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This Week:  Sonya A. Lawyer at Stevenson University, Irene Chan at UMBC CIRCA, Ayanna Greene, Will Watson, and Jill Orlov at Bromo Arts Tower, When Will it End (Reboot) at Current, ABUNDANCE exhibition opens at AVAM, International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, Valeska Populoh leads a lantern making workshop at the Patterson, 20th Annual Pigtown Festival, and Fickle Mirror closes at Academy Art Museum — PLUS Hyperalleric Journalism Fellowship for Curators call for applications and more featured opportunities!


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SALYSÉ, a new standard: Sonya A. Lawyer’s Fashion Photography
Ongoing through November 17
@ Stevenson University, Manning Academic Center 2nd Floor Gallery

The Exhibition Department at Stevenson University is pleased to announce the 2022 fall featured faculty exhibition, SALYSÉ, a new standard, in the Manning Academic Center 2nd Floor gallery. On view are select excerpts from Lawyer’s photographic editorials published in SALYSÉ, magazine, an online and print-on-demand magazine. The gallery is open M-F 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.

SALYSÉ, a new standard exhibition is Lawyer’s contribution in showcasing  “the beauty in all of us so that people of color from all over the world see themselves represented. The time is long past to create a new beauty standard.” Included in the exhibition are 35 images featuring beautiful women of color, photographed by a black woman, and some models are wearing black female designer creations. Lawyer’s editorials are shot in the studio as well as on location. <

Lawyer is also the publisher of SALYSÉ. The magazine launched in January 2015. Lawyer’s editorial vision is about sophistication, authenticity, with a touch of eccentricity.  Her inspiration for starting the publication was to “make her own lane” in promoting her editorial photography portfolio. The scope of the publication expanded to include many more fashion photographers. As of the fall of 2021, there have been 7 volumes and over 450 digitally-printed editions published. To view all editions, go to



Irene Chan: The Thomas Project and other recent work
Wednesday, October 5 • 12-1pm

Irene Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in print media, papermaking, installation, storytelling performance, and book arts on subjects of Taoism, personal immigrant narratives, and forgotten histories. Her books and works on paper have been exhibited internationally and held in 97 public collections including the Walker Art Center, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the British Library in London. Chan established Ch’An (ch’ ahn) Press through which she has self-published prints and 39 artist books to date. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Washington D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, of fellowships to 23 artist residencies, and has exhibited and performed in 38 venues in the last ten years. The Thomas Project is currently exhibiting with SPARK: New Light at The Peale in Baltimore until September 25.

CIRCA is committed to making its events accessible to everyone. Please send an email to [email protected] to request specific accommodations. 



Emerge Baltimore :: Ayanna Greene, Jill Orlov, and Will Watson | Opening Reception
Thursday, October 6 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through November 23
@ Bromo Arts Tower


BOPA presents three solo exhibitions unfolding simultaneously across Bromo’s galleries

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is thrilled to announce the third edition of its up-and-coming artist series Emerge Baltimore at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council. The opening reception for this installment of the popular exhibition series will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. featuring the work of fashion designer Ayanna Greene, tiny sculptures by Jill Orlov, and paintings from Will Watson. All three of these artists’ narratives will unfold simultaneously in the Bromo galleries from October 6–November 23, 2022. Curated by Kirk Shannon-Butts, this installation features fashion design, painting, and sculpture.

In the Lobby Gallery, Ayanna Greene’s designs will dazzle observers with her sexy fashion aesthetic, I Am The Phoenix. This exhibition will cultivate a red-carpet air and downtown chic exuberance complete with feathers and beads. Having recently returned from an artist residency in Governor’s Island, New York, house painter Will Watson will showcase brand-new paintings at his exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery, “While We’re Young.” Watson’s work reveals his personal reflection in memories based on family, youth, and good times, and explores the question, “Where do memories go?” For her show in the Gallery Two, “Borrowed Time, Borrowed Books,” metal miniaturist Jill Orlov presents magnificent tiny sculptures of familiar places recreated from film and literature. Viewers won’t be able to resist getting pulled into each little world — Orlov’s attention to each little detail is astounding.

This trio of artists showcases the diversity — in medium, process, and product — of Baltimore City artists and highlights the bold, modern, and expressive vision of our creative community. Shannon-Butts says, “My goal is to make the Bromo Arts Tower the art epicenter of the burgeoning Bromo Arts District. It is important to curate this kind of space and provide a platform for the best and brightest emerging talents in all disciplines to tell their version of the American story thoughtfully and artistically. I see the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower as the new home for Baltimore’s most promising up-and-coming creative voices. The reception of Emerge Baltimore has been remarkable and will return next year with a fresh coterie of artists.”

