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This Week:  I don’t dream of labor exhibition ongoing at the Galleries at CCBC, Visiting Voices: Supporting Disabled Artist-Educators and Learners lecture at MICA’s Hurwitz Center, Womxn of the World Poetry Slam at the Baltimore War Memorial, Trans Day of Visibility Art Storm at Red Emma’s, A Celebration of Elizabeth Talford Scott with Mama Sallah Jenkins and Unique Robinson at the Peabody Library, OMELORA; A Night of Films in Service to Our People at Morgan State University, Elizabeth Talford Scott Story Quilt Workshop w/ Mrs. Wendy Blackwell at Coppin State University, and an opening reception for Lavett Ballard at Galerie Myrtis — PLUS applications due for the JJC Residency at MICA 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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I don’t dream of labor
Ongoing through March 19
@ Galleries at CCBC

Statement

I don’t dream of labor is a collection of work by women artists and healing practitioners that undermines hustle culture through satire and provides space and resources to foster community around well-being.

If burnout is the symptom of exploitative labor practices, then this exhibit subverts the traditional serious undertones of both work and exhibitions to find a more supportive way through the challenges of balancing work, sustaining life, and reclaiming joy.
– Mallory Kimmel, Curator

Artists and Healers

Ama BE
Ama Chandra
Kathryn Cornelius
Nancy Daly
Chiara Francesca
​Michelle Dubreuil Macek
Maria Porges
Shirin Towfiq
Christine Wang

 

 

Visiting Voices: Supporting Disabled Artist-Educators and Learners
Tuesday, March 26 :: 6-8pm
Virtual Discussion

The Hurwitz Center is pleased to announce its Spring 2024 Visiting Voices Series event, Art & Disability. Five disability justice artist-educators : Rebecca Alberts, Dr. Kelly M. Gross, Michelle Renee Hoppe, Dr. Mira Kallio-Tavin, and Jennifer White-Johnson explore issues, support strategies, and resources for art educators and learners in an interactive conversation facilitated by Dr. Pamela Harris Lawton, Florence Gaskins Harper Endowed Chair in Art Education and thought leader for the Hurwitz Center at MICA.

 

 

Womxn of the World Poetry Slam
Wednesday, March 27 | Ongoing through March 30

The Womxn of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) is a slam for poets who identify as women. The WOWPS community was uniquely designed to honor and celebrate the stories of women in a world that readily attempts to silence and oppress them. It is a space where we are centered, safe, and encouraged.

WOWPS was introduced to the national slam poetry community in 2008 by Kimberly Simms and Deborah Marsh. The first WOWPS was held in Detroit, Michigan and since that time, the slam has been traveling all across the United States.

 

 

Trans Day of Visibility Art Storm
Wednesday, March 27 :: 5pm
@ Red Emma’s

Join us for an art making session, creating stickers to put up all over Baltimore as a celebration of trans identity. Supplies will be provided. Drop in, or stay full time!

 

 

Body, Voice, Spirit: A Celebration of Elizabeth Talford Scott
Thursday, March 28 :: 5-8pm
@ George Peabody Library

Multidisciplinary community artists Mama Sallah Jenkins and Unique Robinson will activate Baltimore’s historic “Cathedral of Books” throughprocession, poetry, spoken word, and music inspired by the legacy and work of pioneering textile artist Elisabeth Talford Scott.

Performative activations will begin at 5:30pm, followed by a reception.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Reverberations: Disruption and Healing Through the Hands of Elizabeth Talford Scott, on view through April 18 at Johns Hopkins University’s George Peabody Library, and the Baltimore City-wide No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative.

 

 

OMELORA; A Night of Films in Service to Our People
Thursday, March 28 :: 7-9pm
@ Morgan State University

OMELORA is a night of films in service to our people.

Grappling with the legacy of slavery, data and resistance; these films are a reminder that we have found ways to reclaim our power against all odds. Featuring artists and filmmakers from Baltimore, Chicago, and the Caribbean this short film block will last for 45 minutes and conclude with a panel discussion .

It is with great pride that we present these films to you and we ask that you watch them with an open mind and heart.

