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22nov - 25febAll DaySusanna Lee – Lights and Imperfections

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November 22, 2017 – February 25, 2018

355 Pod

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PM

A portion of the pyramids in this installation were first created for F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) 2017, a public meal designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community.

Susanna Lee’s installation is framed by the idea that each individual can be a light to inspire movement within their community. While initially reconstructing hexahedral pyramids, asymmetry and discrepancies within each pyramid arose. Lee holds these differences as symbols of human nature and discouraging encounters. In response, Lee had the support of her family, friends, and VisArts Gallery Staff to create and install hundreds of pyramids for a 70 foot long, glass-walled space. Just as this installation embodies collaboration, each pyramid also has the potential to capture light and reflect back an iridescent form of light. Lee creates value for each individual pyramid to bring about connection and dependency for its complete body.

Special thanks to Jeff Baker, Sarah Hodes, Bok Ja Lee, Florence Lin, Susan Main, Frank McCauley, Miguel Resendiz, Anderson Toledo, and Vivian Yeh.

The 355 Pod Space is a partnership between VisArts and Federal Realty Investment Trust to present five site-specific artist installations through the end of 2018.

About the artist:  Susanna Lee is a freelance graphic designer and the Inside Art Coordinator at VisArts, a program that links the public to the ideas and processes of VisArts exhibition and studio artists. She served as intern at VisArts Gallery Department through the Montgomery College Arts Institute from 2016-17.

www..montgomerycollege.edu

Susanna Lee received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Time

November 22 (Wednesday) - February 25 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

29dec - 16marAll DayUrban and Land-Scapescurated by Crystal Moll Gallery

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The upcoming show features works by Jill Basham, Ann Crostic, Bennett Vadnais, Crystal Moll, Alan Gilbert, Janice Kirsh and Fred Craig…

Show Dates:  December 29th – March 16th, 2018

Art Reception/Happy Hour:  Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 from 5-7pm

Time

December 29 (Friday) - March 16 (Friday)

Location

Royal Sonesta Hotel

550 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21202

3jan - 31marAll DayPainterly

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PAINTERLY: Recent works by Robert Andriulli, Gary Bukovnik, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Kathryn O’Grady and Frank Trefny

Time

January 3 (Wednesday) - March 31 (Saturday)

Location

Steven Scott Gallery

808 South Anne Street, Baltimore Maryland 21231

8jan - 23febAll DayLegacy: Celebrating 150 Years of the Fine Arts at McDaniel College

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McDaniel College has a long-standing history of a strong fine arts program. To help celebrate their 150th anniversary, we are proud to host an exhibit in the Tevis Gallery featuring works by the fine art faculty, past and present, and a student of their choice who was greatly inspired by their teaching. This exhibit celebrates mentorships and weaves a tapestry of paintings, sculpture, metalsmithing, illustration, ceramic art and photography.

Art faculty: Steven Pearson, Linda Van Hart, Ken Hankins, Chloe Watson Irla and Walter P. Calahan, and Professors Emmerati, Susan Ruddick Bloom and Wasyl Palijczuk.

Former students: Ellen Elmes, Jessica Boehman, Aaron Heisler, Sam Segal, Bobby Coleman and Colin Donnelly.

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Artists’ Reception: Thursday, February 1, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157

Time

January 8 (Monday) - February 23 (Friday)

Location

Carroll County Arts Council

91 West Main Street, Westminster MD 21157

10jan - 2marAll DayLillian Hoover: Holding Space

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Time

January 10 (Wednesday) - March 2 (Friday)

Location

Goya Contemporary

3000 Chestnut Avenue, Mill Centre #214, Baltimore MD 21211

11jan - 3marAll DayAdapt/Adorn: Works by Amy Boone-McCreesh and Bonnie Crawford

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Adapt/Adorn
Bonnie Crawford and Amy Boone-McCreesh Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 3, 2017 Opening Reception: January 11, 7-9pm

The Ballston Gallery at Marymount University is pleased to present Adapt/Adorn by Baltimore based artists Amy Boone-McCreesh and Bonnie Crawford. Adapt/Adorn speaks for the artists intuitive studio practices and the ways the work furthers into site specific installation. Juxtaposing highly visceral forms that shift from the two dimensional to three dimensional, the conceptual and the decorative, and the minimal to maximal, both artists source a wide variety of materials that fully encompass the space of the gallery. Themes of time, memory, melancholy, and humor are infused in an experiential approach to the work presented.

The work of Amy Boone-McCreesh investigates and pushes our preconceptions of excess and aesthetics while questioning the roles of decoration, design and craft in fine art. The artist creates multi-media works that are both handmade and technical, playing on memory through the repetition and re-use of her own digital imagery into different shapes and forms. Her garland framed pieces, for example, read as windows or mirrors into another kind of fantastical space.

Bonnie Crawford’s work endeavors to experiment without hypothesis. Crawford’s generous and striking insomnia drawings are stemmed from nightly medidative exercises that have been made over the course of recent years and provide an approachable and intimate reading. The wall based sculptures comprised of LED lights, wiring, fabric and craft supplies protrude from the walls to activate the space, mimicking neurological renderings and studies.

Amy Boone-McCreesh has a new publication “Taste and Privilege” that coincided with her solo exhibition at York College of Pennsylvania. Recent group exhibitions include “Birdland and the Anthropocene” at The Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD (2017), “Abundance” McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA (2016), and Cost Benefit Analysis at Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). She is currently in residence at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, VA.

Bonnie Crawford received her MFA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland College Park. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC and School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD. She and was included in the group exhibitions “When Worlds Collide” at Top of the World Gallery, Baltimore (2016) and “Unfriendly Skies” at George Mason University. Fairfax, VA (2015).

The exhibition was co-organized by Paul Shortt and Meaghan Kent.

The Ballston Gallery of Marymount University is located at 1100 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor. The gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm and by appointment. Street parking available.

Time

January 11 (Thursday) - March 3 (Saturday)

Location

Ballston Gallery at Marymount University

1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

12jan - 28febAll DayLegends Ball: Alter by megan lewis

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Legends Ball: Alter – Exhibition Opening

Jan 12th– Feb 28th

Illustrator and muralist megan lewis (@urbanhipsta) will be displaying her digitally vectored and colorful prints of celebrity portraits entitled Legend Ball: Alter.

Time

January 12 (Friday) - February 28 (Wednesday)

Location

Jubilee Arts Center

1947 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

12jan - 28febjan 126:00 pmfeb 28Legends Ball: Alter by megan lewisExhibition Opening

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Legends Ball: Alter – Exhibition Opening

Jan 12th– Feb 28th

Illustrator and muralist megan lewis (@urbanhipsta) will be displaying her digitally vectored and colorful prints of celebrity portraits entitled Legend Ball: Alter.

Time

January 12 (Friday) 6:00 pm - February 28 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

Location

Jubilee Arts Center

1947 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

15jan - 28febAll DayErin Raedeke, Thinly Veiled

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Erin Raedeke, Thinly Veiled
January 15-February 28, 2018
Opening Reception;
Saturday, February 10th, 6-9pm

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 Exeter Gallery is pleased to present two dozen paintings by Erin Raedeke. Her paintings show off a nuanced surface and a deep empathy for the art of still life. Jubilant and creamy colors dominate many of the paintings and seem to show vignettes of a happy household. In picking out the seams, tears, and stains in these decorative fabrics one realizes that the benign picture may be a mirage.  
 
Raedeke earned an MFA at American University and a BFA at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has exhibited widely in the Northeast and had a solo exhibition at the First Street Gallery, NYC in 2012. Twice awarded a Maryland State Individual Artist Grant (2016, 2013) and a winner of the Carnegie Mellon Research Grant in 2009. Raedeke currently lives with her family in Montgomery Village, Maryland.  
 
Exeter is open for business in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Raedeke’s Thinly Veiled is our third exhibition since opening our doors fall 2017. Come join the public at Baltimore’s newest gallery for an opening reception on Saturday, February 10th, 6-9pm.
 
Exeter Gallery
241 S. Exeter St.
Baltimore, MD 21202 
 
Attachment 1, Erin Raedeke “Play Along” Oil on Linen, 60″ x 48″ 
Attachment 2, Postcard with map of Little Italy and exhibition specs.
 
*Exeter Gallery is open by appointment only. Email [email protected] to make an appointment or for further information about Erin Raedeke’s work.
 

Time

January 15 (Monday) - February 28 (Wednesday)

Location

Exeter Gallery

241 South Exeter Street, Baltimore MD 21202

17jan - 26febAll DayTimothy J Horjus: Subverted Sublime

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Timothy J Horjus: Subverted Sublime, a solo exhibition of paintings will be presented in Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from January 17 through February 26, 2018.  

 

Horjus creates artwork that functions aesthetically within the framework of high formalism and the stylistic tendencies of post-painterly abstraction. His paintings are pretty and handsome, and visually cling to the antiquated ideals of modernism, however, through a conceptual base and contemporary references, they also function within the current cultural discussion of information transmission.

 

These works evoke a sense of illusory social space by utilizing the language of modernism in conjunction with traditional references to discuss our reliance on digitally produced and transmitted information. Through this lens of modernisms’ embrace of painting and its process, he attempts to subvert, yet at the same time embrace the antiquated ideals of a historical painting. Unlike the exclusion of space in modernist painting, he seeks to acknowledge and deny the historical precedent for illusory space as representation of the real. Within this contradiction he attempts to evoke the space of the contemporary condition; which is one of awkwardness. We find ourselves increasingly pushing away ‘real’ experiences in-lieu of digital ones, all the while continuing to yearn for more human interactions. This situation is displayed through the antagonistic use of digitized information over the top of the contemporized reference to a historic sublime. The ‘networks’ that are placed over the pictorial space, function as a stoppage, yet flirtatiously interact with the space of the painting in a way that is simultaneously confusing and awkward.

 

The digitized layers act as networks; they are the experience of being human in a digital world, our function as the cells/nodes/screens for the interplay of constant information. The balance between maintaining our humanness, and succumbing to the random deluge of text messages, pop up ads, email, youtube, and spam, the necessity of interconnectedness. The titles of Horjus’ works are the anonymous subject lines of spam emails, highlighting what he feels is the universal concept behind his work; in other words, the incessant bombardment of useless information. The ubiquity of these subject lines has started to create a new language, one that is global in its reach and recognizable by its abbreviations, misspelled words, and inferences. This new vernacular is the contemporizing of language as the classical seeks to deal with the changes necessitated by technology and is recognizable through its awkward use of seemingly recognizable elements in a new way.

This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/rosenberg or call 410-337-6477 for more information.

Time

January 17 (Wednesday) - February 26 (Monday)

Location

Rosenberg Gallery @ Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson MD 21204

18jan - 10marAll DayScott Pennington | Two Minute Joys

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On View: January 18 – March 10, 2018

Opening Reception: January 18, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm

Scott Pennington is a Maryland born artist specializing in large-scale participatory installation and sculptural assemblage works. Drawing upon his background as a furniture and cabinet maker, Pennington utilizes woodworking and construction techniques to create colorful, detailed works of art that engage varied audiences and invigorate public spaces. Pennington’s work suggests a tangible, yet illusory reality that examines labor, consumer culture and the pursuit of simple pleasures and the construction of nostalgic human connections both genuine and fictitious.

“Growing up in a small Maryland town, the traveling carnival that came for a single week every summer was a welcome distraction for many families including my own. We would anticipate the sounds, sights, and smells of this miraculous event all year, attending the annual spectacle with an almost spiritual devotion. The social space that the gathering of rides, games, and attractions creates is a comforting yet surreal landscape that seems to strike at our innermost desires to be transported from normality.” – Pennington

Pennington’s work has been featured in public arts festivals across the country. Notable exhibitions include Artscape in Baltimore, Maryland (2008, 2010 and 2014), The Scottsdale Arts Festival in Arizona (2013), Parking Day in Arlington, Virginia, as well as the inaugural Light City Baltimore (2016). Pennington has also worked in partnership with numerous arts organizations for public or alternative space projects including Art on the Artbus in Arlington, VA, and with Napoleon Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

Time

January 18 (Thursday) - March 10 (Saturday)

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

19jan - 24febAll DayTest Pattern // Bodies in Sounded Space // (un)familiar territory

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Test Pattern (Main Gallery)

A group exhibition featuring works by:

Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid and Rives Wiley

Curated by Melissa Webb

 

 

Image credit: Tom Boram – A New Type of Sex Nobody Has Ever Tried Before (still from video)

Test Pattern demonstrates a collective longing for reconnection with the simplicity of the analog era, while examining the psychology of our multi-generational society post Digital Revolution. Alternating between the material and the virtual, these artists layer analog and digital technologies through the use of video and sound, textile, painting, sculpture, and live performance. Throughout their processes of making they convert voltage into data, synthesized and percussive sound into imagery, and computerized experiences into physical objects. The resulting works explore social conventions and family life in the Information Age, the handmade vs the digitally rendered, the preservation and degradation of information, and ultimately, the relationship between the simulated and the tangible.

 

 

Bodies in Sounded Space (Members Gallery)

An exhibition of sculpture and musical performance by Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon

 Image credit: Katie Shlon and Fionn Duffy- Floor Harp (detail)

Bodies in Sounded Space explores the architectural and social boundaries that differentiate sound from music. Fionn Duffy and Katie Shlon investigate the role our bodies play in creating a score for new sound works and how what we see influences what we hear. The artists are interested in how humans alter the sonic fabric of our surroundings and how space, as a body, responds to our actions.

Transforming architectural space into the body of an instrument, the artists create sculptural interventions as structures for sound. These act as listening devices and instruments, creating new sounds or triggering collected audio recordings. The artists test the ways in which introducing a set of tools or pathways into a space transforms an audience’s experience. Movement through the space activates the instrument: bodies experiencing localized ‘music’ dependent on positions relative to permanent and interventional structures.

 

This project is supported by a Rubys Artist Project Grant for Performing Arts. The Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

 

 

(un)familiar territory (Project Space)

An installation by Bobby Coleman

 

Image credit: Bobby Coleman – (un)familiar territory (detail)

        (un)familiar territory by Baltimore artist Bobby Coleman is an immersive art installation that echoes the urban environment through an abstract lens. Through large-scale wood-panel paintings created with “oops” paint and sculptural components, Coleman interprets the visual noise and chaotic nature that confront us on an everyday basis. Common urban elements are translated into familiar yet foreign lines, forms, and colors, and incorporated into deeply layered compositions that force the viewer to consider time and space within the work. What once represented a street sign may be adapted and built upon until it is only a faint memory — clouded and recontextualized over time. Coleman explores the boundaries of traditional painting, allowing the works to interact by reaching from one to the next, creating an abstract urban landscape. To step inside Coleman’s (un)familiar territory is to enter an environment none of us know, yet all vaguely recognize.

