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This Week:  Sky Hopinka at Academy Art Museum, Hidden Palace Reading Series at Fadensonnen, UMBC hosts the Maryland Arts Summit, Baltimore Clayworks’ Seconds Sale + Preview Party, Jessy DeSantis opening reception at Davenport Imports, opening reception for Andrew Shenker’s collaborative works at Current Space, Rapid Lemon’s “Variations on the End” at BBOX, Baltimore Jewelry Center Garden Party, and Dan Deacon + Pressing Strings at WTMD / WYPR 20th Anniversary Bash — PLUS Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival submissions deadline and more featured opportunities!


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Sky Hopinka

An Evening with Sky Hopinka
Tuesday, June 6 :: 6pm
@ Academy Art Museum

2022 MacArthur Fellow Sky Hopinka will share a selection of his short experimental films made in conversation with Diné artist Will Wilson’s portraits of Native American people, followed by a post-screening discussion moderated by Dr. Ryan Conrath, Salisbury University professor.



Hidden Palace Reading Series
Wednesday, June 7 :: 7pm
@ Fadensonnen

A monthly reading & storytelling event by poets and writers. In collaboration with Author Ashleigh Bryant Phillips & Greedy Reads Bookstore. Every 1st Wednesday of the month.

Past readers include: Sebastian Castillo, Jalynn Harris, Edgar Kunz, Caroline Preziosi, Halle Hill, Landon McKinley, Rhea Ramakrishnan, Bud Smith, Megan Boyle, Daisuke Shen, Andres Vaamonde, Austyn Wolhers, Rupert Wondolowski, Izzy Casey, Robert Travieso, Joseph Grantham, Caroline White, Raegan Bird, Megan Boyle, Barbara Bourland, Nathan Dragon, Jack Corneal, Jalynn Harris, Tafisha Edwards, Katie Moulton, Liza St. James, Mary Alice Stewart, Jeannie Vanasco, Kathleen Wallish, Heather Fuller, Lily Meyer, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Rod Smith, Donald Berger, Blake Butler, Emma Ensley, Jean Mcgarry, Mik Grantham, Lysley Tenorio, Kevin Maloney, Juliet-Gelfman Randazzo, Brendan Shay Basham, Madison Smartt Bell, Leslie Bumstead, K. Lorraine Graham, Thea Brown, Buck Downs, Emily Hall, Alex Siquig…

Wednesday, June 7 @ 7 PM
Sam Cheney, Nash Jenkins, Caroline Rayner, Jung Yun



Maryland Arts Summit
Thursday, June 8 – Friday, June 9
@ UMBC / presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts

The Maryland Arts Summit, hosted at UMBC, is a statewide conference presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to: Arts Advocates, Arts Educators & Teaching Artists, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations, Youth, Community Stakeholders, Arts, and Entertainment Districts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Public Artists, Boards of Directors, and Folklife Artists.

It is an opportunity to network, share the fantastic work that is being done across the state, learn about communities different from your own, celebrate the accomplishments of what we as a sector have achieved, and, through dialogue and action, bring to light where systems have fallen short of the support required to help artists and organizations thrive. The Maryland Arts Summit is a place for productive conversations to move the Maryland arts sector forward and ensure its long-term success.



Annual Seconds Sale | Preview Party
Friday, June 9 :: 6-8:30pm | Ongoing through June 11
@ Baltimore Clayworks

One of our biggest fundraising events is coming up soon! Support Baltimore Clayworks’ educational and artistic programming by donating your pottery “seconds”. Save the Date for the Seconds Sale Preview Party which will be June 9, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm and special events all weekend long!

Support Baltimore Clayworks by donating your seconds! All donations are tax-deductible and you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes. Interested? Please fill out the requested information on this form, and bring it to the Gallery Building along with your seconds by Monday, June 6th.Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community and directly supporting our mission with your generous donations!

Submit your donations here!

Support Baltimore Clayworks’ educational and artistic programming by purchasing seconds, generously donated by our community!

DAY 1 – Preview Party 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Food, fun and first dibs! Tickets will be available for purchase soon: $25 for (members) and $35 for (non-members). Food and drinks will be served along with live entertainment. Click here to become a member today!

