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This Week:  Angie Kim and Laura Lippman at The Ivy Bookshop, reception for AACC Visual Arts Faculty show, Jacob Budenz’s Big Queer Book Party at Current, High Zero Festival, talk with Kirby Griffin, Whitney Frazier and the Guardians at The Peale, States of Becoming opening reception at UMBC, Artscape 2023, Kelly Walker + Rosa Leff opening reception at Night Owl Gallery, and NoMüNoMü’s fundraiser — PLUS Senior Fellowship Program at the National Gallery of Art 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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Angie Kim: HAPPINESS FALLS (With Laura Lippman)
Tuesday, September 19 :: 6:30pm
@ The Ivy Bookshop

We are so honored to present an evening with Angie Kim, where Laura Lippman will join her in celebration of her new novel, HAPPINESS FALLS!

In this thrilling page-turner, a father goes missing and his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another. This is a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of MIRACLE CREEK.

Jodi Picoult says, “This is a story with so many twists and turns I was riveted through the last page.”

Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, calls it “A brilliant, satisfying, compassionate mystery that is as much about language and storytelling as it is about a missing father. I loved this book.”

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Click here to order HAPPINESS FALLS!

Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied philosophy at Stanford University and attended Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her debut novel, Miracle Creek, won the Edgar Award, the ITW Thriller Award, the Strand Critics’ Award, and the Pinckley Prize and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and the Today show. She lives in northern Virginia with her family.

Since  Laura Lippman’s  debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the “essential” crime writers of the last 100 years. In 2022, Lippman celebrated her silver anniversary as a published author. In that time, she has produced 24 novels, 2 collections of short stories, a serialized novella, a book of essays, and a children’s picture book. Her work has been published in more than 25 languages. A New York Times bestseller, she has won more than 20 prizes for her work and been shortlisted for 30 more. Her 2019 novel, Lady in the Lake, is being adapted into a miniseries starring Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram. Lippman lives in Baltimore and New Orleans.



Sunhee Kim Jung Window of Memories, Oil on linen, 40 (h) x 30 (w)

AACC Visual Arts Faculty Show | Reception
Wednesday, September 20 :: 5-7pm | Ongoing through October 16
@ Cade Gallery

The exhibit is open Sept 20th through Oct 16th.

This exhibit highlights recent works by Anne Arundel Community College’s visual arts faculty. The exhibit will include works in photography,  sculpture, painting, ceramics,  printmaking, drawing, design, video, and more.

Open, Mon – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30pm

ABOUT THE GALLERY: The Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery is on the western side of AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.  Located on the main floor of the Cade building on West Campus, The Cade Art Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College features 5 exhibits a year. The span of exhibiting artists is broad, yet each exhibit is focused by theme or medium. You can encounter an installation project juried by a museum curator, or the latest painting by an AACC student. Since March 2020 the Cade Gallery Instagram account, @cadegalleryaacc, has supported the gallery’s mission with content throughout the year.



Big Queer Book Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Budenz with DJ Amsies, Tonee Moll, and More!
Wednesday, September 20 :: 7pm
@ Current Space

Title: Big Queer Book Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Budenz with DJ Amsies, Tonee Moll, and More!

Location: Current Space

Tickets: $10 suggested donation, nobody turned away for lack of funds:

Facebook Event:

Date & Time: September 20th, Doors at 6, show at 7

Description: Big Queer Book Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Bundez – outside at Current Space!

Additional Readings:
Sylvia Jones
Tonee Moll
Special Guests:
DJ Amsies
Alex D’Agostino
Molesuit Choir
& Tarot by Soleil

About the book: A queer romance spans multiple reincarnations, but only in doomed cities. A gay medieval scholar must testify for his life to the sentient octopus who has him trapped in a French Quarter cafe bathroom. A lesbian food truck power couple caters a gay wedding in Lafayette as the spirits of the air and land attempt to sabotage their ill-fated union. Heralded by Baynard Woods (author of Inheritance: an Autobiography of Whiteness) as “fabulous, in every sense… quick and sharp, full of charms that whisk us into the darkest forests of the human condition,” Tea Leaves explores the urgency of contemporary queer life in encounters with the otherworldly. Shirley Jackson Award-winning editor dave ring calls the collection “a charm against the banal and an invitation to fuck the hidden forces of the universe,” (had to adjust that one for the book jacket, hah!) and editor-in-chief of the iconic Taco Bell Quarterly, M.M. Carrigan, writes, “This is a beautiful collection. [Budenz writes] with an aesthetic and energy that jump off the page. It’s funny, it’s queer, and it’s full of life.”



