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This Week:  BCAN 5 year anniversary celebration at Falvey Hall, Ashley Minner, Tiffany Chavis, and Stanton Lewis speak at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Jonathan Gilmore and Second Stoop at Union, William Wright exhibition opening at WTMD, Jessica Keyes and Patrick McMinn at The Aquarium, Arena Players’ “U Thought I Was Him,” Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow book talk at the Peale, Memento mori at The Parlor, High Zero 2022 at Current Space, and the AVAM Gala — PLUS call for emerging curators at Motor House 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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Tuesday, November 15 • 6-9pm
@ MICA Falvey Hall

The Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) marks 5 years of igniting creative passion and investing in creative genius on Tuesday, November 15 with a blowout celebration at the iconic Falvey Hall. This milestone anniversary party, aptly titled Evolve, features music by DJ Ty Alexander, delicious food and drinks from some of Baltimore’s most exciting local brands, charismatic guest speakers, and dynamic presentations from the newest members of the BCAN family, the Scale Your Passion (SYP) Fellows of the program’s third cohort.

In just 5 short years, BCAN has helped some of Baltimore’s most innovative creative businesses scale and grow into more widely known brands, including Mess in a Bottle, Le Monade, and Fruit Camp Tattoo. These business ownerswere chosen to participate in BCAN’s various programming based on BCAN’s commitment to hold space for creatives who often lack representation in the entrepreneurial space, including the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. To date, BCAN has collaboratively invested nearly $1 million into Baltimore’s creative community and provided holistic and custom support and community via expert partnerships, travel opportunities, and a “mindfulness first” approach that is often missing from other business development programs. The program has “evolved” to focus on the wholeness of the creative entrepreneur to better ensure long-lasting, viable business ecosystems and steer away from the old “starving artist” trope that has long plagued those who dare to pursue their creative passions to make a living.

The ten bold, visionary Baltimore-based creative founders that make-up cohort #3 of this year’s SYP Fellowship will present their businesses to the public, including potential investors, friends, family, and supporters utilizing what they’ve learned during the intensive 8-week SYP program. Those founders include:

BLK ASS FLEA MKT | Founders Bri Mobley and Sola Ekunseitan

BrickRose Exchange | Founder Bianca J. Jackson

Currency Studio | Founder Michael Haskins Jr

The Empanada Lady | Founder Elisa Milan

GRL PWR | Founders Amy Reid and Pangelica

Habesha Flavor | Founder Micknai Arefaine

ihenryphoto | Founder Webster Phillips III

JPJackson Art | Founder Jordan Jackson

Visionary Live Studios | Founder Akilah McCrorey

Yele | Founder Yele Oladeinde

Additionally, BCAN’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Director, Sharayna Ashanti Christmas, will moderate a riveting panel discussion on the topic of building creative community and the creative entrepreneur evolution, including DeShuna Elisa Spencer, Founder & CEO, KweliTV and Nicoletta de la Brown, Interdisciplinary Artist and Chamána, and the hosts of “Kontent Queens” podcast, Kia Marie and Vic Styles, as panelists.

Evolve stages Tuesday, November 15 from 6 PM-9 PM. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, tickets are available on Eventbrite.



Let’s Talk About Maryland: Ashley Minner, Tiffany Chavis and Stanton Lewis
Tuesday, November 15 • 7pm
@ Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch

Curators Discussion of Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s “Reservation”

Join us for a discussion led by co-curators Ashley Minner, Tiffany Chavis, and Stanton Lewis (all Lumbee) of their virtual exhibition, Safety in Numbers: Portraits of East Baltimore’s “Reservation.“ This exhibition features photographs, sourced from various archival collections, of American Indian people who were part of Baltimore’s “reservation” in its heyday. Made possible with generous support from the Grit Fund, Safety in Numbers can be viewed on this spring.

  • This FREE event will be presented virtually.
  • To attend we strongly encourage you to register here.

Virtual Meeting Information

To join virtually visit the  Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook or Youtube page.



Second Stoop: OBSESSED
Tuesday, November 15 • 7pm
@ Union Craft Brewing

Join us at Union Craft Brewing for an evening of all-audience Stoop stories about going to extremes as a fan, stan, or devotee.

Come to share your 3-5 minute story or just to listen.

7p Beer and chatting
8p Stories

1 ticket for $15
2 for $25
3 for $30
4 for $35



Musical Icons: Portraits by William Wright | Opening Reception
Thursday, November 17 • 5:30-8:30pm

Join us Nov. 17 at WTMD for the opening reception of a new art exhibit, “Musical Icons: Portraits by William Wright.”

In this series, the artist depicts luminary figures of rock and jazz.

