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This Week:  Alyssa Dennis opening at Quinn Evans, WYPR’s Tom Hall in conversation with authors Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross at the BMA, closing reception for Adam Stab and Jordan Tierney at Connect + Collect, Anysa Saleh, Greg Fletcher, & Schaun Champion Emerge opening reception at Bromo Arts Tower, opening reception for Akea Brionne, Phylicia Ghee, & Savannah Wood at Julio Fine Arts, Alex and Olmsted at Baltimore Theatre Project, flag making workshop with S.M. Prescott at Gallery CA, CityLit Festival daylong celebration, and the Big Baltimore Kite Festival — PLUS Creative Alliance Artist-in-Residence 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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Alyssa Dennis | Opening
Wednesday, March 22 • 5-7pm
@ Quinn Evans

Join us for an evening of networking and art appreciation with QE colleagues, Alyssa, and other industry professionals. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by March 15.

March 22nd | 5–7pm

Quinn Evans Baltimore
100 N Charles St, 14th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201



Your Brain on Art Book Launch and Discussion
Wednesday, March 22 • 6-8pm
@ the BMA

Join us for a lively discussion about the book Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us with co-authors Susan Magsamen, Director of the International Arts and Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University, and Ivy Ross, Vice President of Hardware Design at Google, in dialogue with WYPR host Tom Hall. Additional panelists include Johns Hopkins University professors John Krakauer and Meg Chisolm and arts and health artist Fred Johnson.

Your Brain on Art shares the new science behind humanity’s evolutionary birthright- to make and behold art and its power to transform our lives. What artists have always known, and researchers are now proving is the arts, in all its forms, amplify physical and mental health, learning and flourishing and build stronger communities.

We’re on the verge of a cultural shift in which the arts and aesthetics can deliver potent, accessible, and proven solutions for the well-being of everyone.  Through the lens of the expanding field of neuroaesthetics, the authors introduce world-renowned researchers, clinicians, and arts practitioners on the cutting edge of science, the arts and technology who are revolutionizing how we think about and engage with the arts.

Books will be available for sale at the event along with a book signing with authors.

Registration is encouraged. Seating is first-come, first-served.




Post-Consumption Benediction | Closing Reception
Thursday, March 23 • 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect Gallery

Join us for a closing reception for BmoreArt subscribers on Thursday, March 23rd, at the Connect+Collect gallery. It will be the last opportunity to view the exhibition Post-Consumption Benediction: Works by Adam Stab and Jordan Tierney.

:: Thursday, March 23rd ::
6-8 pm BmoreArt C+C Closing Reception
BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect Gallery (2519 N. Charles Street) | Free Parking in back

Header Photos: Vivian Doering / Studio Photos: Jill Fannon

Read more about the exhibit and our panel discussion with the artists and the Ecological Design Collective.

RSVP here to attend.


Emerge “This Is Baltimore Too” | Opening Reception
Thursday, March 23 • 6-8pm
@ Bromo Arts Tower

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower will host a continuation of the Emerge Baltimore exhibition series called “This Is Baltimore Too.” This series is a platform for rising artists to showcase their work in Bromo’s historic galleries. In 2022, BOPA produced nine exhibitions featuring the work of 10 Baltimore artists as part of Emerge Baltimore. This year, Emerge Baltimore will welcome nine more up-and-coming artists to Bromo, including several senior artists.

The opening reception for “This Is Baltimore Too” is on Thursday, March 23, 2023, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

Artist Anysa Saleh, painter Greg Fletcher, and photographer Schaun Champion kick off the first round of solo shows at Bromo. Saleh is best known for her short videos and photographs documenting her experience as a Yemeni Muslim woman in the United States. For 40 years, Fletcher has documented the urban environment in Baltimore through his paintings. Whether a black and white sketch or a full color painting, his work skillfully captures time and place. Champion uses both digital and analog cameras to create intentionally cinematic and honest imagery. Her intention is to use themes of nature, diversity, and nostalgia to illustrate the drama within the familiar.