 

 

In addition, School 33 Art Center will be hosting special events in conjunction with the exhibitions. Throughout the duration of the exhibitions, these events are taking place:

 

Artist in Process: Tom Boram

Saturday January 27, February 3, 10 & 17, 2018, 1-4pm

Visit School 33 on four Saturdays during “Test Pattern” to see artist Tom Boram in process as he creates a series of digital-to-analog recordings as a part of his installation, “The Artist is Telepresent.”

 

Bodies in Sounded Space: Contact Microphone Workshop

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1-3pm

Contact Microphone Workshop with Katie Shlon & Fionn Duffy, the artists of “Bodies in Sounded Space.” Using contact microphones that pick up vibrations made through solid structures, participants will spend the afternoon exploring hidden sounds both within the installation and outside of the gallery space. Limited spots available, visit www.school33.org to register before it fills up!

 

Artist Talk: Bobby Coleman

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1-3pm

Join us for an artist talk with Bobby Coleman, artist of “(un)familiar territory.”

 

Test Pattern Gallery Talk:

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2-4pm

Join us on the last day of the exhibition for a Gallery Talk with the artists and curator of “Test Pattern” in the Main Gallery.

 

For more information on exhibits at School 33 Art Center, call 443-263-4350, visit www.school33.orgor follow School 33 on Facebook.

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

Time

January 19 (Friday) - February 24 (Saturday)

Location

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230

20jan - 3marAll DayMICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN Quotidian: Recent Editions

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A leading contemporary and conceptual artist, Michael Craig-Martin is a London-based creator of iconic minimalist paintings and prints of quotidian objects. A forerunner in his field for over forty years, he is an educator, painter, and recent author of On Being an Artist (2015). The foremost patron of the Young British Artists—including Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, and others he taught as Professor of Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College in the 1970s—Craig-Martin is simultaneously influenced by both conceptualism and the digital age.

Born in Dublin, Craig-Martin moved to Washington D.C. at a young age where he received his early education, later studying at Yale University. Upon returning to Europe in the mid-1960s, he began his artistic career exploring aestheticism, everyday objects, and media inspired by digital animations. Some of his most celebrated work includes the formative piece An Oak Tree (1973), sensationally colored paintings of mass produced objects, and large-scale black and white wall drawings. Over a long and successful career, Craig-Martin has received numerous awards: notably appointment as a Royal Academician in 2006, Chief Coordinator of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2015, and a knighthood for services to the Arts in 2016.

This show is a survey of Craig-Martin’s most recent editions, and examines the iconic use of color, design, and contemporary tension that defines his oeuvre. He employs the universal language of images to communicate the shared value of everyday objects that are both essential and insignificant. Using line drawing that is both precise and unforgiving, these works represent the authenticity that he searches for.

Craig-Martin has been collected by major museums worldwide, including Tate, London; MoMA, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This winter we are pleased to welcome the work of this internationally recognized artist back to its roots in Washington, D.C.

For more information:

Location: 1530 14th Street NW; Washington, D.C. 20005
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12-7 pm, or by appointment Phone: 202.986.1200
Email: [email protected]

Time

January 20 (Saturday) - March 3 (Saturday)

Location

gallery neptune & brown

1530 14th St NW Washington, District of Columbia

20jan - 3marAll DayA Big Toe Touches A Green Tomato

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Resort

235 Park Ave

Baltimore, MD

January 20-March 3, 2018

Opening Reception: January 20, 5-8pm

Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays

12-4pm or by appointment

 

Resort is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “A Big Toe Touches A Green Tomato,” featuring the work of Roxana Azar and Ginevra Shay.

 

These artists use photography, sculpture and ceramics to depict poetic moments of observation and adaptation. Both artists use dystopian backdrops of collapsing dominant structures to point out not just the flaws of these systems, but to highlight alternative, minor modes of persistence.

 

It is worth noting that Azar and Shay are close friends. The subjects of their work vary greatly, ranging from modernist architecture and speculative science-fiction, to geology and cinematic slapstick. However, when their work is viewed together, the body becomes their shared point of dialogue. In their work, bodies are acknowledged as permeable and vulnerable, while striving to retain autonomy. The body and its environment are forever acting on one another; Azar and Shay re-envision these interactions, folding together bodies, plants, minerals, and space to discover alternative trajectories.

 

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A meandering stroll from a gesture to a joke, to a plant, and around a building does not diminish the essential complexity of the world. It’s a search for tiny luminous traces; a golden dandelion basking in the burning sun, putting faith in the perseverance of what seems most doomed to perish. You can pursue lightness, without disavowing the importance of the weight of living—invent strategies for cultivation.

 

In an apocalyptic world slow movement through space is not a refusal of a direct approach—it is counterpoint to catastrophe. A pause to gaze out the window and thank the moon for a very particular shade of dark blue, only to catch a hot and slow moving green. Have you ever seen the same colors as opposites? The meteor was the opposite green of a weeping pine. I would’ve missed it if I wasn’t fixing my broken window.

 

In utter dissatisfaction with the world one needs to remove the plaque, clear the overgrowth, to make way for light to reach the bottom. When growing, a trellis or a cage for support is best. When fruit forms it can become rather top heavy. Yellow flowers, nightshade. Bloodmeal for nutrition. Give them space and some companions, like marigolds, sage, nasturtium. Companions work together to keep away pests, balance the soil. 94% of its weight is water. Thirsty birds peck at them on hot summer days when they aren’t near a water source. In the garden, we accidentally created a hybrid when propagating seeds for the next season. The fruit was bell shaped, like the first fruit, but the color was a yellowy-orange into dark pink gradient like the second fruit. Unripe fruit may contain a small amount of toxic alkaloids which are more concentrated in the stems and the leaves—these alkaloids are a defense.

 

Here heaviness dissolves—a big toe touches a green tomato.

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Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. She is Curator of the site-specific project Rose Arcade and was recently Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum.

 

Ginevra’s work has been exhibited at Present Company (NYC), LVL3 (Chicago), Rock512Devil (Baltimore), The Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland), Notre Dame University (Maryland), John Hansard Gallery (United Kingdom), Galleri Vasli Souza (Sweden), and Flying Object (Mass). Her work and publications are in the libraries of Yale University Art Gallery Library, The International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ginevra has lectured widely including the The Maryland Film Festival, The Queens Museum, Oakland Museum, National College Art Association Conference, the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, and American Philosophical Society. She has been a visiting artist at Rutgers, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Towson University.

 

Roxana Azar is an artist and plant person based in Philadelphia, PA.  They received their MFA from VCU in 2017.  Azar has exhibited work nationally and internationally. They have been published in Vice, Mossless, Papersafe, Yen Magazine, Ain’t Bad, Musée Magazine, as well as featured online on Elephant Magazine, Waterfall, It’s Nice That, Sight Unseen, and the Paper Journal.

 

Resort is an artist run gallery in Baltimore, MD.  Founded in 2018, Resort is a new iteration of a curatorial collaboration between Seth Adelsberger and Alex Ebstein, who previously co-founded and ran Nudashank (2009 – 2013).  Resort is a project dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, promoting collaboration and inclusivity.

 

Time

January 20 (Saturday) - March 3 (Saturday)

Location

Resort

235 Park Avenue, Baltimore MD

20jan - 13marAll DayGerminal: Lauren Frances Adams

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The Maryland College Institute of Art (MICA) presents “Germinal,” a solo exhibition consisting of a site-specific installation by B.F.A. Painting faculty Lauren Frances Adams. The exhibition explores themes converging around feminist activists from American history, domestic ornament in service of political messages, such as Quaker abolitionist quilts and pro-Confederacy secessionist cockades, and the recent removal of Baltimore’s Confederate monuments.

 

“Germinal” opens Saturday, Jan. 20, and runs through Tuesday, March 13, at MICA’s Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, 1401 W Mt. Royal Ave. A reception will take place Thursday, Feb. 15, 5 – 7 p.m.

 

Reflecting on contemporary and historical political movements for the advancement of civil rights in America, Adams’ installation and research-based paintings examine the ways in which white women both helped and hindered progress, as well as the pioneering black feminists who fought for racial justice.

Specifically, Adams, whose work often focuses on the history of labor and class, looks at the ways in which feminist activists in American history, particularly women of color from the 18th century through the present day, have been overlooked in favor of white causes. Adams also questions the legacy of white feminists and suffragettes who advanced white feminist issues over black interests, and grounds the idea of white culpability in racial injustice to the present day.

“Germinal” also showcases the recent public battle over removing Confederate monuments, including the Confederate Women’s Monument, which was located adjacent to MICA’s campus on Mt. Royal Ave. and dismantled by Mayor Pugh in August.

“Given the recent movement to remove Confederate monuments across the country and in Baltimore, I wanted to create work that responds to the dichotomy between these efforts and the palpable civil and political unrest that has taken hold of the national body politic,” said Adams.

The installation of “Germinal” will transform the gallery space by applying custom wallpaper designs and patterns to the normally white wall space, and will feature collections of painted found objects, such as stacks of locally reclaimed brick from Baltimore featuring patterns and designs reflecting resistance to white supremacy, and oyster shells sourced from Maryland’s Choptank River—where Harriet Tubman lived—with portraits of activists painted on the inside of the shells.

The objects will be incrementally added to the installation throughout the exhibition, accumulating (or “germinating”) over time as though growing out of the initial object. The title is also a play on the word “seminal,” acting as the feminine counter to the male-dominated concept of historicity and plays up the role of women in enacting—or hindering—social change.

“The works on display encourage a consideration of the ways in which public visual culture has contributed to the reinforcement of Confederate spaces and values, while also highlighting the long history of women who resisted (racialized and gendered) oppression and the continuation of these struggles today,” Adams said.

“Germinal” is supported through a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Development and Research, which annually funds projects that contribute to MICA faculty members’ professional, artistic or scholarly research and development. “Germinal” will be accompanied by an exhibition catalog featuring an essay by MICA Humanistic Studies faculty Christine Manganaro.

Lauren Frances Adams’ work engages political and social histories through iconic images and domestic ornament. At the core of her work are critical explorations of labor and class in visual culture. She draws heavily upon the historical decorative arts, such as wallpaper patterns, quilts and paintings, to find contradictions within the contexts they originated. Alongside painting and mixed-media installations, domestic materials take shape in her research on the construction of political identity.

 

Adams earned her B.F.A. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been exhibited at Nymans House National Trust, Sussex, England; The Walters Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Recent projects include Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and Plug Projects in Kansas City.

 

She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has held residencies at the Cite in Paris and the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation M.F.A. Award, a 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the 2016 Trawick Prize. Adams is a founding member of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a project space in New York City.

 

Image: “Germinal: Bricks and Oysters Series,” Choptank River oysters, mixed media paint, 2017.

Time

January 20 (Saturday) - March 13 (Tuesday)

Location

MICA Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center

1401 West Mount Royal Avenue

20jan - 24marAll DayAay Preston-Myint + Yuqi Wang

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January 20 (Saturday) - March 24 (Saturday)

Location

'sindikit

405 East Oliver Street 2nd Floor, Baltimore MD 21202

22jan - 18mayAll DayRohini Ralby: 4Squares

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Stevenson University will host the work of Owings Mills-based painter Rohini Ralby from January 22 through May 18 in the Art Gallery on the University’s Greenspring Campus, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153.

A public reception will take place Thursday, February 15, from 5:30-7:00p.m. On Thursday April 12, from 5:45-6:15pm, the artist will be giving a talk. Both events are free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Color. Rhythm. Space. Value. Stroke. Each element contributes its own composition to the whole, and all must integrate to form a successful painting. Ralby brings to her work a masterful understanding of this integration, drawn from a range of disciplines.

In addition to studying Chinese calligraphy, Ralby trained in Tai Chi Chuan with T. R. Chung, disciple of Kuo Lien Ying. During her undergraduate years at Washington University in St. Louis, she worked with Leslie Laskey, Annelise Mertz, and Nelson Wu. After earning her M.A. in dance at Mills College, she established herself as a well-known Tai Chi Chuan teacher in Cambridge, MA, before becoming a close personal disciple of Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa, who instructed her one-on-one in internal contemplative practice. In 2012, Bancroft Press published Ralby’s book Walking Home with Baba: The Heart of Spiritual Practice.

Ralby works at the confluence of multiple artistic and spiritual traditions. Like all her teachers, she focuses on where within the artist an artwork emerges; to allow art to manifest from the deepest levels, one has to go beyond technique.

In 2011, Ralby returned to her brush and blades and began working with oils on paper, canvas, and panel. The resulting compositions vibrate at the frequencies that underlie conventional signification. Her pictorial languages have evolved with her contemplative and artistic practice. Ralby’s paintings, which consist of four panels each, depict the vibrations of each component in a semantic field of four qualities, which Ralby has termed a fourchotomy; for this reason, the paintings are called Foursquares.

For more information about Stevenson’s arts and cultural events, contact Lori Rubeling, exhibition curator at [email protected] or 443-394-9547.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

Time

January 22 (Monday) - May 18 (Friday)

Location

Stevenson University

1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson MD 21153

24jan - 17marAll DayFalse Monarchy

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In False Monarchy, Philadelphia-based artist Kyle Kogut uses the practices and symbols of occultism and the ubiquitous iconography of auto industry kitsch to explore the contemporary politics of American myth and despair. False Monarchy is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, January 24 through March 17, 2018. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will occur on January 31, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, in the Stamp Gallery. A performance by the artist will take place during the reception, starting at 7:00pm.
This solo exhibition, curated by Raino Isto, presents a collection of new installations, objects, and two-dimensional works by Kogut, all examining the disturbing effects of America’s continued attachment to the myth of heavy industry as a miraculous source of economic growth and consumer euphoria. Kogut—the son of an auto mechanic—works in response to his own family background and upbringing, considering how narratives of the artist’s creative expression relate to labor, class, and mortality.
The work in False Monarchy includes a number of Kogut’s recent drawings, which are influenced by the visual idioms of American automotive propaganda, as well as by the precision and themes of Northern Renaissance draughtsmanship. Kogut’s work considers both the nihilistic and liberatory possibilities of repetitive, detail-oriented artistic practice, and links these processes to modes of self-creation that challenge dominant narratives of American society. At the same time, he explores a wide range of artistic influences, from Albrecht Dürer and Francisco de Goya, to Philip Guston and Jen Ray.
False Monarchy also includes an immersive sculpture and video installation that combines the extended soundscapes of drone metal with the meditative environments and symbology of the occult, inflected by Kogut’s abiding interest in the practices of chaos magick. As an environment, False Monarchy encourages critical overidentification with the metaphysical structures of American late capitalism, and reflection on the self-destructive direction of contemporary American politics.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kyle Kogut is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, textile, film, performance, and installation. Kogut graduated with a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA in 2016. He was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1990 and received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2012. His work has been included in group shows nationally including Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Kogut has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Gateway Gallery (Baltimore), Samuel (Chicago), and Kitchen Table Gallery (Philadelphia). His work has been published in international publications Juxtapoz Magazine and Studio Visit Magazine. Kogut has been included in shows reviewed by Hyperallergic, Bmore Art, and City Paper, Baltimore. Kogut recently moved back to Philadelphia, is teaching at Tyler School of Art, and is a member of FJORD Gallery.
More information: http://www.kylekogut.com

ABOUT THE STAMP GALLERY

Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Stamp Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.
FREE and open to the public. Hours: Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am–8 pm; Fridays: 10 am–6 pm; Saturdays: 11am–5 pm; Sundays: Closed.
More information: thestamp.umd.edu/gallery

 

image: Kyle Kogut, Untitled (Performance), 2017

Time

January 24 (Wednesday) - March 17 (Saturday)

Location

Stamp Gallery

1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

24jan - 24marAll DayCommon Denominator // Creative Defiance

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York College Galleries will host two artist exhibitions from Jan. 24 – March 24. Kate Kretz’s “Common Denominator” will be featured in Cora Miller Gallery, and Chaz Maviyane-Davies’ “Creative Defiance” will be exhibited in Brossman Gallery.

