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This Week: Tristan Cai opening reception + artist talk at TU Asian Art + Culture Center, Linling Lu artist talk + opening program at Phillips Collection, TU MFA Thesis Show, Food for Thought opens at Baltimore Museum of Industry featuring J.M. Giordano photography, exhibition openings for Ainsley Burrows and resident artists at Creative Alliance, UNFOLD opening reception at Stamp Gallery, Anthony Moll and Lisa Anderson-Zhu in conversation at The Walters, and Jackie Milad and Tom Boram closing reception + artist talk at Current Space — PLUS Arts & Drafts Festival call for exhibitors and more featured opportunities!


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Tristan Cai: The Aesthetics of Disappearance | Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Wednesday, February 8 • 7:30pm | Ongoing through May 20
@ Towson University Asian Arts + Culture Center

Celebrate the opening of The Aesthetics of Disappearance with an opening reception and introduction to the exhibition by artist, Tristan Cai. Gain deeper insights into how Cai was drawn by chance to the topic of houseboys. Learn how he uses ethnography to understand the human condition and constantly reflects upon photography’s possibilities, limits, and failures.

Cai is Professor of Photography at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He received his B.F.A. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and his M.F.A from San Francisco Art Institute. Cai’s accolades include the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship Award, the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, and the Professional Development Grant and Arts Bursary Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Linling Lu: Soundwaves | Artist Talk + Opening Program
Thursday, February 9 • 6:30pm | Ongoing through April 30
@ The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection presents Soundwaves by Baltimore-based artist Linling Lu, the first project in 2023 of the museum’s ongoing Intersections contemporary art series. On view from February 9–April 30, 2023, Soundwaves features Lu’s signature works of abstract paintings with concentric rings of bright, pulsating colors. Ranging in scale from small to human-size, the circular canvases (tondos), are equally hypnotic and sonic, inspiring contemplation and introspection.

Soundwaves responds to Philip Glass’s Etude no. 16 played on piano by Timo Andres as part of the 2015 Phillips Music program. Lu’s paintings visualize the sound into a spatial configuration—soundwaves. Repetitive notes and chords from Glass’s music are translated into a physical space: the seven notes played on the piano by the left hand are represented by seven paintings on the left side of the gallery, and the five notes played by the right hand are represented by five paintings on the right side of the gallery.



TU MFA Thesis Show | Reception
Thursday, February 9 • 7:30-9pm
@ Towson University Center for the Arts

Towson University
MFA Exhibitions (see separate titles below)
Feb. 3 – April 15, 2023

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30pm – 9pm

gallery talks
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12 noon

Towson University
Center for the Arts
Holtzman MFA Gallery
7700 Osler Drive

gallery hours
Tuesday – Saturday
11:00am – 8:00pm
closed spring break

MFA Candidate
Lauren Castellana
Lauren Castellana creates cinematic photographs connecting quiet everyday moments to dreamlike uncanny realities. The meticulously considered still scenes control the psychological narrative between the character and their intimate spaces.

MFA Candidate
Grace Doyle
Doyle explores vulnerability by painting her friends and family in introspective moments. Using richly painted surfaces with mesmerizing patterns and lush vegetation, she captivates the viewer to encourage curiosity and self-reflection.

MFA Candidate
Sookkyung Park
Sookkyung Park utilizes various colors and natural materials to express a space of rest from uncertain times, a refuge from our fast-changing daily life and its dazzling advances in technology.



Food for Thought | Exhibition Opens
Friday, February 10
@ Baltimore Museum of Industry

More than one in four children in Baltimore live in a Healthy Food Priority Area (formerly known as food deserts). Without access to healthy food sources within their neighborhoods, residents are left with little choice but to procure meals from small corner markets, convenience stores, or fast food establishments.  Many Baltimore families rely on meals served at city schools to supplement what can be provided at home. The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) explores these issues in the new exhibition Food For Thought highlighting local unsung heroes of the pandemic: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) workers at Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools).  These workers kept communities fed while schools were closed and learning transitioned to virtual in 2020-2021. Baltimore City FNS staff prepare and distribute more than 88,000 meals every day and served more than 11 million meals in the 2021-22 school year.

Food For Thought consists of worker portraits by photographer J.M. Giordano, accompanied by interviews recorded by radio producer Aaron Henkin. Hands-on activities within the exhibition offer visitors an opportunity to engage with the subject matter.

The exhibition opens on Friday, February 10, 2023 and will remain open through the year.

Raktism and Metachaos: Ainsley Burrows Exhibition + Reaching Out: A Resident Artist Exhibition | Opening Receptions
Friday, February 10 • 6pm
@ Creative Alliance

Raktism is a new method for investigating the fourth dimension, developed by contemporary artist Ainsley Burrows.

Burrows’ Raktist paintings are characterized by bright colors and soft shadows that often include abstract figures whose movements and features are choppy, creating the perception that we’re seeing them at different moments in time, from various perspectives. Sharp lines box in figures (be they spiritual or mortal) while parts of their bodies escape the framing devices. The escaped parts appear refracted or create a visual echo from the shape that was intersected. The lines cut the image and the space, splitting time and space simultaneously. Cubism, which also pursued the fourth dimension, splits the image itself to see the image in the round in a 2D medium; Raktism, however, taps the fourth dimension by splitting the image into different time signatures and revealing multiple planes.

