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This Week: Victoria Walton artist talk at Clayworks, D. Watkins and Celeste Doaks in conversation with Cara Ober at Bird in Hand, opening reception for Paula Gately Tillman at Arting Gallery, Get On My Level opening reception at Creative Alliance, closing reception for Kim Rice and Paul Rucker at Connect + Collect, Current Space 10th Annual Holiday Market, reception for Madeleine Keesing at Goya, and Waller Gallery holiday party — PLUS Maryland Film Fest call for submissions 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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header image: Madeleine Keesing. Red Hot, 2021. Oil on canvas @ Goya Contemporary


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Baltimore Clayworks Artist Talk with Victoria Walton
Tuesday, December 12 :: 12:30-1pm
@ Baltimore Clayworks

Ceramic artists are at the heart of Baltimore Clayworks. Artists are at the center of the mission of Baltimore Clayworks, and provide the organization with talent and innovation to inspire our community and to enliven the artistic impact of ceramics in our region. Their professional and personal networks provide a kaleidoscope of interactions with peers, galleries, and academic institutions, which keep the organization at the forefront of contemporary ceramic art.

Victoria Walton b. 1994 is an emerging visual artist based in Baltimore. They have an MFA in Ceramic Art from NYSCC at Alfred University and a BFA with a focus in ceramics from Towson University. Victoria explores the wonder and complexity of Black identity, creating large-scale sculptures and video works that center the narratives of women and gender-expansive people. Walton draws from their own life: reflecting on the intersection of her identities and ongoing battle with her health. She further investigates the impact that historic societal factors and personal experiences have on the individual and the Black community, making multi-layered connections between clay and the body.



City of Artists: D. Watkins and Celeste Doaks with Cara Ober
Tuesday, December 12 :: 6pm
@ Bird in Hand

We are thrilled to invite you to Bird in Hand for a celebration of CITY OF ARTISTS, Bmore Art’s first ever full length book! This gorgeous coffee table book highlights the range and depth, contradiction and harmony of Baltimore’s artists. Pairing essays from local writers with reproductions of artists’ work, CITY OF ARTISTS explores the reasons why Baltimore creates a rich, vital context for artistic creation and practice.

Two featured writers from the book, D. Watkins and Celeste Doaks, will speak on a panel with Cara Ober, Editor and Publisher.

Books will be available for sale at the event.

Poet and journalist celeste doaks is the author of Cornrows and Cornfields, Wrecking Ball Press, UK, March 2015. She’s the editor (and contributor in) of poetry anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy, and Sexuality, Mason Jar Press, May 2017. Cornrows was listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2015” by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. Her poem “For the Chef at Helios…” received a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination. Her multiple accolades include a 2017 Rubys Grant in Literary Arts, a Lucille Clifton Scholarship to attend Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, the 2010 AWP WC&C Scholarship, and residencies at Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and QBR (Quarterly Black Book Review). Her poems have been published in multiple on-line and print publications such as Chicago Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou Magazine and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her poems have also appeared in multiple anthologies including Misrepresented People: A Poetic Responses to Trump’s America, Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, and Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas.Celeste received her MFA from North Carolina State University and has held teaching positions at East Carolina University, Morgan State University, and Stevenson University. She was also the 2017-2020 Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of Delaware.

Her newest work, American Herstory, is the winner of Backbone Press’s 2018 chapbook competition. American Herstory has also been named Best Chapbook by Maryland Poet Laureate, Grace Cavalieri. This chapbook focuses on Michelle Obama; it includes ekphrastic poems about the First Lady’s art choices, which decorated the inside of the White House. American Herstory was published August 2019.

D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side, The Cook Up, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised, and We Speak for Ourselves—which was Enoch Pratt Free Library’s 2020 One Book Baltimore selection. His newest book, Black Boy Smile, was released in May.

