Connect + Collect

Do You Want to Collect the Art of Your Time and Place? Do you want to invest in the excellence that the visual arts bring to Baltimore?

Connect+Collect is a collecting initiative designed to engage new and established collectors and to build relationships with Baltimore-based artists through talks, gallery and studio visits. We want to help you collect the work of artists on the verge of global success–while you still can and to mobilize a collective momentum to place works by Baltimore-based artists in institutional, corporate, and museum collections.

Our first Thursday C+C Zoom Talks with artists and galleries will resume in the fall, but you can watch the videos from each below.

Video projection by Savannah Wood from Close Read

Connect+Collect offers studio tours, speaker series, professional development for artists and collectors, and an exhibition space attached to BmoreArt’s headquarters at 2519 N. Charles Street.

The gallery is opening back up to small groups by appointment to view our summer small works show, and we are continuing to host our C+C speaker series through Zoom and to project video art and animation on our Charles Street-facing windows.

Contact Gallery Manager Teri Henderson for more information and to make an appointment.

Video projection by Akea Brionne Brown from Close Read
Video projection by SHAN Wallace from Close Read

Connect+Collect makes it easy to engage with the art of your place and time, connecting artists poised for national careers with those who want to invest in the success of Baltimore, one artist at a time.

Connect + Collect Offers:

  • Studio tours for collectors, curators, trustee, and museum groups
  • A speaker series where collectors and artists discuss best practices for collecting
  • An inaugural artist cohort of 12 Baltimore-based artists who have achieved national recognition in the form of museum acquisitions and exhibits, national press, grants, and residencies but are not being actively collected in Baltimore-yet
  • A new gallery space at 2519 N. Charles Street

Connect + Collect is a collecting initiative designed by BmoreArt’s Cara Ober and Jeffrey Kent, designed to create awareness and momentum among new and experienced collectors, and to promote a culture of collecting in Baltimore.

We welcome artists to this conversation who want to strengthen relationships with collectors, as well as those who want to build private and public collections, including curators, collectors, gallerists, and art professionals. Our C+C lecture series is currently on Zoom every first Thursday.

For more information check the Connect+Collect website.

Gallery opening, pre-COVID-19 in the C+C Space

The Connect + Collect Speaker series included four lectures in 2019 and has resumed during Covid-19 closures on Zoom.

Archived images, text, and audio from each discussion is included from BmoreArt’s Vimeo page.


From our 2019 Lecture Series at Motor House:

Connect + Collect IV: Philippa Hughes and Zoë Charlton from Wednesday, June 12, 2019 

Our fourth panel featured Philippa Hughes, a DC-based art collector, arts advocate, curator, and cultural leader with Zoë Charlton, a Baltimore-based artist, professor, and curator. Our conversation focused around relationship-building, preparing for a studio visit, live-work-art balance, and all the speakers, including moderator Cara Ober, shared anecdotes and lessons learned through trial and error. Our fourth event was hosted at The Motor House on North Avenue, and included a drink in the Showroom Bar after the talk. Check out audio and photos here.


Connect + Collect III: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House (doors open 6:30)
Our third panel featured Doreen Bolger, former director of The Baltimore Museum of Art and a serious collector of Baltimore-based art, with Taha Heydari, an Iranian-born painter and MICA graduate living in Baltimore. Topics include ethical relationships between artists, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; collecting at Baltimore-based art auctions and municipal galleries; and the great importance of showing up. Listen and check out photos here.



Connect + Collect II: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House (doors open 6:30)

Our second panel was with DC-based Art Collector, Patron, and Collaborator Darryl Atwell and NY-based Entrepreneur and Independent Curator Dexter Wimberly. Topics discussed included how to begin and then build your collection, to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.

Listen to audio from our second C+C here.


Connect + Collect: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House

If you missed it: Listen to a Podcast and check out photos from First C+C here.

Our first panel was with Art Collector, Consultant, and DC-based Lawyer Schwanda Rountree and Baltimore-based artist Mequitta Ahuja, a Guggenheim recipient whose work is in Rountree’s collection. Topics discussed included how and why to start collecting art, how to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.




The Re-Model: Strategic Career Thinking from Art World Insiders  

A Speaker Series from BmoreArt

The Re-Model is a new speaker series designed to bring nationally recognized artists and arts professionals to Baltimore to challenge existing structures of success and to build awareness and diversity within current models for best professional practices. From insider tips to creating productive relationships with galleries to funding models for ambitious projects, Re-Model speakers will candidly discuss their art careers in conjunction with the projects and publications they have created.

Lectures will be free and hosted quarterly at The Motor House, located at 120 W. North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Each talk will be followed by an informal reception for speakers and guests to network and purchase books and publications.

Last Event: Ethics and the Art Gallery featuring Amy Eva Raehse and Heather Darcy Bhandari

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited. RSVP available here.


Join us for a discussion on art galleries and ethics with Goya Contemporary Executive Director Amy Eva Raehse (Baltimore, MD) and Heather Darcy Bhandari (NY, NY), an Independent Curator and co-founder of The Remix, author of ART/WORK, and former director at Mixed Greens, a commercial gallery in NY.

Thursay, March 29 / Doors open at 6:30 / Lecture at 7
Motor House Theater

Free to the public with an RSVP! Seating is limited.
Join us for a drink before or after in The Showroom, Motor House’s new cafe and bar.



Previous Events: ARTS.BLACK at Motor House June 24 – with editors Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee Aldridge.

ARTS.BLACK is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne.

Join BmoreArt for a lively discussion with Arts.Black founding editors Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee Aldridge at The Motor House on Saturday, June 24.

Doors open at 5 pm for a 5:30 lecture followed by Q&A.

Tickets are free but limited so please reserve yours here.

Taylor Renee Aldridge is a Detroit based writer and curator. Taylor is the 2016 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for Short Form Writing. She received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and a B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History. Taylor has worked at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions). She has written for the Detroit MetroTimes, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic.

Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator and critic. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU and has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Art21 and The Cue Foundation, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Jessica contributes to publications such as Art in America, The Art Newspaper, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Pelican Bomb. She’s co-editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives, and a founding editor of the now defunctZora Magazine. Currently, Jessica serves as the Manager of Development and Communication at Recess.




BmoreArt’s The Re-Model is designed to bring artists together to discuss the vital issues that really matter to them, like sustainability, best practices, funding models, and community. For this reason, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the guests and linger afterwards during the reception. Although tickets are free, the audience is limited to 150 seats per event to ensure an intimate and comfortable environment in the Motor House Black Box Theater.

These speaker series are generously supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

We look forward to resuming small, in person events in the gallery in summer of 2021.