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This Week: Concrete Poetry 2 installation at The Ivy, Alex & Olmstead’s “Happy Birthday, Mon Ami” debuts at Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Transforming the Prototype 2 opening reception at Baltimore Jewelry Center, Asia North closing event, Final Fridays: Mind on Fire performances at Pratt Library, Nora Sturges’ opening reception at VisArts, Here, in this Little Bay: Celebrating 30 Years at the Kreeger, and Miranda Javid and Brendan Sullivan closing + artist talk at Current with a closing for the Baker Artist Award Showcase — PLUS Poe Baltimore Saturday “Visiter” Awards Contest deadline and more featured opportunities!


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Concrete Poetry 2: Cathy Park Hong — Cast concrete letters, concrete pavers. Letters: 6” x 3”, variable letter width (100 letters and symbols, 600-700 lbs) Platform: 10’ x 8’ x 2”

Concrete Poetry 2
@ The Ivy Bookshop grounds

Concrete Poetry 2, an outdoor installation celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month in The Ivy Bookshop gardens

Concrete Poetry 2 is an interactive outdoor installation of 100 free-standing cast concrete letters placed on a platform of concrete pavers. Visitors to The Ivy Bookshop’s gardens are welcome to move the letters and compose poetry. On occasion, noted authors are invited to feature their work.

In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, an excerpt from Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning is currently featured: “For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to prove myself into existence.”
–Cathy Hong Park, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Penguin Random House, 2020

Artist’s Statement
As public art, Concrete Poetry 2 is an expression of community trust. It is permanent and mutable. As often the case with public art, permanence and immutability can prove to be elusive. Through the installation, I query how do we move forward in an impermanent world?
–Julia Kim Smith

Jonathan Ceci Landscape Architects, New World Gardens, Orlando Products, Remington Artist Services



Happy Birthday, Mon Ami
Thursday, May 30 | Ongoing through June 2
@ Black Cherry Puppet Theatre

Thursday May 30, 7pm
Friday, May 31, 7pm
Saturday, June 1, 2pm
Saturday, June 1, 6:30pm
Sunday, June 2, 2pm

Doors open 1/2 hour before showtime with limited seating!

Tickets Available Now!

Standard Ticket $17.50
Starving Artist/Senior $15
Kids 16 & under $10

Class, cultures, and expectations clash when Jacques’ American cousin Sam visits him in Paris for a birthday celebration. Winner of a 2024 Jim Henson Foundation family grant award, “Happy Birthday, Mon Ami” will premiere at Baltimore’s renowned Black Cherry Puppet Theater.

Learn more about these incredible creators and puppeteers

Alex & Olmsted HERE!



Image: The Sun's Herald by Eunice Hong

Transforming the Prototype 2. | Opening Reception
Friday, May 31 :: 5-8pm
@ Baltimore Jewelry Center

Building on the success of the 2022 exhibition, Transforming the Prototype, the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Montgomery College, and Towson University invited students, alumni, emerging and established artists to apply for a second iteration of the project. The resulting exhibition, Transforming the Prototype 2 will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from May 31st – July 26th, 2024 with an opening reception on Friday, May 31st from 5 to 8pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public.

This project and the subsequent artworks are inextricably linked to the technique of lost wax casting. When creating a piece using the lost wax casting method, one of a kind, hand-carved waxes, or mold-produced wax multiples are encased in investment plaster, the wax is burnt out, and molten metal is poured into the remaining plaster mold creating a cast. Electing to participate in this project, applicants received a collection of traditional vintage wax patterns (rings, pendants, odds & ends) which they transformed through additive or subtractive processes. The objective was to radically reimagine the prototype wax pattern into bespoke object(s) or jewelry. Transforming the Prototype 2 was juried by Mary Hallam Pearse, Associate Professor of Art in Metals & Jewelry at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. As the exhibition juror Mary selected four artists to receive best in show awards; these will be announced at the opening and via social media.

Featured in Transforming the Prototype 2 are local, national, and international artists, including Andrea Corson, Anne Marie Smith, Audrey Zhou, Bethandy Oliveri, Camille Garcia, Carolyn Cox, Claire Webb, Cloie Ali, Col Cavanaugh, Cory Glasgow, Dolores Milmoe, Emily Culver, Eunice Hong, Evelyn Vanaman, Fabiana Fusco, Gia Chelston, Janna Gregonis, Jennifer Cudek, Jess Bischoff, Jessica Hunter-Hinsvark, Jim Cotter, Joshua Kosker, Julianna Englander, Kat Tomlin, Laurel Fulton, Lauren Goldstein, Lisa Johnson, Lydia Boyer, Maddie Kingston, Malika Green, Mana Hewitt, Margo MacKenzie, Maria Lucero, Motoko Furuhashi, Porsha Troost, Rae Richards, Rick Peterson, Robin Walderhaug, Sarah Tector, Sarah Walters, Seville Partida, Terrence Lavin, Theo Mayberry, & Trevor Mock.