DAY 2 – Seconds Sale 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shop beautifully crafted seconds made by talented ceramic artists in our community!

At 4:00 pm we invite you across the street for our opening reception of the Clay for the Classroom, student show.

DAY 3 – Seconds Sale 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our final day of shopping!  Come for last-chance items and special surprises!



Flamingos: it’s a Baltimore thing… | Opening Reception
Friday, June 9 :: 6-9pm | Ongoing through June 30
@ Davenport Imports

When I think of Flamingos, I think of Hampden, Baltimore and Hialeah where I grew up. Hampden’s quirky love for Flamingos inspired this fun exhibition. Davenport is in the heart of Hampden on 36th street, in a small row house giving that cozy Baltimore feel. Collect your one of kind Flamingo for your Baltimore home.



Drawing upon friendship, beside myself… | Opening Reception
Friday, June 9 :: 7pm | Ongoing through July 15
@ Current Space

Current Space is pleased to present “Drawing upon friendship, beside myself: palimpsest field equations (Towards a keeping of play),” an exhibition of collaborative works by Andrew Shenker and:

Adrian Lohmueller
Alphonso Lingis
Andrew Liang
Ben McKee
Dustin Wong
Elena Johnston
Erick Antonio Benitez
Harry Abramson
James Bouche
Jan Razauskas
Jeffrey A McGrath
Jeremy Roundtree
John Bohl
Jonathan Taube
Lindsay McCulloch
Matthew Papich
Nick Karvounis
Nick Petr
Patrick David
Teddy Johnson
TLaloC (Eduardo Corral)
You Wu

Please join us for the opening reception!

Opening Reception: Friday, June 9 from 7-10pm
Exhibit Runs: June 9 – July 15, 2023
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Saturday, July 15 from 7-10pm; talk at 8pm
Gallery Hours: Sat 1-5pm, during public garden bar hours (Wed-Sat, 5-11pm), or by appointment

This exhibition includes works representing over 15 years of collaborations between roughly the same number of artists – from a book that Adrian Lohmueller and Andrew Shenker have passed back and forth since 2007, to more recent drawings with Andrew Liang, Alphonso Lingis, and Lindsay McCulloch (begun only weeks ago).

These collaborations grew out of a practice of drawing that attempts to remain at the threshold of sleeping, waking and dreams – keeping to a skin-depth vulnerability of touch and endless sifting, which cannot help but to disturb a neutral, distant character of observation.

There is something necessarily allusive at the heart of this work, like a puzzle being pieced together in the absence of an image that would otherwise precede, constrain and guide us towards a knowable completion from the start.

The element of surprise and the patience of waiting are crucial to this kind of basic effort; and, more than anything, perhaps, is the keeping of touch, in the touching, which tends towards a lack of control.

The accumulation of marks conjured thereby are not unlike parentheses, or cupped hands, trying to contain a thought which overflows them.

About Andrew Shenker
Through a course of studies in philosophy, Andrew’s writing style moved away from the essay form to something more literary and poetic, culminating in a practice of drawing (and filming) inspired by students and friends while teaching at MICA in the early 2000’s.

In a sense, the outset is exile, and this work but its slow preparation; a slow preparation of exile, leaning towards dust and a blindness of wisdom; simple things, like playing catch; and a blur for the sake of clarity.



“Variations on The End” – Baltimore’s 19th annual ten-minute play festival
Friday, June 9 :: 8-9pm
@ The BBOX, Maryland Institute College of Art’s Gateway Building / presented by Rapid Lemon Productions

Rapid Lemon Productions will continue their 12th season with “Variations on The End,” an evening of 11 world premiere short plays by local authors. Staged each year since 2005, The
Variations Project is an annual highlight of the Baltimore theatrical calendar. The theme “The End” was chosen by audiences of last year’s Variations on Change, and attendees of this production will have the opportunity to vote to select the theme for the 2024 Variations Project.