 

“Common Denominator” will open will a reception at 5 p.m., Jan. 24. Kretz will offer a talk at 5:30 p.m. on March 8 in DeMeester Recital Hall. Kretz is an award-winning realist painter and mixed-media artist based in the Washington, D.C. region. In this exhibition, she combines several series, each exploring different subjects and mediums, to present a cohesive body of work that identifies a common denominator at the heart of much of the violence and oppression in the world. Kretz studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and earned a BFA from SUNY-Binghamton and MFA from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared in nearly 100 international newspapers and has been featured in exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally.

 

Maviyan-Davies will offer a talk at 5:30 p.m. on March 7 in DeMeester Recital Hall. Born in Zimbabwe, he ran a design studio in Harare from 1983-2000 before leaving due to the political climate there. Through graphic design, Maviyan-Davies has addressed issues of consumerism, health and nutrition, social responsibility, environmentalism, human rights, and politics for more than 30 years. He is professor emeritus of design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and his work is included in several international permanent collections. This exhibition features a selection of posters from his series, “A World of Questions,” that addresses a wide range of interdisciplinary issues that are of vital importance to humanity.

 

The Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery are located within the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information on art exhibits, check the website at www.ycp.edu/york-college-galleries or call gallery director Matthew Clay-Robison at 717-815-6622.

 

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,400 undergraduate students. The College also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Time

January 24 (Wednesday) - March 24 (Saturday)

Location

York College Art Galleries

Wolf Hall, 411 Country Club Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17403

25jan - 4marAll DaySkeleton Crew

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OUR STATE-OF-THE-NATION PLAY

From the playwright of Detroit ’67, Skeleton Crew (the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed Detroit trilogy) tells the story of four workers at the last exporting auto plant in Detroit struggling to survive as their way of life disappears. Set around 2008, this play vividly portrays the modern struggle in a changing America, and reveals the real people on the factory line. This skeleton crew—the bare minimum number of staff needed to function—is made up of people who keep the vital operations of the plant running in the face of obstacles, rumors, and, eventually, the confirmation of their worst fears. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed as this vibrant team of loyal and proud workers navigate an uncertain future.

Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

“Warm-blooded, astute…a very fine new play.” –New York Times

Content Advisory: A drama about the state of employment in our nation, this play includes explicit language and adult situations and is recommended for high school-aged audiences and up.

Time

January 25 (Thursday) - March 4 (Sunday)

Location

Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

27jan - 3marAll DayUnveiled

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On View: JAN 27 – MAR 3
Reception: SAT JAN 27 | 6PM-8PM
Gallery Talk: SAT FEB 10 | 4pm

Mequitta Ahuja, Milana Braslavsky, and Sebastian Martorana

Contemporary artists examine the traditions of portrait, still life, and memorial

Time

January 27 (Saturday) - March 3 (Saturday)

29jan - 9marAll DayMeaning Making Through Art Making: From the Holocaust to Contemporary Art Therapy Practices

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Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) Gormley Gallery presents a new exhibit featuring reproductions of works from Holocaust victims, along with original works created in art therapy sessions. The exhibit coincides with the launch of Notre Dame’s new undergraduate and graduate degree in art therapy and offers an opportunity for viewers to see the healing power of the creative process.

 

Meaning Making Through Art Making: From the Holocaust to Contemporary Art Therapy Practices is curated by art therapist Elizabeth Hlavek who is excited to bring these works to a public space. “Many of the pieces in the exhibit have not been shown in the United States so this will be an exclusive for us,” says Hlavek.

 

The exhibit is about the depth of the human spirit, “Art work created by victims during the Holocaust highlights the human capacity for resilience,” says Hlavak. “This work allows viewers a personalized sense of the victims’ experience. When viewing artwork created by Holocaust victims, we are forced to acknowledge the individual lives that were taken.”

 

Meaning Making Through Art Making shows the expressive and transformative power of art,” says Geoff Delanoy, chair and associate professor of art at NDMU. “We couldn’t have asked for a better curated exhibit that speaks directly to the kind of impact future NDMU graduates of our art therapy program will make in this industry and on their patients. We’re very excited to launch this program.” The establishment of the University’s art therapy program marks Notre Dame as being the only university in Maryland to offer this degree.

 

Hlavek, who in her clinical practice, mainly works with teenagers and young adults struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns is a doctoral candidate in art therapy at Mount Mary University. Her research focuses on the relevance of artwork created in the Holocaust to art therapy theory and practice. She describes the pieces seen in this show as “real world examples of art making in the most dire of circumstances.”

 

As part of her research for this exhibit, Hlavek traveled to Israel, visiting two Holocaust points of interest: Beit Terezin and the Ghetto Fighters Museum. She wanted to see and experience the art first hand before bringing it to the public in the U.S.

 

The exhibit at Notre Dame’s Gormley Gallery opens on Jan 29 and runs through March 9 with curator talk with Elizabeth Hlavek on Saturday, Feb 3 from 4-6pm.   Gallery is open 830a-530p Monday through Friday.

 

NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY
Notre Dame of Maryland University was founded in 1896 and is home to Maryland’s only women’s college. NDMU also offers a wide variety of full- and part-time undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs for men and women. Located on a beautiful, secure, 58-acre wooded campus in the residential neighborhood of Homeland, Baltimore, the University also offers programs for adult students at a number of locations across the state.

Time

January 29 (Monday) - March 9 (Friday)

Location

Gormley Gallery @ Notre Dame University of Maryland

4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210

29jan - 18marAll DayOur People, Our Land, Our Images

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Our People, Our Land, Our Images
January 29 – March 18
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Opportunities to view indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers are rare and recent. This photographic exhibition features the work of 26 indigenous artists from the United States, Canada, Peru, Iraq, and New Zealand. Distinctive in its historical reach, the exhibition includes newly discovered 19th-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and well established contemporary practitioners.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images has been carefully constructed as a first person, indigenous account. Reflecting contemporary trends, the photographers and their subjects vary in style, from straightforward documentary accounts to aesthetically altered images combining overlays and collage. The variety found in the exhibition conveys the plurality of the indigenous voices and their concerns. The photographs are united, however, in how they convey their makers’ connections to the land, community, and traditions.

Ultimately, the multiplicity of perspectives represented by the exhibition and its texts sustains an open-ended experience that will actively engage audiences as they analyze how “the camera, in the hands of indigenous visionaries, becomes a tool or weapon that possesses the power to confront and deconstruct stereotypes, politics, and histories.” Our People, Our Land, Our Images provides insight into the variations in and history of bicultural identity. Further, the exhibition demonstrates the longevity and continuing vitality of native traditions of photography and answers the overdue and continuing need to expand the knowledge of indigenous self-presentation in photography.


The C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis, originally organized this exhibition in conjunction with a conference for international indigenous photographers held at the museum. Veronica Passalacqua, curator at the C.N. Gorman Museum, is the guest curator.


Public programs will be announced.


Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday until 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Click here for directions and parking information.


Images: Shan Goshorn, Cherokee (b. 1957), Pawnee Woman in Field from the series Earth Renewal, c. 2002, hand-tinted double-exposed, black-and-white-photograh; Larry McNeil, Tlingit (b. 1955), Yéil, 2006, digital print; Erica Lord, Athabaskan/Inupiaq (b. 1978), Untitled (I Tan to Look More Native) from the series Tanning Project, 2006, inkjet C-print.

Time

January 29 (Monday) - March 18 (Sunday)

Location

UMBC Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250

30jan - 25marjan 306:00 pmmar 25Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns

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Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns, a solo exhibition showcasing multiple paintings and new sculptural works will be presented in Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Unger Athenaeum from January 30 through March 25, 2018. An artist reception and talk will be held February 9, 2018, 6-9 p.m. And a panel discussion, Diminishing Returns: A Discussion of the Economics of Art, will be held on March 2, 6-7:15 p.m. in Goucher’s Merrick Lecture Hall, located in the Dorsey College Center. The artist, Jim Condron, will be in conversation with Doreen Bolger, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, David Findlay, Pugh Family Professor of Economics, Colby College, and Laura Amussen, Goucher College’s director of exhibitions and curator. The panel will discuss the economics of art.  


Jim Condron: Diminishing Returns, incites viewers to examine the application of the economic principle of the law of diminishing returns to art and art making in the 21st century. The paintings in the show range in size from 5 x 6 inches to 90 x144 inches. Each painting gradually increases in size while maintaining the project’s foundational proportion. The sculptural works in the show reference farming practices and consider the framework by which the economic concept of the law of diminishing returns was founded and explained. The agriculturally based sculptures and abstract paintings also investigate the law of diminishing marginal utility. A highlight of the show is a sculpture made from a vintage 1940’s General GG tractor in a bed of Red Bird Peppermint Puffs.  Visitors are invited to experience the principle of diminishing marginal utility by eating as many of the candies as they like.

 

“Thinking about the economic concepts diminishing marginal returns and diminishing marginal utility and the extent to which they apply to art raises interesting questions about how one can view art from the artist’s, consumer’s, and museum curator’s perspectives.”

-Dr. David W. Findlay, Pugh Family Professor of Economics of Colby College, ME.

 

Through the paintings in this exhibition Condron presents a haptic convergence of scale, size, color, texture, and dimensionality. The works explore how the physical size of a painting impacts the meaning and power of a work of art for both the artist and the viewer. The paintings in the show are hung in succession, both vertically and horizontally, from the largest works to the smallest works. It is the artist’s hope that as the viewer confronts the exhibition and then each painted canvas, the importance of the scale and size of the work diminishes, and the viewer is absorbed in the experience of each individual work of art.

 

The sculptural works in the exhibition, constructed from vintage farm equipment, are poignant reminders of America’s rich, though tainted, agricultural past and the economic challenges American farmers face in the year 2018 at a moment in history when the commodification of art is unregulated.

 

About the Artist:

Jim Condron, originally from Long Island, NY and Connecticut, lives and works in Baltimore.  Condron earned his MFA at the Leroy E. Hofffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, Waterville, ME. He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Since 1993, Condron has studied with Rohini Ralby, the artist’s mentor. His work appears nationally and internationally in galleries and museums as well as in corporate, university, public and private collections.  Condron has been awarded artist residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Heliker Lahotan Foundation.  He is a 2017 recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant and a Maryland State Arts Council grant for sculpture.

This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. and panel discussion will be held Friday, March 2nd, 2018 6-7:15 p.m. in the Merrick Lecture Hall located in the Dorsey College Center. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information.

Time

January 30 (Tuesday) 6:00 pm - March 25 (Sunday) 9:00 pm

Location

Silber Gallery @ Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson MD 21204

1feb - 28All DayApokaluptein 16389067: Jesse Krimes

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Exhibition: Apokaluptein 16389067: Jesse Krimes

When:
February 1 – 28, 2018
Mon, Wed & Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues & Thurs 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Public lecture: Creative Expression as Resistance, Jesse Krimes, Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., 4th floor programming room
Reception and artist’s talk: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5-7 p.m. in the gallery

Where:
Loyola University Maryland
Julio Fine Arts Gallery
4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210

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The Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University Maryland presents Apokaluptein 16389067. Working 12 hours a day while in prison, Jesse Krimes drew old master works and transferred portraits of offenders taken from newspapers on the drawings. The works became larger and turned into landscapes. Influenced by Dante’s Divine Comedy and Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory, panels depicting heaven and hell were added, creating Apokaluptein: 16389067. The mural was made on 39 stolen prison bed sheets that were smuggled, one by one, out of prison. The work defied the system, and continues to be a commentary on our society that promotes criminal behavior and punishes people with little thought of reform.

 

Since his release from prison Krimes’ work continues to investigate the human condition in an attempt to “disentangle complex value systems and hierarchies”. He lives and works in Philadelphia. Krimes is represented by Burning in Water Gallery, New York City. In 2017, he received a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellow, an Independence Foundation Fellow, and was a Right of Return, USA Fellow.

 

Join us for Jesse Krimes: Creative Expression as Resistance on Monday Feb. 5, 6 p.m. in the 4th floor programming room and hear Jesse talk about what he learned in prison. Join us the following night for a reception in the gallery, Tuesday, Feb.6, 5-7 p.m.

 

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. To discover more about Maryland State Arts Council grants and how they impact Maryland’s arts sector, visit msac.org. Support for this exhibit comes in part from the Sehn Family.

Cost/registration information:
Free and open to the public; no registration required

Time

february 1 (Thursday) - 28 (Wednesday)

Location

Julio Fine Arts, Loyola University Maryland

4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210

2feb - 26mayAll DayThe Elements that Define Us

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Register for the Exhibition Opening here!

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) is proud to announce The Elements that Define Us, a Black contemporary portraiture exhibition, presented in conjunction with the University of Maryland David C. Driskell Center’s exhibition: Portraits of Who We Are. The Elements that Define Us exhibition at PGAAMCC will be on display from Feb 2nd-May 26th, 2018.

The Elements that Define Us is a mixed media exhibition, highlighting color, materials, and composition style, that presents a contemporary perspective of the Black American experience. The exhibition will highlight portraits of the DC Metropolitan community and address the stylistic elements used to express the Black American experience locally and beyond. Curator Tomora Wright will focus on the compositional aspects of each piece, which lend symbolic meaning to the subject. Compositional styles and mediums in works of art are intentional and speak to Black American history, culture, communities, rituals, and lifestyles. In this exhibition, we want to give artists a chance to tell us the significance of their chosen artistic medium and how the elements they use play an important role in the stories they tell.

