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Zoë Charlton: Smokey Hallow

1/26/2023

Zoë Charlton: Smokey Hallow

On View: Thursday, January 26th - Saturday, April 1, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26 | 6 to 9 pm 

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present Smokey Hallow, a solo exhibition by Baltimore artist Zoë Charlton that includes projected video, sculptures, and the prints that inspired Charlton's new body of artwork. Smokey Hallow is a homage to the former African-American community called Smokey Hollow that was founded in the 1890s in Tallahassee, Florida, the artist’s hometown. Communities like Smokey Hollow were hallow – sacred and communal Black spaces of care– that were (and still are) necessary as people built lives of autonomy, compromise, and solidarity. The video animates a 60” statue of a pregnant woman attributed to the Bangwa in Cameroon. In the projection, the statue journeys across terra icognita, birthing Black communities and landscapes behind her and consuming natural resources in her path.

Join us for a reception on Thursday, January 26th between the hours of  6 pm and 9 pm located at 218 West Saratoga St.

Bio

Zoë Charlton makes large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in dense collaged landscapes. Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies, including Artpace Residency (TX), McColl Center for Art + Innovation (NC), Ucross Foundation (WY), the Skowhegan School of Painting (ME), and the Patterson Residency at the Creative Alliance (MD). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including The Delaware Contemporary (DE), the Harvey B. Gantt Center (NC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), Studio Museum of Harlem (NY), Contemporary Art Museum (TX), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Switzerland).  

She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and a Rubys grant (2014). Museum collections include The Phillips Collection (DC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (AR), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), and Studio Museum in Harlem (NY). She is a co-founder of Kindred Creative Residence + Agro-ForesT, based in Fletcher, VT.  Kindred CRAFT is a BIPOC LGBTQIA+ led, inclusive collective of farmers, artists, educators, and activists committed to teaching sustainable living through regenerative agriculture, community outreach, and arts education. Charlton is a tenured, Full Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in The School of Art at George Mason University.

Zeke's Coffee: Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal

The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal

On View: Friday, January 20 - Wednesday, March 29

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21 | 10am to 12pm 

It’s Breakfast Time! Zeke’s Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present The Breakfast Special: Cartoons & Cereal exhibition. We’re bringing back the nostalgia of childhood breakfast with a cartoon and cereal themed exhibit! Do you recall spending your mornings perusing the back of a cereal box, or beating your siblings to that special prize hiding inside, all while you skimmed that week’s installment of your favorite cartoon? The Breakfast Special exhibition aims to celebrate just that!  

The reception will be held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, January 21 between 10 am and 12 pm. Zeke’s has house made pop tarts and mini cereal boxes to fulfill your breakfast needs. This reception is breakfast themed, jammies are encouraged! 

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 2005 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017. www.zekescoffee.com

Kevin Hailey: THE LIT HYPHAE TRADE // Hotel Indigo

2/16/2023

Kevin Hailey: THE LIT HYPHAE TRADE

On View:  January, 12 - April, 13, 2023

Reception: February, 16 2023 | 6 to 8 pm

Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public

Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present "THE LIT HYPHAE TRADE”, a solo exhibition by baltimore-based artist, Kevin Hailey.  The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo Baltimore, located at 24 West Franklin St. from January 12 to April 13. A public reception will take place Thursday, February 16 from 6 to 8 pm in the Hotels Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats.

About: 

The Lit Hyphae Trade is a series of paintings concerning the movements and dynamics of mycelium.  Hyphae are the branches in mycelium; a fungal network that is found everywhere from our guts to the deep woods. Mycelium acts as a communication for trade of nutrients and sustainer of life. The hyphae forms have proven to be an inspiring subject in my painting both in form and concept. The assumed chaos of the structure of mycelium under a microscope displays an eerily similar gesture to my paint strokes. I have unconsciously adapted this technique within the single dimensional paintings in this show. I have also begun to believe in cosmic mycelium further depicted in the paintings with rich cerebral-like color galaxies.

It is known that mycelium has adapted a unique “barter system” for nutrients with which the various plants and organisms are communicating through, thus posing mycelium itself as language. Mycelium as a language never displays a one-sided front. This approach to communication and bartering allows the plants the nutrients needed through a holistic and balanced behavioral model. I believe this possible Lingua Franca, established for the underground fungal world, could provide an example of how humans may achieve a more symbiotic and connected relationship with other earthly organisms, and ultimately ourselves.