Exhibition Dates: October 6, – November 23, 2022

• Lobby Gallery — Ayanna Greene

• Mezzanine Gallery — Will Watson

• Gallery Two — Jill Orlov

This is the third and final phase of the Emerge Baltimore artist series for 2022. Throughout the year, BOPA will have featured the work of 10 emerging Baltimore-based artists working in mediums from glass and acrylic to metal and fiber. The Emerge Baltimore artist exhibition series is a continuation of BOPA’s efforts to raise the profiles of promising Baltimore artists — and the city itself — as a vibrant destination for working creatives.



When Will it End (Reboot)
Thursday, October 6 • 8pm | Ongoing through October 8
@ Current Space

……..let’s find the humor in a dystopian future/past together!

October 6th, 7th, and 8th
Doors at 7, Show at 8 (sharp)
Current Space Outdoor Courtyard

Synopsis: When Will it End (Reboot): is an immersive psychedelic performance experience that queers a classic post-apocalyptic play, provides a space to find the humor of our collective trauma and does work. This full length evening has developed through divination with voices across diasporas and contexts….be an active audience, Oct 6-8, Current Space (outside) for the action.

Staring: Peter Redgrave, Timo Kuzme, Deepa Mahadevan, Chad Dawson
Composer: Sam Cooper
Sculpture: Laure Drogoul
Facilitated/Directed by: Isa Leal
Creative Team: Corey Thuro, Eze Jackson, Bashi Rose, Portia Price
Stage Manager: Lauren Kane

$20 or $25 Pay-it-forward tickets* (Cash only at the door).

*Pay-it-forward tickets support our FREE low income tickets available via @isalealartist.



ABUNDANCE: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right | Exhibition Opens
Saturday, October 8 | Ongoing through September 3 2023
@ American Visionary Art Museum

AVAM’s 27th original thematic mega-exhibition is a wildly joyful, community-building contemplation of just what constitutes real wealth by exploring what lies at the heart of deep satisfaction, productive happiness, and gratefulness, both individual and collective. Nowhere is the quest for personal freedom in the expression of work, nor the pursuit of joy, more evident than in the creations of artists who have wrought new worlds from modest, often discarded, materials—equipped only with their hands, hearts, and fertile imaginations.
The mega-exhibition is opening October 8, 2022.



2022 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards
Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9
@ Poe Park (Center/West)

Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the fifth annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards, October 8 & 9, 2022. This FREE, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts.

The festival will take place directly across the street from Poe House at 203 N. Amity Street in Baltimore, in the newly-built “Poe Park” at Center/West. Attendees will learn about Poe’s life and works from some of the United States’ preeminent “Poe Places”, with representatives from The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum(Baltimore), The Poe Museum(Richmond, Virginia), The Poe Cottage(Bronx, NYC), The Poe Studies Association, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground. The winners of the 2022 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awardswill also be announced festival weekend!



Advanced Lantern Making: Reed & Paper Lantern Workshop
Saturday, October 8 + 16 • 10am-3pm
@ The Patterson

Baltimore artist Valeska Populoh welcomes you to join a group of parade enthusiasts to explore the art of creating one-of-a-kind lanterns from paper and reed. Explore the histories of paper lantern making, contemporary lantern artists, and communities sustaining these traditions and build a lantern in small groups of two to three people for the Great Halloween Lantern Parade. The workshop concludes with an exploration of processional performance!

Location: The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
​Age Range: Geared toward adults and youth, under 15 FREE
Young people under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $45, $40 Members (2 classes)
No experience required. All Materials Provided

Note: We are about to open the NEW Creativity Center! Some of our fall/winter classes are transitioning from The Patterson Theater into the Creativity Center across the street. Please check the website prior to your class to confirm location. We are excited to share our new space with you and hear your feedback!



20th Annual Pigtown Festival
Saturday, October 8 • 12-7pm
@ 700-1100 blocks of Washington Blvd.

The 20th Annual Pigtown Festival is primed to be another event of Epic-Pork-Portions! Over 5,000 visitors will stroll along Washington Boulevard to cheer on their favorite swine at the Squeakness Pig Races, dance to live music, pig out on delicious food, shop at over 70 arts and crafts vendors & enjoy the largest KidZone of any Baltimore festival.

Food connoisseurs will get the chance to compete in our Pie Eating Contest featuring pies from Culinary Architecture!


