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

5/31: In Unison Film Screening @ MAP
Public Screening: Friday, May 31 | FREE Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm @ UNDERBar (Cabaret) RSVP Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to present "In Unison" and film written and directed by Jeff Lukeski of JayJix Films. Description: When humanity is nearly made extinct during freak meteor strikes, an elite society of thieves begin to make claims that the showers were intentional. And upon learning the truth behind the devastation, every person on the planet gets a mysterious message at the exact same time. Welcome to In Unison. Set in the near future with a twist ending you'd never see coming, and a message you'll never forget. All a part of the movie that can actually prove you are alive. Written, Produced & Directed by Jeff Lukeski

2014 Programs

Annual and Special Programs featured at Maryland Art Place

Young Blood Revisited

Maryland Art Place (MAP) announces its 2014/15 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.

The last speaking engagement will be Wednesday, February 4 at 7PM and feature Jeffrey Kent and Kim Llerena speaking at MAP. This event is BYOB.

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.

Request for Proposals: IMPACT 2014

Request for Proposals: IMPACT 2014
SITE: Former Northeastern Supply building lot, Brentwood, Maryland

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, September 8th at 7AM

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is now accepting applications for a fall 2014 IMPACT project. IMPACT is an annual, public art program developed to extend Maryland Art Place’s reach to broader audiences. Each IMPACT project is unique and developed based on the partnering site.

This fall, MAP is partnering with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) and Art Lives Here in Prince George’s County. Collectively, project partners have identified what will be a vacant lot, post demolition of the former Northeastern Supply building located at 3807 Rhode Island Avenue, just north of the DC/Maryland, state line across from the Gateway Arts Center and Brentwood Arts Exchange. Demolition of the pictured building below is scheduled for September 2014. Post demolition, the property will prominently include a long fence, which can be incorporated as a sub structure for the project.

Project Parameters: Proposals should investigate or have a dialogue between design practice and contemporary art, and how public space can be re-imagined and activated in engaging ways. Cross-disciplinary teams or pairs of artist/designers are encouraged and could include collaborations such as: ‘landscape architect + sculptor’, ‘performance artist + fashion designer’, ‘architect + social practitioner’, or ‘industrial designer + sound artist’. The proposed project must also include some type of community engagement that takes place either before or during the span of the work. Community engagement could include workshops, performances, community collaborations or an artist(s) presentation. Artists are encouraged to visit the building site prior to submission and all proposed work(s) must be able to withstand the weather elements. The project will remain in public view for as short as one year, but no less than one year. Both 2-D and 3-D works are applicable to this site.

**Please note that work should be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

Eligibility: This call is open to all artists and artists’ groups 18 years of age or older living in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia region. Prior public art experience is not required but encouraged.

The selected artist/artist team will receive up to a $6,000 stipend to cover the cost of materials, time and labor costs of the project. Installation is scheduled to take place September 26th through the 16th, 2014. All participating partners will host a public reception at the site on Friday, October 17th.

Please send your proposal to by 5pm on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014. Along with your application, you are welcome to submit up to 3 images or illustrated sketches.There is a $10 submission fee to apply if you are not a MAP member. Payments can be made through Click & Pledge. Past installation work samples will also be accepted in addition to proposed sketches/mock-ups. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 7AM (The Application can be downloaded HERE)


RFP: Thursday, August 7th
Submissions due: Close of business September 3rd
Announce selected artist/artist team: Week of September 8th
Installation: September 26th through October 16th
Public Reception: Friday, October 17th

About the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC), PG County:
Since our establishment in 1968, the mission of the non-profit Neighborhood Design Center has been to improve neighborhood livability, viability and sustainability by providing pro-bono design and planning services in support of community-sponsored initiatives. This has been achieved by mobilizing volunteer architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, and other design professionals who donate their professional services to help groups in the initial stages of neighborhood revitalization efforts. NDC not only takes on projects that serve the public good but also strive to achieve the following community service goals: • Strengthen community participation in neighborhood improvement efforts • Educate the public about the value of good design, planning, and preservation as community revitalization tools • Serve as a catalyst for increased investment in neighborhood development


Art Lives Here is funded by ArtPlace America and receives support from 3350 at Alterra/Grady Management Inc., AmeriSigns, Landex Companies, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Cities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville and Mount Rainier, Franklin’s Restaurant & General Store, Community Forklift, County Councilmember Will Campos, Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc., Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, the Prince George’s Redevelopment Authority, Ratner Companies and the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority.  Joe’s Movement Emporium is the coordinating nonprofit partner.

Contact: MAP’s Program Manager, Paul Shortt at or 410.962.8565 for more information.

Grace Hartigan: A Survey 1966-2007

Grace Hartigan: A Survey 1966-2007
At The Mansion at Strathmore Hall  

September 6, 2014 - November 9, 2014 

Opening Reception
Friday, September 19, 2014 7-9PM
Presented in partnership with C. Grimaldis Gallery

Maryland Art Place is a partner in celebrating the American abstract expressionist painter Grace Hartigan, who stood shoulder to shoulder with mid-century masters like Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, and Frank O'Hara. One of the groundbreaking artists of the New York School, Hartigan's work can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art and many private collections.

Please join us for the following programs, presented in conjunction with the exhibit:

ART & WINE NIGHT October 17

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: 410.204.1959