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This Week:  Camille Kashaka moderates “Women at the Helm” panel at Motor House, BCPSS Exhibition at the BMA, Pia Brancaccio lectures on Buddhist art for the Walters, Tahir Hemphill’s Rap Research Lab closing event at UMBC CADVC, Elizabeth Talford Scott exhibition reception at Goya, The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined opening reception at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Can I Kick It? “Street Fighter” at Creative Alliance, panel discussion with Myrtis Bedolla at Banneker-Douglass Museum, and reception and juror’s talk for the 34th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition at Gormley Gallery — PLUS the JJC Artist in Residence at MICA call for applications 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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Artist Talk Series: Women At The Helm
Tuesday, March 14 • 8-9pm
@ Motor House

Happy Women’s History Month! Motor House is excited to convene a powerful group of women who are leading the charge in arts and culture in Baltimore. In conversation with the Executive Director of Motor House, Camille Kashaka, these women will discuss their contributions in the city, the work that has yet to be done, and the grace with which they have chosen to do such important work. They will also discuss the challenges they face in a city that is rich in artists and arts yet struggles to prioritize it on a systemic level.

 

 

Baltimore City Public Schools Student Exhibition
Wednesday, March 15 | Ongoing through March 19
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA is proud to host once again fyi…For Your Inspiration, a city-wide student exhibition presenting artwork by students from pre-K through 12th grade from Baltimore City public schools. 

Experience the creativity and imagination of Baltimore youth in a range of artworks using traditional and surprising materials and techniques.

 

 

Seated Buddha from Jamalgarhi 2nd–3rd century 1895,1026.1 Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

Buddhist Art from Gandhara: An Introduction to Art, Architecture, and New Discoveries
Thursday, March 16 • 5:30-6pm
presented by The Walters Art Museum

Location: Walters’ Facebook and YouTube

Learn about the unique multicultural nature of Buddhist art in Gandhara during the Kushan period (1st-3rd centuries) and later phases of activity in the region (4th-5th centuries). Pia Brancaccio, Professor of Art History at Drexel University, will examine patronage patterns, ritual function, and placement in the architectural context of schist sculpture and reliefs. Recent discoveries from archaeological excavations in Northern Pakistan will be also discussed as they shed new light on how Buddhist Gandharan art was connected to thriving urbanism in the region.

This talk will be live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you are unable to join us live, the recording will be available on our YouTube channel following the program.

This talk is generously supported by the Walters Art Museum’s Friends of Asian Art group.

About the Guest Speaker

Pia Brancaccio is Professor of Art History at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on early Buddhist art in South Asia and cross-cultural exchange, with a special focus on the ancient regions of Gandhara and the Western Deccan. She is a longtime collaborator of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan and has published extensively on Gandharan art and Buddhist cave temples in Maharashtra, India.

 

 

On Institutions (Dub Remix) |Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab | Closing Event
Thursday, March 16 • 6pm
@ UMBC CADVC

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents a celebratory closing event for the exhibition Tahir Hemphill: Rap Research Lab, featuring a discussion of the exhibition with the artist and CADVC director and exhibition curator Rebecca Uchill. The 6 p.m. discussion will be followed by an open gallery visit accompanied by a live DJ set at 7 p.m. by CX Kidtronik.

CX is a veteran and unique Hip-Hop artist, DJ, and producer who has worked with a vast array of respected artists. CX was also a member of Digital Hardcore legends Atari Teenage Riot.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

 

 

Both Sides Now: The Spirituality, Resilience, and Innovation of Elizabeth Talford Scott | Reception
Thursday, March 16 • 6-8pm
@ Goya Contemporary

Elizabeth Talford Scott (b.1916- d.2011) was born near Chester, South Carolina on the land her parents worked as sharecroppers, and where previously her grandparents were held as enslaved people. The sixth of fourteen children who lived on the Blackstalk Plantation, the [then] young Elizabeth was trained by family members to repurpose scrapped materials into usable resources in the interest of basic survival needs. Quilting was a familiar part of the black American experience, especially in the South. It was a keystone for innovation, upcycling, expression, and for passing historical narratives from one generation to the next. Talford-Scott honed those quilting skills at a young age, though her invention within the medium would develop over many years, moving away from domestic function into improvisational, sculptural wall hangings that live squarely within the vernacular of fine art.

Talford-Scott created fiber works that incorporated stones, buttons, shells, bones, sequence, beads, knotted material, glass, and other unconventional objects amassed in bright, bold, and lively compositions that boast heavily layered surfaces of organic, unstructured shapes much richer in detail than many distinguished contemporary paintings. Immersed and embedded within the lush surfaces of these works live personal and worldly narratives, and an alphabet of ancestral symbols that tell us as much about aesthetics as they do about the artist’s history. Making references to flowers, animals, intergalactic astronomy, insects, sea creatures, monsters, fantastical beings, dreams, superstitions, and good luck charms, Talford-Scott’s objects converge in a cacophony of pure visual energy where commonplace materials are metamorphosed into lessons on abstract design informed by all that she could see and imagine.  © 2019

To learn more about Elizabeth Talford Scott click here

To view available works by Elizabeth Talford Scott click here

 

 

The Afro Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined | Opening Reception
Thursday, March 16 • 6-8pm
@ The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Galerie Myrtis is excited to partner with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum (RFLM)to present the groundbreaking exhibition “The Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined” for the first time in the United States. The exhibition is on view at the RFLM through Tuesday, September 5th.

