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This Week:  2023 AACC Student Art Exhibition opening + juror talk at Cade Center Gallery, opening receptions for Caleb Kortokrax and Dimitra Lazaridou at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Maryland Art Place presents OUT OF ORDER: Carnivàle + KIDOOO, A Painter’s Paradise: Raoul Middleman’s Seascapes opening at The Raoul Middleman Studio Museum, Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World opening night at The Walters, Brandon Woody’s UPENDO at Current Space, and Creative Alliance’s 2023 Marquee Ball: Creature Feature — PLUS Bethany Arts Community’s Fall 2023 Multidisciplinary Residency and more featured opportunities!


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2023 AACC Student Art Exhibition
Wednesday, April 19 :: Reception 5-7pm, Juror Talk at 5:30
@ AACC Cade Center Gallery

The 2023 AACC Student Art Exhibition

This exhibit features over 40 works created by AACC students in mediums including photo, drawing, painting, video, digital design, ceramics, sculpture, and more. Our annual juried exhibition is an opportunity for students to go through a selection process by an outside juror from a transfer institution and to learn about the jurying process. This year’s juror was Kumasi J. Barnett from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


This year’s exhibition will occur in the Cade Gallery.

Exhibit Reception: April 19th 5-7pm. Juror Talk at 5:30.

Exhibition Dates: April 18– May 22

ABOUT THE JUROR: Kumasi J. Barnett teaches in the Studio Arts Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his MFA from The Ohio State University, A BA from the University of Maryland, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often-timeless genre with a present-day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over old copies of comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and more broadly, systemic racism. Barnett’s works have been exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; City Lore, New York, NY; Con-Artist Collective, New York, NY; The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY; Sulphur Bath Studio, Brooklyn, NY and the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY. Museum exhibitions include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa; The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA. Barnett presented a solo booth with Lowell Ryan Projects at The Armory Show. 2020, in the Focus section curated by Jamillah James. Barnett’s work has been featured in Artforum Ammo, Vibe, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Artnet News, and The Guardian among others.



Caleb Kortokrax, Agnes in Hello Kitty Nightgown, 2022, oil on linen, 22 x 15 inches

Caleb Kortokrax: In Cloisters // Dimitra Lazaridou: Absence | Opening Receptions
Thursday, April 20 :: 6-8pm
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present In Cloisters, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Baltimore-based artist Caleb Kortokrax. Showcasing two parallel bodies of work that examine a link to historical painting traditions, In Cloisters seamlessly combines past and present visual symbols. Layered references become tangled in our minds while we relish in fine detail and rich color.

Trompe l’oeil depictions of Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture build high-chroma space and motif to investigate human perception. Kortokrax creates cut paper dioramas to place on his studio wall for direct reference. This process then translates into deeply saturated, impasto paintings that are as much about the Enlightenment as they are about contemporary design. Kortokrax speaks about these images as an “unlearning and relearning” of how to see. He pulls the figures out of El Greco’s archways, leaving a vacancy for the viewer to unpack the symbolic color that remains.

In his figurative works, Kortokrax portrays serendipitous moments of classical composition. By painting images of his children in the chaos and spontaneity of everyday life, he captures the romanticism that occurs within the simplicity of youth. These images hold the balance and polyphony of the Baroque period, while tethering us to a contemporary context with Hello Kitty fabric and plush toys. The subtle shifts in temperature and smooth sfumato of these paintings weave together ideas of interpersonal longing while attempting to inhabit out omnidimensional world.


C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Absence, an exhibition of selected works by Greek- photographer Dimitra Lazaridou. In an investigation of light and space, Lazaridou’s dialectic images build a conversation around the need to relate to the world. Seemingly stolid at first glance, these photographs become a respite for those navigating space, looking for structure and stability. This solo exhibition spans multiple series to showcase the breathe and liemotif of the artist’s practice.

With deep influence from the Bauhaus and her studies in Berlin, Lazaridou depicts urban landscapes that loom with nonattendance. These desolate spaces derive from the artist’s ability to inhabit the world as an introvert, stating “it is just me and light.” With light as her companion, Lazaridou examines the agony of shared psychology … survival, loneliness, wakeness … and the beauty of city space. Her images of timeless architecture, of cast shadows, and of blank facades become personified landscapes seeped with surrealism. Devoid of the figure, these images become isolated, inviting the outliers to come in and occupy.



Friday, April 21 :: 6-10pm
@ Maryland Art Place

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.



