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MARYLAND ART PLACE (MAP) REMAINS OPEN – MAJOR EVENTS POSTPONED

COIVD-19 remains of major public concern. It is in our best interest to limit public convening at this time. For the benefit and well-being of our staff, patrons and tenants MAP will be postponing its next two events to a later date. These events are:

  • The “Merkin Dream” Fashion Show scheduled March 28
  • 23rd Annual Out of Order Benefit Exhibition scheduled April 10
    • OOO Artist Information Workshop, Saturday, March 21
    • OOO Artist Install day, Saturday, April 4
    • KIDOOO Install day, Saturday, April 5

We look forward to holding these events later this year under better circumstances. 

All those who have become members during our Membership Drive, please know your membership purchase, which grants you access to Out or Order will be honored. MAP’s Membership Drive will continue until April 10, 2020. All tickets purchased for either event will be honored as well. If you cannot make the new event date(s) once determined, we will happily refund your ticket at that time.

In the interim, Maryland Art Place will remain open to the public. Our exhibition “Merkin Dream” will be on view Tuesday – Saturday from 12-4 pm through March 28.

COVID Resources:

CDC
 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

State of Maryland
https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

City of Baltimore
https://health.baltimorecity.gov/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov 

Under $500 Exhibition Announced

Under $500 Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 11am to 5pm

2nd Chance: Sunday, December 13, 20120 | 11am to 4pm 

Online Exhibition: Tuesday, December 15 | 10am to Saturday, December 19 | 10pm

Maryland Art Place is excited to announce our eighth annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale happening this December! On Saturday, December 12 join us for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the sale on Saturday from 11am to 5pm and take it home that day!

Deck the walls by giving the gift of art this holiday season! The sales event will take place Saturday, December 12 from 11am to 5pm & Sunday, December 13 from 11am to 4pm. The virtual sale and exhibition will be featured online HERE from Tuesday, December 14 at 10am– Saturday, December 19 at 10pm. Artwork will not be available online until December 14 at 10am but be sure to register in advance!

Tickets are LIMITED and begin at $30 for the first available opportunity to see the physical exhibition on Saturday, December 12 at 11am. Sunday tickets are FREE, but you will need to reserve your spot, as occupancy is limited to 25 attendees per SLOT. To purchase your Saturday tickets  or reserve your Sunday spot visit https://UNDER500.givesmart.com. See ticketing details and event protocol below.

Artists to be Announced 

The Call for Entry is still OPEN for more information click HERE or visit our website HERE

TICKETS
SATURDAY, December 12
SLOT A: 11am – 12:30pm |  $30
SLOT B: 1pm – 2:30pm |  $25
SLOT C: 3:00pm – 4:30pm |  $20

SUNDAY, December 13
SLOT D: 11am – 12pm |  FREE
SLOT E: 12:15pm – 1:15pm |  FREE
SLOT F: 1:30pm – 2:30pm |  FREE
SLOT G: 2:45pm – 3:45pm |  FREE

To purchase tickets for Saturday or reserve your spot for Sunday click HERE

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

Blake Conroy At Hotel Indigo

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2020

Contact: Caitlin Gill

p) 443.889.0869

email: caitlin@mdartplace.org

BLAKE CONROY // HOTEL INDIGO 

On View | November 19, 2020 - February 4, 2021

Online Exhibition | Tuesday, December 2 - Thursday, February 4

Opening Reception:  Wednesday, January 13 | 5 -7 pm

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

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo in celebrating new works by Maryland artist, Blake Conroy. Conroy's paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. In addition to Conroy's exhibition on view at Hotel Indigo, his work can also be viewed online from Tuesday, December 2 -  Thursday, February 4, on MAP’s new virtual gallery located on our website

About the Artist:

In a world that commodifies nature, Conroy shows us the individuality of every living thing. Conroy disseminates his message through art: “We must preserve and protect the richness of our world—replete as it is with unique, particular things.” After drawing and laser-cutting images of the same subject viewed from different perspectives, the multimedia sheets are layered atop one another, requiring the viewer to closely examine each page's minute differences.