-  Kevin Hailey is a Baltimore based artist, born in Colorado by way of the San Francisco Bay Area. He has exhibited in LA, San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Berlin, Brooklyn and now Baltimore. @kevinhaileyart

Out of Order 2023

OOO & KIDOOO EVENT & SILENT AUCTION: Friday, April 21 | 6 pm - 10 pm | TICKETS

AFTER PARTY: Friday, April 21 | 10 pm to 1 am | TICKETS

Buyers Guide

Auction LIVE @ 6pm

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is excited to announce Out of Order (OOO),  MAP’s  Annual Spring Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 6 o'clock in the evening. This year marks the 26th year of OOO. The auction will be both a virtual and physical exhibition and will be held in the MAP building located at 218 West Saratoga Street, just within the Bromo Arts District. OOO is a highly celebrated exhibition-event, and a ‘one-night-only’ opportunity for patrons and collectors to acquire contemporary art at unbelievably low silent auction prices.
 
This year’s theme for OOO is Carnivàle, a nod to the 2003 HBO series that fictitiously followed the lives of carnival workers during the Dust Bowl. The origins of the “Carnival” proper are varied, though it is often thought of as a celebration of rebirth in nature. This spring we will do just that! Attendees of the event can expect entertainment by DJ Aran Keating of Ridiculous Entertainment, tarot card readings, face painting for KIDOOO’s, drag queens Whimsy Thrift and Brooklyn Heights in theme, and an after-party in the basement from 10 pm to 1 am with a Comedy hour hosted by The Port Comedy Club and performance by Eze Jackson!
 
Come dressed to impress and join the celebration in support of local & regional artists. Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. Tickets include light tastings like popcorn and cotton candy and an open bar. All tickets also include free entry to KIDOOO, MAP's accompanying youth-driven OOO exhibition to be held on the 3rd  floor of the MAP building the very same evening.  Parents/guardians of KIDOOO may attend at a discounted price of $25 presale and $30 at the door. Arrow Parking will be providing free parking for OOO guests at the Arrow Lot across the street from Maryland Art Place on Saratoga Street. To purchase tickets visit: https://OutOfOrder2023.givesmart.com
 
 
About Out of Order:
 
By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides a salon-style display space for hundreds of artists to hang their work wherever they please. OOO plays host to a variety of artists and professionals practicing in the visual arts and is a great opportunity for students and emerging artists to get their feet wet in Baltimore’s creative sector.
 

KIDOOO 2023

KIDOOO & OOO EVENT & SILENT AUCTION: Friday, April 21 | 6 pm - 10 pm

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is happy to continue KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of OrderKIDOOO was created as an opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a major arts venue, expanding MAP’s services to students in elementary, middle, and high school level arts classes. The opening of KIDOOO will take place in tandem with MAP's annual Out of Order event on April 21, 2022.

This year’s theme for OOO is Carnivàle, a nod to the 2003 HBO series that fictitiously followed the lives of carnival workers during the Dust Bowl. The origins of the “Carnival” proper are varied, though it is often thought of as a celebration of rebirth in nature. This spring we will do just that! Attendees of the event can expect entertainment by DJ Aran Keating of Ridiculous Entertainment, tarot card readings, face painting for KIDOOO’s, drag queens Whimsy Thrift and Brooklyn Heights in theme, and an after-party in the basement from 10 pm to 1 am with a Comedy hour hosted by The Port Comedy Club and performance by Eze Jackson!

 Email Caitlin, MAP's Exhibition Manager with any OOO inquiries, Caitlin@mdartplace.org.

MSAC Maryland Arts Directory Triennial Juried Exhibiton

THIRD MARYLAND STATE ARTS DIRECTORY TRIENNIAL - A Juried Exhibition

On View: Thursday, May 18 - Saturday, June 24

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18 | 5 pm - 9 pm

In celebration of the talented and diverse array of artists across the state of Maryland, and the ever growing scope of the Maryland Arts Directory, Maryland Art Place (MAP) - in collaboration with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) are pleased to present this important exhibition Thursday, May 18 at 5 pm in tandem with the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District Spring Art Walk.

