Open Call to Makers, Manufacturers, and Artists:
Baltimade Exhibition at the Carroll Mansion February 2017
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 3, 11:59 pm

Carroll Museums is pleased to announce our “Baltimade” Exhibition. Focused on the breadth and depth of local Baltimore Creators this design exhibition will feature 2-D and 3-D art, hand-made furniture, furnishings, apparel and accessories that are defining the growing Maker Movement and resurgence of quality goods crafted locally.

Baltimade 2017 will be a house-wide exhibition at the historic Carroll Mansion located at 800 E. Lombard Street in downtown Baltimore. Itself a testament to the ingenuity, chutzpah and growth of Baltimore as a creative center in the United States, the local landmark will provide space to display works of art and product as well as pop-up shops, demonstrations, workshops, and special “maker” events.

This is a juried exhibition. All mediums are welcome within the eligibility guidelines (see below.) There is a nonrefundable $25 submission fee*. Submission of work and payment of fee does not guarantee entry into the Exhibition.

Makers, manufacturers and artists working in Baltimore are invited to submit one or more of the following for consideration:

  • samples of work for display (up to 5)
  • proposal for solo or collaborative installation
  • proposal for solo or collaborative pop-up shop
  • proposal for master classes, demonstrations, or workshops for the public

Category Guidelines:
Work samples (up to 5 may be listed in one submission):


  • Must be original designs fabricated by the applicant
  • Must be finished and ready for sale
  • Fixtures must have appropriate hardware for installation
  • Must have protective pads/feet for display within the house to prevent scratching the floor or other surfaces.
  • Must be portable – built-in pieces are not eligible.


  • Must be original designs fabricated by the applicant
  • Must be finished and ready for sale
  • Must include a ready-made display structure or stand with protective pads/feet to prevent scratching the Mansion’s floor or other surfaces.
  • Must be portable

2D artwork

  • Cannot exceed 20 lbs
  • Must be wired to hang from a single hook
  • No adhesives allowed as a hanging method
  • No painting on the wall of any kind

3D artwork

  • Cannot exceed 20 lbs

Solo or collaborative installation:

  • Proposed installation may not take up more than 100 sq. feet of the floor space
  • All items for sale within the installation must follow the guidelines for individual works listed previously.

Solo or collaborative pop-up shop:

  • Each pop-up shop/display must fit in space approximately 6-ft wide x 4-ft deep x 8-ft tall
  • Items for sale must meet the guidelines for individual works listed previously

Master class(es), demonstration(s), or workshop(s) for the public (hereafter referred to “programs”)

  • Programs must be led by the applicant(s) and/or regular practitioners well versed in their craft.
  • Programs must be geared toward a general audience, but may target adults/teens/children/families/etc…
  • Programs must be self-contained (ie participants will not need to comeback for a second time to complete work)
  • Programs must specify the minimum and maximum number of participants
  • Programs must identify the cost per participant
  • Programs will be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 4pm and various Thursday or Friday Evenings between 5-10pm.
  • Programs should have some type of “take away” for participants.

General Submission Guidelines:
All submissions must be made through Carroll Museums online Submittable portal. Applicants must submit a short biography and short statement about their work (not to exceed one page.) If picked, these materials will be used to compile an artist booklet.

Each individual piece put forth for consideration must be submitted as a high resolution photograph and include (as appropriate) Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price.

All work displayed in the Baltimade Exhibition must be for sale. Carroll Museums will collect a 20% commission on individual art or installation pieces sold and a 5% commission on all pop-up shop sales/program tickets sold.

Pop-up shops will be charged a rental fee of $20 per day open. One-time programs (up to 4 hours in duration) will be charge a flat fee of $100/program.

All submissions for consideration must be received through the online portal by December 3, at 11:59pm. For more information visit

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016: Call for Submission Released
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 ar 11:59 pm: Submission Deadline
  • Week of December 12, 2016: Selected participants announced
  • January 24 – 31, 2017: Drop off/Installation
  • Thursday, February 2, 2017: Baltimade Opening Reception
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: Baltimade Closing Reception
  • February 27 & 28: De-installation and pick up