Blake M Conroy resides in Aberdeen, Maryland. Conroy graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Conroy is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Additionally, Conroy was an artist in residence at Glo’Art in Belgium, 2018. Conroy is represented by the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown Md. Selected shows include Solo shows at Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa Ok, Bloomsbury University, Bloomsbug PA, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati Oh. He has also shown at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La., Masur Museum, Monroe, La (People's Choice Award), UH Hilo Art Department, Hilo, Hi., and The Bennington Center For the Arts, Bennington, Vt.

Due to COVID and the ever-changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org to reserve your spot 

We hope to see you Wednesday, January 13  from 5 - 7 pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

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Press Release: UNDER $500 Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2020

Contact: Caitlin Gill

p) 443.889.0869

email: caitlin@mdartplace.org

Under $500 Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 11am to 5pm

2nd Chance: Sunday, December 13, 20120 | 11am to 4pm 

Online Exhibition: Tuesday, December 15 | 10am to Saturday, December 19 | 10pm

Maryland Art Place is excited to announce our eighth annual UNDER $500 affordable art sale happening this December! On Saturday, December 12 join us for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase affordable and original works of art. The event will feature the work of Baltimore and surrounding area artists at a price point of $500 or less. Purchase work at any point throughout the sale on Saturday from 11am to 5pm and take it home that day!

Deck the walls by giving the gift of art this holiday season! The sales event will take place Saturday, December 12 from 11am to 5pm & Sunday, December 13 from 11am to 4pm. The virtual sale and exhibition will be featured online HERE from Tuesday, December 14 at 10am– Saturday, December 19 at 10pm. Artwork will not be available online until December 14 at 10am but be sure to register in advance!

Tickets are LIMITED and begin at $30 for the first available opportunity to see the physical exhibition on Saturday, December 12 at 11am. Sunday tickets are FREE, but you will need to reserve your spot, as occupancy is limited to 25 attendees per SLOT. To purchase your Saturday tickets  or reserve your Sunday spot visit https://UNDER500.givesmart.com. See ticketing details and event protocol below.

Artists to be Announced 

The Call for Entry is still OPEN for more information click HERE or visit our website HERE

TICKETS

SATURDAY, December 12

SLOT A: 11am – 12:30pm |  $30

SLOT B: 1pm – 2:30pm |  $25

SLOT C: 3:00pm – 4:30pm |  $20

SUNDAY, December 13

SLOT D: 11am – 12pm |  FREE

SLOT E: 12:15pm – 1:15pm |  FREE

SLOT F: 1:30pm – 2:30pm |  FREE

SLOT G: 2:45pm – 3:45pm |  FREE

To purchase tickets for Saturday or reserve your spot for Sunday click HERE

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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

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MASKerade Virtual Silent Auction And Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2020

Contact: Caitlin Gill

p) 410.962.8565

email) caitlin@mdartplace.org

MASKerade

Virtual Silent Auction and Exhibition 

Launches November 7, 2020

Join us for MASKerade Baltimore - a virtual silent auction and exhibition hosted by the Baltimore Community Foundation's LGBTQ Fund to raise awareness and funds for issues facing the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing arts and culture events, and supporting LGBTQ youth with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs. Funds from MASKerade will be used to establish an endowment, ensuring vital support for LGBTQ youth programs in perpetuity.

To view the silent auction, LIVE on November 7, or to register to bid click HERE

More than 100 artists and non-artists picked up canvas masks in August and September and are now in the process of transforming them into works of art!