The Elements that Define Us will showcase 21 artists diverse perspective of the Black experience. Wright carefully selected a group of multigenerational artists from the Greater Washington DC Area who excel in various mediums and styles. From mixed media collages to installations, from paintings to drawings and more, this exhibition presents a dynamic and multifaceted selection of work. Exhibition artists include:

Alonzo DavisAkili Ron Anderson

Gina Marie Lewis

Chanel Compton

Taryn Harris

Ulysses Marshall

Preston Sampson

 

Al BurtsJames Terrell

Toni Lane

Jay Durrah

Egbert Evans

Will Watson

Ronal Jackson

 

Tre WilkesElana Casey

Jamea Richmond Edwards

Curtis Woody

Michael Booker

Shawn Lindsay

Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

 

It is important to include Black artists in the Art History discourse, while also constantly redefining what it means to be a Black American artist in the 21st century. We often reference and draw inspiration from our history and artists who have paved the way, but artwork in 2018 is also undertaking equally challenging themes. PGAAMCC aims to highlight the current cultural climate and encourage continued dialogue. The artwork in The Elements That Define Us challenges viewers to see themselves in the composition of the pieces and recognize their own emotions through the artist’s hand. “Portraits are an intimate lens into the artist’s psyche,” Wright says. “In this exhibition, we will study the artists’ stylistic choices and impulses that ultimately help narrate unique stories, experiences, and emotions.”

Join us on February 2nd for the exhibition opening of The Elements that Define Us. In support of continued community growth in Prince George’s County, we look forward to your participation in supporting the arts and hope to see you there.

Time

February 2 (Friday) - May 26 (Saturday)

Location

Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center

4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, Maryland 20722

2feb - 11marAll DayCounternarratives: Performance and Actions in Public Space

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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents “Counternarratives: Performance and Actions in Public Space,” an exhibition curated by students in MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) that highlights significant performative actions, both artistic and political, from 1955 to the present through a global timeline installation and commissions of new performances in local public spaces.

“Counternarratives” is on view Friday, Feb. 2, through Sunday, March 11, at MICA’s Decker Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mt. Royal Ave. A reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Using Rosa Parks’ historic act of civil disobedience on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 as the starting point and conceptual framework of a sculptural timeline, “Counternarratives” charts 55 case studies of performative protest through the present day that honor Parks’ protest against racial injustice. The final two years of the timeline are dedicated to performances and actions in Baltimore since the 2015 uprising, and will incorporate newly commissioned performances at various locations in Baltimore.
The exhibition features a selection of performances and actions that challenge social, cultural and political conditions, as well as those that reclaim and question normative uses of public space in urban environments. The timeline invites viewers to contemplate how the human body functions as a catalyst for positive social and political change.
Established in 1997 by then Curator-in-Residence George Ciscle, the Exhibition Development Seminar is a yearlong course designed to examine the curatorial process and explore new ways for students to engage with local artists, cultural organizers, activists, curators and museum and gallery professionals.
Led by Art History, Theory & Criticism faculty Monica Amor, the 2017-2018 Exhibition Development Seminar is supported by class mentors Gerard Leavell, Graham Coreil-Allen, Nick Petr and Bashi Rose, as well as advisors Alex Oehmke and Jeff McGrath.

Image: Anna Halperin, Blank Placard Dance, 1970. When asked “What are you protesting?” the performers responded “What do you want to protest?” and collected the aswers.

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Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Time

February 2 (Friday) - March 11 (Sunday)

Location

MICA Decker Gallery, Fox Building

1303 West Mount Royal Avenue

2feb - 3marAll DayVisionaries: The Work of Thornton Dial and Purvis Young

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“Visionaries: The Work of Thornton Dial and Purvis Young” will be featured at York College’s Marketview Arts (37 W. Philadelphia St., York) from Feb.  2 to March 3. The exhibition will open with a lecture and reception at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2. Marketview Arts hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

“Visionaries” pairs the work of two important, self-trained, expressionist artists, Thornton Dial and Purvis Young, whose work often communicates the experience of Black Americans in the South. Dial grew up in Alabama’s rural western flatlands and lived in Alabama his whole life. Young was born and died in Miami. Both artists combined painting with collage, often using found objects that in the case of Dial were used to create large-scale relief assemblages. There is a storytelling aspect to both artist’s work, with common themes, including war, racism, and other sociopolitical issues. These works are on loan from the Grumbacher Collection.

 

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,400 undergraduate students. The College also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Time

February 2 (Friday) - March 3 (Saturday)

Location

York College Art Galleries

Wolf Hall, 411 Country Club Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17403

3feb - 1marAll DaySt. Charles Presents Butterfly Pictures by Aiden Dillard

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Butterfly Pictures  –  Aiden Dillard

St. Charles 2701 N Charles Street

February 3  –  March 1

Opening Reception with the Artist February 3rd from 5-8pm

 

St. Charles Projects is pleased to present Butterfly Pictures by artist and filmmaker Aiden Dillard. Butterfly Pictures contains embroidered collage paintings and a butterfly themed video performance that explore issues relating to class, race, migration, death, and sexuality. Dillard has produced several internationally distributed “B” horror movies for the Troma Entertainment brand. This show marks his first solo painting exhibition.

 

In this series of paintings the omnipresent symbol of the butterfly both cloaks and uncovers the complexities of prescient social issues. For inspiration Dillard channels his complicated personal narrative which includes the recent death of his partner, an exile from Miami, and a stint in a rural southern trailer park. The symbol of the butterfly arrived as a joyful antidote to the emotional pain that he experienced while coping with the loss of his partner. The Butterfly Pictures initially began as abstract paintings, but figurative elements arrived to embody the politics of homoerotic imagery countering toxic masculinity. Other themes within this context of figuration are interracial relationships, contemporary national politics, class identity, and rural vs urban divides.

 

Woven throughout many of the paintings are images of Dillard himself embodying the butterfly symbol. A video-sculpture piece that was produced specifically for this exhibit features a fluttering Adien Dillard performing as the butterfly.

 

Dillard currently works as a truck driver in The Bronx, NYC, and grew up in North Carolina but was born in Southern California. Dillard is a graduate of The Cooper Union in New York, and has had film screenings and group shows along the East Coast from Brooklyn, Chapel Hill, Miami, to Havana, Cuba.

 

To view Aiden Dillard’s paintings and trailers to his movies, please visit www.aidendillard.com.

 

St. Charles 2701 N Charles Street, www.stcharlesprojects.com

Time

February 3 (Saturday) - March 1 (Thursday)

Location

St. Charles Projects

2701 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD

4feb - 4marAll DayDark Winter

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Katherine KAVANAUGH –  images of Iceland

Jennifer WALLACE – new poems

Paul JASKUNAS – fiction

Opening Reception & Reading – February 4, 2018 2 – 5 PM

By appointment through March 4, 2018 contact kkavanaugh22 AT gmail.com

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February 4 (Sunday) - March 4 (Sunday)

Location

Project 1628

1628 Bolton Street, Baltimore MD

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Gallery 102 is proud to present Hyphen American, an exhibition that challenges and unsettles the liminal space of hybrid cultural identity within the American lexicon. Through painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, and installation, the exhibition addresses the mythification of immigrants and first-generation Americans. The artists on view refuse, engage with, subvert, and satirize the exotification and fetishization that one often confronts when engaged with multiple cultural identities.

The “othering” of immigrant communities is historically rooted in the cultural identity of America. Whiteness, as a synonym for the US, relies on the “other” to distinguish itself politically, socially, and economically. Our melting pot is merely a distraction to perpetuate erasure and cultural genocide; a mantra that willfully ignores the ramifications of American cultural essentialism. With the recent anniversary of Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and attention paid to alt-right, nationalist, white supremacist groups, it is imperative to resist the scapegoat tactics deployed by racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic groups.

Hyphen American, while admittedly incomprehensive in scope, is a humble and empowered attempt to create paths through barriers from the symbolic construction of hybridized languages derived from a mother tongue.

Exhibiting artists: Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Ani Bradberry, Nakeya Brown, Hector Canonge, Hoesy Corona, Dominique Duroseau, Lloyd Foster, Baseera Khan, Zavé Martohardjono, Helina Metaferia, Joseph Orzal, Kunj, Marcelline, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Tariku Shiferaw, Nyugen E. Smith, Sheida Soleimani, Tsige Tafesse, Fabiola Yurcisin.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Thursday, February 8, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for the opening reception of Hyphen American. Performances by: Marcelline, Hector Canonge, and Nyugen E. Smith. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

Saturday, February 17, 3:00-6:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for a performance series hosted in conjunction with Hyphen American. Performances by: Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Helina Metaferia, Hoesy Corona, and Kunj. The performance series is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

Friday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm: Join Gallery 102 for the closing reception and panel talk for Hyphen American. Panelists TBA. The reception and talk is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

CURATORS

Alexandra (Rex) Delafkaran (1993; California) is an Iranian-American interdisciplinary artist, dancer and curator from California, currently based in Washington, D.C. She uses movement and objects to explore the rich tensions between bodies, intimacy, language and identities. Since receiving her degree in Ceramics and Performance Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, she has worked and exhibited in Southern Exposure Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Panoply Performance Lab, and others. While working as Gallery Manager at Hamiltonian Gallery and teaching dance, Rex continues to perform and exhibit, making sculpture out of Red Dirt Studios.

Tsedaye Makonnen (1984; Washington, D.C.) is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist who focuses on installation and performance art, creating sculptures, experiences and participatory pieces that involve the audience. Other titles she bears and inform her art practice are mother, educator,and birthworker. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, migration, colorism, womanhood, ritual, and kinship. For the last few years her work has been exploring the forced migratory patterns of the African Diaspora and their creative responses to assimilating and recreating the Self within new territories. Tsedaye has performed at the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, Pratt Film Institute and more. In 2017, she participated in the 1st edition of the Festival International d’Art Performance in Martinique, ITINERANT 2017 International Performance Art Festival at Queens Museum, Light City Baltimore, and the 7th Annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana. Most recently she performed and exhibited at Art Basel Miami with Prizm Art Fair and Satellite Art Fair.

ARTISTS

Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill (Ama BE) (b. 1980; Ghana/USA) is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural advocate living in Brooklyn, NY. As a Ghanaian born in America, Nana Ama’s work investigates notions of value and identity as acquired through cultural inheritance, foreign imposition and personal inquiry.  She is interested in the confrontation of opposing cultural value systems as they ritualistically meet in mundane and ceremonious spaces. She has performed on the shores of Matanzas, Cuba, James Town, Ghana, and New York City, and driving her work to be conversant across the diaspora. She has performed and exhibited in, Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions, The Kitchen: Center of Consciousness installation in The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora, NYU’s Kimmel Galleries, 2017 Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Here Hear at Gowanus Open Studios, Panoply Performance Lab, Archive Series at Le Petit Versailles, Black Gotham in New York’s Seaport District. She is also the producer of the documentary series, Look the Other Way, addressing the state of Africa’s creative industries, and the value systems that inform them.

Anahita (Ani) Bradberry (b. 1993; New Haven, CT) is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist and art historian based in DC and New York City. She was raised in New Haven, CT and Pittsburgh, PA. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in modern and contemporary non-Western art with a focus on Japan from American University’s feminist Art History program, spending 6 years in DC. Interested in challenging predetermined power structures in the global contemporary art world, Anahita walks the line between artist and critical art writer to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural power of radical creativity. Ani commands light and imagery to create ephemeral sculptural experiences using rare gas, electricity, natural and industrial materials. anibradberry.com

Nakeya Brown (b. 1988; USA) was born in Santa Maria, California in 1988. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University. Her photography has been exhibited at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, Woman Made Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery, and The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Brown’s work has been featured in New York Mag, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, TIME, and Vice. Her work has been included in photography books Babe and Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze. Brown was awarded the 2017 Snider Prize by the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She currently lives and works in Washington, D.C with her 5 year-old daughter, Mia. www.nakeyabrown.com

Hector Canonge (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial ​PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), PERFORMEANDO, NEXUSURNEXUS, and PERFORMAXIS. In late 2015, he launched TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the new Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and at other local public institutions.

Hoesy Corona (b. 1986; México)  has shown compelling works and inventive sculptures fitted to the human body extensively at various institutional, private, public and underground venues including among others The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Walters Art Museum; The Peale Museum; Songs for Presidents Gallery; Gallery CA; Decker Gallery; Delicious Spectacle; The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival; Greenbelt Arts Center; The Fine Arts Work Center; VisArts; The Creative Alliance; and the Haggerty Museum. His curatorial efforts include: Artscape, Baltimore, MD; Light City 2017, Baltimore, MD; Spacecamp Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Artist Run Art Fair, Baltimore, MD; Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD; Platform Gallery; Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY; Transmodern Festival, Baltimore, MD; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; and Current Space, Baltimore, MD. Recent honors include a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship; an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant; a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation’s Ruby’s Project Grants in Visual Art; a Light City public art commission; a CHM Sculpture Park and Fellowship; a Light City Artist in Residence; a Cafe Con Leche Latino Artist Residency; a Fine Arts Work Center Award; a Pelham Printmaking Residency; was a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semifinalist; a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award; a Baker Artist Awards B-Grant (The Copycat Theatre); and was included in Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar 2016.”

Dominique Duroseau (b. 1978; Chicago/Haiti) Dominique Duroseau is a Newark-based artist born in Chicago, raised in Haiti. Her interdisciplinary practice explores themes of racism, socio-cultural issues, and existential dehumanization. Her exhibitions, performances, and screenings include SATELLITE ART and PULSE Play in Miami; The Kitchen, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, A.I.R. Gallery, BronxArtSpace, Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in New York City; Index Arts, Project for Empty Space, and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. She is currently a fellow at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and has received artist residencies from Gallery Aferro and Index Art Center. Duroseau holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts from Kean University.

Lloyd Foster (b. 1990; Washington, DC) is a Ghanaian-American photographer based in Washington, DC. Self-taught, Foster’s work uses personal connections, memories, and authentic perception to capture daily life, combat warped media perspectives, and to better understand his subjects.

Baseera Khan is a New York-based artist whose work shares an experience of exile and kinship shaped by economic, pop cultural, and political situations. She mixes consumerism with spirituality and treats decolonial histories, practices, and archives as geographies of the future. Khan recently exhibited her first solo exhibition, iamuslima, at Participant Inc Gallery, NYC (2017). Iamuslima is currently traveling to Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University, and Fine Arts Museum of Colorado Springs in (2017-18). She performed at Whitney Museum of Art, Queens Museum, and ArtPop Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). She was also an International Travel Fellow to Jerusalem/Ramallah through Apexart and a Process Space artist-in-residence for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC (2015). In the past year, Khan completed an artist-in-residence program at Abrons Art Center, NYC (2016-17) and will attend a residency at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY (2018-19). Khan is published in Artforum Magazine, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, OSMOSMagazine, Unbag, TDR Drama Review. She received an M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005).

