Current Exhibition

Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters

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Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters

Presented by Maryland Art Place and Area 405 in partnership with Bruun Studios

On View: January 17 - March 10, 2019

A project of artist and curator Peter Bruun, Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters marvels at love in all its poignant mystery, surprise, and messiness. Anchored by hundreds of drawings by Bruun inspired by actual love letters, the two-site exhibition is organized around eight themes and features events for each, offering heart-opening performances, inspirational stories, communal sharing, and artistic uplift.  The exhibition includes art by Atsuko Chirikjian, Loring Cornish, Pat Dennis, Phylicia Ghee, Ken Royster, Ernest Shaw, Piper Shepard, and Exsul Van Helden. 

MAP's expansive space lends itself to the display of hundreds of drawings organized around four of Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letter's eight themes: "Forever Family," "Cupid's Arrow," "Wild Horses," and "Love Thy Self."

Exhibition Programs:

All events feature light fare provided courtesy of The Classic Catering People. Programs for the remaining four themes will take place at Area 405. For more information, visit

Peter Bruun creates abstract figurative art in service of humanistic and civic-minded cultural experiences. Visit Bruun Studios for more information.

Thank you to Baltimore magazine, our exclusive media partner.

Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters is made possible by support from Heather and Peter Austin, the Nancy Patz Reading Fund, and Lindy Lord Family Fund, and multiple other individual donors. Thank you to Val Albee, Harriet Dopkin and Steve Montgomery, Peggy Kolodney, and Adrianna and Ryan Moore for hosting house parties in support of the exhibition. Thank you to our event sponsors: Steve Salny, Powell Recovery Center, and The Youth Resiliency Institute, and The Classic Catering People for a steep discount on light fare.  Special thanks to the hundreds who invited artist Peter Bruun to make drawings inspired by their love letters.

Upcoming Exhibitions

What's to come at MAP

Emma Childs // Hotel Indigo

Emma Childs

On View: November 5, 2018 - January 19, 2019

Opening Reception: November 28th, 2018 | 6pm - 8pm

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

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present its last exhibition of the year at Hotel Indigo by introducing new works by Baltimore based emerging artist, Emma Childs! As an abstract painter, Emma is known for re-interpreting the boundaries of the traditional canvas. Six of Child’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats.

“In my current body of work, I use my personal experiences with unique relationships to evaluate and explore human connections, interactions and emotion, as well as how we exist within spaces through painting,” states Childs. She creates geometric wooden structures as the basis for her paintings, choosing simple, amorphous shapes and bold colors in her work. Her goal is to create paintings that spark an emotional response by the viewer.

“Transforming experiences and emotions into a language of simplified form, color, edge, and paint applications has allowed me to simplify what is actually complicated interconnected metaphors about relationships and the world we build around us,” states Childs.

Emma Childs was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives and works today. She recently graduated from MICA with a bachelor’s degree in general fine arts. Throughout her time at MICA, she was featured in multiple on-campus exhibitions. Childs has been featured in several group exhibitions in the Washington DC/Baltimore area as well as New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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