TIMELINE 

Application Deadline: Saturday, October 24, 5pm

All participants must register a loan agreement (google form) with Maryland Art Place HERE

Saturday, November 7: Auction Launch 10am

Friday, November 13: Auction closes 10pm

The silent auction to view and bid on masks will be held November 7 from 10 a.m. - November 13 at 10 p.m. Register today HERE

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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. www.mdartplace.org

Masks provided by Jill Andrews with Quality Mask Supply 

Press Release: SEEN 20 Years Of Baltimore Music Photography

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2020

Contact: Amy Cavanaugh

p) 917.545.5385

email: amy@mdartplace.org

MAP CAPTURES 20 YEARS OF

BALTIMORE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY 2000-2020

This September 24, 2020, Maryland Art Place (MAP) will open its first exhibition to the public since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Long in the making, SEEN, curated by Josh Sisk, Joe Giordano with support from Audrey Gatewood, represents a comprehensive and inclusive overview of music with a heavy emphasis on Baltimore Indie, Rap and Hip-Hop genres and the photographers that captured this important time.

Baltimore’s music scene has been on the rise during the last 20 years. SEEN includes images of artists such as KSwift whose untimely death led to the 92Q KSwift Memorial Scholarship Contest and Internship Program in 2009, to indie all stars such as Beach House who have achieved international fame since releasing their first album making Pitchfork’s Best Album list in 2008. The exhibition’s inception came to MAP from local photographer and former Board Trustee, Joe Giordano, "Music photography is left out of galleries and is sometimes looked down on as art. This couldn't be further from the truth. As seen here, music photography deserves its place on the walls of galleries."

SEEN is produced in partnership with WTMD radio who is creating a documentary segment on the last 20 years of Baltimore music. The documentary will be screened at MAP in November (details to come.) In the interim, hear more by tuning into WTMD Towson Radio Tuesday, September 15 at 9pm and Sunday, September 20 at 4pm. Collectively MAP & WTMD Radio thank the PNC Foundation for their support of this important exhibition. “The City of Baltimore and its region has a long and noted history of being the center of the club music scene across multiple types of music and genres,” said Will Backstrom, PNC client and community relations director for Greater Maryland. “PNC is proud to partner with MAP and WTMD to tell this fascinating and important story.” 

SEEN includes the following photographers (in no order): Mike Jon, Valerie Paulsgrove, Jefferson Jackson Steele, Andrew Mangum, Frank Hamilton, Josh Sisk, Brandon Fieldhouse, Perri Fae, Natasha Tylea, Kate Frese, Sydney Allen, Ted Henn, Kelley Connelly, Farrah Skeiky, Shane Gardner, Megan Elyse Lloyd, Stewart Mostofsky, J.M. Giordano, Dubscience, Pink Lloyd Wright, Micah E. Wood and Theresa Keil. Stage Design Support by Chris Attenborough and Jenna Dutton.

SEEN will be on view Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, November, 14.  The exhibition will open Thursday, September 24 with a reception held from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We have designated two hour and a half slots: Reception A with a timeslot from 5 pm to 6:30 pm and Reception B with at timeslot of 7 pm to 8:30 pm. YOU MUST  RSVP TO ATTEND. Click on the link below to RSVP.

RECEPTION A- 5pm

RECEPTION B- 7pm

We are allowing Up to 20 guests per slot to view the show at one time. Masks are required at all times unless you're drinking a beverage in which case we ask that you distance yourself a minimum of 6 feet from other guests while you drink per CDC recommendations.

For more information visit www.mdartplace.org

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

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Lang Wethington At Hotel Indigo

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2020

Contact: Caitlin Gill

p) 410.962.8565

email: caitlin@mdartplace.org

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo in celebrating new works by Maryland artist, Lang Wethington. Wethington’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. In addition to Wethington’s exhibition on view at Hotel Indigo, his work can also be viewed online Saturday, August 22 - October 15, on MAP’s new virtual gallery located on our website

About the Artist: Lang Wethington is an artist and educator who lives and works in Maryland. Whether painting abstract canvases in oil or portraits in watercolor, his pursuit of meticulous detail is a way to practice mindfulness. Lang’s work has been featured in a variety of group exhibits in Maryland and DC and can be found in dozens of private collections.  