Zavé Martohardjono (b. 1984; Montreal, Canada) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. They’re videos and installations have exhibited at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Art + Thought, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta. They’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project and elsewhere. Zavé is in LMCC’s 2017-2018 Workspace Residency program and has had residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0, Shandaken: Storm King, La MaMa, and Chez Bushwick. They organize with artists of color and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B.A. from Brown University and their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York.

Helina Metaferia (b. 1983; Ethiopia) Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the areas of performance, video, installation, and two and three dimensional media. Her work investigates the role of the body as both subject and object in art, as well as transnational identity and cultural hybridity within the context of her Ethiopian-American heritage. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), and Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL). Helina completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ox-Bow, Yaddo, MASS MoCA, The Lighthouse Works, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Helina was a recipient of a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she taught in the Graduate and New Genres departments. She is currently a Hamiltonian Artists Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. www.helinametaferia.com

Joseph Orzal (b. 1985; Washington, DC) is a Filipino-Mexican-American artist, curator, and serial collaborator from Washington DC. He received his BFA from the Corcoran College of the Art in 2010 and has been actively exhibiting since then. His works combine physical and emotional observations of the human state and mine the palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies. After his glorious departure from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, amidst his involvement with the Save the Corcoran group, he co-founded NoMüNoMü—an intersectional artist collective and curatorial platform in Washington DC working towards liberation from the perpetual systems of oppression and class domination that permeate throughout the art world.

Kunj (b. 1988; USA) explores both cultural and sexual identity through performative ritual with a focus on hetero-normative dissuasion. Questioning and rebelling against institutional ideas of race, gender, and queerness – Kunj often creates work is that is impermanent, using ritual performance and structure to explore the notion of no-identity versus new-identity. He received his BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from the University of Maryland, with emphasis on physical culture, identity, and printmaking, and has performed at Grace Exhibition Space (NY), EMP Collective (MD), and The National Portrait Gallery (DC).

Marcelline (b. 1993; Yaoundé, Cameroun) is a Cameroonian-born artist using their body as a primary medium and subject alongside video, sound and sculpture to create ephemeral installations artworks. With a strong belief in community building, their work questions the socio-political landscape that informs the experiences of a naturalized citizen living at the intersections of blackness and gender non-conformity/variance, selfhood as a form of myth building and spiritual healing as a way to cope with trauma . They received their BFA from the Maryland Institute college of art in 2015 and have exhibited works at Mercer Union in Toronto, Company Gallery in Manhattan, No Nations Art Gallery In Chicago, NADA at Art Basel Miami and MoMA Ps1 just to name a few.

Mojdeh Rezaeipour (b. 1986; Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American mixed media artist and storyteller. Her semi-autobiographical work explores the duality of her childhood in Iran and the disembodied nature of the immigrant experience through a constant deconstruction and reconstruction of memory and understanding. She is based in her dome studio in the forests of Southern MD and often works in pyrography on wood, incorporating natural elements like roots, petals, branches and pigmented beeswax. After completing her architectural studies at UC Berkeley, Mojdeh has been involved with many facets of art and design in San Francisco, New York, Rome, Tokyo and Washington DC. She is currently pursuing a self-directed masters as a part of Alt*Div with an emphasis on art as spiritual practice, and has exhibited locally at venues such as Arlington Arts Center (VA), IA&A (DC), Katzen Art Center (DC), Target Gallery (VA), Olly Olly (VA) and Strathmore Mansion (MD). Mojdeh’s stories have been featured on The Moth Mainstage, Podcast, and Radio Hour. She serves as The Moth’s Washington, DC StorySlam Producer and leads independent workshops on visual storytelling. www.mojdeh.art

Tariku Shiferaw (b. 1983; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a Brooklyn based artist whose work deals with mark-making in ways that addresses both the physical and the metaphysical spaces of painting and societal structures. At the age of nine, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya with his family and shortly after immigrated to the U.S. He spent the latter part of his childhood in Los Angeles, California. He studied for his bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2007 and later attained his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design in 2015. Shiferaw has exhibited throughout New York and Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include The 2017 Whitney Biennial as part of Occupy Museums’ Debtfair project (New York, 2017); Hard Cry, Lubov (New York, 2017); Life Sized, Anthony Philip Fine Art (Brooklyn, 2016); Introduction 2016, Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, 2016); The LA Art Show, Werd Gallery (Los Angeles, 2016); ATAVAST, Roomservice/Standard Practice (Brooklyn, 2015); New Work New York, 1st MFA Biennial Presented by St. Nicks Alliance & [email protected] (Brooklyn, 2015).

Nyugen E. Smith (b.1976; Jersey City, NJ), drawing heavily on his West Indian heritage, is committed to raising the consciousness of past and present political struggles through his practice which consists of sculpture, installation, video and performance. He is influenced by the conflation of African cultural practices and the remnants of European colonial rule in the region. Responding to the legacy of this particular environment, Nyugen’s work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence and ideological misnomers.

Sheida Soleimani (b. 1990; Iran) is an Iranian-American artist who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of political refugees who were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980s, Soleimani makes work that melds sculpture, collage, and photography to highlight her critical perspectives on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran. She focuses on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences in the news, adapting images from popular press and social media leaks to exist within alternate scenarios. Soleimani’s research and work critically references the Eurocentrism that pervades the study of art and art history. She is specifically interested in the intersections of art and activism, as well as how social media has shaped the landscape in current political affairs and uprisings. Her work has been recognized internationally in both exhibitions and publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, VICE Magazine, amongst many others. She is most recently a recipient of the MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and is currently a professor at Brandeis University.

Tsige Tafesse’s (b. 1990; Seattle/Ethiopia) work looks to wage intimacy in a world growing deeply disconnected. Through performance, community organizing, multimedia journalism, and vr she conjures, building pathways from where we’ve been to where we could go. Collaboratively she’s a co-producer of the Prismaticpodcast (an “archive of knowledges”), is a co-founder of BUFU (By Us For Us), a decentralized living archive and documentary project about (Pan)Black-(Pan)Asian cultural & political relationships who’s work has appeared at New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and various art/community spaces, co-directed the first “Afrofuturism Conference: Designing New Narratives for the African Diaspora” at The New School. She has her BFA from The New School for Drama with a concentration in Directing. Her performance credits include Upright Citizens Brigade, Intiman Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, and others. Her photography work has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, BlackLivesMatter.com. She was named one of Fader Magazine’s “People Who Show Us Where Culture Is Going” 2017 amongst being covered in NYLON, ID Magazine, Viceland, Creator’s Project, Village Voice, Vibe Magazine, and various others. She is currently a Artist-In-Residence with her collective at Eyebeam in NYC.

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin (b. 1973; Mexico) received a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, and a BA from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 1995. She has exhibited in the United States, México, and Europe. Two of her books are part of the permanent collection of The Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently, she was selected as one of the FiveWomenArtists, by CulturalDC, an initiative launched by The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work repurposes obsolete recording materials, like VHS cassette tape and typewriter ribbon, and weaves them together. The panels, cages and nets that she makes, are reflective surfaces that question the speed in which we produce and discard our technologies. She works in both Mexico and the United States. www.fabiola.com.mx

Gallery 102
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students — undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians — who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW’s campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions.

Time

February 5 (Monday) - March 2 (Friday)

Location

Gallery 102

801 22nd St NW, Washington DC 20052

7feb - 10marAll DayART10BALTIMORE EXHIBITION

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ART10BALTIMORE EXHIBITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 FEBRUARY – 10 MARCH, 2018

Y:ART Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its 17th exhibition, featuring Art10Baltimore. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 6pm-9pm.

Art10Baltimore is a group of artists who have painted together for more than 10 years. Collectively, their work is contemporary, abstract, and expressionistic; however, each artist uses a unique blend of color, composition, and creativity. As a whole, they have exhibited and sold their work in juried and non-juried shows throughout the United States. Their artwork has been acquired by various private collectors.

Featured Artists Include:

Shelley Amsel
Toni Berger
Jennifer Berk
Claudia Cameron
Linda L. Cichan
Jackie Mintz
Myrna Poirier
Lois Schuster
Kathryn Shagas

About the Artists

Shelley Amsel’s paintings are about curves, color, and form. The body of work contains subject matter that portrays people participating in various common activities deriving from American life: scenes include people eating, drinking, swimming and bicycling. Amsel’s paintings are influenced by the German figurative painters and the French impressionists. Humorously calling himself an “I.D. Painter”, Amsel taps into his most primitive self – creating distorted figures evoking strong emotions and a dream-like fantasy.

Even though Amsel’s intellectual excitement of science, biology, and medicine occupied him for five decades, his passion for the visual arts has been present since childhood. He took classes and courses in drawing and painting at the Fleisher Art Memorial while simultaneously enduring a curriculum at Jefferson Medical School and Hospital in Philadelphia for six years. When Amsel moved to Baltimore in 1974, he studied privately with the MICA trained artists including Carolyn Harader Blaisdell and Glenn F. Walker.

Toni Berger is a Baltimore based artist whose artwork invites the viewer to bring their own experiences to interpret her paintings. Her art is known for its richness of color, light, and energy rather than a precise depiction of subjects. Her paintings portray a variety of subject matter: landscapes, architecture, flowers, figures, and still lives. She creates herpieces on paper and canvas. Berger utilizes acrylics, mixed media, watercolor, and pen and ink. In recent years, her work has become more abstract and less representational as she has continued to evolve as an artist.

Painting since childhood, Berger attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, New York. After she graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. and from Syracuse University with a Masters degree in Education, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has studied painting with artists Glushakow, Ruth Pettus, and Tammra Sigler.

Berger has exhibited locally at the Myerberg Center and the Baltimore Jewish Community Center. She was selected for a juried two-woman show at the Resurgam Gallery and for juried exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the U.S. Customs House in Baltimore. Her work is in the permanent collection at the headquarters of the PNC Bank in Pittsburgh and in various private collections throughout the country.

Jennifer Berk is drawn to abstraction and the outdoors. Her process primarily relies on instinct, resulting in a rustic and abstracted landscape. Her works usually portray a pasture or open field remembered from her childhood or her travels. She finds that abstract painting offers an almost overwhelming amount of freedom; a blank canvas with no directions, no expectations, no preconceived plan or image, keeps everything in a state of flux. Fragile and bold, a welcome departure from life’s routines, schedules, and expectations, Berk primarily focuses on process and is unconcerned with the final destination. Her paintings are a journey.

After a 25-year career in marketing, Berk began studying abstract, landscape and figurative painting with a variety of accomplished and nationally known painters. Berk is otherwise self-taught. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of juried and non-juried shows including The Waldorf School of Baltimore, Art Outside, and The Myerberg Center. Her paintings are in corporate offices and in private collections from Florence, Italy to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Claudia Cameron’s paintings reflect her inner spirit through color, shape, and light. Inspired by nature, she explores the playfulness of her own soul, using acrylics on paper or canvas. Most of Cameron’s abstract expressionistic paintings are done outside where landscape never fails to inspire.

With a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Social Work, Cameron has practiced clinical social work and art therapy with children, families, and individuals for over forty years. Her lifelong passion for art shifted in the past twenty years from photography to painting and she has studied with nationally known painters such as Tamara Sigler and Ruth Pettus. Her work has been exhibited in juried and non-juried shows including the Lodge at Woodloch, The Myerberg Center, and the Gordon Center, and is in private collections from the Hague to San Francisco.

Linda L. Cichan rarely begins her paintings on a blank canvas, but instead first applies a solid color background or a loose color wash that may be an integral part of the composition, or is completely lost in the finished piece. Each painting is a journey where she never knows what will be encountered or where it will lead, but which leaves her exhilarated at its end. The bold use of saturated colors, no longer simply a means of expression; it is the essence of her paintings.

As a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Cichan has exhibited throughout the Baltimore area and has work in several private collections on the East Coast.

Jackie Mintz is a lawyer by profession who turned to art later in life, first in photography and then to painting. She began as a painter in the Classical Realist tradition but eventually found herself drawn toward less representational art. Mintz works primarily with acrylics, oil pastels, and ink on canvas, paper, and Yupo (a synthetic waterproof paper). Her interest in the painter’s instruments has led to her to use a variety of hard-edged tools including palette knives, squeegees, and credit cards. Characterized by a limited palette and loosely geometric shapes, her work creates a feeling of a thoughtful quiet. Most recently she has turned to collage and mixed media works. She has studied with Ruth Pettus and Skip Lawrence.

Mintz has exhibited primarily in the Baltimore area. Her works are in private collections in the U.S. and in Europe.

Myrna Poirier’s painting is about her use of color and her perception of the world. Both her parents, in different ways, taught her about color and texture. Her mother showed her how to go through clothing hanging on a rack in search of a beautiful colors and fabric. Her dad had a fine men’s clothing store and she would wander through the bolts of textiles, drawers of ties, and shelves of shirts looking at the materials and color combinations.  That was the beginning. Then she studied design and architecture. Her influences are Luis Barragan, Henri Matisse, and Wolf Kahn.

More recently, Poirier began painting. She wants to catch people’s attention, make a difference in someone’s life even if it’s for a few moments or a few minutes. If she can dazzle someone then she considers that more than enough. She tries to do this primarily with color and form.

Lois Schuster’s life changed in her early 60’s when she signed up for an art class and fell in love with painting. She has been a practicing psychologist for many years. Schuster was naturally drawn to painting the human figure. The largest portion of her work is figurative, though recently it has been more abstract. Her work often will contain a hidden figure or face. Her pastels are mostly representations of flowers, landscapes, and barns.

Schuster’s first teacher was Tammra Sigler, but she has also studied with various Baltimore artists including Deena Margolis and Ruth Pettus, and Carmelo Blandino and Cheri Dunnigan in Florida.

For Kathryn Shagas, rhythm is the most basic pattern in nature. As a former musician, she is fascinated by horses cavorting in fields, light glittering on water, starlings turning and twisting in flight. She is inspired to capture the energy and movement in the natural world.

Her series of horses was inspired by watching two horses switch from peaceful repose to a full spring in the space of seconds, leading her to paint their movements in different lights and in different seasons. She works inplein-air and in the studio with acrylic, oil stick, pencil, ink, charcoal, and water, crisscrossing the border between realism and abstraction to express the feeling of a particular moment. Clarity appears, disappears, and reappears. She searches for what she finds moving and beautiful. She gets lost and keeps going. She will make a lot of marks and will respond, edit and delete. Finally, the forms emerge.

Shagas is a native of Montreal, where she studied music for 16 years before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the Philadelphia College of Art, now referred to as the University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in private and corporate collections, as well as solo and group exhibitions all throughout the United States. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Baltimore Magazine and The Palette Magazine.
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Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts is a labor of love, brought to life by Julia Yensho on October 10th, 2015. The gallery exhibits primarily Baltimore-based artists creating exceptional one-of-a-kind artworks. Y:ART’s gift shop specializes in carrying original sculptures, paintings and quality hand-crafted jewelry. This unique space is open for artist showings and workshops, and the gallery is also available as a venue for private social gatherings. Our summer hours are Wednesday-Thursday 12pm-5pm and FridaySaturday 10am-6pm.

