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This Week: MICA Graduate Studies exhibition curated by Ashley Molese, Submersive Productions presents: The Boundary: A Life or Death Experience, Made-in-Baltimore Pink Closeout Party at HEX Superette, BmoreArt Connect+Collect at The Walters with James Williams II and Dany Chan, Taking Space exhibition opens at Creative Alliance, Highlandtown Arts District (ha!) 20 Year Birthday Party, There Within Lies the Gospel: Truth opening at Galerie Myrtis, and Everyman Theatre presents “A Doll’s House” — PLUS Charm City Fringe Festival Call for Performers + Volunteers and more featured opportunities!


Header Image: James Williams II, Wilderness of Waves (2023), part of Connect+Collect at The Walters event this Thursday at 6 pm: How Artists and Museums can work together – with Cara Ober, Jeffrey Kent, Walters Associate Curator Dany Chan, and Williams – the 2022 Sondheim Winner.


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Inaugural Graduate Studies Alumni Exhibition An Exercise in Persistence
Ongoing through September 24
@ MICA Riggs & Leidy Galleries

Featured Alumni:

Denise Shanté Brown, MA ’17 (Social Design)
Kyle Ellingson, MFA ‘21 (Illustration Practice)
Katty Huertas, MFA ’20 (Graphic Design)
Kei Ito, MFA ‘16 (Photo and Electronic Media)
Noor Khan, MFA ‘22 (Community Arts)
Lia Liao, MA ‘19 (Illustration)
Liz Miller, MFA ’20 (Studio Art)
McKinley Wallace III, MA ‘21 (Teaching)
Bhoomi Mistry, MA ’22 (Graphic Design)
Maceo Tendaji, MFA ‘17 (Filmmaking)
Sizhu Li, MFA ‘18 (Mount Royal School of Art)
Saskia Kahn, MFA ’22 (Photography + Media & Society)
Mama Sallah Jenkins, MFA ’23 (Rinehart School of Sculpture
Taha Heydari, MFA ’16 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting)<

Graduate Studies invited Ashley Molese, an 2014 alumna of the Curatorial Practice MFA, to curate this exhibition. Ashley is an independent producer, curator and festival organizer, who specializes in temporary public art, new media and large-scale design/build projects, such as FUTURES at the Smithsonian Arts+Industries Building (2020–2022) and Baltimore’s Light City (2015 –2018).

This first-ever group exhibition of Graduate Studies alumni features work by an alum from each of MICA’s residential graduate degree programs, as an opportunity to explore what postgraduate practice looks like across the spectrum of disciplines represented by Graduate Studies at MICA — as an opportunity to create an inspiring and engaging learning experience for students. 

The exhibition will be a highlight of the Graduate Studies New Student Orientation Week; a featured stop on the Station North Arts District Art Walk, and the focus of our alumni gathering—the Graduate Studies Reunion reception on September 23rd as part of MICA Weekend.



The Boundary: A Life or Death Experience | Special Pay-What-You-Can Performance
Wednesday, August  30 | Ongoing through October 15

Submersive Productions presents:

The Boundary: A Life or Death Experience


Visit Boundry, a brand-new startup that allows you to pre-plan and customize your afterlife experience. As part of our exclusive marketresearch team, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and afterlife showroom. For every door that closes, another will open.

Your highly personalized experience lasts approximately 75 minutes. Participants enter in focus groups of up to seven individuals. Planto arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your start time. Location, directions and parking instructions will be provided in an email followingyour ticket purchase.

Planning Your Visit:

This immersive experience requires you to move from room to room and invites interaction with performers. It is neither an escaperoom nor a game. You cannot “win” or “lose” The Boundary, but you can opt out or seek help at any time.

While the building is accessible by those using a wheelchair or restricted in movement, we encourage folks with specific access needsto contact us at [email protected]. We are happy to assist you.

Content Notes: 

The Boundary was created by a diverse team of artists and the content presented references a wide range of spiritual, religious andnon-theistic perspectives concerning the concept of the afterlife. This experience invites you to explore your own relationship withdeath, grief and loss as you are willing and able.

Parents thinking about bringing children should gauge their interest and ability to discuss and explore the above themes.

[Necessary disclaimer: The Boundary experience and the Boundry company are works of fiction created by SubmersiveProductions with all rights thereunto reserved. Any similarities to persons or companies real or imagined are purely coincidental.]



BmoreArt Connect + Collect at the Walters
Thursday, August 31 :: 6-7:30pm
@ The Walters

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Join us for a special edition of BmoreArt’s Connect + Collect, a program series designed to promote a culture of art collecting in Baltimore. The discussion will be led and moderated by co-directors Cara Ober, Editor and Publisher at BmoreArt, and Jeffrey Kent, an artist and Curator in Residence at the Peale. We welcome audiences, especially those interested in visual arts careers, to learn more about how to establish your artistic career from James Williams II, curator, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and winner of the 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, and Dany Chan, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum.

