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This Week: UMBC and Towson University faculty, recent graduates, and current students exhibition opening at The Peale, free admission to Making Her Mark at the BMA, El Camino del Pan y del Mole at Creative Alliance, Boshell Lecture Series: Blackness in Antiquity at the Walters, Tawny Chatmon & Myrtis Bedolla in conversation at the BMA, ArtClusive Series:Beats Per Minute at the Lewis Museum, Shae McCoy, Divinagracia, and Dominic Green at Waller Gallery, and an opening celebration for Hope & Faith McCorkle at School 33 — PLUS The Hopper Prize 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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SPARK 6: Refractions | Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 7 :: 5:30-7:30pm | Ongoing through November 26
@ The Peale

Spark 6: Refractions features the work of UMBC and Towson University faculty, recent graduates, and current students in the historic galleries of The Peale in Baltimore City. The exhibition opens on October 26 and continues through November 26.

The title of the exhibition references a term from physics that describes the change in direction of a wave as it passes from one transparent substance into another. It’s a phenomenon most commonly observed when a light wave bends or changes appearance when it passes through a lens or a prism. Each of the artists in this exhibition serves as an apparatus of refraction, focusing, magnifying, or redirecting our attention and perspective in engaging and surprising ways.

Featured artists include Ada Pinkston, Ahlam Khamis, Amanda Burnham, Andrew Awanda, Anna Kroll and Chloë Engel, Cathy C. Cook and Stefanie Koseff, Corrie Francis Parks and Maksym Prykhodko, Fahmida Hossain, Jenee Mateer, Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack, Jinyoung Koh, Jules Rosskam, Lauren Castellana, Nahid Tootoonchi, Phil Davis, Sarah G. Sharp, Stephen Bradley, and Treyvon Nolen.



Free Admission Days: Making Her Mark
Thursday, November 9
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Visit Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800 for the first (or fifth!) time during a full day of free admission on Thursday, November 9. Reserve a free timed-entry pass to explore the multifaceted and often overlooked ways women contributed to the visual arts of Europe through 235 dazzling paintings, tapestries, costumes, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, embroidery, furniture, and more.

BMA Members always see Making Her Mark for freeLearn more about the perks of Membership.



El Camino del Pan y del Mole
Thursday, November 9 :: 6-8pm
@ The Creative Alliance

You’re invited to El Camino del Pan y del Mole event on November 9 at the Creative Alliance from 6-8 PM

Les invitamos al evento, El Camino del Pan y del Mole, el 9 de noviembre en el Creative Alliance desde las 6 hasta las 8 de la tarde.

The event features programming and two short documentary films that chronicle the lives of Mexican restaurateurs living in Baltimore (Jose Vargas) and in New Orleans (Ivan Castillo). From their work as street vendors to building community through their food traditions, Jose and Ivan have each taken unique approaches to carve their own niches in these urban places. The programming will feature a panel discussion that links New Orleans, Baltimore, immigration, and foodways. Cash bar, dance performances by Jovenes en Accion, and a drag show performance by Ivette Donnelly. It will be bilingual.

The film is produced by Andy Dahl, a public artist, filmmaker and manager of Neighborhood Programs at the Southeast Community Development Corporation, Sarah Fouts, an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies and director of the Public Humanities program at UMBC, and Fernando López a Mexican-born documentarian, organizer and interpreter based in New Orleans.

Special thanks to the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, UMBC Public Humanities, UMBC Department of American Studies, Maryland State Arts Council, Whiting Foundation, and the Southeast Community Development Corporation.


El evento cuenta con programación y dos cortometrajes documentales que narran la vida de restauranteros mexicanos que viven en Baltimore (José Vargas) y en Nueva Orleans (Iván Castillo). Desde su trabajo como vendedores ambulantes hasta la construcción de una comunidad a través de sus tradiciones gastronómicas, José e Iván han adoptado enfoques únicos para crear sus propios nichos en estos lugares urbanos. La programación incluirá un panel de discusión que vincula Nueva Orleans, Baltimore, la inmigración y las costumbres gastronómicas. Barra de efectivo, espectáculos de danza hecho por Jóvenes en Acción, y un show de drag con Ivette Donnelly. Será bilingüe.

