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This Week:  SHAN Wallace at JHU, CityLit presents Joy Harjo and Brendan Basham at Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater, Annalisa Dias at UMBC CIRCA, Gaylord Torrence lectures at Evergreen Museum, the 2nd Annual Baltimore Fine Art Print Fair, closing reception for Ainsley Burrows at Creative Alliance, Towson University Studio Art MFA opening reception at Hamilton Gallery, and MICA Curatorial Practice MFA student Cheyene Adams’ opening reception at The Peale — PLUS Out of Order + KIDOOO at Maryland Art Place 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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SHAN Wallace: “I am called to mirror back”
Tuesday, March 28 • 12pm
@ JHU Macksey Seminar Room

SHAN Wallace will speak about her growing archival practice as an artist-in-residence at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Wallace is a nomadic award-winning visual artist, photographer, and educator from East Baltimore, MD. Much of Wallace’s work is focused on “the archive”–its development, the challenges of the modern archive, the “archive as artwork” and methods for ethically accumulating primary source documents.

Tuesday March 28, Noon
Macksey Seminar Room
Brody Learning Commons, M-Level
3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

More information about the event series at Subscribe to the Tabb Center listserv at this link, or email Joseph Plaster at [email protected] to be added.



CityLit Festival presents Catching the Light with Joy
Tuesday, March 28 • 7-9pm
@ Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater

An evening with Joy Harjo, the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include Weaving Sundown in a Scarlett Light, An American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. She is the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invite us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She edited Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project, and most recently the children’s book Remember based on her iconic poem of the same title invites young readers to reflect on the world around them and their place in it. Her many writing awards include the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and the Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies.

Harjo will be joined in conversation with Navajo writer, educator, and former chef Brendan Basham whose novel Swim Home to the Vanished, debuts with Harper Books, the flagship imprint of HarperCollins this June.



Annalisa Dias: Groundwater Arts
Wednesday, March 29 • 12-1pm

Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American transdisciplinary artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth. She is Director of Artistic Partnerships and Innovation at Baltimore Center Stage, where she is responsible for new work development and civic programming. She is also a co-founder of Groundwater Arts, a collective of arts professionals dedicated to shaping, stewarding, and seeding a decolonized future, focusing on the interconnected goals of climate justice, racial justice, and economic justice through creative practice, consultation, and community building. Groundwater Arts makes work that is both adaptive and regenerative and prioritizes frontline communities.

Prior to joining Baltimore Center Stage, Annalisa was a Producing Playwright and Acting Creative Producer with The Welders, a D.C. playwright collective; and a co-founder of the D.C. Coalition for Theatre and Social Justice. Annalisa’s work has been produced or developed by The Welders, Theater Alliance, Signature Theatre (DC), Arena Stage, the Phillips Collection, The Gulfshore Playhouse, the Mead Theatre Lab, The Hub Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Tron Theatre (Glasgow), and OverHere Theatre (London) and has been supported by the The Ringling, the Kennedy Center REACH, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Saul Zaentz Fund for Innovation in Film & Media at Johns Hopkins University, the Puffin Foundation, the Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts, the Network of Ensemble Theatres NET/TEN program, TCG’s Global Connections program, and the Mead Theatre Lab.

Recent work includes The Earth, That is Sufficient, a performance project about hope for the future in the face of the climate catastrophe, produced by The Welders in 2019 in Washington D.C. and globally. Annalisa has facilitated dialogue and presented on anti-oppression and decolonization at numerous national conferences including Theater Communications Group, Kennedy Center Directing & Dramaturgy Intensive, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Alliance for Theatre Educators, Shakespeare Theatre Association, among others. She has authored several articles and book chapters on the subject of decolonization in artistic practice and higher educational contexts. She has been an invited guest speaker on issues of anti-racism, decolonization, and new play development in graduate classes at Tisch NYU, American University, Hollins University, and The Catholic University of America. Annalisa frequently teaches theatre of the oppressed and decolonization workshops nationally and internationally and speaks about race, identity, and performance and is a TCG Rising Leader of Color.

