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This Week: Jerrell Gibbs at James Cohan NYC, artists reception + awards presentation for UMBC’s 2024 Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, The Black Artist Fair’s Grantwriting Basics – The Black AF Edition, Open Critique w/ Schroeder Cherry at Creative Alliance, Arvay Adams opening reception at Winkel Gallery, Edgar Reyes opening reception at Hamiltonian Artists DC, Underwater Adventure at Art House, and a closing reception for Greg Fletcher and Leslie Schwing at Gallery 1448 — PLUS more Artscape opportunites and other calls for entry!


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Dance Phone GIF by Tkay Maidza

Image: JERRELL GIBBS, Jerry’s kids, 2024, Oil on canvas, 70 1/8 x 70 1/8 in, 178.1 x 178.1 cm. Photo by Phoebe d'Heurle.

Jerrell Gibbs: Language of Tears
Ongoing through June 15
@ James Cohan, 52 Walker Street

James Cohan is pleased to present Language of Tears, an exhibition of new paintings by Baltimore-based artist Jerrell Gibbs, on view from May 3 through June 15, 2024, at the gallery’s 52 Walker Street location. This marks the artist’s New York debut and first solo exhibition with James Cohan. The gallery will host an exhibition walkthrough with the artist on Friday, May 3, at 5:30 PM, followed by an opening reception from 6-8 PM.

Jerrell Gibbs creates luminously rendered, expressionistic oil paintings that synthesize a wide range of art historical and cultural references to mine the elliptical contours of memory. His allegorical and autobiographical compositions explore themes of Black masculinity, fatherhood, legacy, and remembrance, complicating and subverting visual stereotypes and misrepresentations. Often working from archival family photographs, Gibbs creates tender, emotionally evocative vignettes that highlight moments of quiet joy and sorrow, rest, and mundane beauty while engaging deeply with the materiality of his process.

The inspiration for the body of work in this exhibition came from the artist’s viewing of the 1977 Ralph Nelson film A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, which centers on the struggles of a young boy in South Central Los Angeles following the abandonment of his biological father. This film sparked a period of self-examination and painterly exploration for Gibbs, bringing to the surface his own experience of losing his father at a young age. For Gibbs, the canvas becomes a space within which he can parse the gaps and ruptures of personal memory to create works that provide portals into universal human emotional experiences.

While the figures that populate Gibbs’ paintings are often drawn from personal life, he situates them within domestic interiors and fictive nonspaces that create cinematic moments of narrative ambiguity. Building up his surfaces in a process of accumulative brushstrokes, the artist imbues his scenes with a mixture of the familiar and the imaginative. Windows and mirrors frequently appear in his work, as both a metaphoric invocation of the variable experience of memory and a device to allow the artist to manipulate multidirectional light sources with painterly finesse. In My worst fear is…tragedy on news, 2024, a mirror’s reflection casts a familiar scene of family gathered on the couch in front of the television into a realm of slightly destabilizing distortion, suggesting the jarring impact of what might be unfolding before them in primetime.

In this new body of work, Gibbs has begun experimenting with compositional disruptions that reinforce the psychological interiority of his figures. In Like father like son, 2024, a small canvas depicting the artist as a young child is affixed to a portrait of his father. Head bowed in profile as he listens to music on headphones, his beloved record collection surrounds him. This use of separate surfaces highlights the distance between the father who is gone and the son who has remained. Yet the color relationships across the two canvases suggest that, for the artist, music–like painting– can function as a bridge or point of connection across time and loss. In Inheritance, 2024, Gibbs depicts his father as a young man new to fatherhood and filled with its attendant joys, holding his infant son. A black void eclipses the child’s face. The artist notes, “This void is my own experience of the moment, which I only experience as a photograph.” The painting becomes a way to both pay intimate tribute to his father’s visible joy and to grapple with, on a broader level, what it means to build an identity as a father and a man when the memory of those who came before you is incomplete.

What happens when the dream falls apart, 2024, and Two peas in a pod, 2024, introduce new physical material into the artist’s oeuvre. Gibbs limns these figures with flattened appliques of imitation gold leaf, transforming contemporary family portraits into 21st century icons that build upon the rich art historical tradition of illuminated divinity. The artist’s choice of imitation gold leaf is significant, functioning as a metaphor for the resourcefulness with which his family and his community in Baltimore have repeatedly built and rebuilt their lives with what little they had and were given.



2024 Visual Arts Senior Exhibition | Artists Reception + Awards Presentation
Tuesday, May 21 :: 5-7pm

The Department of Visual Arts presents the 2024 Visual Arts Senior Exhibition. Curated and designed by IMDA MFA student and CADVC graduate assistant Andrew Liang, this exhibition celebrates the extensive work of senior undergraduates.