Artist Statement: “My artistic practice is similar to meditation. When meditating, I focus on my breath. When my mind wanders, which it inevitably does, I try to catch it and bring it back to the breath. When painting, I try to focus on the line. When my hand wanders, which it inevitably does, I try to catch it and bring it back to the line. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I experience the feeling of being present."

On View | August 19, 2020 - October 15, 2020

Online Exhibition | Saturday, August 22 - October 15

Opening Reception:  Wednesday, September 30 | 5 -7pm

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

Due to COVID and the ever-changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org to reserve your spot 

We hope to see you  Wednesday, September 30  from 5 - 7pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

MAP CAPTURES 20 YEARS OF BALTIMORE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY 2000-2020

MAP CAPTURES 20 YEARS OF
BALTIMORE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY 2000-2020

This September 24, 2020, Maryland Art Place (MAP) will open its first exhibition to the public since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Long in the making, SEEN, curated by Josh Sisk, Joe Giordano with support from Audrey Gatewood, represents a comprehensive and inclusive overview of music with a heavy emphasis on Baltimore Indie, Rap and Hip-Hop genres and the photographers that captured this important time.
 
Baltimore’s music scene has been on the rise during the last 20 years. SEEN includes images of artists such as KSwift whose untimely death led to the 92Q KSwift Memorial Scholarship Contest and Internship Program in 2009, to indie all stars such as Beach House who have achieved international fame since releasing their first album making Pitchfork’s Best Album list in 2008. The exhibition’s inception came to MAP from local photographer and former Board Trustee, Joe Giordano, "Music photography is left out of galleries and is sometimes looked down on as art. This couldn't be further from the truth. As seen here, music photography deserves its place on the walls of galleries."

 

SEEN is produced in partnership with WTMD radio who is creating a documentary segment on the last 20 years of Baltimore music. The documentary will be screened at MAP in November (details to come.) In the interim, hear more by tuning into WTMD Towson Radio Tuesday, September 15 at 9pm and Sunday, September 20 at 4pm. Collectively MAP & WTMD Radio thank the PNC Foundation for their support of this important exhibition. “The City of Baltimore and its region has a long and noted history of being the center of the club music scene across multiple types of music and genres,” said Will Backstrom, PNC client and community relations director for Greater Maryland. “PNC is proud to partner with MAP and WTMD to tell this fascinating and important story.” 
 
SEEN includes the following photographers (in no order): Mike Jon, Valerie Paulsgrove, Jefferson Jackson Steele, Andrew Mangum, Frank Hamilton, Josh Sisk, Brandon Fieldhouse, Perri Fae, Natasha Tylea, Kate Frese, Sydney Allen, Ted Henn, Kelley Connelly, Farrah Skeiky, Shane Gardner, Megan Elyse Lloyd, Stewart Mostofsky, J.M. Giordano, Dubscience, Pink Lloyd Wright, Micah E. Wood and Theresa Keil. Stage Design Support by Chris Attenborough and Jenna Dutton.
 

SEEN will be on view Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, November, 14.  The exhibition will open Thursday, September 24 with a reception held from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We have designated two hour and a half slots: Reception A with a timeslot from 5 pm to 6:30 pm and Reception B with at timeslot of 7 pm to 8:30 pm. YOU MUST  RSVP TO ATTEND. Click on the link below to RSVP.
 

RECEPTION A- 5pm

RECEPTION B- 7pm


We are allowing Up to 20 guests per slot to view the show at one time. Masks are required at all times unless you're drinking a beverage in which case we ask that you distance yourself a minimum of 6 feet from other guests while you drink per CDC recommendations.
 

