Maryland Art Place


Programs Overview

Maryland Art Place (MAP) has been an anchor for contemporary arts in Maryland since 1981. Since its inception, MAP has effectively inspired, supported and encouraged artists in this region by offering exhibition opportunities, workshop and mentorship programs.

MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists to engage with the public, and each other, by nurturing and promoting new talents.

MAP offers a challenging schedule of innovative and diverse contemporary art experiences throughout the year. This includes the presentation of 6-8 annual exhibitions with complimentary programming including: gallery talks, performances and professional development workshops.

Annual Programs

The 14 Karat Cabaret
A beloved Baltimore institution that features experimental music, dance, video, and art.

Young Blood
An annual exhibition of works by recent Baltimore area Masters of Fine Art graduates.

Curators’ Incubator
Promoting the talent of new and emerging curators within the regional arts community.

14k Programs

Annual and Special Programs featured at Maryland Art Place

MAP Moved to the Bromo Arts District & Now Needs Your Help Matching France-Merrick Foundation Funds


Give by August 1, 2014

Maryland Art Place returned to its 218 West Saratoga Street building located in the newly established Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, in December of 2013. The building was once the Johnson Brothers appliance store when MAP purchased it in 1988. Now, over 25 years later, the gallery is in need of upgrades.

MAP has two primary goals: 1) offer a space for contemporary artists to present their work in the most professional setting possible, and 2) offer the public compelling and relevant contemporary art experiences. However, we need YOUR help to make this happen!

MAP has a rich history in Baltimore’s creative and cultural community. Operating for over 33 years, we have continuously been a vehicle in leveraging artists’ careers through solo exhibitions, group shows and annual programs such as Curators’ Incubator and Young Blood, MAP's exhibition of recent MFA graduates that takes place over the summer months.

Full Speed Ahead! Through the generosity of the FRANCE-MERRICK FOUNDATION, MAP is able to kick off this capital improvement initiative with a $20,000 match – this is where YOU come in. Please consider giving towards gallery renovations so MAP can continue to support living artists, and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our community.

Funding will be used to improve our old floors, remove unwanted walls, fix existing walls, install new, energy efficient lighting, create a safe storage space for held artwork and upgrade our bathrooms.

Your donation will be credited in the gallery + more!

MAP assigns great value to its physical gallery space. We believe it is important to showcase artists’ works in the most professional way possible. The gallery is also important to our dedicated patrons and art enthusiasts who visit and contribute in so many ways. MAP is a unique asset to the Baltimore creative sector; filling the gap between museum, commercial gallery and DIY spaces. We truly aspire to offer one of the best exhibition experiences to artists in the region outside of a major museum, and are grateful to the France-Merrick Foundation, CyberPoint International, and Craig M. Gayhardt for leveraging this important effort. Your contributions are tremendous.

With your support MAP can continue providing Baltimore artists and patrons the finest quality exhibition experiences possible. Each giving level will receive MAP perks and signage opportunities in return. More information upon request and/or after contribution is made.

MAP plans to have this project complete in time to host the annual fall benefit, The Saratoga Toga Party, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the first floor gallery space of the Saratoga building.


So What’s The Saratoga Toga Party? Our annual fall benefit will celebrate MAP’s move back to its original home on the west side of Baltimore. Drawing on themes of ancient Greece, MAP will produce an engaging celebration based on scheduled performance art pieces, projected old films exploring Greek mythology and complimentary 2-D artwork. MAP will use the image of the façade of the building from its 1988 Fall Benefit (pictured above, left) as inspiration for the event.

Young Blood Revisited

Maryland Art Place (MAP) announces its 2014 speaker series Young Blood Revisited which brings back former participants in MAP's Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree.
About Young Blood: Over the summer months, MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) curates Young Blood, an annual exhibition of works by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Maryland College Park. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their graduate exhibitions. Young Blood has provided a dynamic exhibition experience for over 52 artists since its inception.
In furthering MAP’s commitment to support and encourage artists in Maryland, we have invited participants back to reflect on the direction their artistic practice has gone after receiving their MFA.
Young Blood Revisited will take place on Wednesdays this fall at the 14K Cabaret in the basement of MAP. Artists and specific dates will be posted soon.





IMPACT is an annual, public art program developed in 2012 to extend Maryland Art Place’s reach to broader audiences throughout Maryland. Each IMPACT project is unique and developed based on the partnering site. Current and previous partners include: ARTblocks, Neighborhood Design Center, Towson Town Center, Downtown Partnership and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. The program is administered through request for proposals of Maryland based artists throughout the year, with each artist (or artists team) given a materials stipend. MAP plans to sponsor roughly three to four IMPACT projects over the course of 2014.

Curators’ Incubator

Established in 2003, Curators’ Incubator was developed to assist aspiring curators in developing and presenting an exhibition at Maryland Art Place. This annual program provides a creative space for the region’s emerging curators to develop and present their concepts.

Selected through a competitive two-phase application process, curators with limited or no previous experience are asked to submit an exhibition proposal to be considered for debut in MAP’s galleries. The selected curators or curatorial team then participate in a year, long mentorship program. This mentorship helps curators refine their vision; from laying out the show, to artists’ selection and feedback on their curatorial statements. The program culminates in an exhibition publication. The publication is often the emerging curators first public platform for critical writing.

Sensitive to the many obstacles curators confront as they work to gain experience and earn professional credentials, each selected curator receives intensive mentoring by MAP staff and members of its Program Advisory Committee (PAC) as they strengthen and further develop their proposals. The diversity and breadth of the artists chosen to participate is reinforced by having the curators select artists from within their respective communities, widening the scope of the program and the audience it reaches. The program concludes with an exhibition and catalogue featuring curators’ writing and images of the artwork represented.

Our Mission

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

Contact Us

Phone: 410.962.8565