Join us for the opening reception at the RFLM on Thursday, March 16th from 6 – 8 PM; RSVP strongly recommended to attend. During the opening, a discussion will be conducted with exhibition curator, Myrtis Bedolla, moderated by Izetta Autumn Mobley, Ph.D. Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education at the RFLM.

The award-winning exhibition, curated by Galerie Myrtis’ founding director, Myrtis Bedolla, premiered at the 59th Venice Biennale’s “Personal Structures: Time, Space and Existence” satellite fair featuring the works of artists Tawny Chatmon, Larry Cook, Morel Doucet, Monica Ikegwu, M. Scott Johnson, Delita Martin, Arvie Smith, and Felandus Thames.

Afro-Futurist Manifesto brings together a stellar assemblage of African-American Artists “who construct a future forged in transatlantic links and Afrofuturism’s ideology to expand the notion of Blackness at the intersection of technology and liberation.” As asserted by author Kevin Young, this existence has been conceived in the “Elsewhere … the remapping of what’s here,” forming an alternative reality where one’s freedom and humanity are found. A utopian world – at its nucleus, Black lives, the dark matter that sustains the universe, and Black activists, creatives, and intellectuals, the heavenly bodies and sustenance of black holes – gives birth to the exploration of the future Time, Space, and Existence of Blackness.” Myrtis Bedolla

 

 

Can I Kick It? “Street Fighter”
Friday, March 17 • 8pm
@ Creative Alliance

Are you ready to take your love of Street Fighter to the next level? This is your chance! Watch the film on the big screen while DJ 2-TONE JONES adds new depth to the film by spinning a whole new scene-by-scene soundtrack in the room with you.

Can I Kick It? events take cult classics and contemporary martial arts/action favorites and LIVE scores the film with a blend of genres such as hip hop, soul, and funk.

“Street Fighter is a 1994 cult classic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa. Col. William Guile leads an army of soldiers into the country of Shadaloo to find traces to lead him to General M. Bison, who has captured many people including three missing soldiers. Among them is Carlos “Charlie” Blanka, in which Bison decides to turn into a hideous mutant. On the other hand, Chun Li is a reporter who seeks revenge against Bison for the death of her father years ago. Then two small time hustlers Ryu and Ken, are arrested along with Sagat, a powerful arms dealer and Vega for dealing of illegal weapons. Guile recruits them in order to find Bison’s base. Now Guile, T. Hawk, Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Balrog and E. Honda have three days before Bison murders the hostages and takes over the world.” –Emphinix

 

 

Conversation with the Curator: The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy
Saturday, March 18 • 1-3pm
@ The Banneker-Douglass Museum

Join us for a panel discussion as we find out about the inspiration behind The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy exhibit with guest curator, Myrtis Bedolla.

Myrtis Bedolla is the owner and founding director of Galerie Myrtis, an emerging blue-chip gallery and art advisory specializing in twentieth and twenty-first-century American art with a focus on work created by African American artists. Bedolla possesses over 30 years of experience as a curator, gallerist, and art consultant.

 

 

34th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition | Artists’ Reception and Juror’s Talk
Saturday, March 18 • 4-6pm
@ Gormley Gallery

Reception celebrating the work of 32 artists selected for the 34th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition. Remarks by juror Teri Henderson.

 

 

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Artist Vendors Wanted for the Farmers Market!
posted by Catonsville Farmers Market

ALL CALL FOR FARMERS MARKET VENDORS!!

The 2023 Sunday Farmer’s Market begins on April 30th!

Set up at this active market in the midst of the Catonsville Arts District and exhibit your handcrafted items to an appreciative audience. Sundays from 9-noon. There are only 4 spots available each Sunday so choose your date and your space and grab your ticket! $27 per vendor spot. For now, please limit yourself to no more than one Sunday per month in order to give all artists an opportunity! We will let you know if there is additional availability as we get underway. You will need to provide your own tables and tents for this event. Note that our host has requested that we limit ourselves to no more than one candle vendor per week, so please be sure to answer those questions when you register!
See you at the Market!

 

 

Our Best ‘Foot’ Forward | Call for Artists
drop off March 16 + 17
posted by Kent Cultural Alliance

The Kent Cultural Alliance (KCA) invites Kent County Artists to submit work for an Open House celebration of the Grand Opening of the Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center on the weekend of March 24. The exhibit, “Our Best ‘Foot’ Forward: A Celebration of Kent County’s Creative Community” will showcase the work of Kent County artists (as well as any Queen Anne’s County artist that lives in the 21620 zip code.)

