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This Week: National Puppetry Festival at UMD, Baltimore Clayworks presents a virtual artist talk with Sam Briegel, artist talk with Ashley Milburn at Gallery 1448, MSAC LIVE readings at Maryland Art Place, Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown at the National Aquarium, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at Patterson Park, Over/Under at The Voxel, and Marc Miller & Se Jong Cho at Current Space — PLUS upcoming deadline for the Baltimore Artist Travel Prize and more featured opportunities!


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National Puppetry Festival
Tuesday, July 18 – Saturday, July 22
@ University of Maryland

We are excited for you to join us at the University of Maryland for the Puppeteers of America 2023 National Puppetry Festival and Academic Symposium. Scheduled for July 18-22, 2023, Puppeteers, enthusiasts, educators, and friends will all be gathering to celebrate the puppetry arts and experience our first festival together in four years. The festival will focus on the theme of Generations, honoring those that went before, celebrating those who are with us now, and encouraging those to come. Can’t make it? We offer a Virtual option for those unable to attend in person!

Make sure to subscribe to the festival email and social media channels below to stay in the know about all of our incoming announcements!



Baltimore Clayworks Artist Talk with Sam Briegel
Tuesday, July 18 :: 12:30-1pm
presented by Baltimore Clayworks

Ceramic artists are at the heart of Baltimore Clayworks. Artists are at the center of the mission of Baltimore Clayworks, and provide the organization with talent and innovation to inspire our community and to enliven the artistic impact of ceramics in our region. Their professional and personal networks provide a kaleidoscope of interactions with peers, galleries, and academic institutions, which keep the organization at the forefront of contemporary ceramic art.

Sam Briegel a Lormina Salter Fellowship Resident Artist at Baltimore Clayworks. Sam is from Knoxville, Tennessee, and received her BFA at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After graduation, her passion for pottery led her to Helena, Montana for the opportunity to intern at the Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business. After her internship, Sam moved to Missoula, Montana to study ceramics at the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student. Samantha then completed her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Artist Statement

My work reclaims the identity of non-functional clothing textures and patterns. The body and the vessel share a similar vocabulary of lips, shoulders, bellies, and feet. I use this comparison to clothe implied bodies. As functional pottery, these works demand interaction through use. Akin to our clothing, these interactions also make us aware of our bodies. What happens to the clothes that we love but can never wear again? These articles contribute to our identities. What happens when our clothes no longer comfort us? As a potter, I am offering a reclaimed comfort that delivers nourishment, tactile moments, and conversation.



Seen / Unseen / the Houseless | Artist Talk
Thursday, July 20 :: 2-3pm
@ Gallery 1448

Ashley Milburn is interested in identifying and flipping the meanings of recognizable images that generalize and distort social injustice issues to refocus us to look deeper. His drawings and paintings are ultra-enlargements of the objects associated with these issues. The tensions between the recognizable and the unrecognizable animate his drawings and paintings.

In his most recent series, entitled Seen/Unseen/the Houseless, the textures and the rhythms of his drawing strokes descriptively guides the viewer into the work until their meanings are revealed. Milburn has respected this method, as a form of working device to unveil truths unseen. Moving from the acrylics to the drawing surface; the artist transcribes the media and shapes as faithfully as possible into the work’s materiality. Choosing to frame them with found altered cardboard.

The works exhibited in the gallery seduce with their range of varied colors and graphic values with their motifs that are both elementary and unexpected. Each composition is organized like they were refined classical confined presentation to which we have become accustomed. Seen/Unseen/the Homeless will be on exhibit at 1448 Gallery from July 1-29. Gallery hours are weekends from 1-5 with a Gallery talk by the artist on July 20th from 2-3 Pm.



MSAC Juried Show LIVE Readings by Directory Literary Artists
Thursday, July 20 :: 6-8pm
@ Maryland Art Place

In celebration of the talented and diverse array of artists across the state of Maryland, and the ever growing scope of the Maryland Arts Directory, Maryland Art Place (MAP) – in collaboration with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) are pleased to host a in person reading of MSAC directory literary artists.

Readings by: 

Catrice Greer

Sylvia Jones

Ann Quinn

Jennifer N. Shannon

Sue Ellen Thompson

Juror: Gerry LaFemina

Gerry LaFemina is the author of over twenty books, most recently The Pursuit: A Meditation on Happiness (creative nonfiction) and Baby Steps for Doomsday Prepping (prose poems). A noted literary arts activist who has served on the Board of Directors of the AWP and edited numerous literary journals and anthologies, LaFemina is the former director of the Center for Literary Arts at Frostburg State University, where he is a Professor of English, serves as a Mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University and is a current Fulbright Specialist in Writing, Literature, and American Culture. In his “off” time he is the principal songwriter and front man for Coffin Curse recording artists, The Downstrokes

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.



