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This Week: Bmore Amplified Exhibition at City Hall, virtual artist talk with Alberto Cavalieri, Alyssa Dennis at Connect + Collect, Resident Artist Show opening reception at Motor House, Baynard Woods at Current Space, Station North Art Walk, Art After Hours: The Culture at the BMA — PLUS Digital Inclusion Maker Fellowship at Open Works 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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Bmore Amplified Exhibition
Ongoing through August 25
@ The Galleries in Baltimore City Hall

BMore Amplified, an exhilarating group exhibition at  The Galleries in Baltimore City Hall, celebrates and highlights the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community in Baltimore. The exhibition, curated by Alysha M. Page, M.A., is the kickoff for #BMoreamplified a Pride365 campaign by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs. An initiative to “pass the mic” to communities most silenced and vulnerable. The exhibition consists of artwork from twenty-five artists each with a unique style working in various mediums. The exhibition is a testament to the resilience, courage, and creativity of individuals who have overcome societal barriers and embraced their true identities. Each artwork on display reflects the multifaceted experiences and narratives encompassing the LGBTQIA+ journey, exploring themes of love, acceptance, self-discovery, and social progress. We are proud that all of these artists are a part of the largest exhibition at City Hall since the galleries reopened.

The exhibition explores the creation and nurturing of loving relationships within the LGBTQIA+ community. Artists delve into the complexities, joys, and challenges of love, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect, understanding, and support. The artwork explores the strong sense of community and unity within the LGBTQIA+ population in Baltimore City.

Other artists in the exhibition celebrate individuality and the joy of embracing one’s gender identity through the art of creating.  Artists have often used art as a way to counter societal norms and express one’s individuality. Talented artists have crafted their own identities through fashion, animal symbolism, and the exploration of gender joy.

The artwork challenges the preconceived notions of what is considered masculine or feminine. Artists use fabric, texture, and color to blur the lines between genders, creating a harmonious blend of elements that reflect the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

Artists on view  have embraced their gender identities with unwavering confidence, creating artwork that radiate happiness, liberation, and the sheer pleasure of being true to oneself.

Through the power of art, we recognize its capacity to challenge norms, break down prejudices, and foster empathy. Art has long served as a catalyst for change, igniting conversations and shaping societal perceptions. As we immerse ourselves in this exhibition, let us engage in conversations, broaden our perspectives, and celebrate the unique contributions of LGBTQIA+ artists. May this exhibition ignite compassion, understanding, and solidarity, leaving a lasting impact on all who witness the transformative power of art.

Baltimore City Hall is excited and pleased to have this exhibition on view for the duration of the summer from  June 7th through August 25th 2023!

We look forward to seeing you in the Rotunda!

Special thanks to artist and curator Joan Cox for volunteering her graphic design skills and encouraging artists to submit their work to be in the exhibition and artist Katie Rickman for her passion for the exhibition and input on artist selection.

Participating Artists 

Damon Arhos, David Ayala, Adam David Bencomo, Ram Brisueño, Jordan Carter, Tonya Caver, Schroeder Cherry, Joan Cox, Ash Epps, Jennifer Frederick, Caitlin Gill, Jessica Green/Sketchygg, Robert Hoffman, Brandon Kanion, Luke Manning, Tim Moran, S.M. Prescott, Paz Posado-O’Malley, Katie Rickman, Rich Rocket, Nicholas Rudolf, Gail Rosen, Queenearth/Missy Smith, Swann, Nora Talbot, and Emily Wisniewski.



Alberto Cavalieri | Virtual Artist Talk
Thursday, June 29 :: 6-7pm
hosted by Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary and the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects partner to present sculpture by Alberto Cavalieri at the Center for Architecture and Design located at One Charles Center. The works on display come from Cavalieri’s series of twisting and elegant “Knots.” In solid cast iron and fabricated, modular aluminum these knot sculptures take viewers on a journey through the beautiful potential of Cavalieri’s elegant forms and into the context of the much larger-scaled possibilities of architecture. The Center for Architecture and Design exhibit will feature the small-scaled minimalist style pieces.



The Art of Herbalism as Restoration Ecology with Alyssa Dennis – RSVP Required / Space is Limited
Thursday, June 29 :: 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect Gallery

You are invited to an intimate introductory herbalism workshop and discussion hosted by Alyssa Dennis on Thursday, June 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm. Dennis is one of the artists featured in the current Arcadia Futura exhibit at BmoreArt’s Connect+Collect Gallery.

What is herbalism and how can the remembering of this age-old practice help us to better understand the language of nature and the environmental needs for the reversal of climate change destruction? Herbalism is as ancient as life itself and although botanical medicine is still a cultural norm for 80% of the world’s population, it ironically, lives at the margins of most parts of the industrialized world. In this engaging introductory gathering we will discuss the ecological benefits of herbs for the holistic health of our bodies & that of the Earth body.

Together we will taste, touch, and smell a few herbs while discussing their therapeutic actions; and we will identify why, and how they work.