Please join us for an Artists Reception and Awards Presentation on May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.!

Visitor Information

Admission to the exhibition and all public programs is free. The CADVC is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking is free during evening and weekend hours, and metered parking is available other times. Please visit here for directions and parking information.

Visitors who need any specific accommodations should contact CADVC at [email protected] or 410-455-3188 as soon as possible.

Graphic image created by Nori Urbina under the supervision of professor Kelley Bell.



Grantwriting Basics – The Black AF Edition
Tuesday, May 21 :: 6-8pm
@ New Song Community Learning Center

Grantwriting Basics – The Black AF Edition ✊🏽📝✍🏽 brought to you by @officialblackartsdistrict @blkassfleamkt and The Artist Exchange

Petula Caesar will serve as the facilitator for the Grantwriting Basics

As part of The Black Artist Fair workshop series on May 21st. This workshop aims to provide participants with the essential knowledge and tools required to successfully navigate the terrain of grant writing, particularly within the context of Black artists and organizations.



Open Critique w/ Schroeder Cherry
Thursday, May 23 :: 7pm
@ Creative Alliance

Join artists for monthly Open Critique—one of Creative Alliance’s longest-running programs! This is an opportunity to share artwork in progress, engage with local artists, and build community. This event is free for members, and this month is hosted by artist Schroeder Cherry! Each session is an open forum to show 1-2 examples of your artwork and receive feedback from experienced artists from varying mediums and backgrounds. Please send digital examples of work 48 hours before the event day to [email protected].

Artist Bio
Originally from Washington, DC, Schroeder Cherry is now a Maryland-based artist and 2019 Sondheim competition finalist who captures everyday scenes of African diaspora life. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in painting and puppetry from The University of Michigan; a Master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University; and a Doctorate in museum education from Columbia University. His works are in private and public collections across the US. He received an Individual Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council in 2021 and was a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellow in 2023. In 2024, he visited Brazil, funded by Municipal Arts Society of Baltimore City Travel Grant. He is featured in the 2024 PBS Craft In America episode on Play.



Arvay Adams Lucky Trifecta, 2024

Arvay Adams: Participation Trophy​ | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 25 :: 4-7pm
@ Winkel Gallery

Arvay Adams, a Baltimore native and MICA graduate, introduces his inaugural major exhibit, “Participation Trophy,” seamlessly melding the realms of Art, Sports, and Culture in an extraordinary display of creativity. Through a unique fusion of traditional techniques and contemporary vision, Adams invites viewers to explore the harmonious intersectionality of these seemingly distinct worlds. The collection serves as a captivating bridge, challenging conventional perspectives and encouraging a deeper contemplation of shared experiences. With masterful strokes, Adams navigates the symbiotic relationship between art and sports, offering a fresh and thought-provoking perspective. Set against the backdrop of his hometown, “Participation Trophy” promises an immersive experience, transcending boundaries and leaving an indelible mark on Baltimore’s artistic landscape.

View Exhibit Online



Ponte Trucha Digitally woven acrylic baby blanket 39 x 31 in (99.06 x 78.74 cm)

it was only a dream: New works by Edgar Reyes | Opening Reception
Saturday, May 25 :: 5-7pm
@ Hamiltonian Artists DC

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to present Edgar Reyes’s solo exhibition It Was Only a Dream. Inspired by his experience growing up undocumented in the DC area (locally referred to as the DMV) amid the sensationalization of organized crime in the early 2000s, Reyes’s new body of work teases at the blurred lines between Chicano masculinity, criminality, and cultural identity.

Abstracting images from his family archive and layering them with found Chicano relics, Reyes invites viewers into a geometric, pixelated dreamscape reminiscent of his boyhood. Through sculpture, installation, and prints on fabric, Reyes renders the complicated beauty of Mexican American identity and ideals, interrogating the conditions that have come to define them.

Situated in the haze of memory and media, It Was Only a Dream reflects the ways in which projection can warp perceptions and how nostalgia can distort the past.

An artist-led exhibition walkthrough will be held on Saturday, June 8, 3pm. Link to register here. Visit Hamiltonian Artists’ website and follow @hamiltonian_artists on Instagram for more information; details to be announced.



Underwater Adventure 2024
Saturday, May 25 :: 8-10pm
@ Art House

Hoist sails and get ready for a night of sea-lacious fun and wet and wild entertainment!

Dig into a treasure trove of performance art, music, and stand up comedy provided by the most buoyant entertainers in Baltimore!

Rose Vineshank, Mike Smith, Asher Zumwalt, Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking Collective, Jung Blood Music, and Violet Gray! Hosted By Olivia The Sea Turtle!

Come out and sail the 7 seas of silliness with us May 25th @ 8p.m.!