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Time

February 7 (Wednesday) - March 10 (Saturday)

Location

Y:ART

3402 Gough Street Baltimore, MD 21224

10feb - 4marAll DayApril Camlin: Tight Craft

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Current Space is proud to present Tight Craft, a solo exhibition by April Camlin.

Opening Reception : February 10, 7 – 10pm
Exhibition Duration : February 10 – March 4
Gallery Hours : Sat & Sun, 12 – 4pm

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I have wrestled with the hand in my practice. I am a weaver, a slow goer. Working within a medium loaded with historic, personal mythologies – stories that involve oppression, coercion, globalization, industrialization, manipulation…but also life, blood, ritual, love, mysticism, death, resistance, rebirth. My loom is powered only by my own body and my resolve. Why is this important to me? This process demands everything from my hands, and while they go about their assigned task, my mind is free to go exploring. Whose long-forgotten chronicles am I picking up on as I cast my shuttle?

There has been much critical discourse surrounding the rift between fine art and craft. Many art historians make the argument that this is a gendered schism. Navigating the psychological terrain of being a female identified person working within a historically gendered medium has been complicated for me. Am I perpetuating stereotypes by working with this medium? What role did my own socialization play in my gravitation towards the loom?

These questions have caused me to look deeper into the whys of weaving. It is through the resulting ruminations that I have come to understand the deeper, transcendent forces surrounding this craft. The histories of struggle and resistance and life that are woven into this tradition speak volumes about the power of cloth. The act of weaving holds immense potential to connect and educate, and to subvert the forces of capitalism that have taken hold of the very fibers of our being. To labor with love at the loom is to dance with gestures of autonomy.

Tight Craft is the culmination of a year and a half of untangling my own repressions using needle and thread. The title is taken from a common phrase tossed around in craft communities. It’s meant to invoke a value hierarchy based on successful execution of a work. In this context, success is defined by technical prowess, mastery of a skill. But I resent the notion that because my work is complex and labor intensive, and made using expensive tools, it must implicitly hold more value. Is tight craft just another system of repression, of valuing pre-existing structures over intuition?

How are we instructed to value our work? Often the numbers seem totally disconnected from any rationality, and the price structure creates a strange sort of appraisal system: that which costs more must inherently be of higher value, and therefore is more desirable to the collector. On the other hand, if you value your work based on how many hours it takes to construct, you may as well be punching a clock on an assembly line. And as artists, here we are, wage workers once again! Art is meant to free us from these conditions, not mirror them. In the new paradigm, labor does not exist as a signifier of monetary value.

It’s with these sentiments in mind that I’ve decided to price all work in this show using a random number generator set to a value threshold between 0 and 10,000. These numbers aren’t representative of anything real. If the value assigned to a work of art is not related to the labor invested, that labor is then liberated, a meditative act of self-expansion. The works in this show were generated in a state of mind freed from the illusion of financial security. The system of capital is beyond repair – it must be broken, unraveled, one thread at a time. TIME IS NOT MONEY. TIME IS TIME.

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I am a Baltimore based labor artist, percussion enthusiast, and ventriloquist. My work is a product of my lifelong interest in textiles, repetition, intuitive mathematics, and labor. It is the means through which I engage in self-reflection and self-expansion. I am currently a member of the MICA adjunct Fiber faculty family and a full-time artist/musician. I want to talk to you about what we can build together.

Time

February 10 (Saturday) - March 4 (Sunday)

Location

Current Space

421 North Howard Street, Baltimore MD 21201

10feb - 25julAll DayRyan Syrell // Elsa Fitzgerald: The Art of LaceOpening Receptions

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Image Credit: Ryan Syrell – Desk at Night

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower presents two new exhibits: Adventures Close to Home by Ryan Syrell in the First Floor and Mezzanine Galleries, and Elsa Fitzgerald: The Art of Lace by Stacy Stube in the Studio Resident Gallery on the second floor. Both exhibits are on view Saturdays from February 3 through July 25, 2018 from 11am to 4pm. A free opening reception takes place Saturday, February 10 from 4:30 to 6:30pm where guests have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 21 S. Eutaw Street.

The works in Ryan Syrell’s Adventures Close to Home depict intimate domestic spaces and objects – paintings which grow out of running dialogues and exchanges, relationships, personal histories, and trajectories. They navigate bedrooms, kitchens, tables, desks, and dressers – seeking out, and celebrating a cluttered and cacophonous intimacy. They present keys, cups, plants, computers, paintings, pens, shadows, movements, and absences with equal significance. Syrell paints in a manner that articulates a sense of movement, interconnectivity, and slippage with regard to language and perception. These paintings inhabit the peripheral moment before sensation and language are reconciled in one another. Simultaneously joyful and anxious, manic and celebratory, these spaces can feel overwhelming or claustrophobic, but also by turns calm, ludic, and absurd. The artist employs a form of painting concerned with imbuing vitality into the mundane — seeking out, amplifying, and articulating beautiful moments without ignoring the pervasive anxiety of the time.

It was on Bali, “Island of the Gods,” that designer Stacy Stube was inspired to create the luxury fashion house of Elsa Fitzgerald. Inspired by the island’s traditional Kebaya dress, the exhibition The Art of Lace features nostalgic, detail-oriented fashion dresses created by Stube, a current Bromo Tower resident artist. Many of her pieces feature hand-sewn floral lace motifs that combine 1920’s elegance with Balinese craftsmanship.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  Guests have an opportunity to view artwork throughout the building, including 15 floors of working artist studios and special exhibits.  Visitors can also learn more about the historical building and participate in a tour of the clock room ($8).

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events agency and film office. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on exhibits at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, contact Melissa Webb, Exhibitions Manager at 443-263-4352.  For more information on the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, call 443-874-3596 or visit www.bromoseltzertower.com.

Time

February 10 (Saturday) - July 25 (Wednesday)

Location

Bromo Arts Tower

21 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore MD 21201

10feb - 24marAll DayArt of the Collectors VI

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Opening Reception: February 10, 2018, 2:00-6:00 PM
Tea with Myrtis: March 3, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM (registration required – visit Tea with Myrtis to register.)
Exhibition Dates: February 10 – March 24, 2018

About the Exhibition

Art of the Collectors VI explores the role of the collector in preserving culture and building legacy through art collecting and giving. Featured are works created by prominent and lesser known artists, along with African art. Offerings include a rare drawing by John Biggers, paintings, original prints, and sculptures held in private hands for generations, and important works of art from institution holdings.

Time

February 10 (Saturday) - March 24 (Saturday)

Location

Galerie Myrtis

2224 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218

14feb - 24marAll DayThe Sikh Project

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Today, the groundbreaking photography exhibition featuring turbaned Sikhs is launching for the first time in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The exhibition will be on display at the Sandy Spring Museum from February 14 – March 24, 2018 and will provide a window into the diverse experiences of the Sikh American community.

Sikhs have faced a disproportionate amount of discrimination, harassment and violence in the United States, with a spike in incidents after 9/11. The Sikh Project features 38 portraits and stories that explore the style and significance of the Sikh articles of faith, while highlighting the beauty, courage and strength of a community that has overcome great challenges in this country.

“The Sikh turban represents a commitment to equality and justice,” said Sikh Coalition Interim Executive Director Narinder Singh. “Our community’s story in America is much more than being targets of hate crimes and bigotry. The Sikh Project shares a positive visual narrative of Sikh resilience, showing us the power of diversity and the unifying spirit shared across all people.”

The project, originally featuring British Sikh men and conceived by photographers Amit and Naroop, first launched in London in 2014 and received overwhelmingly positive feedback in the UK. Through a partnership with the Sikh Coalition, the U.S. version of the project features 38 new portraits of Sikh American men and women and launched to critical acclaim in New York in 2016. Since then, portions of the exhibition have traveled to Houston, Texas and various parts of California.

“We are thrilled to see the Sikh Project travel across the country as the momentum for this project continues to build,” said photographers Amit and Naroop. “We know art can play a valuable role in education, and this exhibition will go a long way to further the American understanding of the Sikh faith, community and traditions.”

The exhibition features several local subjects who have broken major barriers., including the first Sikh news reporter in the Washington D.C. metro area and a Maryland-based music artist and former American Idol contestant.

“I am proud to be a part of this incredible art exhibition that captures the beauty of the Sikh community and educates the public by showing what it means to be American,” said local Sikh Project photo subject and filmmaker Harpreet Kaur. “The Sikh Project does an amazing job of raising awareness through visual storytelling.”

The Sikh Project exhibition is open to the public and will run from February 14 – March 24, 2018. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. In addition the Sikh Coalition is holding a special reception on February 17th from 12:30-2:30 pm where some photo subjects will be present, and there are a select number of spaces for reporters covering the exhibition. The exhibition is located at the Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860. Admission is free for the general public on Wednesdays, excluding groups. On other days, admission is $3 – $5 per person.

The Sikh Coalition is the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States, creating lasting impact in the courtroom, classroom, community, and halls of Congress. For more information, including exhibition photos, interviews, and other media requests related to setting up a time to come into the Museum, please contact Rajanpreet Kaur or Jagmeet Singh.

Time

February 14 (Wednesday) - March 24 (Saturday)

Location

Sandy Spring Museum

17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860

16feb - 11marAll DayVisArts Student Exhibition

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February 16 – March 11

Concourse Gallery

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 23, 7 – 9 PM

 

Each year more than 10,000 students take classes at VisArts. Some of these students have taken thirty, forty or more courses. What value do they gain from their experiences? For some, it may be the opportunity to try a different medium or give a piece of artwork another chance. For others, it may be a chance to socialize with a new group of individuals or learn from a different instructor.

VisArts is proud to offer a variety of educational experiences, media and instructors that help our students discover and explore their own inner creativity.

This annual, juried Student Art Show features the best work from the wide variety of art courses offered by VisArts over the past year.

Group exhibition presenting artwork by VisArts students.

Artists include: Angela Cheng, Bobbi Schiff, David M. Bunk, Irene Tarpy, James Carr, Jayashree Samal, Maro Nalabandian, Martha M. Manning, Martha Sherman, Martina Sestakova, Paula Deschamp, Regina Williams, Shoshana Sfarzada.

Time

February 16 (Friday) - March 11 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

16feb - 18marAll DayMary Anne Arntzen – Solitary Bees

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February 16 – March 18, 2018

Gibbs Street Gallery

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 23, 7 – 9 PM

 

Mary Anne Arntzen’s recent paintings are self-contained worlds populated with nameable and unnamable forms. Repeating stripes, folded chevrons, and jagged starbursts combine with fleshy, bodily tubes creating, moments, events or interactions, a dialogue between passive and active forms or twisted, organic shapes and hand-rendered geometry. They behave as physical objects; catching light, casting shadows, and weaving through surfaces creating entryways and barriers. At the same time, the space is ambiguous.   Differing spaces converge to dominate and undermine each other, creating portals and passageways and suggesting transfer between states.

About the artist: Mary Anne Arntzen is a painter who uses hand-rendered geometry to explore interactions between non-representational forms. Her work has been shown at the Walters Art Museum, School 33 Art Center, Hillyer Art Space, Mary Washington University Gallery, Salisbury University Gallery, and The Arizona State University Art Gallery. She has completed residencies at the Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. She teaches at the George Washington University, and the Community College of Baltimore County and is a member of the ICA Baltimore advisory committee. In 2016 she was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award in painting. She was a 2017 finalist for the Sondheim Artscape Prize. 

www.maryannearntzen.com

Time

February 16 (Friday) - March 18 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

16feb - 18marAll DaySobia Ahmad: Small Identities

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February 16 – March 18, 2018

Common Ground Gallery, VisArts

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 23, 7 – 9 PM

 

Addressing notions of home and experience of immigration against the current U.S. political backdrop, “Small Identities” is a play on both words and ideas. It not only refers to the ID photos of Muslim immigrants featured in Sobia Ahmad’s installation at VisArts, but also alludes to the politicizing of identities, racial profiling, and belittling of individuals at the hands of politicians. Ahmad’s interdisciplinary work explores themes of identity and belonging through concepts of dichotomy and duality – ideas of the permissible and forbidden, revealing and concealing, public and private, purity and impurity, freedom and oppression. Though autobiographically inspired, her work is an investigation of both individual and collective experiences shaped by sociopolitical ideologies. By using intimate imagery from her own life, she examines the relationship between history and personal narrative, particularly within the contexts of colonialism, immigration, politics, and religion.

About the artist: Born and raised in Pakistan, Ahmad moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. She is a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor’s in Studio Arts and the Honors Art Program at the University of Maryland College Park. Her work has been included in the Sadat Art for Peace permanent collection, and has been displayed in the Washington D.C. metro area, in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and in several other cities including Chicago, Seattle, and London. Ahmad was awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center for Spring 2018.

https://www.sobiaahmad.com

Learn about Sobia Ahmad’s upcoming Inside Art workshop Photo-Transferring with Tiles on March 11, 2018.

Time

February 16 (Friday) - March 18 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

17feb - 25All DayBaltimore Center Stage Online Auction

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The Baltimore Center Stage Online Auction Runs Feb 17–25!

Win your dream item (island vacation perhaps?) OR win something practical that you were planning to purchase elsewhere (tax prep? estate planning?)

Treat yourself (home décor and a custom coat?) OR bid on the perfect gift (restaurant gift cards, art and jewelry?) all while supporting Baltimore Center Stage!

The Hundreds of Auction Items You Could Win Include:

Music and theater performances
Airline tickets to Frankfurt
African Safari
Skybox at Camden Yards
Bushels of crabs
Gold, silver, and gemstone jewelry
Summer camp admission
Delicious HoneyBaked Hams
Hotel stays near and far
Winery, brewery, and whiskey tours
Motorweek fun
Chimney sweeps
Photographs, paintings, and collages
Spice racks
Basketball hoop system
Candy, cookies, and cakes
Tax and estate planning
Baseball, football, and basketball tickets
Flowers and trees
Dog training
Uptown and downtown restaurant certificates

Mark your calendars: Feb 17–25, 2018

The Baltimore Center Stage Online Auction is one of our largest and most successful fundraising events, having raised close to $6 million for the theater’s artistic, education, and community programming.

By donating an item to our Online Auction, you help ensure the future of Baltimore Center Stage programs in the theater, in the classroom, and in the community.

For more information on donating please contact Sydney Wilner at [email protected] or 410.986.4025.

