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This Week:  The Guardians reveal party at The Peale, Dan Hicks lectures at UMBC, Edgar Reyes, Nicoletta Darita de la Brown, and Priscila González de Doran at the Walters, opening reception for Christopher Whitehead at Chesapeake Arts Center, Murjoni Merriweather opening reception at Creative Alliance, Rubell Museum DC opens with inaugural exhibition What’s Going On, Parallax Women’s Photography Exhibition opening and juror talk at Gormley Gallery, GRL PWR Presents SWEAT! at Current Space, and A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration opens at the BMA with a Community Day — PLUS Baltimore Jewelry Center Community Challenge and more featured opportunities.


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The Guardians Reveal Party
Wednesday, October 26 • 5-7:30pm
@ The Peale

*Masks required at indoor events

Don’t miss PART 2 of the acclaimed Guardians project! The Peale is hosting a party to announce the next cohort of amazing Baltimore Guardians. We’ll also feature a pop-up exhibition of the first round of Guardians recipients.

The Guardians is a photo documentary & storytelling project, created by Whitney Frazier and Kirby Griffin, that includes photo portraits, large scale banners and digital archives that celebrate unrecognized Black female leaders across Baltimore City neighborhoods. This project provides a platform for women who spend their lives fighting for a better, more equitable Baltimore.




Robert K. Webb Lecture with Dan Hicks
Thursday, October 24 • 4-5:30pm
@ UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum and the Department of History presents the annual Robert K. Webb Lecture, featuring Dan Hicks, who will speak on The Decade of Returns: Museum Curation after the “Universal Museum.”

As museums around the world begin to transfer ownership and make returns of looted African cultural heritage, what does this mean for museums in Europe and North America? In this talk, Dan Hicks takes stock of a century of African demands for returns, the gradual evolution of professional ethical curatorial practice, and the opportunities and risks that lie ahead.

Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at Oxford University, Curator at the university’s Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford. His book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution, was named one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020 and is the winner of the 2022 National Council on Public History Award for the Best Book in Public History.

Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase following the lecture.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you would like to request a disability-based accommodation on site or have questions about this event or its location, please contact us at [email protected].

This event is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.



Muertos y Santos: Celebrating Life and Death in Latinx Communities
Thursday, October 27 • 6-7pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Between October 31 and November 2, many Latin American countries celebrate and honor those who have passed in a variety of ways, including Día de Muertos, Día de Todos los Santos, and Día de los Fieles Difuntos. Across these varying holidays, altars, art, rituals, and religion are all part of the experience in one way or another. Artists Edgar Reyes and Nicoletta Darita de la Brown and freelance writer Priscila González de Doran at the Catholic Review will each share their perspectives and experiences engaging with various components of these holidays. Following the conversation, please join us for a question and answer session with the audience.

Please note that this program will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel at a later date.



Collaborations & Fabrications | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 27 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through December 8
@ Chesapeake Arts Center

An Exhibition by Christopher Whitehead  | October 27 – December 8 

Gallery 194

Opening Reception: October 27 | 6-8pm*

Artist Talk: November 2  | 6-7pm

Christopher Whitehead is an AACPS Visual Art Teacher Specialist, the owner of Infinity Pond Studios, and a multimedia artist. His work is sewn, carved, stitched, collaged, appropriated, drawn, painted, and assembled in any number of unique and fascinating ways—works that must be seen in person. While he has exhibited at CAC previously, this show features some of his largest and most visually impactful work to date.

*Wine and cheese will be served at the reception.

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm | Saturday: 10am-1pm



Murjoni Merriweather | Opening Reception
Friday, October 28 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through December 3
@ Creative Alliance

Murjoni Merriweather is a black woman artist from Maryland. She has found that the best way to create and talk about black culture is through art, especially claywork. As a student from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Murjoni creates sculpted beings that are based around real people and real experiences. Her work addresses and eliminates stereotypes through clay portraits and video work. With this, she enjoys going against the European standards of “beauty” that are placed upon people of color and normalizing what is natural about black bodies.

Exhibition On View: ON VIEW: OCT 28 – DEC 3, 2022
Opening Reception: FRI OCT 28 | 6-9pm
Artist Talk: FRI NOV 4 during the Highlandtown Art Walk



What’s Going On | Museum + Exhibition Opening
Saturday, October 29
@ Rubell Museum DC

Inaugurating the opening of the Rubell Museum DC, the exhibition, What’s Going On will open to the public on October 29, 2022. Dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Rubell Museum DC reinvigorates the 1906 building of the former Randall Junior High School, a historically Black public school in Southwest DC that ceased operations in 1978. The museum, which is free for Washington DC residents, will serve as a place for the public to engage with the most compelling national and international artists of our time.

What’s Going On draws its title from the groundbreaking 1971 album by Randall Junior High School alumnus Marvin Gaye that provided a powerful condemnation of the Vietnam War and the destructive realities of social injustice, drug abuse, and environmental negligence. It also references the cornerstone of the exhibition: Keith Haring’s Untitled (Against All Odds), 1989, a series of 20 works inspired by Gaye’s revolutionary lyrics.

