On Thursday, September 7, the Baltimore Taxidermy Open returns for a third year to the Walters Art Museum, to highlight contemporary artistic taxidermy practices and
On Thursday, September 7, the Baltimore Taxidermy Open returns for a third year to the Walters Art Museum, to highlight contemporary artistic taxidermy practices and the museum’s own Chamber of Wonders. The 2017 Baltimore Taxidermy Open is a one-night taxidermy competition featuring artists from around the country, in addition to a lecture, demonstration, art-making activity, and awards ceremony. Hampden-based curiosity shop Bazaar is once again teaming up with both the Walters and author Robert Marbury to curate this latest installment of the contest.
Contest judges Marbury, Greg Hatem and Brian Henry (co-owners of Bazaar), and Dr. Joaneath Spicer, James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters, will evaluate one-of-a-kind works by visual artists as well as specimens from local collections of taxidermy enthusiasts. Prize categories include, but are not limited to: Best in Bones, Best Anthropomorphic, Best Mixed Media, and Aldrovandi’s Surprise (a fantastical specimen that could even fool a well-trained Baroque collector).
Alternative taxidermist Divya Anantharaman will deliver a talk on 16th-century taxidermy practices. Renowned taxidermist and instructor Katie Innamorato will offer a taxidermy demonstration. Anantharaman and Innamorato have co-authored Stuffed Animals, which will be on sale along with Robert Marbury’s Taxidermy Art. Anantharaman and Innamorato will be teaching taxidermy workshops at Bazaar the following weekend for those interested in learning more about the art form.
The Baltimore Taxidermy Open takes place on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. The event is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, please visit thewalters.org or the Baltimore Taxidermy Open on Facebook: facebook.com/baltimoretaxidermyopen
About the Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum, located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets, is free and open to the public. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art to the city of Baltimore. Its collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. The Museum Store offers distinctive gifts, jewelry and books inspired by the museum’s collections.
Free admission to the Walters Art Museum is made possible through the combined generosity of individual members and donors, foundations, corporations and grants from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, and Howard County Government and Howard County Arts Council.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201