Arthouse Pizza 1115 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Tix are $10 and can be purchased through:


Venmo @micsmif

or at the door! . . . rsvp @ [email protected]

See ya soon ya spicy land lovers!



TASTING SPRING Works by Greg Fletcher and Leslie Schwing | Closing Reception
Sunday, May 26 :: 2-6pm
@ Gallery 1448

Join us at Gallery 1448 at the opening reception / garden party for Tasting Spring, an exhibition of works by Greg Fletcher and Leslie Schwing. Both artists have been creating artwork professionally for over 40 years. For the past 30 years, they have been sharing a studio and an art life at Artists Housing Inc., in Baltimore. Together they have developed and maintained the impressive gardens on the grounds of Artists Housing.

Raised in East Baltimore, Greg Fletcher is known for capturing the visual history of his changing world. He also produces more abstract work, vibrant with color and syncopated rhythm. Fletcher was initially self-taught and encouraged by his older brother, an artist.  His mentors include John Sauersand Ralph McGuire. Fletcher’s  work has been widely exhibited and is part of the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Leslie Schwing grew up in Western Pennsylvania. As a child she received artistic training from her mother, an artist. She went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University and completed her graduate degree at George Washington University, where she studied under Constance Costigan. Schwing then relocated to the Dominican Republic for seven years, eventually ending up in Baltimore. Her work is widely collected.

Fletcher and Schwing often paint from life, then continue those works in-studio. Both artists range in subject and style from abstract to figurative to land- and cityscape, echoing the tempos and patterns of their cultural origins and experiences as well as their influence on each other.



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Call for submissions: EXCHANGE
deadline June 3
posted by Academy Art Museum

Event Date: Friday, August 9, 6-9 pm and Saturday August 10, 2024, 1-4pm
Event Location: Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD,
Inquiries/Questions Email: [email protected]

The Academy Art Museum, in collaboration with Brea Soul invites artists to submit artwork for our third edition of Exchange. This summer showcase is a free weekend experience that explores and embodies the definition of the word “exchange” through various art mediums and provides an opportunity for local artist to display, sell and become immersed within a distinguished art museum.

The call is open to Maryland, DC, and Virginia-based, practicing emerging artists. We are most interested in ideas that define “Exchange” or reflect a theme of communicating one to another. Artwork will be accepted until May 29 and selected to present between August 9 and 11 in Easton, MD.

– All Maryland, DC, and Virginia-based practicing artist are encouraged to submit.

– Any original 2D or 3D artwork created within the last four years, including traditional and digital photography, paintings, collage, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fiber/textile, mixed media, wood, digital art, and glass.

Open Call Submission Deadline – Monday, June 3 at 11:59 pm
Applicants Notified of Selection – Sunday, June 9 at 11:59 pm



Southwest Contemporary Vol. 10 — Radical Futures
deadline June 3

As a companion to Southwest Contemporary‘s Spring-Summer 2024 issue, Living Histories, Radical Futures will explore how our actions in the present will shape the future to come. What values will we carry forward? What should we discard?

In envisioning radical futures, artists lead the way by questioning long-held belief systems and challenging the status quo. Art can communicate radical approaches to reorientation, transformation, and regeneration. Art provokes exercises of the imaginary, reveals future pathways, and builds new worlds.

In this issue, we ask, what is the future of art, design, and culture? How are artists in the Southwest region imagining rural and urban futures, issues of land and water, decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty, technology and media, ecology and environmental justice, and other topics vital to our future?

From utopian to dystopian, these kinds of radical imaginings help us better understand the challenges and struggles of today and what we might do to overcome them. Radical futures tug at the roots of the structures and systems in place, revealing their interconnections and loosening their grip. Radical futures uproot determinism and despair—and hold up the possibility of a new world.

For this issue, we are looking for artists (18+) working across the Southwest whose works are future-facing, world-building, visionary, speculative, and imagination-sparking. Artists connected to, working within, or referencing various Futurisms (Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futurisms, Latinx Futurisms, Queer Futurisms, etc) are encouraged to apply, as well as artists engaging with new media and emergent technologies. This call is open to artists of all media: 2D, 3D, time-based, digital, etc.

Artists are encouraged to think broadly about these ideas.



Maryland Folk Festival Applications for Marketplace Vendors
deadline June 7

The Festival Marketplace will offer festivalgoers the opportunity to purchase the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the surrounding region. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions. Sculpture, Pottery, jewelry and painting are all among eligible categories. Basic Vendor fee is $250 upon acceptance. There is a $35 application fee.



