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This Week: MICA Community Art & Service Program exhibition, In the Stacks performance at Peabody Library, City of Artists I closing reception at Connect + Collect, Mari Black at Manor Mill, Open Works yard sale, screening of Black Printmakers of Washington DC at Smithsonian Anacostia, Creative Alliance Marquee Ball: Illusion!, Baker Artist Awards showcase at Baltimore Theatre Project, and Notre Dame of Maryland Senior Thesis exhibition reception at Gormley Gallery — PLUS HCAC artist studio opportunities and more!


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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Front & Center // Community Art & Service Exhibition
Monday, April 24 :: 2-4pm
@ MICA Rosenberg Gallery

Check out the amazing work of MICA’s Community Art & Service Program Student Leaders! This exhibition will feature a selection of works from our Community Site Partners across Baltimore. The works are made in collaboration with our Community Site Leaders and France-Merrick Fellows, and represent their commitment to the role art plays in supporting community! Join us on April 24, 2024 from 2pm – 4pm for special treats, activities, and more at our CAS Exhibition Reception and Festival! – Including food from the Avenue Market and Boba & Milk Tea. Meet representatives from our Community Site Partners and learn more about what they do, including Make Studio, Blue Water Baltimore, and Higher Achievement! Or, join us at one of several activity stations, including button making or quilt square-crafting.



In the Stacks: Sounds of Nature
Wednesday, April 24 :: 6:30-7:30pm
@ George Peabody Library

Spring is here! For this immersive performance, lyric soprano Natanya Sheva Washer, Peab ’17, and Peabody faculty guitarist Sean Brennan will explore music inspired by nature, including works by Florence Price, Kaija Saariaho, William Grant Still, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Pauline Viardot. These pastoral and meditative songs will be paired with rare, vividly illustrated books from the George Peabody Library collection.

Come enjoy an evening of flora, fauna, literature, and music in one of the most beautiful libraries in the world!

This event is free and advance registration is strongly encouraged.
Doors open at 6 pm. Standby line begins at 5 pm.

Seats for registered attendees will be held until 6:20 pm, then will be released for open seating.

We encourage patrons without advance registration to join the standby line. Most standby patrons are able to be accommodated.



City of Artists I | Closing Reception
Thursday, April 25 :: 6-8pm
@ Connect + Collect Gallery

Join us on Thursday, April 25th, from 6-8 pm at the Connect+Collect gallery for the closing reception and an artist walkthrough of the exhibition City of Artists I featuring Erin FostelJ.M. Giordano, and Phaan Howng.

City of Artists I marks the inaugural presentation in a series of exhibitions that serve as a visual extension to BmoreArt’s first full-length book City of Artists: a publication that features 220 pages of personal reflections from leading writers alongside portfolios from some of the city’s most celebrated visual artists.

Mirroring the book’s essence and aesthetics, City of Artists I showcases pivotal and emblematic works by Erin Fostel, J.M. Giordano, and Phaan Howng. Through varying styles, media, and ideas, their works provide a variety of perspectives from Baltimore’s art scene, as they translate their experiences into unique visual narratives that continue to evolve and influence the city’s artistic community.

:: Thursday, April 25th :: 6-8 pm Closing Reception and Artist Walkthrough: City of Artists I
Connect+Collect Gallery (2519 N. Charles Street)



Mari Black in Concert and Conversation with Music
Friday, April 26 :: 7:30pm
@ Manor Mill

Are you ready for a joyous extravaganza of dance-inspired music from around the globe? World champion fiddler MARI BLACK is about to take you on a dynamic musical journey through a collage of diverse fiddle styles: Celtic, Canadian, and American fiddling, jazz and swing, tango, balkan, klezmer, folk, original compositions, and more! With her virtuosic playing, sparkling stage presence, and fun-filled stories tying the whole journey together, Mari will have you tapping your toes and clapping along.



