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Art @ Work : UPTON Community Design Presentations
Wednesday, July 6th : 6pm

Shake and Bake Family Fun Center
1601 Pennsylvania Avenue : Baltimore 21201

WHO/WHAT:

The youth artists of the mural artist apprenticeship program, Art @ Work: Upton, lead a community design presentation where they present their ideas for murals and mosaics, hear community feedback and share how they came up with their designs. This summer, eight teams comprised of a lead artist, an artist intern, and ten youth apprentices enrolled in Youth Works will create public art projects along the Pennsylvania Avenue cultural corridor.

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6 to 9pm

WHERE:

Shake & Bake Family Fun Center
1601 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

WHY:

Launched as a pilot program last summer through a partnership between the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Jubilee Arts, Art @ Work is a 5-week mural artist apprenticeship program employing dozens of Baltimore City youth enrolled in Youth Works to create painted and mosaic murals throughout their community alongside professional working artists.

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Remix: Mosaics and Music
Thursday, July 7th : 6:30pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201

Throughout history artists have recycled materials to create new works. In this talk, audiences will hear from three speakers about the practice of recycling in art and music. Lynley Herbert, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, will examine the ongoing medieval art exhibition, artist Loring Cornish will discuss his mosaic works, and DJ James Nasty will demonstrate how music is sampled and remixed.

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Rich Zoeller and Oscar Rivera – Opening Reception
Thursday, July 7th : 7-11pm

The Alchemy of Art
1637 Eastern Avenue : Baltimore 21231

Rich Zoeller is a photographer based out of New York City with photography that covers large variety of areas such as urban exploration,night work, astro & landscapes as the list goes on.  Rich’s work has been featured in the main lobby of the of the world famous Empire State Building and as well as online magazines, and published worldwide. It is the love and passion that he has for this art that keeps driving him forward and continuing to show the world what he capture through my lens.

Rich Zoeller’s  work can be viewed @ www.richzoellerphotography.com . And he can be contacted by phone (516)993-9221 or email [email protected]

Oscar Rivera too is a New York City freelance photographer. Oscar’s work has been published in newspapers & magazines here and around the world and has also adorned book covers. His work can also be found throughout the city anywhere from coffee houses in SOHO, to shops of distinction on the Upper East Side. In addition, he has commissions on a regular basis by a wide variety of clients. Having lived in NYC his entire life; shooting it is his passion. Although Oscars specialty is night photography with an emphasis on urban exploration, his collection is not limited to this. Oscar has a comprehensive catalogue of diverse images obtained from his frequent travel throughout and outside of the United States.

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MICA Grad Show: Studio Art, MFA Exhibition – Reception
Friday, July 8th : 5-7pm

Sheila & Richard Riggs Gallery : Decker Gallery : Meyerhoff Gallery

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is pleased to present the 2016 MFA in Studio Art Candidates. This group exhibition will present a broad range of new painting, sculpture, textile, photography, performance, and video work by: Lindsey Bailey, Jacqueline Bishop, Howard el-Yasin, Suzy Kopf, Kirk Daniel Palmer, Georgeann Schellenger, and Azucena Trejo Williams. The exhibition is on view from June 24th through July 9th and galleries will host a closing reception on Friday, July 8th from 5 – 7pm.

The MFA in Studio Art (MFAST) is an interdisciplinary low-residency program designed for experienced artists. The strength of the program is the integration of art practice with critical theory. Uniquely, MFAST students complete their graduate studies over three years plus one summer. Each year, students complete an intensive six week summer residency in Baltimore before returning to their independent studio practices all over the world. This year’s graduates currently reside in six different states and Qatar. During the time that students are not on campus, they keep in touch with their dedicated faculty mentors and peers through distance learning tools. Intensity and length of the program help to create a strong network of visiting artists, critics, and alumni that deeply influence the students thinking and practice.