“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the few art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibitions program creates an access point for the larger public to learn about contemporary and traditional jewelry arts, while also acting as a platform to promote and sell the work of local and national artists in the broader metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “We’re excited for the community to encounter the work in Transforming the Prototype 2, which provides a unique view into the ancient lost wax casting technique and expertly illustrates how no two artists approach materials in the same way. Although they started out with similar components, each of the final works are distinctly individual.”



Asia North 2024 | Closing Event
Friday, May 31 :: 5-9pm
@ Motor House, 16 W. North Ave., and Sidewalk in Front of the North Avenue Market

Celebrate the conclusion of Asia North 2024. Congratulate the artists featured in Love Letters to Baltimore + the DMV. Enjoy performances by Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Arts, Sutradhar Institute of Dance, Steve Hung, Spike Yee & Proper, and 1PICK.



Final Fridays: Mind on Fire
Friday, May 31 :: 6-8pm
@ Enoch Pratt Free Library

27 performers in 20 simultaneous performances!

Join Mind on Fire as we present a pantheon of Baltimore performers making music, dance, poetry, and theater all over the spaces of the Enoch Pratt Central Library. This is an event you do not want to miss. Explore and discover art everywhere in the building – all happening at the same time!

May 31, 6:00pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street

The Arm (Jason Charney, Sara Manley, and Patrick McMinn)
Carly Bales
Taylor Boykins
Gracie Carney
Allison Clendaniel
Ami Dang
David Diongue
Liz Downing
Laure Drogoul
Ruby Fulton
Orlando Johnson
Konjur Collective (Bashi Rose & Bishop)
Troy Long
LaTiesha Melvin
Jamal Moore
Heather Morrison
Bao Nguyen
Ty Page
Stephanie Ray
Peter Redgrave
Robin Rhodes
Khristian Weeks
Kelly Xio
Will Yager



Nora Sturges, Darwin: The View from the Road, 2021

Nora Sturges’ Darwin: The View from the Road | Opening Reception
Friday, May 31 :: 7-9pm
@ VisArts Rockville

Common Ground Gallery

Artist Statement

In this ongoing project, begun in the isolation of the early pandemic, I’m using Google Street View to follow the route that Charles Darwin took with the Beagle (1832-36) and making tiny, postcard-sized paintings of what I discover. Like Darwin, I’m dedicated to close observation and guided by curiosity.

The observations of the natural world that Darwin accumulated on his trip led, years later, to the theories of natural selection and evolution that he set forth in On the Origin of Species. My own journey is taking place during a time that is undeniably Anthropocene, and I find that my observations are leading me instead to ideas about what it is to be human.

About the Artist

Nora Sturges has exhibited her work widely in solo shows at the Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, Virginia), Spaces (Cleveland, Ohio), David Lusk Gallery (Nashville, Tennessee), C. Grimaldis Gallery and School 33 (Baltimore, Maryland), the 1708 Gallery (Richmond, Virginia), the Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), and Ventura College (Ventura, California), among others.

Sturges’ group exhibitions have included Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Galerie Youn (Montreal, Canada), Civilian Art Projects (Washington, DC), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin, Germany), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, Delaware), Asya Geisberg Gallery and The Painting Center (New York, New York), Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Antioch College, Goucher College, and Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, Maryland).

Sturges is the recipient of four Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and her work has been included in New American Paintings four times. She received a BA in studio art from Bowdoin College and an MFA in painting from Ohio University. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is a professor of art at Towson University.



Here, in this little Bay: Celebrating 30 Years at the Kreeger
Saturday, June 1 | Ongoing through October 5
@ The Kreeger Museum

Fourteen artists from nine countries reflect on their interactions with the natural environment in the Kreeger Museum’s 30th-anniversary exhibition titled Here, in this Little Bay: Celebrating 30 Years at the Kreeger. The exhibition is on view from June 1, 2024–October 5, 2024.

