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This Week:  Qrcky // Damani Washington // Murjoni Merriweather opening reception at Bromo Arts Tower, Pride Film and Poetry Mixer at the Lewis Museum, Julia Glatfelter opening reception at the Peale, Chris Jay at the Walters, Tola’s Room hosts a Puerto Rican summer party, Lania D’Agostinio // Scott G Brooks // Douglas Johnson artist talk at Gallery Blue Door, and the BMA’s Midsummer Night’s Gala — PLUS residency and fellowship deadlines approaching at Pyramid Atlantic 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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Emerge: This Is Baltimore Too | Opening Reception
Thursday, June 22 :: 6-8pm
@ Bromo Arts Tower

Join us at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower for the captivating “This Is Baltimore Too” exhibition, an extension of the renowned Emerge Baltimore series. From June 22nd to September 24th, immerse yourself in the historic galleries and discover the incredible works of rising artists.

Step into the multimedia world of Qrcky, where the fusion of Black diaspora sensibilities and urban spaces takes center stage. With a contemporary and mesmerizing approach, Qrcky’s pieces, predominantly in black and white, invite contemplation and exploration.

Delve into the abstract figure paintings of Damani Washington, a Baltimore native whose artistic journey took a unique path. Despite facing health challenges while studying at the Savannah Institute of Art and Design, Washington embraced his role as a stay-at-home dad, raising his autistic daughter. Over 15 years of nurturing and devotion, he has created a collection of images that are both breathtaking and haunting, unraveling a deeply touching narrative of a father’s love, understanding, and profound patience.

Experience the powerful works of Murjoni Merriweather, whose sculptures and video art aim to challenge and dismantle stereotypes. As a Black woman artist, Merriweather recognizes the potency of art as a means to create dialogue and understanding surrounding Black culture.

Join us in celebrating these artists and their unique perspectives as they use their talent to shape conversations and transcend boundaries. “This Is Baltimore Too” invites you to engage with art that captures the essence of the city and challenges conventional narratives.



PRIDE Film and Poetry Mixer: How the Boogeyman Became a Poet featuring Tony Keith Jr., Candice Iloh, and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival
Thursday, June 22 :: 6-8pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Mix and mingle at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum with afro futuristic exhibits, poetry, short films, music, and refreshments during Baltimore Pride Week. The evening kicks off with a series of short films exploring themes on same gender love, coming of age, parental acceptance, and bullying screened by the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. A talk back about coming of age and growing into their own personhood will follow. 

Tony Keith, Jr., Ph.D. and Candice Iloh will then present poetry and literary readings from their works, On How the Boogeyman Became a Poet and Everybody Looking Dr. Keith shares original stories and poems and performs spoken word about his journey towards being an openly gay Black man in America.He discusses key moments as a teenager when poetry protected him from racism, poverty, homophobia, and white supremacy.  In Candice Iloh’s debut novel in verse, Every Body Looking, college and the newfound independence it brings launches 18-year-old Ada from her conservative upbringing into a discovery of what she wants.

Anthony R. Keith, Jr, Ph.D. is a Black, gay, spoken word artist, poet, Hip-Hop educational leader, and writer who produces academic and community-based scholarship about the politics of Black language, and the possibilities for Black intellectualism to disrupt White supremacy in American education. Tony is a multi-year fellow and grant recipient of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities from his hometown of Washington, D.C., where he lives with his husband, Harry Christian, III.

Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, dancer, and author of the 2020 National Book Award finalist and 2021 Printz Honoree, Every Body Looking. They have performed their work around the country, most notably at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City; the Women in Poetry & Hip Hop celebration at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore; and as part of the Africa In Motion performing arts series at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

The Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) promotes and celebrates culturally significant films directed, produced, and starring African Americans and members of the African Diaspora.  They also prominently feature and celebrate films with content of interest to the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community. Their mission is to couple the film festival with education, health, and exhibition programs that enrich life in Baltimore City and the greater Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia communities.



You Be Safe Now by Julia Glatfelter | Opening Reception
Friday, June 23 :: 5-7pm
@ The Peale

You Be Safe Now is a retrospective exhibition of art made in Baltimore. For the past 5 years, Julia Glatfelter has captured moments in paint and cut paper collage – rendering the colors and noticings of our city. The result is a large collection of everyday images: magnolia blossoms, “no shoot zone” signs, narrow alley streets, and foxtrot patrols. What we notice sets the tone for our experience here. What do you notice in Baltimore?

