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This Week:  AVAM’s 4th of July Pet Parade, Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival, Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk, Baltimore Jewelry Center Potluck + Birthday Party, B-Fly performs at the Lewis Museum’s First Fridays, Jan Eveland + Sarah Magida opening reception at Creative Alliance, reception at Black Research Artist Space for What Happens When We Nurture, Morel Doucet artist talk at Galerie Myrtis, and Baltimore Clayworks Summer Exhibitions opening receptions featuring Patrick Bell + Kiran Joan — PLUS Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington call for residencies 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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American Visionary Art Museum’s 4th of July Pet Parade & Animal Talent Show
Tuesday, July 4 :: 9am
@ American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is delighted to announce that its popular July 4th Pet Parade and Animal Talent Showreturns to the Museum’s Whirligig Plaza from9 AM to 12 PM. All “friendly” pets and their owners are invited to join the festivities! Registration takes place at 8:30AM sharp. The 9 AM Pet Parade through AVAM’s campus is followed by a Pet Talent Show for those pet-and-person duos who wish to participate. The Pet Parade is held each year in memory of supreme animal lover and AVAM’s devoted supporter and friend, Ellis Rosen.

“From feathers to fur, scales to tails, the American Visionary Art Museum celebrates our Fourth of July with a patriotic salute to our beloved pets! Join us for what’s become a beloved Independence Day tradition here at AVAM,” stated Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.

Trophies to be awarded for the Parade and Pet Talent Show may include: Most Patriotic, Star-Spangled, Yankee Doodle Dandy Pet Award;  Ready-for-Prime-Time Pet Talent; Best Pet Haute Couture (Best Costume); Best Visionary Pet Hair-do; The Peoples’ Choice Award; and the Pet Congeniality Award. The Grand Prize—“Most Visionary Pet 2022”—is awarded to the pet that embodies the spirit of a true patriotic visionary.

The Pet Parade and Talent Show will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or high heat and humidity. Participants are requested to check the AVAM website,, on July 3 for updates. Please note that Museum buildings will be closed to the public on July 4.

AVAM’s Pet Parade and Animal Talent Show is held in partnership with Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPB).



7th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival
Tuesday, July 4 :: 1-10pm

The 2023 Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will be a hybrid festival of in-person and online offerings. This years festival will afford festival goers a multitude of viewing options and opportunities leading up to, and during the 2023 Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival. Community leaders from Cherry Hill and Baltimore Pennisula have united to activate shores of Middle Branch for a storied shared experience for Baltimore City and beyond. Join us for a celebration of freedom, unity, and remembrance.



Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk
Friday, July 7 :: 5-9pm

As always, the First Friday Art Walk in the Highlandtown Arts District is free to attend. On Friday, July 7, 2023 from 5:00–8:00 p.m., check out food and drink specials at restaurants and bars like Snake Hill, Sally O’s, and IndoViet.

There are also special events and popups at various venues in the district. Some venues are open earlier than 5:00 p.m. and some stay open past 8:00 p.m. so be sure to check individual listings on the map. The Art Walk Map will be updated as the art walk approaches.



Potluck + BJC Birthday Party
Friday, July 7 :: 6-8pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join us as we celebrate the BJC’s 9th Birthday with the Spring Session Community Potluck, Friday, July 7th from 6-8pm. Bring something to share with your friends and classmates as we admire all the pieces created during the latest session. We will also be launching our Summer Fundraiser, sharing our goals for the year, and discussing exciting ideas for summer events. Every dollar raised during the Summer Fundraiser directly facilitates our myriad programs, which include visiting artist residencies, youth workforce development opportunities, exhibitions, and course scholarships. We would love to count you among our supporters this year!



First Fridays Featuring B-Fly
Friday, July 7 :: 6-8:30pm
@ Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Exhibits open at 6 pm. Performance begins at 7 pm.
Members – $20
Non-Members – $25
Food available for purchase

Relax and unwind from your week and mingle at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum with local musical performances. Explore our latest one-of-a-kind exhibitions with food and drinks by local chefs from Lexington Market.  During our  Black Futures, Black Imaginings Music Edition, experience a wide range of music connected with Black futurism and involving the imagination, time, and liberation. Come early to view Afro-Futurist Manifesto: Blackness Reimagined.  Womanist. Formidable. Multi-disciplined… This sultry summer month will be a groove with the vocals of B-FLY.  Hailing from the west coast, B-FLY is a non-fiction film producer and music creator who uses multiple mediums to express her “I” statements. As an advocate for the liberation of Black women and Black people, her lyrics resonate like a sonic bullhorn. Through her moniker, BlackShesus, B utilizes her original Afro-futurist style of filmmaking to produce unscripted short films and documentaries. As co-founder of BlakWater Production House in Baltimore, she continues paving the way for women in the technical arts.
“I produce films that convey our collective story, but I make music to tell my own.” – B, 2023



