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This Week:  Tahir Hemphill at UMBC CIRCA, Larry Poncho Brown and CJay Phillip in conversation at Motor House, Greedy Reads and Fadensonnen host HIDDEN PLACE at Fadensonnen, Lee Boot virtual artist talk presented by The Peale, Blackscope Cinema Series: Hargrave at Creative Alliance, Emma Childs and Penn Eastburn opening at The Gallery at Manor Mill, Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk, Idle Times: Pop Disorder closing reception at Current Space,  and Erin Raedeke, Neil Callander, and Nicole McCormick Santiago opening reception at Exeter Gallery — PLUS Baltimore Jewelry Center Residency call for applications and more featured opportunities!


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Tahir Hemphill at “Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum,” Boys and Girls High School, Brooklyn, 2015. Image by Ray Llanos/Cristos Katsiaouni

Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab | Exhibition Opens
Tuesday, January 31
@ UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

“Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab” showcases an artist who proudly occupies a space that he describes as the “hybrid area between art, technology, social engagement, and interdisciplinary research.” A technologist, researcher, facilitator, designer, and artist, Hemphill’s 2021-2023 UMBC faculty fellowship in Visual Arts fosters experimentation and learning through visual and material explorations of geographies of Hiphop.

Between January 30 and March 18, 2023, the Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture (CADVC) at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will be occupied by Hemphill’s active research laboratory and studio focused on data visualizations of rap culture and history.

CADVC will also operate as a forum for learning through “Mapper’s Delight,” a middle-school curriculum designed by Hemphill in collaboration with Verizon Innovative Learning. All of these activities will happen in the context of an exhibition of Hemphill’s evolving body of multimedia artwork, including a presentation of his growing series titled “Maximum Distance, Minimum Displacement,” and new interactive works and works-in-progress on view for the first time. Among the new works is “Visualisation of Authority,” a kinetic sculpture illustrating the evolving data of library holdings that were the subject of Hemphill’s 2018 research as the 2018 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

“Rap Research Lab” at CADVC will also operate as the classroom for Hemphill’s teaching. His Spring 2023 course, “IRC Fellows Topics in Art and Technology,” invites an interdisciplinary group of students to work on translating ideas into new visual and material form through creative technologies. The course is offered in collaboration with the UMBC Image Research Center. Hemphill and his collaborators will mine the Rap Almanac, a vast dataset of rap lyrics that Hemphill has assembled from various archives over the course of many years, to produce new artworks, experiments, and visualizations. The presentation at CADVC will grow and change as new work is produced.

The first meeting of Hemphill’s class will occur on January 30, followed by a “soft”opening on January 31, when the CADVC Rap Research Lab space will open to the public. Through the course of the presentation, the Rap Research will invite audiences into the design and research process in a number of ways. In addition to sharing interactive works and data processing activities within the CADVC gallery space, Hemphill will offer public viewings of a series of public choreographed activations of a programmable robot arm, produced as a prototype for a partnership project with Dr. Foad Hamidi (Department of Information Systems, UMBC). Details on how to sign up and attend these performance-lecture events will be announced at

Rap Research Lab runs from January 30-March 18, 2023. A closing event will occur on March 16, with details to be announced.



Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope | Artist Talk
Tuesday, January 31 • 8pm
@ Motor House

Join us for a chat with “COPE” artist Larry Poncho Brown, featured in our Main Gallery, and founder of our resident theatre company, Bmore Broadway Live, CJay Phillip, director of “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.”

Dance & Bmore has announced its newest program, Bmore Broadway Live, dedicated to producing Broadway-caliber shows with Baltimore talent. Each Bmore Broadway Live season will include two musicals: one historic Black musical during Black History Month in February and another show in the spring, alongside a variety of community classes and events for theater-lovers.

The inaugural Bmore Broadway Live season will begin in February 2023 with a production of Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope. This musical revue focusing on the African American experience holds an important place in theater history. Its director, Vinnette Carroll, was the first Black woman to direct a Broadway show; its trailblazing composer, Micki Grant, was the first woman to write the book, music, and lyrics of a Broadway show.