For more information visit www.mdartplace.org

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
 

 

 

MASKERade CALL For Entry

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2020

Contact: Caitlin Gill

p) 410.962.8565

email) caitlin@mdartplace.org

Call for Entry (COE): MASKerade

Application Deadline: Saturday, October 24, 5pm

We are excited to announce a call to artists to participate in Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund MASKerade Baltimore – a Mask Design Competition & Virtual Event to raise awareness of and fundraise for issues facing the LGBTQ community. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund at BCF has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing art and culture events  and supporting young people with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to partner with BCF this year to help support their efforts in raising awareness. MAP will be running and managing the online auction made available to artists throughout the state and beyond to participate for free. All artists and bidders must register with Givesmart to view the auction which will not be made LIVE until November 7.

DETAILS 

  • Artists and non-artists must use the provided COVID mask to participate. Template for reference included HERE.
  • Masks must be finished per finishing instructions to be included in the exhibition (chin dart must be closed and twill threaded).
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • All participants must register a loan agreement (google form) with Maryland Art Place HERE
  • You cannot register in full without a fully executed image of your mask.
  • Proceeds will be split 40% to the artists and 60% to the LBGTQ Fund. Your portion of proceeds contributed to the Fund are considered a donation. You may donate moreMasks may be picked up Monday - Friday at: Jill Andrews Gowns 3355 Keswick Rd, Baltimore MD 21211 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
  • You may be as creative as you would like!
  • If you are unable to pick up a mask please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org to make alternate arrangements.
  • If you do not have a Google account email Caitlin@mdartplace.org for a PDF version of the application.

PICK UP PROTOCOL: Masks can be picked up August 28, 29 OR September 3, 4 & 5. We are following the general CDC protocol conduct. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and be thoughtful of others. Fill out and sign the sheet on the clipboard with your corresponding packet number, name, cell number and email contact. PLEASE only take ONE mask. If you are picking up for another artist, have their info available and fill out the paperwork accordingly. The front door to the lobby will be unlocked; there will not be time slots to pick up. If you are unable to pick up a mask from the specified location, we will work with you to arrange shipment. 

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS: The masks will be flat, with all edges finished except the chin dart. The chin dart can be stapled, taped or sewn to make the 3-D effect. Twill and tap e will be included and threaded through the channels (this is how the mask is secured to the face). Be as creative as you like! 

SUBMISSION DETAILS AND TIMELINE: When submitting an image of your mask, you MUST take a high-quality image of your completed mask on a white backdrop. (a high res iphone/or similar device image is fine). Any images taken on a different substrate are subject to exclusion.  

TIMELINE

Monday, August 24:  Release Call to Artists & Community to Participate

MASK PICKUP: August 28 and 29 OR September 3, 4 & 5  10am to 5pm

Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 24 by 5pm

Saturday, November 7: Auction Launch 10am

Friday, November 13: Auction closes 10pm

Tuesday, November 17 – Saturday, November 21: Mask Drop Off

Submission Questions? Contact caitlin@mdartplace.org | Press: Contact amy@mdartplace.org

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. www.mdartplace.org

Masks provided by Jill Andrews with Quality Mask Supply 

MAP Announces: Out of Order Online!

Out of Order Online

Out of Order Call: Friday, June 19 - Monday, July 6

Out of Order Virtual Auction: 

Thursday, July 16 -Thursday, July 23rd 

As a result of the pandemic sweeping our nation, Maryland Art Place (MAP), like so many, has been forced to rethink, retool and re-imagine its programming. This year marks the 23rd year of Maryland Art Place’s (MAP’s) signature exhibition event “Out of Order” (OOO). MAP is very excited to announce that it will still be holding Out of Order, only this year it's virtual! MAP will launch the auction and make it available to anyone on an electronic device for free! 