About the Artist

Ainsley Burrows (b. 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica; based in Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist who explores untold stories and unspoken emotions. He is a poet, musician, and performer, as well as a painter, and his different creative pursuits influence each other. Raised in Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, NY, Burrows paints with his upbringing in the foreground, referencing the many lessons and stories, historical figures and events, and movements and diasporas that have shaped his perspective.

Burrows’ practice mainly uses two methodologies: NeoChaos and Raktism. The former is characterized by expressive gestures and lines, and deep, passionate swaths of color. With it, he explores the reverberations of a history that continues to affect him, showing how the past is alive and how we must make its legacy visible. Raktism is defined by sharp, boundary-creating lines and visual echoes. It is an exploration of the fourth dimension and an attempt to understand the unknowable through systems of control. The flow of lines—sometimes connecting, sometimes separating—represent the many streams of sudden, painful, and historic phenomena…highways of time.

Burrows has upcoming solo exhibitions at SUNY Oneota, Oneonta, NY; Rush Arts, Philadelphia, PA; The Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. He is participating in an upcoming group exhibition at 11:Eleven Gallery, Washington, DC; and in the past has participated in group exhibitions at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY; and 3rd Eye Sol-lation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. His work is included in several private collections including those of Hill Harper, Jeffrey Wright, Wayee Chu, Lisane Basquiat, Jeanine and Herve Heriveaux, and Andre and Joia Perry.

See what the resident artists have been working on over the last year in a celebration of artistic practice. Reaching Out is a salon-style presentation of work from Anna Divinagracia, Melissa Foss, kolpeace, Hope and Faith McCorkle, Hoesy Corona, Jason Austin, and Lendl Tellington.



UNFOLD | Opening Reception
Friday, February 10 • 6-8pm | Ongoing through April 1
@ UMD Stamp Gallery

Bringing together the diverse practices of four DMV-area artists, UNFOLD engages with the significance and possibilities of garments beyond their practical and ornamental functions. The works of Hoesy Corona, Elliot Doughtie, HH Hiaasen, and Mojdeh Rezaeipour direct attention toward clothing’s power to expose, conceal, assimilate, distinguish, comfort, alienate, protect, and transform. When “unfolded,” clothing can be understood to mediate connections between public and private, human and non-human, self and other—in effect complicating these binaries. Through sculpture, textiles, drawing, mixed media, and more, UNFOLD positions clothing as a dynamic site of becoming, capable of organizing identities and setting them in motion.

Hoesy Corona is a Queer Latinx artist working in installation, performance, and sculpture. His Climate Ponchos explore the complex relationships between humans and the environment by focusing on the changing climate and its impact on habitation and migration patterns. Corona has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and internationally, including Eric Dean Gallery at Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN), The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC). He is currently a resident artist at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD and a Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center Public Humanities Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries.

Elliot Doughtie is a Baltimore-based artist originally from Dallas, TX. His drawings, sculptures, and installations engage in a desire to form close relationships between objects and the body in proximity to intimate or vulnerable situations. Doughtie received his BA from Tulane University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout North America including L’OEil de Poisson (Quebec City, Quebec), Basketshop Galley (Cincinnati, OH), LangerOverDickie (Chicago, IL), Fjord Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX). He has been awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient.

HH Hiaasen is a non-binary, Richmond-based artist whose practice spans textiles, performance, writing, sculpture, and installation. Their work is activated by the exposure of the queer body in public space and its underlying desires, labors, and grief, ventilated by a resilient, queer sense of humor. Hiaasen has performed and exhibited at venues including Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT), The Poetry Project (New York, NY), and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (New York, NY). Their first art book, published by Press Press in 2019, was collected by the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art Archives. Hiaasen received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mojdeh Rezaeipour is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist based in Washington, DC who works primarily in mixed media, installation, and film. Her recent research and creative projects are excavations of material memory at the intersection of her own story and a collective diasporic story. She is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, where she studied architecture, and of Alt*Div, an alternative divinity school centering healing justice and art as spiritual practice. Rezaeipour has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of venues from DIY project spaces in Berlin to museums such as The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC). She is currently a Studio Fellow with the Henry Luce III Center for Art and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary.This exhibition is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (



Queering the Collection: Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
Saturday, February 11 • 2-3pm
@ The Walters

Location: Ancient World Galleries, Level 2 of the Centre Street building
Registration required.

Educator, poet, and writer Anthony Moll joins Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean at the Walters, to discuss ancient Greek and Roman culture through the lens of homosexuality and the military, using objects in the Walters collection. Traveling through our galleries, Anderson-Zhu and Moll will connect these objects and their art historical contexts to themes in Moll’s book, Out of Step: A Memoir, which tells the story of a queer man in the military.

Queering the Collection is an in-gallery program series that invites queer-identifying perspectives to participate in a conversation that connects art-historical and artistic knowledge about works in our collection. Speakers discuss works of art in our galleries followed by a Q&A session with the audience.