This conversation will illuminate lessons learned, how to find and pursue opportunities, professional engagement with museums, and criteria for prospective collectors, curators, and jurors. Audience members are encouraged to bring questions for the panelists for an interactive Q&A. Following the conversation, please join us for a light reception in the museum.

Connect + Collect is a BmoreArt initiative designed to engage new and established collectors and to build relationships with Baltimore based artists and galleries through talks, gallery tours, and studio visits. We help you collect the work of artists on the verge of global success while catalyzing a collective momentum around placing works by Baltimore based artists in institutional, corporate, and private collections.



MIB Pink Closeout Party
Thursday, August 31 :: 5-8pm
@ HEX Superette

Thank you so much for participating in our extended Pop Up at HEX Superette. It was a total success and it couldn’t have happened without you all. The space we shared with HEX Superette was outstanding and the connections we all have made have been top tier. We’re having a closeout party at HEX Superette on August 31st and we’re going out in PINK!

Wear your brightest PINK!

When : Thursday, August 31st

Time : 5pm-8pm

Location : Hex Superette 5718 York Rd , Baltimore MD 21212

We look forward to seeing you there!

This will be the time to pick up your remaining products as well.



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Taking Space Exhibition | Opening Reception
Friday, September 1 :: 6-9pm | Ongoing through October 21
@ Creative Alliance

Your voice is valid, and we need it in this world. Taking Space is an exhibition that celebrates Latino artists based in Baltimore expressing their love of their cultures and elevating the conversation of their cultures. Each artist has a unique perspective of the Latino community, or Latinidad, and their individual stories of hope, happiness, and history. The artists come from different backgrounds and experiences. Each artist will showcase painting, sculpture, and other mediums to dig deeper into the cultural diversity of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Taking Space usually refers to the need to separate, but the theme of this exhibition is coming together and centering multiple identities and experiences. The exhibition features the work of Augusto Corvalan, Christina Delgado, Jessy DeSantis, Jaz Erenberg, Nadia Rea Morales, and Edgar Reyes. Through an onsite artist talk and offsite presentations, the artists will be dialoguing with themselves and the public to bring you their vision.



Highlandtown Arts District (ha!) 20 Year Birthday Party!
Friday, September 1 :: 8-11pm
@ Ovenbird Bakery

Highlandtown Arts District (ha!) 20 Year Birthday Party!

Come celebrate with us at the Highlandtown Arts District (ha!) 20 Year Birthday Party! It’s going to be a blast!

Date: September 1st, 2023

Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: 3925 Gough Street, Baltimore, MD, USA (Ovenbird’s new location)

Details: Hors d’oeuvres will be serve and drinks will be available for purchase.

We are celebrating iconic festivals and parades, train gardens, sculptures, makers-markets, galleries, painted screens, murals and more! Because we heart Highlandtown.

This event is open and free to the public, but capacity is limited. Be sure to save your spot ASAP!

Mark your calendars and get ready to party with us at the Highlandtown Arts District (ha!) 20 Year Birthday Party!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Ovenbird Bakery & Moxie Event Productions



Light in the Darkness II by Monica Ikegwu, 2023, Oil Paint on Canvas, 24 x 18" Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis

There Within Lies the Gospel: Truth | Opening Reception
Saturday, September 2 :: 2-6pm | Ongoing through October 21
@ Galerie Myrtis

The group exhibition “There Within Lies the Gospel: Truth,” delves into the complex world of beliefs, practices, and convictions held by black artists that are firmly rooted in secular, spiritual, and religious traditions. This exhibit, which is both thought-provoking and inspiring, sheds light on the complex and nuanced relationship that exists between artistic expressions of faith and spirituality as well as the tensions that exist between them.

Featured artists include Tawny Chatmon, Wesley Clark, Morel Doucet, Monica Ikegwu, M. Scott Johnson, Delita Martin, and Felandus Thames.

-Myrtis Bedolla, Curator

The opening reception will be held at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, September 2nd from 2:00 ‐ 6:00 pm. No appointment is necessary to attend.

Programming includes a book signing for “Shifting Time: African American Artists 2020‐2021” on Saturday, September 16th from 5 ‐ 7 pm. The event is in collaboration with the Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF). Claudia Volpe, the Director of PFF, and essayists Klare Scarborough and Berrisford Boothe will join featured artists for the session. RSVP is required to attend.

Events are free and open to the public. See the website for details (

The  exhibit  runs from  September 2 –  October 21, 2023.  Gallery  hours:  Wednesday  – Saturday by  appointment, 2:00  –  6:00 pm. Hours extended during special events. For additional information on the exhibition, please contact the gallery at (410) 235‐3711 or Ky Vassor,  Gallery  Manager,  at  [email protected].  For  sales  inquiries, please contact our Sales Manager, Noel Bedolla, at [email protected].



