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This Week:  Elena Johnston (1985-2023) at Current Space, Maryland Arts Day, Paul Rucker at UMBC, strikeWare reception at Julio Fine Arts, Elizabeth Talford Scott at The Peale and The Walters, ‘The Sound She Saw’ documentary screening at the Portrait Gallery, I ❤️ City Songs karaoke at Peabody Heights, Sisters Freehold presents: Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea at The Peale, Rebecca Strzelec opening reception at Baltimore Jewelry Center, Nicole Clark opening at Night Owl Gallery, free admission at Maryland Center for History and Culture for Tom Miller Day, and MICATalks with Ashley Lian, Morel Doucet, and KT Marrinan — PLUS Asia North 2024 Call for Entries and more featured opportunities!


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Elena Johnston, 1985-2023
ongoing through February 17
@ Current Space

Works by prolific Baltimore artist, Elena Johnston (1985-2023) will remain on view at Current Space through February 17th, 2024. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1-5pm, or by appointment.

Whether or not you knew Elena, we hope you’ll come to see her work in the gallery. She was a talented and influential artist and so many details of her work can only be fully appreciated in person.

In 2022, Current Space showed a solo exhibition of Elena’s works Mood Ring. During the artist talk, she spoke about her work:

“The past few years have seen a lot of growth and change in my artistic practice and my personal life. These paintings are relics of a time when I lived in a liminal space. These types of spaces which bring us out of the past and into an uncertain future are an invitation to give ourselves over to something larger than ourselves. Sometimes this experience can be murky and uncomfortable. This process isn’t always pretty but that’s ok. I think the paintings are beautiful, but beauty can be rife with pain and the substance of transformation. I sometimes think they are ugly because I put so much emotion into them. Like looking at my high school diary.”

The paintings in the gallery now includes some work from that time, as well as older works and works produced very recently, before her untimely death.

Donations in Elena’s memory can be made to the Elena Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will support the academic aspirations of a student in Maryland who is pursuing an education in the arts through an accredited 2- or 4-year degree program.

You can read memories of Elena, compiled in BmoreArt here:
In Memoriam: Elena Johnston

We love you Elena.



Maryland Arts Day
Tuesday, February 13 :: 8am-2pm
posted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Maryland Arts Day Is Back!

We invite you to Maryland Arts Day 2024. One Voice for all the Arts in Maryland!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 8:00 AM EST to 2:00 PM EST

What’s the best investment an artist can make? Investment in self and others. Maryland Arts Day combines the two and adds your local governmental representative.

Registration starts December 27th and early bird tickets are available. Please mark your calendars now! Visit to learn more.



Art Research Residency: Paul Rucker
Tuesday, February 13 :: 5:30-6:30pm

Join artists Paul Rucker (artist in residence at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture) and Kim Rice in a public discussion about their research into the history of urban redlining. Rucker and Rice will discuss a project-in-process focused on discriminatory real estate practices and the power of art to change spatial injustice.

Paul Rucker is a multimedia visual artist, composer, and musician. His practice often integrates live performance, original musical compositions, and visual art installation. For over two decades, Rucker has used his own brand of art making as a social practice, which illuminates the legacy of enslavement and its relationship to the U.S. prison industrial complex. An avid collector of artifacts and archives, Rucker holds more than 15,000 pieces about the history of the United States. Items that address false narratives of U.S. history and the strategic withholding of historical events are used as a tool of “demonization for colonization.” His research visit to Baltimore will focus on Baltimore County and the history of “coordinated exclusion.”

The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture hosts an exploratory research residency that allows artists and interdisciplinary collaborators to take advantage of scholarly resources and to build partnerships at UMBC and in the Baltimore region. Artists In Residence (AIRs) are invited to pursue open-ended outcomes, and their engagements may develop into workshops, artworks, or other future projects. Among the artists the CADVC welcomes this season is Paul Rucker.

For additional information, please visit the CADVC’s page on Artist Research Residencies.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Please rsvp here to reserve a space.



Unrested | Reception
Thursday, February 15 :: 5pm
@ Julio Fine Arts

In this upcoming exhibition at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery, strikeWare invites the Baltimore community to examine the complex history of Jesuit slaveholding and its ongoing impact on Maryland communities, including those related to Loyola University.

Unrested recognizes the 272 individuals sold by the Jesuits, reinterprets literature and visuals specific to Loyola University, and draws upon historical records to find parallels to current day trends. The exhibition will employ new media technologies, extended reality artworks, and interactive displays in an aestheticized exploration of the ongoing archival research pursued by students and faculty of Loyola University.

