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This Week: Michael D. Harris virtual exhibition at the Driskell Center, Station North SIPS, closing reception for Alyssa Dennis and TLaloC at Connect + Collect, Young Blood opening reception at MAP, Summer ’23 opening reception at C. Grimaldis Gallery, the BSO plays the music of Whitney Houston, The Big Show opening reception + The Big Show On Stage at Creative Alliance, Scott Patterson Trio at An Die Musik, and The Culture closes at the BMA — PLUS Free Fall Baltimore Grant 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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Cinegraphics — Midsommar (2019), Ari Aster

Michael D. Harris, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1991. The Michael D. Harris Collection. Gift of the Estate of Michael D. Harris. (MDHC068). Image courtesy of the David C. Driskell Center.

Imaging Self | Virtual Exhibition
presented by David C. Driskell Center

It is difficult to create a short summary of the life and work of Michael D. Harris. He was an artist, writer, curator, poet, and scholar. In his work as a scholar he was also an activist, promoting the reexamination of the depictions of Black individuals, communities, and cultures as they are represented in art and daily life. Michael D. Harris’ accomplishments included earning six degrees in subjects ranging from Studio Art, Art History, and Philosophy to African American and African Studies. He worked at institutions such as the High Museum, the Harvey Gantt African American Cultural Center, Emory University, UNC Chapel Hill, and many more. His artwork has been displayed in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.

The Michael D. Harris Collection at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, tells the tale of his work through the documents, correspondence, photographs, notebooks, newspaper clippings, research materials and so many 35mm projector slides collected throughout his life.

This exhibit highlights only a few of the items in this extensive collection and we encourage all virtual visitors and researchers to make an appointment to explore the collection in person!



Station North SIPS
Wednesday, July 12 :: 5-8pm

Station North SIPS 2023 is coming back as a ONE-MONTH DISTRICT HAPPY HOUR! Every Wednesday in July from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, enjoy specially curated menus with discounted prices at 10 participating restaurants and bars! EVEN BETTER, play some games with us to win a $50 gift card or free drink giveaway!!



Arcadia Futura | Closing Reception
Thursday, July 13 :: 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect Gallery

You are invited to the closing reception and book signing event for Arcadia Futura, an exhibition featuring the works of artists Alyssa Dennis and TLaloC.

Arcadia Futura presents invented ecosystems full of space for living and dreaming. Working with contradictory elements, each employs their own geometries to create worlds that feel simultaneously ephemeral and solid, forward looking and nostalgic.

Join us on Thursday, July 13th, from 6-8 pm at BmoreArt Connect + Collect Gallery to meet the artists, as they sign copies of the limited edition book that accompanies the exhibition. Designed by Raquel Castedo, the book takes you on a visual journey through the artists’ works, including studio visit photo essays by Jill Fannon and exhibition documentation by Vivian Doering.

Click here to RSVP

:: Thursday, July 13th ::
6-8 pm Closing Reception: Arcadia Futura

BmoreArt C+C Gallery
2519 N. Charles Street | Free Parking in the back



Young Blood | Opening Recepition
Thursday, July 13 :: 6-9pm | Ongoing through September 9
@ Maryland Art Place

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce the return of Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 14th Young Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). This exhibition highlights exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood Exhibiting Artists:

Liza Aleinikova | UMBC

Grace Doyle | Towson

Lauren Castellana | Towson

Chang Il Kim | MICA

Sookkyung Park | Towson

Charlotte Richardson-Deppe | UMD

Hosna Shahramipoor | UMD



ERIN FOSTEL, A fluorescent floral dream, 2022, charcoal and graphite on muslin, 48 x 60 inches

Summer ’23 | Opening Reception
Thursday, July 13 :: 6-8pm | Ongoing through September 16
@ C. Grimaldis Gallery

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present its 46th annual summer group exhibition, Summer ’23, featuring contemporary painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture.

The work of Eugene Leake (1911-2005) guides us through rural landscapes and atmospheric painting, while Grace Hartigan’s (1922-2008) washes of color blend together figurative content with the artist’s signature sensibility of vibrant color, active gesture, and painterly freedom. The sculptures of Jane Manus and Anthony Caro (1924-2013) converse on ideas of material and form within abstraction. Manus’ aluminum designs nod to pop and the figure with bright colors and strong lines, punctuating the space they occupy, while Caro’s improvisational welding composes forms that find harmony in fortuitous line and shape.

Summer ‘23 showcases work from Erin Fostel’s Bedroom Series as it depicts the inside of women’s bedrooms. Devoid of the figure, these charcoal drawings ask the viewer to imagine those not shown and ruminate on the correlations to their own personal environments. The delicacy and labor with which these exclusive interiors are drawn documents the owner in a way that is free of the objectification that awaits her in the outside world. With similar attention to space and time, Ben Marcin and Alexey Titarenko tell stories of culture, memory, and environment through carefully considered photographs. Titarenko’s poetic images use long exposure and motion blur to build upon traditional notions of street photography, while Marcin’s equally haunting tableaus feature structures that act as markers for the larger forces at work in American Culture. Sourcing from a personal idea of place, Greek outsider artist Giorgos Rigas (1921-2014) painted from memory the life and activities in the mountain village and seascapes of his childhood – effectively commemorating a life that no longer exists.