The artists featured in this exhibition utilize a range of investigations, material choices, and cross-disciplinary approaches. Each artist channels a unique range of influences that capture their perspective, while representing a contemporary aesthetic. This exhibition promises to generate a lively dialogue in the academic community of the MICA campus and the audiences of Baltimore, Maryland and beyond.

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Nights on the Fringe
Friday, July 8th – Saturday, July 9th : 7:30pm

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street : Baltimore 21201

Charm City Fringe will present its third annual Nights on the Fringe with two shows of vaudeville-inspired acts July 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.at the Baltimore Theatre Project.

Both nights will be hosted by WYPR’s Aaron Henkin and Gin & Jokes’ Umar Khan. Friday’s show features a performance by 2015 Baltimore Youth Poet Laureate Derick Ebert, hip hop by Bmore Than Dance, acrobatics by Club Sandwich and more. Aerial performers In the Dark Circus and Charm City Fringe award-winners “A Fool’s Paradise” and Interrobang Theatre Company are part of the seven-act lineup Saturday.

Based on the idea of presenting a modern vaudeville experience, both nights will feature buskers, special guest appearances and a house band, the Slanted Sound.

For more information, visit www.charmcityfringe.com. Tickets are $17 for one night and $30 for both, available online or at the door.

Charm City Fringe launches its fifth Fringe theatre and arts festival this November 3-13 at venues across Hampden, Station North, and Mount Vernon. Productions include artists from across the country, with free nightly special events. Charm City Fringe was founded in 2012 by Zachary Michel and Michael Brush to celebrate and grow Baltimore’s small theatre community.

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LINE/CROSSERS – Opening Reception
Friday, July 8th : 5-8pm

MAXgallery
126 North Madiera Street : Baltimore 21231

Artworks by Schroeder Cherry, Jerome Chester, Kini Collins, Alexis Dixon, A|Friend, Ronald Rucker, Peter Smith, Val A. Smith, Maxine Taylor.

MAXgallery proudly presents LINE/CROSSERS, the follow-up to last year’s Cross This Line. 

Last year’s exhibition was conceived in response to the fact that Baltimore’s vibrant arts scene frequently excludes untrained inner-city artists. The goal was to bring together trained & untrained artists to share their knowledge.  Last year’s success has inspired this year’s LINE/CROSSERS. 

The exhibition features select artists from last year’s show, as well as some new invitees. The installation features both collaborative and individual works by the artists.

In three months we have learned how to be creative as a group, bonded with each other & shifted our creative comfort zones to achieve a new understanding of community.  

This exhibition is part of the Artscape Gallery Network.

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Folks / Natural Delineations / Senior Adults of West Baltimore / Wild Mouth
Friday, July 8th : 6-8pm

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue : Baltimore 21209

MAIN GALLERY: “Folks” is a solo exhibition of Baltimore Clayworks’ 2015/16 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist, Travis Winters. The show will feature Travis’ figurative ceramic works that depict stories from mundane day-to-day living and struggles of life. By deriving work around narratives, he is fabricating stories about human nature, universal experiences and his own personal understanding of the world around him. By creating comical figures he is initiating a non-threatening conversation about topics common within our culture. Encouraging an intimate connection with the characters he invites various interpretations, and personal narratives from the viewers. Through modeling his figures in a stylized yet realistic manner with exaggerated folds and wrinkles, he is creating a visceral experience that entices the viewer to closely examine the figures.

SOLO: “Natural Delineations” Samantha Moyer, Pozefsky Fellowship Show. Delineation is both the physical act of mark making and the act of establishing a border or boundary. The work in this show represents the amalgamation of line used to depict the surrounding wildlife during my time spent in the Laurel Highlands as well as crossing the border from creating purely utilitarian, wood fired pottery into the world of intentional surface design and conceptual content. Animal hierarchy, depicting common struggles, creates an internal analogy that the viewer can relate to and draw conclusions from. Through the use of animals native to Appalachia as a metaphor for human trials and tribulations, the vessel is transformed from simply a vehicle of consumption into a narrative that is based both in folklore and personal experience.

