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This Week: Made in Baltimore Kiosk Opening at Open Works, BMA Violet Hour: Day With(out) Art, Bird in Hand Holiday Kick-off, Highlandtown Holiday Night Market + Art Walk, Baltimore Jewelry Center Holiday Sale + opening reception of Signs, Signals, + Symbols, MICA Art Market, The Black Artist Fair, and a fundraiser at The Peale — PLUS call for Micro Residency applications at Baltimore Jewelry Center 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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Made In Baltimore Kiosk @ Open Works Sip and Shop Grand Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 30 • 5-8:30pm
@ Open Works

Open Works is partnering with Made In Baltimore to feature products made exclusively by members of the Open Works community on the Made in Baltimore Kiosk in the Open Works lobby this holiday season. Join us at the Made in Baltimore Kiosk grand opening reception on Wednesday November 30, 2022 from 5-8:30 PM for and evening of shopping, snacking, sipping and socializing. Come out and meet the talented makers whose products will be stocking the kiosk shelves this holiday season.

Some kiosk vendors will also be popping up with a full line of products for sale at this event. Featured Vendors: Pangea Printing Co. Quench Juice Bar LLC B. Meraki Naturals Home of The Ambitionist Namascents Candle Co The Pop Witch Maxi Cif Designs Keppel and Kismet, llc. Black Butterfly Academy LLC Warped Vortex Art The Boutique Life Artist Rikiesha Metzger Stoked Style MFG Toffee & Bark Company.



BMA Violet Hour: Day With(out) Art 2022
Thursday, December 1 • 12-7pm
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art2022 by presenting Being & Belonging, a program of seven short videos highlighting under-told stories of HIV and AIDS from the perspective of artists living with HIV across the world.

The program features newly commissioned work by Camila Arce (Argentina), Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes (USA), Jaewon Kim (South Korea), Clifford Prince King (USA), Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas (Colombia), Mikiki (Canada), and Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (México).

From navigating sex and intimacy to confronting stigma and isolation, Being & Belongingcenters the emotional realities of living with HIV today. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The seven videos are a call for belonging from those that have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.



Bird in Hand Holiday Kickoff
Thursday, December 1 • 5-8pm
@ Bird in Hand

Join us for Bird in Hand’s first holiday market of the season! Mix and mingle with local authors, shop our amazing selection of books and gifts, and enjoy a drink with us as we ring in December.



Highlandtown Holiday Night Market
Friday, December 2 • 4-8pm
@ Creative Alliance Creativity Center

Shop for the holidays with local artists and makers at Highlandtown’s Holiday Night Market on Friday, December 2 (along with Made In Baltimore and Creative Alliance). The market takes place indoors at Creative Alliance’s NEW Creativity Center! Visit this page for more updates!
List of participating vendors/artist:
Fulliaa LLC
Alleykidart Studio
Currency Studio
Regal Clothes
Just Dreaming Odd
Black Radish Handmade
Salvage Arc
Namascents Candle Co
Maxi Cif Designs
Sarah Magida Art
Milkweed Ceramics
Magan Ruthke: Art & Design
Eclipta Herbal/Alyssa Dennis Studio
Jewish Jerky Brand
Curious Cat Studio
Little Bohemia Farms
Galaxy Brain Design, LLC
Originals by Amy



Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: December 2022
Friday, December 2 • 5-9pm
@ Highlandtown Arts District

Link to map:

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.



Baltimore Jewelry Center Holiday Sale + Signs, Signals, + Symbols | Opening Reception
Friday, December 2 • 5-8pm | Ongoing through December 4
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join us for this year’s Holiday Sale taking place Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th. The sale will continue online through December 16th. The BJC hosts a limited number of sales each year that provide opportunities for jewelry artists working in the studio to sell their work and patrons a chance to buy handmade jewelry while directly engaging with makers. Artists in the sale consist of instructors who teach at the BJC, working artists who utilize the BJC’s studio, students of the BJC’s educational programs, and other local jewelry artists. This is a juried sale and each artist will present a unique line of work. Included jewelry pieces are made of sterling silver, steel, brass, copper, gemstones, and alternative materials. Entry to the sale is free and open to the public.

