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In the past year, BmoreArt has experienced significant transition in our core staff members, and we are now in a place to celebrate an excellent cohort of new team members and evolving roles. The good news for our readers, collaborators, and media partners is that BmoreArt is uniquely positioned to engage with audiences and subscribers and our extensive freelance team in new ways that are leading us into new publishing projects, exhibits in the gallery, events, and programs.

We are thrilled to officially introduce our new team members to our readers and partners, and we look forward to our ninth year of publishing our biannual print journal, cultivating opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to collaborate, and working to elevate a homegrown conversation here in Baltimore around the value of artists and culture.

As a very small team, it’s worth noting that we all wear a number of different hats and our roles are largely collaborative, whether planning a new exhibition, publishing a magazine, or hosting an event.

 

L-R, Top: Michael Anthony Farley, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, Raquel Castedo L-R, Bottom: Inés Sanchez de Lozada, Aya Dixon, Taja Copeland

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.

 

Michael Anthony Farley, Contributing Editor

Michael Anthony Farley is an artist, critic, curator, and drag performer who splits their time between Baltimore, Barcelona, and Mexico City. They are a graduate of MICA (undergraduate) and UMBC (MFA IMDA) and formerly an editor at Art F City. Michael writes about contemporary art, the global art market, art fairs, architecture, memes, and urban planning. Message them with pitches and ideas for us! Email: [email protected] IG: @juvederm_delinquent.

 

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, Contributing Editor

Chelsea Lemon Fetzer holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MFA in Fiction at Syracuse University in 2008. She is a 2019 Rubys recipient for the Literary Arts and a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s 2022 Independent Artist Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, Tin House, Mississippi Review, and Minnesota Review. Her essay “Speck” appears in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Fetzer teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Baltimore, serves as vice chair on the board of CityLit Project, and is lead editor of the Little Patuxent Review. 

Chelsea is excited to work toward expanding BmoreArt’s coverage of regional literary artists and literary arts programs. Email: [email protected].

 

Dr. Raquel Castedo, Designer-in-Residence

Raquel Castedo is a Brazilian graphic designer, educator, and researcher, now based in Baltimore, MD. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Information from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Her research includes Latin American design histories and book design, and she came to Baltimore originally to complete research as a visiting scholar at MICA with Ellen Lupton. 

After an initial three months of study, she returned to Baltimore three years later to live and work. Her professional work encompasses brand identities, publications, environmental design, and exhibitions, created in collaboration with publishing houses and communication departments in several companies, universities, museums and galleries and has been showcased in design exhibitions such as the Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial, organized by the Brazilian Association of Graphic Designers. Raquel is BmoreArt’s Designer-in-Residence, with a focus on programmatic and graphic design, so please contact her about new ideas for programs, engagement, and printed materials at [email protected].

 

Aya Dixon, Coordinator of Media Partnerships

Aya Dixon is a Baltimore native with an interest in mixed media and photography, a connoisseur of food and fashion. After a formative education at the Baltimore Design School and a performing arts practice with Sankofa Dance Theater, Aya worked at the Dollhouse Boutique in Mount Vernon as a junior wardrobe stylist. She went on to study fashion design at North Carolina A&T State University, graduating in May 2021 with a degree in Family Consumer Science concentrated in Fashion Merchandising and Design. 

In addition to working with BmoreArt to build strong relationships with area businesses, organizations, and institutions, Aya designs bold and vibrant street wear for her own clothing brand All You Are (A.Y.A), founded in June 2017 as an unapologetic expression of self. Issues of advocacy, communication, and mental health are important to her, informed by work with Fight Blight Bmore, a local nonprofit organization that works to combat longstanding city problems with abandoned properties and the psychological impacts upon residents. Email her at [email protected].

 

Inés Sanchez de Lozada, Gallery Coordinator at BmoreArt Connect+Collect Space

Bolivian-born curator Inés Sanchez de Lozada explores radical community-building practices that are upheld by principles of love, care, rest, and pleasure. Her current graduate research investigates dreams: from collective dreaming and lucid dream rituals, to social dreaming and aspirations for social change. Using large-scale installation and interactive environments, she invites audiences to consider the scientific, artistic, and activist implications of dreaming. 

Inés received a BA in Political Science, with a focus on anti-oppression theories, from Guilford College in North Carolina; she will complete her MFA in Curatorial Practice at MICA in May, 2023. Most recently she has worked as a curatorial assistant for Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié’s presentation at Documenta 15. Email: Iné[email protected].

 

Taja Copeland, Video Intern and Content Creator

Taja Copeland is from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelors Fine Arts degree in screenwriting and animation with a focus in film & writing for television. Taja has left a legacy at Morgan State by creating an organization for content creators on campus called Underground Studios. During her time at Morgan, she also worked on projects with Under Armour, Apple Tv, ESPN, HBO, and Lifetime. She currently works part time at Morgan State University under the Screenwriting and Animation department. She is also the head writer of the multimedia company in Philadelphia, Ten01media. Taja is an aspiring filmmaker and continues to work on personal projects and freelance work in both Philadelphia and Baltimore.

 

Rebecca Juliette, Calendar and Subscriptions Manager

Rebecca Juliette has the heart of an artist and the brain of a librarian. The person who invites her to their party knows that by the end of night their record collection will be alphabetized by category. She studied music at Western Maryland College but somehow ended up with a science degree. A love of fiber arts soon swept her out of the lab and into the world of weaving, sewing, and woodworking. She owns multiple pairs of scissors, each with a specific use. Rebecca is BmoreArt’s calendar manager and our subscriptions manager. Send your press releases, calls for entry, and events to her at [email protected] and send any subscription-related questions to [email protected].

 

Jeffrey Kent, Co-Director of BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect Initiative

Jeffrey Kent is a Baltimore-based artist, curator, and culture producer based in Baltimore. Kent and Ober work together to run BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect program, an initiative designed to build relationships between artists and collectors that includes speaker series, studio tours, and a gallery. Kent is the creative director at the Peale Museum, and former former director of the SubBasement Artist Studios, a gallery and studio space. Email: [email protected].

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