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High Zero Festival
Thursday, September 21 | Ongoing through Sunday, September 24

The 25th annual High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24. The Festival will overlap for three nights with Artscape, which High Zero Foundation views as an opportunity to introduce even more Baltimoreans to the Festival’s thrilling unpredictability.

The High Zero Festival’s atypical format presents exclusively improvised performances that combine 22 individual artists – 11 international and 11 from the Baltimore area – into fresh ensembles each night, prioritizing combinations that have never occurred before. (full performer list) Each artist performs three times during the four-night festival.

Performers include sound artists, experimental musicians, dancers, and performance artists. Some are classically trained, some in the jazz tradition, and still others are entirely self-taught. Some artists perform using their own invented instruments or techniques.

High Zero Foundation has expanded its programming in recent years, bringing high-profile artists to the Red Room – the year-round performance space operated by the group – as well as launching the Diffusion Festival of multi-channel electroacoustic music. During COVID shutdowns, the festival’s devoted local fan base welcomed hundreds of new international fans that discovered High Zero’s thrillingly unusual streamed programming via Twitch.

High Zero unabashedly caters to adventurous audiences and prides itself on diverse rosters that celebrate local performers alongside international greats. The festival highlights Baltimore as home to highly unusual, risk-taking, and adventurous artists and productions.

Artist Talk with Kirby Griffin, Whitney Frazier and the Guardians
Thursday, September 21 :: 5-7pm
@ The Peale

Hear from the artists and the Guardians about how the Guardians project started, discuss the creative aspects of working collectively on a community driven, public art project, and learn about the impacts of the project on the Guardians and their neighborhood initiatives. This event will be in-person and online.

The Guardians is a photo documentary and storytelling project that celebrates the unrecognized community work of Black female leaders from across Baltimore City neighborhoods. By uplifting their stories and experiences through recorded interviews and large-scale photographs, we honor how the union of art and activism can make real, lasting change that can help us see realities and (re)shape culture. The Guardians is a platform for women who spend their lives fighting for better, more equitable communities.



States of Becoming | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 21 :: 5-7pm | Ongoing through December 9
@ UMBC Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents the Opening Reception for States of Becoming, an exhibition curated by Fitsum Shebeshe and produced by Independent Curators International(ICI).

A 6 p.m. panel discussion will feature Chukwudumebi Gabriel Amadi-Emina, Elshafei Dafalla, and Helina Metaferia, moderated by Maleke Glee, director of Stable Gallery in Washington, D.C. Exhibition curator Fitsum Shebeshe will provide an introduction.

Chukwudumebi Gabriel Amadi-Emina is a Nigerian-American contemporary photographic and video artist, currently residing in the Baltimore area. He received his BFA in photography and graphic design from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, his MFA in photographic and electronic media from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Amadi-Emina’s artistic journey began when he migrated to the United States in 2009 at the age of 15. While navigating different spaces and institutions, observing a variety of interactions, and participating in them, he began to notice the disparities in realities between the life he lived in Nigeria and his new life in the U.S.

Elshafei Dafalla is a sculptor, photographer, painter, and installation artist with aspecial interest in sound. His work is noted for its political engagement with different world cultures and has been celebrated for its capacity to create solidarity among communities and peoples across political, cultural, and racial differences.

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. Her work interrogates the body’s relationship to sites, especially as it relates to notions of identity and citizenship.Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL; and others.

States of Becoming examines the dynamic forces of relocation, resettling, and assimilation that shape the artistic practices of a group of 17 contemporary African artists who have lived and worked in the United States within the last three decades, and informs the discourse on identity construction within the African Diaspora.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Gabriel C. Amadi-Emina, Kearra Amaya Gopee, Kibrom Araya, Nadia Ayari, Vamba Bility, Elshafei Dafalla, Masimba Hwati, Chido Johnson, Miatta Kawinzi, Dora King, Helina Metaferia, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Yvonne Osei, Kern Samuel, Amare Selfu, Tariku Shiferaw, and Yacine Tilala Fall.

States of Becoming is a traveling exhibition curated by Fitsum Shebeshe and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Lead funding is provided by the Hartfield Foundation as part of an initiative to support ICI’s commitment to new curatorial voices who will shape the future of the field, and ICI’s Curatorial Intensive alumni as they move through the stages of their career. States of Becoming is made possible with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. Crozier Fine Arts is the Preferred Art Logistics Partner. Exhibition graphics by Untitled Agency, Marrakech.



