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This Week: Liana Owad’s opening reception and artist talk at Chesapeake Arts Center, Iron Crow Theatre Presents: Hurricane Diane at Baltimore Theatre Project, Maryland Art Place presents The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal opening reception at Zeke’s, Holly Bass & Maps Glover meet-the-artists reception at Transformer DC, An Artful Journey reception at Galerie Myrtis, That’s a Wrap farewell reception at Crystal Moll Gallery, Terence Hannum in conversation at Lost Origins Gallery, and The Saddest Day of the Year Party at No Land Beyond — PLUS last chance to apply for the Baker Artist Awards and more featured opportunities!


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The Essentials: An Exhibition by Liana Owad | Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Thursday, January 19 • 6-8:30pm
@ Chesapeake Arts Center

Liana Owad is an artist working with traditional and contemporary mediums to create sculptures and works on paper. Her work explores the domestic space and addresses the ideas of comfort and confinement in the home. She focuses on certain objects from or habits of routine daily life in her sculptures, prints, and drawings. She finds the physical manipulation of materials and learning new fabrication methods the driving force of her work.

“The essentials during the COVID lock-down varied greatly by household. These items ranged from food to entertainment to cleaning products. They were items that allowed us to sustain life as well as occupy our time. For many of us, we ordered items online we typically bought in stores. This trend has continued as the pandemic stretches well into a third year and the act of ordering essential items has become more our way of life. The work in The Essential is a collection of both cardboard and plastic packaging from store purchased and ordered items roughly over the past year that I began just after the birth of my daughter. She was born in the height of an omicron variant spike in January 2022. As my husband and I navigated as new parents in the mists of a pandemic, we chose to order even more of our immediate needs. This allowed us to greatly limit our exposure risks and unintentionally lead to this collection. It has grown and taken shape as our essentials have evolved.”



Iron Crow Theatre Presents: Hurricane Diane
Friday, January 20 | Ongoing through February 5
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

Meet Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. She’s got supernatural abilities owing to her true identity — the Greek god Dionysus — and she’s returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac?

In this Obie-winning comedy with a twist, Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the bacchanalian catharsis that awaits us, even in our own backyards.



The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal | Opening Reception
Saturday, January 21 • 10am-12pm
@ Zeke’s Harford Road

It’s Breakfast Time! Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present, The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal exhibition. We’re bringing back the nostalgia of childhood morning breakfast with this cartoon and cereal themed exhibit! Do you recall spending your mornings pursuing the back of a cereal box, or beating your siblings to that special prize hiding inside, all while you skimmed that week’s installment of your favorite cartoon? The Breakfast Special exhibition aims to celebrate just that!

The reception will be held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, January 21 between 10am and 12pm. This reception is breakfast themed, jammies are encouraged!

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 2005 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in



Double Rainbow: PRISMMMs | Meet the Artists Reception
Saturday, January 21 • 2-4pm
@ Transformer DC

Double Rainbow: PRISMMMs at Transformer – the 2nd exhibition in Double Rainbow: Future Archives by Holly Bass & Maps Glover, presented in collaboration with CulturalDC – features video work and archival materials from the artists’ collaborative performances, that subvert the current art historical cannon. The archives reflect the artists’ creative history and cultural lineages.

“As a society, we have learned the power and importance of video documentation as a portal to the Black experience. Would George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police have become the catalyst for global protests without the steady impromptu camera work of Darnella Frazier? Would we know about the significant contributions of artists such as Adrian Piper, David Hammons, and Lorraine O’Grady if not for their photographic and video documentation? In a society that constantly seeks to erase Black artistry and innovation, creating public archives is of paramount importance. 

By collaborating to create an exhibition of video work that showcases our live performance work, when we invite our parents and cousins and aunts and uncles into the art space with us, we prioritize audiences that have been historically excluded from predominantly white art spaces. When we share our work on social media and invite our friends, collaborators, and other District residents into the gallery to see our work, we create opportunities for discussion and reflection on the beautiful complexity and diversity that exists within the Black community of Washington, DC. We shift the narrative. We represent ourselves, our cultural lineages, and our collective futures.

Double Rainbow refers to a rare meteorological phenomenon in which two full rainbows can be seen simultaneously, with one arcing directly above the other.” – Holly Bass & Maps Glover



An Artful Journey: The Collection of Dr. James K. Hill | Opening Reception
Saturday, Januar 21 • 2-6pm | Ongoing through March 4
@ Galerie Myrtis

Galerie Myrtis invites you the opening reception of “An Artful Journey: The Collection of Dr. James K. Hill” on Saturday, January 21st, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The exhibition, which honors Dr. Hill’s legacy and passion for the arts, features prints, paintings, photographs, posters, and sculptures by prominent African American artists, many of whom were his personal friends.

