Cara Ober founded BmoreArt online in 2007 in order to create more visibility and community within the arts in Baltimore. Since that time, the publication has grown to Baltimore’s main source of arts and cultural coverage, including daily online articles, a bi-annual print journal, and a schedule of events and lectures. Ober holds an MFA in painting from MICA and a degree in fine arts from American University. From 2010-2012, Cara was the Online Arts and Culture editor at The Urbanite Magazine and she has published art reviews for Vulture/ NY Magazine, Hyperallergic, BurnAway, Art Papers, ARTnews, The Journal of Surface Design, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Art US Magazine, and numerous curatorial and catalogue essays.You can email her at [email protected].
Rebekah Kirkman, Managing Editor
Rebekah Kirkman grew up in Seminole, Florida, then moved to Baltimore in 2010 to study painting at MICA. She became an editorial intern at the Baltimore City Paper in 2013, and then a regular freelance contributor. She earned her BFA in 2014. Later that year, City Paper hired her as an arts writer, fact-checking coordinator, and intern manager. She eventually became the visual arts editor, too, and wrote criticism, essays, and profiles, extensively covering various social concerns surrounding the arts, including the reported essay “Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning,” co-written with Maura Callahan. After the Baltimore City Paper shut down in 2017, she freelanced for the Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Fishbowl, The Outline, and BmoreArt, among others. Email Rebekah with pitches at [email protected].
Suzy Kopf, Director of Distribution and Marketing
Suzy Kopf is a Baltimore based artist, writer and educator. She graduated from The New School University with a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons and a BA in Art History from Eugene Lang College. She completed her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in July of 2016. She is the recipient of several residency fellowships and research grants. She is the co-founder, creative director and acting curator of the Gowanus Swim Society, a Brooklyn, NY based art collective. You can email her with distribution requests, ideas for collaborative partnerships, event sponsorships, and opportunities to work with us at [email protected].
Rebecca Juliette has the heart of the artist and the brain of a librarian. The person who invites her to their party knows that by the end of night their record collection will be alphabetized by category. She studied music at Western Maryland College but somehow ended up with a science degree. A love of fiber arts soon swept her out of the lab and into the world of knitting, sewing and weaving. She owns multiple pairs of scissors, each with a specific use. Rebecca is BmoreArt’s calendar savant. Send your press releases, calls for entry, and events to her at [email protected]!
Brett McCabe, Art, Culture, and Media Writer, Assistant Editor for BmoreArt Print Journal
Bret McCabe first moved to Baltimore in 1988 to study biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He left six (ahem) years later with a degree in anthropology. The college loan tally for his undergraduate career made the prospect of borrowing more money for grad school terrifying, so he decided to embark upon a highly lucrative and prestigious career as a writer. That’s right: he worked as a temporary freelance medical transcriptionist and medical science research grant writer. Extremely patient editors let him start writing for an alternative weekly in Dallas in 1996. Since he’s stumble upward—or at least sideways—writing about music, film, and performing and visual arts for a variety of different web sites, journals, and print publications, some of which are still in operation today. In 2001 he returned to Baltimore to write for the Baltimore City Paper, and in 2011 he joined Johns Hopkins Magazine. He is still paying off his college loans.
A.F. Oehmke, Staff Writer and Weekly Columnist, The Internet is Exploding
A.F. Oehmke is a Balitmore-Based artist, cultural critic, and arts administrator. Michigan native, Oehmke moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she was a Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Scholar. As a student at MICA, Oehmke served as an undergraduate representative on the President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Globalization, in addition to working in the office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, and as a teaching assistant for the foundations and art history departments. Apart from BmoreArt, Oehmke has interned at a number of organizations in Baltimore including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Clayworks. Email her at [email protected].
Angela N. Carroll, Art and Film Writer
Angela N. Carroll uses illustration, citizen journalism, documentary film, words, and experimental animation as primary mediums to contribute to and critique the archive. Music and meditation are her medicine. She is an artist-archivist; a purveyor and investigator of culture. Follow her on IG @angela_n_carroll or at angelancarroll.com.
