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This Week: The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century opens at the BMA, artist talk + closing reception for Spaces of Memory & Imagination at Silber Gallery, Art Talk Live: Elizabeth Catlett at National Museum of Women in the Arts, Inocencio Jiménez Chino artist talk at Catalyst Contemporary, Colorful Minds opening reception at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Katie Pumphrey opening reception at Washington Studio School, Nakeya Brown artist talk + reception at JHU MICA/ CVA, First Friday with Navasha Daya & Lafayette Gilchrist at the Lewis Museum, and the 29th Annual MICA Benefit Fashion Show — PLUS The Trawick Prize call for entry 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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The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 5 | Ongoing through July 16
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Since its emergence in the Bronx in the 1970s, hip hop has grown into a global phenomenon, driving innovations in music, fashion, technology, and visual and performing arts.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century captures the extraordinary influence hip hop has had on contemporary society through more than 90 works of art and fashion by some of today’s most important and celebrated artists and iconic brands.

The Culture, co-organized with the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores the past two decades of hip hop through a wide range of painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video, and fashion organized into six themes—Language, Brand, Adornment, Tribute, Ascension, and Pose.

“Hip hop’s impact, meaning, and influence are both imperceivable and obvious, and are felt, in equal measure, across both mainstream culture and fine art in the U.S. and abroad,” said Asma Naeem, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. “With this exhibition, we are developing a greater depth of scholarship about hip hop, and how it appears as its own canon in so many aspects of contemporary artmaking, allowing us to better understand its distinct qualities and the reasons why it has so deeply embedded itself in the global psyche.”

The Culture will be free for all visitors on April 16, May 21, and June 18.



Spaces of Memory & Imagination
Thursday, April 6 • Artist Talk 2-3pm // Closing Reception 6-8pm
@ Silber Gallery

Thursday, April 6th from 6—8p, Closing Reception for Spaces of Memory & Imagination at the Silber Gallery on Goucher College Campus, 1021 Dulaney-Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204.

This 4-person exhibit includes the work of painter Sharon Butler (NY), interdisciplinary artist Giulia Livi (MD), sculptures by Sookkyung Park (MD), and photo-based artist Kyle Tata (CA).

On the same day Sharon Butler will give an artist talk from 2—3p in Merrick Lecture Hall.



Art Talk Live: Elizabeth Catlett
Thursday, April 6 • 5:30-6:30pm
@ National Museum of Women in the Arts

Join staff from NMWA and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum (GACM) to explore connections between GACM’s exhibition The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: From the Collection of Samella Lewis and NMWA’s collection. This exhibition comes from the collection of Samella Lewis (1924–2022), a student of Catlett and an accomplished artist, professor, and author. It features 30 works by Catlett; a few by her husband, Francisco Mora; and others by Lewis herself. The conversation will extend to artists with ties to Catlett past and present, such as Loïs Mailou Jones, one of Catlett’s teachers at Howard University.



Inocencio Jiménez Chino​ | Artist Talk
Thursday, April 6 • 6-7pm
@ Catalyst Contemporary

Join us for an in-person artist talk with Inocencio Jiménez Chino, a corn farmer and self-trained artist from the Nahuatl (Aztec)-speaking village of San Agustín Oapan, will be traveling from Mexico to give an in-person artist talk with a live translator.



Colorful Minds | Opening Reception + Pop-Up Trunk Show
Friday, April 7 • 5-8 PM
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Colorful Minds, a group exhibition focused on a contemporary exploration of the historical medium enameling featuring artists Jessica Calderwood, Sunyoung Cheong, Zachery Lechtenberg, Sharon Massey, Marissa Sanholtz, and Jina Seo. Colorful Minds will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from April 7 -May 19, 2023 with an opening reception and a pop up trunk show on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Enameling is a technique that’s been used for centuries to add color to metal through the application of shifted glass that is then melted and fused with the surface metal. There are many different types of enameling processes and this group of artists applies their contemporary techniques and interpretations to this historical medium. Using new technology, innovative techniques and materials each artist expresses themself using a unique visual language to reflect their individual narratives. Colorful Minds is an international curatorial project started in 2022 as a response to the global covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic the color of humanity seemed to turn dark and gray as we collectively were separated from our daily human interactions and so many lives were lost. By featuring bold, whimsical and colorful works through the process of enameling this group of artists hope to convey positive energy to those who endured all the difficulties and challenges of the pandemic.



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Katie Pumphrey | Opening Reception
Friday, April 7 • 6-8pm
@ Washington Studio School

Baltimore-based artist Katie Pumphrey brings her playful energy and vibrant colors to WSS with her new solo show Monsters Below. Including large paintings, sculpture, and a site-specific mural, Monsters Below investigates the tension between the constant chaos around us and the scramble to find calm at the surface of it all, bringing surprise and joy to all viewers in the process. Don’t miss this amazing experience!