Maintained by MAP for over 25 years, the Maryland Arts Directory originated as a regional resource conceived of by MSAC. Curators, collectors and patrons could physically visit MAP to review new visual artworks using slides. As time went by slides became outdated and an official online resource was created making access to artworks much more accessible.

The Directory is a free online platform that showcases the high-caliber, diverse, and relevant work of Maryland’s artists and arts organizations and promotes the vitality of Maryland’s arts communities.  The exhibition will focus on visual artworks, literary works and performers. Collectively MSAC and MAP aim to present a comprehensive survey of Maryland artists for the Triennial exhibition. 

 "We are excited to collaborate with MAP and work with these jurors to showcase the breadth and depth of the work of Maryland's artists," said MSAC Executive Director, Steven Skerritt-Davis. "The Directory as an online resource is invaluable, and having the chance to experience participating artists' work in person too is sure to be inspiring"  

This year’s roster of talented jurors includes: Jayme McLellan (visual art) - Founder and Director of Civilian Art Projects, José Ruiz (visual art) - Director and Faculty, Curatorial Practices Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rahne Alexander (performance) – Intermedia artist, writer and editor and Gerry LaFemina (literary) acclaimed poet, writer, professor and critic.

Past jurors included Gamynne Guillotte (2016-Visual Arts): Chief Education Officer at The Baltimore Museum of Art Dr. J. Susan Isaacs (2019, Visual Art Juror): Professor, Art History, Curator of the Dept of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education Galleries at Towson University Jeremy Stern (2019, Visual Art Juror): Former Exhibitions and Program Manager at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore Laure Drogoul (2019, Performance Art Juror): Interdisciplinary artist, Founder 14 Karat Cabaret, Co-organizer Transmodern Festival, Professor-Maryland Institute College of Art Ada Pinkston (2019, Performance Art Juror): Mixed Media Artist, Community Artist, Conceptual Artist, Arts Education Lecturer, Towson Hoesy Corona (2019, Performance Art Juror): Independent Curator & Multi-disciplinary artist.

The exhibition will take place on three floors of the MAP building located at 218 West Saratoga Street between Park and Howard’s streets in downtown Baltimore city. Parking will be available at the Arrow garage across the street from MAP and on street parking will be free after 6pm. This is a free event.

Founded in 1967, The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is an agency of the State of Maryland's Department of Commerce that plays an essential role, ensuring every person has access to the transformative power of the arts. MSAC advances the arts in our state by providing leadership that champions creative expression, diverse programming, equitable access, lifelong learning, and the arts as a celebrated contributor to the quality of life for all the people of Maryland.

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. mdartplace.org

QUESTIONS/INFORMATION: For questions or to request a different format of the application, please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org or call 443.889.0869.

Zeke's Coffee: America's Favorite Pastime

Zeke’s: America’s Favorite Pastime

On View: Friday, March 31 - June 26, 2023 

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15 | 12pm  to 2pm

Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present America’s Favorite Pastime, an exhibition featuring artworks related to baseball.  Baseball has played a major role throughout American history. We’re excited to STRIKKKEEE first with this catchy theme. Let’s root, root, root for the ball team and all the participating artists who knocked this show out of the park thanks to all our baseball art enthusiasts! Join us for the opening reception held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, April 15 between 12pm  and 2pm. 

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 205 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017. www.zekescoffee.com

Mike McConnell // Hotel Indigo

Mike McConnell

On View:  April 13, 2023 - August 31, 2023

Closing Reception: Thursday, July 27  2023 | 5 to 7 pm

Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public

Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Maryland-based artist, Mike McConnell. The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo Baltimore, located at 24 West Franklin St. from April 13 to August 17. A public closing reception will take place Thursday, July 27 from 5 to 7 pm in the Hotels Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats.

About the Artist: 

A 1975 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mike McConnell worked for more than 30 years as an illustrator before focusing on his fine art. He often turns to nature for inspiration for the vivid visual stories he tells. He uses paint in a collage-like way, cutting out shapes with vibrant colors on handmade wood panels, paper, and found material. McConnell won the President’s Best of Show award for the 2016 Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition for his painting Bear Carver. He is also a 2016 and 2019 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner and a 2017 finalist for the 13th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards.