Dr. Hill discovered that he had the “eye” and the discernment to become a true art connoisseur. His taste was eclectic and wide-ranging, evident in his collection, which includes important Harlem Renaissance artists, American arts, and handicrafts.

He was known for his weekly ritual of hunting for treasures. One of Dr. Hill’s valuable finds landed him a starring role in an episode of his favorite television show, PBS’s Antique Road Show (click here to view the episode).

He was an enthusiastic supporter of artists and programs at the Howard University Art Gallery and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, as well as being a frequent lecturer at Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum.

Artists: Romare Bearden, Cornelius Marion Battey, Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor, Daniel Freeman, Sam Gilliam, Palmer Hayden, Ethel P. Hood, May Howard Jackson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, L. Leslie, Michael Platt, Addison Scurlock, Augusta Savage, James L. Wells, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff. 

No appointment is necessary to attend the opening reception; viewings after the reception are by appointment only. To schedule a visit, contact our Gallery Assistant, Ky Vassor, at [email protected]. For sales inquiries, please reach out to our Sales Manager, Noel Bedolla, at [email protected].



That’s a Wrap | Farewell Reception
Saturday, January 21 • 3-5pm
@ Crystal Moll Gallery

Crystal Moll Gallery in Federal Hill is hosting its final exhibition ‘That’s a Wrap”. This group show includes the works of 9 artists. Throughout the past 13 years, the gallery has showcased hundreds of artists’ works. Crystal’s Baltimore’s plein air works are included in this exhibition. This gallery will be closing its doors on Jan. 21, 2023.

Starting February, fans of Crystal Moll can find her work on display and for sale at a new location @ 248 South Conkling Street. This places her in Highlandtown’s Art District which hosts ‘First Friday Art Walks’. Crystal will be open for the first art walk of 2023 on February 4th. Much of the focus of the gallery will be on Crystal’s work who will continue to paint the neighborhoods of Baltimore and the landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She will continue to accept commissioned work.

The current exhibition titled “That’s a Wrap” will run through January 21st in Federal Hill. In addition to Moll, participating artists are Bennett Vadnais, Beth Bathe, Deborah Kommalan, Carol Lee Thompson, Tim Kelly, Kathy Daywalt, Vlad Duch and Stephanie Marzella.

“Crystal Moll Gallery has brought artists and collectors together for more than 13 years, and I treasure what it has meant to the art community that has embraced it since its inception,” said Moll, voted Baltimore’s top artist in a recent Baltimore Magazine readers’ poll. “This gallery will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The exhibition and gallery will close on Jan. 21st., with a farewell reception from 3-5 p.m. Everyone, who has supported Crystal Moll Gallery since it opened in Dec. 2009, is invited to visit over the next month and attend the closing reception at Baltimore’s most charming art venue, located at 1030 S. Charles St., in Federal Hill.

Moll, who has used Baltimore as most of her paintings subjects for over 35 years, initially opened the gallery when a shop on South Charles Street closed and she was asked by the landlord to hang a few of her paintings so the unoccupied space did not look empty over the holidays. From there, Crystal Moll Gallery, voted among the best in Baltimore in 8 readers’ polls from Baltimore Magazine, was born.

“We (Day Watts the Gallery Manager and I) are so grateful for the longtime support from patrons, artists and collectors, including all of those who have come through our doors and trusted us to frame their favorite artwork,” Moll said. “It’s been such a team effort to curate all the shows that we’ve enjoyed sharing with the community. I look forward to welcoming everyone for this final show that includes nine cherished painters.” We are and will continue to offer custom framing.

For more information on Moll and Crystal Moll Gallery, visit Find her also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Moll at 410-952-2843.



Terence Hannum | Artist Talk
Saturday, January 21 • 5pm
@ Lost Origins Gallery

Gallerist Jason Hamacher and artist Terence Hannum discuss the exhibition “Perfume Our Burial”

“Terence Hannum’s “Perfume Our Burial” highlights the allure and beauty of psychoactive and poisonous plants while encouraging us to reflect on existence and mortality.

Taking inspiration from Northern European Still Life painting, Hannum mutates tradition and creates pieces that feel soft and hazy, as if one is under the influence of the plant on view.

Translucent, 3D printed, flowers grow from the walls as an homage to the 1978 classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Each flower is delicately lit, creating insidious shadow that perfectly compliment Hannum’s paintings.”

Lost Origins Gallery
3110 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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“Gallerist Jason Hamacher talks with artist Terence Hannum about his exhibition “Perfume Our Burial””



The Saddest Day of the Year Party
Monday, January 23 • 7-11pm
@ No Land Beyond

Misery loves company! Get lost in a maze of antisocial installments and bump into other bummed-out people like yourself at The 9th Annual Saddest Day of the Year Party. An event for us to creatively commiserate and celebrate our woes with one another.  This event will sell out, so remember to order your tickets in advance and expect to have the best worst time of your life.  Event PageTickets 




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Baker Artist Portfolios
deadline January 17
posted by GBCA

All artists with an active portfolio on January 17 will automatically be considered for one of this year’s awards. A $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize will be awarded to one artist in each of the six artistic disciplines. One of the six selected artists will receive an additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total of $40,000.