Elu Omelora, CoFounder of The African Diaspora Alliance

Moriah Ray, CoFounder of The African Diaspora Alliance

Nia Hampton, The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest

 

 

Elizabeth Talford Scott Community Initiative: Story Quilt Workshop w/ Mrs. Wendy Blackwell
Saturday, March 30 :: 1-3pm
@ Coppin State University

Come join us at the Cryor Gallery located inside of the Coppin State University James Weldon Johnson Auditorium for a fun and creative workshop led by the talented Mrs. Wendy Blackwell! Learn how to craft your own unique story quilt and contribute to a community project inspired by Elizabeth Talford Scott. This in-person event is a great opportunity to connect with others and unleash your creativity. No prior experience necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to learn!

 

 

We are the Magic Makers by Lavett Ballard, 2021, Mixed media/ collage on reclaimed wood, 38 x 32" Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis

Lavett Ballard ‘Good Fences: Neighboring Narratives of the Soul’ | Opening Reception
Saturday, March 30 :: 4-6pm | Ongoing through May 4
@ Galerie Myrtis

Galerie Myrtis is pleased to announce Lavett Ballard’s forthcoming solo exhibition, Good Fences: Neighboring Narratives of the Soul. The opening reception will be held at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, March 30th from 4:00 ‐ 6:00 pm. The event is free, and all are welcome. No appointment is necessary to attend.

Good Fences: Neighboring Narratives of the Soul explores the utilization of fences within my artistic journey. These structures symbolize both division and protection, especially concerning the social and cultural challenges faced by people of color. With a focus on wooden fences, their significance extends beyond mere physical barriers; they represent the passage of time through the intricate grains of the wood. Moreover, the act of reclaiming these fences serves as a powerful reminder that the old can always be rejuvenated and transformed anew.

Through my artistic endeavor, I aim to visually articulate and celebrate the intertwined past and present experiences of individuals within the African diaspora. By illuminating our shared narratives, I seek to foster a deeper connection to our ancestors and a broader global community.” – Lavett Ballard

The exhibit runs from March 30 – May 4, 2024. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm by appointment. Hours are extended during special events. For additional information on this exhibition, please contact the gallery at (410) 235‐3711 or Ky Vassor, Gallery Manager, at [email protected]. For sales inquiries, please contact our Sales Manager, Noel Bedolla, at [email protected].

 

 

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Medito Update - April 2021 🎂 - Medito Foundation

 

Job Opportunity | Director, Frary Gallery
posted by Johns Hopkins University

We are seeking a Director, Frary Gallery. The Irene and Richard Frary Gallery Director reports directly to the Executive Director of the Hopkins Bloomberg Center, overseeing gallery operations, including the gallery’s launch in the fall 2024 and the subsequent management of at least two exhibitions per year. The position has a dotted line relationship to the Dean of Sheridan Libraries, Archives, and Museums to facilitate strong coordination with the libraries’ exhibition program and management of university cultural properties. In partnership with an advisory group, the Gallery Director sets strategic direction for the gallery’s mission, vision, and goals, oversees gallery operations and programming, and secures funding opportunities.

The Director collaborates with faculty, staff of the Libraries, and guest curators to conceive, prepare, and implement innovative exhibitions with the goal of further imprinting Hopkins’ presence and artistic expertise in our nation’s capital. To the extent practicable, the Director will develop opportunities for student engagement, such as exhibit research, production, or curatorship. In collaboration with the Hopkins Bloomberg Center communications team, the Director oversees the communications strategy for the gallery, promoting events and exhibitions to attract Hopkins affiliates and the Washington, D.C. public. The Director also addresses day-to-day management involving finance, insurance, security, facilities management, and legal and regulatory compliance.

 

 

Call for Participants! Trans Justice Art Action in Washington, DC | ETCHED IN LIGHT
Sunday, March 31 :: 11am-2pm

Etched in Light is a participatory visual art and sonic performance led by Cassils in collaboration with the National Center for Transgender Equality and 100 trans artists with vocal invocations and musical scoring by Blood Is Here (Carmina Escobar, Roco Córdova and Dorian Wood).

On Sunday, March 31st at 12:00pm we will create one of the world’s largest cyanotype banners by casting the silhouettes of our still bodies onto large canvas panels, etching ourselves in light. We will call upon the imagery and affective energies of lie-ins, die-ins, and the historic NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to claim space for our trans and gender expansive selves, transforming the National Mall into a site of beauty. We are seeking transgender and gender expansive participants to join in the performance as Cyanotype co-creators!

Please read the details of what participation will entail. If you are interested in participating fill out this form. If selected, you will be guided through the process of creating the cyanotype on-site just ahead of the performance so please arrive by 11:00am.