Fadensonnen & Greedy Reads presents: HIDDEN PALACE
Wednesday, February 1 • 7pm
@ Fadensonnen

Fadensonnen & Greedy Reads presents: HIDDEN PALACE
a reading featuring

Donald Berger
Blake Butler
Emma Ensley
Jean McGarry

Wednesday Feb 1st, 7pm
Fadensonnen Upstairs Tavern
3 West 23rd St. Baltimore



Artist Talk with Lee Boot: Abstracts & Artifacts
Thursday, February 2 • 6-7:30pm
online – presented by The Peale

Online Event: Participants will receive a Zoom link one day prior to event.

Media artist Lee Boot will discuss his work in the exhibition, Abstracts & Artifacts, showing at The Peale until February 12th. Lee will engage the audience in considering the value, both for artists and society, as well as the aesthetic merits of artists pursuing an alternative career in which they work with scientists and policymakers on the challenges of our time.

Media artist Lee Boot stepped away from a promising artworld career to join scientists and others doing research to find ways to meet some of our most significant public challenges. For more than twenty-five years he has brought artist’s thinking into rooms where it is seldom seen. Literally and figuratively, he has colored outside the lines, spilled paint on his colleagues, flipped the script and reframed conventional thinking to reimagine how we meet the challenges of our time and better ground our efforts in the cultures, experiences, and lives of the people they are intended to serve.

Works that will be on view are selected largely from projects Boot has led as a researcher, and more recently, Director of, the Imaging Research Center at UMBC. The exhibition is aptly located in Baltimore’s newly renovated community museum, The Peale. As the Peale Museum, it was the first dedicated museum building in the US and it was established before art and science went their separate ways. Abstracts and Artifacts, illuminates how and why it is essential that they rediscover one another and work together once again.



Blackscope Cinema Series: Hargrove
Thursday, February 2 • 7pm
@ Creative Alliance

Creative Alliance’s monthly Blackscope Cinema Series expands our understanding and appreciation of Black Film in America. Through varying programming, including talks, demos, and making activities, the Baltimore community is invited to celebrate modern and contemporary film from Black and Diasporic creators.

Blackscope Cinema Series kicks off with Hargrove (2021) and features a Q+A with Hargrove director and producer, Eliane Henri, about the process of creating the film and documenting a legendary subject.

Hargrove is a vérité style documentary, chronicling the last year of trumpet legend Roy Hargrove’s life as he embarks on his final European summer tour. Music icons including Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Questlove, Robert Glasper, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, and Yasiin Bey, pay tribute to Hargrove’s artistry, impact, and legacy. Roy Hargrove is your favorite musician’s favorite musician. Shot in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Vienne, Perugia, Sète, Sorrento, and Marseille, this film features stunning live performances by Hargrove in the last year of his life.

About Eliane Henri

Eliane Henri, has a long-standing career in Hollywood, starting as a Creative Director in the music industry working for her mentor Quincy Jones in the 1990s, moving into PR & Special Events as a Director at Harrison & Shriftman, a multinational PR firm in the early 2000s. In 2003, Eliane founded her own event production company, Poplife Productions, where she produced events and experiences for cultural icons including Forest Whitaker, Naomi Campbell, Mos Def, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Yoko Ono. In 2013, Henri segued into documentary production, as a producer on the film Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth, executive produced by her mentor Quincy Jones. Her unique access to Roy Hargrove, an eccentric and elusive character, makes her a unique fit as director for this piece.



At The Center of Every Direction | Opening
Saturday, February 4 • 4-8pm | Ongoing through February 28
@ The Gallery at Manor Mill

The Gallery at Manor Mill is pleased to present  “At The Center of Every Direction,” a two-person exhibition of abstract painters Emma Childs and Penn Eastburn.

In this current body of work, Childs has been developing a language of painting that allows her to explore the way we exist in the world we build around us. Childs’ work explores moments of chaos and mundanity, freedom and containment, isolation and contact. She is interested in the ability of a work to evoke an energetically emotional response from the viewer as well as creating objects that physically interact with their environment, to walk a line between creating something self-contained as well as reaching outward.