Founded by David and Carmen Kreeger, the Kreeger Museum opened in 1994, featuring the couples’ collection of American and European Modernism and African and Asian art in a stunning travertine and glass building designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster. The building, which had functioned as the Kreegers’ home since the 1960s, uniquely combines art, architecture and landscape in intimate galleries, verdant courtyards, and sculpture-filled grounds. This appreciation of the living environment inspired an anniversary exhibition that looks at artists’ changing approaches to the natural world since the French Impressionists worked en plein air during the late 19th-century. “This exhibition introduces a thought-provoking range of creative visions that address environmental disruption and sustainability today. It is an honor to have the work of these artists in our gallery spaces,” says Kreeger Director Helen Chason.

Comprising artists from Argentina, Burma, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Greece, Japan, Korea, Iran and the United States, the exhibition is guest curated by Kristen Hileman, and includes photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures with both representational and conceptual approaches considered. Artists who explore the wondrous abstract structures and patterns of nature are complemented by those who more specifically investigate the ways that labor, migration, trade and conflict interface with the environment. Nature is contemplated as a model of endurance and growth, as well as an entity subject to extreme human interventions, including climate change and nuclear devastation.

The exhibition’s title is taken from the first line of Victorian poet Coventry Patmore’s (British 1823-1896) work Magna Est Veritas. The poem juxtaposes the ocean with town-life in a meditation on time and truth. Text: © The Kreeger Museum, 2024



Having a Body | Closing Reception & Artist Talk + Baker Artist Award Finalist Showcase | Closing Reception
Sunday, June 2 :: 2-5pm
@ Current Space

Current Space is proud to present ‘Having a Body,’ an exhibition of works by Miranda Javid and Brendan Sullivan. Please join us for the Closing Reception & Artist Talk on June 2nd from 2-5pm! Talk at 3!

‘Having a Body’ contains works of animation, sculpture, and drawing. In each medium, the gestures are fragmentary, like excerpts from a journal or the field notes of a 19th century naturalist whose subject is the inconsistency of self, both the internal and external in equal consideration.

There is humor in the work, as well as contemplative spaces of blank expanses and existential strains. Above all else, ‘Having A Body’ is an invitation of quietude expressed through a human lens.

This exhibition closes concurrently with the Baker Artist Award Finalist Showcase, on view in the newly reopened Project Space. Be sure to explore both exhibitions while you’re here!



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Stoop’s looking for storytellers!

We have three shows this summer and we need your stories!

B-More Proud :
Queer Tales of Charm City

Thursday, June 27, 2024
7:30 pm
Join The Stoop at the Creative Alliance for an evening of true, personal, queer tales from Charm City!
With musical guest Katie Long
Got a story for this show? Submit it here!

Mistaken Identity:
Stories about Disguises, Spy Games, and Mix-ups

Thursday, July 18, 2024
7:00 pm
Join The Stoop at The Green Room for an evening of true, personal tales about mistaken identity!
With musical guests The Bayberries!
Got a story for this show? Submit it here!

Rose Colored Glasses:
Stories of Summertime Nostalgia

Friday, August 16, 2024
7:00 pm
Join The Stoop at Manor Mill in Monkton for an evening of true, personal tales about the summers of our youth!
With musical guests The Honey Dewdrops!
Got a story for this show? Submit it here!



Edgar Allan Poe Saturday Visiter Awards Contest
deadline May 30

If you’re a fan of the mysterious, the strange, the gruesome or the eccentric and you’re a writer or artist, film maker or performer, time is getting short to enter the prestigious 6th Annual Saturday “Visiter” awards, inspired by the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 30, 2024.

The Saturday “Visiter” Awards are an international contest honoring a new generation of artists and writers inspired by the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe and recognizes the best in multiple categories such as film, art, performance, and writing. For more information, visit Winners of the awards will be announced at the International Edgar Allan Poe Awards & Festival in October 2024.

Poe Baltimore is excited to announce the special guest and judges for this year’s awards:

  • SPECIAL GUEST: Mark Dawidziak- He is the author of recent Edgar Awards-nominated biography A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe. He has written or editor25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A CasebookThe Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer.


    • Chris Semtner- Curator, Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA
    • Roger McCormack- Education Coordinator, The Bronx County Historical Society
    • Wordsmith- Songwriter, Poet, Recording Artist, Playwright, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist in Baltimore
    • LuAnn Marshall- Tour Guide, Westminster Cemetery & Catacombs
    • Eben Dennis- Manager, Special Collections Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library
    • Basil Considine- Artistic Director, Really Spicy Opera

The Saturday “Visiter” Awards are named after the prize a young Poe won in 1833 from the Saturday Visiter, a weekly periodical published in Baltimore. That prize launched the famed writer’s career. The fee for SVA submission is $25 per entry and nominees will be given a ticket to the Black Cat Ball, a prize medal and a “Saturday Visiter Awards” designation for their work. Judges for the 2024 awards include representatives from preeminent Poe institutions and arts locations, including Baltimore’s own Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, The Poe Cottage in New York, and others.