General Notes for those who wish to participate in the creation of cyanotypes:

  • You will be asked to sign a photo/video release form for being photographed and recorded on video.
  • Your name will always be associated and credited with any photographs and videos of the performance/ or the cyanotype itself.

Access and Specific Requirements:

  • We ask that you come dressed in a way that expresses your most authentic trans/non-binary identity and something you feel really good wearing.
  • Comfort with and capacity for movement on cushioned surface over gravel and in close proximity with other performers.
  • Comfort with and capacity to lie still on cushioned surface over gravel for 20 minute exposure
  • Comfort with and capacity to lie still amidst a larger crowd (with additional performers supporting, surrounding you)
  • Comfort and capacity to collectively wash large fabric in water trough while kneeling on cushioned gravel.
  • Comfort with and capacity for lifting a large lightweight fabric with other performers.


This is an RSVP form to participate in this collaborative art action in solidarity. We will be having a Zoom Intro/Rehearsal at 12:00pm & 6:00pm EST on March 26.

Note: We would LOVE to have you join and participate; however, we are unable to reimburse for travel or lodging if you choose to travel to DC for the event. Again, we would be so delighted for you to participate!

 

 

Fire Island Residency
deadline April 1

The first residency in the United States exclusively for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit or queer, annually accepts applications for its prestigious and internationally recognized summer program. Now in its 12th season in the secluded beach community of Cherry Grove, NY, an historic LGBTQ settlement of Fire Island, emerging artists will share a live/work space for a four-week program marked by intimate studio visits with, and public lectures by, renowned leaders in contemporary art, scholarship, activism and curation.

 

 

Vox Populi 19th Annual Juried Exhibition
deadline April 14

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke’s three laws, of which the third is best known and most widely cited: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Vox Populi calls for artwork that uses or misuses technology, explores arcane realms, or conjures the fantastic. Show us work that taps into the murky depths of the esoteric, pushes the aesthetic boundaries of tech, or evokes an uncanny blend of both. Cognitive scientist Douglas R. Hofstadter wrote “an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order – and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.”

Where does your art reside on the circuitous spectrum between speculative science, ancient occult, chaos, and order? Indicate quadrant 1A-7G or use emojis.

https://tinyurl.com/orderchaosquad

Artists may submit up to 3 creative works in any medium or by any Medium. No Steampunk!

Application Fee: $25.00 Final day: $35.00 *If the application fee is a barrier for you please reach out to [email protected] prior to April 13th, 2024

 

 

Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants
deadline April 16

The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.

The intended impact of the project is an important factor in the selection process. Environmental art projects that qualify for this program may focus on the following themes, but are not limited to:

  • Regeneration
  • Eco-social engagement
  • Decarbonization as decolonization
  • Ecofeminism
  • Climate change/climate collapse
  • Systems-restoration
  • Interspecies relationships
  • Natural or built systems
  • Recycling and repurposing
  • Clean energy production
  • Bioplastics

Selected projects must benefit the public in some way, and are required to have a public engagement component by August 31, 2025. The public engagement component must be free to attend, open to the general public, and must add value to the public sphere rather than solely benefiting the artist’s private gain. Online events are acceptable as long as they are attended by a live audience.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. Artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

This grant is funded by Anonymous Was A Woman. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, please email [email protected].

 

 

Call for Artists: The JJC Artist in Residence at MICA
deadline April 17

The Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a collaboration between the JJC, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The JJC AIR program seeks applications to select two (2) artists living and working in Baltimore City for the summer residency. Applicants are not required to be alumni of MICA. Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Supporting artists based in Baltimore City.
The JJC, an affiliate group of the BMA, was formed in 1987 to both provide educational outreach and support initiatives between the BMA and Baltimore’s Black community. Named for 18th-century African American portrait painter Joshua Johnson, the JJC is one of the nation’s oldest African American museum groups.

The JJC AIR program expands the impact of the JJC by creating platforms to support artists, encourage intergenerational learning, and grow collaborative relationships. The residency begins on June 3, 2024 and concludes on July 26, 2024, with artists working in studios in the Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center, located on MICA’s main campus in Baltimore.

The residency is designed to support artists and create meaningful connections and discourse with the JJC, the BMA, and MICA. It provides artists based in Baltimore City with access to resources and helps to build relationships that will allow each artist to explore and expand their practice within the community.