Kerr Houston, Writer and Art Historian
Kerr Houston has taught art history and art criticism at MICA since 2002. He is the author of the book An Introduction to Art Criticism (Pearson, 2012), and his recent writings range from an article on a metaphorical aspect of the Sistine Chapel chancel screen, in Source, to an extended essay on Candice Breitz’s Extra, in Nka.
Amber Eve Anderson, Art Writer
Amber Eve Anderson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and arts administrator. Born and raised in Nebraska, she lived in South America and the Middle East before moving to Baltimore to attend the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work uses images, objects and language to explore themes of place and displacement. Find her work at ambereveanderson.com.
Krystal Mack, Food Writer
Krystal Mack is a Baltimore born and based Culinary Artist & Creative Consultant. Some of her past works include an experimental frozen desserts concept, KarmaPop and the creation of Baltimore’s first food vending tricycle, The PieCycle. Krystal has cooked at the James Beard House, was named a “Woman To Watch” by the Baltimore Sun, and was featured on the CherryBombe Magazine “Cherrybombe 100” as leading Change Agent in the food industry. Currently Krystal is putting the finishing touches on “Faute De Mieux AM”, a 4 seat and 5 course Breakfast series held at her in home comestible design studio “In Absence Of” in Reservoir Hill. Follow Krystal on Instagram at @krystalcmack or @absence.of.
Justin Tsucalas, Photographer
Justin Tsucalas lives in Baltimore and has been photographing endlessly since he developed his first photo in 1996. His photography ranges from working internationally with Project Hope, shooting a 3 month medical relief mission in Central and South America, to documenting a year in the life of a city dog walker. In the last few years much of his time has been spent shooting for magazines and developing personal portfolio books. See more of his work here.
Kelsey Marden, Writer & Photographer
Kelsey Marden is a Baltimore-based writer, photographer, and designer. She enjoys telling the untold stories of Baltimore through words and images. She graduated with a bachelor’s in business communication by taking the minimum amount of business courses in order to fill her schedule with journalism and design.
You can find her following Justin Tsucalas of Plaid Photo around the city in restaurants, bars, and Baltimore’s art scene as his photography assistant or glued to her computer screen at a neighborhood favorite. In her spare time Kelsey explores the city, scavengers for hidden coffee shops, and loves to make her fat cry in spin class or rock climbing. You can follow her work by clicking here (http://kelseymarden.com/). Curious about what she’s up to? Check out her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Film Critic
Christopher Llewellyn Reed is a filmmaker, film critic and Chair of the Film & Moving Image Department at Stevenson University. He is the author of Film Editing: Theory and Practice, is a regular film review contributor to The Baltimore Sun‘s”Roughly Speaking” podcast, and hosts Dragon Digital Media’s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. In addition to writing for Hammer to Nail, he writes the occasional piece for Bmoreart and blogs regularly about movies at chrisreedfilm.com. His twitter handle is @chrisreedfilm.
Jack Livingston, Producer of Conversations Podcast Series and Writer
Jack Livingston is an artist, educator, critic, and community activist. He has taught interactive media and art criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University. His writing on arts and culture is regularly published in a number of online and print journals. He is the former editor of Radar Review of Arts and Culture, as well as the editor for Radar Redux. Email Jack at [email protected].
Brendan L. Smith, Writer
Brendan L. Smith is a mixed-media artist and freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. His unconventional artwork featuring reclaimed objects has appeared in many juried exhibitions and alternative venues in the D.C. area and at the American Visionary Art Museum. He is a member of the Sparkplug artist collective organized by the D.C. Arts Center. Brendan also is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience working for newspapers, magazines, and websites across the country. His articles and art reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian, and other publications that don’t have Washington in their titles. If you feel like chatting, email him at [email protected].