Unrested holds a mirror to an unresolved past. The exhibition overlaps material, message, and form to present how social institutions have affected several generations. We encourage the community to join us for this meaningful and thought-provoking exhibition: immersing themselves in the extended reality artworks, using devices to augment the material works displayed, or by being a part of the living sculptural installations.

Read our review here.

About strikeWare:

strikeWare is a Baltimore-based art collective formed to create action-oriented experiences. Our recent work aims to uplift and amplify stories critical to our American history, often using new technologies to emphasize the nowness of that history. strikeWare members are Mollye Bendell, Christopher Kojzar and JLS Gangwisch. Together, we work and play with virtual and augmented realities, time-based media, customized hardware, digital fabrication, and interactive media.



Kaleidoscope, Changing Perspectives | Reception
Thursday, February 15 :: 5-7pm
@ The Peale

Join us for the exhibition reception of Kaleidoscope, Changing Perspectives at The Peale. Kaleidoscope: Changing Perspectives brings together the amazing work of Elizabeth Talford Scott and Baltimore City Public School students, working through the Arts Every Day program, to celebrate and uplift the entire community. Kaleidoscope embraces the narrative that as humans grow, change, and face challenges, there is still beauty to be found in life when we take a step back and change our perspectives.



“The Sound She Saw” Film Screening with a Post-Talk
Thursday, February 15 :: 5:30pm
@ The National Portrait Gallery

What happens when a Black woman photographer has the agency and control to see the world through her unique lens?

Join the National Portrait Gallery for a screening of The Sound She Saw (2022), a documentary by Crystal Whaley celebrating contemporary Black women photographers. The film features ground-breaking artists Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Renee Cox, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Lauri Lyons, Dana Scruggs, Adreinne Waheed, and media executive and creative visionary Marielle Bobo discussing how they use the art of photography as a tool to reclaim agency and redefine narratives. After the screening, there will be a conversation between film-maker Crystal Whaley, photographer Adrienne Waheed, and Rhea L. Combs, director of curatorial affairs. Come learn their stories and be inspired.
The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors.

If you have questions about the accessibility of this program, or if you would like to request real-time captioning (CART), sign language interpretation, or any other accommodations, please contact [email protected]. Two weeks’ advance notice is appreciated for requesting accommodations.



I ❤️ City Songs: Karaoke Edition
Thursday, February 15 :: 6pm
@ Peabody Heights Brewery

Live Baltimore’s I ❤️ City Songs is a Baltimore-themed karaoke event like no other. Like to sing karaoke? Dust off your vocal cords and assume your stage persona. Prefer to enjoy the spectacle? Sit in as a spectator at our annual fund – and FRIEND – raising event! Either way, you’ll enjoy a beverage from Peabody Heights Brewery while supporting our mission to promote city life.

WHEN: Thursday, February 15th, from 6-9 pm
WHERE: Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 East 30th Street

HOW IT WORKS: Karaoke singers (solo, duet, or team) can show us what they’re workin’ with and participate in 2 rounds: qualifying round & the main event.

No vocal chops? No worries! All are welcome. Singers need an audience, after all!

Sign ups begin promptly at 6 pm.

The $10 entry per person includes 1 free drink!

Street parking is available.

All proceeds from I ❤️ City Songs help fund Live Baltimore’s work of attracting and retaining Baltimore City residents.



Sisters Freehold presents: Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
Friday, February 16 :: Ongoing through March 3
@ The Peale

Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay, and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

This is a true Baltimore story with stops at Johns Hopkins, The National Aquarium, and the Eastern Shore. Staged in the round for maximum audience immersion, director Makeima Freeland’s vision puts the emphasis on rhythm, poetry, and flow.

Performed at The Peale Museum (Baltimore’s Community Museum & the first building in the Western Hemisphere to be designed and built specifically as a museum!), Dontrell is is a story that asks how we can move forward, venture, and ascend to new heights within our lineage without forgetting where we’ve come from but appreciating it fully.



Image Credit: Rebecca Strzelec “Jewelry for/from a Desk”, Brooch for a Desk, Neckpiece for a Desk, Neckpiece from a Desk, and audio conversation Gram’s Desk, Desk shard, wood filled PLA, PLA, and rope

365 GRAMS :: Work by Rebecca Strzelec | Opening Reception
Friday, February 16 :: 5-8pm | Ongoing through March 29
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

When my Gram died she left me her writing desk. I knew I’d be getting it because the day I was born she stuck a piece of masking tape under it with my name on it. That same day in 1977, Gram received a bracelet with a pendant containing the first photograph of me.

