces that we inhabit.



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Executive Director | Job Opportunity
posted by Washington Project for the Arts

The Executive Director of WPA is a thought leader among alternative art spaces. The Executive Director shepherds the organization’s artist-organized projects, dialogue and advocacy so that artists can live, work and flourish; is committed to the vision for WPA and directs the organization’s programming in line with that vision; identifies and secures funding from traditional sources as well as creates and manages earned revenue streams; leads staff and daily operations through thoughtful action; and sustains the organization as a leader in contemporary art for the Washington region and beyond. The Executive Director partners with WPA’s Board of Directors and staff (5‐10 full and part‐time employees and consultants) as well as with leaders of various local, national, and international arts, business, and educational organizations to support and maintain a healthy visual arts community.



Peale Chief Operations Officer | Job Opportunity
posted by The Peale

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is a core member of the four‐part leadership team that includes the Chief Administrative Officer, the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Curator. The responsibilities of the COO include coordinating the daily and monthly operation of The Peale, on site, off site, and virtually; managing earned revenue streams, including rentals, retail, and concessions; and working other team members to ensure accessible use of spaces for exhibitions and events of many types. Special attention will be given to crafting and implementing structural, organizational and governmental systems.



August 13

Calling everyone in the fashion industry! Yelestitches is having a casting call for:

  • Creative Directors
  • Models (All sizes. Must submit comp cards for consideration.)
  • Stylists
  • Videographers
  • Makeup Artists
  • Bloggers
  • Hairstylists

Join us for the PHOTOSHOOT of the YEAR as YELESTITCHES takes over Baltimore Harbor with the latest Luxury African Fashion Line!

Yelestitches is the beautiful creation of Abisola Omoyele (Yele) Adelusi. But who is Yele? Well, she is a Nigerian-born, award-winning designer living in Baltimore, MD with a passion for all things fashion! She has single-handedly sold out her NYFW show at the RL Hotel in February 2022 with her Yoruba Nigerian artwork on her custom designs. Check out her recent feature in Essence Magazine.

Participants for this event will be able to get a glimpse of the latest fashion line with a four-location (North, South, East, and West) photoshoot with all shoots happening at the same time. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Registration is required for this event. Participants will be contacted via email if selected.



2D/Low Relief Artwork for Towson University, College of Health Professions | Request for Qualifications
deadline August 15
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

Towson University (TU), in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), seeks to commission artists or teams to create permanent public artwork for the new College of Health Professions (CHP) building.

Two artwork commission opportunities are offered:

-Two-dimensional, or low relief artwork for the interior; and
-Three-dimensional, sculptural, or landscape based artwork


Please read the full RFQ document for a full overview of both opportunities.

Artists and teams with the appropriate qualifications and experience may apply to both locations but are required to submit two separate applications.



UAFS Art & Design Artist In Residence (AIR) program
deadline August 15

The UAFS Art & Design Artist In Residence (AIR) program invites applications from visual artists and designers for a semester-long residency to take place in the Spring 2023 academic semester. Collaborative practices may be considered. As part of the application, applicants should designate their alignment with either or both the Studio Art or Graphic Design majors to evaluate contributions to our academic program. This program seeks to enrich the student experience, breadth of knowledge, and connection to creative communities while providing meaningful support for our residents’ creative practice. Additionally, residents will have access to and can participate in developing interdisciplinary initiatives and interdepartmental programs across the UAFS campus. The AIR program at UAFS seeks to proactively uphold the value of diverse perspectives, identities, expertise, and experience; members of marginalized and historically excluded populations are encouraged to apply. Residents will be provided workspace and access to studios and equipment in the Windgate Art & Design Building, private family-friendly living accommodations near campus, travel to-and-from Fort Smith, Arkansas, a generous stipend, and a materials budget. Residents will conduct artist-led workshops and programming, public lectures, scheduled engagements with relevant courses, and open studio hours. Additionally, residents will be asked to donate work to the UAFS Art Collection in consultation with the UAFS Art Gallery Director.



Signature Theatre | Call for submissions for 2022-23 Sigworks
deadline August 15

Signature Theatre continues its commitment to new work by presenting the seventh annual SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings Series. Now under the leadership of recently appointed Director of Artistic Development Anika Chapin, this initiative highlights and supports the work of DMV playwrights and is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment.