“The museum’s historic setting in a place of learning invites the public to explore what artists can teach us about the world we live in and the issues with which we are wrestling as individuals and as a society,” said Mera Rubell. “As a former teacher, I see artists and teachers playing parallel roles as educators and in fostering civic engagement. With the preservation of this building, we honor the legacy of the Randall School’s many teachers, students, and parents.”

Totaling 32,000 square feet, the museum preserves the original layout of the historic school. What were once classrooms and teachers’ offices have been transformed into galleries with artwork that provides perspectives, insights, and commentary on contemporary ideas and issues. The adaptive reuse of the building also retains the school’s 4,000-square-foot auditorium, a sweeping space for the presentation of ambitious, large-scale artworks and performances. The museum’s new glass pavilion entrance will feature a bakery, bookstore, and terrace that will serve as a beacon for the community.

What’s Going On brings together more than 190 works by 50 artists who are responding to pressing social and political issues that continue to affect society today, including Natalie Ball, Cecily Brown, Maurizio Cattelan, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Leonardo Drew, Chase Hall, February James, Rashid Johnson, Josh Kline, Cady Noland, Richard Prince, Christina Quarles, Tschabalala Self, Sylvia Snowden, Vaughn Spann, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, John Waters, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, Kennedy Yanko, and Cajsa von Zeipel, among many others.



Parallax Women’s Photography Exhibition | Opening Reception + Juror’s Talk
Saturday, October 29 • 4-6pm | Ongoing through November 18
@ Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame University of Maryland

On view: October 17 through November 18, 2022

Artists’ reception and juror’s talk: Saturday, October 29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

More information:

Parallax features the photographic work of 27 women artists from across the United States. Juried by Liz Faust, Curator at Catalyst Contemporary and Full Circle Fine Art, the exhibition presents a wide array of photographic processes, techniques, and approaches by a diverse cast of artists.


Katayoun Bahrami

Robin Bell

Phyllis Berger

Lynne Breitfeller

Lauren Castellana

Erika Cespedes

Ally Christmas

Ashley Czajkowski

Diane Fenster

Morgan Ford Willingham

Rebecca Hackemann

Ileana Hernandez

Kylee Isom

Karen Klinedinst

Yashoda Latkar

Heather Joy Layton

Christine Lenzen

Chantal Lesley

Anh-Thuy Nguyen

Jelisa Peterson

Shawna Prather

B. Proud

Jordanne Renner

Karen Safer

Bonnie J. Schupp

Bridget Z. Sullivan

Leanne Trivett S.



GRL PWR℠ Presents SWEAT!
Saturday, October 29 • 6pm
@ Current Space

GRL PWR Presents

A night of gender-expansive drag

Join GRL PWR, Saturday, October 29th from 6-11pm for a night of drag kings, queens, and everybody in between.

Hosted by Lula Lioness and Saaphyri Wildz

With a live performance from
Crystal Waters

The drag troupe taking Baltimore by storm
Charm City Girls
Aave Blue
Chanel Janaé
Ervena Chloe
Jesus Vice 007

DC’s iconic, world-class troupe of drag kings
Pretty Boi Drag
Chris Jay
Pretty Rik E
Roman Noodle

Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm
Current Space, 421 Tyson St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets from $0-50, with limited free tickets for trans and nonbinary community members.
Please bring cash or electronic funds to tip drag performers.

$0 For trans & non-binary community members based on an honors system (limited number available, first come first served)
$25 Exclusive Release
$30 Early Bird
$40 Standard
$50 Final Release

All tickets are final sale and for general admission, there is no assigned seating.
This event is outdoors, with the exception of indoor restrooms; masks are encouraged during the use of indoor facilities. In addition, guests are encouraged to take a rapid Covid test 72 hours before the event to ensure communal health and safety.



A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration + BMA Community Day
Sunday, October 30 • Community Day 1-5pm | Ongoing through January 29
@ the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Great Migration saw more than six million Black Americans leave the South for destinations across the U.S. at the start of the 20th century. This incredible dispersal of people transformed nearly every aspect of Black life and culture.

Opening October 30, A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration will explore the impact of the Great Migration through newly commissioned works by 12 acclaimed artists: Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Join us to celebrate the opening of A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration with a free event for all ages.

Enjoy free admission to the exhibition, art-making with Safiyah Cheatam, interactive dance led by Guardian Baltimore, on-site participation in the Legacies of the Great Migration Interactive, and appetizers from H3irloom Food Group and Mera Kitchen Collective.

Schedule of Events<   1 – 5 p.m. Free admission to A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.
Special Exhibition Gallery

Pop-up card storytelling art-making activity inspired by Zoë Charlton’s Permanent Change of Station with social practice artist Safiyah Cheatam.
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet and greet Joshua Johnson Council members, explore the exhibition’s catalogue and critical reader and books by acclaimed author Isabel Wilkerson, and learn more about what you can do about present-day migration with the Esperanza Center.
Antioch Court

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

An exploration of southern and immigrant foodways and culture with Mera Kitchen Collective and H3irloom Food Group.
Antioch Court

Become a BMA Member for free admission, discounted guest tickets, and Members-only access to the exhibition before it opens to the public.