Wright’s vivid portrayals reveal more than just a likeness, leaving the viewer with a sense of each performer’s musical style and personality.

Wright is a self-taught artist, born and raised in England, currently living and working in Baltimore.

As a child, Wright was inspired by London’s large Henry Moore sculptures. He was further impressed by a school field trip to visit a Salvidor Dali exhibition at the Tate Museum. He was delighted that adults took such absurd things seriously.

Wright paints in a variety of styles with fondness for surrealism, expressionism and bright colors.

Over his life, he has suffered from depression and alcoholism. He finds that art is a great therapy and distraction. He has been sober since 1997.

The opening reception of ‘Musical Icons: Portraits by William Wright’ is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 17 at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place Suite 100 in Towson. 



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Voyages: Chapter 2
Thursday, November 17 • 7-11pm
@ The National Aquarium in Baltimore

At the intersection of art and sciences lies Voyages, an original immersive event series at the National Aquarium that inspires connection to nature and celebrates all things Baltimore. At Voyages: Chapter 2, voyagers will kick off their journey with local vendors serving up some of the best of the Baltimore food scene before embarking on an audio-focused tour of National Aquarium exhibits. Voyagers will have the opportunity to choose their own musical adventure, exploring the live performance of a composition by featured artists Jessica Keyes and Patrick McMinn that includes acoustic musicians, projected visuals and electronic music played through individual headphones. This culminative experience is inspired by Jessica and Patrick’s research exploring the biodiversity of the Chesapeake Bay.

Following this immersive journey, voyagers will conclude the evening with an after party featuring performances from local emcee Eze Jackson, accompanied by DJ Trillnatured.

This is where art and science meet. This is a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Baltimore and the connection we share with the natural world. This is the Aquarium like you’ve never experienced it before. This is Voyages. Are you ready to embark on a journey into the deep?



U Thought I Was Him
Friday, November 18 • 8pm | Ongoing through November 27
@ Arena Players Inc

The U Thought I Was Him project is the expansion of the existing short film “U Thought I Was Him” to a full stage play in the form of a chroeopoem. The chroeopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry, dance, short stories and music. As producer, director and contributing playwright, Troy Burton will bring a stage production about healing from many deep rooted, generational traumas and racial affronts that many face today.

His approach of using poetry, monologues, comedy, tragedy, music and movement will provide the balance of entertainment and educational awareness. The workshops developed script are the results of several community conversations with other artists/creatives.



Book Talk: Chokepoint Capitalism
Friday, November 18 • 5-7pm
@ The Peale

*Masks required at indoor events

Free | Donations Welcome

Artists and creators in all media are invited to hear from authors Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow on how to break through big media and big tech’s chokepoints for a fairer deal for publishers and audiences alike. All workers are weakened by the strength of dominant platforms like Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, etc., but the problem is especially well-illustrated by the plight of artists and creative workers. In their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, Giblin and Doctorow explain the connections between the big media and big tech businesses, and offer tools to fight back, ranging from transparency rights to collective action and ownership, radical interoperability, contract terminations, job guarantees, and minimum wages for creative work.

Giblin and Doctorow will be interviewed about their book and research by Maximilian Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief of The Real News Network.

ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided, and the event will be recorded.

Sponsored in part by the 2023 MuseWeb Conference (in Washington, DC in April 2023).



Memento mori | Opening Reception
Friday, November 17 • 5-8pm
@ The Parlor

November 18 – December 17, 2022 at The Parlor, 108 West North Avenue

Featuring 50 works from a dozen artists, Memento mori marks a significant transition in the life of 108 West North Avenue — a late 19th-century rowhome that from 1914 until recently served the community as a funeral home. The Victorian era building in its present state is a readymade work of art further enhanced with the artworks presented in the exhibition – gathered to acknowledge and celebrate the building’s past, and its future.

The building, newly dubbed The Parlor, will serve as an affordable creative hub for art and artists in the Station North Arts District as well as a speakeasy bar and restaurant with access to Graffiti Alley.

The exhibition is a meditation on mortality and memory, dedicated to lives lost in Baltimore and the loved ones left behind as we enter the holiday season. With that in mind, we will be encouraging donations to Roberta’s House, a non-profit organization in Baltimore that provides trauma-informed care through free programs to support children and families who are grieving a natural or traumatic death of a family member or significant person.

The exhibition opens on November 18 and will run through December 17, with live performances from 6:30-8 pm November 18 by Michele Blu and Carrie Fucile & Brenton Lim and a pop-up speakeasy, designed by No Land Beyond, featuring beverages crafted by mixologist Ciara Newton.