Image: Phylicia Ghee, “Grandma; I am accused of tending to the past,” Portrait of the artist’s Grandmother, 2020, Archival pigment on Photo Rag Paper, 24” x 40”

Heartlines | Featuring artists Akea Brionne, Phylicia Ghee, & Savannah Wood | Opening Reception
Thursday, March 23 • 6-8pm
@ Julio Fine Arts


Featuring artists Akea Brionne, Phylicia Ghee, & Savannah Wood

March 13 – April 11, 2023

Opening Reception March 23, 6-8PM in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery

Each year at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery, we present an exhibition that corresponds to the ‘common text’ read by Loyola’s first year students as part of the yearlong first year experience program called Messina. Throughout the year, programming is built around the text, weaving the themes of each year’s common text into the fabric of the education experience for our first years, but also for our whole community on campus and beyond.

This year’s common text, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, provides a rich text with many pathways for thinking about race, gender, identity, colorism, and homeland. But, at its core the book is an exploration and journey of a family. The book tells the story of a family’s past through both connection and disconnection, considering cultural legacy and the place of home, but also racial and generational trauma that the various members of that family must wrestle with as their identity is formed and reformed. In this exhibition, artists Akea Brionne, Phylicia Ghee, & Savannah Wood, like many of the main characters in The Vanishing Half, also trace their family’s histories, grapple with cultural legacy, memory, and racial and generational trauma through their artwork.



HUBBA HUBBA by Alex and Olmsted
Thursday, March 23 | Ongoing through April 2
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

Created and performed by the Jim Henson Foundation grant award winning Alex and Olmsted (Milo the Magnificent® and MAROONED! A Space Comedy) comes the world premiere of HUBBA HUBBA, a collection of vignettes that explores the different aspects of romantic love using puppetry and physical comedy. From the dawn of life to modern romance and everything in between, HUBBA HUBBA is a comedy that incorporates handmade puppets, dynamic masks, and innovative storytelling to investigate the many qualities of love’s triumphs and obstacles. Suitable for all ages!



VIVID Flag Making Workshop
Friday, March 24 • 6pm
@ Gallery CA

Come and join the VIVID team for a flag making workshop led by the brilliant S.M. Prescott. The workshop will take place at Gallery CA on Friday March 24th at 6pm. All materials provided. Only 25 spots available.

About Prescott:

For most of S.M. Prescott’s (They/Them) life (born Bossier City, Louisiana in 1993), their father was the pastor of a tiny country church in the woods. They seek to both respect and subvert the time-honored craft tradition of banner making in the American church. Church banners have historically been used to commemorate moments of jubilee. It is this same commitment to reveling in joy that fuels their work. Often times queer and trans life is reduced to struggle and oppression. Prescott’s banners assert that while these are essential aspects of our lives, it cannot be the only narrative we tell, to ourselves or each other.

Learn more about VIVID:

A new group exhibition called VIVID at Gallery CA through March 2023 (closing reception on March 31st at 6pm). Co-created by a team of trans femme and queer artists (Terra Swann & Daina Reszneki & S.M. Prescott, with mentorship from Rahne Alexander) and a public health researcher-aspiring artist (Mannat Malik). VIVID is a coming together of ways of knowing and telling sometimes cast as contradictory, mismatched, and worlds apart.

VIVID is a response to the rivalry between the arts and quantitative data, investigating histories of distrust between transgender communities and researchers born from legacies of research that reduced transgender people to their hardships or failed to see them at all. The artists weave their mediums and data points from a study of transfeminine people across the Eastern and Southern U.S. (called the LITE study) to (re) tell and make visible their own stories about gender expression, mental health, families, spirituality, and more.

We invite the public to join us in a joyful installation of fashion designs, poetry and paintings, textiles, and data sharing. VIVID includes participatory art elements and we look forward to sharing in making and remaking with you.



20th Annual CityLit Festival | Daylong Celebration
Saturday, March 25 • 10am – 7pm

CityLit Project in partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents the CityLit Festival, a live and in-person, three-day event featuring a stellar lineup of national, regional,  and local literary talent. This spring marks the 20th year of the free, signature event with Lifting As We Climb, as the festival theme, championing the small, literary nonprofit that is working to serve while trying to build. The daylong celebration on Saturday, March 25 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on 1212 Cathedral Street from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, features poet, cultural critic, and winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Little Devil in  America, Hanif Abdurraqib, poet, co-creator, and writer for the Emmy-nominated web series ‘Brown Girls’  Fatimah Asghar (If They Come For Us), Lambda Literary Finalist for Transgender Fiction Megan Milks (Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body), and a new partnership with Hedgebrook, a premier residency for women writers introduces acclaimed author Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House).