Open Works Yard Sale
Saturday, April 27 :: 9am-2pm
@ Open Works

April 27th we are hosting our Annual Yard Sale, featuring a vibrant vendor market where community members can showcase and sell products. Open Works will also be contributing gently used office supplies, shop materials, and scrap materials.

April 28th, don’t miss Open Studios, where members have the opportunity to showcase their office spaces. This event is a fantastic chance to network, share your creative environment, and highlight what makes your workspace unique.

Join us for these exciting events and be part of the creativity at Open Works!



Film Screening & Discussion: BLACK PRINTMAKERS of WASHINGTON D.C.
Saturday, April 27 :: 11am-1pm
@ Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Please join us for a film screening of Printmaking Legacy Project® BLACK PRINTMAKERS of WASHINGTON, D.C. Percy B. Martin & Michael B. Platt, which documents DC’s rich history of Black owned printmaking workshops where artists thrived and formed community.

Printmakers Percy B. Martin and Michael B. Platt, participated in pivotal movements, having significant impact on American art and arts education. This documentary provides personal accounts of their history, training, involvement with the development of print departments, studios, and their art.

The film is followed by a discussion, moderated by Samir Meghelli, Senior Curator, Anacostia Community Museum, with the film’s Producer and Director, Susan J. Goldman, Percy Martin, and Carol A. Beane, the wife of the late great Michael B. Platt.

Printmaking Legacy Project® all rights reserved 2023. Photo credit: Michael B. Platt,”Yellow”, pigment print on canvas, courtesy of Platt Studios.

Film Trailer



2024 Marquee Ball: ILLUSION!
Saturday, April 27 :: 5:30PM VIP Dinner | 8PM Dance Party
@ Creative Alliance

The most extraordinary party in town is back! For one night only, daring feats of escapism, disappearing acts, fortune-telling, and mystical wonders abound in the historic Patterson Theater! Step into a world where nothing is as it seems. Experience mysterious decor, captivating costumes, supernatural cocktails, and enchanting entertainment that defies reality and draws you into the magic!

ILLUSION escorts us back to the wonder of the Golden Age of Magic at the turn of the 20th Century, when the artistry of stage performers, magicians, and illusionists filled us with shock and awe!


On the Main Stage: Rufus Roundtree & Da B’more Brass Factory
The essence of a New Orleans brass band infused with authentic Baltimore beats, guaranteed to keep the crowd dancing!

In the Marquee Lounge: Illusionist Dakota PriestBellydance from NaimahJuggling from Saymo Saymo, Escape Artists Dessie Delaplaine & Ri Dickulous
The lounge transforms into an otherworldly cabaret, as mysterious and magical acts emerge from under the cover of night!

In the Main Gallery: The EncounterBaltimore Hoop Love, and Tarot by Soleil
Surprises around every corner!

Upstairs in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery: Frick Frack Blackjack
No cash-no limit barter blackjack and clownish antics under the Big Top!

Food by Our Time Kitchen & The Lunchbox Lady
Cocktails by Nick Pikounis, nominated Best Bartender in 2023 Baltimore Sun Best Of and Best Cocktail in 2023 Baltimore Magazine Readers’ Poll
Event curation and production by Jenn K AKA Ruby Rockafella

The Marquee Ball is Creative Alliance’s annual fundraiser gala that includes a VIP dinner, art auction, open studios, and a wild dance party that honors The Patterson’s history as a movie palace. The movie theme inspires the evening’s events and attire with eye-popping results! Baltimore’s wildest party supports Creative Alliance’s free youth education and community arts programs!



2024 Baker Artist Award Finalist Showcases
Saturday, April 27 :: 7pm + Sunday, April 28 :: 4pm
@ Baltimore Theatre Project

The Baker Artist Awards are the largest art prize in the Baltimore Region.

Every year, from hundreds of artist portfolios on the Baker Artist Portfolios Website, finalists are selected in each discipline because of their mastery of craft, unique vision, and depth of artistic exploration.

Join us to experience a taste of the incredible talent of the finalists in Film/Video and Music, Performing, and Interdisciplinary Arts.