COMMUNITY ARTS GALLERY: Senior Adults of West Baltimore. For over ten years, Clayworks has worked with older adults at an ongoing basis at different west-side Clayworks’ studio classrooms named Clay for All! satellite studios. Senior adults created a dedicated practice in the ceramic arts, developed their skills to an advanced level of making and also established a joyful and creative community surrounding clay.

PROJECT SPACE: Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezko, “Wild Mouth”

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Jackie Milad: Pyramids Fall Too
Saturday, July 9, 7-10

Phoebe Projects

501 W. Franklin Street: Baltimore 21201

Phoebe is proud to present Pyramids Fall Too, a solo exhibition of new works by Baltimore-based artist Jackie Milad.  In her new series, Milad casts recognizable forms as symbols in a larger language that investigates identity, heritage, aesthetics and the role of craft as it relates to these elements of self. 

In her current series of drawings Milad constructs a new visual language, a mash-up of actual and invented icons associated with her Egyptian-Honduran heritage and ancient ancestry. Pyramids Fall Too, is about re-inventing histories and personal mythology. Milad Isolates her laden symbols: pyramids, braids, chains and gold bars, layering them in dense clusters and building semi-transparent terrains.  Scale shifts dramatically between building block and monument, texture and portrait.  

Jackie Milad has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions most notably with Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Museums of Fine Arts in both Mazatlan and Culiacan, Mexico. In 2010 and 2016 Milad was awarded an individual artist grant from Maryland State Arts Council. Jackie is also an active arts administrator and curator, having worked for several institutions in the mid-atlantic region. She earned her MFA from Towson University and her BFA from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. Jackie Milad was born, and is currently based in Baltimore City.

Pyramids Fall Too opens along with exhibitions at Springsteen, Open Space, Terrault, Current and Platform Galleries.

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Mission Universe : A Curanaut’s Journey – Opening Reception
Saturday, July 9th : 2pm

Center for the Arts
Towson University : Towson 21204

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Existence and Properties are Inferred // Amazon Prime – Opening Receptions
Saturday, July 9th : 7-10pm

Current Space
421 North Howard Street : Baltimore 21201

Current Space is proud to present Existence and Properties are Inferred, a new work by Jonathan Latiano.

Playing off the notions of physics, ecology and futurism, Existence and Properties are Inferred, addresses humankind’s complex and contentious relationship with the multifaceted material; petroleum. Through the viewer’s own intimate experience with the artwork and the environment it creates, the artwork aims to amplify subjective perceptions of time, materiality and a tactile awareness of physical space.

Jonathan Latiano’s site-responsive, installation sculptures investigateconcepts of time and our subjective perception of the past, present and future. The crux of Latiano’s artwork lies within the greyernotions of the physical world and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within it.

Current is proud to present Jon Duff’s Panspermia on Amazon Prime, a solo exhibition.

Panspermia on Amazon Prime is the subsequent product of binge watching Star Trek: The Original Series while reading speculative realist philosophy. It is a depiction of the moment you realize you are living in a sci-fi reality with a script in a constant state of becoming. At that moment you consider both humanity’s origins and its potential. At that moment you are both repulsed and proud. At that moment you realize meaninglessness is everywhere, but “shit still matters.”

Jon Duff (b. 1986, Oconomowoc, WI) received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012, and his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. He is a 2011 alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and he attended the Triangle Artists’ Workshop in 2012. After graduating from MICA, Duff was a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Award in 2012. Since then he has exhibited his work along the east coast in Georgia, Virginia, Baltimore, Delaware and New York. While he is primarily a sculptor, his work was published in New American Paintings in 2013. Duff lives in New York City and was named as one of “8 artists to watch from the 2015 Bushwick Open Studios” by Hyperallergic.