Young Blood 2023

Young Blood Exhibition: Thursday, July 13 - Saturday, September 9, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13 | 6 pm to 9 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 14th 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). This exhibition highlights exceptional works ranging in media.

Young Blood Exhibiting Artists:

 

Liza Aleinikova | UMBC

Grace Doyle | Towson

Lauren Castellana | Towson

Chang Il Kim | MICA

Sookkyung Park | Towson

Charlotte Richardson-Deppe | UMD

Hosna Shahramipoor | UMD

Zeke's Coffee: Generation: Crit I

Zeke’s : Generation: Crit I 

On View: July 14 - October 6, 2023 

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14| 5pm  to 7pm

Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present Generation: Crit I, an exhibition featuring artworks from a local Baltimore Arts Collective, Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl Collective was conceived by a group of Maryland-based artists who work in a variety of media, come from diverse backgrounds and are in different stages of their art careers and congregate to build community and connections with artists and art professionals in the area. Generation, is a series of exhibitions developed by MAP to promote the work of artist groups or collectives who come together to support, critique and inspire one another.  Join us for the opening reception held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Thursday, September 14 between 5pm  and 7pm.  

Exhibiting Artists include: 

Carlotta Cerrato, Lauren Crawford, Grace Doyle, Jodi Hoover, Sarah Larsen, Zoë Lintzeris, Phyllis Mayes, and Fanni Somogyi

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 205 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017. www.zekescoffee.com

 

Warp & Weft // Howard County Community College

WARP & WEFT

On View: August 28 – November 19, 2023

Reception: Thursday, October 26 | 5 to 7 pm

Location: Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery | Howard County Community College 

Presented by Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery, and curated by Maryland Art Place (MAP), “Warp & Weft” highlights female artists working in fiber. 

Women and their relationship to fiber have long been intertwined throughout history. Athena, goddess of war strategy, wisdom, justice and crafts was especially known for weaving. It is told that she made the first human woman’s dress for Pandora, teaching Pandora how to weave herself. This legacy was mirrored in the matriarchal tendencies of women, passing down their generational knowledge and know-how to their daughters. This was often seen with quilting, as example, which largely began out of necessity, eventually turning to more of an art form as techniques and needlework advanced.

The female role has increased tenfold over the last five decades to encompass domestic, emotional and financial responsibilities.  Perhaps women today have become the “Warp,” the generally stronger thread in the weave: the foundation for the “Weft” that flows between.

Warp & Weft includes artworks by Jennifer McBrien, Karin Birch, Pamela Thompson, Bonnie Crawford, Sasha Baskin, Katie O’Keefe and Christine Wolfe Strong. Taking a contemporary approach to age old techniques, the exhibition will include everything from felting, embroidery, stitching and weaving

The Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery features work from artists in the college community, giving our students, alumni, and community artists the experience of organizing and presenting local artwork.

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 with the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. mdartplace.org

 

Grace Doyle / Hotel Indigo

Grace Doyle | Hotel Indigo 

On View:  August 31 - January 19, 2023

Hotel Indigo | 24 West Franklin Street | Free & Open to the Public

Maryland Art Place in partnership with Hotel Indigo Baltimore is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Maryland-based artist, Grace Doyle. The exhibition is on view at Hotel Indigo Baltimore, located at 24 West Franklin St. from August 31 January 19. A public reception will take place Thursday, October 5 from 5 to 7  pm in the Hotels Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats.

About the Artist: 

Through paint, Grace Doyle explores her friends and family in quiet, introspective moments. Her compositions reveal a vulnerable side of the human experience that is only unveiled when individuals are not performing or fulfilling societal roles. She is interested in the inner person as well as what they project outward. Patterns are used as camouflage and employed to set a mood. Strong light, both natural and artificial, becomes a subject itself, competing with the figures. Grace captivates the viewer using richly painted surfaces with mesmerizing patterns and lush vegetation, encouraging self-reflection and curiosity.

Biography

Grace Doyle (b. 1988) lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received an MFA from Towson University in 2023, an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 2019, and a BFA from MICA in 2009.