In 2003, while on a road trip, Gram gave me four shoeboxes filled with her jewelry. At the time the gift felt odd but Gram knew I would eventually make good use of her collection. Gram died in 2008. Several years later I opened the shoeboxes.

365 Grams is part documentation and part reclamation. Beginning on July 1, 2016, without fail, I wore one piece of Gram’s jewelry every single day for a year to give the jewels the respect and attention they deserved. After that, the jewelry became raw material and 365 Grams.

Exhibition Dates: February 16 – March 29, 2024 with an opening reception on Friday, February 16, 5- 8pm



Honoring Elizabeth Talford Scott Through Storytelling
Saturday, February 17 :: 2-3pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

Location: Sculpture Court
Registration is requested but not required.

Join us for a public program honoring Baltimore artist Elizabeth Talford Scott and her works currently on view at the Walters. Visitors will be able to experience performances by local artists, including Dr. Schroeder Cherry, whose selected works utilize storytelling techniques, and enjoy a light reception in the Museum Cafe. This experience is designed by Sasha Kramer and Kendra Brewer, students in the Exhibition Development Seminar at Maryland Institute College of Art working with cultural organizations and colleges across Baltimore.

This program is part of No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative guided by MICA instructor Deyane Moses. Students enrolled in Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) will lead the organization of the Elizabeth Talford Scott Community Celebration. This will expand the recognition of Talford Scott’s oeuvre with presentations of her work at nine institutions that have a significant history with the artist and/or EDS.



xoxo”, Selected Works by Nicole Clark | Opening Reception
Saturday, February 17 :: 7-11pm
@ Night Owl Gallery

“Coming on the heels of Valentine’s Day – the Hallmark holiday we all love to hate, and hate to love – I hope that xoxo offers respite this winter for the hearty, the heartbroken, the heartbreakers, and everyone in between,” says Clark.  The paintings are created in the artist’s signature collage-like format–– graffiti and handwriting inform the movement and abstract composition of each piece, while thick coats of acrylic and watercolor paints create decadent layers and storied textures. Several are monumental in scale and hang as tapestries measuring up to seven feet tall.

Live Jazz Piano from 7pm -8:30pm | Artist Talk at 8:30pm



Image: Summer in Baltimore, triptych painting by Thomas “Tom” P. Miller, 1993. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection

Tom Miller Day—Free Museum Admission
Sunday, February 18 :: 10am-5pm
@ Maryland Center for History and Culture

In honor of Tom Miller Week, which takes place February 12–18, enjoy a day of free Museum admission. View Tom Miller’s Summer in Baltimore triptych painting, on display in the Discover Maryland exhibition. Stop by the Museum Store to purchase a copy of Can A Coal Scuttle Fly?, an autobiography that inspires readers to follow their hearts to unimagined places.



The 12th Annual MICATalks
Monday, February 19 :: 2pm
@ MICA Falvey Hall

Join us on Monday, February 19th at 2:00 PM (ET) in Falvey Hall for an afternoon of TED Talk-inspired lectures, presented by a panel of esteemed alumni. Selected by current students, these incredible artists and designers return to the MICA community to share their journey with us. Don’t miss this annual tradition! In partnership with FYE, Career Development, and Center for Student Engagement!

Featured Artists: Ashley Lian ‘17 Humanistic Studies & Fiber, Morel Doucet ‘13 Ceramics, KT Marrinan ‘23 Illustration, Co-hosted by First Year Experience and brought to you by the partnership of Career Development, and the Center for Student Engagement.



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Seeking Storytellers for Upcoming Events!
posted by Stoop Storytelling

Failing Up: Rising Stronger from Professional Failures
Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 5:00 pm
The Stoop Storytelling Series in partnership with Women in Business at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School will present “Failing Up – Rising Stronger from Professional Failures” at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Got a tale to tell? Submit a three-sentence summary of your story via this online form.

See Beyond: Stories about Dismantling the Disability Narrative
Friday, March 15, 2024, 7:00 pm
The Stoop Storytelling Series, in partnership with The Maryland School for the Blind, will present “See Beyond: Dismantling the Disability Narrative“, a fundraiser for The Maryland School for the Blind.
With musical guest Jonathan Gilmore and the Experience!
Got a tale to tell?  Submit a three-sentence summary of your story via this online form.

