Connect + Collect Speaker Series

Do You Want to Collect the Art of Your Time and Place? Do you want to invest in the excellence that the visual arts bring to your city?

Connect + Collect is a new initiative brought to you by BmoreArt’s Cara Ober and Jeffrey Kent, designed to create awareness and momentum among new and experienced collectors, and to promote a culture of collecting in Baltimore.

We welcome artists to this conversation who want to strengthen relationships with collectors, as well as those who want to build private and public collections, including curators, collectors, gallerists, and art professionals. Each panel is followed by a reception in The Showroom and each ticket includes an adult beverage at the bar.


 

** UPCOMING: Connect + Collect IV: Philippa Hughes and Zoë Charlton on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Tix are available here.

Our fourth panel features Philippa Hughes, a DC-based art collector, arts advocate, curator, and cultural leader with Zoë Charlton, a Baltimore-based artist, professor, and curator.

Topics to be discussed include how to balance and maintain multiple professional roles within an art community; how to create productive relationships between artists, curators, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; how to build a collection that balances national and regional artists; and how consider the role of curator and artist in new and collaborative ways.

 


 

Next Connect + Collect III: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House (doors open 6:30)

Tickets available here.
Our third panel features Doreen Bolger, former director of The Baltimore Museum of Art and a serious collector of Baltimore-based art, with Taha Heydari, an Iranian-born painter and MICA graduate living in Baltimore.

Topics to be discussed include ethical relationships between artists, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; collecting at Baltimore-based art auctions and municipal galleries; and the great importance of showing up.

 


 

Connect + Collect II: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House (doors open 6:30)

Our second panel was with DC-based Art Collector, Patron, and Collaborator Darryl Atwell and NY-based Entrepreneur and Independent Curator Dexter Wimberly. Topics discussed included how to begin and then build your collection, to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.

Listen to audio from our second C+C here.

 


Connect + Collect: Relational Strategies for Artists and Collectors
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Motor House

If you missed it: Listen to a Podcast and check out photos from First C+C here.

Our first panel was with Art Collector, Consultant, and DC-based Lawyer Schwanda Rountree and Baltimore-based artist Mequitta Ahuja, a Guggenheim recipient whose work is in Rountree’s collection. Topics discussed included how and why to start collecting art, how to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.

 



PREVIOUS SPEAKER SERIES FROM BMOREART:

The Re-Model: Strategic Career Thinking from Art World Insiders  

A Speaker Series from BmoreArt

The Re-Model is a new speaker series designed to bring nationally recognized artists and arts professionals to Baltimore to challenge existing structures of success and to build awareness and diversity within current models for best professional practices. From insider tips to creating productive relationships with galleries to funding models for ambitious projects, Re-Model speakers will candidly discuss their art careers in conjunction with the projects and publications they have created.

Lectures will be free and hosted quarterly at The Motor House, located at 120 W. North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Each talk will be followed by an informal reception for speakers and guests to network and purchase books and publications.

Last Event: Ethics and the Art Gallery featuring Amy Eva Raehse and Heather Darcy Bhandari

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited. RSVP available here.

 


Join us for a discussion on art galleries and ethics with Goya Contemporary Executive Director Amy Eva Raehse (Baltimore, MD) and Heather Darcy Bhandari (NY, NY), an Independent Curator and co-founder of The Remix, author of ART/WORK, and former director at Mixed Greens, a commercial gallery in NY.

Thursay, March 29 / Doors open at 6:30 / Lecture at 7
Motor House Theater

Free to the public with an RSVP! Seating is limited.
Join us for a drink before or after in The Showroom, Motor House’s new cafe and bar.

 


 

Previous Events: ARTS.BLACK at Motor House June 24 – with editors Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee Aldridge.

ARTS.BLACK is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne.

Join BmoreArt for a lively discussion with Arts.Black founding editors Jessica Lynne and Taylor Renee Aldridge at The Motor House on Saturday, June 24.

Doors open at 5 pm for a 5:30 lecture followed by Q&A.

Tickets are free but limited so please reserve yours here.

Taylor Renee Aldridge is a Detroit based writer and curator. Taylor is the 2016 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant for Short Form Writing. She received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and a B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History. Taylor has worked at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions). She has written for the Detroit MetroTimes, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic.

Jessica Lynne is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator and critic. She received her BA in Africana Studies from NYU and has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Art21 and The Cue Foundation, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Jessica contributes to publications such as Art in America, The Art Newspaper, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Pelican Bomb. She’s co-editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives, and a founding editor of the now defunctZora Magazine. Currently, Jessica serves as the Manager of Development and Communication at Recess.

 


 

FORMER RE-MODEL SPEAKER SERIES:

The series kicks off on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm with NY-based artist and author Sharon Louden. After the international success of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Louden returns to Baltimore with NY-based artist William Powhida to discuss her newest book Artist as Culture Producer. The informal discussion will focus on Culture Producer’s concept: the value of artists who promote the work of other artists. The talk will include BmoreArt’s Cara Ober, one of the 40 featured artists in the book.

Reserve your ticket for Culture Producers on March 9, 2017: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-as-culture-producer-sharon-louden-william-powhida-and-cara-ober-tickets-31718311323

 

BmoreArt’s The Re-Model is designed to bring artists together to discuss the vital issues that really matter to them, like sustainability, best practices, funding models, and community. For this reason, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the guests and linger afterwards during the reception. Although tickets are free, the audience is limited to 150 seats per event to ensure an intimate and comfortable environment in the Motor House Black Box Theater.

This speaker series is generously supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.