April 27th @ 7pm

2024 Baker Artist Award Finalist Film & Video Showcase

Featuring the work of Albert Birney, Eric Cotten, Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Corrie Parks, Jimmy Joe Roche, and Lynn Tomlinson.

Tickets are free!

Click here to reserve your tickets.

April 28th @ 4pm

2024 Baker Artist Award Finalist Music & Performance Showcase

Featuring the work of Geffery Cassuto, Katie Hileman, Melissa Hyatt Foss, Daniel Ryan, Wordsmith, and Allen Xing.

Tickets are free!

Click here to reserve your tickets.

The Baker Artist Portfolios and awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.



Rebekah Borman, Arches

Senior Thesis Exhibition at Notre Dame of Maryland | Artist Reception
Monday, April 29 :: 4:360-6:30pm
@ Gormley Gallery

The Senior Thesis Exhibition showcases various works from Jensen Armstrong and Rebekah Borman, who are seniors graduating from the art department at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Works include abstract landscape photographs and an art history thesis. The students are working with concepts such as the role of light in landscape photography and visual culture post-9/11.

Rebekah Borman’s body of work focuses on the relationship we have with landscapes and lighting. She explores this by abstracting the forms to focus on the colors and lighting in the landscapes around us. The interest in abstraction comes from the Impressionist painters, such as Claude Monet. By replacing the rapid paint strokes with gleaming streaks of light, she introduces a new approach and outlook on landscape photography. Rebekah hopes that “the viewer will approach the artworks with an open mind on what a landscape photograph traditionally looks like.”

Jensen Armstrong is an art historian and emerging museum professional. Her research interests focus on 20th-century art history and 21st-century visual culture. Her thesis focuses on how visual culture affected American perceptions of the War on Terror, specifically looking at photos from embedded journalism and movies within a broader historical context. By utilizing these media forms as case studies, the paper works to establish how they worked effectively to reinforce the government narrative. Jensen hopes that “viewers will look critically at the media around them moving forward and how images shape the way we understand the world.”

The Senior Thesis Exhibit highlights the extraordinary work of these dedicated students preparing to graduate from Notre Dame of Maryland University with their B.A. in photography and art history, as they are progressing into the world as artists and arts professionals.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Free admission; for more information, call 410-532-5525 or log



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Call for Curators
deadline April 28
posted by Prospect Art

We are seeking a curatorial research fellow at any stage of their career to help support the BROADCAST arm of our programming, highlighting media-based artists throughout the year. The selected candidate will design a cohesive program comprised of at least four BROADCAST segments (open to the public online events ranging from screenings, Q&A sessions with artists, and/or workshops) organized around a theme of their choosing. The research will be conducted from June to August 2024; at the end of that period, the fellow will present their program (and budget) to Prospect Art to seek funding to support the events and the curator in 2025. During this time, the curatorial fellow will be part of the NEW WORK review committee and will be expected to select half the artists for their program from the open call. This is an outstanding opportunity for the candidate to come in direct contact with a vast scope of artists. The selected curator will be awarded a $500 research honorarium for their curatorial research, with the possibility of receiving additional funds to conduct the program in 2025. We are particularly interested in curators who have a strong interest in environmental issues, climate change, and the impact of human existence in the arts.

Prospect Art was conceived during the 2020 pandemic. We are looking towards a world of representation and equality by creating new opportunities for local, national, and international artists. The organization is structured as an agile, responsive entity to serve artists, the local Los Angeles community, and beyond by supporting existing and new works to be presented to the public. We’re interested in breaking down silos and sharing information and knowledge to further artists’ careers and forge new alliances with the community.



HCAC Artist Studio Opportunities
multiple deadlines
posted by Howard County Arts Council

Click on each studio space for more complete information. 

Emerging Artist Studio Program @ Howard County Center for the Arts
Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom a short-term artist studio may make a significant difference to their career development or completion of a project. The selected artist will fill one available artist studio space, approximately 216 square feet, sharing access with two other artists in adjoining studios, for $171/month for the period of July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.

