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This Week: Cheryl Warrick at Academy Art Museum, Reading Douglass opening reception at the Lewis Museum, artist talk with Murjoni Merriweather and Jessica Bastidas at The Walters, BMA Violet Hour discussion with Torkwase Dyson, Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Zoë Charlton led by Jessica Bell Brown, New Generations and Scene Seen receptions at Creative Alliance, opening night for Rosa Leff at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Sankofa Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at The Peale, and Winterfest Preview at Baltimore Clayworks — PLUS BmoreArt Call for Video Interns 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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Cheryl Warrick: Abstract Surge
Thursday, December 15 | Ongoing through February 2023
@ Academy Art Museum

Cheryl Warrick’s intuitive language of abstraction charts the exuberant inner worlds of both the artist and the viewer. Using acrylic and oil paint, watercolors, and pencil, the artist creates dreamy portals that nevertheless invite interpretation: a corner of a letter or number here, a seed and a sprout there. Her organic forms are enriched by her expertly crafted patterns—and in her later works—expansive painted and poured textures, as she eliminates negative space in favor of a maximalist experience.

This exhibition will feature works from various stages of Warrick’s career and is presented in collaboration with Dolan/Maxwell. The Museum’s Student Art Exhibition will feature student-created works that respond to Warrick’s exhibition.



Reading Douglass | Opening Reception
Thursday, December 15 • 4:30-5:30pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join us as we celebrate the opening of this highly anticipated exhibition. In Reading Douglass, we explore Frederick Douglass’ passion for reading as a form of resistance. Designed as an interactive installation that invokes the power of reading by recreating a library, the installation invites us to in the words of Douglass “open ourselves up to the ideas of other people.” Douglass knew how deeply political, powerful, and liberating knowledge could be. He always held that through reading “we can begin to see the world in new ways.” This installation provides space for us to explore our own curiosities while learning about how books and reading shaped the life of Frederick Douglass.



Artists Talk: Murjoni Merriweather and Jessica Bastidas
Thursday, December 15 • 6-7pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Join us for a series of talks featuring the artists in Activating the Renaissance, an exhibition that seeks to illustrate the connections between the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods and contemporary art, each offering insights into the other. In this last of three interviews, artists Murjoni Merriweather and Jessica Bastidas are in conversation with Jeffrey Kent, artist and Chief Curator of the Peale Center, and Joaneath Spicer, the James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art. The speakers will discuss the themes in the show and their artistic practice. This program was developed in conjunction with the exhibition Activating the Renaissance, currently on view at the Walters through February 26.



BMA Violet Hour: Legacies of the Great Migration Artist Talk + Free Admission to Exhibition
Thursday, December 15 • 6:30-7:30pm
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Arrive early and enjoy free admission to A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Take a deep dive into the impact of the Great Migration of through the lens of three artists featured A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.

Hear from Torkwase Dyson, Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Zoë Charlton during a conversation led by Jessica Bell Brown, co-curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art. The group will explore Southern culture, land and ecology, and the process of developing newly commissioned works of art.

Seating in the BMA Auditorium is first-come, first-served.



New Generations: The Photography of Three Cities and Two Eras | Opening Reception
Friday, December 16 • 6-9pm
@ Creative Alliance

Over the last two years, Paula Gately Tillman has photographed Baltimore visual artists in their studios and alongside their art. This is not the first time Gately Tillman has turned her camera to documenting a creative community in depth. From the mid 1980s to late 1990s, the artist was embedded in the counterculture scenes of Atlanta and New York, capturing the beautiful irreverence of an array of pioneering musicians, as well as punk entrepreneurs Tish and Snooky Bellomo of the Manic Panic hair color line, and LGBTQ+ icons in the making, Nelson Sullivan and RuPaul. These subjects were natural performers, preening and posing in wigs, crinolines, and marabou—extravagant garb that signaled a bold assertion of personal identity and gritty glamour. In 2018, Gately Tillman retrospectively compiled these raw and romantic works in the award-winning book Fringe: New York and Atlanta, 1984-1997. The Fringe series remains a striking document of confident creatives poised to change culture from their positions on the margins.

