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This Week: Aaron Dante, Tonya R. Miller Hall, Derrick Adams, and Eric Souza in conversation at Harbor East Cinemas, curator Jessy DeSantis exhibition opening at Motor House, Bromo Art Walk, Station North Art Walk, Night Owl Gallery Grand Opening, Amelia Toelke opening reception at Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore MET Gala, Salome Sykes and Lendl Tellington opening reception at Creative Alliance, and Cindy Cheng, Jay Sanborn, John Bohl, and Torrance Hall closing reception at Current — PLUS The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 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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NoPixAfterDark Event “State of the Arts in Baltimore”
Wednesday, August 23 :: 6pm
@ Harbor East Cinemas

Join us for a live recording of No Pix After Dark as we discuss the State of the Arts in Baltimore ahead of the return of Artscape after a three year hiatus. Your host, the award winning podcaster, Aaron Dante will be joined by Baltimore City’s Senior Advisor of Arts & Culture Tonya R. Miller Hall, visual and performance artist Baltimore-native Derrick Adams, as well as community advocate and President of the Midtown Community Benefits District Eric Souza.

Additional Details:
$23 (plus service fees)
Your ticket price includes: Admission, Two welcome cocktails, Popcorn
Parking validation for the garage at 650 S. Exeter Street – Baltimore, MD 21202



Return To The Land by Jessy Desantis | Opening Reception
Thursday, August 24 :: 6pm
@ Motor House

Guest curator and Baltimore based artist Jessy DeSantis invites viewers to reflect on artists’ interpretive expression of their relationship with the Land. Return to the Land features multidisciplinary art, including spoken word, video, illuminated aerial sculptures, paintings, photography and textile works by Baltimore based artists.

“Generations of separating ourselves from nature has led to our current lived experiences of this ecological emergency. For reversal, our way of human living would have to change drastically, it would need to be revolutionary. However unattainable that may feel, a manageable step towards that is of that internal revolution in returning to who we fundamentally are. Returning to the land is essentially returning to yourself because you are the land” – Jessy Desantis

Tuesday — Thursday @ 4:00 – 11:00 PM | Friday — Saturday @ 4:00 PM – Midnight



Bromo Art Walk
Thursday, August 24 :: 5-9pm

Experience the Bromo Arts District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios on Thursday, August 24, from 5-9pm. Stay tuned for more information about participating creative groups and an event map. Event maps will be available at all participating locations during the event.

This event is free, but please register in order to get event updates and access to special discounts. Scroll to the bottom of the Eventbrite page to view the event FAQs for more information about the Bromo Art Walk.

Love the Bromo Art Walk? Support the Bromo Arts District by making a donation! Your contribution helps support our creative community and enables us to continue our free programming. Click here if you love Bromo’s creative community!


Join for the Bromo Art Walk After Party at the newly-renovated M&T Bank Exchange at 12 N. Eutaw Street! Come dance to music from the DJ duo GRL PWR, hang out with friends, purchase on site food and drinks, and experience the district’s newest venue. The M&T Bank Exchange has a capacity of +1,000, so bring your friends and family with! Please show your Eventbrite registration (digitally or printed) at the door. Registration required. Please enter through the main theater doors.

GRL PWR is a collaborative partnership between Baltimore trailblazers, musicians, and cultural organizers Amy Reid & Pangelica Hall. Their mission is to cultivate queer joy through community-focused programming, nurturing an influential yet overlooked local culture.

Located in the heart of Downtown Baltimore, the M&T Bank Exchange is a newly renovated historic venue with a flexible, state-of-the-art experience that provides a unique and unmatched setting for events. The M&T Bank Exchange is part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the legendary Hippodrome Theatre.



Station North Art Walk: Spotlight on Greenmount West
Friday, August 25 :: 5-7pm

You are invited to the Station North Art Walk: Spotlight on Greenmount West, an evening of simultaneous exhibitions, performances, and special events! Pick up a map at Open Works and create your own self-guided tour of galleries, open studios, green spaces, and local food. Shop the Art Walk Maker Mart, hosted by Open Works, featuring local arts and makers, DJ Trillnatured, food by Simpleton., and popsicles by Palo Santo Paletas.This event is FREE. Registration is appreciated but not required. Art Walks are rain or shine.