Resident Artist Studio @ Howard County Center for the Arts
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

We’re currently seeking applications from artists to fill one available resident artist studio space. The available studio is approximately 380 square feet, rents for $300.83 per month or $364.16 per month for out of County residents and has shared access with another artist in an adjoining studio.

Artist Studio @ Long Reach Village Center
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from artists for one artist studio space at Long Reach Village Center. The available studio is 76 square feet and rents for $67/month.



Howard County: Rising Star Award
deadline May 6
posted by Howard County Arts Center

Each year, we choose up to 10 rising stars to compete for our $5,000 Rising Star Award. Emerging performing artists with roots in Howard County can apply to be among the finalists who will perform at our Celebration gala — with the winner voted on by the audience! The competition is open to performers, both individuals and ensembles (up to four members), ages 18-35, who live, train, work or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past.

Following the finalists’ performances at the gala, the audience — including over 500 artists, arts patrons, community members and business and political leaders — casts their votes for the winner. Votes are tallied during the live event and the award winner is announced on stage! We may also give additional awards based on the amount of funding raised from the event.

Be part of the excitement!

The Howard County Arts Council established the Rising Star Award in 2003 to provide opportunities for emerging performing artists with roots in Howard County. Let us help shine a light on your talents. Submit your application to compete as one of our finalists!



Nicholson Project Residency
deadline May 12

The Nicholson Project was founded with a deep commitment to providing artists with the time, space, and support to create and further their practice. We welcome emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists & designers, but also dancers, poets/writers, makers, chefs, gardeners, architects, engineers, and scientists too. Selected artists will receive a $5,000 artist stipend. Artists will stay at the residency suite for 10 weeks. This suite includes an apartment with an artist studio attached. The apartment includes a fully furnished bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.



The Hopper Prize
deadline May 14

The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.

We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential.

We view the field of visual art in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists working in any media.



The 38th Chelsea International Fine Arts Competition
deadline May 14
posted by New York Art Competitions

Calling all artists! The 38th Chelsea International Fine Arts Competition is currently accepting submissions! Apply now for the chance to be among this year’s selected artists.
Along with the opportunity to showcase your artwork in Chelsea New York, selected artists will receive promotional benefits such as social media promotion, networking, and more! For more insight visit our website at



Open Call for Artists | Mary B. Howard Invitational
deadline May 15
posted by Tephra ICA

Guest Curated by Liz Ensz

Every two years, Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) presents the Mary B. Howard Invitational, a group exhibition featuring the work of regional contemporary artists. For each iteration of the show, Tephra ICA works with a guest curator to produce the exhibition through an open call for artists. This program values exhibition-making as a meaningful collaboration between artist and curator and a generative process that feeds the development and public presentation of innovative new work. The Invitational is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, long-time board member, and staunch supporter of Tephra ICA.

About the Exhibition

This year, Guest Curator Liz Ensz will work with three selected artists to develop a group exhibition, for which each artist creates and presents new work.

This exhibition will focus on the associative power of materials, and how they contribute to the meaning of the artwork, with a focus on textile practices. Because of the way that information becomes encoded within textiles, they have the power to embody and express culture. Interconnection is a fundamental quality of textile construction, and social interconnection is a fundamental aspect of their production. The flexible language of loops, knots, interlacements, and attachments all speak to the relationships of which our world is made. The cumulative and entangled way of building, joining many parts together as one, and organic growth taking place over time through repetition, echoes ecological, social, and political systems.

Liz Ensz and Tephra ICA encourage all eligible artists to apply regardless of whether an artist is working with fiber and welcome artists working with a range of traditional material practices and experimental forms.



Mid-Atlantic New Painting
deadline May 15
posted by Mary Washington College

UMW Galleries is now accepting submissions for the juried biennial exhibition, 2024 Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Begun in 1997, MANP is celebrating its twelfth exhibition of contemporary painting organized by the University of Mary Washington. Guest juror Heather Hakimzadeh, senior curator and special projects manager at Virginia MOCA, will select winners for three Juror Awards ($1000, $500, $250). One artwork will be selected for the Purchase Award, to be added to the UMW Galleries Permanent Collection.