Watkins is Editor-at-Large for Salon. He is a writer on the HBO mini-series We Own This City and hosts the show’s companion podcast. Additionally, he was featured in the HBO documentary, The Slow Hustle. His work has been published in the New York Times, Esquire, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Watkins is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. He also holds a Master of Education degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Some of Watkins’ awards include the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award, the BMe Genius Grant for Dynamic Black Leaders, the City Lit Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts, the Maryland Library Association’s William Wilson Maryland Author Award, and Ford’s Men of Courage Award for Black Male Storytellers. He was also a finalist for a 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, and The Cook Up was a 2017 Books for a Better Life finalist. He lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter.

Cara Ober is the founding editor and publisher at BmoreArt, Baltimore’s art and culture magazine.

Cara Ober writes about Baltimore’s unique cultural landscape from the perspective of an artist and feminist. She approaches all kinds of cultural production from a constructive and critical perspective informed by material and pop culture, history, social movements, and politics. Over the past decade, Ober’s critical reviews, essays, and interviews have explored the political and economic impact of the arts in Baltimore and the way artists maintain a professional practice and thrive in a city full of rich and diverse cultural traditions as well as serious social issues.

She writes regularly about artist and museum culture and and the way they intersect and collide, assessing how this impacts art communities and establishes hierarchies of value.



Paula Gately Tillman: Aligning Stars | Opening Reception
Thursday, December 14 :: 6-8pm // Ongoing through January 25
@ Arting Gallery

This solo exhibition aligns rising stars across generations—twenty-four artists in the earlier stages of their careers, from the 1980s to the present. These portraits reveal the photographer’s extraordinary long-term focus on artists and beauty, serving as a gentle reminder that artistic lives can be looked at with historical, evolutionary, and poetic vision.  Aligning Stars portrays the amazing stories of icons and evolving stars from the perspective of Paula Gately Tillman’s unique lens.

IMAGE: Self Portrait in Salzburg, 1996 © Paula Gately Tilllman Image. Courtesy of the artist.

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Get On My Level: A Greenmount West Community Center Exhibition | Opening Reception
Thursday, December 14 :: 6pm // Ongoing through January 20
@ Creative Alliance

Get On My Level is a collaboration among Creative Alliance, artist kolpeace, Greenmount West Community Center (GWCC), and R.I.S.E. To showcase this very special collaboration, on opening night, R.I.S.E students with perform The Wiz Jr. in the Patterson theater!

R.I.S.E Emerging Artists is a program for students ages 14-24 who are neurodiverse and looking to learn more about entrepreneurship by developing their own arts-based businesses. Get On My Levelfeatures works of art by youth in Baltimore. This is a youth-led celebration that highlights the hard work and skills displayed during their 6-week summer program at GWCC, from workshops and training to the hybrid program Ladies & Gentlemen’s Graffiti. The exhibition includes art by teen youth from Greenmount and Highlandtown to ensure togetherness, long lasting relationships, and resources between the neighborhoods in the city of Baltimore.

Performance (Please visit event page to purchase tickets HERE.)
Over the past two years R.I.S.E has partnered with GWCC to provide youth with a musical theater experience program. Within this program, participants experience a comprehensive and immersive exposure to the world of musical theater. Youth work with a musical theater director and choreographer to enhance their acting, dancing, vocal, social, emotional, and team-building skills in order to develop a live musical production. This fall’s musical production is The Wiz Jr. is a spectacular production that will showcase the extraordinary talents of their young performers. From the enchanting set designs to the catchy musical numbers, this show is a visual and auditory treat for the whole family. As these talented kids take center stage, they deliver an unforgettable performance that will leave you inspired, entertained, and filled with the magic of theater.

About Our Partners

Greenmount West Community Center Foundation (GWCCF) 
GWCCF was conceived in October 2016 and birthed in March 2017 in the lower level of the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School. GWCCF is a safe space for youth in our rapidly gentrifying community. We evolve and reevaluate programming by centering the needs of our legacy community members and youth. Through intentional outreach, achieving the Greenmount West Community history, and providing person-centered social and emotional support, we have supported hundreds of Baltimore’s youth, seniors and families.

Our programs create stability for families and lessen the impact of trauma because we fill in the gaps and advocate for the well-being of our youth. We see a direct link in a family’s success when they connect with our programs and services. GWCCF youth and their families are provided the agency to make quality life decisions as they grow and are supported.