Artscape 2023
Friday, September 22 | Ongoing through September 24

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is excited to announce the return of Artscape for its 38th year, after a three-year hiatus! The beloved Baltimore arts festival is where art lovers, families, and tourists come together to celebrate art, culture, and performance! Artscape is proud to showcase artists and makers, live concerts, visual arts experiences, performing arts, fashion designers, kid-focused activities, film, experimental music, improv and comedy, literary arts programming and culinary delights. We encourage artists and festival goers to embrace Artscape for what it is – a fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the heart of Baltimore City. Everyone’s invited to Artscape, let’s celebrate the arts in Baltimore together!



Kelly L. Walker // Rosa Leff | Opening Recpetion
Friday, September 22 :: 5-9pm
@ Night Owl Gallery

Join us for the Opening Reception!

This timely exhibition during Artscape 2023 challenges conventional notions surrounding street art and vandalism, inviting viewers to contemplate the fine line between artistic expression and social disruption. In a neighborhood that is teaming with colorful murals and graffiti, this exhibition aims to creates a dialogue between the work of two artists that draw inspiration heavily from the urban landscape.

Rosa Leff, recognized for her masterful “knife skills” in creating meticulously intricate works cut with an X-acto knife from a single sheet of paper meld vibrant colors and complex designs, draws inspiration from the dynamic energy of cityscapes. Her creations breathe life into overlooked and forgotten corners, transforming them into captivating visual stories. Leff’s works narrate the essence of community, narrating tales of unity, identity, and shared history. Through meticulous attention to detail, her art exudes a harmonious coexistence with the urban environment, asking viewers to reevaluate their perceptions of public space and the role of art within it.

On the other hand, Kelly Walker’s artistic vision stems from a more experiential standpoint. Her paintings often embrace the raw and unrefined nature of street art, eliciting intense reactions from onlookers. Walker’s work walks the tightrope between chaos and creativity, blurring the boundaries between art and its rebellious counterpart. Her bold and assertive strokes challenge conventional aesthetics, raising significant questions about who holds the power to label certain expressions as art or vandalism.

This pairing navigates these contrasting narratives by placing Leff and Walker’s artworks side by side, prompting viewers to explore the multi-dimensional facets of street art and their interpretation by these two artists. The exhibition encourages introspection on the underlying factors that shape perceptions of public art, legality, and societal norms.

This collaborative effort by Rosa Leff and Kelly Walker aims to stimulate dialogue about the intricate relationship between artistic intention and the environment in which it exists. This exhibition challenges the conventional discourse on street art, advocating for a more nuanced understanding of the cultural significance and impact of these artistic interventions in our urban landscapes. As viewers traverse the gallery, they will find themselves embarking on a journey that questions, illuminates, and celebrates the power of street art to transcend traditional boundaries.

Join us for this captivating exploration of urban artistry at its most daring and thought-provoking. This exhibition is a must-attend event that promises to ignite conversations that resonate long after leaving the gallery walls.

Kelly L. Walker is an American born, self taught artist who continues to study at the ‘School of Life’. She found her way to Baltimore, Maryland by the age of 18 where she has lived ever since. Walker absorbs the beauty, chaos and reality of Baltimore City channeling it into her work.

In 2013, Walker purchased a rundown auto shop in the heart of the city. The building is located between the historic cultural arts district of Mt Vernon and the newly designated Bromo Arts district currently undergoing a neighborhood revitalization. In an immense labor of love, Walker transformed the downtrodden building into a live/work space that has been featured in Baltimore Magazine as a work of art in of itself. An art collection covers the inside walls, boasting of other local artists. The studio and apartment serve not only as a place of business and a home but sometimes Walker opens her home for gatherings which benefit community organizations such as Creative Alliances’s ‘Art to Dine for’.

The dichotomy of Kelly Walker’s world translates onto her canvases as she paints in fits of inspiration which has led to an expansive collection of unique series, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas. Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures, and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. She pushes mediums past their intended purposes, encouraging them to collide and react, not rejecting happy accidents and forcing incompatible materials to meet. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered, calling reference to landscape, graffiti and color fields. Walker’s artwork has been featured extensively at venues both in and outside of the Baltimore area, including the Rosenberg Gallery, Silo Point, Gallery 1951 in Los Angeles, and the Delaware Art Museum.