DIFFUSION 22 | High Zero’s Fifth Annual Festival of Multichannel Electro-Acoustic Music
Friday, November 18 + Saturday, November 19 • 8pm
@ Current Space

Contemporary Music of the Future in 8.4 High Zero Super Surround
Beautiful / Ugly, Narrative / Abstract, Electronic / Natural, Sound as Music

Pieces from around the world; Finland, Spain, San Francisco, United Kingdom, Berlin, Boston, Brooklyn and Baltimore.

Music composed specifically for octophonic or quadrophonic presentation. Please come and experience with unique audio work.


1st Weekend: at the Red Room 11/11 & 11/12 – visit for more info.
2nd Weekend: Outdoors at Current Space 11/18 & 11/19

Friday, Nov 18th Features:
Cheryl Leonard + Wobbly
Victoria Shen
Sam Pluta
John Hoegberg (live)

Saturday, Nov 19th features:
Jeff Witscher
Arnau Sala Saez
Marja Ahti
Network Glass (live)


Doors at 8, show at 8:30 SHARP. Music will conclude by 10pm.



AVAM “Color Outside the Lines” Gala
Saturday, November 19 • 6pm
@ American Visionary Art Museum

With its motivating theme, “Color Outside the Lines,” Baltimore’s Congressionally-designated national museum and education center dedicated to showcasing intuitive, self-taught artistry and thought will honor U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8) with its Grand Visionary Award during a Gala evening that will also welcome new Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield, Saturday, November 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

“I am beyond thrilled with this opportunity to lead Baltimore’s beloved American Visionary Art Museum forward, building on the solid foundation established by Founding Director Rebecca Hoffberger,” said Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.  “In honoring Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin for his timely vision of Democracy and the essential role that the anchor institutions of our nation play in creating that long envisioned ‘more perfect union,’ we honor visionaries from every walk of life who inspire us to ‘color outside the lines,’ opening our eyes, minds and hearts to new possibilities and new beginnings, while also being true to our better selves.”

The AVAM Grand Visionary Award reads: “When faced with adversity, a true visionary — whether artist, scientist, philosopher, farmer, or political leader — responds with love, grace, and creativity. Visionaries ‘color outside the lines.’ They aren’t fazed by societal constraints and expectations, but rather draw from their unique spirit to bring to life results that are authentic and meaningful. In doing so, visionaries touch our hearts with their courage.”

The AVAM Gala will begin with cocktails and dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Dance Party at 9:00 p.m., featuring The Groove Spot Band & Show.  Guests are encouraged to come colorfully attired and in their own unique fashions, in celebration of their own personal creative spirit and in keeping with the “Color Outside the Lines” theme.  Tickets are still available at: AVAM 2022 GALA, and can be purchased for only the Cocktail Party & Dinner, or only the Dance Party, or for both. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

AVAM’s 2022 Gala is made possible by the generosity of sponsors which include Whiting-Turner and United Therapeutics Corporation as “Glittering Gold” Presenting sponsors, along with M&T Bank as “Sparking Silver” sponsor and Wright, Constable & Skeen LLP and Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White as “Brilliant Bronze” sponsors.

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is a Congressionally-designated national museum and education center dedicated to intuitive, self-taught artistry. AVAM champions the role intuition plays in creative invention and evolutionary innovation of all sorts — be it in the field of art, science, health/wellbeing, engineering, humor or philosophy, and especially in inspiring compassionate and creative acts of social justice and betterment.

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Call for Emerging Curators for Motor House 2022 Gallery Season
deadline November 18
posted by Motor House

Motor House is excited to receive submissions for our 2023 Gallery Season. The Motor House Gallery is the first space you experience when entering our building. Our gallery introduces you to the visual art work of Baltimore’s bold and vibrant artistic community. We focus on providing a platform for local emerging artists through a lens of justice and equity. Our reach and impact is amplified through key partnerships with organizations like Arts Every Day, Asia North Festival, and more.

This year, Motor House is partnering with the Hotel Revival to expand opportunities for emerging curators in the city. There will be four exhibits across both spaces curated through this program.

Motor House and Hotel Revival will select curatorial projects that are based on the inventiveness of the project, its curatorial boldness, and its relevance considering the mission of both spaces. Proposals should demonstrate a thoughtful exploration of a theme as well as innovative consideration of exhibition formats. Applicants need not have curated an exhibition on their own before, but should hold an understanding of how gallery exhibitions come together. Gallery staff experienced in all aspects of exhibition production will support and work with curators as it best benefits all parties. It is recommended that you visit the gallery before submitting your proposal.

