Current Exhibitions

SPARK IV: A New World?

SPARK IV: A New World?   |     |   6/26/2021

On View: April 29 through June 26, 2021, at MAP and online

Virtual Opening Reception: May 6 | 6pm - 7:00pm | FREE

To check out the Virtual Exhibition Click HERE 

I want to Be: A series of performances that occur via telephone conference call by Anna Kroll and Chloe Engel.

Friday, May 14 @  7 pm | Friday, May 28 @ 7 pm | Friday, June 25 @ 7 pm

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Towson University and UMBC present the fourth installment of the collaborative SPARK pop-up exhibition — SPARK IV: A New World? — in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP) and the creator and generous sponsor of SPARK IV,  PNC Bank. The exhibition in MAP's main gallery space is open to the public for view from April 29 through June 26, 2021, Tuesday - Saturday from 12pm to 4pm, with opportunities to experience the exhibition and programs virtually.

SPARK IV expands beyond a focus on light-based artworks of years past to embrace the notion of art's power to illuminate and trigger reflection and dialogue. In A New World?, artistic work is considered through the lens of the significant modifications to life during the pandemic alongside longstanding concerns such as systemic racism and the climate crisis. What have we been through and what happens next? After experiencing the chaos, upheaval, and uncertainty that dominated this past year, how do we see the world, and how do we cope, adapt, and persevere. 

SPARK is curated by Catherine Borg, a Baltimore artist tracing shifting narratives in American culture in photo and video-based artworks.

Exhibiting Artists: Amanda Burnham, Beth Yashnyk, Carrie Fucile, Evan Tedlock, Foster Reynolds Santiago, Grace Doyle, Irene Chan, Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack, Jenny O’Grady, Jim Doran, Jon Lundak, Kelley Bell and Melissa Penley Cormier, Kyohei Abe, Luci Jockel, Lynn Cazabon, Monique Crabb, Nahid Tootoonchi, Jenee Mateer, Kat Navarro, Kimberly Hopkins, Rahne Alexander, Ryan Shelley, Safiyah Cheatam, Samantha Sethi, Sarah G. Sharp, Sookkyung Park, and Stephen Bradley.

“I Want to Be” | May 14 & 28 and June 25 at 7 p.m. 

Part of the UMBC and Towson University Collaborative Exhibition at Maryland Art Place (MAP), SPARKIV: A NEW WORLD artists Anna Kroll and Chloe Engel present “I Want To Be,” a series of performances that occur via telephone conference call. Kroll and Engel navigate a score in which they co-imagine events in a room. These are improvisational, spoken performances that have developed out of their collaborative practice of negotiating and refining scores to create imaginary realities. To attend, the performance audience members call a phone number at a specific time and listen to an improvisational guided exploration. Every phone call offers a new room, with infinite possibilities. A live-captioned version will also be simultaneously available. For more information, visit

Virtual Student Exhibition

Students from UMBC and TU were asked to submit work for the exhibition at MAP and seven were chosen to have their work presented along with the faculty in the gallery.  

10 students, 5 from UMBC and 5 from TU, were also chosen for awards based on their submissions and their work is presented in the virtual student exhibition.  

Upcoming Exhibitions

What's to come at MAP

Young Blood 2020 & 2021

Young Blood Exhibition: Thursday, July 15 - Saturday, August 21st, 2021

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 15 | 6 pm to 8 pm

Maryland Art Place is proud to announce the return of Young Blood, an exhibition showcasing the works of recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. This marks MAP’s 12th Young Blood program which has, to date,  provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 Young Blood has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis project(s). The exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood took a brief hiatus due to the pandemic last year. As result  exhibting artists have graduated from their MFA programs in 2020, in addition to current MFA candidates (2021) were invited to participate. Exhibiting artists to be announced. 


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