Eastburn’s approach, varying in order, includes bleaching, dying, sanding, sewing, weaving, and folding of the canvas. The ability to access each open side from any angle, above and below, lays the groundwork on which Penn searches for order, for pattern, for regularity, and for rhythm. With an emphasis on letting the paint be paint, his initial process opens a direct conversation with the materials and inevitably leaves behind evidence of the means by which each final image arrives. Like tracks through snow, the details within his paintings hum, often to their own frequency, in delicate disharmony.

Gallery at Manor Mill

2029 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM
Contact:[email protected]
Instagram: @manormillgallery



Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: February 2023
Friday, February 3 • 5-9pm

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!

Mask wearing preferences vary per venue, but we encourage keeping your distance to be safe and above all – have fun! If you’re not feeling well, consider staying home and joining 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.



Idle Times: Pop Disorder | Closing Reception + Artist Talk
Friday, February 3 • 7-10pm
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present “Idle Times: Pop Disorder,” an exhibition of works by Lolo Gem, Jason Herr, Dina Kelberman, Reuben Francois, Andrew Laumann, Seung-Jun Lee, Troy Taylor, and Julianne Yost; curated by Elena Johnston, Reuben Francois, Julianne Hamilton, and Michael Benevento.

A child’s hand; pained by the weight it was born with. The playful use of cartoons, comics, pop culture, and punk imagery; disembodied and recontextualized. Scrolling through memories of screens filled with broadcast, internet, and photostreams. Generating mashups of an internal search engine, recalling fragments of modern folklore and personal narratives, deconstructed and reconstructed. Piece by piece, each artist carries a definitive edge; slicing through the humbug of daily life.



Generations | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 4 • 6-8pm
@ Exeter Gallery

For Exeter’s first exhibit of 2023, gallery artist Erin Raedeke will join two others: Neil Callander and Nicole McCormick Santiago. This show is an exploration of generations. Raedeke’s work has often harkened back to wrought childhood memories but this time, we see a lighter side. Her still lifes, intimate in scale, feature favorite GenX easy prep meals and to-go style snacks that proliferated in the 80’s. Other items from that era cameo including Lite Brites, Trivial Pursuit, and stickers from the “Just Say No” campaign, which cost our country 1 billion, increased incarcerations exponentially, and all with little proven result. These still lives as time markers would take on a strictly nostalgic air if it weren’t for the directness under which these objects are portrayed under Raedeke’s uncompromising eye and deft hand.

Callander’s work includes aspects of GenX as well. The dartboard and basement scenes with stacks of VHS tapes harken to a specific time and place in the American consciousness. However, his imagined future portraits of his son, take on a very different tone. Instead of a nostalgia for what was, these later works seem to capture both pride in his son’s imagined come-uppance and a lingering sense of loss. In this imagining is the artist commenting on his own middle and impending later-life stages?

Santiago’s work takes on a collision of generations. Her work seems to comingle ideas of a child in a parent’s workshop, searching for clues that may reveal more emotional connection with a somewhat distant adult. There are contemporary elements in some of these works too, Starbuck’s cups and empty overturned medicine bottles, which speak to other family dynamics, those of sleep deprived middle-aged kids looking after their own children and their aging parents.

Ultimately all three artists are consummate color masters. Callander’s “Summer of 2020, Behind Finn’s Head” and “Finn’s Head Gradation 2,” reveal exquisite color sensitivity and nod toward the care of an attentive father trying to hold moments as they pass. Santiago creates color spaces that deal with delicate registers of lightness or darkness. In “Caregiver” we see a dichotomy between the implements of modern medicine, warmly illuminated under the lamp, sandwiched between a cool dark background and coolly lit dim foreground. Raedeke’s work never ceases to surprise upon close inspection. She regularly splices effervescent color in among her neutrals as in “1980’s School Lunch.”

The art in Generations explores youthful memories, present hardships and enjoyments, parenthood, and a look toward the future with soberness and sincerity. Please join us on the evening of Saturday, February 4th, for a reception with the artists.



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OPEN CALL for Issue 15 of Maake Magazine
deadline February 7

Artists making work in all media are encouraged to apply. There are no restrictions. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Applications will be accepted via Submittable. There is a $25 submission fee.