Ecologies: Jan Eveland and Sarah Magida Exhibition | Opening Reception
Friday, July 7 :: 6-9pm | Ongoing through August 9
@ Creative Alliance

Exhibition Opening: JUL 7 | 6-9PM
On View: FRI JUL 7 – AUG 8
Artist Talk: FRI AUG 4 | 6:30PM

Ecologies showcases the intimate entanglements of flora and fauna that are on display between the work of Baltimore-based artists Jan Eveland and Sarah Magida. Eveland’s works explore the world of the micro in the macro, while Sarah’s works observe the macro and our cropped perspectives of nature. Both artists approach their mediums with different goals of exploring nature. Sometimes the work is delightful and engrossing, in other ways it is consuming and scary.

Ecologies is a new approach to member artists exhibitions in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery, building intergenerational dialogue through familiar mediums and themes, like organisms, life, intimate entanglements, bright color, and meandering lines​.

Artist Bios

Jan Eveland
After undergraduate, law school, and practicing law for years, Jan discovered visual arts in her 40s through recreational adult education. Between 1997 and 2003, she studied fine arts/sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, gravitating to steel and incorporating discarded metal from everyday life. In the early 2000s, she refined her welding at Montgomery College and her design skills at the Corcoran School of The Arts & Design. Her metal sculptures are often figurative with strong gestural qualities; others are multimedia and whimsical. In recent years, Jan has been inspired by the extraordinary color and essential feminine form in nature. In pen and ink and luminous colored pencils on paper, she creates social commentary in intricate bio-science fiction landscapes, sometimes to an unsettling effect. Starfish float over a valley of beehives, escaping the smoke of industry to a light beyond while jellyfish and helicopter eggs soldier on. The fecundity of uterus and fallopian tubes is watched by mechanical probing eyes and invasive carnivorous plants. Most recently she has been energized through honing her color skills with Deborah Maklowski at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Savage, Maryland.

Sarah Magida
Sarah Magida, b. 1979, is an active artist, arts community advocate, and life coach for artists. She lives in a garden of earthly delights in Baltimore, MD, working primarily in the area of fiber art as a passage to healing. Her artwork dives into dense embroidered landscapes, sassy imaginings, very touch-ably textured voyages and juxtaposing natural wonders with delightful patterns. Fiber art offers her a deeper sense of connection and healing while working through troubled patches in her own life. Through her art she works to get in touch with her endless river of thoughts and calm her own wild mind.



What Happens When We Nurture | Reception
Saturday, July 8 :: 2-6pm | Ongoing through July 30
@ Black Artist Research Space

Islam & Print’s inaugural exhibition, What Happens When We Nurture features the work of 2022 artist fellows Suldano Abdiruhman, Tayyab Maqsood, Leili Arai Tavallaei, and Anysa Saleh. The exhibition is curated by Islam & Print co-founders Dan Flounders and Safiyah Cheatam, and will be presented at Black Artist Research Space with an opening reception on Saturday, July 8 at 2-6 p.m. and on view through July 30, 2023.

Islam & Print (I&P) is a community print fellowship housed in Maryland Art Place, founded by Dan Flounders and Safiyah Cheatam in 2022. I&P aims to champion diverse Muslim experiences and strengthen career readiness by building a network of regional, emerging visual artists of all mediums through a studio arts fellowship.



Morel Doucet Black Maiden in Veil of Midnight, 2022 Slip-casted white earthenware 12.5 x 8.5 x 16 ″

Water Grieves in the Six Shades of Death | Artist Talk
Saturday, July 8 :: 5-7pm
@ Galerie Myrtis

In Haitian American Morel Doucet’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Myrtis,”Water Grieves in the Six Shades of Death,” the multidisciplinary artist investigates critical issues of environmental racism and displacement of Black and Brown people from their homes, particularly those living in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. Doucet deploys ceramics, colorful silhouettes of Little Haiti residents, indigenous birds, impressions of native flora and fauna, and decorative ironwork salvaged from demolished dwellings to explore the impact of climate change and developers on this marginalized community.