UNDER $500 2023

UNDER $500 Benefit Exhibition and Sale: Friday, November 17 | 6 to 10 pm  | Tickets $30

Purchase UNDER $500 Tickets HERE 

Last Chance (physical): Saturday, November 18 | 12 to 4 pm

Virtual Exhibition & Sale: Saturday, November 18, 10 am – Black Friday, November 24, 12 am

To view the virtual exhibition, sponsor or donate click HERE | Free | Live on Saturday, November 18 @ 10 am

REGISTER HERE

Deck the walls by giving the gift of art this holiday season! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is excited to host its 11th annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale where artwork is sold on a first-come-first-served basis right off our gallery walls! UNDER $500 promotes the purchase of artwork by artists in the Maryland region. Guests can expect to mingle with other artists, collectors, patrons, and general art enthusiasts at the event. Take your purchases home with you the night of the event. Gift wrapping will be available on-site! 

The opening night sale (physical) will take place Friday, November 17 from 6 pm to 10 pm (ticketed) and then again on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from noon - 4pm (free). Saturday is a ‘last chance’ opportunity to snag any artworks that remain on MAP’s walls. Tickets are $30 for opening night and can be purchased at the door or in advance at UNDER5002023.givesmart.com

This year’s theme is WINTER WONDERLAND! Please come in your whitest attire! MAP will have holiday trees on display. Enjoy a cheerful atmosphere with an open bar, light fare and some holly jolly tunes by DJ Amsies and Drag Queen Brooklyn Heights! 

A virtual sale and exhibition will also take place and will be featured online HERE from Saturday, November 18 at 10 am – Black Friday, November 24 at MIDNIGHT. Artwork will NOT be available to view online until November 18 at 10 am. Be sure to register in advance in the interim! Registration is free.

Virtual Buyers Sales & Pick Up: Sold artworks from the virtual auction need to be delivered by the artist to MAP after the sale closes November 24th. MAP is aiming for all sold work to be on site for Buyer pick up by Tuesday December 5th just in time for the holidays. Buyers will be notified once your purchase is secured and onsite at MAP. BUYERS - Please make sure your artwork is at MAP before coming to pick it up. The pickup window will be Dec 5 – Dec 9, from 11am – 4 pm or by appointment. All artwork will be wrapped and ready to fulfill its destiny as the perfect holiday gift! Call #410.244.1959 or email Caitlin@mdartplace.org to make sure your work is on site prior to coming to MAP.

 

Zeke's Coffee - Generation: Crit II

12/9/2023

Zeke’s : Generation: Crit II 

On View: November 3 - February 1, 2024 

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9 | 12 to 2 pm

Location: Zeke’s Coffee | 4719 Harford Road

Zekes’ Coffee Shop and Maryland Art Place (MAP) are pleased to present Generation: Crit II, an exhibition featuring artworks from a local Maryland Art Crit Group, The Salonistas: Loose Threads. The Salonistas is a tapestry of friends with individual art practices whose unifying thread is to connect with one another and gain inspiration and insight into their work through feedback. This group includes accomplished artists who have won grants and awards and exhibited both nationally and internationally. Their career fields are equally diverse, including teaching, engineering, graphic design, and medicine. The Salonistas create space for deeper meaning to evolve, forming relationships of trust and camaraderie while seeking fresh angles and new perspectives, all while embracing the light, and dark, laughter, and pain of creating, as they come together to form a new gestalt.

Generation, is a series of exhibitions developed by MAP to promote the work of artist groups or collectives who come together to support, critique and inspire one another.  Join us for the opening reception held at Zeke’s Coffee located at 4719 Harford Road on Saturday, December 9 from 12 to 2 pm. 

Exhibiting Artists include: 

John Viles, Mary Skeen, Jim Opasik, Peggy Fox, Mary Opasik, Cathy Leaycraft, Andrea Huppert, Karen Klinedinst, Dan Shapiro, and Liz Swanson.

ABOUT ZEKE’s: In 205 Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers Market. One year later he opened a retail space on Harford Road in Lauraville, and further expanded his operations to a fully functioning café just down the street at 4719 Harford Road in 2017. www.zekescoffee.com

Invisible Architectures | Social Contracts @ MAP

Invisible Architectures | Social Contracts

Application Deadline: Monday, January 22nd @ Midnight 

Exhibition: Thursday, May 9 - June 29, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday May 9, 2024 

Virtual Application 

Maryland Art Place in collaboration with COFAC CoLab  Directors Dr. Kalima Young and Ada Pinkston, are excited to announce a call for submissions for "Invisible Architectures." This exhibition explores the impact of geographic, economic, social, and institutional structures on personal relationships. Regional artists are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in a dynamic interdisciplinary art festival scheduled for Spring 2024 to conclude this Co-Lab sponsored project. We welcome proposals that explore the past, present and future directions social contracts may take. 