CIRCA is committed to making its events accessible to everyone. Please send your request for specific accommodations to [email protected].



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Meaning, Memory, and Mystery: Curating Historical Native American Art
Thursday, March 30 • 6-8pm
@ Evergreen Library and Museum

Join Gaylord Torrence for his lecture, “Meaning, Memory, and Mystery: Curating Historical Native American Art.” Torrence examines the distinct, fundamental challenges that underlie the creation of exhibitions, permanent galleries, and publications — not only for the curator, but also the communities, tribal groups, and nations whose ancestral works are being presented to the greater public.


Gaylord Torrence is Emeritus founding Fred and Virginia Merrill Curator of Native American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Professor Emeritus in Fine Arts, Drake University. He is a specialist in Plains Indian visual culture and widely recognized for fostering new perspectives in historical Native American art and the recognition of contemporary indigenous artists. In 2018, Torrence guest curated the inaugural permanent installation of Native North American art in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His publications include Continuum: Native North American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (with Marjorie Alexander, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2020), Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018), The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky (Musée du Quai Branly, 2014), “The Raven Belt Ornaments of Lewis and Clark,” in Arts of Diplomacy: Lewis and Clark’s Indian Collection, ed. Castle McLaughlin (Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 2003), The American Indian Parfleche: A Tradition of Abstract Painting, (University of Washington Press, 1994), and Art of the Red Earth People: The Mesquakie of Iowa (with Robert Hobbs, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1989).



2nd Annual Baltimore Fine Art Print Fair | VIP Preview + All Access
Thursday, March 30 • 6-9pm | Ongoing through April 2

Thursday, March 30th, 2023 from 6-9pm. Join us for food, drink, and an exclusive first look at the art. This also includes access to all three general admission days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Baltimore Fine Art Print Fair showcases the latest contemporary art in prints from over twenty galleries, dealers, and print publishers from across the U.S. The Fair takes place at the Baltimore Innovation Center, 1100 Wicomico Street, in Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood.

The 2023 exhibitors present the finest investment-quality, limited-edition fine art prints, multi-part portfolios, and artist books by the best of established and emerging artists. It is a perfect event for collectors, art lovers, and artists.



Raktism and Metachaos: Ainsley Burrows | Closing Reception
Friday, March 31 • 6pm
@ Creative Alliance

6PM | Closing Reception in the Main Gallery
7PM | Poetry night in the Marquee Lounge

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.



CityLit Festival presents Unshuttered Poets
Friday, March 31 • 7-9:30pm
@ Busboys and Poets – Baltimore

CityLit Project & the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Hedgebrook and Chesapeake Shakespeare

Company present Baltimore’s 20th Annual City Lit Festival Lifting As We Climb:  A CELEBRATION FOR READERS & WRITERS


Musical guest Jahiti will perform and featured guests include Patricia Smith, Ephraim Nehemiah, Zeina Azzam, Sean Murphy, Kathleen Hellen, Tara Elliott, and Jalynn Harris: Master of Ceremonies

Unshuttered Poets: Poetry at the Center of History & Remembrance Featuring Musical Guest Author Jahiti and Ruth Lily Poetry Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Patricia Smith
Busboys and Poets – Baltimore


There’s poetry breaking out March 28th at Baltimore’s own Busboys and Poets! Join us for a night of celebration and jubilant performance headlined by acclaimed poet, Patricia Smith and singer/songwriter Jahati. Smith’s most recent collection, Unshuttered: Poems, has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” Her work is both wide-ranging and intimate, and her readings are legend. Recipient of innumerable awards and prizes, she is a voice we all want to hear, again and again. We also eagerly anticipate the performance of featured performer, JAHITI, former member of legendary Baltimore group, Brown FISH and current international solo artist. Poets Ephraim Nehemiah, Zeina Azzam, Sean Murphy, Kathleen Hellen, Tara Elliott, and Jalynn Harris will lay their souls bare on stage, and we’ll all come away with something new and unexpected to think about.



from left to right: Tara Youngborg – dataflow (Towson, MD), 2023 – digital video and sound Erin Barry – Beyond the Veil – risograph Mia Pisano – Decompose – steam bent ash, recycled found materials Grace Doyle – Canopy – oil on linen

Making Moves | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 1 • 1-4pm
@ Hamilton Gallery

Towson University Studio Art MFA candidates showcase their work at Hamilton Gallery in Making Moves. This group exhibition features a range of 2D & 3D work, and video installation. The selected artists explore an array of themes, including the natural world, sustainability, processes, social systems, life experiences, identity, and technology.