A Painter’s Paradise: Raoul Middleman’s Seascapes | Opening Reception
Saturday, April 22 :: 1-4pm
@ The Raoul Middleman Studio Museum

The Raoul Middleman Studio Museum announces its second exhibition, A Painter’s Paradise: Raoul Middleman’s SeascapesMiddleman (1935 – 2021) is considered one of Baltimore’s most important contemporary artists.

The Raoul Middleman Studio Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting his artistic legacy. The Mount Vernon townhouse where the museum is located served as the Middleman homestead for many years.

Originally rising to prominence during the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s, Middleman subsequently developed a style of painterly Expressionism focused on landscape and figurative representation. Admired for its sophisticated brushwork, complex compositions, and improvisational technique, his work is included in numerous collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC) and Baltimore Museum of Art. He taught at MICA for over 50 years and served as president of the prestigious National Academy of Design (NYC).

The paintings in this exhibition depict scenes from Buzzards Bay on the southeast side of Cape Cod. Known for its windy sea breezes and pink granite dotted shoreline, the bay and its dramatic skies served as a profound inspiration to Raoul Middleman’s paintings for five decades.

Middleman first visited the bay in 1971, having returned to the states from Paris with his future wife, Ruth Channing, whose family had spent summers in the area for generations. Middleman’s teaching career allowed him and his growing family to spend much of the summer at the beach each year. The boys would swim, fish and sail, while Middleman would spend each day in one of his favorite spots in the rocks overlooking the bay.

As with all his art, Middleman did not constantly seek new motifs, but rather would fervently explore the same subjects again and again, while the light, weather, and his own moods constantly shifted. The early paintings tended to be light and delicate, often featuring family at play or leisure on the beach. Over time, the paintings grew darker and the color more saturated. The presence of people didn’t always vanish, but they became smaller and more overwhelmed by towering skies and stormy seas. While most would people enthusiastically greet a sunny day with blue skies, Middleman found those conditions to be flat and stagnant. He longed for the challenge and thrill of painting the quickly changing light reflected off the swirl of crashing waves. With its location at the edge of the sea, Buzzards Bay provided the opportunity he sought.



Across Asia Opening Night
Saturday, April 22 :: 5:30-9pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Locations: Sculpture Court and Level 4 Galleries
Registration required.

You are invited to celebrate the opening of Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, a groundbreaking display of arts from across the Asian continent. Be among the first to see this exciting installation, then join us for drinks and dancing with Les The DJ on the Sculpture Court.

5:30-7:00 p.m. – Supporter Preview
7:00-9:00 p.m. – Public Opening with Les The DJ

Walters Supporters are invited at 5:30 p.m. for complimentary food and drinks and will receive an invitation with RSVP information. Doors open to the public at 7 p.m. with a cash bar.



Brandon Woody’s UPENDO featuring Casey Benjamin
Saturday, April 22 :: 6pm
@ Current Space

Brandon Woody’s UPENDO ft Casey Benjamin LIVE at Current Space

Brandon Woody – Trumpet
Casey Benjamin – Sax/ Ewi
Troy Long – Keys
Kayla Childs – Synths
Michael Saunders – Bass
Quincy Phillips – Drums

Live Beat set by Eu-IV

Average Day Job / Hey Akilogram / Jazz. Camp vending

Tickets $20 adv/$25 day-of
Doors at 6, show at 7
Outdoors at Current Space – Enter through the back at 421 Tyson Street
Accessibility and Parking Info:



The 2023 Marquee Ball: Creature Feature
Saturday, April 22 :: 8pm
@ Creative Alliance

Creative Alliance’s biggest fundraiser of the year!

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 5:30pm VIP Dinner | 8pm Dance Party
Featuring: Super City, Beach Creeper, & Special Guests

After 3 long years, the wildest party in town is back at Creative Alliance! The Marquee Ball returns in ALL NEW Techni-color with horrifyingly glamorous costumes, shocking décor, chilling cocktails, and bone-shakin’ bands. This is CREATURE FEATURE! Inspired by kitschy cult monsters of the 1950s, we invite you on a fascinating adventure into the unknown. Get your tickets early!

Dance Party Ticket Includes ($55, $50 Members): Costumed dance party, specialty cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music on 2 stages, pop-up performances, silent art auction of over 100 works of art, resident artist open studios, photo booth, and more!