Call to Submit: 2024 Booooooom Art & Photo Book Award
deadline June 7

Calling all artists and photographers! It’s the return of one of our most popular open calls, the Booooooom Art & Photo Book Award! Once again we are teaming up with our friends over at Bookmobile to offer the chance to have your work published as a standalone book for free! We will be selecting 6 projects to turn into books—each by a different artist, illustrator, or photographer—at zero cost to the individual.

If you have a specific series or a cohesive selection of work that you want to turn into a book, we want to see it. We are looking for finished work as opposed to works-in-progress or otherwise incomplete projects. This is open to all our members, if you’re not a member you can learn more about becoming one here.



Artscape Opportunities
deadline June 9
posted by BOPA

The second round of Artscape opportunities are now open! New applications include Community Engagement, Arts Organizations, Baltimore City Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. There is also an open call for artists to apply for the B_24 exhibition and an open model call for Project Artscape. Paid positions include Production Coordinators to manage a number of areas throughout the festival.



Call for Submissions for Takoma ARTery Art Exhibition
deadline June 9

The City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division is planning an art exhibition at the Takoma Park Community Center featuring members of the Takoma ARTery, a local volunteer-run artists group that provides an online artist directory, storefront window displays, social media promotion, and artist events. ARTery members don’t need to be Takoma Park residents but should have some connection to the city, such as living or working here or in nearby communities. There is more info about the call and joining the ARTery here.



2025 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Visual Arts and Curatorial Work
deadline June 10

The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant visual artists and three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant curators who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in their field. Applications are open through June 10, 2024.

Who Should Apply

You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
You are not more than 38 years old
You have 5 years of professional experience in visual arts or curatorial work and possess a strong track record of creative and high-caliber work
Why Should You Apply

Unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 is awarded to each prizewinner
Reflect on how your experience as an immigrant has shaped your success
Receive an invaluable endorsement from leaders in your field
Receive a comprehensive public relations campaign to promote you and your work
Eligible Categories

Visual Arts

Applicants in the visual art category will be considered across the following areas of practice, please select all subcategories below that apply to your practice in general: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramic, textile, installation, film/video, digital art, performance that manifests in time-based visual presentation, etc.

Curatorial Work

Applicants in the curatorial work categories will be considered for having organized and developed single artist or group exhibitions at any scale or extending over any or time period in the following professional capacities: private or public institutions, foundations, independent curatorial practice, biennials or art fairs, galleries, etc.



CALL FOR ART – Queering Democracy
deadline June 15
posted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center

ImageOut Art and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) invite artists to submit their work for the forthcoming juried exhibition: “Queering Democracy: Art, Identity, and Politics in 2024.”

Queer art has achieved greater prominence in recent years, yet the LGBTQIA+ community’s struggle for freedom and equality persists. There are currently over 540 state-legislated bills threatening the rights and needs of non-binary individuals, including targeted measures against transgender people. From restricting Drag performances to censoring school curriculum and banning books, the echoes of past discrimination are hauntingly reminiscent. The urgency of this artistic call is undeniable. We hope this exhibition will serve as a reflection of our current moment, and as a poignant response to the alarming rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation sweeping the nation.

We welcome 2D, 3D, and electronic media that:
– Showcases experiences, emotions, and thoughts on the evolving struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation
– Channels queer history, beauty, politics, fierceness, and fabulousness
– Are documentary in nature, recording and reflecting on our history and current moment
*We are especially interested in small series of works exploring these themes

Accepted artists will receive a stipend to help offset the cost of production or transport of their work. This exhibition will be juried by a diverse panel of arts professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+ The exhibition is a project of the ImageOut Art Committee in partnership with Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

– Artists of all backgrounds, identities, and those exploring all narratives of genderqueerness.
– Artists nationally across the United States.

Artist Submissions Due: Friday, June 15, 2024 by 5pm
Notification of Acceptance: On or after July 6, 2024
Accepted Artwork Drop Off: September 8, 2024, 12-5pm
Shipped Artworks Should Arrive By: September 1, 2024
Exhibition Opens: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 16, 2024

Submission and jurying will take place through this website:
Please contact us if you have any questions: (585) 461-2222

The Mission of the ImageOut film festival is to promote awareness, foster dialogue, and build community by showcasing LGBTQ+ arts and culture through films and other creative works in the greater Rochester, New York area.



Stove Works Residency
deadline June 15

From February through November of each year, Stove Works’ Artist Residency invites eight artists to live/work for one to three months at a time. Our residency serves as a moment away from the rigamarole of life and an opportunity for artists (for you) to take advantage of the dedicated time, space, resources, and community we have to offer.

Our Open Call for Residency applications runs from May 15 – June 15 of each year.



header image: Edgar Reyes. Ponte Trucha. Digitally woven acrylic baby blanket, 39 x 31 in (99.06 x 78.74 cm)

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