Brush With Fame: All-Audience Stories about Interactions with the Super, Semi-, and Baltimore Famous
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of true, personal, ALL AUDIENCE stories about encounters with the super famous, the semi-famous, and the Baltimore famous!
The Green Room (under The Bluebird Cocktail Bar)
Musical guests The Honey Dewdrops
No need to submit a story – just come to the show and throw your name in!
Get tickets here!



2024 Changemaker Challenge
deadline February 20
posted by United Way of Central Maryland

United Way of Central Maryland’s Changemaker Challenge aims to spark social innovation to address challenges facing our communities. Each finalist will receive $1,500 stipend and coaching support.



The Asia North 2024 Exhibition, Love Letters to Baltimore + the DMV
deadline February 20
posted by Towson University

The Asia North 2024 exhibition, Love Letters to Baltimore + the DMV, centers themes of love and home. When someone asks you the question, “Where are you from?” how do you respond? If Baltimore/DMV is not your original home, what are some of the differences between where you are from and where you live now? What does home mean for you? How do you respond to your home? Do you look at your home with loving eyes? Do you look at your home with tough love? Does your love and/or tough love for home allow you to see, or hear, or feel, or experience ways to enjoy your home, or motivate you to make your home a better place to live and thrive?

APIMEDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Desi American) artists based in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

1 to 5 works. All 2-D, sculptural, and video works welcome. Works must be original. Site specific installation proposals welcome. Performance art opportunities during the opening and closing receptions.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a curated exhibit. Asia North reserves the right to decline any submissions.


Exhibition Dates: May 3 – June 1, 2024
Locations: Arts venues in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District:
16 W. North Ave (former ICA Gallery)
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave

Applications must be received no later than February 20.
You will receive a notification from the AA&CC no later than February 28.
Accepted work may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition on June 1.



Dear Younger Me: Healing the Inner Black Girl | Open Call for Submissions
deadline February 22
posted by Montgomery College

Open Call to Artists: Submit Your Time-Based Digital Art for “Dear Younger Me: Healing the Inner Black Girl”

Are you an artist with a passion for storytelling and an interest in empowering Black women and girls? “Dear Younger Me” is excited to invite you to be a part of our project by submitting your digital art pieces for inclusion in our presentation.

About “Dear Younger Me”:

“Dear Younger Me” is a groundbreaking project dedicated to creating healing spaces and opportunities for Black women to engage in self-compassion, community building, and personal growth. Our mission is to address the inner child, providing models of empowerment for young Black girls. Through an immersive art experience, we blend various mediums to create an introspective journey.

This work will be shown along with “Dear Younger Me” at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus at the Cultural Arts Center.

Submission Guidelines:

We are seeking digital art pieces that are 2-5 minutes in duration. Your submissions should align with the themes of empowerment, self-compassion, and the inner strength of Black women and girls. Your work should be thought-provoking, emotionally resonant, and inspire positive change.

How to Submit:
To share your digital art with us, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit a 2-5 minute time based piece that reflects the project’s mission and themes.
  2. Upload your piece to a video-sharing platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo) or a file-sharing service (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive) where it can be easily viewed. If selected work will need to be in a MP4 file.
  3. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Dear Younger Me – Artist Submission.”
  4. In the body of the email, include a brief artist statement (100-150 words) introducing yourself and explaining how your art aligns with the project’s mission.
  5. Provide the link to your digital art piece and any necessary access credentials.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: February 22, 2024
Notification of Acceptance: March 1, 2024
Opening Night March 8, 2024

We look forward to receiving your inspiring digital art pieces. Join us in our mission to empower and celebrate Black women and girls. Your art can make a significant impact on our project and our audience.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at Keisha Thompson at [email protected] or Mieke Gentis at [email protected].

Thank you for considering our open call, and we can’t wait to see your submissions!



New Voices Filmmaker Grant
deadline February 22

An ongoing initiative in partnership with Netflix to support emerging LGBTQ+ directors with $25,000 in funding to create new work – in addition to mentorship, networking, and professional development opportunities!

Applications for the 2024 cycle of the New Voices Filmmaker Grant are now open and will close on February 22nd, 2024

The Grant seeks to support underrepresented voices in the film industry, and provides a $25,000 unrestricted grant to 4 emerging directors. In addition to the $25,000 grant and industry mentorship, fellows will also participate in events and have their work showcased at NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, one of the largest queer film festivals in the world. Fellows will also have the opportunity to travel as guests of NewFest to other North American film festivals. Submissions are accepted from emerging LGBTQ+ directors who make documentary/nonfiction, narrative, and/or animated film/episodic projects for and about the LGBTQ+ community.