3rd annual Resident Artist Show | Opening Reception
Thursday, June 29 :: 6pm | Ongoing through August 15
@ Motor House

Motor House is proud to announce their 3rd annual Resident Artist Show. Donning the new name “In-House”, the exhibit features an assortment of Motor House’s Resident Artists and staff. The works selected will serve as representatives of Baltimore’s vibrant art community and would be an amazing addition to anyone’s art collection.

Exhibiting Artists:

Deric Emry
Jeff Butler
Kyeong-Soo Kim
Ernest Shaw
Gary Mullen
Vik Lizardo
Malcolm Lomax
Tori Muñoz
Brandi Lewis
Tatiana “Bunny” Robinson
Alphonso Smith Jr.

Important Dates:

6/29/23 – 8/15/23 Exhibit on view in the main gallery at Motor House.
6/29 4pm Opening Reception
8/15 6pm Closing Reception
8/15 8pm Artist Talk: In-House Exhibition



Baynard Woods. photographer: JM Giordano

Inheritance Paperback Release Party
Thursday, June 29 :: 7pm
@ Current Space

Paperback Release Party: Inheritance, by Baynard Woods with special musical guests – outside at Current Space!

Join us for an intimate night of live music, reading, and discussion of whiteness and the way that it has shaped our ideas of music and culture.

Thursday, June 29
(Current Space Garden Bar open from 5-11pm with no cover)


About “Inheritance: An Autobiography of Whiteness,” by Baynard Woods:

Baynard Woods thought he had escaped the backwards ways of the South Carolina he grew up in, a world defined by country music, NASCAR, and the confederacy.

But when a white guy from his hometown of Columbia, S.C.—also the birthplace of secession— massacred nine Black people in Charleston in the name of Southern whiteness, Woods began to delve into his family’s history—and the ways that history has affected his own life.

Upon discovering that his family—both the Baynards and the Woodses—collectively claimed ownership of more than 700 people in 1860 and that his great-grandfather had assassinated a Black politician in 1871, Woods realized his own name was a confederate monument. With assiduous research and brutal self-analysis, Woods uncovers the details of his family’s crimes and all of the mundane ways he inherited them…and their coverup. Along with his name, he had inherited privilege, wealth, and all the lies that his ancestors passed down through the generations.

At a time where Southern states are embracing a return to authoritarian, anti-democratic principles, Woods’ analysis of how we inherited our whiteness from the twisted psychology of Southern slavers is both trenchant and urgent—but always cast against the foibles and failures of his own life.

Unflinching and uninhibited, INHERITANCE is a no-holds-barred memoir that exposes the story from Trump country that you haven’t heard while excavating what it means to reckon with whiteness in America today and what it might mean to begin to repair the past.



Station North Summer Art Walk Series
Friday, June 30 :: 5-9pm
@ Station North Arts District

Join us for the first Station North Art Walk of 2023, an evening of simultaneous exhibitions, performances, and special events in the Station North Arts District with a spotlight on the Charles North neighborhood. Pick up a map at the Motor House and create your own self-guided tour. Come early to receive a FREE BmoreArt magazine!

The event is free, we just ask that you register for a ticket so we can track attendance and share updates. Art Walks are rain or shine.

**Come say HI to members of the BmoreArt team!!! We will have a table at Motor House and will be giving away a select number of copies of the newest issue courtesy of Station North!!!




Art After Hours: The Culture
Friday, June 30 :: 8-11pm
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us for Baltimore’s favorite evening art party in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop. Enjoy interactive activities, live entertainment, access to The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century and specialty cocktails and appetizers by H3irloom Food Group.

Admission includes entry to The Culture and one complimentary food or drink ticket. This event is for adults 21 or older.

Get tickets before they sell out and stay tuned for more exciting updates!



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Comcast RISE
deadline June 30

Comcast has announced a new round of 100 businesses in Baltimore City will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business consultation services, educational resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, media schedule, and a technology makeover. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as community investment. The program was created to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.

“This is a great day for Baltimore City’s small business community,” said Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Small businesses are the backbone of our city and local economy, and I’d like to thank Comcast for its continued commitment to small businesses in Baltimore and beyond.”

Beginning on June 1, and through June 30, eligible businesses in Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia, and Portland, can apply for a grant package at A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be announced in August and awarded in September 2023, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 13,500.



Call for Artists: RFQ – “Their Lives Matter” – Overdose Awareness Memorial Sculpture (MD)
deadline June 30

Maryland residents are invited to submit their Qualifications and Letters of Interest in creating an outdoor public art memorial/awareness sculpture to be installed in North Beach, MD. Four applicants will be chosen to receive an honorarium of $1,500 to create maquettes and related material by mid-August 2023. One Artist will then be chosen to receive an honorarium of $25,000 to complete a work by August 2024, pending MSAC project grant funding approval.