“Variations on The End” features plays by Jerome Alexander, Malik Berry, Arthur Cleaves, Joe Dennison, Sharon Goldner, Allegra Hatem, Tess Huth, Larry Malkus, R.A. Pauli, Bruce Reich, and Crystal Sewell. Jalice Ortiz-Corral directs an ensemble cast of Anthony Case, Sarah Daniel, Vanessa Eskridge, Todd Krickler, Shakiara Saunders, Crystal Sewell, Jenna Sharples, and Mel Tillery.

All performances will be live and in person at The BBOX in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Gateway building, 1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, 21217. Performances: 8:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays. Tickets $20. Discounted “Industry Night” tickets $15 for the performance on Thursday, June 15. Press night is June 9.

Established in 2012, Rapid Lemon Productions is a not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to develop and present new work that promotes representation of and participation by the community it serves.




The BJC Garden Party
Saturday, June 10 :: 4pm

Join the BJC at Anne Barone’s award winning garden on Saturday, June 10th at 4pm for an enchanting afternoon garden party to benefit the Baltimore Jewelry Center! Anne’s home is a testament to her love of gardening, and has been featured in Garden Gate Magazine, Stroll Guilford, and The Guildford News. The event will include a tour of Anne’s award winning garden, refreshing beverages and light fare, a curated sale of floral themed jewelry, and an auction of mystery boxes featuring semi-precious beads and stones from our hostess’s extensive collection. Tickets are limited for this summer soirée.

Tickets start at $65.

Round up to $75 or $100 to make a donation directly to the BJC’s Summer Kids and Teens Programs. Learn more about what donations to the BJC support. 

*You will receive the address of the party via email. When checking out, please include the best email address for receiving additional event details.



WTMD & WYPR’s 20th Anniversary Bash feat. Dan Deacon, Pressing Strings & more
Saturday, June 10 :: 6-12pm
@ B&O Railroad Museum

89.7 WTMD and 88.1 WYPR are thrilled to present an evening of speakers and live music – on stage and aboard moving trains – Saturday June 10 at the B&O Railroad Museum, showcasing the best of what both stations bring to our community.

The musical lineup includes Baltimore electronic composer & performer Dan Deacon, rockers Pressing Strings, dance troupe Fluid Movement, rapper Eze Jackson & more.

They’ll be featured on the main stage at the B&O’s covered outdoor pavilion – but no visit to the B&O would be complete without a train ride. We’re running 30-minute train rides all evening featuring live music in the train cars! 

R&B/soul singer Brooks Long, chamber pop duo Outcalls, rap/Americana duo Caleb & Saleem, rapper Eze Jackson, Americana singer/songwriter Letitia VanSant will each be performing in their own train car.

Tickets are available now.

The lineup of speakers includes NPR “Founding Mother” Susan Stamberg, former host of All Things Considered, as well as NPR rising star Ayesha Rascoe, host of Weekend Edition Sunday and Up First on Saturdays.

Also: Stoop Storytelling presents On-Air Diaries.

There are two admission tiers:

General Admission, which includes access to the main stage entertainment and a ticket for a 30-minute train ride featuring live music.

VIP, which includes access to the main stage entertainment, a ticket for a 30-minute train ride featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, mingling with WYPR & WTMD on-air hosts in a private area and more.

WYPR & WTMD’s 20th Anniversary Bash is 6-10 p.m. Saturday June 10 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Parking is included. Made possible in part by Merriweather Arts & Culture Center, Independent Brewing Co., Alpha Engineering, Friends School of Baltimore, Elijah Craig Bourbon, the Maryland Zoo, Mother’s Grille and Ekiben



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Farm manager for Strength to Love II program
posted by Intersection of Change

We are working to hire a new farm manager for our Strength to Love II programand have the job posting listed
We are seeking to fill the position as soon as possible to work with our existing farm staff and new interns that will be starting with us this summer.

If you or someone you know is interested, check out the link above!