Voyages: Chapter 3
Thursday, July 20 :: 6-11pm
@ the National Aquarium

At Voyages: Chapter 3, guests will explore the restorative connection between humankind and water through the multimedia work of interdisciplinary artist Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown. In preparation for this special one-night-only event, de la Brown, whose research process involved seeking inspiration from time spent in and near water, immersed herself in nature, spending time forest bathing and engaged in other ecotherapies in spaces connected to water. She also spent many hours at the Aquarium, including swimming in a tank in the Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center – an experience she describes as life changing.

The outcome of this research will be an evening full of original art, including experimental film projected within the Aquarium’s spaces, performance-based ritual, and sculptured garments, all inspired by the magnetic pull of humankind to water. The artist hopes the evening will feel for guests as her process has to her – soothing, calming and restorative.

“I want people to feel how healing, powerful, soothing and special this space is, and the water is,” de la Brown explains. “I knew that was the seed, and I knew I wanted to plant it in the ground to see where it bloomed and what I could harvest from that.”

De la Brown’s process was informed not only by National Aquarium experts and her time submerged in natural and aquatic spaces, but also by the work of scientists and researchers whose work overlaps with her own, including biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols and author Bonnie Tsui.



Shakespeare Beyond: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, July 20 :: 7pm
@ Patterson Park Observatory Tower

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream in four Baltimore parks this summer. The production is part of the company’s new state-wide touring initiative, Shakespeare Beyond. Starting with a Baltimore-based pilot run, CSC will bring free live theater and other arts programming to city parks in the summer of 2023.

The Shakespeare Beyond initiative exceeds the boundaries of traditional theater by embracing the vibrant spirit of each community it visits. As CSC sets sights on Baltimore’s parks, the company aims to create a holistic neighborhood experience that celebrates local vendors and community partners. By collaborating with these partners, CSC aims to weave together the rich artistic tapestries of the communities, bringing together diverse talents and perspectives to enhance the overall experience.

Performance Dates and Locations:

Patterson Park Observatory Tower
Dates and Time: July 20 and 22 at 7:00PM
Address: 2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224

Park Heights
Dates and Time: July 24th and 25th at 7:00PM
Address: 4801 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215

Middle Branch Park Boat House
Dates and Time: July 27th and 28th at 7:00PM
Address: 3301 Waterview Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Carroll Park Mount Clare Museum House lawn
Dates and Times: July 29th and 30th at 7:00PM
Address: 1500 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230 Performance location: Mount Clare Museum House lawn



Pictured: Stephen Lyons II

Over/Under | Extreme Lengths Productions
Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23
@ The Voxel

Over/Under premieres at The Voxel, July 20-23, 2023. Audiences are enveloped into a large-scale scenic environment to view performances above and below them, exploring the notions of what society looks up to and down upon.

Performances will take place at 8:00PM on Thursday/Friday, with two shows on Saturday/Sunday at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. The performance is approximately 50-minutes.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can $10-$35.



“Matisse Bath” Record Release Party!
Saturday, July 22 :: 7pm
@ Current Space

Matisse Bath! A very special record release party, inside at Current Space!

Marc Miller & Se Jong Cho
Saturday, July 22: 7-10pm

Marc Miller will perform inside amongst a one-day-only installation of the Se Jong Cho paintings that made the project happen.

From Marc Miller on this record:

Lo & Behold! The promise is at last a reality. In 2018, I set a goal to record every day, no matter what. 300+ recordings resulted (not 365, but I’ll take it). Once completed, they lacked a home or any sense of unifying direction until Spring of 2019, when Se Jong asked me to create a soundtrack for her painting series “Matisse In Bath.” Nearly sixty tracks were carefully chosen to create to a continuous two-hour loop of music to be played alongside the exhibition at Current Space, almost guaranteeing that no one person taking in the show would hear the same material repeated. Nothing further happened with this project until Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-dunn came along with his new record label Cow Arts Program, seeking out what I had been up to musically in the past few years. He took the material under his wing, whittling down and curating the selections to create something that flowed to his liking and would fit on two LPs. And now it’s here – it exists in the world, so I can finally tell people!