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Fickle Mirror: Dialogues In Self-Portraiture | Exhibition Closing
Sunday, October 9
@ Academy Art Museum

From the first staged photograph to the present day’s unceasing flow of selfies in social media, self-portraiture has expanded the possibilities of artistic production, enhancing the ability of artists to take control of their own representation, reinterpret truthfulness, and experiment with their chosen medium. When creating a self-portrait, the image-maker must exercise self-introspection, only to imagine and prepare themselves to be the subject of the viewer’s gaze. This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which artists use the theme of self-portraiture to explore, and at times manipulate their own representation, and it has a particular focus on dialogues between works across art history, with a consideration of the influence of the invention and advancements of photographic techniques.

The exhibition includes works by Francisco de Goya, Jacob Kainen, Emily Lombardo, and Zanele Muholi from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, as well as major loans of pieces by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Rembrandt van Rijn, Amy Sherald, Andy Warhol, and others from Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the the National Gallery of Art, the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and private collections.

The exhibition is generously supported by Art Bridges, Bluepoint Hospitality and the National Gallery of Art.



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“Tales from the Crypt: Stories that shiver your spine and boggle your brain” | Submit a Story
posted by Stoop Storytelling

Join us for an evening of surreal and scary true stories that will turn your hair white and make your face cave in.



Journalism Fellowship for Curators | Call for Applications
deadline October 15
posted by Hyperallergic

With the support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, we’re pleased to announce this year’s open call for Hyperallergic’s Journalism Fellowship for Curators. Now in its fourth year, this fellowship has evolved to provide five curators $5,000 to support their research and writing, while inviting our readers into their process along the way.

As part of this fellowship last year, we worked closely with five curators who shared their research and process through insightful articles, online events, and a digital exhibition emailed directly to over 140,000 Hyperallergic subscribers. Projects covered topics as far-ranging as the Kiowa Tribe’s commissioned murals and the artists of the Chilean island of Chiloé. We’re excited to continue collaborating with enthusiastic curators researching topics of importance, while also helping to illuminate and demystify curatorial work.

Five fellows will each receive a $5,000 grant to work with our editorial team to develop and expand their research in order to contribute two articles to Hyperallergic, participate in a recorded online event, and produce an email exhibition that is accessible to a wide audience. We encourage curators to take an experimental approach in designing their email exhibitions, which we’ll share with over 175,000 Hyperallergic newsletter subscribers.

We hope to accept a wide range of fellows and plan to host one per month from November through March. We encourage those who can work independently and have a clear vision for their project to apply. Please indicate which months you would be available for this fellowship and which months are not possible with your schedule.

Both established and emerging curators at least two years out of college are welcome to apply. We ask that you be upfront about your limitations, what you plan to exhibit, and how the fellowship’s focus on sharing your project with a public audience will help you realize your goals. Proposals with concrete plans for exhibition will be given priority. Whether a well-known museum or grassroots art space, all exhibition venues will be considered equally.

For more information and to apply to the Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, please visit

Application Deadline: October 15, 2022
All candidates and awardees will be notified by October 31, 2022.



Black Creativity | Call for Artists
deadline October 16
posted by Museum of Science + Industry Chicago

For more than 50 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the nation’s premier exhibition of African American art. This annual show presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from around the country. Applicants must be black/African American. To submit, work must have been completed in the past three years (2020-present). Submit work through CaFe, there is no submission fee.



Public Humanities Fellows | Call for Applicants
deadline October 18
posted by Tabb Center

The Tabb Center invites applications for its Public Humanities Fellows program. Public Humanities Fellows are non-institutionally affiliated organizers, artists, cultural workers, public historians, and knowledge-creators who mobilize materials from the Sheridan Libraries’ rare book, manuscript, and archival collections to strengthen and support their existing community-based work. Fellows should live or work in Baltimore.

Fellows should either (1) creatively reinterpret or (2) add to the Sheridan Libraries’ collections, which span 5,000 years of unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyri to 20th-century African American photography, U.S. suffrage movement records, and LGBTQ print culture materials. Fellows will create new perspectives on these collections by interpreting them in transformative ways. We are especially interested in applicants whose projects imaginatively address issues of racial, gender, and sexual justice.



Gutierrez Memorial Fund’s Legacy Grant
deadline October 30

The Gutierrez Memorial Fund is pleased to present its 2022 Legacy Grant. The project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations, individual artists, and educators who are residents of Maryland and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community and transform the built environment. For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit

The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2020.



Call for Film Screenings
deadline October 30
posted by Takoma Park Arts

The Takoma Park Arts series is seeking submissions from filmmakers in the D.C. area for film screenings in the Takoma Park Community Center. Films should be suitable for a general audience and may be in any genre, including drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, etc. Filmmakers are paid a $100 honorarium for full-length film screenings or $50 for a short in a shorts screening. Applicants don’t have to be Takoma Park residents, and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online submission form.



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