Featuring work by:
Erin Barry-Dutro, Zachary Diaz, Grace Doyle, Amelia Gossman, Mia Pisano, Cody Pryseski, and Tara Youngborg.

Also exhibiting HAC artist members:
Jude Asher, Loring Boglioli, Marisa Canino, Schroeder Cherry, Diane Dennis, Grace Doyle, Nancy Keene Fishel, Tim Jankowiak, Amy Klainer, Mark Mellett, L. Nef’fahtiti Partlow-Myrick, Linda Popp, Lynn Poshepny, Lee Quick, Katie Rickman, Theresa Reuter, Michael Seipp, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, & Alex Vanicky.

About Hamilton Arts Collective | Hamilton Gallery

Hamilton Arts Collective | Hamilton Gallery strives to support the arts in Baltimore City and in the Hamilton-Lauraville community by means of providing space for artistic expression, creative exploration and community involvement. HAC|HG is a 100% volunteer run 501c3 non-profit, and its mission is to be a community resource. We welcome creative initiatives that meet the needs of the community. Artists and those who support the arts from our community and elsewhere are invited to be involved.

Hamilton Arts Collective | Hamilton Gallery exhibition activities are supported by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts Creativity Grant funds.



Solace | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 1 • 4-7pm
@ The Peale

On view at The Peale (225 Holiday St) from Saturday, April 1–Sunday, April 30, 2023, SOLACE features all Black womxn artists from a variety of disciplines. The works of the invited artists bestow feelings of peace, humor, and healing by displaying personal moments of affirmative triumph. A reception will take place Saturday, April 1, 2023.

SOLACE is the culmination of self-love as experienced by Black womxn. Through artworks, programs, and resources, this project demonstrates that all art, regardless of form, can represent the ever-present mission of SOLACE: prioritizing trust, reciprocity, and support. For BIPOC women and non-binary artists, it is often hard to find a safe and accessible space to have conversations about mental wellness and self-care. Mental health is more than just mental illness, and self-care is deeper than a bubble bath.

SOLACE is curated by MICA Curatorial Practice MFA student Cheyene Adams (‘23).



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Apply to the 2023 Rubys Artist Grants

The 2023 Rubys Artist Grant award invites artists in all four categories, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts, to apply, and projects will be reviewed by experts in each discipline. Outstanding projects will move on to round two, where applicants will be asked to outline their full project narrative, budget, and public components.

Find the application HERE

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Please review the Grant Guidelines and FAQ before applying.

The approximate grant review timeline can be found HERE.



Call for Artists: Seeking artists of all disciplines for the Maryland Arts Directory Triennial!
deadline April 15
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

In celebration of the growing talent and diverse array of artists across the state, the Maryland Art Place(MAP) – in collaboration with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) – is seeking artists for the 3rd Maryland State Artist Directory Triennial exhibition (2023).

Maintained by MAP, the Maryland Arts Directoryoriginated as a regional resource conceived by MSAC. MAP has remained the responsible partner for the care of this critical resource for over 25 years. The Maryland Arts Directory is a free online platform that showcases the high-caliber, diverse, and relevant work of Maryland’s artists and arts organizations and promotes the vitality of Maryland’s arts communities.

Collectively MSAC and MAP aim to present a comprehensive survey of Maryland artists for the Triennial exhibition to be presented in the MAP gallery beginning Thursday, May 11 and closing Saturday, June 24, 2023. We are seeking visual/media, literary, and performing artists for this year’s exhibition roster.

2023 Jurors To Be Announced



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.



