Catalyst Contemporary shifts with changes in the arts industry
Press Release: May 3
With a focus on the long-term viability of representing artists’ careers and after twenty-two in person shows, and over fifty individual artists exhibited, Catalyst announces that it will shift its efforts to projects beyond the doors of 523 North Charles Street. The 2023/24 season holds excitement for projects here in Baltimore, as well as in New York, Miami and elsewhere but for the time being, there will be no programming at the Mt Vernon location.
In a changing art market and arts culture, the Baltimore-based contemporary gallery, whose focus is on regional artists but represents artists nationally and internationally, says it is adapting to shifts in visitor experiences and, most importantly, the needs of the artists they represent and exhibit. The environment in the art world has changed vastly in the last half decade, most notably accelerated by the global health pandemic. Several recent art industry reports have made clear that traditional methods of selling and reaching audiences is changing. Many transactions have moved to online spaces and some notable, global art galleries and others no longer maintain brick and mortar spaces. Outside of Baltimore, collectors, museums and patrons are quite interested in Catalyst’s roster and the gallery will continue to bring their brand of artists to these markets and spaces.
Catalyst Contemporary opened its first show in May of 2019 and was a continuation and extension of the exhibition programming at Full Circle Gallery, both founded by Full Circle Fine Art Services and Catalyst owner, Brian Miller. The Catalyst team will continue to mount carefully curated exhibitions while engaging in more advisory and consultant roles as well. The current show, Lifecycles, featuring Se Jong Cho & Bonnie Crawford runs through May 27, 2023.