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Creative Howard Grant Program for FY2023
rolling deadline
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County, Maryland that are not currently served by HCAC’s existing grant programs.   

The purpose of the Creative Howard grant is to recognize and support the arts with grants of up to $2,500.00. Eligible applicants must be located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to submission of the grant application and have an annual operating revenue of $100,000.00 or less. This grant will help fund small projects and other immediate needs.

The deadline for the Creative Howard grant will be on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed monthly and grants will be given each month until the total funding allocated is awarded.
Creative Howard grant guidelines and application are available at



VISIONS OF SOUND: Noises, Rhythms and Acoustic Ambients | Call for Exhibition
deadline November 7
sponsored by LOOSEN ART

The theme of this call plays on the overlapping and substitution of different registers and interchange among senses. How could sound be illustrated through photographic representation and digital media? How can two-dimensional visuality replace the fullness of harmonies, or even the sounds of the spaces we inhabit every day? This call is for all the photographers and digital artists who are interested in the documentation of sound through its iconographic, literal, symbolic, computerized representation, etc.



BJC Community Challenge
deadline November 11
posted by Baltimore Jewelry Center

Building off this year’s symposium Signs, Signals, & Symbols the BJC is excited to share the call for our annual community challenge exhibition. Throughout history, jewelry has been utilized to visually indicate a wearer’s preferences, characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs. Jewelry might play an overt role as a signal, as in the case of political buttons, or act as a coded symbol of inclusivity, exclusivity, or social status. For this year’s community challenge, we’re inviting artists to create jewelry or wearables that implicitly or explicitly acts as signifiers, symbols, and classifications. The work might yell, or quietly convey a coded message, potentially viewed by many or read by only one person depending on how it’s wore.

Interested in particpating and talking through your ideas with a group? There will be a feedback session on October 18th, 2022, 5-6:30 EST. You can attend the feedback session online or in person. Register for the feedback session here.

The deadline for submitting applications is November 11th, 2022. Artists will be notified of their status by November 14th, 2022. You can learn more about the call hereon the BJC’s website.



Writers Residency 2023 | Call for Applications
deadline November 11
posted by Velvetpark Media

Writers Residency (January – June 2023) application Opens September 19th, 2022.

Before you apply please make sure you have all the materials you need by viewing our checklist.

For more information view our FAQs

Please keep in mind that the studio space is 114 sq ft. – 14’ x 8’, with 12’ ceilings, large 6’ x 6’ window). The studio is located in Crown Heights in Brooklyn. If you need to correct or update your application please submit a contact form by visiting:

Please read FAQs and review Checklist before you begin. You will not be able to change or edit responses once your form is submitted, nor will you be able to save and return to application if left incomplete.



Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. History Fund
deadline November 11 | Letters of Intent due
posted by Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. History Fund provides support for projects at museums, historical societies, libraries, and other repositories throughout the state of Maryland. The goal is to build the long-term resiliency and efficacy of Maryland’s historical collections stewards. The Miller History Fund is made possible by an annually recurring allocation from the state’s Preservation of Cultural Arts Fund. This fund was proposed by late Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. “Mike” Miller in the 2018 legislative session and enacted into law. The Maryland Center for History and Culture named the fund—formerly known as the Pathways Grant Program—in Senator Miller’s honor in 2021.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture administers this grants program as an extension of our mission to educate people of all ages about the rich history and culture of Maryland and the nation.



Paid opportunity for artists: revising the Independent Artist Award program
deadline November 11
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

This fall, MSAC is facilitating a public-led revision of the Independent Artist Award (IAA) program, which has recognized achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of institutions or organizations. This revision effort is based on data collected since 2020 from applicants, panelists, and award winners, who have made suggestions on how to improve the IAA program’s service to the public. The next step of this process is to identify a panel of editors who will work with MSAC staff to further refine the suggestions into clear policy recommendations, which will be carefully considered as MSAC further develops the IAA program.



UNDER $500
deadline November 14
posted by Maryland Art Place

UNDER $500 10 Year Anniversary Benefit Exhibition and Sale: Friday, December 9 | 6 pm to 10 pm

UNDER $500 After Party: Friday, December 9 | 10 pm  to 1 am

UNDER $500 Virtual Exhibition and Sale: Saturday, December 10 @ 10 am – Wednesday, December 14 @ 10 pm

Virtual Application HERE

Full Prospectus and printable  application form HERE

CALL FOR ENTRY: Have your work noticed and purchased by local buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming winter benefit exhibition & affordable art sale. The exhibition will include approximately 1-3 works by each selected artist (scale dependant – in the case of smaller works more than 3 pieces may be accepted). Each individual piece must retail for $500 or less. If selected you will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form to fill out inquiring anecdotal information to help better engage patrons with the artists and their work alike. Proposals should be emailed to [email protected] no later than Monday November 14, 2022 at Midnight.  Subject line: Under $500 Application. OR fill out this FORM online.

UNDER $500 is MAP’s winter benefit. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 between Maryland Art Place and the artist. The event is ticketed ($25) however participating artists are welcomed free of charge,



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