Cara Ober founded BmoreArt in 2007 in order to create more visibility and community within the arts in Baltimore. Ober earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005 and a MS in Art Education from McDaniel College in 1998. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the American University in 1996 with a BA in Fine Arts. Ober was awarded an Individual Artist Grant for Painting by the Maryland State Arts Council and a Warhol Grant for Emerging Curators in 2006. From 2010-2012, Cara was the Online Arts and Culture editor at The Urbanite Magazine and wrote the Eye to Eye Arts Column in each monthly issue. She has published art reviews for Hyperallergic, BurnAway, Art Papers, ARTnews, The Journal of Surface Design, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style Magazine, The Urbanite, Baltimore City Paper, Art US Magazine, and numerous curatorial and catalogue essays. You can email her 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]!
A.F. Oehmke, Manager of Communications & Development
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.
Kelly Louise Barton, Assistant Editor
Kelly Louise Barton is a visual and editorial communication specialist who relocated to Baltimore, Maryland from the sandy Pine Barrens of New Jersey. She is a writer, editor, designer, illustrator, natural-light food(ie) photographer, and all around creative junkie. She loves exploring innovative and creative means to communicate ideas. When she is away from her work she can be found spoiling my pitbull, Mako, hunting down the next best poutine in the city, ice skating, or escaping back to her roots to hang out with her mom and her pet cows. Email Kelly your pitch at [email protected].
Catrell Thomas, Lifestyles Editor
Catrell Thomas is a Graphic Designy-Illustrator based in the DC/Baltimore area. She’s currently a BFA Candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Book Arts/Illustration. She works within the MICA GD department and freelances when time permits. She’s an avid outdoors-woman and draws a lot of inspiration from nature. She “Pins” too much, has an obsessive love for surface design, photography, kid lit, book art, stationery, vintage (anything), Instagram, every piece of Adobe software, and good typography! And not necessarily in that order. Cat’s a sucker for a really well-designed poster too, which is how she fell into design in the first place! You can find her online @ceciliablue and on her site, cat-thomas.com.
Angela N. Carroll, 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
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.
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/
Brett McCabe, Writer
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.
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].
Jermaine T. Bell is a visual designer who holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Bell has collaborated with the Baltimore Museum of Art and developed the branding and marketing for the fine artist Stephen Towns’ solo exhibition co | patriot at Gallery CA. Through his work at Havas Worldwide, Bell gained footing in advertising with clients like Michelob Ultra, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Constellation Energy. Bell recently wrapped his fellowship with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) for their pilot fellowship initiative the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP). Bell is also the incumbent Program Chair for AIGA Baltimore.
Jack Livingston, Producer of Conversations Podcast Series, Assistant Editor 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].
Suzy Kopf, Writer
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. Currently she is tricking a collection of houseplants to grow in the limited light of her apartment’s bathroom.
Michael Tager, Literary Critic
Michael B. Tager is a Baltimore-based writer and editor with a reasonable wariness of bears. You can read more of his work at his website: Michaelbtager.com.
Sherry Insley, Writer
Sherry Insley is a Baltimore based artist, metal smith, part-time photographer, full time parent, semi-serious writer, sort of retired educator, wistful mermaid, and lover of canines. She is a BFA graduate from UMBC, and received her MFA from MICA. A recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and several arts related scholarships and grants. When she is not in the studio working with metal and fire, she can be found walking too many dogs at once to fund her salt water passions. Her work can be found at http://www.sherryinsley.com/
Jordannah Elizabeth, Music Critic
Jordannah Elizabeth is an American author, music and arts critic, editor, music promoter and folk soul musician. She is the founder and director of Publikprivate.org a literary nonprofit organization that helps musicians, arts and culture journalists and creative writers find jobs and internships. The blog has featured contributors like Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Fritz, Cat Power music director Gregg Foreman and film director Lee Davis. She is the author of an anthology of 40 of her articles, Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As published by UK based Zero Books.
Jordannah has written for Village Voice, LA WEEKLY, VICE, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Nerve.com, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper and other publications. Follow up with her on email, twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
Emma Jo Shatto, Student Intern
Emma Jo Shatto is an emerging artist and writer living in Baltimore, MD. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. Emma Jo enjoys investigating painting through interdisciplinary and theoretical avenues while integrating ideas of gender, domesticity, and self-awareness into her artwork. She is an avid reader and writer. Emma Jo composes poetry, short stories, and critically analyzing myriad of subjects.
Amber Eve Anderson, 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.
