Current Exhibition

Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters

Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love Letters   |     |  

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

Out of Order 2019

Join us for Out of Order, MAP's 22nd Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction, and Party!  Out of Order will take place Friday, April 5, 2019, from 7-10pm. View and bid on works from regional artists - ranging from, emerging and student artists to established professionals.

By covering the walls from floor to ceiling, Out of Order provides an opportunity for artists to hang their work in a salon-style exhibition.  OOO is a unique way to get involved with Baltimore’s growing art scene while supporting one of Baltimore’s most established contemporary arts organizations.  Proceeds from art sales are split equally between MAP and the artist.  Revenue generated at Out of Order directly supports MAP’s programs, exhibitions and opportunities; furthering MAP’s mission to support emerging and mid-career artists and professionals throughout the year.

Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. All tickets include free entry to KIDOOO, MAP's accompanying youth-driven OOO exhibition in the 2nd floor Members Gallery.  

Interested in contributing to OOO? Consider an OOO sponsorship starting at $250. Connect with Amy Cavanaugh Royce: 410.962.8565 or


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: 410.962.8565