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

2017 Programs

Annual and Special Programs featured at Maryland Art Place

Out of Order Artist Info Workshop

March 18, 2017

Are you an artist looking to participate in MAP's 20th Annual Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, Out of Order?

This informational workshop is geared towards first-time participants of Out of Order. If you have questions about the show or the application process, bring them to this workshop!

We will be discussing past Out of Order exhibitions, tips on pricing your work, what kind of art to submit to the exhibition, as well as tips for networking and connecting with patrons at the event.

Workshop will take place Saturday, March 18 at 1pm at Maryland Art Place.

Guest speaker for the workshop is Amanda Burnham, member of MAP's Program Advisory Committee and internationally exhibiting artist.

Burnham's work has been exhibited widely; selected venues include the Volta Art Fair (Basel, Switzerland), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, Artisphere, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Cranbrook Institute of Art, Benrimon Contemporary (NYC), Bridge Gallery (NYC), Christina Ray Gallery (NYC), Dorsch Gallery (Miami) and GV/AS Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Local venues include the Creative Alliance, School 33, Maryland Art Place, Hamiltonian Gallery (DC), and Transformer (DC), among others. She has been the recipient of a Rubys Grant (2014), a Creative Baltimore Fund Award (2014), Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2010 and 2013, and has been named a Sondheim Prize semifinalist in 2012, 2013, and 2014. A graduate of Harvard University (BA) and Yale University (MFA), Burnham is now an Associate Professor at Towson University.

We hope to see you there!

Ever wanted to curate your own show at Maryland Art Place (MAP)?  Now you can!

Maryland Art Place is thrilled to introduce its new MAP 'Member Gallery', located on the 2nd floor of 218 W Saratoga Street.  The Member Gallery is available to members for curatorial and project based use.  The Member Gallery will be open to the public during regular MAP gallery hours from 12-4pmTuesday - Saturday.

Exhibitions will be on display for three weeks, with one week before and after the show for installation and deinstallation. Curators may host an opening reception in the Member Gallery.

Proposals will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Exhibition proposals will be reviewed by MAP's staff and must align with MAP's overall mission, vision and values.  Proposals must include an exhibition statement, images of the work, installation plans, and any installation requirements or technical considerations. (Floor plans forthcoming for the space)

Rate:  $350 flat rate for members.  

Requirements:  Must be a current MAP member. For more information about membership, click here.

Deadline:  Ongoing through 2017

Provisions:  All installation materials will be the responsibility of the applicant.  This pilot program will run from June-December of 2017 and may be revised in 2018 in tandem with the launch of  MAP's new Membership structure. 

Submit your proposal to MAP's Program Manager, Naomi,, to show your work at MAP!

The MAP Member Gallery was made possible by the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation.

Curators' Incubator 2018: Waving and Wavering

Waving and Wavering: Contemporary Artists Flags

Curators' Incubator | Alexander Jarman

On View:  May 17 - June 23, 2018

Opening Reception:  May 17, 2018 | 6-9pm

Featuring FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Project KALI, Ursula Populoh, Iqrama Muhammad, Ronnie Yarisal and Katja Kublitz, Rene Trevino, Jen DeNike, Brette Gabel, Nino Cais, UBIK, Amy Yee, Carver Audain, and Miguel Januário.

Many of our most visible public symbols, including flags, are currently under increased scrutiny and public reconsideration. Rather than seek to define any fixed set of meanings, the exhibition Waving and Wavering assumes that a flag will always carry various and contested meanings. Exploring multiple interpretations of flags as both concept and format, this exhibition emphasizes three main perspectives: local examples of artists creating new flags for the city of Baltimore, new models of artists examining the American flag, and international samples of artists working with flags in contemporary ways.

The art world’s investigation into the use of banners, pennants, and other similar iconography is long standing, and representations of flags persist as important symbols in modern and contemporary art. One may look to Jasper Johns' notable series of the stars and stripes as an example which initiated a dialogue over freedom of expression and the limits of representation.  In the 70 years since Johns' flag works debuted, numerous flag exhibitions - such as the People's Flag Show or Old Glory - have been mounted, the American government has debated the use of its flag in protests through proposed amendments and Supreme Court cases (Texas v. Johnson, 1989), and artits have continud to present their own versions of iconic flags, such as David Hammons' African American Flag (1990). We now find ourselves in an unprecedented time, when flags and monuments around this country are being reassessed, when the appropriate responses to the National Anthem are in debate, and when symbols for new social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Time’s Up are being created. Waving and Wavering aims to contribute to these conversations by presenting alternative views of familiar symbols, illustrating the ways in which artists are using the format of a flag to address issues of power and personal politics.

