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This Week:  Nada Average Tuesday at Motor House, Towson University Holiday Art + Pottery Sale, Ballet After Dark’s Black Luxury Ball at Eubie Blake, Under $500 at MAP, Art After Hours at the BMA, BREAKING CODES at SNF Parkway, Holiday Heap at 2640, Current Art Market, Mount Royal Merry Mart, Station North Holiday Market, Gallery CA Holiday Art Market, and BmoreArt Open House at Connect + Collect — PLUS The Ashby M. Larmore Fellowship at MCHC 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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Nada Average Tuesday
Tuesday, December 6 • 5-10pm
@ Motor House

The Empanada Lady in partnership with The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance & GRL PWR, present: Nada Average Tuesday

Join us as we welcome three new leaders in Baltimore’s cultural community:

Mark Hanson, President & CEO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Gregory Smith, Executive Director, Creative Alliance
Jenenne Whitfield, Director, American Visionary Art Museum

5pm – 7pm: Happy Hour
6pm: Discussion and Q&A
7pm: DJ Set by GRL PWR

Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with the leaders and connect with many of the region’s entrepreneurs, business owners, and artists.

Starting at 7pm, enjoy music by GRL PWR, an organization led by Amy Reid and Pangelica Hall, whose mission is to cultivate queer joy through community-focused programming.

There will be a cash bar, with a portion of the proceeds donated to support the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. In addition, empanadas and fresh steamed crabs will be available for purchase.

The Empanada Lady is creating a safe space using authentic recipes to bridge the gap between the Afro-LatinX culture and the community of Baltimore.

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is a leading nonprofit provider of services to artists and cultural organizations in the region. Whether they are emerging or established, mainstream or underground, grassroots or institutional, GBCA believes in unifying and strengthening all members of the creative community.



49th Annual Holiday Art + Pottery Sale
Friday, December 9 • 3-9pm + Saturday, December 10 • 9-5pm
@ Towson University

Art + Design students, faculty, and staff sell their one-of-a-kind ceramics, prints, photography, jewelry and more.

Proceeds benefit the TU Foundation and participating artists.

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 3:00pm to 9:00pm
More dates through December 10, 2022

Center for the Arts, Ceramics Studio, CA 3012
Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA



Ballet After Dark’s Black Luxury Ball
Friday, December 9 • 7pm
@ Eubie Blake Cultural Center

Join us for an evening of community and cause! Hosted by artist extraordinaire Tracie Jiggetts, we invite you to an evening of Black Luxury! This black tie event will feature music, art and food of local artists and vendors! Dine on small plates, purchase raffle tickets and browse silent auction options against the historic backdrop of the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center. We’ll also be premiering a brand new performance video featuring the Ballet After Dark Performance Ensemble! General admission includes dinner, a drink ticket for a complimentary glass of champagne and cash bar. VIP ticketholders are invited to a VIP cocktail reception. VIP reception begins at 7 pm. General admission doors will open at 8 pm.

Ballet After Dark is a dynamic non-profit organization that has been providing Baltimore residents with innovative ways to heal their traumas. Our mission is to provide somatic interventions, trauma-informed care, dance therapy and other holistic methods to encourage survivors of various levels of violence to heal their bodies using movement. Ballet After Dark (BAD) helps survivors reprocess, rebuild and reclaim their lives following sexual and domestic trauma. Our goal is to create a community of survivors. We believe that Community is the most impactful asset to healing and the greatest threat to an abuser. Survivors that participate in our cohorts receive trauma-informed dance classes, mental health therapy, financial literacy workshops, self-defense workshops and advocacy training. We rely on the generosity of the community to provide these necessary healing resources to our community. Funds raised will support Ballet After Dark’s core programs:
Black Swan Dance Therapy Cohort
Aqua-Ballet Cohort
Ballet After Dark Performance Ensemble
B.A.D. Kids
B.A.D. Girls Club



UNDER $500 10 Year Anniversary Benefit Exhibition and Sale
Friday, December 9 • 6-10pm
@ 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 $500profile 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,

UNDER $500 is a hybrid, physical and virtual exhibition event. The physical exhibition opens Friday, December 9th from 6pm-10pm. Artworks may be purchased by patrons and taken off the walls on a first come first served basis that night. All works will be wrapped in brown paper with MAP’s signature holiday bow.

