On our editorial team, BmoreArt now has two contributing editors: Michael Anthony Farley, a long- term contributor and prolific arts writer, and Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, a writer who recently moved to Baltimore from New York to raise her family. Farley and Fetzer will work with Cara Ober, founding editor and publisher, to assign online and print stories, to work one-on-one with writers to create high quality content, and to maintain our brisk online publishing schedule, essentially six stories a week.
Although he is a Baltimorean, Michael continues to be based in Barcelona, offering international coverage of global arts entities from a firsthand perspective and editorial support via digital communication. Chelsea comes from a literary background and teaches at the University of Baltimore and serves as lead editor of the Little Patuxent Review. She brings a unique vantage point into Baltimore’s rich literary community, so you can expect more Baltimore-based literary coverage and an an ability to work with writers from a variety of literary communities.
BmoreArt has hired Designer-in-Residence Raquel Castedo, whose role includes graphic design, along with product, publication, and program design. Through her vast network of design professionals, Raquel is able to offer more coverage of Baltimore’s design community, as well as in-person and online programs designed to engage with our readers and subscribers. If you have enjoyed our new swag (T-shirts / tote bags) you have found these items to be beautiful but what you may not realize is that they are also produced locally, in partnerships with small creative businesses.
In our gallery Raquel continues to create unique graphic identities for each show, with wall text and catalog design to enhance each exhibit. Castedo’s most recent project has been a limited-edition artist book for our current exhibit, Post-Consumption Benediction: Adam Stab and Jordan Tierney, a new direction for our publishing initiatives. The book was created with Open Works and Indigo Ink publishing, and each one offers a laser cut cover that hand embellished by both artists. We look forward to creating a new series of artist books and catalogs in the coming year, and Tony Venne, our publication designer for the BmoreArt Print Journal, will continue to work with our team to create our biannual print journals.
Aya Dixon joined the BmoreArt team in June 2022 as our Coordinator of Media Partnerships and she has really hit the ground running, in terms of nurturing relationships with our advertising partners and sponsors, as well as emphasizing her own professional practice in fashion design and merchandising. In addition to organizing our advertisers for print and online coverage and communicating regularly with them, Aya edits our two weekly newsletters that are received by 6000+ readers each week, and she is also able to art direct photo shoots, highlight Baltimore fashion designers, and maintain clear communication with new and existing community partners. For any partnership questions or advertising information, reach out to Aya to schedule a meeting or site visit to your space, business, or exhibit.
In the C+C Gallery, Inés Sanchez de Lozada joins our team as our gallery coordinator. As she balances her time between her last semester in MICA’s Curatorial Practice MFA Program and BmoreArt’s gallery, you can make an appointment with Inés (or other team members) to visit the gallery during regular business hours. So far, she has welcomed several college classes for visits as well as curious individuals, and is actively organizing our next few exhibitions for 2023, offering new opportunities to engage with several of the artists we have featured in print.
Inés’ MFA thesis project at MICA explores the power of dreams in shaping reality and similarly, and her willingness to consider experimental approaches to curation, emphasis on relationships and authentic conversation, and an ability to coherently organize the ideas of artists is a real asset to our team. Inés works with Cara Ober and Jeffrey Kent to organize our C+C exhibits and events, with Raquel on publications, with Aya on cultivating partnerships, and has organized all of our shipping!
If you follow BmoreArt on social media, you have noticed that we have recently been publishing videos of a high editorial quality. This is due to our newest team member, video intern Taja Copeland, who recently completed an undergraduate fine arts degree at Morgan State in screenwriting and animation with a focus in film and writing for television. Taja is working with our team to cover our behind-the-scenes activities, site visits, events, and our ability to capture arts and culture through the medium of video has been significantly elevated. We look forward to speaking with you, our reader, more directly through Taja’s lens and we are thrilled with her ability to capture our ideas with more complexity than still images and text can offer.
Our longest serving team member, Rebecca Juliette, Calendar and Events Manager, who populates our jam-packed calendar and has created our weekly BmoreArt’s Picks post on Tuesdays, has taken on an additional role as Subscriptions Manager. Rebecca takes care of all subscription questions and concerns, and if you need to make any changes to a subscription, update an address or payment info, or inquire about shipping, send her an email.
Head to our online contributor page or read on for individual information about each new team member and the evolving roles of our team.