About R.I.S.E Arts Center of Baltimore Inc.
R.I.S.E is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a multidisciplinary arts education to youth in underserved communities and neurodivergent youth and young adults within Baltimore City. We aim to strengthen creative skill sets by utilizing art exhibitions, musical theater, art therapy, creative writing, and entrepreneurship education.

R.I.S.E Emerging Artists Program
R.I.S.E Emerging Artists is a program for students ages 14-24 who are neurodiverse and looking to learn more about entrepreneurship by developing their own arts based business. Skill areas include digital art, fine art, filmmaking, business planning, financial literacy, social skills, and entrepreneurship.



Liberty and Injustice by Kim Rice and Paul Rucker | Closing Reception
Thursday, December 14 :: 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect

Join us on Thursday, Dec 14th, from 6-8 pm at the Connect+Collect gallery to view the new exhibition Liberty and Injustice by Kim Rice and Paul Rucker. It will be the last chance to see the show!

Kim Rice and Paul Rucker are both prolific makers of labor-intensive, colorful, immersive works of art that captivate and inform. Both repurpose unusual and historic materials with an ability to harvest the hidden stories that animate these objects and challenge common assumptions about our collective history as Americans. Beyond this, both artists are fearlessly, passionately socially engaged and their work is informed by injustice in America. Research is primary to their process and historical documents, events, and statistical data is interpreted in surprising ways through new translations of familiar forms.

:: Thursday, December 14th :: 6-8 pm Open House: Liberty and Injustice
Connect+Collect Gallery (2519 N. Charles Street)

Read more about the exhibit here.



Poster by participating artist, Wilson Kemp

Current Space 10th Annual Art Market
Saturday, December 16 :: 11am-4pm
@ Current Space

Join us for our 10th Annual Art Market in support of local artists and friends on Saturday, Dec 16th!
This year, the market is bigger than ever with over 30 vendors both in the gallery and outside!
– 11am-12pm: Members-Only Entry*
– 12-4pm: General Entry

Come buy art directly from the artists, meet the people behind the work, and support them by buying something for yourself or someone special.

We’re opening the Art Market up to our sustaining members an hour early (11am-12pm). Interested in supporting us? Memberships start at just $5/month and help make these events possible!
Become a Member
to support us AND shop early!

Vendors include:
Alyssa Dennis (fine art drawing prints, plant medicine education games)
– Amber Rhein
Anna K. Crooks (ceramics)
April Wood (jewelry)
Baltimore Jewelry Center folks including: J Taran Diamond, Molly Shulman, Andy Lowrie, Mercury Swift, Mary Raivel, Stevie Pniewski, and Cindy Cheng (jewelry + metalwork)
Calliandra Marian Hermanson (prints)
– Chima Ezenwachi (apparel)
Dana Bechert Ceramics
Elena Volkova (tintype portraits)
Elliot Keeley (jewelry + metalwork)
Golden Object Ceramics
Han Chun (jewelry)
– Imogene’s Closet (jewelry and apparel)
Isabella Hayes (apparel)
Jonna McKone (photography)
Julianne Yost (ceramics)
Kristin Tata (prints and painted clothing)
Laure Drogoul (ceramics and more)
Lou Joseph (paintings)
Margo Csipő (jewelry)
Milkweed Ceramics
– MVTT MVRT comics +prints (screenprints, zines, 3d printed art)
Personal Best Ceramics
– Sarah Diab (jewelry)
Selected Moments (photography, textiles, and more)
Soft Blonde (jewelry)
Taylor Quinn (drawings)
Tina Haines Ceramics
– Weaving Roots (Tara Megos) (textiles)
Wilson Kemp (prints)

While you’re in the area, check out our neighbors on our block of Howard Street: Vinyl & Pages, Vegan Juiceology, Cajou Creamery, and Cuples Tea House!