As a person who creates images of place by what she sees – this collection is the artists’ honest perspective of the beauty, the dull and the heartbreaking views. Absorbed in the sights, residents often receive a common departing prayer from strangers. “Be safe,” they say. When you check out at the corner store, “be safe” they call out. After mumblings with a neighbor at the bus stop, “get home safe now,” they say. That wish wraps you in a hug and scares you all at once. It reminds you to use caution, seek beauty and to pass on the same wish to others. After 5 years of living and loving in this city, Glatfelter is moving. As she leaves, this exhibition is her departing wish to all who might view it. You be safe now.

Artist Bio

” I grew up on the green hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania. My earliest memories are of playing in the sun with my siblings – chasing each other through labyrinths of trees. We regularly attended the Brandywine River Museum, “home of the Wyeths” and I lived among realistic depictions of my county by an American great, Andrew Wyeth.

My art practice is a trail of places I’ve been and the people I’ve been with. By making, I preserve the memories and experiences I’ve had.Through the use of limited color and breathable space, I invite viewers to see the truth of things that have happened to me and perhaps them too.

Currently, I make art among the beauty of Old Lutherville, and I also teach art to young children in Baltimore City Public Schools. This summer, my family is relocating to Alexandria Virginia where I will continue making and teaching art.”



Queering the Collection: Lived Experiences, Past & Present
Saturday, June 24 :: 2-3pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Join celebrated artist and performer Chris Jay in lifting up stories of queer lived experiences. Using artworks in the Walters’ collection as entry points, Jay will share stories related to the theme of personal growth and explore how this theme is reflected in works of art in conversation with Theresa Sotto, Ruth R. Marder Director of Learning and Community Engagement.

Queering the Collection is an in-gallery program series that invites queer-identifying perspectives to participate in a conversation that connects art-historical and artistic knowledge about works in our collection. Speakers discuss works of art in our galleries followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Chris Jay is a photographer, performer, and podcast host. While photographing Washington D.C. nightlife, Jay took to the stage as a drag king and performed with troupes like the DC Kings, Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret, and Pretty Boi Drag. In 2017 they started the daily Facebook Live Podcast Coffee with Chris, which ran for five years. In the last decade, Jay received a number of awards including Best of Gay D.C.’s Best Artist in 2016, Best Drag King in 2017, and Baltimore’s King of Pride in 2018. In 2020 they developed a book of portraits called Some of the Dopest People I Know, which includes photographs of local performers, activists, and other artists in the Baltimore/Washington area. Currently, Jay is the President of Baltimore’s Clifton Pleasure Club and the newly formed Lived Experience Storytellers Collective.



Un Verano en Baltimore
Saturday, June 24 :: 5-8pm
@ Tola’s Room

Tola’s Room is bringing Puerto Rican summer party vibes for their 3rd annual celebration!

Eat delicious Puerto Rican street food from Cane de Sucre and Tola’s Room. Vibe to curated summer tunes by DJ JustJuWit. Tour our home museum and partake in our La Marqueta flea market sale!

The event entitled, Un Verano en Baltimore, plays on the name of a famous salsa song by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Un Verano en Nueva York. June is a time of celebration for Puerto Ricans in New York City, Chicago, and other parts of the US Mainland. Tola’s Room is continuing that tradition en BAL-TIMORE.

Please join us and bring some friends next Saturday, June 24th from 5-8PM!

Link to tickets here.



Lania D’Agostinio, Scott G Brooks, and Douglas Johnson | Artist Talk
Sunday, June 25 :: 4-6pm
@ Gallery Blue Door

Join us Sunday June 25th 4-6pm

Talk to begin around 4:30pm

Join us to hear from Lania D’Agostinio, Scott G Brooks, and Douglas Johnson to hear more about them, their work, and their process.
There will also be a Q&A as well as refreshments.



Jamaal Peterman. Puts and Calls. 2023.

A Midsummer Night’s Gala
Sunday, June 25 :: 5-8pm
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Meet us in the Sculpture Garden for A Midsummer Night’s Gala, an art benefit supporting the BMA and a group of brilliant artists connected to the Baltimore region hosted by BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Asma Naeem and BMA Board Chair James D. Thornton.

Guests will mingle with artists including Derrick Adams, Kyle Yearwood, Murjoni Merriweather, Jamaal Peterman, Jabari Jefferson, McKinley Wallace III, Jerrell Gibbs, and Tawny Chatmon, and bid on their original artworks in a silent auction. A digital auction catalog will be available soon.