Paint It! Ellicott City 2023 Juried Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition
deadline April 12
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking artists to take part in Paint It! Ellicott City 2023, its annual, juried plein air paint-out in Ellicott City, Maryland.

From June 8-11, juried artists will set up their easels throughout Ellicott City’s historic district to capture the town’s unique charms as they vie for a minimum of $10,000 in total awards. Community artists are invited to join the fun as part of the Open Paint-Out, which takes place concurrently.

On June 12, HCAC will host a free public reception from 6–8pm to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of the juried artists’ work at the Howard County Center for the Arts. A highlight of the reception will be the presentation of juror awards. Paint It! Ellicott City 2023 will be on display from June 12 through August 5.

The deadline for entries for the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2023 is April 12. Entry information is available online at Registration for the Open Paint-Out will be available in May. For more information on this and other Arts Council programs, email [email protected], or call 410-313-2787.



** rain date ** install April 15, 1-5pm
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, with an alternate date taking place April 15th, 2023 from 1pm-5pm. To participate in the exhibition, artists must be ages five-seventeen. MAP will host an art making workshop the day on install so participating artists can come to hang 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!

Saturday, April 15th 2023 1:00pm-5:00pm
Maryland Art Place inc
218 w Saratoga st, Baltimore, MD 21201




2023 Grit Fund Grant | Call for Applications
deadline April 30
posted by The Peale

The Peale is thrilled to support the 2023 Grit Fund Awards, with generous funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Grit Fund awards money to collaborative, artist-led projects—up to $10,000. We accept proposals that use the visual arts to create collaborative public-facing projects. Artists and cultural organizers create vital connections within our communities. But it can be difficult to find funding to create, collaborate, and make an impact. Grit Fund makes arts funding accessible for everyone. We focus on projects that bring artists and community members together to explore a sense of place and shared space.

Info sessions are scheduled for:

  • March 23, 2023 (Online only)
  • April 6, 2023 (Online only)
  • April 20, 6-7pm (In person at The Peale)



Year-Long Artist Residency Program
deadline April 16
posted by Mudflat Studios

In 1996 Mudflat began offering a one-year residency position to clay artists. This highly competitive program provides a private studio space at no cost with access to Mudflat’s facility, a monthly materials stipend, a monthly housing stipend, and opportunities to teach and sell work.

Applications for the 2023-24 residency are due April 16, 2023. See below for additional information and application form.



Art of Pride | Call for Submissions
deadline April 16
posted by SE Center for Photography

This is an open call to celebrate Pride Moth and the LGBTQIA+ life and experience as seen through the eyes of the LGBTQIA+ photographers worldwide. The SE Center is looking for all forms of imagery and subject matter that support Pride Month and the LGBTQIA community, black-and-white and color, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our juror for Art of Pride is Lissa Rivera. Rivera is a photographer and curator based in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Rivera received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relation to material culture. Beautiful Boy, Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse.

40 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.



2022 Howie Award Nomination Forms Now Available
deadline April 17
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Howie Awards honoring individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts in Howard County. The 2022 Howie Awards will be presented at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County in the fall of 2023 in front of an audience comprised of members of Howard County’s arts, education, government, and business communities. Winners and nominators of winners will each receive two complimentary tickets to the event.

Nomination forms are available on the Arts Council website at Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on April 17, 2023.

The Howie Awards are presented annually by the Arts Council to an outstanding: Artist who has contributed a high level of talent and vision to the artistic life of the community; Arts Educator who has made an exceptional contribution to the arts in education in Howard County; and Business or Community Supporter of the Arts in recognition of their long-term contributions or significant impact on the arts in Howard County.

Please note: Previous winners, current Howard County Arts Council Board of Directors and Howie Committee members are NOT eligible for 2022 awards. Winners will be notified in writing no later than June 15, 2023.   

For a nomination form or more information, visit the Arts Council website at, call 410-313-ARTS (2787), or visit the Howard County Center for the Arts at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.



header image: Ainsley Burrows, Of Love, Craft and Country (2021)

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