La película está producida por Andy Dahl, artista público, cineasta y gerente de Programas Vecinales de la Corporación de Desarrollo Comunitario del Sureste, Sarah Fouts, profesora asistente del Departamento de Estudios Americanos y directora del programa de Humanidades Públicas de la UMBC, y Fernando López, documentalista, organizadora e intérprete nacida en México y ubicada en Nueva Orleans.

Un agradecimiento especial al el American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, las Humanidades Públicas de la UMBC, el Departamento de Estudios Americanos de la UMBC, el Consejo de las Artes del Estado de Maryland, Whiting Foundation, y la Corporación de Desarrollo Comunitario del Sureste



Boshell Lecture Series: Blackness in Antiquity
Thursday, November 9 :: 6-7:30pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Authors and historians such as Homer (9th century BCE) and Herodotus (5th century BCE) refer to the people in present-day Egypt and Sudan as having “sun-kissed” complexions. But how was race, racialization, and racism thought about in the Ancient Mediterranean world? This discussion between Dan-el Padilla Peralta, scholar, author, and Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University, and Dr. Gina Borromeo, the Walters’ Senior Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs and its Senior Curator of Ancient Art, explore these questions in their conversation, following which, we hope you join us for a Q&A with the speakers and a reception in our Level 1 Lobby.

ASL interpretation will be provided at this program.

This program is one of two lectures that are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation.



Risk-Taking Women in the Arts: Tawny Chatmon & Myrtis Bedolla
Thursday, November 9 :: 6-8:30pm
@ The Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us for the second installment of the Risk-Taking Women in the Arts series featuring proprietor and founder of Galerie Myrtis, Dr. Myrtis Bedolla, in conversation with photography-based artist, Tawny Chatmon. Hear directly from the speakers as they discuss topics of entrepreneurship and fearlessness. Learn about their lived experiences in the art world, their professional connection as a gallery owner and a working artist, and the evolution of Chatmon’s work. An open reception will immediately follow the program.



ArtClusive Series: Beats Per Minute – 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Baltimore’s Contributions to the Culture
Thursday, November 9 :: 6:30-8pm
@ The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

ArtClusive Series:Beats Per Minute – 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Baltimore’s Contributions to the Culture

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8 pm

General Admission: $12 Adult | $9 Seniors, Students, Military

Remember clubbing at Odells, Club Fantasy or the Paradox? Go down memory lane vibing to Baltimore’s  contribution to house and club music culture with Paradox club owner Wayne Davis, DJ Boo Man and DJ Kool Breeze. These music culture keepers will examine the history and the uniqueness of house music, hip hop and club music in Bmore versus our homies in New York. Both DJs will share archival video footage, music samplings and vinyl collections during this club music presentation. Learn how Wayne Davis, a prominent figure in developing Baltimore club music in the 1990s, opened the Paradox, a club that would become the epicenter of Baltimore club music culture. Davis will provide a detailed account of his legacy in arts and entertainment culture here in Baltimore.

In Conjunction with Vision & Spirit: African Art Works from Bank of America Collection. Vision & Spirit Gallery on view until program begins 6 pm – 6:30 pm



Baltimore Ruins and Baltimore Vibes | Opening Night
Friday, November 10 :: 6-9pm | Ongoing through December 16
@ Waller Gallery

Shae McCoy’s inspirational journey takes us to capturing the haunting beauty of West Baltimore’s abandoned structures. The silent echoes of forgotten buildings reveal a powerful narrative of urban transformation and resilience. In “Baltimore Ruins and Baltimore Vibes”, Shae McCoy’s work stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication to shining a spotlight on the blight born from divestment and disenfranchisement in Baltimore City. With every photograph, she seeks to fixate our gaze on the neglected remnants of a community, igniting a sense of urgency and empathy within her audience.

To complement McCoy’s impressive oeuvre, the project has enlisted the extraordinary talents of Baltimore-based artists Divinagracia @divinagraciaphoto and Dominic Green.