Havre de Grace Sculpture Trail – Permanent Sculpture Installation Call for Entries
deadline February 15

The Public Art Committee of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective is developing a Sculpture Trail that will include a combination of permanent and rotating sculpture installations throughout Havre de Grace. This call, supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MASC), is for Maryland artists to propose a permanent sculpture in North Park, near the beginning of the Sculpture Trail and, possibly, an additional sculpture in the central part of the city.

Once proposals are received from interested artists, up to eight finalists for the sculpture(s) will be selected by a Selection Committee. The selected finalists will be awarded a $1,000 stipend to create models for submission for the final selection process.



2023 Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence Call
deadline February 14

Shenandoah National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists an opportunity to live and work in this exceptional environment for three weeks. The works completed during the program will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Shenandoah National Park. The Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Benefit to the Artists
This program provides the artist with uninterrupted time to pursue their own body of work and also the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach. The artist has the opportunity to create works that promote an understanding of the need to preserve our national parks. Our hope is for artists to seek and share their artistic inspiration as they explore and experience Shenandoah National Park. A small stipend for travel, subsistence and to support material for public programs may be provided to the artist.

The artist will be housed in a furnished room at the Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah National Park. The housing is only for the artists. Family members, friends and significant others may not stay in the housing.

Professional artists including writers, composers, craftsmen, painters, photographers, sculptors, storytellers, musicians, videographers, poets, and all visual artists are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for the program
The artist-in-residence will be required to present at least two public programs during their residency. The Artist-in-Residence program also requires the selected artist to donate an original piece of art, representative of the artist’s style and reflecting the artist’s residency within six months of the artist’s stay.  Artists must provide their own personal art supplies during their residency. A vehicle is required for the residency.



Mother’s Milk 2023 Residency
deadline February 15

Mother’s Milk is a 2-6 week interdisciplinary residency, designed to support three or four visual artists, sound artists, or creative writers, who are pursuing innovative work in their field. The goal of this program is to provide individuals or collaborative teams with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents whose different perspectives, backgrounds and interests offer inspiration and interaction. Work that is more experimental in nature without regard to commercial viability is of special interest. Residents have studios in a 1,500 sq. ft. hay barn studio and share housing in a fully renovated 1898 farmhouse.

Mother’s Milk Residency is located in a restored former dairy farm at the edge of Newton, Kansas, tucked between farm fields, a light industrial park, and a travel hub. Our 7.6 acres are heavily wooded in most areas with some historic farm machinery left in place, where it has found a symbiosis with nature. The grounds offer opportunities for installations (with prior approval), or a source of natural materials.

Mother’s Milk is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or dis/ability.

Applications are due February 15, 2023 for May 20 – November 3, 2023 residencies. Jury notification will be mid-March 2023.





BJC Artist Residency | Call for Applications
deadline February 15
posted by Baltimore Jewelry Center

The BJC’s Artist Residency Applications are now open. The BJC offers a number of residencies for emerging and mid-career artists including a BIPOC 1-month emerging artist residency, a 1-month emerging artist residency, a 3-month emerging artist residency, a 1-month mid-career artist residency, and a 3-month mid-career artist residency. Learn more about the application process, residency perks and expectations by visiting the BJC’s residency page here. The deadline for applying for any of the residencies is February 15, 2023.



Harford 100-Mile Biennial | Call for Submissions
deadline February 15
posted by Chesapeake Gallery

The Chesapeake Gallery invites submissions to the first Harford 100-Mile Biennial exhibition. It is open to all artists who reside within one hundred miles of Harford Community College (HCC) and who are at least 18 years of age. (Some of the eligible cities include Baltimore and Annapolis, MD, Fairfax and Leesburg, VA, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington and Dover, DE and Washington, D.C.) This exhibition aims to showcase the area’s top artists as a vital component of our cultural offerings to the region. All submitted artwork must have been created within the past three years. Final choices for the show will be selected by members of HCC’s faculty and staff. Selected artists are responsible for the transportation or shipping of all artwork to and from the Chesapeake Gallery. There is no application fee or commission on sold work. There will be a $500 Juror’s Choice Award given to an artwork demonstrating high levels of skill and merit. Please visit and click the “Submit” tab for more details on how to apply. Contact Brad Blair, Chesapeake Gallery Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.



header image: Neil Callander at Exeter Gallery

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