Forge Fellowship
deadline January 22
posted by Forge NYC

For artists, creators, makers, entrepreneurs, revolutionaries, and idea-havers like you.

At FORGE, co-founded by Chie Morita + Greg Taubman, we believe that how you work matters just as much as why you create and what you want to make. And when we say “make” we believe the sky’s the limit. Whether it’s a fresh product line, a much-needed service, an innovative design concept, an immersive restaurant pitch, a push for justice, a new script, a board game idea, or a sandwich for lunch, FORGE believes in the power of process, and in building the skills, systems, plans, and practices that will carry you through your life’s work as a creator.

Learn to articulate your work with gusto, concoct creative solutions to today’s conundrums, and retrofit your process with guidance from FORGE and leaders in your field. We welcome individual makers and small teams (of no more than three) at any point in your journey to spend six months (May through October) pursuing and achieving your vision of success. We prioritize process over project deadlines, and people over productivity. We invite folks from all backgrounds, lived experiences, and cultures of expression to join in functional friction to re-envision the givens, guidelines, and glee of creative work.

Together, we will nurture a new culture where confident creators actively challenge expectations, insist on what they need, rise up as each others’ generous champions, and ultimately, change the understanding of what we can do in the world.

You bring the spark. We light the FORGE.



Art x Climate: A Project of the Fifth National Climate Assessment
deadline January 27
posted by The U.S. Global Change Research Program

The U.S. Global Change Research Program, in collaboration with Smithsonian Institution, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, invites artists to engage in the development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by creatively visualizing climate change in the United States: its causes, impacts, and manifestations; our shared vulnerabilities; and the strength of our collective response.

Art x Climate seeks to strengthen partnerships between science and art and demonstrate the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change. Selected art submissions will be featured in the Fifth National Climate Assessment as chapter covers and within the chapters. Selected artworks may also be used in case studies, in public events, or in communication materials.

There are two calls, one for artists ages 13–17(link is external), and one for artists 18 and up(link is external) (more details below). Artists who wish to submit their works must do so via the appropriate CaFÉ portal by 11:59 PM ET on January 27, 2023.



“Revealed” Early Career and Emerging Artist Series
deadline January 29
posted by The Sculpture Center

Each year the Sculpture Center invites early career artists of the greater Ohio region (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, western New York, or Ontario, Canada by birth, residency, or education, but need not be currently residing in the area) whose practice includes sculpture, installation, mixed and expanded media, relational aesthetics, and performance to apply for inclusion in its annual Revealed Early Career Artist Series. Revealed awards artists in the first ten years of their career the opportunity to create work for a solo show.

Revealed is a funded exhibition. An artist stipend will be provided in addition to gallery support.

This keystone program of The Sculpture Center, now in its fifteenth year, fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. Four to six artists are selected annually by a diverse Exhibition Committee for one-person, full gallery exhibitions of new work in either a 1000 square feet white wall space or a 750 square feet exposed brick space.

The Sculpture Center is committed to racial equity and inclusion. Candidates of Black, Indigenous and BIPOC communities are encouraged to apply. We believe in equitable or fair representation of people of different genders and welcome LGBTQ+ applicants.



Monumental Travel | Call for Entries
deadline (drop off work) January 29
posted by Towson Arts Collective

Share your favorite places around the world, the monuments, landmarks, and vistas.
IMPORTANT: Please refer to our Expectations for TAC Gallery Participation guidelines on our website under EXPECTATIONS.
Thursday, February 2 until Saturday, February 25, 2023


Drop Off: Sunday, January 29 noon to 3 PM.

Bring artwork, entry form, and payment to the TAC gallery located at The Shops at Kenilworth; 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204; 2nd level across from About Faces

Reception: Thursday, February 5

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Pick up: Sunday, February 26, 2023

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Featuring our February Guest Artist Karen Trimble, painter and educator, featuring her show “Susan’s Skies and Other Landscapes”.



The Milkweed Learning Hub & Chrysalis Micro-Residency
deadline January 31
posted by The Chrysalis Institute

This is a fully-funded hybrid opportunity is offered by the Chrysalis Institute, whose mission is to nourish the creative trajectory of emerging BI&POC artists. The Milkweed Learning Hub is a multi-faceted virtual platform where artists explore the intersection of identity and the creative process. After the completion of the Learning Hub, artists will be welcomed to a 67-acre natural space in Southwest Michigan, where the cohort will enjoy a physical space for restoration and contemplation, as well as the opportunity to nurture fruitful dialogue, fostering a sense of community and collective care.



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