This gala is presented in collaboration with The Last Resort Artist Retreat(TLRAR), a Baltimore-based residency that offers space for Black creatives to rest and recharge. Auction proceeds will directly benefit TLRAR with tickets and sponsorships providing essential support to the BMA’s mission to create a museum that welcomes our community and uplifts the work of artists.

Summer-themed cocktails and dishes will be served by Maryland Mobile Bar and H3irloom Food Group surrounded by picturesque gardens and stunning modern and contemporary sculpture.

Tickets and sponsorships are available beginning at $250.Learn more at



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Part-Time Fashion Instructor
deadline July 3 or until position is filled
posted by Baltimore Design School

The Baltimore Design School, Inc. seeks a professional in the fashion industry with experience in teaching sewing and garment construction as well as other aspects of the fashion curriculum. The candidate must have excellent skills in teaching and working collaboratively with others, demonstrated experience in teaching basic through advanced garment construction, and a commitment to public education and fashion design.

Mission and History of the Baltimore Design School and the Fashion Pathway Program

BDS is a Baltimore City public transformation school that offers a comprehensive college preparatory program that fosters creativity and develops academic and critical thinking skills of 6th-12th grade students.  Its goals are to prepare students to be college and career ready. Three pathways, Architecture, Graphic Design, and Fashion, are introduced through design classes in grades 6-8.  For continuation into 9th grade, students prepare a portfolio to apply for their chosen pathway. The Fashion Pathway has a comprehensive three-year curriculum that includes instruction in design thinking, the history of fashion, careers in the industry, and garment construction.  Classes meet every day, Monday-Friday, for 60 minutes.  Class size varies between 27-33 students thus creating a need for a part-time instructor to co-teach under the supervision of the lead teacher in guiding students from basic sewing skills to more advanced garment construction.



Inside/Outside | Call for Entry
deadline June 25
posted by Towson Arts Collective

Interiors, landscapes and works that show both in the same image, these are
compositions that many artists have explored. Show us your take on this theme.

The show starts Thursday, June 29 until Sunday, July 23,2023

Drop Off: Sunday, June 25 noon to 3 PM.

Bring artwork, entry form, and payment to the TAC gallery located at The Shops at Kenilworth; 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, MD 21204; 2nd level across from About Faces
Reception: Thursday, July 6,
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
Pick up: Sunday, July 23-
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CURRENT MEMBERS: $15 for entry of 1-2 pieces, maximum 3’ x 3’ space OR $30 entry for 3-6 pieces, maximum 6’ x 6’ space, $10 display box on TAC table, $30 personal table (as space is available)

NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERS: $30, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)

NEW STUDENT MEMBERS AND RENEWING STUDENT MEMBERS: $20, 1 year membership fee (does not include entry fee)
Note: Upon delivery, all works must be ready for hanging. That is, they must be properly framed and wired.



Denbo Fellowship Fall 2023
deadline June 29
posted by Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

The Denbo Fellowship is designed to offer artists from various artistic disciplines an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice. This Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to complete a new body of work at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

One artist will be selected for the Fall fellowship (September 1st – Nov 15th)

Selected artists will receive the following: -Up to one month of access to Pyramid’s printshop, paper studio, or bindery -Key to studios and 24-hour access -Ten hours of one-on-one technical assistance
-A locker and flat file for tools and materials -Use of standard shop supplies -A stipend for travel, materials, housing, etc. ($250 for two weeks, $350 for three weeks, or $500 for one month)

Housing is not provided, although we can make some recommendations for housing close to Pyramid.

Eligibility: Each applicant will be judged on the artistic merit of their work, interest, and potential in printmaking, paper arts, and book arts (or a combination thereof), as well as the quality and clarity of their plan for the residency. Although previous experience in printmaking, paper arts, or book arts may be helpful to a successful applicant, such experience is not necessary or expected. Artists are also expected to give a talk about their work during their residency.

Residency Length: minimum two weeks, maximum one month, and should occur between September 1st – Nov 15th.

Facilities: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is the region’s premier printmaking, papermaking, and book arts workshop. Please see our website for more information regarding facilities.

Selection Process: A panel of professionals, including artists, curators, and arts administrators, will jury each round of applications.

Deadline: June 29, 2023 Notification: August 1, 2023



Pyramid Atlantic Keyholder StereoVision Photography

Keyholder Residency Fall/Winter 2023-24
deadline June 29
posted by Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging to mid-career artists who want unlimited access to the studios in exchange for working 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic. The residency is awarded to artists who hope to gain more knowledge and improve their skills in the printmaking, papermaking, or book arts studios. Two artists are selected twice a year by the Pyramid Atlantic artistic staff. Keyholders work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists and are expected to abide by all studio policies. Housing is not provided, although, upon acceptance, artists will receive information on opportunities for nearby housing. Current Pyramid Board Members and Artistic Associates are not eligible for the Keyholder Residency.