Artists selected for the residency program are offered studio space for eight (8) weeks, access to MICA facilities, a materials stipend of $2,500, and the opportunity work with low-residency MICA graduate students for critique and studio visits at the artist’s determination. After the residency, each artist will give a public presentation as part of the year’s JJC programming JJC Talks, with the potential for additional engagements with the MICA community.

 

 

Spring Cleaning 2024 Artist Application
deadline April 22
posted by Good Company

PROBLEM
Visual artists must continually create work to refine (and fund) their craft but many do not have enough physical or digital space to store all of their creative output. Over time a workspace may end up functioning more like storage. Rather than continue to collect dust, Good Company wants to help artists find a permanent home for these hidden treasures.

SOLUTION
Community-centered art collective Good Company presents Spring Cleaning, a pop-up market for local artists to sell work made before 2024 for $150 or less. We invite local artists in Maryland, DC, and Virginia to declutter their studios and connect with new fans and collectors at Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore this June.

EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, June 8th, 12:00-5:00 pm
Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E 30th St, Baltimore, MD 21218
This event is free and open to the public. The venue is all ages and wheelchair accessible.

FINE PRINT
• Open to artists based in Maryland, DC, or Virginia.
• All art sold must be made before 2024 and priced at $150 or less (per item).
• Selected artists pay a $50 table fee to participate. 💸
• No sales commission. Artists keep all profit from sales.
• Artists process their own payments (Cash App, Square, Venmo, etc.).
• Artists supply their own table (up to 6ft. length). Email [email protected] if this will be an obstacle for you.
• Event set-up will be 10:30-11:45 am. Load-out is 5:00-6:00 pm.
• Loading dock will be available during set-up. Street parking is available for vendors and guests during event.

IMPORTANT DATES
Application Due → Monday, April 22, 2024 ⏰
Artists Notified → Sunday, April 28, 2024
Table Fee Due → Saturday, May 4, 2024
Public Announcement → Monday, May 6, 2024

Questions? Email [email protected].

💸 The table fee covers the organizers’ time, promotional costs, and overhead to produce the event.
⏰ This application closes Monday, April 22 at 11:59 pm EST. No late submissions will be accepted.

🎨 Spring Cleaning Graphics by KC Corbett – IG @kcyal8r

 

 

XIV PRISMA ART PRIZE – ROME
deadline April 22

The call for entries of the 14th edition of Prisma Art Prize, an international art prize born to promote emerging painters and visual artist, is now open for submissions.

As our name and logo suggest, we want to be a prism that refracts all the possible outcomes of the painting process: we aim to collect and exhibit a selection of works of art that is inclusive, diverse and representative of the possibilities that the medium of painting offers to artists.

Prisma Art Prizes hosts four quarterly art competitions with €2400 prize money every year, over €3000 in partners’ awards, the possibility to take part in the collective exhibition in 2024 at the Contemporary Cluster of Palazzo Brancaccio, Rome, one of most innovative art institutions in the international contemporary scene, the change to get a solo show organized by our partners Isorrophia Gallery and Pallavicini-Dettori Collection and to win a two weeks residency at Dar Meso, in the very heart of Tunisi. With the artistic direction of Marco Crispano, curated by Domenico De Chirico and a jury of esteemed professionals with different backgrounds in the arts panorama.

The competition is open to all living artists without limitation of age, gender and ethnicity.

Works of painting, drawing, and engraving of any size and on any medium are allowed.

 

 

Call for Submissions, Color
deadline April 28
posted by SE Center for Photography

Color
Michael Pannier, Juror

The Color photograph. We want to celebrate Color in all its forms at the SE Center. Our juror would like to see creativity and self-expression. He has no preference for subject, or style but would like to be able to see the photographer’s mind at work, his or her use of visual composition and original thinking.

Submissions Now Open, Submissions Close 4/28/24, Exhibition Opens 7/5/24

 

 

Call for Entry, Family Ties
deadline April 28
posted by SE Center for Photography

Family Ties
Lia Latty, Juror

Families, we want to showcase the many different ways that family can be represented. It can be a place you seek comfort in, but for many it could be harmful. We aim to explore the many different photographic representations of what “family” could be.

Submissions Now Open, Submissions Close 4/28/24, Exhibition Opens 7/5/24

 

 

header image: Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Lavett Ballard, 2019, Mixed Media/Collage on reclaimed wood, 48 x 24 ″ Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Myrtis

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