Stove Works’ Artist Residency
deadline June 15

From February through November of each year, Stove Works’ Artist Residency invites eight artists to live/work for one to three months at a time. Applications before May 31 are 10$, the price goes up until June 15. Each resident will have a private studio/bedroom and bathroom; shared kitchen, living space, and laundry; 24-hour access to facilities, which include a metal shop, wood shop, print shop, common shop space, and a library. Each month we provide 2 opportunities for Residents to lead a 2-hr workshop. Workshops are organized prior to your Residency on a first response basis. You will be compensated: $100 honorarium for a public workshop and up to $250 to cover costs of materials. No Residency Fee! Stove Works’ Residency is free to attend once accepted. However, Residents are responsible for their travel, materials, and food/beverages during their stay.



The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency
deadline June 15

Hosted by The Mill at Vicksburg, this residency offers artists from a range of disciplines a 5 to 7-week stay with the goal of engaging with The Mill and its surrounding 80 acres of property. Residents receive a $2,000 stipend, $500 travel grant, private housing, and an exhibition.



Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival
deadline June 16

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (SEAF) celebrates the world’s most boundary-pushing, mind-blowing animation. This annual festival is focused on supporting unique, experimental and diverse voices in the field of animation, with a lean toward off-the-wall humor and energy. We remain dedicated to the search for innovative storytelling and craft, and we are working to create meaningful connections across geographic and stylistic divides. The festival is fully In-Person in 2023 with screenings at a variety of theatre venues in Baltimore, Maryland. This year the festival will include multiple program of International animated short films, a Baltimore Showcase, a Young Audiences program, animator retrospectives, special screenings of independent feature films, workshops and more. For the Baltimore Showcase, submissions must be a film produced within 50 miles of Baltimore City to qualify. There is a $15 submission fee.



Bryan Artist in Residence, 2023-24
deadline June 19

The Bryan Artist in Residence will have an opportunity to live and work in a home located right in the heart of Downtown Bryan generously donated by BCS Modern. This program allows the artist to spend their time creating, experimenting, and adding to their portfolio. The term of each residency is roughly one year, mid-August 2023 to mid-July 2024. The selected artist will live in a 1140 square foot apartment. Housing will include utilities (water, electricity, and internet). The artist will also receive a $3,000 stipend from The Arts Council to assist with groceries, fuel, and supply purchases, paid in full at the beginning of the residency. Any artist is eligible to apply. Applicants must be artists who concentrate in one of the following areas: 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber arts, Literature, Music, Painting, Poetry, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.



BIPOC Filmmaker Grant
deadline June 20
posted by Filmed by Bike

This grant provides $1,500 individual prizes to Black, Indigenous, and all people of color who are emerging filmmakers. Projects must have a strong central theme of bicycles, and final films should be 25 minutes or shorter.



Forgotten Places | Call for Exhibition
deadline June 22
posted by LOOSEN Art

The Forgotten Places call will collect photographic, video and visual design works that will constitute an exhibition/exploration excursus of abandoned, forgotten and rediscovered places, which will lead to a reflection on environmental, historical/social aspects and individual memory.

With the advent of photography, a new documentary approach intervenes in giving a testimony of human kind, through the direct recording of behaviors, but also through the traces they leave.
One of the most representative approaches in the photographic and video world is that of the phenomenon of Urbex – Urban Exploration – an activity of exploration of abandoned places, its objective being that of documenting the history of those who have lived there, through traces and objects which seem to be fixed and frozen in time.

A further focus of the exhibition is to shed light on the evocative charm of places where nature makes itself manifest by redeeming its spaces, asking questions and offering opportunities for reflections on our relationship with the environment, starting from the need for a more organic relationship with it.

Forgotten Places are also those personal places that pertain to each of our biographies, places that require a return to observe the images of our memories with new eyes, or to rekindle memories of an experience in order to better understand who we are.



NEW * $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
deadline June 22

SPRING 2023 OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS — Innovate Grant is thrilled to introduce our newly increased award amounts of $1,800.00.

Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (6) honorable mentions (3 in art and 3 in photo), will be featured on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Innovate Grant awards:<

1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Visual Artist
1 x $1,800.00 Grants to a Photographer
6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
: June 22, 2023
US & International
2 x $1,800.00 USD Grants // 6 x Honorable Mentions Interviews

Apply Online Today



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