Conversations with Artists: Nakeya Brown | Artist Talk and Reception
Friday, April 7 • 5:30-7:30pm
@ JHU MICA/ CVA Centre

Artist talk and reception

Center for Visual Arts
Johns Hopkins University
April 7th
Saul Zaentz Screening Room
JHU MICA/ CVA Centre, 2nd fl.
10 e. North Ave.

For more information contact [email protected]

Artist Talk 5:30-6:30 pm
Refreshments CVA 3rd fl. 6:30-7:30pm



First Friday: Navasha Daya & Lafayette Gilchrist
Friday, April 7 • 6-9pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Museum is thrilled to celebrate the return of our First Friday Music Series this Spring. Kick off your weekend mingling at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum with local musical performances. Explore our latest on-of-kind exhibitions along with food and drinks by local chefs. During our Black Futures, Black Imaginings Music Edition, experience a wide range of music connected to Black futurism and celebrating the imagination, time, and liberation.

Black Futures, Black Imaginings Music Edition: Featuring Navasha Daya & Lafayette Gilchrist

Friday, April 7, 2023 | 6 pm – 8:30 pm | Performance begins at 7 pm, Exhibits Open at 6 pm.

For Jazz Appreciation Month jam with “astral soul goddess” Navasha Daya and jazz pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist as they perform music that will liberate the soul and spirit. Navasha Daya, Baltimore-based singer, songwriter and producer, has performed all over the globe for over 25 years as an indie – soul and jazz artist. Grammy- Award winning artist India.Arie described Navasha’s voice as “the true definition of soulful”. As a composer, Navasha has written numerous songs focused on culture, spiritual evolution and liberation pinning songs that encourage the utilization of indigenous technology as a solution to society’s injustices. As a solo artist she has received international acclaim from her solo releases. Prior to her solo releases, Navasha served as lead vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the highly acclaimed Baltimore based soul/jazz band, Fertile Ground. Navasha’s composition “Peace & Love” was remixed in Europe and opened the door to Fertile Ground’s international acclaim. Continuing the musical legacy of her cousin the late great Gil Scott Heron, and embodying the influences of the likes of Phyllis Hyman, Patti Austin, Lyn Collins, Mahalia Jackson, Miriam Makeba, Mavis Staples… her live show fuses her eclectic mix of Soul-Jazz – Funk and World Rhythms while pulling from her Mississippi Blues lineage.

Drawing on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound, Lafayette Gilchrist’s music thrives on making surprising connections between styles and influences, boldly veering from pile-driver funk to piquant stride, vigorous swing to hip-hop swagger, contemplative abstraction to deep-bottom grooves. Gilchrist has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Macy Gray, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Orrin Evans, Paul Dunmall, Hamid Drake, William Parker, and many more. He has also recorded and toured regularly with Grammy-Award winning legendary saxophonist David Murray. Lafayette’s previous album Dark Matter (2019), Gilchrist’s second solo recording, muses on the elusive and mysterious matter that ties the universe together and landed on numerous critics’ best of 2019 lists. His composition “Assume the Position” was used in the score for the HBO drama television series The Wire. His compositions have also been used in the HBO series Treme and The Deuce.

Special Admission: Members: $20 and Future – Members $25; Food Prices are Separate Cost.



MICA 29th Annual Fashion Show “FLOURISH”
Saturday, April 8 • 7pm
@ MICA Brown Center

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Flourish, the 29th Annual Benefit Fashion Show featuring student-designed wearable art that will take place Friday, April 7 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm. This event, sponsored and created by the Office of Culture and Identity (OCI) raises funds to support scholarly initiatives for students who pursue diversity-related art projects that foster inclusivity.

If you would like to donate to the Dr Frankie Martin Diversity & Inclusion Grant please click on the link

Brown Center

1301 W Mt Royal Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants
deadline April 18
posted by New York Foundation for the Arts

The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.

The intended impact of the project is an important factor in the selection process. Environmental art projects that qualify for this program may focus on the following themes, but are not limited to:

  • Regeneration
  • Eco-social engagement
  • Decarbonization as decolonization
  • Ecofeminism
  • Climate change/climate collapse
  • Systems-restoration
  • Interspecies relationships
  • Natural or built systems
  • Recycling and repurposing
  • Clean energy production
  • Bioplastics

Selected projects must benefit the public in some way, and are required to have a public engagement component by June 30, 2024. The public engagement component must be free to attend, open to the general public, and must add value to the public sphere rather than solely benefiting the artist’s private gain. Online events are acceptable as long as they are attended by a live audience.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. Artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

This grant is funded by Anonymous Was A Woman. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, please email [email protected].



Call to Artists: Savage Paint Out 2023
deadline April 21

We are thrilled to announce our first Savage Paint Out (Mini Plein Air) in Spring 2023. Artists of all ages & experience are invited to paint an outdoor scene within the historic mill town of Savage, MD. Whether you are an experienced artist or have never even picked up a paintbrush before, anyone can participate!

We want to give a huge thanks to our local sponsors Carroll Baldwin Hall, Savage Mill, and HorseSpirit Arts Gallery for making this event a reality.