Evil Eyes, Curses, and Floating Computers | Opening Reception
February 11 • 7pm
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present Evil Eyes, Curses, and Floating Computers, an exhibition of works by Jackie Milad and Tom Boram. Please join us for the opening reception!


Exhibit Runs: February 11 – April 15
Gallery Hours: Fri & Sat 1-5pm or by appointment.
Location: Current Space, 421 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD

Accessibility and Parking Info:

Consider becoming a sustaining member of Current Space – membership starts at just $5/month! Supporters ($10/month) get half price advance tickets and Benefactors ($25/month) get free advance tickets.

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, outdoor performance space, and garden bar; nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, we are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

Programs at Current Space are made possible in part by supporting members like you; the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; the generous contributions of The Maryland State Arts Council; The Creative Baltimore Fund, which is a grant program funded by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Baltimore; and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.



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Artist Exhibitor Applications
early bird deadline February 14 | standard deadline February 28
posted by Arts & Drafts Festival

Artist Exhibitor Applications for the 2023 Arts & Drafts Festival are OPEN!

The Baltimore County Arts Guild is welcoming applications from artists wishing to
exhibit and sell their work at the 2023 Arts & Drafts Festival. All artists working with a range of mediums are encouraged to submit an application.

The 2023 Arts & Drafts Festival, presented by the Baltimore County Arts Guild, will be
held June 24 – 25, 2023 at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe, MD. This 2-day, outdoor festival will provide a unique opportunity for artists to display and sell their work to over 8,000 visitors, connect with up to 60 other visual artist exhibitors from across the Baltimore-Washington region, and enjoy live music, interactive programs, and family-friendly activities.

Early Bird Application Fee: $25
Apply by February 14, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST and your non-refundable application fee is only $25!
Standard Application Fee: $35
After February 14, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST, the non-refundable application fee goes up to $35.

All applications are due February 28, 2023 at 11:59 EST.



Mural Request for Qualifications
deadline February 15
posted by The Writers Center

The Writer’s Center (TWC), located in Bethesda, Maryland, is the DC area’s premier literary arts nonprofit. TWC supports writers and those who want to write through 300 creative writing workshops and 80 literary events that are free and open to the public. TWC invites artists bring beauty to exterior walls of the center with a mural that will be easily accessible to the public.

The theme for the mural is “The Power of the Written Word.” Artists and artist teams are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration by February 15, 2023. Qualifications must include resume, samples of previous outdoor murals, and references.



Artist Residencies
deadline February 15
posted by Contemporary Craft

Contemporary Craft’s Artist Residencies allow artists in any stage of their career free access to fully equipped studios, CC staff support, and the opportunity to interface with the public while creating a body of work. The program supports artists working in a craft medium that can be supported by our Studios, such as metalsmithing, jewelry, fibers, weaving, wood, encaustics, paper and book arts, small ceramics, and small-scale woodworking.

We offer two types of National Residencies (for artists living outside of a 100 mile radius of Pittsburgh, PA) and two Regional Residencies for artists living near Pittsburgh.

Contemporary Craft’s mission is to engage the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft. We strive to create an inclusive environment and encourage artists of all backgrounds to apply.



Artists-in-Residence Program at Anderson Ranch
deadline February 19
posted by Anderson Ranch

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, aims to enrich lives with art, inspiration, and community. Applications currently are open for its artists-in-residence program. Residents will be provided housing, studio space, and meals and have access to world-class facilities and studio time, free from everyday pressures.

Residencies are offered in ceramics, new media, photography, furniture design, woodworking, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Fall residents pay a fee of $1,500 for the 10 weeks at the Ranch. Spring residents pay a fee of $750 for the five weeks at the Ranch. A select group of the 32 residencies are fully-funded fellowships awarded by the jury panel.



“Express Yourself” Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial 2023 Art Contest
deadline February 21

The Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial is excited to announce our second annual virtual art contest for artists with disabilities who reside in Maryland.

This year’s theme is “Emerge, Seek, Connect” and the three age categories are Elementary, High School, and Adult.



Call for Submissions, SE Center College Call
deadline February 26
posted by SE Center for Photography

College Students attending a college or university located in or living within 300 miles of the SE Center (29601 Zip) are invited to submit up to 15 images, photography or photo based art in the SE Center College Call. The Call is an open theme – all subjects, media, digital, analog, or antique processes that show your best work.

The 2023 SE Center College Call is dedicated to Blake Praytor, December 29, 1943 – November 24, 2022. Educator, photographer, mentor, and friend, Blake will be missed.

Our juror is Beth Lilly, an artist whose photographs, installations and videos investigate how we become what we are and the role choice, chance and circumstance play in that ongoing evolution. Her work resides in the permanent collections of the High Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, MOCA GA, the Zuckerman Museum and many private collections.

50 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 Next Media Web Fest | Call for Submissions
early bird deadline February 26

The Baltimore Next Media Web Fest is a festival that celebrates the very best of new media content. This is the festival’s seventh year. For 2023, there will be both virtual and in-person screening options. The festival is currently accepting submissions with an early-bird deadline of February 26, 2023.



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