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Signs, Signals, + Symbols, an exhibition which examines jewelry as a nuanced, visual communication device. Jewelry might play an overt role for its wearer as a signal, as in the case of political buttons, or act as a coded symbol of inclusivity, exclusivity, or social status. The pieces featured this group exhibition reference, among other things, political movements, gender and sexual identity, as well as cultural communication and practices. Signs, Signals, + Symbols will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District (10 E. North Ave.) from Friday, December 2nd until Friday, February 10th with an opening reception on the 2nd from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Every fall the Baltimore Jewelry Center hosts a symposium, featuring free workshops, demonstrations, and a speaker series, all related to a designated theme. This year’s focus was Signs, Signals, + Symbols, or how jewelry has been, and continues to be, utilized as a visual marker; indicating a wearer’s preferences, characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs. The same theme is also reflected in the annual community challenge exhibition, a charge proposed to the BJC maker community to create new work that speaks to the aforementioned theme. For Signs, Signals, + Symbols, artists were charged with creating jewelry and wearables that implicitly or explicitly act as signifiers, symbols, or classifications.

The artists participating in Signs, Signals, + Symbols include: April Wood, Aurea Sellmeyer, Beichen Guan, Cécile Maes, Chu Winnie Cheung, Daphne Ling, Eugene Ruhl, Eva Fernandez, Ho Oi Ying Valerie, Ildikó Dánfalvi, J Diamond, Korey E. Burns, Laila Marie Costa, Maria Konschake, Mercede Sheybani, Mercury Swift, Nadia Hewchuck, Navah Langmeyer, Shannon Kurzyniec, Xinyi Chen, and Zhipeng Wang.

In addition to Signs, Signals, +Symbols the BJC will host a holiday sale, taking place in person Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th. The sale will continue online through December 16th. The BJC hosts a limited number of sales each year that provide opportunities for jewelry artists working in the studio to sell their work and patrons a chance to buy handmade jewelry while directly engaging with makers. Artists in the sale consist of instructors who teach at the BJC, working artists who utilize the BJC’s studio, students of the BJC’s educational programs, and other local jewelry artists. This is a juried sale and each artist will present a unique line of work. Included jewelry pieces are made of sterling silver, steel, brass, copper, gemstones, and alternative materials. The sale will take place at the BJC studio from 5-8pm on Friday, December 2nd and from 12-7pm on both Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th. Entry to the sale is free and open to the public.



MICA Art Market
Saturday, December 3 • 10am-5pm | Ongoing through December 4

The MICA Art Market Pop-Up is a three-floor holiday market that provides MICA’s best students, alumni, faculty, and staff the opportunity to sell their artwork, craft and artisan-made pieces in a two-day public event on MICA’s campus.  As always, proceeds from table fees go to the MICA Endowment Scholarship, as well as to help fund the event.

Art Market 2022 is scheduled for 10 am. to 5 pm. on December 3rd and 4th, and is open to the public.

MICA art Market is an exciting maker fair – where over 200 Staff, Faculty, Alumni and Students sell their work together. Alumni range from last year to 40+ years, all levels of students (freshman to graduate) and of course full and part time staff and faculty – many of whom are also alumni. This is a great opportunity for student mentorship and professional development. As well as a way for MICA to support our alumni community and the greater Baltimore art scene. Works range from wooden coat racks, ceramic pots, hand dyed scarves, metal wall art, glass jewelry, stickers, note cards, tote bags, various prints, t-shirts, knitted hats and so much more. The MICA Quilt Raffle Club has also created a huge bed size quilt that will be up for raffle with proceeds going to benefit student scholarships.

Art Market EMPOWERS students and the MICA community to create and sell art while gaining professional experience. Art Market PROVIDES a stage to highlight and support scholarships and entrepreneurs. Art Market CREATES a thriving Baltimore Arts community.

MICA Art Market
At the Maryland Institute College of Art – Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd and 4th.
10 am. to 5 pm.



The Black Artist Fair, Black Arts District
Saturday, December 3 • 2-6pm
@ 1505 Eutaw Place

Fri, Dec 3, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Dec 4, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Details: free food, a resource fair, marketplace, free workshops, panels, art labs, and headshots.



The Peale’s Festive Fundraiser
Saturday, December 3 • 6pm
@ The Peale

December 3, 2022 | 6:00pm

VIP Event at 5:00pm

In-person at the Peale

Tickets: $125 | RSVP in advance

*Masks required at indoor events

Please join us for “A Festive Fundraiser” at the Peale. Our theme is “light” and “illumination,” and we encourage everyone to dress to impress accordingly! The night will include a silent auction, entertainment, and delicious local food and drink!

This is the Peale’s chance to thank all of our supporters and the many people who helped us renovate and reopen the building this year. All proceeds from this event go to programs at the Peale.



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One to Four Week Micro-Residencies
rolling deadline
posted by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center is currently offering a one to four week long micro-residency specifically for February 15 – May 31, 2023. The exact start date will be dependent on the resident’s schedule, but will fall within the prescribed window.