  • March 1 – April 21
  • Registration Form can be completed in person at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery by Friday, April 21
  • Online Registration via Eventbrite (here)
  • No entry fee
  • Map of the Savage Geographic Painting Area is provided below.

Painting Requirements:

  • Painting begins Saturday, April 1st
  • Painting ends Friday, April 21st
  • Painting must be done outside, “plein air” style
  • Artist must paint a scene within the boundaries of the Savage Geographic Painting Area (map provided during registration)
  • Artist may work in any medium
  • Paintings cannot exceed 16” x 20” in size
  • Artist may enter two paintings into the April 22 Public Art Show and Awards Day.



deadline April 21
posted by Vox Populi

Vox Populi is accepting submissions for its eighteenth annual Juried Exhibition VOX XVIII. This opportunity is particularly for artists without commercial representation who push boundaries in terms of form and content, employ alternative methodologies and want to expose their practice to new audiences. Vox Populi is interested in highlighting work in all media that is ambitious, timely and risk-taking.


Application Deadline, Tuesday, April 21st, midnight

Notification Date: May 30th, 2023

Artwork Drop-off: June 19th- 23rd, 2023

Installation: June 26th – July 6th, 2023

Exhibition: July 7th – August 6th, 2023

Artwork Pick-up: August 7th – 9th, 2023

Juror: Nirvana Santos-Kuilan

Nirvana Santos-Kuilan is a Brooklyn-based educator and independent curator. She is currently the Program Manager & Curator at the NARS Foundation, an International Residency Program based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Previously, she organized public programming at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. There, she co-curated the exhibition Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either which explored bodily fragmentation as a strategy in constructing queer selfhood. Nirvana Santos-Kuilan has held positions at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Brooklyn Museum.

Applicants may upload up to 5 works: photo, video, sound, or text.

Eligibility: Artists are invited to submit a short statement, resume and up to five work samples (including images, video files, audio files or short texts). All submitted work must be available and ready for exhibition, if chosen. DO NOT submit the same work to more than one open call.



Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards | Call for Entry
deadline April 26
posted by Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2003. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company. Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the nonvoting Chair of the The Trawick Prize. Ms. Fraser is the owner of the Fraser Gallery.


Best in Show – $10,000; Second Place – $2,000; Third Place – $1,000; Young Artist* – $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 26, 1993 may be awarded this prize.

The Jurors will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2023.



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)



Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development
deadline April 30
posted by Baltimore Clayworks

The Mary E. Nyburg Fund for Artist Development is an endowment fund begun in 2007 by friends and family of Mary Nyburg. Mary was a respected potter nationally, a crafts advocate, a board member of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, a life-long supporter of Baltimore Clayworks, where she was at one time a Resident Artist. Following Mary’s death in April 2006, a fund was created in her honor to award a stipend each year to allow a period of devoted study that would deepen an artist’s work in clay and also strengthen the Baltimore Clayworks community. The stipend, awarded to one artist annually, helps support travel, study, and/or work in a community outside of Baltimore. Once completed, the artist is required to conduct a presentation or workshop to share their experience with the Baltimore Clayworks community.


ELIGIBILITY This award is open to any Baltimore Clayworks artist. This includes associate artists (formerly member artists), former and current resident artists, alumni, visiting artists, teaching artists, springboard members, artists that are members or volunteers of Baltimore Clayworks. Priority is given to artists who are currently active in the Baltimore Clayworks community.



The Baltimore Next Media Web Fest | Call for Submissions
deadline April 30

The Baltimore Next Media Web Fest is a festival that celebrates the very best of new media content. This is the festival’s seventh year. For 2023, there will be both virtual and in-person screening options. The festival is currently accepting submissions with an early-bird deadline of February 26, 2023.



Emerging Artist Studio Opportunity
deadline April 30
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom a short-term studio placement may make a significant difference to their career development or completion of a project. The selected artist will fill one available artist studio space, approximately 216 square feet, sharing access with two other artists in adjoining studios, for $167.76/month for the period of July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2023. 

HCAC provides accessible studio space for fourteen studio artists, as well as three arts organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, natural light, and easy access to water. This is a work studio; the program does not provide living space. Heat and utilities are included.

For this program, HCAC defines “emerging artists” as those early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), who are gaining momentum, and may be at a critical point in their career – when such support may be most impactful. These artists are not yet considered established professionally by standard indicators such as gallery representation, awards and commissions, or significant exhibition history or art sales.

HCAC emerging artists are required to participate in HCAC’s annual resident artists’ exhibit, open their studios for up to four open studio events per year, maintain membership in the Howard County Arts Council, use their studio a minimum of eight hours per week, and carry liability insurance as specified in their lease. Emerging artists must also maintain a safe working environment in their studios and abide by all other requirements outlined in their lease.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their artistic discipline, artistic merit, experience (as it pertains to ‘emerging’ status), and commitment, as well as the appropriateness of their activities for the available space.  In cases where all other elements of candidates’ qualifications are deemed of equal value, Howard County artists or artists with an established history of living, working, and teaching in Howard County will be given priority.

The Howard County Center for the Arts is located at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.



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