Presented alongside Fringe, Gately Tillman’s Baltimore project, New Generations, takes a different tone. In the recent portraits, introspection and a stripped down verité have replaced pageantry and extreme attitude. Befitting the pandemic period, the photographs were largely shot in studios—solitary sanctuaries—rather than the bustling night clubs and urban backstreets that set the stage for the Fringe images. And still, there is a kinship between studios and dance clubs. They are both out-of-the-ordinary spaces in which one can aspire to uninhibited exploration and expression.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Amy Boone-McCreesh, Hannah Brancato, Carolyn Case, Schaun Champion, Joseph Corcoran, Julia Clouser, Vivian Marie Doering, Dave Eassa, Jerrell Gibbs, Taha Heydari, Monica Ikeqwu, Christopher “kolpeace” Johnson, Jr., Linling Lu, Charles Mason lll, Jonna McKone, Nadia Rae Morales, Vlado Petrovski, Edgar Reyes, Shan Wallace, and Will Watson.

Featured images in this list: Jerrell Gibbs and Hannah Brancato



Scene Seen: A vignette of Baltimore Music (2016-2022) | Opening Reception
Friday, December 16 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through January 22
@ Creative Alliance

Christopher J. Chester and Micah E. Wood are longtime collaborators in design and photography in Baltimore, MD. Upon meeting in 2014, they bonded over their studies of design and photography at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and their love for music. Music is the connecting force of their friendship. Scene Seen explores the Station North music scene between 2016 and 2022 from their perspective through photography and poster design. Baltimore has been known as a music poster city dating back to the 1960s with Globe Posters and continues that legacy.

Music, like visual art, draws upon memory, activates our emotions, and heightens our sense of identity. Addictive by nature, music has the tenacity to consume one’s life for the better. Everyone can remember hearing their favorite song for the first time—when it happened and where they were. Our love for music intensifies when it comes to Baltimore music. Baltimore’s vibrant culture is present in its music, which continues to draw attention globally. However, most have yet to come close to digesting all there is to the Baltimore art scene.

Christopher and Micah’s collective goal continues to be a personal representation of an artist’s music by visualizing their intent. Christopher hopes his posters will build excitement around a show and bring in new and familiar audiences. Micah strives to photograph musicians how they want to be seen and on their terms. Together, their work prioritizes musicians in the foreground.



PASTPORTS: Cut Paper Landscapes by Rosa Leff | Opening Night
Saturday, December 17 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through January 29
@ Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

In her meticulously hand-cut streetscapes, Rosa Leff explores changing cities and the concept of time. Her subject matter is drawn from photos she took during her travels, including the destinations of Japan, China, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.

Leff will exhibit work she made pre-pandemic based on these images alongside new work based on photos from the same travels. With a post-lockdown eye, she has discovered new details in the source material that were seemingly insignificant before and are now beautifully intriguing.

PASTPORTS opens Saturday, December 17th with an opening reception from 6-8 pm (RSVPS requested). The exhibition runs through January 29, 2023 in Pyramid’s Helen C. Frederick Gallery.  The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wed–Thu, 10–8 pm and Fri–Sun, 10–6 pm (note: Pyramid will be closed December 25 – January 1). Pyramid is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. For more information and an RSVP link, visit or call 301-608-9101.



Sankofa Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
Sunday, December 18 • 12-3pm
@ The Peale

*Masks required at indoor events

Join members of the Sankofa Family for a special Kwanza Celebration within the exhibition. The interactive Sankofa exhibition features a look back at the work of Sankofa Dance Theater, utilizing costumes, archival materials, historical footage, and built environments designed to transport visitors into the past, and into the future. Check out the complete Sankofa experience website!



Winterfest 2022 Annual Holiday Sale Preview
Sunday, December 18 • 6-9pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Come celebrate the gift of art and the change of seasons with not one – but two great shows! Our annual utilitarian ceramics holiday invitational, Winterfest 2022, features established and emerging ceramic artists. This exhibition is perfectly paired with Baltimore Clayworks’ Annual Holiday Sale where resident artists and gallery represented artists join together to fill the galleries with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gifts.