These artists further elaborate and expand upon the visual storytelling McCoy has pioneered in the realm of photography. Together, they offer a harmonious blend of perspectives, revealing the multifaceted beauty and complexity of a city in transition.
“Baltimore Ruins and Baltimore Vibes” is not just a visual journey; it’s a testament to the power of art to shed light on the forgotten corners of our cities and the resilient spirit of their inhabitants. In this collaborative effort, McCoy, Divinagracia, and Dominic Green invite us to reevaluate our perceptions and to see the hidden grace in the ruins of Baltimore.

Opening Night: November 10, Friday from 6-9 pm
Exhibit runs till December 16, 2023



WATCH YOUR STEP | Opening Celebration
Saturday, November 11 :: 6-9pm
@ School 33 Art Center

Opening Celebration with a musical performance by multi-dimensional singer-songwriter MovaKween from7:30–8:00 p.m. Free to attend.

Step into a transformative journey with “WATCH YOUR STEP,” an exhibition and community programming of events featuring the vibrant works of twin artists Hope & Faith McCorkle. Transcending the boundaries of time, the duo guides us through a profound exploration of the intricate relationship between past and present. This immersive experience is an ode to the conscious decisions we make, paying homage to the lineage of ancestors who have paved the way. As we walk through this intentional exhibit, the souls of our feet meet the stories embedded in lineage, igniting moments of reflection and intergenerational healing.

“WATCH YOUR STEP” highlights the beauty of togetherness and the power of storytelling within the Black community. Through community elevation, we call attention to the importance of spiritual awareness and commitment to the path of continued progress for our youth, understanding that each step we take leaves an unforgettable mark on the legacy of our collective journey.



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Holiday Food Drive and Jazzy Studios Coat Drive

I hope this letter finds you well.  In March of 2022, my dear father Bishop Curtis R Gorham, a pillar of our community and a beacon of compassion, transitioned to a better place.  For over five decades, Bishop Curtis R Gorham’s ministry was a testament to his unwavering commitment to outreach and support for those in need, both locally and beyond.  His mission went far beyond the confines of Sundays; he made it his life’s work to attend to the needs of others every single day.  Whether it was feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, or tirelessly seeking resources and programs to assist those facing challenges, he devoted himself to these selfless acts of kindness.

In honor of Bishop Gorham’s memory, we, the members of the CRG REVIVE-ALL Organization, Inc., are determined to carry on his legacy of compassion and service.  We believe the best way to honor his memory is by continuing his work, and to do this, we need your help.

This year, we are inspired to make a meaningful impact by providing holiday dinner baskets to 30 underserved families in the Baltimore area.  These dinners would include essential items such as turkey, ham, mashed or sweet potatoes, string beans or greens, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread mix, and non-perishables.  (Additionally JazzyStudios is hosting its annual coat drive.  Please contact us at 443-552-5757 for drop off/pick up dates.  Stay tuned to our social media, as well.)

We humbly request your assistance in making these heartfelt endeavors a reality.  Your support, whether through contribution of food items, coats, or financial assistance to help us procure these items, would be of immeasurable value and greatly appreciated.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these families during this holiday season, just as Bishop Gorham did throughout his lifetime.

Your generosity and dedication to the community will not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for you and the time you’ve given to this.

If you are willing and able to contribute or would like more information on how to do so, please do not hesitate to contact us at 443-399-3950.

Thank you for taking the time to consider our request.  Together, we can keep Bishop Curtis R Gorham’s legacy alive and continue his mission of making the world a better place one act of kindness at a time.

With sincere gratitude,

Aisha Butler
Vice President
CRG REVIVE-ALL Organization, Inc.



The Hopper Prize
deadline November 14

The Hopper Prize offers two awards of $3,500 and four of $1,000. Submissions will be juried by Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Rachel Winter, Assistant Curator of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Thirty artists will be selected for a shortlist. This is an international open call, and all visual media is eligible.



Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Fellowships
deadline November 15
posted by National Gallery of Art

The Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Fellowship is open to permanent members of the National Gallery of Art curatorial, conservation, education, and library senior staff. The fellowship, tenable during the award period of April 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025, provides for full-time independent research. The application deadline is November 15, 2023. Selection is by the Center’s Board of Advisors.