The virtual sale will launch the very next day, Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10am and run through Wednesday December 14th, 10pm. The virtual sale will include more artists than the physical sale. *Please note: applications received will be selected for either the virtual sale (featured online) exclusively, or for both the physical (featured in gallery) AND virtual exhibition (featured online). Your acceptance letter will indicate in which capacity your work will be presented.

MAP will maintain gallery hours Saturday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday Dec. 14th from noon-4pm for any remaining physical works that may be left for purchase.

AFTER PARTY: On December 9th, once the sale closes, MAP will open up its basement venue, UNDERBar for a post-event party, Ticket holders and artists have access to both the sales event and party. Guests can expect light fare, open bar, our fabulous drag queens and music from DJ Aran Keating of Ridiculous Entertainment. This year’s theme? UGLY SWEATER!



Art After Hours: American Underground
Friday, December 9 • 8-11pm
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

Kick off the winter with another Art After Hours at the Baltimore Museum of Art! Your favorite late-night art party is back celebrating the American Underground with a contemporary Juke Joint vibe. Inspired by the American Modernism installation and early 20th century nightlife, experience an evening of themed cocktails and appetizers, pop-up activities, art-making, and free access to the A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration exhibition.

This event is for adults ages 21 and older.



Friday, December 9 | Ongoing through December 11
@ SNF Parkway

Save the date and join us for the return of Breaking Codes, a weekend-long event that highlights emerging filmmakers who are building radical, expansive and wholly new definitions of cinematic form. This year we are thrilled to welcome Nick Briz, Nia June, and Amina Ross and explore their work over the course of four free events.



Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap
Saturday, December 10 • 10am-5pm
@ 2640 St. Paul Street

Come Join 40+ amazing artists/makers for the 16th annual HOLIDAY HEAP Craft Fair presented by the Charm City Craft Mafia! Shop handmade and local for all your holiday needs on Saturday, December 10th from 9am-5pm. Free and family friendly!



Current Space 9th Annual Art Market
Saturday, December 10 • 12pm
@ Current Space

Join us for our 9th Annual Art Market in support of local artists and friends on Saturday, Dec 10th!

– 11am-12pm: Members-Only Entry
– 12-5pm: General Entry

Come buy art directly from the artists, meet the people behind the work, and support them by buying something for yourself or someone special.

This year, we’re opening the Art Market up to our sustaining members an hour early (11am-12pm). Interested in supporting us? Memberships start at just $5/month and help make these events possible!

Vendors include:
– Meg Beck
– Lindsay Bottos
– Personal Best Ceramics
– Laure Drogoul
– Chima Ezenwahi
– Reuben Francois
– Amy Golden
– Tina Haines
– Elena Johnston
– Lou Joseph
– Wilson Kemp
– Dane Nester / Knestknit
– Jonna McKone
– Ed Schrader
– Current Space
– Elena Volkova / Art for Ukraine
– anna y2k



Mount Royal Merry Market
Saturday, December 10 • 12-4pm



Station North Holiday Market
Saturday, December 10 • 1-5:30pm

The Station North Arts District, a program of the Central Baltimore Partnership proudly presents: The Second Annual Station North Holiday Market, a curated outdoor market featuring 30+ Baltimore-based artists, craftspeople, makers, and food and drink entrepreneurs.

This market will take place outdoors along North Avenue, featuring our signature green and pink festive huts, fabricated by Open Works, as well as inside the historic North Avenue Market Building.

Support local artisans with your purchase of beautiful, handcrafted gifts.

In the event of severe weather, the market will be held indoors.