** See more Holiday Markets and places to shop local on the BmoreArt calendar **



Madeleine Keesing: Marking Time | Reception
Saturday, December 16 :: 3-5pm // Ongoing through January 16
@ Goya Contemporary

Goya Contemporary Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Madeleine Keesing: Marking Time on view from December 6, 2023, through January 16, 2024, with a reception held on December 16 from 3-5pm.

Celebrated for her monumental, layered, system-based chromatic abstractions, the recently accomplished paintings in Keesing’s forthcoming meticulously layered in intervals that reinforce the artist’s meditative, intentional, and thoughtful focus on the duration of mark marking.

Educated in the Formalist-Modernist tradition, Madeleine Keesing began her practice in the late 1960’s- early 1970’s and was clearly aware of the Feminist, Color Field, and Pattern & Design movements. In the succeeding years her style evolved to include a method of laborious material application whereby she carefully positioned small droplets of paint in repetitive rows. By way of their concern with color -monochromatic, and later, variegated- Keesing’s practice has often been compared with post- minimalist vernacular, yet for many years has nodded to the dialect of Fiber Arts as well as Aboriginal painting. Thickly layering two, three or more striations of variously colored paint, the earlier works created a vibrant sensory experience where process and effect comingle. The later works sometimes explore the flatness of that former way of working, thinning down the accumulation of paint surface, but amplifying the meticulous markings though illusionistic space. Regardless, Keesing’s temporal works surpass purely formalist qualities of hue, texture, and line, and give way to richer, more complex, and transcendent engagements that make the paintings seem alive.

Thomas Krens, former Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York, and later the Guggenheim’s Senior Advisor for International Affairs, includes Keesing’s work in his private collection and described the intricacy of her painting technique by saying “… [they have a] three-dimensional quality, not unlike a delicate tapestry. Each [paint] droplet could be compared to the perfect knot of an ancient rug. Ms. Keesing applies her paint with the dedication and care of both a medieval weaver and a manuscript illuminator.”

Though her process is highly controlled, Keesing says the repetition allows the paintings to take on “a life of their own,” depending on the viewer’s frame of reference. The artist’s works reflect her boundless world travels to Turkey, Japan, Beijing, France, India, Africa, and the most wonderous natural settings within the United States. Viewing Tibetan textiles, chinoiserie toiles, or Aboriginal artifacts for example, had a profound and stimulating effect on her work, as did the intensity of the blue skies and waters of Vieques, Puerto Rico, where the artist occasionally lives. Not so much a collective conscious, Keesing’s practice echoes a collective awareness and acceptance of the world though all aspects and transformations of time: past, present, and future. Her works feel at once microscopic and macroscopic; they live by companionship in their scale because the artist deliberately causes the observer to sink inside the works, creating an intimate, human, visceral and on occasion, mystifying experience.

“I remember the day I decided to be an artist” said Keesing. “I was eight years old, and until then I had wanted to be a scientist studying butterfly transformations. I opened a dresser drawer and discovered a pile of painting reproductions. There was a particular one I found completely entrancing. It’s not a painting I am drawn to today; it was a robust painting of an exultant woman, laughing, and I wished I had made it. So, that was the moment I decided to be a painter, and I jumped around the room screaming “I will be a painter, I will be a painter” …And I have been a painter, since.” Born in Woodbury, NJ (1941), Keesing attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from 1959 to 1963 and later graduated with a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She obtained her MFA from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1974. Her work is included in museum collections, including the Guggenheim, and has been the subject of exhibitions across the country.



Saturday, December 16th :: 12-5pm
@ Motor House

Featuring: Joyce J. Scott, Oletha DeVane, Clyde Johnson, Maja, Roz Carlos, Jazzy Studios, Anson Asaka, Espi Frazier, Oliver and Carolyn King, Leslie King- Hammond and many many more art makers of handmade beautiful, affordable, unique gifts.

Come enjoy this joyous holiday event!!!

CASH and CHECKS Preferred.



Waller Gallery Holiday Party
Saturday, December 16 :: 7-10pm
@ Waller Gallery

A holiday party to close out our season December 16 7:00 – 10:00 pm. RSVP at [email protected].