Follow us @stationnorth for a map, venue highlights, and more!



Night Owl Gallery Grand Opening
Friday, August 25 :: 5-9pm

1735 Maryland Ave, Upstairs Unit A
Baltimore, MD 21201

(during the Station North Art Walk!)

It’s our Grand Opening! Back in January we closed our doors in Highlandtown after over 6 years to renovate a new space in Station North. The work is nearly done and we are ready to welcome you with an evening of art, music, and fun!

“Trigger Warning”, selected works by conceptual artist, author, and provocateur Erhan Us will be on view in the main gallery.

We will officially unveil “Bauhaus Blue”, the stunning new mural on the side of the building by artist Jaz Erenberg.

Josh Brooks is the featured artist at The Royal Blue on the first floor.

Devon Kardell and Lee Allen Schimmel will be performing for us.

The studios will be open for touring!

Light refreshments will be served on the second floor and The Royal Blue will be open for dinner, drinks and dancing on the first floor!

Tell your friends! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We can’t wait to welcome you into our new space.



Amelia Toelke, North South East West

Grab Bag by Amelia Toelke | Opening Reception
Friday, August 25 :: 5-9pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Join us Friday, August 25th from 5-9pm for the opening reception of Grab Bag an exhibition featuring work by Amelia Toelke. Amelia Toelke is a visual artist based in Chatham, NY. She holds a BFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Toelke was a one-month mid-career resident with the BJC this past winter and we’re excited to have her back for her upcoming exhibition. In Grab Bag, Toelke presents wearable objects alongside works on paper. Viewed together, charms, chains, and gems are jewelry and symbol simultaneously. Interested in taking a workshop with Amelia? Join us for her BFF Pendant workshop Saturday, August 26th!



Baltimore MET Gala
Saturday, August 25 :: Red Carpet Arrival 5pm | Event 6-10pm
@ M&T Bank Exchange

Developed and Produced by The Finn Group and DChase Presents, The Baltimore MET Gala (BMG) is considered the premiere ART/ PHILANTHROPY/ CULINARY/ FASHION EXPERIENCE in the region. This innovative, creative and luxurious event is focused on bringing together the best- in-class from all walks of life, with chef-curated menus, premium bars, DJs, live performance by The Leftovers (Featuring Gary Groove) and a high-end fashion experience produced by Lana Rae, Earle Bannister, and Jody Davis Designs. An Art Experience curated by Internationally renowned artist- Ernest Shaw, and Culinary installation coordinated by BORT (Black Owned Restaurant Tour) creator Azikiwe DeVeaux, expand this year’s exclusive event celebrating Excellence in Charm City!

Presented on Saturday, August 26 (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at the M&T Bank Exchange. Red carpet arrival, 5  p.m.!

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God Couldn’t Be Everywhere …that’s Why He Made Momma: Lendl Tellington & Salome Sykes Exhibition | Opening Reception
Friday, August 25 :: 6-9pm
@ Creative Alliance

As they realize they could lose their matriarch’s home, Salome Sykes and Lendl Tellington turn the camera on their great-grandmother and her nine descendants in order to preserve their family’s legacy. As the brother and sister interview kinfolk, sift through albums, and wade through a century of family furniture, they reimagine these elements as a collection of sensory-driven installations, photography, and cinematic vignettes inspired by generational memories and revelations.



Parallel Projections | Closing Reception
Sunday, August 27 :: 4-7pm, Artist Talk 5pm
@ Current Space

Please join us for a closing reception + artist talk on Sunday, August 27th from 4-7pm.
Current Space is thrilled to present “Parallel Projections,” an exhibition of works by Cindy Cheng, Jay Sanborn, John Bohl, and Torrance Hall. Curated by Julianne Hamilton, Michael Benevento, and You Wu.
Please join us for the opening reception!
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28 from 7-10pm
Exhibit Runs: July 28 – August 27, 2023
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Sunday, August 27
Gallery Hours: Sat 1-5pm, during public garden bar hours (Wed-Sat, 5-11pm), or by appointment



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The David C. Driskell Center Archives Research Fellowship Program
deadline September 1

Now accepting proposals from emerging scholars to participate in a fellowship program conducting research in previously undiscovered collections.