  • All submissions must be from Kent County Residents aged 18 or older (there will be a separate submission process for student artists)
  • All visual art and craft submissions are to be 1 foot of art.
  • For 2 dimensional pieces this means a piece no larger than 1’x1’
  • For 3 dimensional pieces, no larger than 1 cubic foot
  • Works of printed poetry and prose are also encouraged… please stick to the guidelines of 12 inches by 12 inches
  • For music and film submissions, a high-quality digital file must be submitted and can be no longer than 12 minutes in length (and will run in a loop with other works)
  • Submit via the Google Form (red button above) or by emailing [email protected] or by calling (410)778-3700
  • All pieces must be delivered ready to display
  • Delivery Dates are March 16 and 17 between 10 am and 5 pm and March 18 between 10 am and 3 pm
  • Artists can have their pieces for sale, but the KCA will not handle any sales, nor take a commission of any kind
  • Since this is a show in celebration of Kent County Artists, works that celebrate Kent County would be welcome, but this is not a requirement

 

 

Call for Artists: Asia North 2023
deadline March 17

This year’s Asia North exhibition, TRANSition/TRANSformation/TRANScendence, will feature works that express how we face a world constantly in flux. A few examples of this broad theme are: Emerging from the pandemic to adjust to a “new normal”; altering our habits due to, and to stem, climate change; transitioning out of and transcending toxic environments and relationships; bearing witness to the physical/mental decline of a loved one as they transition from this life to the next, and adjusting to a new reality when that loved one is gone; enacting change to right previous wrongs. There are endless examples that reflect the ideas of transition, transformation and transcendence.

Through this theme, we also wish to honor the exciting transition of The Parlor from a former funeral home to a vibrant arts hub in Station North, the neighborhood’s transformation from a historic Koreatown to a diverse arts district, and to honor our TRANS and LGBTQ+ neighbors who continue to confront and transcend discrimination.

 

 

Nostalgia | Call for Entry
deadline March 20
posted by DISTRICT Arts

DISTRICT Arts, a contemporary art gallery located in the historic district of downtown Frederick, MD, is pleased to present “Nostalgia.” Nostalgia can mean a tenderhearted longing for the past, usually accompanied with happy remembrances of times gone by. It can also mean a longing accompanied with a sense of loss or missed opportunity. Artists can submit up to 3 pieces for jurying. The Entry Fee is $25 for one submission, $30 for two and $35 for three.

 

 

❄️ NEW * $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
deadline March 23

WINTER 2023 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant is thrilled to introduce our newly increased award amounts of $1,800.00.

Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant awards:
+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Visual Artist
+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Photographer
+ 6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org

Category:Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
Deadline
: March 23, 2023
Region:
US & International
Awards:
2 x $1,800.00 USD Grants // 6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

Apply Online Today
https://innovateartistgrants.org

 

 

Call for Artists: The JJC Artist in Residence at MICA
deadline March 30
posted by Baltimore Museum of Art

The Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a collaboration between the JJC, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The JJC AIR program seeks applications to select two (2) Black artists living and working in Baltimore City for the summer residency. Applicants are not required to be alumni of MICA.

The JJC, an affiliate group of the BMA, was formed in 1987 to both provide educational outreach and support initiatives between the BMA and Baltimore’s Black community. Named for 18th-century African American portrait painter Joshua Johnson, the JJC is one of the nation’s oldest African American museum groups.

The JJC AIR program expands the impact of the JJC by creating platforms to support artists, encourage intergenerational learning, and grow collaborative relationships. The residency begins on June 5, 2023 and concludes on July 28, 2023, with artists working in studios in the Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center, located on MICA’s main campus in Baltimore.

The residency is designed to support meaningful connections and discourse in the JJC, the BMA, and MICA. It provides Black artists based in Baltimore City with access to resources and helps to build relationships that will allow each artist to explore and expand their practice within the community.

Artists selected for the residency program are offered studio space for seven (7) weeks, access to MICA facilities, a materials stipend of $2,500, and the opportunity work with low-residency MICA graduate students for critique and studio visits at the artist’s determination. After the residency, each artist will give a public presentation as part of the year’s JJC programming JJC Talks, with the potential for additional engagements with the MICA community.

 

 

The Rubys Artist Grants
deadline March 31
posted by BOPA

The Rubys Artist Grants provide direct funding of up to $15,000 to Baltimore-area artists to support innovative projects with significant impact. Grants are offered in four broad discipline categories — Performing Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts — for the creation of new artwork. In addition to project funding, the Rubys will provide awardees with professional development services, networking opportunities, and an enhanced community of alumni and mentors.

 

 

Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact Grant | Call for Applications
deadline March 31
posted by Creative Capital

Creative Capital provides grants up to $50,000 to individual artists to support the creation of groundbreaking new projects. The new application process comprises only 6 short questions (reduced from 40 questions). The 2024 “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact” grant application for Visual Arts and Film/Moving Image is open through March 31, 2023 at 4:00PM ET.

 

 

header image: Seated Buddha from Jamalgarhi 2nd–3rd century 1895,1026.1 Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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