Artist Open Call: Residency
deadline July 5
posted by Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

The Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington’s Resident Artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a community with other contemporary artists and alongside MoCA Arlington’s critically acclaimed exhibitions and extensive educational programs. All studios have excellent sunlight, private work sinks, and high ceilings with 24-hour access, 365 days a year. Shared facilities include a lounge area, kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. All studios and shared facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information and to apply for either the long-term or short-term residencies, please click the link below.

AVAILABLE: Long & Short-Term Studios

One Short Term Studio Available September 2023 – May 2024

Three Long-Term Studios Available September 2023 – August 2025

Deadline to submit: 11:59pm on Wednesday, July 5 2023

Notification Date: Mid-August 2023

Application Fee: There is no fee to apply to this call



Digital Inclusion Maker Fellowship Application
deadline July 5
posted by Open Works

Open Works is excited to offer a new program dedicated to increasing digital equity in Baltimore through the creation of a Digital Inclusion Maker Fellowship Program.

Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. It’s is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.

The Open Works Maker Fellowship Program will expand access to high-speed internet and digital literacy education for underserved populations including seniors, ethnic minorities, and low-income residents of Baltimore City, with a particular focus on digital fabrication technologies. Maker Fellows will spend a year at Open Works growing their personal making practices while dedicating 200 hours of their fellowship time to supporting Open Works members. Fellowship hours include but are not limited to helping members in shops, teaching classes, and “maker support” sessions, assessing and problem-solving current digital equity challenges with Open Works staff. Fellows will be a resource to those new to using makerspace tools as they build confidence using digital and analog tools and develop their personal making practices.

Access is core to our mission and we’re grateful to have received funding from the Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband to support this endeavor.



The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency
deadline July 8

The Studios is MASS MoCA’s artist and writers residency program situated within the museum’s factory campus and surrounded by the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Operated by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists department, the residency runs year-round and hosts up to 10 artists at a time. Artists of any nationality can apply for stays of 2 or 4 weeks.



Photo courtesy of The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection, DC Public Library, and The Nicholson Project Launch the Collaborative Arts Resource District Fellowship Program
deadline July 10

The Phillips Collection, DC Public Library, and The Nicholson Project are partnering to pilot the Collaborative Arts Resource District Fellowship Program (CARD), a collaborative 12-week fellowship that connects artists with professional and financial resources to create and bolster sustainable art careers and foster the contemporary art community in the Washington, DC, area. Three awarded Fellows will receive tangible support to advance their craft, including a stipend, access to archives and art collections, connections to leaders and institutions in the Washington metropolitan area, mentorship opportunities, and the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work. Applications open June 5 and will be accepted until July 10. To apply, visit

Open to artists across visual art disciplines, the CARD Fellowship offers a dynamic environment for the Fellows’ work to sustain resonance, impact, and value, demonstrating the diverse scope of the District’s arts community. The program is tailored to the Fellows’ individual needs and leverages assets across the three institutions to help them meet their goals at key moments in their careers and engage with a full spectrum of audiences.



Monique in her room, Queens, NY

Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
deadline July 12
posted by QUEER|ART

Queer|Art is pleased to open applications for the fourth annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.

The Illuminations Grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen, whose body of photographic work over the last forty years has been squarely focused on expanding cultural consciousness around gender and transformation. The development of this grant was stewarded by consultant and writer Aaryn Lang, working in collaboration with Mariette Pathy Allen, Serena Jara, and Queer|Art.

“The Illuminations Grant not only highlights the lacking representation of Black trans women in the visual arts,” says Lang, “but also seeks to confront the systemic barriers that deny them artistic opportunities and a sustainable craft. By supporting this grant, Mariette Pathy Allen challenges herself and the art industry to see Black trans women as more than mere subjects, while forging a new pathway for visual artists within this community to thrive.”



Resident Artist Program
deadline July 12
posted by Penland School of Craft

Penland’s Resident Artist Program, established in the 1960s, is one of the longest-running residencies in the US. The program is designed for professional craft artists who are at a pivotal moment in their creative practice or career—the residency is an opportunity for them to pursue objectives that will have a lasting effect on their work and their lives. Depending on the nature of an applicant’s goals, we now offer two options for interested candidates.

  • 1-year project-based residency; artists submit a project proposal and may use the time to push technical and conceptual boundaries, conduct research and development in a particular topic or process, or explore an entirely new aspect of their work.
  • 3-year career transition residency; artists submit objectives to advance their studio practice, to work out the practicalities of making a living, or to make a formative transition in their career path.
  • We are committed to advancing equity at Penland and within the craft field. We recognize that though many of our programs serve a diverse group of artists, our Resident Artist Program does not. Over the next few years we will test two residency models prioritizing the following goals:
  • To build a multicultural residency that shapes the future of contemporary craft by creating opportunity and visibility for innovative artists with a range of perspectives and goals
  • To recognize artists whose work shows innovation, intention, and skill; are actively engaged in professional artistic practices; and are committed to proposing and prioritizing a project or objective that can be well supported, informed, and inspired by a residency at Penland
  • To offer financial relief—in the form of housing, studio, and utilities—to directly support studio artists as they make a formative leap in their work and career



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