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Artist-in-Residence + Curator-in-Residence Open Call
deadline August 1
posted by Bemis Center

The Bemis Center has two residencies open, one 18-month program for curators and another for artists. One chosen curator will receive private living and workspace, a $40,750 stipend, a research budget, a curatorial honorarium, and a $750 travel stipend. Artists receive private live and work studios, a $1,250 monthly stipend, and a $750 travel stipend. There are $40 application fees for both programs.



Quilts = Art = Quilts 2023
deadline August 1
posted by Schweinfurth Art Center

Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981. Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality. Prizes are awarded, including $1,000 for Best of Show. Entry fee: $35.



2023 MASB Artist Travel Prize
deadline August 1
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce the eighth edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB) Artist Travel Prize, sponsored by MASB. The MASB was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City. This prize will award $7,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living or working in Baltimore City. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with support materials. The $7,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.



Rising Star Application- BRUSH Mural Fest
deadline August 1

Our mission at BRUSH Mural Fest is to cultivate community and show how resilient and vibrant Baltimore really is, while highlighting the talent and skills of the artists who live and work here.

There are several goals for this festival: (1) to be Baltimore City-focused; (2) to provide opportunities for muralists to showcase their artwork and have creative freedom; and (3) to advocate for the value of murals and provide education on how to run a mural business.

The producers of the festival, also known as The BRUSH Team, are all established Baltimore City-based muralists who have over 15 years combined experience painting all over the city and beyond. Jaz Erenberg, Saba Hamidi of MadeBySaba, and Jess Langley of White Coffee Creative, are coming together to host this festival in partnership with Southeast CDC and Highlandtown Arts District. Together, they are planning for 5 murals across all 4 Arts Districts in the city designed and painted by 5 teams of women and non-binary artists. One of the teams will consist of The BRUSH Team.

Additionally, we aim to use BRUSH Mural Fest as a platform to foster more advocacy, education, and transparency around the value of murals. Via a series of workshops, talks, and network events during BRUSH Mural Fest week, we hope to highlight a range of topics from understanding the craft itself, to pricing and investment, to the impact of murals as an artform, and the importance of ensuring that all muralists get paid their worth. As an added layer, we plan to create a report showing the breakdown of costs after the festival to promote more transparency around this topic.

Part of what makes this festival so unique is we are asking each lead artist (or team) to partner with a “Rising Star” – an emerging artist with 0-2 murals completed – to mentor them on the process of painting a mural from design to painting to the ins and outs of the business. 



Fall 2023 Guest Artist Residency Programs
deadline August 1
posted by Peters Valley School of Craft

Devote yourself to your work on Peters Valley’s beautiful campus located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! This location provides tranquility and inspiration in a supportive artistic community. Come spend uninterrupted time in one of our fully-equipped studios.

Through the incredible generosity of the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Peters Valley is excited to offer two fully funded guest artist residencies for the fall of 2023! A limited number of artists will be selected to spend either two weeks or one month each in our fully equipped studios immersing themselves in time dedicated to their craft.

We are currently seeking artists who work in Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Fibers, Fine Metals, Wood, Drawing/Painting/Collage  or Printmaking.

These residencies will be offered in October and November. This program is open to all artists, from emerging to professional however you must have experience with the tools and equipment and be able to work independently. Due to the rural nature of our campus, a personal vehicle is required.



Hamiltonian Fellowship (2023–2025)
deadline August 1
posted by Hamiltonian Artists

The Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship is a two-year program for artists seeking to establish and sustain a professional art career.

Each year, Hamiltonian Artists tailors its fellowship program to suit the needs of the cohort. We provide fellows and the broader public invaluable opportunities to better understand the art world at large, and develop a deeper appreciation for contemporary art. As a fellow, artists experience heightened visibility while gaining opportunities to grow both their artistic practice and professional network through exhibition opportunities, 1-1 mentorship, institutional access, and internal programs.

Over the course of the program, each fellow develops a landmark exhibition or gallery activation to be presented in the Hamiltonian Artists gallery in their second year. During this time, fellows are expected to be proactive in their creative and professional development while engaging with their peers and contributing to the DC area arts ecosystem.



50th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival Artist Vendor opportunity
deadline August 1

The Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is still taking applications for the 50th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. It’s a great showcase for artists.

To learn more go to:

Arts & Crafts Festival – Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Festival

Applications due August 1 so apply today!

Questions? Call Karen Paris, Community Events Coordinator, 443-766-0079



Free Fall Baltimore Grant
deadline August 7
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the 2022 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.
Free Fall Information Session

June 5th 6pm



header image: Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown for the National Aquarium's Voyages 3

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