Poe Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents.  The organization is dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities celebrating Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond.



The Baltimore Jewelry Center Graduate Show Call
deadline May 31

Since 2014, the BJC has served the contemporary jewelry and metals field in myriad ways, including through our gallery space where we have hosted 58 exhibitions. On the eve of our tenth anniversary, we are excited to launch a new annual exhibition: the Baltimore Jewelry Center Graduate Show. This exhibition will feature the work of emerging jewelers and metalsmiths as they complete their formal education while also acting as an archive and spotlight for the work being created by recent graduates. The goal of this annual exhibition is to highlight the work that is being produced by graduating jewelers and metalsmiths using an open and inclusive framework, with the desire to capture the depth and breadth of what is currently being created in the field.

Learn more about the BJC Graduate Show Application and its requirements on our website. Don’t miss the opportunity to apply! Applications are due Friday, May 31st. Applications will be juried by the BJC’s Exhibition Committee. Award: One piece will be chosen as best in show; the artist selected will be awarded a One-Month Emerging Artist Residency with the BJC.



Artist Entry Form: The 11th Annual Summer Plein Air Show / 2024
deadline June 4
posted by Crystal Moll Gallery & Highlandtown Gallery

ArtSource Radius Exhibition Opportunity
deadline June 6
posted by The Delaware Contemporary

Thank you for being a member artist of our new ArtSource Registry! We are building this to be a dynamic platform that centers you, a local or regional artist, in our curatorial mission. We have selected the artists who will exhibit their work in the galleries
for the Summer Invitational, however, we feel your voice and perspective are essential to telling a more whole story of what ArtSource, and other creative-focused resources, means to you as a working artist in the region. This is an open invitation, if you submit a video it will be included*!

In addition to the six galleries of artists in the Summer Invitational, we are making a seventh gallery for you.

The Draper Gallery, at the heart of the museum, will host an exhibit dedicated to your voice about the certainties and uncertainties that can occur in the artistic process. You and the other members of ArtSource are invited to address one of our question prompts in a video to be projected in the space.



Fleeting Moments 2024 – Street Photography
deadline June 16
posted by The Athenaeum

Back by popular demand, the Athenaeum is hosting an open call for entry to our second street photography exhibition, August 8 through September 22, 2024. There will be a $500 dollar prize awarded to a judge’s determination of ‘best in show’ and a $500 prize awarded by popular vote for ‘people’s choice.’ This event is open to anyone living or working in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

Like our previous show, this exhibition will feature photographs that capture candid moments, revelatory interpretations, and brilliant reflections of the mundane – work commonly referred to as ‘street photography.’ In 1943 the New York Times referred to the street photography of Helen Levitt, as, “fleeting moments of surpassing lyricism, mystery and quiet drama.” Those qualities will be the hallmark of works selected for this show. We are looking for high aesthetic standards, as well as images that capture a moment, ask a question, or tell a story beyond what is pictured.



🌸 SPRING * NEW $1,800.00 Innovate Grants for Art + Photo
deadline June 20

Innovate Grant awards (2) $1,800.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition, (12) honorable mentions (6 in art and 6 in photo), will be featured on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant’s commitment extends beyond the grant cycle by promoting the work of selected winners and honorable mentions into the future. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Innovate Grant awards:

+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grant to a Visual Artist
+ 1 x $1,800.00 Grant to a Photographer
+ 12 x Honorable Mentions

Explore the work of ALL Past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at

How to Apply: Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at

Category:Multiple disciplines and genres accepted
: Thursday, June 20, 2024 – Submit by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time
US & International
2 x $1,800.00 USD Grants // 12 x Honorable Mentions

Apply Online Today



Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Indoor Mural at 4MLK
deadline June 21
posted by BOPA

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Wexford Science + Technology are issuing this call for artists for an indoor mural for 4MLK at 4 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Baltimore MD 4MLK is a gateway between the BioPark, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Medical Center offering Class A laboratory, office, flex lab, and convening spaces, and is set to open in fall of 2024.