Like pieces of recalled and constructed memory, Heejo Kim’s enchanting paintings depict vibrantly molten bodies huddled together in moments of domesticity and candor. Kim’s use of color and light illuminates, confronts, and sometimes hides portions of narrative, while her figures exist with a quiet brazen in their portrayal of the familiar. Bill Schmidt’s systematic shapes and haloed lines produce strict figure-ground relationships, relating to each other and to the surface in a way that seems so organic. Approaching the space between abstraction and representation, Christopher Batten examines race, inequity, and lived experience through gesture and symbolism. And Korean artist, Chul-Hyun Ahn, creates sculptural “voids” which act as optical and bodily illusions of infinity – bridging the gap between conscious and unconscious space though the poetics of emptiness and luminosity.

Summer ’23 will be on view at C. Grimaldis Gallery from July 13 through September 16, 2023. A reception will take place on Thursday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Hours for C. Grimaldis Gallery, which is free and open to the public, are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that the gallery will be closed August 20 through September 6 for our annual summer holiday.



The Music Of Whitney Houston
Friday, July 14 :: 7:30pm
@ Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

We will always love Whitney Houston, who remains as one of the bestselling recording artists of all time. With unforgettable songs that found common ground among pop, R&B and gospel, Whitney wove her voice into the fabric of our lives, touching rapturous highs and poignant lows. Hear her classics in a whole new light with the lush orchestral backdrop of the BSO.


Amanda Cole, vocalist



The Big Show 2023! + The Big Show On Stage
Saturday, July 15 :: Opening Reception 6-8pm // BSOS 8-9pm | Ongoing through August 12
@ Creative Alliance

The BIG Show, Creative Alliance’s very first community program, has sparked artistic expression, cultivation of young minds, and so much joy for more than two decades!

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your artwork on the walls of our main gallery (yes, on our actual walls), or your talents showcased on our stage.



An die Musik Presents the Scott Patterson Trio
Saturday, July 15 :: 7pm
@ An Die Musik

In the great beyond of space resides Scott Patterson and his ensemble of cosmic misfits. Written through an Afrofuturistic lens, Patterson’s music explores love, liberation and the ways in which we navigate our relationship to our planet, our solar system and beyond.


  • Date: Saturday, July 15th
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Where: An die Musik 409 North Charles Street, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Tickets: Come in-person or watch from anywhere via live stream. Tickets can be purchased here



The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century | Exhibition Closes
Sunday, July 16
@ Baltimore Museum of Art

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 including Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton, Derrick Adams, Mark Bradford, Cross Colours, Dapper Dan and Gucci, Lauren Halsey, Julie Mehretu, Adam Pendleton, Tschabalala Self, TELFAR, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Duration ~1.5 hours

Prices range from $5.00 to $15.00



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Clubhouse Manager | Employment Opportunity
posted by Baltimore County Arts Guild

The Baltimore County Arts Guild, a non-profit organization located in Baltimore County, Maryland, is seeking a manager for our community arts center, the Clubhouse in Catonsville.

The Clubhouse Manager will be responsible for all programming of activities and events at the Clubhouse, and will provide administrative oversight and general management of the facility.

This position guarantees 30 hours per week with the potential to expand to full-time within the year. Hours are flexible, but some weekends and weeknights will be a part of the job.

The hourly wage is $25- $28 per hours- dependent on experience. Expected start date is early August.

Learn more about the position at

Submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]



Artist as Instigator Residency Program
deadline July 21
posted by National Public Housing Museum

The National Public Housing Museum’s Artist as Instigator Residency leverages arts and culture to make creative public policy interventions around housing and related issues. The annual residency supports artists, activists, and cultural workers to incubate ideas and produce new work in conjunction with social justice organizing and equitable development initiatives. This is an ideal opportunity for people with a demonstrated history of socially engaged projects. Priority will be given to applicants who propose ideas that are close to or ready for the implementation phase and align with the museum’s mission and vision. The next Artist as Instigator will work with us from Fall 2023 to Summer 2024.



Digital Artist Portfolio (DAP)
deadline July 21
posted by Motor House

Motor House is excited to announce the 13th cohort for our Digital Artist Portfolio (DAP). This program is an opportunity for Baltimore-based artists to be paid to develop their art and showcase it. Artists of various disciplines are encouraged to apply. Artists chosen for the cohort are given access to grant writing and social media marketing training. They also are provided additional benefits within Motor House including subsidized rental space and access to Motor House programs. Applications go live on July 7th and close on July 21st. For more information, please contact DAP coordinator Ivan Martin: [email protected]



(Not) Strictly Painting
deadline July 22
posted by McLean Project for the Arts

McLean Project for the Arts is seeking mid-Atlantic artists (DC, VA, MD, PA, NJ, DE, WV) to submit works that relate to the concept of (Not) Strictly Painting to be exhibited both in the gallery. This year’s applicants are invited to submit up to 4 jpegs of paintings or works related in some way to painting completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited at MPA. Work that combines painting with other materials or is conceptual in nature is acceptable and encouraged as well. Time based media are welcome, but must be limited to 10 minutes. Each of the submitted works must be available for exhibit if chosen by the jurors. Works must fit through an 81” x 64” doorway.