The fellowships are reserved for qualified art historians, conservators, conservation scientists, educators, and librarians, who have worked at least five years in one of the departments of the National Gallery of Art and who have held the appropriate terminal degree in their field for at least five years. An equivalent record of professional accomplishment may fulfill the latter requirement.

The fellowships are intended to relieve members of the National Gallery’s curatorial, conservation, education, and library staff of their National Gallery responsibilities to pursue independent study, research, or publication not directly related to a National Gallery project. Fellows will be encouraged to spend their time away from National Gallery premises. The Center provides a maximum travel allowance of $8,000, based on need and prorated for the length of the term. As staff members of the National Gallery of Art, recipients will also continue to receive their normal salaries during the period of the fellowship.

The fellowship will be for a minimum of two months to a maximum of four months. The schedule of leave may be flexible to the degree that a fellowship may be taken in two periods of two months each within a given fellowship year. All fellowship applications and the periods and schedules of leave must be approved in advance by the department head or, where appropriate, the deputy director of the National Gallery of Art.

Candidates should submit an application form, available from the Center, and copies of two articles, essays, and/or book chapters. Two letters of support will also be required: one from the applicant’s supervisor or department head and one from another expert in the field. Past recipients of sabbatical fellowships may reapply five years after the completion of a fellowship.



Street Scenes | Call for Entry
deadline November 15
posted by Maryland Federation of Art

Show us what resonates with you in towns and cities, large and small; the people, shops, traffic – anything at all that evokes a distinctive sense of place. Streets, lanes, and country roads tell the stories of communities and what we see there defines a place in our memories. Entry is open to all artists residing internationally. All original 2D or 3D artwork in any media is eligible for this online show. Works selected by the juror will be on display in Maryland Federation of Art’s online gallery, Curve Gallery, from February 15 – March 31, 2024. Exhibition Chairs: Richard Niewerth, Wil Scott.



Poetry Out Loud Competition
deadline November 15
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry through recitation competitions for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

The program starts with competitions held at the local level in a classroom or school, or with a community organization. Winners then advance to a regional and state competition, and ultimately to the national finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria (see the “POL Resources” section below). Students that are not able to participate in a local level competition may register to participate directly in a regional competition.

Since 2005, 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations have competed in Poetry Out Loud nationwide. In Maryland, approximately 129,000 students have participated in the program and learned the power of poetry firsthand.



Livia Manywounds, artist. Banff Centre 2022 Indigenous Haute Couture Residency. Photo by Rita Taylor.

Indigenous Haute Couture – Digital Embellishments 2024
deadline November 15
posted by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

The four-week Indigenous Haute Couture Fashion Residency, led by faculty lead D’Arcy Moses, will offer eight Indigenous textile-based artists the opportunity to incorporate upcycled and/or digital embellishments into their work and to develop their designs and pattern development skills.

Indigenous fashion makers and designers will explore experimental elements or accomplish finished productions of their work with an haute couture aesthetic in a fully supported environment.

What does the program offer?

Indigenous Haute Couture – Digital Embellishments will have a strong visual arts component adapting silk screening, laser cutting, 3D Printing, digital embroidery, and casting processes as a component to the design process, exploring fashion’s responsibility to address its part in the climate crisis through adapting new elements into their designs.

Participants are invited to bring projects to work on inspired by their Indigeneity and based on the traditional silhouettes, lines and/or materials of their culture.

Presented discussions with faculty will focus on Indigenous identity and culture in the garment business, as well as recycling, repurposing materials and/or related conversations.

The guest faculty will support the participant’s exploration and research into Indigenous Haute Couture through their Indigenous lens.



Reflections of Us | Call for Entry
deadline November 17
posted by Visionary Art Collective

Visionary Art Collective is partnering with Warnes Contemporary Gallery in New York City to present our first in-person juried group exhibition, Reflections of Us, curated by Sergio Gomez. This exhibition is centered on self-portraiture and will feature a diverse selection of self-portraits by artists of all career levels. Through this exhibition we seek to broaden the classical definition of self-portraiture by including a wide range of interpretations, from representational to abstract. This exhibition will take place in April 2024.

To learn more and submit your work, please visit the site here.

Deadline: November 19, 2023 at midnight EDT



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