VIP Dinner Includes ($250): Cocktail hour, full seated dinner and awards presentation, live auction, and entry to the dance party after dinner! Only a limited number of tickets are available. If interested in reserving a full table for 10, please contact Vic Yambao at [email protected].

Costumes Encouraged! Not sure what to wear? Check out our Pinterest board for creep-tastic inspiration! Visit our fabulous friends at Milk & Ice Vintage for glamorously ghoulish costume and styling ideas. You can even contact them to set up a private, personal shopping experience!

The Marquee Ball is Creative Alliance’s annual fundraiser gala that includes a VIP dinner, live and silent auctions, open studios, and a wild dance party that honors The Patterson’s history as a movie palace. The movie theme inspires party decor and costumes with eye-popping results! Baltimore’s wildest party supports the Creative Alliance’s free youth education and community arts programs!



Compensation for Loss Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 23 :: 1-3pm
@ The Peale

Join us at The Peale building for a thought-provoking panel discussion that includes artist Anna Fine Foer and a diverse group of multi-disciplinary experts. The series Compensation for Loss comments upon historic and contemporary scientific inquiry into biological and mineral realms. Just as today we look back on the Renaissance collections and consider them naive understandings of the natural world, our present-day assembly of genetic code to understand living cells may seem primitive when viewed 100 years from now.



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Call for Artists: Fall 2023 Multidisciplinary Residency
deadline April 26
posted by Bethany Arts Community

Bethany Arts Community offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works-in-progress. BAC welcomes artists working across many disciplines and mediums, including visual artists, sculptors, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and more. Enjoy an environment where artists from different disciplines and walks of life can work in community and near each other, creating opportunities for generative collaboration and cross-pollination.

Residents will be surrounded by uninhibited creativity during their time at BAC, in the form of other Multidisciplinary Residents, local studio artists, BAC staff and board members, those presenting programs on campus, and more!

A unique component of residencies at BAC is the Community Program. As part of a residency, we ask each artist to develop and facilitate a Community Program related to their residency plan. This part of the residency is an opportunity for artists to engage with the local community in Ossining and Westchester County, and for the local community to engage with artists through their work.

The Fall Multidisciplinary Residency runs for two sessions, September 25 to October 9 and October 2 to October 16, each with its own cohort. Artists are provided room & board, a private studio conducive to artists’ medium and/or project, 3 basic meals a day, and a $225 stipend per week upon completion of the residency. Artist is responsible for transportation to and from BAC.

Artist team applications will only be considered for groups up to 3 members.



The Burke Prize
deadline April 28
posted by Museum of Arts and Design

The Burke Prize is a biannual contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burke Prize winner receives an unrestricted award of $50,000.

One Burke Prize artist will also be selected for the biannual Burke Residency at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. The Burke Residency artist will receive a one-month to five-week residency with all the benefits and opportunities awarded to artists selected for The Studio’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Inspired by the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is named for Marian and Russell Burke, two longtime supporters of MAD and passionate collectors of craft. Established in 2018, the Burke Prize honors exceptional artists, 45 or under, working in the United States whose highly accomplished work is conceptually rigorous, relevant, and pushes the boundaries of materials and creative processes.



Artist in Residence | Call for Application
deadline May 1
posted by Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Program Overview

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is now accepting applications for an Artist in Residence program, which will take place from July 7–August 13. VACNJ’s Main Gallery will be transformed into a creative space for artists to reflect on their artistic practices, experiment with materials and techniques, and explore new ideas and approaches. Three artists will be invited to utilize the extensive resources at the VACNJ and engage with its surrounding communities. The public will witness the creative processes and interact with the artists in residence during talks, tours, and other events.

Resources and Expectations<

The Art Center has a wide variety of equipment available for resident artists, including printmaking and jewelry-making studios, which will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM–4 PM. The Main Gallery will be accessible Monday–Thursday, 10 AM–8 PM; Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Saturday–Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM. Artists are expected to be on-site for 10 hours per week.

Projects are not limited by theme or medium, and there are no expectations for the kind of projects artists choose to pursue. The Art Center encourages creativity.

Public programs will be developed collaboratively by Art Center staff and the artists based on the artists’ interests and projects.



Toward Equity in Publishing | Call for Applications
deadline May 1
posted by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Toward Equity in Publishing is a new initiative designed to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication in the field of American art history. This professional development program is being launched by the peer-reviewed journal American Art, which is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of Chicago Press. It is supported by a $64,000 grant from the Dedalus Foundation.