Time

february 17 (Saturday) - 25 (Sunday)

Location

Center Stage

700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

23feb - 1aprAll DayHsin-Hsi Chen: Liminal

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February 23, 2018 – April 1, 2018

Kaplan Gallery

Opening reception: Friday, February 23, 7 – 9 PM

 

Hsin-Hsi Chen is known for her exquisite, illusionary pencil drawings on unique constructed 3D forms of paper and wood. Chen’s initial mission was to use only these basic materials and see how far they would take her. Her recent work has evolved beyond pencil and paper to include a variety of scales, two and three-dimensional work, full-room installation, and collaborations using 3D modeling/printing and projection. In her solo exhibition at VisArts, Chen assembles new work that considers the entire gallery as a site where light, shadow, space, drawing, and discovery merge.

 

About the artist: Hsin-Hsi Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and came to the U.S.A. in 1994 to pursue graduate study in Fine Arts.  Chen received her M.F.A. from University of Maryland at College Park in U.S.A., 1996 and BFA from Tunghai University in Taiwan, 1992. Chen was the grantee of 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Grant/Individual Artist  Award and 2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation  Grant. Chen’ s artwork has been collected nationally and internationally and has been reviewed by major newspapers and journals, including: The New York Times,  The Boston  Globe,  The Washington Post,  The Baltimore  Sun,  Philadelphia  Weekly,  The Washington Times, Washington Review, Art & Antiques, Articulate, Home & Design.

www.hsin-hsi-chen.com

Time

February 23 (Friday) - April 1 (Sunday)

Location

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville MD 20850

23febAll DaySweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim
February 23rd (7:30pm) and February 25th (3pm)
The Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore
Tickets $27.50-$71.50
 
Baltimore Concert Opera goes to the barber! Step into gilded ballroom of the Engineers Club to hear Stephen Sondheim’s horror story of a barber with a mysterious past and the best meat pies in London. Onstage antics, witty banter, and a dark twist — Sweeney Todd will keep you on the edge of your seat. BCO’s first-rate operatic voices will elevate this gripping piece of theater into a stunning musical work that is not to be missed.
Starring Ron Loyd in the title role, Peabody graduate Jenni Bank as Mrs. Lovett. Conducted by Peabody Opera Music Director JoAnn Kulesza conducts, James Harp is chorus master and accompanist.

Time

All Day (Friday)

Location

The Engineers Club

11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21201

23feb5:00 pm- 7:00 pmAccumulation: Alex DukesReception

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“Accumulation” is a new series of work by Alex Dukes that potrays mircoaggressions. Through her paintings and drawings, Alex depicts everyday imagery with historical context rooted in commonplace racism.

Join us Friday February 23 5-7 P.M. to celebrate the opening of “Accumulation”

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(Friday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

John Fonda Gallery @ The Baltimore Theatre Project

45 West Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201

23feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmHouse of Stronzo Film Screening + Director’s Talk

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(60 mins) – House of Stronzo chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies.

He thinks his house is the star of the show. But it’s Cecere’s bursting passion for his collection, his fondness for the often struggling artists who are driven to leave an artistic mark on the world, which steals this show. He struggles with the effects of diabetes and a breathing disorder, a constant reminder that time is not on his side. His daughter, former U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers, as well as museum curators, offer glimpses into the peculiarities of Pete Cecere, a man who has made it his life’s work to honor those artists who receive little recognition but who boast an abundant passion for fulfilling the demands of their creative spirit.

The 60-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matt White, moderated by AVAM’s Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger. Light concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

*The screening will be held after normal museum hours and AVAM’s galleries will be closed. Museum admission is not included in ticket price.

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230

23feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmBryan Robinson: The Genius Under My BedClosing Reception

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Bryan Robinson’s solo exhibition, The Genius Under My Bed, at Tectonic Space will come to a close with a closing reception on Friday February 23 from 7pm-10pm. This will be the final chance to see the exhibition and experience the mixture of painting, animation, and installation. The closing reception will feature art, refreshments, and music by Basic.

 

The Genius Under My Bed embodies the hiccups of the creative mind. The show reflects not only the genius of expression but also how that genius can be hidden, allowed to expire, and placed under the bed of life. Says Robinson, “Our experiences mold us into who we are today. Often hearing the phrases “I use to do that but…I’ve always wanted to….” , inspired the creation of this show. “No matter if you are young or old, we can either live in what we love or live avoiding the boogieman of deferred dreams.”

 

Bryan Robinson is a Baltimore based painter, animator, filmmaker, and educator. He is the creator of The Black Genius Art Show, a company consisting of art, apparel, and merchandise.


Tectonic Space is an art gallery in Baltimore highlighting illustration, graphic style, graffiti inspired, comic, and sci-fi/fantasy artwork. The gallery shows this work in rotating art shows and features artist made retail items. Additionally, the gallery holds regular events. The gallery is located at 2000 Greenmount Ave, and is open ThursdaySaturday 11-6pm, Sunday 11-4pm. For more information, visit www.tectonicspace.com or follow @tectonicspace on social media.

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(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Tectonic Space

2000 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore MD 21218

23feb8:00 pm- 10:00 pmMICA's 3rd Annual Benefit Drag Show

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Join MICA’s Faculty and Staff Queer Alliance (FASQA) for their 3rd Annual Gender Performance Show! This is a fundraiser for the FASQA scholarship award; therefore all proceeds will go directly towards scholarship funding. The show will feature Baltimore Queens and Kings: Miss Sue Nami, Chris Jay, Dee Dee Dereon, and Monet Dupree along with MICA’s staff and students performing in drag.

Tickets are $5 for MICA student tickets, $10 for general admission, and $20 for VIP passes (includes priority seating, snacks/drinks before the show and during intermission).

The FASQA Award was created to recognize student achievement and contributions to the LGBTQIAP community. Two prizes are awarded yearly, one to a student who demonstrated financial need and another to a student involved with and/or commitment to the LGBTQIAP community and issues.

If you have any questions, please contact FASQA at [email protected]

Time

(Friday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

The Gateway BBox Theater

1601 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

23feb8:00 pm- 10:00 pmRoger Beebe: Films For One To Eight Projectors

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Secret Psychic Cinema is excited to host filmmaker Roger Beebe for his multi-projector performance at Gallery CA.

For the first time since 2011, filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the East Coast in January 2018 for a 4-month, 3000-mile roadshow of a program of his multiple-projector performances.

The program features several of his best-known
projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping “Last Light of a Dying Star”) alongside recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video as well as his latest multi-projector mayhem, “SOUNDFILM.”

These works take on a range of strategies from formalist explorations of the materials of film to essayistic explorations of popular culture and a range of topics from the forbidden pleasures of men crying (“Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”) to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (“AAAAA Motion Picture”).

The 75 minute performance starts at 8pm and is FREE.

Secret Psychic Cinema’s third season is made possible in part by a Grit Fund Grant from The Contemporary.

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(Friday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

Gallery CA

440 East Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21201

24feb - 10marAll DayBlack History Month Student Competition

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Baltimore City Public Schools and East Baltimore area community groups are invited to submit individual or group projects that represent Black History in Baltimore. The Black History Month Art Exhibition presented by Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs gives local youth a forum to display their artistic talents at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Young people, families, community members and others will screen student work at the Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery from February 24 through March 10, 2018. First prize is $1000, secod prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Honorable Mention is $100. People’s Choice award receives its own trophy!

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs Office and Creative Alliance.

On View: FEB 24 – MAR 10
Reception: SAT FEB 24 | Noon-2PM | FREE

Competition Guidelines are here: In English | En Español

To register, download the teacher form here as well as the student form here and return by Feb 21 via email to [email protected], our Education Coordinator. You may also print, complete and drop off your form to our front desk.

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February 24 (Saturday) - March 10 (Saturday)

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

24feb12:00 pm- 2:00 pmBlack History Month Student CompetitionReception

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Baltimore City Public Schools and East Baltimore area community groups are invited to submit individual or group projects that represent Black History in Baltimore. The Black History Month Art Exhibition presented by Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs gives local youth a forum to display their artistic talents at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Young people, families, community members and others will screen student work at the Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery from February 24 through March 10, 2018. First prize is $1000, secod prize is $500 and third prize is $250. Honorable Mention is $100. People’s Choice award receives its own trophy!

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs Office and Creative Alliance.

On View: FEB 24 – MAR 10
Reception: SAT FEB 24 | Noon-2PM | FREE

Competition Guidelines are here: In English | En Español

To register, download the teacher form here as well as the student form here and return by Feb 21 via email to [email protected], our Education Coordinator. You may also print, complete and drop off your form to our front desk.

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(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location

The Creative Alliance

3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

24feb1:00 pmMDVLA Presents: Art Law Clinic

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MdVLA holds Art Law Clinics for $5 approximately 10 times yearly. On February 24, 2018, join us for an Art Law Clinic at Maryland Art Place!

Artists (of all mediums) may receive a five-dollar, 30-minute consultation with an attorney at this event.

Clinic will take place from 1-4pm.

Have a question about copyright? Starting a business out of your art? Maybe you need a lawyer to look over a contract with you? MDVLA’s volunteer attorneys will be able to help you start addressing your legal issues if you attend one of our clinics. If your issue is too complex, MDVLA can help you through their Pro Bono Legal Referral Program, where they will place you with an attorney trained to assist artists.

Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment for one of the upcoming clinics, please email Teri at [email protected]

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(Saturday) 1:00 pm

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

24feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmGo Figure: Make Studio Celebrates our 8th!

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Make Studio will celebrate our (epic) 8th anniversary with a
special exhibition in our Showroom Gallery featuring
new works by our 30+ program artists, who explore
materials and subject matter eight ways to Sunday.

So, as always, our “birthday show” will … go figure… have
something for everyone!

Please join us for music and refreshments at our free
opening reception.

Show on view through March 16 during our weekly open hours (Tuesday-Saturday) or by appointment.

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(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Make Studio

Schwing Art Center, 3326 Keswick Road Front, Baltimore MD 21211

24feb2:00 pmTest Pattern Gallery Talk

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Join us on Saturday, February 24th at 2pm for a Gallery Talk with the artists of “Test Pattern” at School 33! This is the final day that the exhibition will be on view. Come check out the show for the last time and hear from the artists and curator!

Test Pattern demonstrates a collective longing for reconnection with the simplicity of the analog era, while examining the psychology of our multi-generational society post Digital Revolution. Alternating between the material and the virtual, these artists layer analog and digital technologies through the use of video and sound, textile, painting, sculpture, and live performance. Throughout their processes of making they convert voltage into data, synthesized and percussive sound into imagery, and computerized experiences into physical objects. The resulting works explore social conventions and family life in the Information Age, the handmade vs the digitally rendered, the preservation and degradation of information, and ultimately, the relationship between the simulated and the tangible.
Featuring Tom Boram, April Camlin, Roxana Alger Geffen, Luke Ikard, LoVid, and Rives Wiley. Curated by Melissa Webb.

*Image credit- Tom Boram- “A New Type of Sex Nobody Has Ever Tried Before” (still from video)

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(Saturday) 2:00 pm

Location

School 33 Art Center

1427 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230

24feb7:00 pm- 1:31 amThe Onus With Special Guest Todd Marcus

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The Onus features Darryl Harper (clarinet/leader), Matthew Parrish (bass), and Harry “Butch” Reed (drums). The ensemble has been together for over 20 years and has garnered recognitions for best album of the year for two of its releases. Its 2012 album, The Edenfred Files (Hipnotic), was featured on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The band is joined by Baltimorean bass clarinetist/composer and Baker Award winner Todd Marcus.

 

Darryl Harper, clarinet/leader

Matthew Parrish, bass

Harry “Butch” Reed, drums

Todd Marcus, bass clarinet

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(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 1:31 am

Location

Motor House

120 West North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

24feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmNight Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy w/ Joanna Angel

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Hot off the heels of several wins at this year’s AVN and XBIZ awards, JOANNA ANGEL is gearing up to take to the world by storm with her first novel-length work of fiction, NIGHT SHIFT: A CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN EROTIC FANTASY!

Already having received rave reviews from major media outlets like PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and FOREWORD REVIEWS as well as industry and non-industry creatives, this book is sure to make for an interesting event and promises to spark much more than just your tired, old book signing. A surprise is in store for attendees, as Joanna will be bringing the “Choose-Your-Own” aspect to life (in a, mostly, SFW way)! The only way to find out more and not miss out on the fun is to be there in person!

ABOUT THE BOOK
From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy!
https://atomicbooks.com/products/night-shift-a-choose-your-own-erotic-fantasy

After graduating college, Taryn finds herself lost and uncertain of what to do next. With a self-imposed friendless and sexless life, Taryn unexpectedly winds up working the graveyard shift at Dreamz, a sex shop in Pasco County, Florida. Tucked into a seedy strip mall on the side of a highway, hilarious and erotic surprises lurk around every neon-lit corner.

Your mission: In a sketchy and sexy world filled with tissues, gallons of lube, sex toys, tiger print, and swinger parties, help Taryn choose her way as she learns what happens in this small, unexpectedly kinky town. From butt plugs to cross-dressing truckers to being held-up at gunpoint over dildos, experience this fun and sexy journey along with Taryn, as she goes from shy and sweet to skilled and empowered—but how she gets there is up to you!