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Call for Entries: Your Film’s Time to Shine
deadline December 15 :: late deadline January 1 :: extended deadline January 15
posted by Maryland Film Festival

The Maryland Film Fest is now accepting submissions for our 25th Festival Celebration, May 2-5, 2024. We are seeking top-notch moving image work from Baltimore, from Maryland, and from all over the world, in short and feature-length formats.

Repeatedly named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals In the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, we’re thrilled to be back in 2024 and are planning a full, fun and festive 25th anniversary Celebration! Get ready to screen your film live at the historic Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and other select locations in Baltimore, Maryland.

Join hundreds of fellow filmmakers – including alums like Barry Jenkins,
Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow, Stanley Nelson, Josephine Decker, Terence Nance and more – in a unique, accessible, competition-free atmosphere created solely for the love and enjoyment of film.



Save America’s Treasures Grant Opportunity
deadline December 19
posted by National Park Service

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Save America’s Treasures(SAT) grant program is now accepting applications. The Save America’s Treasures grant program was established in 1998 and first awarded grants in 1999 to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations. Since 1999, there have been more than 4,000 requests for funding totaling more than $1.54 billion. More than $315,700,000 has been awarded to 1,300+ projects.

The program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).The NPS manages the Preservation grants and the IMLS administers Collections grants. Congress has appropriated $26.5 million in FY2023 funding for Collections and Preservation projects.



Open Call: 2024 Emergence Artist Residency Program at Culture Lab LIC
deadline December 26
posted by Culture Lab LIC

Culture Lab LIC’s Emergence Artist Residency is a developmental performing arts program geared toward the support and creation of new work. It offers artists & companies free rehearsal and performance space to develop and produce new performance based work. Always wanted to find the space and time to write your tech-hybrid dance show? Well, this is the residency for you!

Developed in 2021 by Culture Lab LIC Co-Founder and former Director of Performing Arts, Tana Sirois, works created at Culture Lab LIC will be showcased on one of Culture Lab’s stages and presented and promoted as a part of the Culture Lab LIC’s Emergence Artist New Works Festival this November. Artists retain creative rights to the work created.



The Abstract Image | Call for Submissions
deadline December 31
posted by SE Center for Photography

The SE Center for Photography is looking for non-representational imagery, though it can be from found objects in nature, man made or figurative works. We’re seeking images that do not attempt to represent external reality, but seek to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and texture.

Our jurors for the Abstract Image are Lisa Woodward and Mia Dalglish, the Co-Curators at Pictura. Motivated by a desire to create meaningful experiences with photographic art, collaboratively, they produce the gallery’s year-round programming. They work to generate thoughtful and nuanced exhibits, showcasing projects with strong formal sensibilities and depth of content.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG) and an archived, online slideshow. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenvilles, First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music.



Call for Submissions, The Woman’s View
deadline December 31
posted by SE Center for Photography

The history of photography has a long tradition of representing women as subjects but has less to say about women as artists. Today, women’s roles in photography are both behind the camera and in front of it. Who understands women better than women? The female perspective offers an important view of the many facets of womanhood and women’s role in society. This exhibition seeks women photographers who explore and celebrate the myriad ways they render female-identifying subjects.

Our juror for Women by Women is Renée Jacobs, one of the most celebrated photographers of the female nude of our time. Recipient of the prestigious International Photography Award for Fine Art Nude, her work has been exhibited and published worldwide.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center’s social media accounts (FB, IG) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville’s, First Fridays, a celebration of art, food, and music.



2024 NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists
deadline January 1
posted by NOT REAL ART

Founded in 2019 and powered by Arterial, the NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower the practice of 6 contemporary artists, each of whom receive $2,000. But, NOT REAL ART Grant winners get more than money. Each recipient gets to share their story and promote with exclusive, in-depth featured interviews on the NOT REAL ART podcast and blog. And, whether or not you receive our grant, every applicant automatically qualifies to be included in future blog stories, newsletters and our artist marketing database!



header image: Madeleine Keesing. Red Hot, 2021 Oil on canvas 72 x 72 in. (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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