The title of the exhibition is symbolic and possesses profound meaning. “Water Grieves” is a metaphor for Doucet’s emotional response to the damage caused by water pollution and rising sea levels, which disproportionately impact Black and othermarginalized communities. The word “Grieves” suggests a deep sense of loss, sadness, and mourning, often felt by people forced to bear the burden of environmental degradation.

“Six Shades of Death” refers to the environmental harms that disproportionately impact Black and Brown settlements, including air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, climate change, deforestation, and species extinction. These problems are often interconnected, and their effects can devastate communities that rely on the environment for their livelihoods and well-being.

Characterized by their intricate detailing and complex narratives, Doucet’s works also examine the importance of preserving cultural heritage and protecting the rights of local communities in the face of rapid development and gentrification.

“Water Grieves in the Six Shades of Death” raises awareness and promotes dialogue about environmental justice and socialinequality by bringing attention to these critical issues. Doucet encourages viewers to consider the intersection of environmental and social issues and the importance of collective action towards a more just and sustainable future.
– Myrtis Bedolla, Curator



Baltimore Clayworks Summer 2023 Exhibitions | Opening Receptions
Saturday, July 8 :: 6-8pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Main Gallery: “Frankly” Patrick Bell, 2022-23 Lormina Salter Fellowship Exhibition
Solo Gallery: “Friends from Back Home” Kiran Joan, 2022-23 EMBARC Fellowship Exhibition
Community Art Gallery: “Common Ground” Curated by Angelique Scott and Genifer Fraser

Patrick Bell, 2022-23 Lormina Salter Fellowship Exhibition

“Frankly” is an exhibition of Patrick Bell’s most recent sculptures exploring the mind and body as inseparable sources of confusion, discomfort, and anxiety. These works poke, prod, squeeze, and pull at themselves in amorphous examinations of physical and emotional states. Works in this exhibit explore the personal and social dimensions of health and anxiety using abstracted, bodily forms to create a sense of palpable feeling, inviting the viewer to reflect on their own experiences and the ways in which health and anxiety intersect in their own lives.

Friends from Back Home
Kiran Joan, 2022-23 EMBARC Fellowship Exhibition

Kiran’s illustration oeuvre is composed of bright and colorful forms which translate beautifully into her functional cups and larger sculptural pieces. A distinct figure comes through in every piece, this is not one person but many people. In her practice emerges a community reminiscent of one built and left behind in India, and friends made in the United States. The impression conveyed is that environments are transitory. The show, “Friends from Back Home,” explores what friendships look like in the artist’s mind.

Common Ground
Curated by Angelique Scott and Genifer Fraser

“Common Ground” is a community installation that explores the connection between community and nature. The gallery space is transformed into a garden oasis, offering a peaceful space for communion and reflection, cultivated by community members.



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​​Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Seeks Resident Artists
deadline *extended* July 12

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.

As members of MoCA Arlington’s community, resident artists are key to the organization’s broader mission of connecting the public to contemporary art and artists. Resident artists are expected to participate in open studios approximately four times a year for MoCA Arlington’s public exhibition openings and other special events. Resident artists are also required to supervise the gallery for four hours each month, attend monthly meetings and to engage in other community outreach activities.

At this time, MoCA Arlington is seeking new residents for three long-term studios and one short-term studio.



Youth Arts Advocacy Enrichment Grant
deadline July 14
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is excited to announce Youth Arts Advocacy Enrichment Grant. This grant provides funding opportunities for organizations that have existing programs or would like to create youth programming components that focus on arts advocacy with Baltimore City youth. The insights and experiences of our young people provides them a unique ability to lead change and transform their communities. This program aims to provide young people with resources and opportunities to advance in the field of art and culture beyond performance or workshop experiences. This grant is made possible by the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Program focus areas include but are not limited to the following: 

Arts Education, Public/Community Art, Arts and Mental Health, Arts and Social Justice 



IATP Annual Symposium 2022/2023 at Jack Shainman Gallery.

Call for Applications: The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program 2023/24 ‘Alternative Spaces’
deadline July 15

The theme for the 2023-24 IATP seminars is ‘alternative spaces.’ Throughout the year, we will consider the ways in which practitioners have envisioned the idea of the alternative as a counterpoint to conventional or dominant ways of making, exhibiting, and selling art; funding projects; and engaging with educational institutions and residencies, research methodologies, and knowledge production. We will examine the political, cultural, and technological contexts out of which a range of recent ‘alternative’ projects and practices have grown, exploring their limits and possibilities, and studying the attendant risks of cooptation and institutionalization. With the input of guests, we will problematize the concept itself by examining how and for whom a practice exists as alternative, thinking together through ways of understanding the mainstream and its antitheses in an expressly global contemporary art context.