About Curators’ Incubator: Curators’ Incubator was established in 2002 as a platform for aspiring curators to grow. In this program, MAP’s gallery is made available to an emerging curator or curatorial team to develop a creative, curatorial vision as part of a mentored partnership initiative. The program provides approximately 2,200 square feet of gallery space and a generous budget to the selected curator to produce a five week exhibition at MAP.  Curators' Incubator has served 145 curators and artists since its inception in 2002.

Spin & Sell: Print Bazaar

Join us for our second Spin & Sell: Print Bazaar! 

Roam the MAP Underground for a two day market featuring unique prints, posters, clothing, gifts and more. Spin & Sell: Print Bazaar is a great way to discover and support local artists and print makers in Baltimore city.  The event will take place in the MAP Underground during UNDER $500 on Friday, Dec 8, and will feature DJ AK and karaoke! This event will take place upstairs in the MAP Gallery the following day on Saturday, Dec 9.

Friday, December 8 from 7 - 10 pm.  Tickets for admission are $5 at the door.  Stick around after the sale for karaoke from 10 pm - midnight.

Saturday, December 9 between 12-4pm. Admission on this day is FREE.

Participating artists include:

Armen Baboom, bowlingART, Stacey Dyce, Caitlin Harris, Cameron Hanley, Kirsten LapointeLaToya PeoplesLyla ShlonNakia HeardSally Hopkins, Afsaneh Najafzadeh, Shannon Nicole Noah, and Wear Your Voice

Young Blood 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 12, from 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: July 12 - August 19, 2017

Every year 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, Towson and The University of Maryland. To date, Young Blood has provided an important post-graduate artistic platform for 79 transitioning Masters of Fine Arts students. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their thesis exhibitions. This exhibition will highlight exceptional works ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and animation.

Bryan Funk | MICA - Mount Royal School of Art

Emily Dierkes | Towson - Studio Art

Giulia Piera Livi | MICA - Mount Royal School of Art

Hamida Khatri | MICA - Community Arts

Melissa Penley Cormier | UMBC - Intermedia and Digital Arts

Noa Heyne | MICA - Rinehart School of Sculpture

IMPACT Project: La Quinta Inn & Suites, Baltimore Downtown

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to partner with La Quinta Inn & Suites, Baltimore Downtown for its annual IMPACT project of 2017. MAP is working with La Quinta Inn to produce a permanent mural on the exterior of La Quinta Inn’s entrance.

We are thrilled to announce Mike McConnell as our IMPACT 2017 public artist! Mike has created a high energy, two-panel mural to be displayed on La Quinta Inn & Suites' facade in downtown Baltimore.  "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 manmade wood panels, paper, and fond materials".  Mike McConnell's mural is on view now at La Quinta Inn & Suites!  Visit 200 W Saratoga Street in Baltimore to check out MAP's completed IMPACT project with La Quinta!

ABOUT IMPACT PROJECTS: IMPACT is an annual, public art program developed to extend Maryland Art Place’s reach to broader audiences bringing the work of living artists into the public eye. Each IMPACT project is unique and developed based on the partnering site.

ABOUT LA QUINTA INN & SUITES: “The La Quinta Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown is a boutique style hotel with inviting architecture. … [La Quinta] is centrally located in downtown, just minutes from the world famous Inner Harbor, and easy walking distance from top attractions such as The Orioles Park at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Convention Center, and the Ravens M&T Stadium.” – La Quinta Inn & Suites, Baltimore Downtown

KIDOOO Install Day

April 1, 2017

Calling all Elementary, Middle School and High School level artists!

MAP is happy to introduce KIDOOO, a youth version of Out of Order!  KIDOOO 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.  

Any artist is welcome to hang one original work of art on the first come, first served installation day of KIDOOO.  The open installation day for KIDOOO will take place on Saturday April 1, 2017 from 11am - 4pm. To participate in the exhibition, artists must be ages six-sixteen. No need to sign up in advance, just come by MAP's new 2nd floor Member Gallery @ 218 West Saratoga Street in the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District!

The opening of KIDOOO will take place in tandem with MAP's annual Out of Order on April 7, 2017.

  • All work must come framed and ready to hang.  (size requirement is 24" x 24")
  • Registration is free
  • All works must be priced to sell and will be silently auctioned Friday, April 7, 2017 from 7 - 10pm

To pre-register, complete the KIDOOO Artist Application form and send an image of your work to

View the KIDOOO & Out of Order Prospectus!

We hope to see you there!

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: 410.204.1959