The literary celebration continues on Tuesday, March 28, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo presented in partnership with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; and on Friday, March 31, CityLit joins Busboys and Poets  – Baltimore to feature musical guest artist Jahiti, along with Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Lifetime Achievement Award winner Patricia Smith (Unshuttered Poems), and a host of celebrated poets to kick off National Poetry Month.

“We are thrilled to host the 2023 CityLit Festival at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,” said Mark C. Hanson,  the BSO’s CEO & President. “There’s no better opportunity than this longstanding, significant community festival to remind everyone that performance and literary arts go hand in hand. Through this collaboration, the Baltimore  Symphony is excited to support the incredible work of CityLit Project and welcome Baltimoreans of all ages into the  Meyerhoff for this unique and special festival.”

Festival highlights include Little Devils with Unchained Arms with poet, essayist, and MacArthur Fellow Hanif  Abdurraqib (They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us) whose keen observations about music and culture in America are a celebration of Black identity. He will be in conversation with NYT best-selling author, and former One Book Baltimore’s Jason Reynolds (Ain’t Burned All the Bright). Debut novelist Fatimah Asghar (When We Were Sisters) in Of Mourning & Memory discusses her new work exploring the lives of three orphaned sisters and what it means to be queer and Muslim in America with Nafisa Isa, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center Program Manager.

In Never Quite Like This, CityLit’s new partnership with Hedgebrook, located in Whidbey Island, Washington,  introduces women writers in Baltimore and the East Coast region to the prestigious residency dedicated to uplifting the creative written work of women. “It is particularly meaningful to have this connection come about through their  Executive Director and Hedgebrook alumna, Carla Du Pree! Our like-minded organizations are amplifying the voices of alumnae Carmen Maria Machado and Nicole Shawan Junior, (founder of Roots. Wounds. Words.) who will join the illustrious line-up of writers and artists for the first-ever Hedgebrook highlight event during this time-honored celebration of literature,” says Amber Flame, Hedgebrook Program Director.

Read our interview with former US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo here.

The Big Baltimore Kite Festival
** rescheduled ** Sunday, March 26 • 12-4pm
@ Patterson Park

Blowing back into Patterson Park this spring, The Big Baltimore Kite Festival fills the sky with vibrant colors and celebrates the broad spectrum of cultures that make up Baltimore! Join us near the Patterson Park Observatory to make your own friendly flyer, listen to breezy music, watch kite demonstrations, and enjoy a day outside in our beautiful park! Bring a picnic blanket, bring a kite, bring your friends!



Baltimore Women in the Arts: A Conversation on Equity, Creativity, and Change
Sunday, March 26 • 5-7 PM
@Busboys and Poets, Baltimore

A Panel featuring Rebecca Hoffberger, Tonya R. Miller, and Cara Ober moderated by Rhea Beckett

Busboys and Poets Charles Village
3224 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD
For more information contact [email protected]




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Maryland Arts Summit 2023 Call for Proposals
deadline March 29

The Maryland Arts Summit, which is hosted at UMBC, is a statewide conference presented by and for the Maryland arts sector. This includes, but is not limited to: Arts Advocates, Arts Educators & Teaching Artists, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations, Youth, Community Stakeholders, Arts and Entertainment Districts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Public Artists, Boards of Directors, and Folklife artists. This is an opportunity to network, share the fantastic work that is being done across the state, discover different communities, celebrate the accomplishments of the arts sector and bring to light where systems have fallen short of the support required to help artists and organizations thrive through dialogue and action. The Maryland Arts Summit is a place for productive conversations to move the Maryland arts sector forward and ensure its long-term success.



The Rubys Artist Grants
deadline March 31
posted by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

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.



Howard County Arts Council General Exhibit
deadline April 1

Artists wishing to be considered for an exhibit in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries are invited to submit a general exhibit application. The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators and organizations.   