For questions email [email protected]



Motor HOUSE PARTY – Live Music Series Open Call
deadline November 18

Motor HOUSE PARTY is a live music series where we bring together Baltimore’s diverse and energetic musical community. All genres are welcomed to apply!

Performances happen monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. In 2023, Motor House will be presenting both an opening act and a feature performer/band.

Please fill out the application fully and thoughtfully. Artists must provide 3 work samples in the form of links to videos or music. Performance videos are encouraged by not required.

Applications are due by November 18th at 6pm. 



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Frieze Impact Prize In Partnership with Define American | Call for Entries
deadline November 27

Applications are now open for The Frieze Impact Prize 2023 in partnership with Define American, a non-profit narrative change organization that uses the power of storytelling to humanise conversations about immigrants.

The Prize will award $25,000 to an artist for a work of art that can contribute to the movement of immigrant justice and drive a more nuanced representation of immigrant communities. In addition to the financial price, the winner will have the unique opportunity to realize their work at Frieze Los Angeles 2023, which will take place February 16-19, 2023 at Santa Monica Airport.

The deadline for applications is November 27, 2022. For further information on the award and how to enter, click the link below.



Robert W. Coleman Mural Project: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
deadline November 30
posted by BOPA

BOPA and the Baltimore City Department of Planning (DOP) seek to identify a professional artist or artist team to create a unique mural art design for installation at 2103 Walbrook Avenue in West Baltimore’s Mondawmin neighborhood. This mural will be completed in partnership with the Robert W. Coleman Community Organization and Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council as part of the INSPIRE Plan for Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. The selected artist shall facilitate design workshops to engage local community residents and stakeholders in creation of designs for installation.

Moab Arts Re-Use Residency 2023
deadline November 30

The Moab Arts Re-Use Residency (MARR) program’s mission is to challenge the perception of waste culture by providing a unique platform for artists at the intersection of art, community, and waste systems. The Moab area is highly impacted by the tourism industry and, as a result, waste management. By facilitating artists’ direct engagement with the waste stream, MARR encourages resident artists to consider their studio practice through the lens of sustainability and to thoughtfully re-assess their processes of material sourcing and waste disposal.

Through a 4-week residency, the program offers artists studio space, project and community facilitation, a stipend, access to materials at local waste disposal sites, and the time and space to focus solely on their art. As a component of each residency, artists spend time providing opportunities for learning, dialog and enrichment within the community.

Artists selected for this program are in all stages of their careers and work in all media including drawing, painting, installation, new media, photography, film, video, fiction and nonfiction writing, interdisciplinary, and social practice.

MARR is facilitated by Moab Arts, a municipality-run, multidisciplinary organization working to weave the arts into the social fabric of Moab, UT. Moab Arts works closely with local government, local non-profits and cross-sector partners to activate the people and places of Moab with the goal of sustainably growing the arts in our small town.



USArtists International
deadline November 30
posted by Md Atlantic Arts

This grant program run by Mid Atlantic Arts supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces. It provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses.



Currier Museum Artist-in-Residence
deadline December 1

The Currier Museum of Art invites applications for its Artist-in-Residence Program. Now in its third year, the program will award up to two residencies between fall 2023 and spring 2024. The awards will provide support for self-identified emerging artists (or groups of up to three artists) focused on social practice. Residencies may be for a period of 6 to 12 weeks between mid-October 2023 and mid-March 2024. The residency program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting audiences with art and creative thinking. This open call privileges social practice artists who share the goal of impacting people through the transformative power of art.



The Design Writing Fellowship
deadline December 1
posted by Writing Space

Writing Space is pleased to host the 2023 Design Writing Fellowship (formerly the Design Incubation Fellowship), a program to encourage and facilitate scholarly pursuits within the field of design. Under guidance of facilitators (senior faculty members and writing mentors), participants will work on a book or exhibition review, journal article, or book proposal. During the three-day workshop, participants hone their skills in the fundamentals of writing and revision and explore various publishing options suited to their projects. Fellowships are open to academics in one or more of the following areas: graphic design, information design, branding, marketing, advertising, typography, web, interaction, film and video, animation, illustration, and game design.

This year, the Design Writing Fellowship Program will run from June 1–June 3, 2023.

The Design Writing Fellowship Workshop

All Fellows participate in a three-day, virtual workshop that offers participants the opportunity to share and develop ideas for research and individual writing projects while receiving constructive feedback from faculty mentors and peers in their field.

Fellows prepare a piece of writing in advance of the Fellowship and then work on this project throughout the various sessions of the Fellowship Workshop. Activities include short informational sessions, an afternoon devoted to analyzing and editing written work, and workshops in which participants share their projects with peers and receive structured feedback. Throughout the fellowship, collaboration is encouraged.



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