Signature Theatre is accepting submissions for original and unpublished full-length plays (no musicals) from now through August 15, 2022. Playwrights must currently reside in Virginia, Maryland or DC. Only one submission per playwright. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.



Chesapeake Gallery 2024-2025 Season | Call for Submissions
deadline August 15
posted by Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College

Thank you for considering the Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College in your search for exhibition spaces. The Chesapeake Gallery is excited to invite artists, artist groups, and curators working in any medium or format to apply for the 2024-2025 exhibition seasons. Artists and/or curators are responsible for the transportation or shipping of all artwork to and from the Chesapeake Gallery. There is no application fee or commission on sold work.



Creating Connections | Call for Entry
deadline August 27
posted by Maryland Art Place + CyberWire

Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with the CyberWire, is pleased to announce an open ‘Call to Artists. As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPRINT Project, MAP is working with CyberWire to offer a unique opportunity to female and female-identifying visual artists of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Collectively, MAP and the CyberWire wish to acquire and possibly commission, time permitting, plus license the image of a work of art. The image of that artwork will be reproduced in a limited edition and presented to the guests of CyberWire’s 9th Annual Women in Cyber Security reception on October 20, 2022.

ABOUT “CREATING CONNECTIONS”: We live in a time where cyberspace has become inextricably linked to the lives of individuals and organizations of all kinds. Cyberspace is the medium of global commerce and communication, and it is one of the most important factors in the social, political, and technological changes we see occurring today. The CyberWire provides concise and relevant daily briefings on the critical news happening across the global cybersecurity domain. In an industry overloaded with information, we also help individuals and organizations rapidly find the news and information that’s important to them.

The aim of CyberWire’s reception is to facilitate connections among women working in cybersecurity and would like to acquire a work of art that reflects the theme of “creating connections.” Inherent in the idea of connections is the idea of networks—social networks, computer networks, and support networks—which may be an important point of departure for acquired or commissioned work. This opportunity is open to female and female-identifying artists living and working in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. The selected artist(s) will be joining a wonderful roster of artists as this program has developed over the last five years. They are Claire Girodie (2014), Anna and Caroline Zellhofer (2015’), Lindsey McCulloch (2016), Carmen Martini (2017), Shanthi Chandrasekar (2018), and Jackie Hoystead (2019). Note: there was a break in this program due to Covid-19.



YOU EFF OH | Call for Entry
deadline August 31
posted by Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce a call for submissions for a group show  YOU EFF OH,  an exhibition that addresses what artists think about alien life and how this topic influences their practice. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August, 31 by Midnight. The exhibition will take place at MAP running from September 22 through November 19 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 6 pm to 9 pm (in conjunction with this fall’s Bromo Arts District Artwalk).

DEADLINE: The deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 31 by Midnight. The exhibition will take place at MAP running September 22 through November 19 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 6 pm to 9 pm.



Parallax – Women’s Photography Exhibition | Call for Entry
deadline September 9
posted by Gormley Gallery

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore invites submissions to Parallax – Women’s Photography Exhibition, a national competitive exhibition juried by Liz Faust.

Deadline: September 9, 2022

Exhibition dates: October 17 through November 18, 2022<

Juror: Liz Faust, Curator at Catalyst Contemporary Gallery and Full Circle Photography Gallery, Baltimore, and Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

First Place $500
Second Place $300
Third Place $200
Purchase Prize: The work selected for the Purchase Prize will be purchased at the value set by the artist and will become the property of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Eligibility and Media: Photographs in any process are eligible, with no limitation as to size or materials. Each artist may submit up to 5 works online only. This juried exhibition is open to U.S.-based women artists of all levels (professional, emerging, and students 18 years and over).

Entry fee: A non-­refundable entry fee of $35.00 entitles the artist to submit up to five (5) artworks.

Selection process: Initial jury will be of online submissions received by September 9, 2022. Notification will be by email on September 16, 2022. Accepted photographs received by October 7 will be juried for awards.

How to enter: Apply online at

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header image: Ronald Jackson, via Galerie Myrtis

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