Amy Boone-McCreesh was born in Maine and raised in Southern Pennsylvania. After receiving a BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design she moved to Baltimore, where she still resides. In 2010 she completed the MFA program at Towson University in Maryland, with a focus in Studio Arts. In 2014 Amy completed a two-year fellowship for emerging artists at the Hamiltonian Gallery In Washington DC, where she exhibited and was included in the Scope Miami and (e)merge DC art fairs. Recent collections include the Department of State, U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Recent publications and features include New American Paintings and The Craft Companion, published by Thames and Hudson Australia. Amy is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Krystal Mack, Food Writer
Krystal Mack is a native Baltimorean that grew up splitting time between Baltimore City and County. She is the owner and operator of The PieCycle, Baltimore’s 1st food vending tricycle and KarmaPop, an ice pop company with a menu focused on mid-atlantic seasonality. Krystal is the writer of Artsy < Hungry, a series focused on the food trends, culture, and history of Baltimore. You can see Krystal’s food finds and meme on Instagram at @KrystalCMack or by searching the hashtag #ArtsyHungry.
Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assitant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL). And in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Allegra La Viola (NYC), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO) & Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA).
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.
Taylor DeBoer grew up in the Baltimore area and studied Writing and Sociology at Loyola University Maryland. He is a local writer, music lover, and edits a website that he co-founded, Manikmusic.net. Follow him on Twitter at TayDeBoer23.
Rachel Bone is an artist and small business owner living in Baltimore since 2004. In 2006, frustrated with the gallery circuit, and the limited number of people that could afford to own her paintings, Rachel founded Red Prairie Press (a hand printed women’s apparel line featuring her own folk-art inspired designs) to be able to share her artwork with a larger audience in a more utilitarian way. The line can be found online, at craft fairs in the mid-atlantic, and in stores, including Double Dutch Boutique in Hampden. She has additionally shown her gouache and ink paintings both internationally and locally. Rachel has a BFA in fine art from Syracuse University (’04).
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.
Joan Cox, Writer and Photographer
Joan Cox, a Baltimore native, is a painter, photographer, graphic designer and writer. Cox left town in 2005 to open an art gallery in New Orleans and returned to Baltimore in 2011, by way of Alexandria, Virginia. She is a recent MFA graduate from Massachusetts College of Art’s Low-Residency MFA Program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Cox’s work consists of large paintings, photographs and watercolor monotypes. She uses narrative, historical art references, and fantastical elements of costumes and autobiography to depict taboo intimacies between women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. View her work at joancoxart.com. (Photograph by Jared Gruenwald.)
Michael Dax Iacovone holds a BFA in Photography and an MA in Art Education from the State University of New York, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from VCU, and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. He lives in works in Washington DC as a teacher and artist. He shows his work internationally, and locally, and to his dog who doesn’t really care for nerdy art.
Will Holman is a writer, designer, and project coordinator for the Baltimore Arts Realty Company. His first book, Guerilla Furniture Design, is out from Storey Publishing in March, 2015. Follow him @Object Guerrilla on Twitter.
Ian MacLean Davis, Writer
Ian MacLean Davis holds his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and was a Hamiltonian Fellow (Washington, DC) from 2008-2010. He exhibits nationally and is collected internationally. Ian lives, works, and teaches in Baltimore and its outlying counties. He’s obsessed with the effects of mass culture and its images. And with food.
Paul Shortt is a visual artist, writer and arts administrator. He received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. He is currently the Registry Coordinator and Program Assistant at Maryland Art Place and lives in Washington, DC.
Nancy Murray, Theater Critic
Nancy Murray had years of training and experience as a stage and screen actor in the Washington Metropolitan area before moving to Baltimore in 2006. There she assumed the roles of playwright and director. Several of her plays have been produced including Dying to Know, which earned WATCH recognition, and Asking Questions, which was nominated for Best New Play in Baltimore. She found her true creative voice as a freelance writer and storyteller performing in such venues as Center Stage and at the Women of the World Conference at the Meyerhoff. She has directed at Johns Hopkins and CCBC as well as many local theaters throughout the city. Nancy is currently completing her BFA in Creative Writing and the Publishing Arts at University of Baltimore.
Anna Fine Foer, Writer
Anna Fine Foer decided she was going to be an artist at eleven, living in Paris for a summer, visiting every museum and gallery. While a fibers/crafts major at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) she became fascinated by the relationship between maps and the land they represent, embarking on a lifelong interest in maps and collage. After emigrating to Israel, Anna worked as a textile conservator in Haifa and Tel-Aviv. She studied at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute in London, where she received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation. Anna now lives in Annapolis with her two sons. Her work has appeared at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, and the Israeli Embassy and is in the permanent collection of the Haifa Museum of Art and the Beer-Sheva Biblical Museum. She was awarded a prize for the Encouragement of Young Artists for work exhibited in the Artist’s House in Jerusalem and received a Maryland State Arts Council grant for Individual Artists in 2008.