About Invisible Architectures: 

As we approach another election year in the United States, agreements about what is included in an American social contract continue to be up for debate.The term social contract started when philosophers from France to England started to think about the nature of humanity and the tensions that exist between the people who enact power and the people who do not. What are the agreed upon boundaries that exist within our social, family and political structures? How do these boundaries create or negate cognitive distance with what actually happens in any social theater? Artistic interventions have the potential to offer us much needed insights and possibilities for our collective future.  

All art media will be considered. Submissions will be rated based on the following criteria: artistic quality, artistic innovation as it relates to the theme, and proposal feasibility. Regional artists will be considered. Students, faculty, and staff of any University of Maryland school are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please Note: All applications will be reviewed and considered for the venues outlined. However, please indicate your preference of venue or any scheduling conflicts in the virtual application or email submission of your application. 

Venues 

Current Space, Baltimore, MD | Exhibition Dates: March 6th - April 6th 

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and outdoor performance space, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. Operating since November 2004, we are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

StartUp at the Armory Gallery in Towson, MD | Exhibition Dates: April 12 - May 16th 

The StarTUp at the Armory is TU’s front door for start-ups, small businesses, as well as our region’s largest corporations. This state-of-the art 26,000 sq. ft. space includes 6,000 sq. ft. of free co-working space and meeting rooms where entrepreneurs and executives can connect with each other and to TU’s programs and people.

Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Exhibition Dates: May 9th - June 29th 

Juried by: Doreen Bolger 

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.

 Doreen Bolger Bio: 

Doreen Bolger, retired Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), served from 1998 to 2015. During her 17-year tenure, she led a successful $100 million fundraising campaign, oversaw BMA's renovation, implemented free admission, and transitioned the institution from a city agency to a private organization. Bolger holds a BA magna cum laude from Bucknell University, an MA from the University of Delaware, and a PhD from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Prior to her BMA role, she worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as Curator and Manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for American Art, Curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and served as Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Since retirement, Bolger has contributed to local arts organizations including: Creative Alliance, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland Art Place, and Woman’s Club of Roland Park; curated exhibitions in the co-curation of  MICA’s 2015/2016 Graduate Exhibition; and gifted twenty works to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. She also contributed to Bmore Art’s publication City of Artists Baltimore (2023).

*** Public Sites to be announced

Timeline:

Application Deadline - Monday, January 22 @ Midnight

Notifications of Acceptance - Friday, February 16, 2024

Artwork Drop Off - Thursday, April 25 - Saturday, April 27

Exhibition - Thursday, May 9 - June 29, 2024 

Opening Reception - Thursday May 9, 2024

Artwork Pick-up - Thursday, July 4 - Saturday, July 6

 

Eligibility:

-    Must have artwork available during one or more of the exhibition periods outlined 

-    Artwork must address social contracts as outlined above

-    There is no Fee to apply!

-    All media welcome

Submission Guidelines:  to submit to Invisible Architectures please include the following materials using this google form or email your submission to apinkston@towson.edu.

-    Available artwork and/or 200 - 500 word proposal for performance or non-existing work

-    Image list outlining title, media, dimensions, brief description and year

-    A CV or Resume

-    Artist Statement

-    Artist Bio

-    Your website and/or Instagram

-    *Include Invisible Architectures Application in the email header

Please send all application materials to apinkston@towson.edu  or complete the google form HERE

About Invisible Architectures in CoLab

The COFAC CoLab is an incubator for ideas, projects and collaboration. The lab is a home for interdisciplinary work. It's a hub where ideas can be cross-fertilized and put into motion. Designed as a space where fields of study are porous, the objective is to build new knowledge for an ever-evolving world. Professors Dr. Kalima Young, (Department of Electronic Media & Film) and Ada Pinkston (Department of Art + Design, Art History Art Education) were selected to be Towson University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication CoLab Directors from 2021-2024.

 
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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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