Committed to preserving the rich heritage of visual art and culture of the African diaspora, The David C. Driskell Center was established in 2001 at the University of Maryland in College Park to provide an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars working to expand and deepen the field of African diasporic studies in the visual arts. Home to object-based art collections, archival collections, and an extensive research library, The Driskell Center is a world-renowned institution dedicated to the protection, the study, and the display of art and visual culture of the African diaspora.

The David C. Driskell Center Archives Research Fellowship program is an opportunity for 4-5 early career professionals or graduate students to undertake original research with previously undiscovered, partially processed collections within the David C. Driskell Center Archives. During the fellowship year, fellows will have unprecedented access to the recently acquired Hayes-Benjamin Papers on African American Art and Artists, the Michael D. Harris Collection, and the Alonzo Davis Collection. Research Fellows will benefit from the opportunity to interact with their peers, to learn from one another’s process and to share their research in process. Research Fellows will participate in meetings and research trips in College Park, MD and the surrounding D.C. metro area throughout the academic year, resulting in a paper as well as a presentation to be given during a conference at the David C. Driskell Center in Spring of 2024.



Curatorial Research Fellowships
deadline September 1
posted by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Proposals are accepted from 501c3 arts organizations on behalf of curators at any stage of their careers, with or without institutional affiliation, working towards projects that will manifest at least two years after a grant is made.

A letter of support from the director of the sponsoring organization must accompany the proposal.

Grants are up to $50,000 and are intended to cover expenses incurred during the research and development stage of an exhibition, public-facing project, or other visual arts-based initiative that contributes in an original way to contemporary visual arts discourse

Proposals should present the topic for which research is being undertaken in narrative form. It can be helpful to discuss the origin of the applicant’s interest in the topic, the work undertaken to date; it is expected that projects will evolve over the course of the research and outcomes need not be predicted.

It is important to situate the research project in relation to historical and contemporary art precedents and practices

Strong proposals explore topics that are understudied and artists whose practices (or aspects of whose practices) are experimental, hard to categorize, and otherwise less well known to the general public.



The Montpelier Arts Center | Call for Public Art
deadline September 4

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than design and fabrication of new work.

The Montpelier Arts Center shares grounds with the Montpelier House Museum (Montpelier Mansion), a local historical landmark and venue for public and private events. The Arts Center houses galleries, artist studios and classrooms, as well as administrative offices. Both facilities are operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arts Center hosts gallery exhibitions and related events, classes for adults and children, as well as musical performances and other community events. As such, it is used daily for daytime and evening activities.

The selected artwork will be placed on a concrete pad sited on a lawn area at the center of the circular driveway directly in front of the entry to the Arts Center and grounds leading to the Montpelier House Museum. Dimensions of the concrete pad measure is approximately 14 feet in diameter and 6 inches in height. Based on engineering specifications, the pad can support a variety of types and weights of sculpture.



The Hodder Fellowship
deadline September 12
posted by Princeton University

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists and writers of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, translators, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work.



Call for Panelists: Heritage Award & Folklife Apprenticeship
deadline September 14
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. We invite participation through program-specific public calls for panelists. We select panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in varying artistic disciplines. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

Maryland Traditions, MSAC’s traditional arts program, is seeking panelists to evaluate submissions to the Heritage Award and Folklife Apprenticeship programs, both of which support community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth.



Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships
deadline September 14
posted by Harvard University

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program supports the work of 50 artists and scholars annually in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The program seeks diversity “along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective.” Proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas are welcome. These include: women, gender, and society; climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities; and legacies of slavery. Fellows are in residence for a period of nine months from September 1, 2024 through May 31, 2025 and receive a stipend of $78,000 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses and other benefits.



SUMMER * NEW $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
deadline September 14

SUMMER 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, (8) honorable mentions (4 in art and 4 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.



Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
deadline September 15

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for 2024-25 is accepting applications. The program offers 400 teaching, research, and teaching/research opportunities in over 135 countries, including flexible, multi-country grants that range in length from two to 12 months. The program also provides numerous applicant webinars and advising on area programs. Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship at the time of application. UMBC’s Fulbright Liaison is Dr. Brian Souders, Associate Director for Global Engagement Opportunities, Center for Global Engagement and can provide assistance on Fulbright programs and applications.



header image: Amelia Toelke from "Grab Bag" @ Baltimore Jewelry Center

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