A Doll’s House
Sunday, September 3 | Ongoing through September 29
@ Everyman Theatre

by Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation written and directed by Joanie Schultz
East Coast Premiere

Offering a fresh perspective on Ibsen’s timeless classic, Schultz’s 90-minute adaptation of A Doll’s House invites audiences to engage with updated themes of gender, power, and identity while holding true to the playwright’s original intentions.

The play follows the story of Nora, a young wife and mother, who appears to have a perfect life with her husband Torvald. However, Nora has been keeping a secret from her husband that threatens to unravel her entire world. When we lose ourselves to the expectations of the roles we fulfill, how long before we must slam the door to find ourselves again?



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2023 Fringe After Dark RFP
posted by Charm City Fringe Festival

You know what we need? Your special talent. That’s right, Charm City Fringe Festival is back and we’re looking to fill our After Dark series with the best events, installations, and experiences for over 2,000 attendees. After being cooped up for so long, Baltimore is ready to let loose and we need your help to make it happen. So show us what you got!


Volunteer for the 2023 CCF Festival!
posted by Charm City Fringe Festival

Join us in making the 2023 Charm City Fringe the most fantastically bizarre event this side of the cafeteria! Get insider access to mind-bending performances, meet some of the most unique artists around and earn major street credit with the cool kids. More information coming soon but in the meantime…

Email us if you’re interested to volunteering



Trash Wheel Fan Fest: Call for Submissions
deadline September 1
posted by Waterfront Partnership

We are looking for trash wheel inspired art, music, performance pieces, and desserts to showcase at Trash Wheel Fan Fest this year! If you are a creative type who loves the trash wheels, we need you! You could create craft pieces, drawings, paintings, collages, costumes, cakes whatever creative idea you may have to celebrate our trash wheel family. There is no project too small or too big. Describe your idea for trash wheel fan art below!

The public will be able to vote on artworks at Trash Wheel Fan Fest, and 3 winners will be selected to win a cash prize! 



Call for Proposals: Artist in Residence Exhibition
deadline September 17
posted by UMD Stamp Gallery

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking proposals for one artist-in-residence exhibition project which will develop in the Gallery over the course of five weeks beginning in March 2024. The AiR program is designed to give the University of Maryland community, as well as the Capital Region Arts community, opportunities to engage with art in-process, experience artwork that is dynamic in nature, and interact with arts professionals.

Proposals should consider how the project will unfold while on public display in Stamp’s glass-walled gallery space. Although elements of the project may come together prior to the commencement of the residency if necessary, the creative process should be an essential and visible component of the work. Projects may be produced using any media. Projects may but need not necessarily involve viewer participation and/or temporary transformation of the gallery space. Artist collectives are welcome to apply. The artist selected will meet with Stamp Gallery staff at least once prior to the commencement of the residency to discuss implementation of the proposed project.

The artist selected for the residency will receive a $2000 stipend to support their project. Please note that the residency cannot provide housing or travel accommodations. The project should be executed during gallery open hours: Mondays–Thursdays 10 am–8 pm, Fridays 10 am–5 pm, and Saturdays 11 am–5 pm (closed on Sundays). The artist is not expected to be present in the gallery during all open hours, and their time working on site will depend on the nature of the project. The residency will culminate in a closing reception during the final week of the residency period.



POSTCARDS | Call for Exhibition
deadline September 17
posted by LOOSEN Art

We have almost lost the habit of sending postcards to our family and friends when we are on holidays. Postcards are not only nice pictures of a touristic place, they also represent social, architectural and economic changes through time, years, and decades. Portraying a precise place in a specific time means giving a unique interpretation of what is shown in that picture. This call would like to reflect and select photographic works somehow working with the concept of the postcard – they can include postcards, can be archive-based research, remake postcards with a modern touch.



Lemon with Fruit Knife, oil on panel, Deborah Kommalan, from Small Wonders 2022

Small Wonders | Call for Entry
deadline September 20
posted by Maryland Federation of Art

Life is full of little things that can make a big impact. The little details come together to form a bigger picture, or in this case, an exhibition of small but wonderful works. This show is for artists who dream big but work small. Work is limited to under 11 inches in all directions, but there’s no limit on creativity or media. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in any of the states or territories of the US, Canada, or Mexico to enter our 21st annual Small Wonders exhibition. All original 2D or 3D work under 11 inches in all directions (including the frame!) and following exhibition guidelines will be considered. Works selected by the juror will be exhibited in MFA’s Circle Gallery from November 29 – December 23, 2023.



Visiting Senior Fellowship Program
deadline September 21
posted by National Gallery of Art

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its program for visiting senior fellowships. All of the fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Each visiting senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the National Gallery, subject to availability. Fellows have access to the notable resources represented by the art collections, the library, and the image collections of the National Gallery of Art, as well as to the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the Washington area.

Up to two Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellowships and up to five Paul Mellon and Beinecke Visiting Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the period March 1–August 31, 2024. Qualified applicants are considered for all visiting senior fellowships.



header image: James Williams II, Wilderness of Waves (2023)

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