Our seminars will be guided by established and thoughtful artists, curators, gallerists, theorists and writers, who will respond to these questions from the perspective of their research and work. Following the lead of our guest seminar leaders, we will be unpacking the phenomena of the alternative, reading from a range of historical and contemporary texts that spans various disciplines including art-history, philosophy, and politics.



Arts In Action Arts Education Grant
deadline July 15
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is excited to announce Arts In Action Arts Education grant opportunities for teaching artists and non profit organizations with an arts education focus. Arts in Action grants support arts education projects/classes/workshops that take place in-school, after school, or in local community settings for the 2023-2024 academic school year. Grants range from $1000 to $5,000. This grant is made possible by the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council.



Open Reading Period for Fiction – DC, Maryland, and Virginia Writers
deadline July 15
posted by Relegation Books

Relegation Books is delighted to offer an open reading period for story collections and short novels up to 50,000 words. Our selected work will Relegation Books is delighted to offer an open reading period for story collections and short novels up to 50,000 words. Our selected work will be released in 2025, and will receive Relegation’s standard contract, national distribution, and marketing and publicity campaign.

Relegation Books publishes the right books at the right time. We will notify all writers about our decision by September 2023. We will close general submissions after receiving 500 manuscripts, and will accept up to an additional 100 by writers living in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. D.C. is Relegation’s home, and we are eager to publish authors in our community. If you are a D.C., Maryland, or Virginia writer, you are welcome to submit here. If not, please submit through the General Submissions portal.



Loghaven Artist Residency
deadline July 15

Loghaven Artist Residency’s mission is to serve artists by providing them with a transformative residency experience and continued post-residency support. The residency is located on ninety acres of woodland in Knoxville, Tennessee. Artists live in five historic log cabins that have been both rehabilitated and modernized to create an ideal setting for reflection and work, and they have access to new, purpose-built studio space. All Loghaven Fellows are awarded stipends to support the creation of new work during the residency.


Practicing artists of all backgrounds and at any stage of their career are eligible to apply for a Loghaven residency. International artists and artists currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program are not eligible. Artists must be at least twenty-one years old and live more than 120 miles away from Knoxville. This distance requirement is designed to ensure that artists are able to be fully immersed in their residency experience and can take advantage of the retreat-style environment. Please note that all eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application.

We invite applicants in the creation stage of their specified project or work cycle to apply in the following disciplines:

Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and journalism)
Visual Arts
Music Composition
Interdisciplinary Work



JRA Day Call for Applications
deadline July 15
posted by James Renwick Alliance

JRA Day is a showcase and sale featuring artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance for Craft.

Apply to display and sell your work at the 16th Annual JRA Day! This event features craft artists working in a variety of media, including in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, and wood.

Applicants are required to submit the application form and contract, a 50-100 word bio, and three photos of representative work by the deadline. Details on the requirements for applications and the terms and conditions of participation are included in the application form.



2023 TSA LA: Solo Exhibition
deadline July 16
posted by Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles is pleased to announce our 2023 open call for one solo exhibition. The exhibition will run from December 2 – 17, 2023.

The opportunity will include an opening reception on Saturday, December 2 from 7-10pm, professional documentation of the installation, and promotion on all TSA LA social media outlets. There will be $500 honorarium and a $1000 exhibition budget to offset the cost of artist’s travel and transportation of artworks.

Application Deadline: July 16, 2023, 11:59PM, PST Link to application:

TSA LA members will work with the artist and make studio visits leading up to the opening of the exhibition, if possible. The artist is required to fully participate in the exhibitions’ installation and attend the opening reception. TSA LA will work with the artist for deinstallation. Early, mid and late-career professional working artists are all eligible although preference will be given to underrepresented voices and work that is less viable in a commercial context. Currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply. Visual artists of all disciplines and geographic locations are encouraged to apply, including those that may be applying from outside the region who would not otherwise have the opportunity to exhibit in LA. Artwork included in the exhibition must be available to stay in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

The artists will be selected by a panel of TSA LA members based on the quality of their work and commitment to their practice.

All applicants will be considered for future programming at the gallery.



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