Through editorial mentorship and workshops, the program will demystify scholarly publication processes and help scholars revise manuscripts for submission and publication. There is no obligation for the participants to publish with American Art, nor for the journal to publish their work.



Master Artists’ Performance Series Call
deadline May 1
posted by Montgomery College

Montgomery College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts is seeking performing artists to submit proposals for our Master Artists’ Performance Series. We are curating dynamic and innovative performances that engage and challenge student audiences and community members. Performances should reflect the diversity of contemporary performance.  Teaching artists with an Interdisciplinary and/or global approach are particularly welcomed.

Eligible artists should have a strong background in performance art and a proven track record of producing high-quality work. Musicians, dancers or dance troupes, actors, improv artists, directors, screenwriters, comedians, circus artists, jugglers, mixed media artists or any combination thereof are invited. Proposals should include a detailed project description, estimated budget, technical requirements, and samples of previous work.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This call is for any artist over the age of 18.
  • All submitted works must be included with permission of the artist.
  • Please clearly indicate performance instructions on the application if the performance requires special support.
  • Due to the varied responsibilities of our staff members, please indicate on application if any performance will alter our facilities.

 Space Logistics:

The performance facilities at Montgomery College TPSS Campus are in the Cultural Arts Center and Cafritz Arts Center, those include:

  • Theatre 1, a 500-seat proscenium hall
  • Theatre 2, a 116-seat studio with modified thrust
  • CU Lab/Gallery, 1200 sq.ft. flexible 70-seat capacity
  • CU Dance Studio, large bright windows, and Marley floor with 45-person capacity
  • The Cafritz (CF) atrium and the Cultural Arts Center (CU) lobby as well as the outdoor courtyard.
  • The Arts Centers are supported by a Venue Manager, Production Manager and theatre technicians as needed in support, dependent upon needs.
  • The spaces are equipped with audio, lighting and video technology as needed (including streaming capability). The two main theaters are equipped with Yamaha audio consoles, ETC lighting control, full conventional lighting, and NewTek broadcast equipment with cameras. 
  • Any and all logistical needs are required to be communicated prior to the event.

Application Checklist:

  • Completed Proposal Form (below)
  • Vimeo or YouTube links to examples of performance work to no more than 10 minutes of recorded work (video, sound, performance)
  • Resume or CV for each performer (multiple CVs should be combined into a single document)
  • Artist Bio
  • On stage props installation requirements for all performances if needed. 


The deadline for proposals is Monday, May 1st. 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

To apply, please complete the following JotForm:

For more information, please contact [email protected]



FAC ARPA Recovery Artist Grants
deadline May 1

The Frederick Arts Council is pleased to announce they are now accepting applications from individual artists for grants as a recovery initiative in partnership with Frederick County to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The FAC is distributing a total of $200,000 to eligible artist recipients in Frederick as general financial support.

FAC ARPA Artist Recovery Grant applications are now open through May 1st, 2023. Submit via SlideRoom:

For complete guidelines and details visit>What We Do>Grants and Scholarships>FAC ARPA Artist Recovery Grants.

“Frederick County’s investment in its local arts umbrella agency is a critical investment in pandemic recovery for the community. The health of the arts has a ripple effect on our local economy, our sense of place and identity, and our community’s mental health. It is necessary for the arts to be supported [in these times] for a strengthened and sustainable future, and we are delighted to distribute these needed funds to our local artists,” said Frederick Arts Council Executive Director, Louise Kennelly.

Frederick County was allocated over 50 million dollars in federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. For more information on Frederick County’s ARPA funding visit



Community Arts Development Grant Program | Call for Applications
deadline May 10
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is currently accepting applications for its FY24 Community Arts Development Grant Program. The Community Arts Development Grant funds day-to-day activities for county arts organizations, as well as arts-related projects for new arts organizations or non-arts groups.

Interested applicants should visit for more information and to register. The deadline to apply for the FY24 Community Arts Development Grant Program is May 10, 2023.

HCAC is a private, non-profit organization established to serve and enrich the Howard County community by fostering the arts, artists, and arts organizations. To carry out its mission, HCAC awards operating and project grants to eligible organizations. HCAC is committed to helping promote, improve, and strengthen the structure of community arts organizations by providing operating funds for established arts organizations and by supporting the development of small and mid-sized arts organizations through project-specific funds.

HCAC’s grant program is supported through grants from the Howard County government and the Maryland State Arts Council as well as through its own foundation, corporate, and individual giving initiatives.



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