Fall Residency Dates: September 6, 2023 – February 16, 2024

Selected Artists will receive the following: 24-hour studio access (up to 30 hours a week) Flat file and storage space for supplies Promotion in PAAC newsletter and social media

Keyholder residents are asked to: Work 4 hours a week for PAAC (Perform daily operational tasks including but not limited to ordering supplies, receiving and unpacking orders, responding to organizational inquiries, and working at the reception desk) Bring consumable supplies (paper, ink, newsprint, etc.) Present one artist talk or public demonstration Share community studios with other artists and PAAC programming

Application: Project description: letter of intent explaining why you would like to participate in the Keyholder Program, how this opportunity will affect your career goals, and what studios/equipment you plan on using. Resume 5 images of recent work

Deadline for applications: June 29, 2023 Notification: July 29, 2023



Call for Artists – National Collage Society
deadline June 30

The National Collage Society will be hosting it’s 39th Annual Juried Exhibit at Liberty Hall Academic Center and the Galleries at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and online. This exhibit will count toward Signature Membership.

Liberty Hall Academic Center and the Galleries at Kean University in Union, New Jersey
Online on the National Collage Society website

Entry Deadline: FRIDAY, June 30, 2023
Exhibit Dates: August 29 – September 30, 2023

• This exhibition is open to all artists
• Work produced in a classroom or under instruction is not eligible.
• All works must be ORIGINAL, two or three dimensional, mixed-media glued collage. All work must be well photographed.
• Work not suitably photographed may be declined by the jury.
• Collages that have been in any previous NCS juried shows are not eligible.

A jury of selection will review all entries and may choose one or two per eligible artist. Notification of the jury’s decisions will be sent via email in late July.



Artscape: Call for Art, Art Market, and Performers
deadline July 1

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is excited to bring back Artscape for its 38th year after a three-year hiatus! The beloved Baltimore arts festival is where art lovers, families, and tourists come together to celebrate art, culture, and performance! Artscape is proud to showcase artists and makers, live concerts, visual arts experiences, performing arts, fashion designers, kid-focused activities, film, experimental music, comedy, literary arts programming and culinary delights. Performing artists and collectives including but not limited to genres in dance, theater, magic, music, fashion, storytelling, and spoken-word poetry will be considered. Artists may submit to the art market, the gallery exhibition, and/or the literary arts and prints fair. Most applications are free, but the art market has a 50$ submission fee.



Sista Creatives Rising Art & Mind: I Know Who I Am! Open Call
deadline July 1

This open call is for a virtual event that will take place on October 5th, 2023 showcasing artists that find solace and healing in art. Five artists, national and international, will be chosen for their narrative videos and artworks discussing their experiences around race, gender, disability, sexuality and more. All five artists selected will be compensated a total of $200 each. Any medium is accepted, and the call encourages disabled and/or queer BIWOC and femmes of color to apply.



Call for Submissions, Forgotten
deadline July 2
posted by SE Center for Photography

The Forgotten, people, places and belongings that once mattered, now unremembered, out of mind, left behind.
Items that were once significant to someone, personal items, buildings, objects, a person, a place that once had importance to another, the possibilities are all around us.

Our juror for Forgotten is Paula Tognarelli. Paula Tognarelli recently retired as the Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography for 20 years, producing on average 54 exhibitions a year at the museum. She frequently reviewed at national and local portfolio events and jumpstarted hundreds of photographers’ careers.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville’s, First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music.



HCAC Gallery Program Application Information
deadline July 2
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows. HCAC rarely exhibits solo shows.



10th Annual Summer Plein Air Show | Call for Entry
deadline July 5
posted by Crystal Moll Gallery

With the recent move of the Crystal Moll Gallery to Highlandtown & the 10th anniversary of the Highlandtown Gallery, our two galleries are joining forces to host the 10th Annual Summer Plein Air Show. In addition to a curated exhibition in both galleries, the opening reception will include a demo, a Paint-Out, and Wet Paint Sale.

Exhibit Dates are August 4th – August 26th at both the Highlandtown Gallery and Crystal Moll Gallery.

Click below to download the application and review all the details related to both the exhibit and the paint-out event. The submission deadline is July 5, 2023.

Please contact Crystal via email ([email protected]) with any questions regarding your application or submission.



header image: Jamaal Peterman. Puts and Calls. 2023, as seen in the BMA Gala Announcement

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