BmoreArt Open House
Saturday, December 10 • 2-4pm
@ Connect + Collect

Join us for our Open House on Saturday, December 10, from 2-4 pm
at the BmoreArt Connect+Collect Gallery (2519 N. Charles Street) to view the new exhibition Post-Consumption Benediction: Works by Adam Stab and Jordan Tierney. Both artists were featured in Issue 13, and the act of collecting informs their prolific studio practice as artists.

This is also an opportunity to purchase a new Tote Bag or T-shirt, the perfect holiday gift for the artist in your life!! Thank you for being a part of our community and helping us to elevate our city through art and culture!

Photos by Jill Fannon: BmoreArt Coordinator of Media Partnerships Aya Dixon wearing the new Conversation T-shirt and Bubble Tote, Adam Stab in his studio, Jordan Tierney outside her studio, and the Bubble Tote Bag, made by SewLab USA in Baltimore.



Gallery CA Holiday Art Market
Saturday, December 10 • 2-6pm
@ Gallery CA



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Takoma Park: Call for Proposals Performing Arts Series
deadline December 18

Performances are held in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium and are offered free to the public. A $200 honorarium will be paid following the event to groups with one or two performers, $300 for three or four performers, and $400 for groups with five or more performers. The City will provide technical support for the performance including a sound engineer/lighting technician.



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.



Call for Emerging Curators
deadline December 15
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 and Coppin State University to expand opportunities for emerging curators in the city. There will be six exhibits across all three spaces curated through this program.



Call for Art: Upbringing
deadline December 23
posted by Rhizome DC

Rhizome is seeking artworks in any media that explore the intimacy, intensity and complexities of the parent/child relationship. Both figurative and abstract pieces will be considered. BIPOC and other under-represented artists are encouraged to submit and all media will be considered. Pieces should not exceed 50” in any direction.



TSA GVL 2023 Open Call
deadline December 30
sponsored by Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville (TSA GVL) is pleased to announce our first open call for one solo exhibition in our new gallery space in Greenville, SC. The exhibition will run from February 24 – April 8, 2023, with options for an artist reception on either March 3, or April 7, 2023. We welcome submissions from all artists and work and strive to present programming that is representative of the many perspectives capturing the American South.

As a national organization, Tiger Strikes Asteroid is committed to building diversity and equity within our community, and encourages artists from historically underrepresented groups and viewpoints to apply. All applicants will be considered for future programming within our space, with finalists being notified.

The selected artist will be responsible for covering delivery and return of work. TSA GVL will offer a modest $300 reimbursement stipend for costs associated with the exhibition, including shipping and travel. Additionally, professional documentation, exhibition reception, and promotion through our various publicity channels will be provided.

We look forward to reviewing and being introduced to new artists from the region. Our gallery floor plan can be found here:



Ashby M. Larmore Fellowship
deadline December 31
posted by Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Ashby M. Larmore Fellowship welcomes applications pertaining to Eastern Shore-related genealogy and/or other historical topics exploring the people, events, sites, and/or objects of Maryland’s Eastern Shore communities and their interactions with the Chesapeake Bay before the United States’ entry into World War II (1941).

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the study of ways and customs of people, archaeological findings, agriculture and waterways, patterns in immigration, religious groups, law, medicine, military, early trades and professions, art, music, literature, and more relating to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Applications should demonstrate a strong tie between the proposed research project, the focus of the fellowship, and the Library’s collections. Fellows are also encouraged to conduct research using primary sources at outside organizations.

Fellowship terms: one fellowship will be awarded for the 2023/2024 academic year. Applications are due December 31, 2022, and the award will be offered by March 31, 2023. The term of the fellowship ranges from spring 2023 to May 31, 2024. Research may be broken up in shorter visits over that year. Applicants with a minimum of 10 days planned research will be considered.


Puffin Foundation Artist Grant
deadline December 31

The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities, and to emerging artists with work addressing environmental, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues. They are accepting new proposals in the genres of theater, video/film, and climate/environmental art. Average grants are approximately $1,250; the maximum grant size is $2,500.



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