Featuring live music with Todd Marcus on clarinet and Harry Appelman on piano, hors d’ oeuvres and drinks.

Winterfest 2022 Invited Artists:

Ian Bassett (CA), Jason Bohnert (AZ), Lisa Giuliani (WV), Peter Jadoonath (MN), Shikha Joshi (TX), Shalya Marsh (WV), Lindsay Oesterritter (VA), Amelia Stamps (KY), Hunter Stamps (KY), Eric Pardue (WV), Travis Winters (PA)

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Call for Video Interns
deadline December 21
posted by BmoreArt

BmoreArt is looking for a graduate or undergraduate student studying video in the region to intern from January–May, 2023. To apply, email a Letter of Interest and resume to [email protected] by December 21, 2022 and put “Video Internship” in the subject heading.



Howard County Arts Council General Exhibit
deadline January 1

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.   

For detailed entry guidelines, visit or email [email protected]. The next deadline for submissions is January 1, 2023 

HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2,100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.  

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.   

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am- 8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12- 4pm. To learn more about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit



Women by Women | Call for Submissions
deadline January 2
posted by SE Center for Photography

The history of photography has a long tradition of representing women as subjects but has less to say about women as artists. Today, the roles of women in photography are both behind the camera and in front of it. Who understands women better than women? The female perspective offers an important view of the many facets of womanhood and women’s role in society. This exhibition seeks women photographers who explore and celebrate the myriad ways that they render female-identifying subjects.

Our juror for Women by Women is Laurie Klein. Renowned photographer and educator, Laurie Klein, is regarded as one of the most influential infrared photographers in the world. Laurie holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Ohio University. Early in her career, Laurie studied with Ansel Adams.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slideshow. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.



The Baltimore Farmers’ Market | Call for 2023 Vendors
deadline January 3
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market is Maryland’s largest farmers’ market and YOU are invited to join the family! We are now accepting vendor applications for the 2023 season. As a producer-only market, we require our vendors to grow, make, or create what they sell at the Market.

We prioritize local vendors in our application process to ensure we’re providing local options for our shoppers.



Development/Grant Writing Assistant
deadline January 5
posted by CityLit

CityLit Project is looking for a part-time contractual Development Assistant who will grow local, regional, and national support for this small, literary nonprofit located in Baltimore, Maryland. This is a chance to join a growing literary organization, expand your literary community, and work within a flexible, remote schedule.

Position: Development Assistant/Grant Writing Assistant- Contractual, Part-time
Purpose: To grow the financial base of support for CLP, and provide support for the Executive Director
Location: Remote, with the option of attending occasional events and meetings, including the biannual Dambach Award Ceremony, which occur in Baltimore City.
Compensation: $25 per hour while averaging 20 hours weekly. Or, as negotiated with CLP.



Skowhegan Artist Residency
deadline January 6

For over seven decades, Skowhegan has offered artists the opportunity to engage fully with their studio practice, with their peers, and with distinguished faculty and mentors in its nine-week intensive & residential program. The experience of living and working exclusively alongside other artists has proven to be transformative time and time again. Skowhegan’s 350-acre rural campus, the dedication of its staff to supporting the creative process, and the diverse community of artists who gather as participants & faculty each summer serve as catalysts for expansive thinking, material experimentation, and a broadened perspective on the world from which we all derive our creative work.



Call for Proposals: SOLOS 2023
deadline January 6
sponsored by Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2023, a series of solo exhibitions by Mid-Atlantic artists. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo exhibitions to take place in one of the Museum’s gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington staff. The exhibitions selected for SOLOS 2023 will take place across multiple exhibition seasons, rather than happening simultaneously. They will last 6-8 weeks and take place between April and December of 2023. Click the link below for more information and to apply.



header image: Portrait of Jerrell Gibbs by Paula Gately Tillman

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