ARTsites 2024
deadline February 24
posted by Howard County Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council is currently accepting applications for ARTsites 2024. ARTsites takes the artwork out of our galleries and places it in public spaces across Howard County. Each year, they select new sculptures which are installed in August and remain in place until July of the following year.



deadline February 25
posted by SE Center for Photography

We’re looking for flora, all types from a single stem to a vast landscape, still life, formal gardens, or vegetation gone wild. Color or monochrome, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our juror for Flora is Wendi Schneider. Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist widely known for her ongoing series of hand-gilded photographs, States of Grace – illuminated impressions of grace in the natural world. Drawn to the serenity she finds in the sinuous elegance of organic forms, she embraces photography to preserve vanishing moments of beauty in our vulnerable environment.

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 slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived. Openings are timed to coincide with Greenville, South Carolina’s First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music.



W. O. W. – Women’s Outstanding Works | Call for Entry
deadline February 25
posted by Art in the Antrim

This is an invitation to apply for Art in the Atrium’s 32nd Annual Signature exhibit – “W. O. W. – Women’s Outstanding Works”. Exhibit dates are May 2024 through August 2024, at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ.

In our deliberations, we’ll be looking for work by Black and Afro-Latino women working in diverse media and across various disciplines, inclusive of all ages, education, career stage, location, and sexual orientation. All media are eligible, including but not limited to painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, drawing, fiber, installation, and sculpture. There are no size limitations.



Black Baltimore artists sought to design new art for Sanctuary
deadline February 26
posted by The Racial Justice Committee of Govans Presbyterian Church

The Racial Justice Committee has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for art work to supplement the window at the front of our sanctuary. Artwork will be hung on both sides of the window. Our desire is to portray a welcoming and inclusive community in our worship space. Please distribute the attached RFP to any interested Black artists who reside in Baltimore. Deadline for submission is March 11. Questions can be directed to Patreena Parsons, [email protected].



10-month Intensive Fellowship Program
deadline February 26
posted by NXTHVN


NXTHVN is a groundbreaking institution that combines the best of arts and entrepreneurship. Through access, education, programming and impact investing, NXTHVN launches the careers of artists and curators and strengthens the livelihood of its local community. Located in the historically African-American Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven, CT, the expansive adapted-reuse campus houses gallery, studio, office, performance and living spaces. Co-founded in 2018 by acclaimed visual artist Titus Kaphar and private equity investor Jason Price—both longtime residents of New Haven—NXTHVN represents a new national arts model for developing an equitable society.


Each year NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists and two curators to participate in its paid 10-month intensive Fellowship Program. The application is open until February 26, 2024. Each Fellow will receive studio or office space, a stipend, and subsidized housing. Selected from an international pool of applicants, Fellows relocate to New Haven to participate in NXTHVN’s mentorship-driven curriculum which includes professional development sessions led by visiting artists, curators, scholars, and practitioners. Selected Fellows are also matched with a high school Apprentice, for focused one-on-one mutual learning, which gives the next local generation a chance to grow and excel in creative fields. The Fellowship year culminates with an annual group show at a prominent gallery space.


Leveraging the professional Studio and Curatorial Fellows in residence at NXTHVN and, through one-on-one mentorship, the Apprenticeship program introduces high school students to creative professions and portfolio development. The Apprenticeship program’s one-on-one mentorship prioritizes empowerment, innovation, and technical learning. Under the leadership of our Student Programs Manager, apprentices work directly with the NXTHVN fellows and staff to build technical and professional skills supported by activities that are scaffolded to support the program’s core values of: Creativity, Connection, Purpose, and Power. Apprentices are local high school students who exhibit a strong interest in the arts, possess a desire to learn new professional skills, and are ready for the responsibilities of a paid commitment. Apprentices work up to 25 hours a month side by side with NXTHVN Fellows and staff, as well as a collective group on supplemental projects and activities.



Ox-Bow Summer Residency Program
deadline February 26

Ox-Bow’s Summer Residency Program offers 12 artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice for three weeks on campus. The Summer Residencies are held while our core classes and community programs are in session. During this time, a small group of residents have access to Ox-Bow’s artist community of students, faculty, and visiting artists. Our Summer Residencies are open to artists at any level. Currently enrolled students, MFA candidates, arts faculty, emerging, or established artists are encouraged to apply. There are generally three residents on campus at a time.