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The Squinter’s Watch: Colin Foster – Opening Reception
Saturday, July 9th : 7-9pm

Springsteen Gallery
502 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201

Saturday, July 9 – August 6, 2016

I walk past the park holding some groceries when I see some junk kids gathering around the trunk of a juniper tree. There’s a girl in a hot pink skirt looking up with her mouth open at a dragon tangled in the branches. Struggling to breathe through the leaves, its silver scales are dented from the grasp of a branch. The boys throw cans at it and the girl says damn we should probably do something about this, and takes out a 40-volt lithium ion chainsaw and starts cutting. And the dragon regards her with intense feelings of loneliness, and the girl feels powerful to be conquering this armored beast surrounded by juniper berries that seem as though they’d taste like vodka and sea salt, dangling like ornaments. The wood splinters and the dragon heaves majestically, parting the branches like a curtain and spreading its wings like dragons are depicted to do in folklore, and blows out a curl of fire that engulfs the girl and her hot pink skirt, as I stand there thinking about how someone probably loved that juniper tree.

~ Nicolette Polek

Colin Foster (b. 1990, Massena, NY) lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He recently participated in the two-person presentations Rigor Raging Rigger, Freddy, Baltimore (w/ Torey Thornton); and at Material Art Fair, presented by Springsteen (w/ Erika Ceruzzi). Selected group exhibitions include: Skylab, Columbus, OH; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, curated by Springsteen; Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore; and Lil Gallery, Baltimore.

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Sondheim Artscape Prize Exhibition – Award Ceremony + Reception
Saturday, July 9th : 7pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

To see BmoreArt’s photos of the Artscape Finalists Exhibit at the BMA, click here.

In conjunction with Artscape, Baltimore’s premier arts festival organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the BMA presents a special exhibition of works by Theo Anthony, Stephanie Barber, Darcie Book, Larry Cook, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Eric Kruszewski , and Christos Palios, finalists for this year’s $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Finalists and semi-finalists are chosen by an independent panel of jurors. This prestigious award is named after the late Baltimore civic leader Walter Sondheim and his late wife, Janet, and presented in conjunction with Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival.

Award Ceremony and Reception: Saturday, July 9, 7 pm

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Kimono & Obi – Curatorial Talk
Sunday, July 10 : 2pm

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive : Baltimore 21218

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan’s Golden Age, an exquisite selection of late 19th-to-21st century kimono and obi on view in the museum’s Jean and Allan Berman Textile Gallery, July 10, 2016–January 15, 2017. Never before exhibited, these stunning garments, including seven kimono and an array of obi, were made after sumptuary laws were lifted early in the Meiji period (1868-1912), when commoners were no longer banned from wear showy clothing with colors like red or purple.The centerpiece of the exhibition is an early 20th-century long- sleeved kimono or furisode—yuzen-dyed, hand-embellished with gold and silver leaf, metallic pigments, and embroidery, and lined in red silk decorated with gold and silver leaf.As Japan entered the industrial age in the late 1800s, kimono and obi expressed increased prosperity and new found wealth.

Many of the kimono from this era display decorative motifs with symbols from Japan’s Heian period (794 to 1185) when the Imperial Court was considered its most powerful, refined, and romantic. For example, a fan motif depicted on a bridal kimono on view represents the hi-ogi, or cypress wood fan the empress and ladies of the Heian Court held to hide their faces from the stares of men. Brides in later centuries used hi-ogi motif as status symbols to signal their importance as ‘princess for the day.’Organized by Curator of Textiles Anita Jones and consulting curator Ann Marie Moeller.Curatorial Talk & Reception Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m.Join consulting curator Ann Marie Moeller for a talk on her research for Kimono & Obi. Hear her insights into the meaning behind many of the symbols elaborately depicted on the kimono and learn about the persistent influence of the Heian court on Japanese art and culture. Reception to follow.