PRAISE FOR NIGHT SHIFT
“Night Shift takes a “come one, come all” approach to erotica. It includes diverse body types, couplings, fetishes, and toys: nothing g is off limits. Angel…takes a wonderfully open-minded approach to her material. Drawing from a broad palette of preferences, she has created a book that is truly special and unusual. Night Shift is candy sweet and easy to enjoy erotica in a lively, explorable format. [Five Stars]” — Foreword Reviews

“In this engaging book, the reader helps Taryn along on her kinky journey. What will happen next? Who will she meet? Where will she go? Through interactive “choose your own adventure” style scenarios, you’re able to create your very own erotica book.” — Stylecaster

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that an innovator like Joanna Angel has excelled at a chose-your-own erotic fantasy novel. Whether you read her book with one hand or two, you’re going to learn something about yourself.” — Spencer Ackerman, senior national security correspondent, The Daily Beast

“Angel brings her adult film star cred to print with a set of giddily gleeful, empowerment-oriented, and mostly female-centered vignettes about the blossoming of a lonely novelty store employee, all strung together in a story-game format. This interactive story is a fun way to enjoy a smorgasbord of sex scenes.” — Publishers Weekly

“If Daniel Clowes wrote a sex novel, it might turn out something like Night Shift. A delightfully quirky and very hot read rife with Joanna Angel’s signature, sweetly crackling wit.” — Peter Warren, Adult Video News

“This is the funniest porn-adjacent thing I’ve ever read. Subtly informative and highly comedic.” — Stoya, pornographer

“Joanna Angel keeps reinventing herself. She’s now added ‘writer of interactive fiction’ to her already impressive bag of tricks. Always sex-positive, always fun, always righteous—Joanna is a fearless woman who always chooses her own adventure.” — Gustavo Turner, Los Angeles artist and writer

“Like Joanna herself, Night Shift is fun, sexy, and full of surprises! No matter which adventure you choose, Joanna Angel is guaranteed to take you on an amazing—and sexy—ride!” — Mike Tully, co-host, The Jason Ellis Show

“Night Shift does more than simply facilitate erotic escapism. Joanna Angel is a brilliant writer who explores deep subject matter such as gender and sexual identity, acceptance and rejection, while remaining funny, optimistic and sex-positive. This book will touch you while you touch yourself.” — Angela White, award-winning adult performer and director

“”Joanna Angel pulls the curtain back on what happens in those peep show booths and he fantasy is even naughtier and salacious than anyone could have ever imagined. I found myself eating morning-after pills like popcorn as the carnality intensified with each chapter choice. After giving an entire generation calluses with her films she has mastered sensual paper cuts of pleasure like a true sadist.” — Chris Neiratko, author of Vice’s Skinema

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOANNA ANGEL is an adult film star, director, producer, author, and owner of the BurningAngel Empire, the company known for the emergence and prevalence of tattooed women in the adult film industry. Angel started her business in a college dorm room at Rutger’s University in 2002, and today the company has a network of websites, hundreds of DVDs to its credit, and over 50 adult industry awards including Best Pornstar Website, Best Comedy, and many more. In 2016 Angel was the host of the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards show, and was also inducted into AVN and the American X-Rated Critics Organization’s (XRCO) hall of fame. Angel has appeared in every major adult magazine (Adult Video News, Club, Hustler, Picture Magazine, and Penthouse to name a few), and was the first tattooed centerfold in Hustler. She has stormed mainstream TV and radio outlets, been featured on CNBC, Vice TV, G4TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, TLC’s LA Ink, and had a speaking role on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital. Angel has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Forbes Magazine, New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and is a regular columnist for AskMen.com. Heeb Magazine featured Joanna as their cover girl, naming her one of the “Top 100 Up-and-Coming Jews.” The New York Post featured her as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers,” and she has made CNBC’s yearly “dirty dozen” (a list of the twelve biggest adult film stars) several times.

Time

(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Atomic Books

3620 Falls Road, Baltimore MD 21211

24feb9:00 pmGRL PWR Presents SWEAT, A Night of Drag!

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GRL PWR’s monthly Drag show is back!

We spicing it up a bit too 🌶
This time the show is on a Saturday AND we got a THEME y’all

Category is 90s GLAM 💎

Hope you ready to SWEAT 💦

Drag Perfomances from
Pariah Sinclair
Roman Noodle
Saaphyri Wildz
Tara Evaans
Inferno Lee Sephora

Sounds by
Abdu Ali (DJ Set)
Fluent

Hosted by
Ideology
Connie Smith
Gorgie Morgie
Hoeteps
Lynn Hunter

* Sponsored by Lynn’s Lash Bar
Event Photography by Missplicit *

SATURDAY!!! Feb. 24th, 9pm, All Ages
$10 cover, $7 in Drag or 90s Glam Looks!
EMP Collective (307 W Baltimore St)

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(Saturday) 9:00 pm

Location

EMP Collective

307 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201

25feb - 8marAll DayDraw itOUT

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The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents “Draw itOUT!,” an exhibition comprised of work created by the public in a series of daily drawing workshops that build upon traditional drawing perspectives to open new possibilities in technique and form.

The exhibition is curated by MICA faculty members Renee van der Stelt and Gerald Ross, MICA’s director of exhibitions, and is on view Sunday, Feb. 25, through Thursday, March 8, at MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

The six-hour drawing sessions, which are open to the public, will be led by 11 visiting artists who engage with varied approaches to contemporary “drawing” in their practices. The results of each workshop will be displayed in the gallery, transforming the space over the course of the exhibition.

“The workshops are disparate in approach,” says co-curator van der Stelt. “Some artists will be making drawings that turn into animation, some will use their brain scans to generate drawings; each workshop allows for new risks through the process of drawing.”

Select workshops include:

  • Drawing with Sound and Space, a two-part workshop led by Jessie Rios ’11 (Studio Art M.F.A.), focuses on the ephemeral and immaterial as material, exploring drawing as research, spatial art form and environmental and social practice.
  • Drawing with the Body investigates the physicality of drawing through direct movement, and explores themes of action and interaction with environment while participants collect material and make informal drawings during three group walks. Led by M.F.A. in Studio Art student Andrea Sisson.
  • Drawing on Concrete, led by second-year Rinehart School of Sculpture M.F.A. student Sara Boeno, examines non-traditional painting and drawing techniques via mono and woodblock printings created through pourable building materials such as plaster, concrete, burlap and more.
  • Drawing as Spiritual and Ritual explores the unconscious through automatic drawing. Led by William Downs ’03 (Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.).
  • Neurographics: Visualizing Consciousness will employ an E.E.G. (electroencephalography) brain scanner to initiate the drawing process of participants, who will scan their brains while listening to a favorite song and walking through an obstacle. Led by second-year Rinehart School of Sculpture M.F.A. student Cynthia O’Neill.
  • Drawing into Animation, led by MICA faculty Andrea Evans, pairs participants to create hand-drawn animations using change and motion through subtractive methods, digital photography and Photoshop.

Additional programming includes two panel discussions, moderated by van der Stelt, featuring artists Cindy Cheng ’11 (Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.), Leah Cooper ’10 (Studio Art M.F.A.), MICA faculty LaToya Hobbs, Magnolia Laurie ‘07 (Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.), Nicole Lenzi ’08 (Studio Art M.F.A.) and Jackie Milad.

Two lectures by Elizabeth Finch, curator of American art, Colby College, and Kelly Montana, curatorial assistant, Menil Drawing Institute, are also scheduled.

Visit inside.mica.edu/drawitout for a full schedule of workshops and programming. All events are free and open to the public.

Image: Cynthia O’Neill demonstrating her E.E.G. drawing machine.

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Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Time

February 25 (Sunday) - March 8 (Thursday)

Location

MICA

1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217

25febAll DaySweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim
February 23rd (7:30pm) and February 25th (3pm)
The Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore
Tickets $27.50-$71.50
 
Baltimore Concert Opera goes to the barber! Step into gilded ballroom of the Engineers Club to hear Stephen Sondheim’s horror story of a barber with a mysterious past and the best meat pies in London. Onstage antics, witty banter, and a dark twist — Sweeney Todd will keep you on the edge of your seat. BCO’s first-rate operatic voices will elevate this gripping piece of theater into a stunning musical work that is not to be missed.
Starring Ron Loyd in the title role, Peabody graduate Jenni Bank as Mrs. Lovett. Conducted by Peabody Opera Music Director JoAnn Kulesza conducts, James Harp is chorus master and accompanist.

Time

All Day (Sunday)

Location

The Engineers Club

11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore MD 21201

26feb5:30 pm- 7:30 pmThe Arts Meet! at Ballston Center Gallery with Marymount University

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The Arts Meet! is partnering with Marymount University for February’s meetup at The Ballston Center Gallery on Monday, February 26th, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.

Ballston Center Gallery’s current exhibit “Adapt/Adorn” by Bonnie Crawford and Amy Boone-McCreesh will be on display. Bonnie Crawford herself will be joining us for The Arts Meet! Marymount University will provide light fare. Please RSVP for the event so a count can be given to our hosts.

The Ballston Center Gallery is located on the 2nd floor at 1000 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22201. Please enter through the N. Glebe Road entrance, head up the stairs to your right, and the gallery will be to your right-hand side.

Directions: For Metro train, use the orange or silver line to the Ballston-MU rail station. The Ballston Gallery is a 4-block walk to the west. Parking is available in public garages, street parking is limited, and the parking garage under the building is often full. The Ballston Public Parking Garage is short 10 minute walk from the venue. (https://transportation.arlingtonva.us/locations/ballston-public-parking-garage/)

Marymount University Ballston Center Gallery Information (https://www.marymount.edu/Academics/School-of-Arts-Sciences/Undergraduate-Programs/Art-(B-A-)/Ballston-Center-Gallery)

Time

(Monday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Ballston Gallery at Marymount University

1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

26feb6:00 pm- 7:30 pmAnna Cutler Lecture

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The Mixed Media Lecture Series, MFA in Curatorial Practice, and Graduate Studies at MICA are hosting Anna Cutler who is responsible for the conception and direction of the Tate Exchange. Anna’s visit is an opportunity to think together about publicly-facing/publicly-engaged space and initiatives in relation to art and design education and the Baltimore community.

At 6:00 pm, Monday, February 26th, Anna will lecture and then there will be time for questions and discussion. The lecture is free and open to the public in MICA’s Lazarus Center Auditorium. Please join us, invite others and spread the word.

Here is a short introductory video: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/learning-tate

Here is a longer one: https://vimeo.com/153705820

Anna Cutler is Director of Learning and Research at Tate. Over the last 30 years, she has worked in education and cultural settings at a local, national and international level. Her purpose has been to explore and improve educational interventions in a range of cultural and cross-disciplinary arts environments. She is known for her innovative experiments in practice and the building of new theoretical perspectives. She aims to generate high-quality educational provision that is rooted in research, and is committed to positive, long-term change that is profound, sustainable and inclusive. Anna believes in transformational leadership and partnership working practices that are based on trust, generosity and respect. In September 2016, she initiated Tate Exchange, an ongoing program of events developed by artists, practitioners, the public and associates, both within and beyond the arts sector, aimed at building a dialogue around art, society, and the wider issues facing us today.

http://events.mica.edu/event/mixed_media_lecture_series_anna_cutler_of_tate_exchange#.WnixaFPwaWs

Time

(Monday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

MICA Lazarus Center

131 West North Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201

26feb6:00 pm- 2:10 amStory Circle Gathering: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

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Monday, February 26
6 PM Reception | 6:30 PM Program
This event is FREE but tickets are required

Gather with fellow audience members to listen and share brief, personal stories involving addiction during this participatory event where local concerns regarding behavioral health and drug use are tackled with a “story-centric” approach. Learn from public officials, behavioral health specialists, and others—including yourself—during this engaging, interactive evening of story-sharing that connects themes and topics from the play Long Day’s Journey Into Night to real-life community concerns!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

Sponsored by University of Maryland, Baltimore

In partnership with Bridges Coalition

Time

(Monday) 6:00 pm - 2:10 am

Location

Everyman Theatre

315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201

27feb6:00 pm- 8:00 pmDisappearing Acts: Re-imagining Monuments

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Baltimore Clayworks hosts this important conversation on Tuesday, February 27, 6-8pm. Interim Executive Director and sculptor Nicole Fall will present unconventional examples of monuments from all over the world to inspire what could be in Baltimore; from performed monuments, to video, to the use of surprising materials, all with the goal of ending monuments as a tool of oppression. Then, grab a hunk of clay. Play with the clay to sculpt your own monument ideas. The event FREE and open to the public.

Time

(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore MD 21209

27feb6:30 pm- 8:00 pmBCAN Presents Get Cozy With Your Taxes Featuring Green World Bookkeeping

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BCAN (Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network) and Green World Bookkeeping host the first in a series of workshops catered to creatives seeking to become more knowledgeable about the tax process. Topics will include tax laws, deductions, ways to file and what you should consider before filing. This event is free and open to the public but RSVP via Eventbrite is required. Light refreshments will be available.

Time

(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Maryland Art Place

218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201

27feb7:00 pmBrightmoor

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(Tuesday) 7:00 pm

Location

An Die Musik

409 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201

28feb - 3marAll DayThe Museum of Living Art: Student-Directed Play Festival

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Performances for “The Museum of Living Art: Student-Directed Play Festival” are Wednesday, Feb. 28–Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel

 

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel College theatre arts students direct and perform eight one-act plays during “The Museum of Living Art: Student-Directed Play Festival” at the college.

 

Performances are Wednesday, Feb. 28–Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., in WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. Note:  the production contains adult language and themes.

 

Bryan Bowen, a senior at McDaniel from North Beach, Md., directs four plays, which are all comedies, written by David Ives. In “The Sure Thing,” a chance meeting of Betty and Bill is continually reset by the sound of a ringing bell; “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” fictionalizes the death of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky; “English Made Simple” depicts a young man and woman whose immediate romantic attraction is translated into comically unromantic grammar lessons; and “The Other Woman” centers on sexual obsession within a marriage, as Thomas’s sleepwalking wife, Emma, becomes his mistress without knowing it.

 

About the plays he is directing, Bowen said, “David Ives is a master of comedy. His short plays are witty, thought-provoking, and incredibly entertaining. I wanted to stitch together a few of his pieces with a common theme and create an event, rather than a show. When the four come together, we have an experience, not just a performance. I’m wonderfully excited to share my rather eccentric vision with everyone involved.”

 

Brandon Richards, a senior at McDaniel from Huntingtown, Md., directs four plays that make up the “Trepidation Nation” collection. In “Down to Sleep,” distant sisters Anne and Ellen confront the reason why neither of them can sleep the night before their father’s funeral; “I Am Not Alone” finds suicidal Justin interrupted by the appearance of a hapless pizza deliveryman on a tight schedule; in “Euxious, a Hollywood producer is terrified of picking up her cell phone after surviving a bloody car crash; and in “Yes,” a man strives to turn his fear into love through flowers and public disrobing.

 

“The concept of the ‘Trepidation Nation’ plays really drew me in,” said Richards. “I enjoyed the fact that ‘Trepidation Nation’ started as a writing prompt surrounding the idea of phobias. The different ways and directions that the playwrights took are truly fascinating. Some took their given phobias literally, while others took it in a more metaphorical sense. I am excited to explore these different approaches, with my own twist.”

 

The casts also feature McDaniel students, including seniors Torreke Evans of Atlanta, Andrew Frascella of Olney, Md., Colin Goodwin of Derwood, Md., and Megan Smith of Federalsburg, Md.; juniors Ben Michaels of Lakeville, Minn., Chris Spahn of Boyds, Md., and Jen Willard of North Potomac, Md.; sophomores Colleen Clark of Highland, Md., Ethan Cortes of Sykesville, Md., Trevor Haupt of Abingdon, Md., Kendall Harnsberger of Baltimore, Kevin Tyson, Jr., of Baltimore, and Patsy Zetkulic of Arlington, Va.; and freshmen Mikayla Braswell of Germantown, Md., Meghan Callis of Damascus, Md., Karly Congero of Lavallette, N.J., Alaina Dupree of Baltimore, Imani Jackson of Arbutus, Md., Anna Odell of Abingdon, Md., and Matthew Ulrick of Owings, Md.

 

No tickets are required. Call 410-857-2448 for more information. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu/theatre for more information about McDaniel College and the theatre arts department.

Time

February 28 (Wednesday) - March 3 (Saturday)

Location

Alumni Hall, McDaniel College

2 College Hill, Westminster MD 21157