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.

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Annual and Special Programs featured at Maryland Art Place

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Curators’ Incubator

The 2015 Curators’ Incubator Exhibition Open Call
Exhibition Dates: May 14 – June 27, 2014

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 online exhibition publication. The publication is often the emerging curators first public platform for critical writing.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to announce a call for curators to participate in the Eleventh Annual Curators' Incubator Exhibition. This program was developed to provide a creative space for the Maryland region’s aspiring curators to develop and present their curatorial concepts. This exhibition would be the first Curators’ Incubator Exhibition to take place in MAP’s historic 218 West Saratoga Street gallery located in the Bromo Seltzer Arts and Entertainment District. 

MAP is open to exhibition proposals of all types. Curators' proposals will be juried by MAP's staff and Programming Advisory Committee (PAC) in December of 2014. Selected curators will be chosen to fully develop their proposals for an exhibition scheduled for May 14 – June 27, 2015. All participants must be available to participate in a gallery talk and attend a reception on May 14, 2015. MAP welcomes discussion with curators prior to the deadline to assist in developing strong proposals.

The call for entry requires curators to complete an online application form found at and submit a proposal, outlining the exhibition ideas and goals in a statement of intent, while including a short bio for each artist intended to be included in the exhibition. Curators may not include themselves in the exhibition. After the initial review of proposals, a small number of curators will be asked to advance to the second phase of the application process where they will be required to present their proposals to the PAC in early January 2015. 

If selected, curators will receive individual mentorship from the PAC and MAP staff as they work to develop their exhibitions for debut. MAP will also work with curators to strengthen their curatorial writing in preparation for a program catalogue to be published online. 

**Selected curators will be responsible for coordinating the delivery, installation and de-installation of artists’ work. They will also be responsible for unusual expenses regarding the installation and removal of their exhibitions. Selected curators must sign an agreement that the exhibition space will be returned to its original condition.

There is no fee to participate in the Curators’ Incubator program. The full application can be downloaded HERE.

The deadline for submitting materials to be considered for the Eleventh Annual Curators’ Incubator Program is 5pm December 1, 2014. Materials should be submitted via email. Please download the RFP for complete application instructions.

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 has been posponed until 2015 due to MAP's building upgrades. Artists and specific dates will be posted in the begining of the year.


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.

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.

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Phone: 410.962.8565