Information and images of the project are at

This call for artists will be conducted in two parts: the first is a Request for Qualifications (this current call for artists), in which experienced muralists, public artists and 2D artists may apply with examples of work, detailed below. Two artists will be invited to submit a proposal for the site and paid a $500 stipend. The selected artist will then work directly with representatives from Wexford Science + Technology to make final design decisions and install the mural.

The total budget for this 570 square foot mural is $19,950. Expected completion date of the mural would be October 2024.



Call for Solo Exhibitions 2025
deadline June 28
posted by VisArts

VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2025 solo exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery, Common Ground Gallery, and Concourse Gallery. Exhibitions in each of the galleries explore the breadth of contemporary art and feature emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art.

The Gibbs Street Gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16-foot ceilings. It’s at street level with floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply.
The Common Ground Gallery is located on Floor 2 and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply.
The Concourse Gallery is located on Floor 2 and is approximately 500 square feet. It has curved windows along one wall. International, national, and local artists are welcome to apply. Applicants who’ve participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years aren’t eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28 at 11:59 PM
All VisArts calls are free.
Incomplete applications won’t be reviewed.



Fiberart International 2025 Call for Entry
deadline June 30
posted by Contemporary Craft and Brew House Arts

Fiberart International 2025 (Fi2025) seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.

The 25th edition of the Fiberart International will be organized and presented by Contemporary Craft in partnership with Brew House Arts. Fi2025 will feature works by established and emerging artists and will be open to the public, with artwork located at both Contemporary Craft and Brew House Arts.

Since 1967, the Fiberart International was produced by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, a non-profit, member supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuance. Contemporary Craft is grateful for the long-term relationship with the Guild, and also for the opportunity to work so closely with them over the years on this exhibition.



Robert Giard, 1985. Photo by Toba Tucker, Courtesy The Estate of Robert Giard

Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers
deadline June 30
posted by Queer | Art

Queer|Art’s first international grant provides an award of $10,000 for the winner and $1,250 for distinguished finalists, to support the creation of new work by emerging LGBTQ+ photographers. Named in honor of photographer Robert Giard (1939-2002), a portrait, landscape, and figure photographer whose work focused on LGBTQ+ lives and issues, the grant focuses on supporting emerging LGBTQ+ photographers whose projects address issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ+ identity.

The grant was organized in partnership with The Robert Giard Foundation from 2020 until 2022 when the Foundation ceased operations. The Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers supports and promotes self-taught, early career or otherwise emerging LGBTQ+ artists, awarded on a yearly basis. This support is vital for emerging artists, who may lack the financial resources or institutional support available to more established artists. The 2024 Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers is made possible with the generous support of Joan Cadden, Glenn Stancroff, and the Robert Giard Foundation. After five years, 2024 will be Queer|Art’s final year hosting the Robert Giard Grant.

Applications are open March 31st, 2024 through June 30th, 2024.



Artist’s Choice 2024 Regional Juried Show
deadline June 30
posted by Foundry Gallery

This month-long group show at the Foundry’s industrial-style space in Washington, DC is open to painting, drawing, mixed media and photography by artists age 18 and up in the greater Washington area (you have to be close enough to deliver your work).

One of Washington’s premier contemporary galleries, the Foundry promotes the work of emerging and accomplished regional artists.

Work is limited to 36” wide. If accepted it should be professionally presented, with a wire on the back, and works on paper should be framed.

There is no theme. All art will be for sale, and the gallery retains a 40% commission. Work may not be removed before the end of the show.



Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture Residency
deadline June 30

Artists, scholars, scientists, and researchers are invited to apply for two- to four-week residencies under the theme of care and stewardship. Residents receive shared housing and studio space. Travel reimbursements are also available.



Monique in her room, Queens, NY

Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
deadline June 30
posted by Queer | Art

Queer|Art is pleased to open applications for the fourth annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field. Four distinguished finalists will also receive $1,250.

The Illuminations Grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen, whose body of photographic work over the last forty years has been squarely focused on expanding cultural consciousness around gender and transformation. The development of this grant was stewarded by consultant and writer Aaryn Lang, working in collaboration with Mariette Pathy Allen, Serena Jara, and Queer|Art.

“The Illuminations Grant not only highlights the lacking representation of Black trans women in the visual arts,” says Lang, “but also seeks to confront the systemic barriers that deny them artistic opportunities and a sustainable craft. By supporting this grant, Mariette Pathy Allen challenges herself and the art industry to see Black trans women as more than mere subjects, while forging a new pathway for visual artists within this community to thrive.”



header image: Soledad Salamé, In Silence, 2001-2002, Resin, insects, 65 x 55 x 2 inches

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