Applications for our Micro-Residencies are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

Our micro-residencies were developed in response to a vacancy that arose in our residency schedule. We have long been curious about offering short-term residency “escapes” to makers in the metals and jewelry field. Ideal candidates are artists who are looking to dedicate time for studio work, explore new concepts, and engage with the vibrant BJC community.

Applicants should be practicing artists who can demonstrate professional dedication to their artistic practice. We are especially interested in people who are curious about the BJC and our focus on community education, makers who want to engage with the work we do while broadening their own craft community. This opportunity is ideal for artists, educators and administrators who aren’t able to take on a longer term residency.

This opportunity is open to anyone, including past BJC residents.



Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency
deadline December 15
posted by Collar Works

The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (EMAR) program by Collar Works is designed to provide a diverse group of emerging and established artists an immersive, supportive, productive, and communal atmosphere for art-making and dialogue on a bucolic 77-acre farm in Washington County. The summer residency is offered for 5 weeks, with 2 and 4-week residencies for individual artists and 1-week residencies for families.

The residency program aims to create opportunities for artists to take risks and develop new contemporary works across many art forms, primarily visual and literary arts, while engaging in meaningful dialogue with fellow residents and arts professionals. Our goal is to create a residency program that responds to the critical needs of emerging artists and artists as parents, while striving to build a program that reflects the rich cultural environment of today through an active commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Since its inception, creating an environment that stands out as a safe space for creative risk taking, personal growth and respite, especially for parent artists, has been a core goal of the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency.

Elizabeth Murray believed that each person deserves an opportunity to make their art and for their art to be visible on equal platforms. With that in mind our goal is to provide space and access for all, regardless of differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and/or socioeconomic background.



Call for Art + Photo — $550.00 Innovate Grants
deadline December 15

FALL 2022 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant  awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

Category:Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
: December 15, 2022
US & International
$550.00 USD Grants



Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Curatorial Open Call
deadline December 15

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is excited to announce the second in a series of open calls, giving curators, academics, and art historians a platform to stage an exhibition at The 8th Floor, our gallery and event space, at 17 West 17th St. near Union Square, NYC.

We are searching for emerging or established researchers and cultural presenters to work with us to realize their pre-existing, and as-yet unrealized exhibition concept. Proposals with an experimental and/or pedagogical approach are sought for thematic group, or solo presentations. Applicants should be engaged in research which addresses themes relating to the Foundation’s mission of art and social justice, championing equity, education, access, and underrepresented narratives and practices.

The selected curator will be given an honorarium of $3000 for their work on the exhibition and $2000 for their essay in the accompanying catalog. In addition to an exhibition budget, they will be guided and supported in their administrative, planning, and promotional endeavors by the curatorial team at the Rubin Foundation. This commission is open to those who fulfill the criteria for this application and there is no fee to apply. The chosen curator will engage in all associated programming, in tandem with the resulting exhibition.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, sex, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected status. Please note that solo applicants need to have a visa to work in the US, be permanent residents, or US Citizens, and if applying as a pair or team the individual submitting the application must have a visa to work in the US, be a permanent resident, or US Citizen.



Arts In Action Arts Education Grants
deadline December 15
sponsored by BOPA

BOPA is excited to announce Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and non profit organizations with an arts education focus.

Arts in Action grants support arts education projects, classes, and/or workshops that take place in school, after school, or in local community settings for the Spring semester of the 2022–2023 academic school year. Grants range from $1,000–5,000.



deadline December 17
posted by Contemporary Craft

Contemporary Craft’s LEAP award recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market. The retail store in Pittsburgh will feature, promote, and sell the work of one winner and four finalists on consignment. The winner receives a $1,000 prize, national promotion, special newsletter feature and a one-year retail feature; finalists receive special features on rotating basis throughout 2023.

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented artists who are in the early stages of their career. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber, or a combination of these materials. Two-dimensional work will not be considered. There is a non-refundable entry fee to apply.



Lor Rube | Call for Entries/Proposals
deadline December 20
posted by Gallery CA

Fascinated by all types of gadgets and gizmos since childhood, Bakari wanted to explore building a community-informed Rube Goldberg.

Lor Rube is an art installation and commentary on the various [convoluted] paths Black, queer and trans youth must navigate in order to access resources in Baltimore City.

To inform the design of Lor Rube, Bakari conducted interviews with several Baltimore City based social entrepreneurs and practitioners. Their insight helped to illuminate the many twists and turns young people are faced with when attempting to secure housing, employment, transportation, and even identification.

Please submit all proposal to [email protected] by December 20th

Join us in-person on Saturday, January 21st from 6-8p at City Arts Gallery (440 E. Oliver St., Baltimore, Maryland) to see Lor Rube in action!



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