For detailed entry guidelines, visit or email [email protected]. The next deadline for submissions is April 1, 2023. 

HCAC manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2,100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.  

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows.  



Long-term Artists Residencies / Lormina Salter Fellowship / EMBARC Fellowship
deadlines April 1
posted by Baltimore Clayworks

Our long-term residencies offer early to mid-career artists the opportunity to develop their work in a dynamic community environment for one to three years. The selection of residents is highly competitive and based on artistic excellence, potential for growth, strength of proposal, and a commitment to building a clay-oriented community. Awarded to all early to mid-career artists who have completed either undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, or have equivalent years of experience.



CALL FOR ENTRIES: Artistic Influences
drop off April 2
posted by Towson Arts Collective

Who is your most influential mentor artist? Reinterpret a master’s work or show a work that illustrates who influenced you.

IMPORTANT: Please refer to our Expectations for TAC Gallery Participation guidelines on our website under EXPECTATIONS.

The show starts Thursday, April 6 until Sunday, April 30,2023

Drop Off: Sunday, April 2 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, April 6
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Pick up: Sunday, April 30, 2023
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM



Creative Alliance Resident Artist Program | Applications Open
deadline April 3

Applications for the Creative Alliance Resident Artist Program are open! Applications are due April 3, 2023. This long-term program, founded in 2003, is open to artists of all media who would like to deepen their practice in a supportive, dynamic environment, and interact with colleagues who thrive in a lively cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, live/work environment.

The Program 
The Program accommodates eight resident artists, one in each of the studios, for terms of one to three years. It is intended for emerging artists as well as mid-career artists whose goal is to reinvigorate their work in an intensive creative atmosphere. Artists are encouraged (but not required) to use the studios as their primary residence.

The resident artist supports the Creative Alliance by paying subsidized rent. Resident artists are expected to actively work on their art practice, showcase their work at Creative Alliance, and participate in resident artist gatherings. In turn, the Creative Alliance supports the artist with professional development, studio visits with leaders in the art world, trips to immerse in art mediums around Baltimore and the DMV, connections to other art production services, and a sense of community that extends beyond the artists’ time at Creative Alliance.



OUT OF ORDER: Carnivàle | Call for Installation
deadline April 8
posted by Maryland Art Place


Friday, April 21 | 6 pm – 10 pm


Friday, April 21 | 10 pm to 1 am

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is excited to announce Out of Order (OOO),  MAP’s  Annual Spring Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, on Friday, April 21, 2022, at 6 o’clock in the evening. This year marks the 26th year of OOO. The auction will be both a virtual and physical exhibition and will be held in the MAP building located at 218 West Saratoga Street, just within the Bromo Arts District. OOO is a highly celebrated exhibition-event, and a ‘one-night-only’ opportunity for patrons and collectors to acquire contemporary art at unbelievably low silent auction prices.

MAP is happy to continue KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of Order. KIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, extending MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle, and high school level art classes.

This year’s theme for OOO is Carnivàle, a nod to the 2003 HBO series that fictitiously followed the lives of carnival workers during the Dust Bowl. The origins of the “Carnival” proper are varied, though it is often thought of as a celebration of rebirth in nature. This spring we will do just that! Attendees of the event can expect light fare, an open bar, entertainment by DJ Aran Keating of Ridiculous Entertainment, tarot card readings, face painting, ‘drag queens in theme’, and more. And let’s not forget KIDOOO, our signature (free!) kids Out Of Order for children ages 5-16.



deadline April 9
posted by Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is happy to continue KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of Order!  KIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, expanding MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle, and high school level arts classes.

The opening of KIDOOO will take place in tandem with MAP’s annual Out of Order event on April 21, 2022.

Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on the first-come, first-served installation day of KIDOOO.  The open installation day for KIDOOO will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2022, from 12 pm – 4 pm. To participate in the exhibition, artists must be aged five-sixteen. MAP will host an art-making workshop on the day of installation so participating artists can come to hang out and stay to create! All craft materials will be provided!

No need to sign up in advance, just come by MAP’s 2nd-floor Gallery @ 218 West Saratoga Street in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District!



header image: from Post-Consumption Benediction: Jordan Tierney + Adam Stab

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