2023 Best in Show Winner Nicole Santiago with her piece Where Things Land

Bethesda Painting Awards
deadline February 27
posted by The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites local artists to submit work to the 20th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Up to eight finalists will be chosen to display their work at Bethesda’s Gallery B in June 2024.

A panel of esteemed jurors, including Virginia Anderson, Department Head of American Painting & Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art; Scott Hutchison, Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing at Georgetown University; and Nicole Santiago, Professor of Art at the College of William and Mary and the 2023 Bethesda Painting Awards Best in Show Winner, will curate the competition.

The first-place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.  A “young” artist whose birth date is after February 28, 1994 may also be awarded $1,000.

Artists can apply online or download an application online. For information on the Bethesda Painting Awards, visit or call 301-215-6660.

Participation is open to artists aged 18 and above, residing in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. The competition welcomes original 2-D paintings, spanning various mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic, and mixed media. The maximum dimension should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Selected artists must deliver their artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda, MD. Each artist must submit five images, an application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by local business owner Carol Trawick in 2005. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda and established The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation in 2007. She is the former Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.



Tulsa Artist Fellowship 2025-2027 Award Term
deadline February 28

U.S.-based artists and arts workers of any discipline are eligible to apply for this three-year fellowship. Ten fellows will each receive a $150,000 stipend, a $12,000 yearly housing stipend, a $1,200 yearly health stipend, a $1,200 yearly studio assistant stipend, a $1,500 relocation stipend, fully subsidized studio spaces, and access to shared art-making facilities. Applicants must have at least five years of experience.



Borgeson Artist in Residence 2024
deadline February 29
posted by Hope College

Inaugurated in 2016, the Borgeson Artist in Residence Program is a twelve-week summer artist residency for early and mid-career artists, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, that runs from mid-May through mid-August of each year.

The residency provides housing, studio space in the Department of Art and Art History, a financial stipend and a one-month exhibition at Hope College’s 1,300 square foot De Pree Art Gallery at the conclusion of the residency. The exhibition opens in late August and runs through September. The residency stipend is paid in two installments, at the beginning of the residency and in September, at the close of the exhibition.

The resident artist is expected to work in their studio at the De Pree Art Center throughout the residency and to be available for two to three student or community-centered events. This might include a workshop, lecture, critiques or studio visits with students, alumni, or the broader West Michigan community.



Artist-in-Residence Application
deadline February 29
posted by Montgomery College

The artist-in-residence (AIR) program will be in person. We are looking for artist(s) to creatively capitalize on available in-person and virtual learning environment to engage our students, support and enhance the artistic and educational environment within the Visual and Performing Arts Department and add to the visibility of the arts at Montgomery College (MC) Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

The AIR Program will provide opportunities for up to two working professional artists to produce work and engage in projects involving the academic programs in an interactive setting designed to augment the visual art and design programs. The program will be one semester in duration. To maximize interaction with academic programs, residencies will align with the academic calendar.



King Street Gallery Application
deadline February 29
posted by Montgomery College

The King Street Gallery in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Montgomery College is calling for artists to submit applications. Proposals for by idividual artists and curated proposals are invited.

The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center has a number of spaces available for mounting exhibitions that support the academic mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. This open call is for our King Street Gallery, the largest exhibition space in the Cafritz Arts Center. This light filled, 1050 square foot gallery is in the main atrium of the building. Its prominent location, open design, and extremely high ceilings (30 feet+) make it a great venue for major exhibitions. While much of this gallery space is visible from the main lobby of the building, and through the windows that front onto the street, it does maintain gallery hours and is locked after hours. The gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Exhibitions are generally scheduled a year in advance to compliment the academic calendar. Exhibitions in the King Street Gallery are 4-5 weeks long, and emphasize two person or small group shows. Single artist applications may be paired with a complimentary artist or artists to better utilize the space. Curated proposals are encouraged.



Grants for Artists
deadline February 29
posted by Maryland State Arts Council

The purpose of the Grants for Artists program is to contribute to the sustainability of artists’ livelihoods by providing funds that support working or living expenses.

A primary aim of the program is to provide holistic support rather than restrict resources to the creative work that artists produce. A primary goal of the program is to bolster a creative workforce that composes a significant portion of Maryland’s creative and economic activity.



header image: detail from Elizabeth Talford Scott @ Maryland Center for History and Culture

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