Between painting alongside her grandmother and watching her father build reproduction antique furniture, Rosa Leff grew up seeing no distinction between fine art and craft. What mattered was that things were made by hand and done well. It is with that in mind that she creates her hand cut paper pieces. Each of Leff’s papercuts is cut by hand from a single sheet of paper using a knife. Her cityscapes are based on photos she’s taken in her neighborhood and all over the world. While Leff is best known for her ability to capture thin tangles of powerlines and intricate brickwork, she also enjoys experimenting with novel media such as paper plates and paper towels. Leff delights in bringing a modern, urban perspective to a traditional folk medium.

Leff has served on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters (GAP). In addition to being a GAP member she is a member of The Paper Artist Collective. Leff has exhibited her work throughout the United States, in China, and in Mexico. Her work has been acquired by The Colored Girls Museum (Philadelphia, PA), The Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM) and The Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH). She is the recipient of a 2021 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award, the 2021 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, and the 2023 360 Xochi Quetzal BIPOC Residency. Leff resides in Puerto Rico with her husband and chihuahuas, Chalupa and Refrito.



Hand to Eye: A Print Fundraiser
Saturday, September 23 :: 7-10pm
@ NoMüNoMü

Get ready for an exciting night of art, drinks and fun at NoMüNoMü’s first-ever fundraiser, Hand To Eye: A Print Fundraiser for NoMüNoMü! For the past two years, NoMuNoMu has been supporting the arts and activist communities by hosting events and opening our space as a gallery and community meeting place. Now, we’re organizing a fundraising event to continue this vital work and ensure a thriving future for our community in Baltimore! This event isn’t just about art; it’s about continuing the mission of NoMüNoMü in bridging the gap between art, activism and community. Your support at this event will not only keep our gallery going but also contribute to a brighter future for the arts community in Baltimore.





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General Exhibit | Call for Applications
deadline October 1
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 2100 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public’s appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows. HCAC rarely exhibits solo shows.

Review of Work & Selection of Artists

The HCAC Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review all complete applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists may submit up to one application per quarter either individually or with a group. Individual artists selected for a show will be paired or grouped with other artists as determined by the committee. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators, groups and organizations. Exhibits are scheduled up to two years in advance. Work submitted for the proposal should be recent work (within two years) and representative of the artist’s body of work; if selected for exhibit, the artist will have an opportunity to submit newer work for consideration. Work previously shown in the Howard County Center for the Arts galleries cannot be exhibited again with the exception of retrospective, anniversary, or benefit shows.


Artists ages 18 and older working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply, including time-based and installation artists. Exhibited work must fit through a doorway measuring 54” x 80” and be able to be installed appropriately in the HCAC gallery.


HCAC manages sales, but work is not required to be for sale. A 20% commission will be retained by HCAC and an additional 6% sales tax will be charged on all sales.



Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
deadline October 1

Open to visual artists and writers, the Vermont Studio Center has several full and partially funded fellowships all due on the same date. Our residency includes a private room in a shared house, a private studio, meals, and access to the Visiting Artist and Visiting Writer Program. During every session there will be opportunities for residents to share their work through Resident Presentations and Open Studios. There is a 25$ application fee that can be waived if need based.



Milay Arts Core Residency
deadline October 1

Millay provides a historic fully-subsidized residency (including meals) featuring a creative cohort of 6-7 multidisciplinary artists per session. April through November sessions are three and a half weeks. The application fee is $45.



Diedrick Brackens, heaven is a muddy riverbed, 2018. 50 x 34 inches. Woven cotton and cubic zirconia earrings. Image courtesy of Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant
deadline October 5
posted by Center for Craft

The Craft Research Fund – Exhibition grant is one of three categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in the United States. Since 2005 the Center annually grants $95,000 to academic researchers, independent scholars, curators, and graduate students writing, revising, and reclaiming the history of craft.



Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund
deadline October 6

Since 2016, the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund has given voice to those who have been denied filmmaking opportunities. The fund has emboldened diverse filmmakers to write, design, produce, and distribute a wide array of visual content, from narrative film to immersive media. The fund is a force for equality and diversity in the film industry, a voice for facts, and an equal playing field for the underrepresented. Through candid discussion and structured working sessions, StoryLab brings together creative leaders and experienced storytellers with Saul Zaentz Fellows to encourage human-based storytelling and boundary-pushing, to help identify and solve production challenges, and to foster community and collaboration. The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund matches Saul Zaentz Fellows with award-winning artists and established professionals in technology, media, business, science, and the arts. Fellows will receive funding to complete their films.



Senior Fellowship Program
deadline October 15
posted by National Gallery of Art

Senior 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 senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, senior fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the National Gallery, subject to availability. Senior 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.

One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year, early fall to spring. Applications for a single academic term are also considered.



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