The intention of Mid-Atlantic New Painting is to highlight new developments in painting within our region. Artists may submit up to three artworks for consideration. Entries can be any material or medium, with a physical limit of 80” in any dimension. Entries must have been completed within two years of the application deadline (no earlier than May 2022). Works must be suitable for hanging. Unframed work is acceptable if it is submitted with hanging instructions, special hardware, etc.. A $25 non-refundable fee must accompany the entry.

Submit payment and all application materials no later than Friday, May 15, at 11:59pm. Applications are accepted via CAFÉ:

Artists will be notified of acceptance by June 10. Accepted artworks are due to the gallery by October 17, and the exhibition will run from November 7, 2024, to January 19, 2025. Awards will be announced at the opening reception on November 7.

Artists are responsible for round trip transportation of accepted works. Works may be hand-delivered or shipped prepaid with a return shipping label included in the package. Shipping and labeling instructions will be detailed in the acceptance email. Shipped works will be returned in the same packaging materials in which they arrive, thus shipping containers should be sturdy enough for the return trip. Hand-delivered works must be wrapped or boxed for protection.

This exhibition and awards are made possible by the generosity of Alfred Levitt. Levitt was a New York artist and intellectual with an abiding interest in encouraging painters.

Any questions may be directed to [email protected].



James Laughlin Award // Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
deadline May 15
posted by American Academy of Poets

Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. The award was endowed in 1995 by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust. It is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914-1997), who founded New Directions in 1936.

The winning poet receives a prize of $5,000, an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members.

Submissions for the 2024 James Laughlin Award are accepted from January 1, 2024 to May 15, 2024. The judges are Tarfia Faizullah, Keetje Kuipers, and Barbara Jane Reyes.

Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes a ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize honors the memory of Lenore Marshall (1897-1971), a poet, novelist, essayist, and political activist. She was the author of three novels, three books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and selections from her notebooks. Her work appeared in such distinguished literary magazines as The New Yorker, The Saturday Review, and Partisan Review. In 1956 she helped found the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the citizens’ organization that lobbied successfully for passage of the 1963 partial nuclear test ban treaty. In 1994, the Academy was selected by the New Hope Foundation to administer the award.

Submissions for the 2024 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize are accepted from January 1, 2024 to May 15, 2024. The judges are Kyle DarganYesenia Montilla, and D. A. Powell.



Sawtooth Residencies in Ceramics and Woodworking
deadline May 15

The year-long Artist-in-Residence programs encourage the development of new skills, connections, and bodies of work while assisting with studio operations. Ceramic Residents are given 24/7 access to studio space, materials at cost, free firings, and the opportunity to teach, inspire, and energize our community. The Woodworking Resident will receive round-the-clock access to Wood and Lathe studios, a semi-private studio space, and a $3,000 stipend in exchange for working several hours per week.



Peyton Evans Artist Residency Program
deadline May 15
posted by The Studios of Key West

The Studios of Key West, the premier arts organization at the Southernmost Point of the United States, offers a residency program for emerging and established artists and writers from around the world. We provide residencies to visual artists, writers, composers, musicians, media artists, performers, and interdisciplinary artists.

The program grants nearly 40 artists each year the time and space to imagine new artistic work, engage in valuable dialogue and explore island connections.

The Studios’ residency program is community-based and built upon the hope that visiting artists will take inspiration from Key West’s rich artistic past and present, and will engage with — and be inspired by — the remarkable people and culture that surrounds them.

Key West’s official motto, “One Human Family” reflects our commitment to living together as caring, sharing neighbors dedicated to making our home as close to paradise as we can. To that end, we encourage artists of all races, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities to apply.



header image: Art by Phaan Howng, gallery photo by Vivian Doering

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