CLOSE-UP | Call for Exhibition
deadline July 25
posted by Loosen Art

Photographers and videomakers are invited to submit works that respond to the execution mode of Close-Up shooting. An open call without limits as far as the genres, styles and stories that could be told. The Close-Up is a technique that allows the revelation of details, particulars and traits that characterize the person portrayed, and identify them as unique and singular, just as their stories, their personality and their emotions are.

The collection of works on display will therefore be the expression of an act and of the fruition of a product that offers itself as an opportunity for relationship with others. All of this in a warm, personal and empathetic encounter, where author, subject and user are all called to participate.



Free Fall Baltimore Grant
deadline July 27
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the Free Fall Baltimore grant opportunity – a citywide celebration that offers hundreds of free arts & cultural events at participating venues throughout Baltimore City. Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, local venues, artists, and organizations showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. This program is made possible by the generous funding support of The Maryland State Arts Council.

Each year BOPA provides grants to Baltimore City- based organizations and local venues/event spaces, with operating budgets under $300,000 to produce free cultural event in Baltimore City during the month of October. Grants will range from $250 – $1,000. We also provide an opportunity for organizations with operating budgets over $300,000 to participate in Free Fall Baltimore by promoting their events and incorporating them into the Free Fall calendar. Individual artists/creatives are allowed to apply for this grant if their event is also free and open to the public and located in a public space or Baltimore City based venue.



The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards | Call for Submissions
deadline July 28

The annual AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA members with projects in AIA Baltimore’s region. Built and unbuilt projects are judged by a distinguished jury of AIA architects, this year from AIA Savannah!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s awards will take place on October 20, 2023 at Baltimore Design School.

Submissions and Entry Fees are due by Friday, July 28, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT. Entrants will submit all entry forms and uploads and then submit the entry fee payment to complete the submission. Entry fee payments may be made by credit card in the awards submission portal when the project is ready for final submission. No late entries will be accepted!





Jonas Mekas Research & Production Residency
deadline July 28
posted by Monica Foundation

“It is not my business to tell you what it’s about. My business is to get excited about it, to bring it to your attention. I am a raving maniac of the cinema.” – Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas spent a lifetime making film, media, and art accessible to everyone through his relentless pursuit to document the everyday and raise the profile of makers not in the mainstream. It is in this spirit that the Monira Foundation and the Jonas Mekas Studio open a Residency Fellowship that welcomes media curators, artists and practitioners, or theorists whose practices operate at the intersection of art and media to apply for a 6 month supported Residency and Fellowship in Jersey City. Interested applicants may propose a 6 month project that utilizes the Jonas Mekas Studio as a resource to produce a new work, research presentation or curated exhibition or screening.



Strange, Weird, & Unique | Call for Entry
deadline July 30
posted by SE Center for Photography

Strange, Weird, & Unique, let your imagination run wild. The SE Center is looking for all forms of imagery of the Strange, Weird, & Unique, black-and-white and color, analog, digital and especially antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our juror for Strange, Weird, & Unique is Michael Kirchoff. Michael has spent his years capturing the still image of people, cultures, and landscapes from around the world, to around the block, with a very unique and distinctive style. Currently, he is also Editor in Chief at Analog Forever Magazine, Founding Editor at Catalyst: Interviews, Contributing Editor for the One Twelve Publishing online column, Traverse, and Co-Host of The Diffusion Tapes podcast. The wisest words Michael ever gleaned from his father were to do what you love as your life’s work.

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) and an archived, online slideshow. 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.



Grand Canyon Artist in Residence
deadline July 31
posted by Grand Canyon Conservancy

Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Artist in Residence program supports contemporary solo artists who wish to contribute to the cultural and aesthetic legacy of Grand Canyon. The Artist in Residence program is directly tied to the National Park Service’s priority of expanding equity and inclusion through storytelling and Grand Canyon Conservancy’s mission to inspire generations of park champions and to cherish and support the natural and cultural wonder of Grand Canyon. We define “storytelling” as the aesthetic or conceptual interpretation of a site through any artistic medium.

The residency embraces an artist-focused, open-ended model that prioritizes on-site research and exploration to create exciting new work and deepen relationships between the public and Grand Canyon. Solo contemporary artists exploring concepts of conservation, cultural identity, or community through any discipline are encouraged to apply. We prioritize artists whose work and outreach programs best fit the park’s interpretation and education goals of telling stories that have been excluded, hidden, unknown, untold, or under-emphasized.

Selected artists live and work at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim in Arizona for up to eight weeks. In addition to free private accommodations and workspace, a modest stipend is offered to help with travel, food, and supply costs. Residents are given first-hand access to the natural beauty of Grand Canyon National Park, park leadership, staff expertise, on-site resources, archives, and our visitors. Each artist provides a minimum of at least two public programs that engage Grand Canyon’s local and worldwide community.



header image: installation view, TLaloC @ Arcadia Futura

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