As one of Baltimore’s longest-standing consecutive contemporary exhibitions, Out of Order has successfully continued to stay relevant and fun. Last year (2019) 289 artists participated in OOO and MAP sold 133 works of art. MAP aims to exceed these figures this year due to the event’s virtual reach, and also because this year OOO is open for bidding for an entire week as opposed to one evening. Bidders can expect text messages when they have been outbid and may bid from their homes, offices, vacations while perusing hundreds of works of art from the many talented artists throughout the state and region. 

Over the last 4-5 years MAP’s Staff, Board and Program Committee has witnessed some pretty great outcomes in cultivating the patronage of art, and we have the numbers to support that.  We’ve gone from 205 participating artists and 56 sales in 2016 to 289 artists and 133 sales in 2019. Income-generating opportunities for artists are so critical, especially right now. The arts sector is suffering. Now more than ever we need to consider how valuable the arts are in our lives, communities and general well-being.” Amy Cavanaugh, MAP’s Executive Director.

The OOO Online auction opens Thursday, July 16, running one full week through Thursday, July 23rd, 2020. The event link will be announced as “Live” on Thursday, July 23rd via MAP’s website and various social media outlets and newsletters. All bids must be submitted no later than 10 pm on July 23rd. The virtual exhibition can be viewed on July, 16 @ ooo.givesmart.com

  • To submit an application for OOO simply click HERE fill out the application and upload ONE image.
  • Artists may submit artworks beginning Friday, June 19 - Monday, July 6
  • There is a limit to one submission per artist
  • There is no submission fee for artists this year

You may only upload ONE image of the artwork submitted. Artwork may be no larger than: Longest side 1500 pixels, 72dpi. Please save your file as follows: artist last name_first name_OOO2020 EXAMPLE: Gill_Caitlin_OOO2020

Check out the full Prospectus HERE 

Sponsorship Opportunities are available on the event website. Please email Amy at amy@mdartplace.org for details

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.

Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis & Safe House

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to be partnering with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA’s) Curatorial Practices Program this spring. MAP will be hosting two exhibitions simultaneously by students of the program.

Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis is a multimedia group exhibition curated by Ashley He with works by artists: Antonio McAfee, Cooper Holoweski, Rebecca Ou, Dana Matthews, and Seungkyung Oh. The exhibition explores the transformation of the human body and psyche under various apocalyptic conditions, tracing the emergence of progression or degeneration in the endless cycle of birth, death, and re-birth.

The title, Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis is derived from the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, meaning the place of pleasure and the place of fear. In a series of commissioned works, conventional notions of what it means to be human are challenged, reflecting on how the value of life itself is brought sharply into focus at the time of crisis. Working in various media, including: photographs, videos, wearable arts, and site-specific installations, the artists investigate the labyrinthine complexity of the relationship between the individual, humanity, and the environment.

Safe House curated by Sungah Kang features the artwork of seven feminist artists based in Korea and also in the US. Each artist expresses their own perspectives on Feminism in different mediums. Artworks range from pop art painted images -to  video - to collage and ground installation. From the various angles of feminism, Safe House contains diversities in big movement. Because most of the artists are located in Korea, the exhibition promotes cross-cultural understanding for visitors based here in Baltimore. Exhibiting artists include: HeeJung Nam, Gyeongyeon Kim, Youngjoo Cho, Yunkyoung Cho, Kyuwon Kim, and Seyun Moon.

In light of COVID-19, we are all in an unprecedented and difficult moment. Every aspect of life has been interrupted, including cultural programming. As a response to the current uncertainty, Ashley He, Sungah Kang and MAP are launching an online exhibition which will also document the transition of this project under the pandemic. The online exhibition will be hosted on MAP's new virtual exhibitions page June 4 - June 27.

MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES: Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis & Safe House

 

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to be partnering with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA’s) Curatorial Practices Program this spring. MAP will be hosting two exhibitions simultaneously by students of the program.

Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis is a multimedia group exhibition curated by Ashley He with works by artists: Antonio McAfee, Cooper Holoweski, Rebecca Ou, Dana Matthews, and Seungkyung Oh. The exhibition explores the transformation of the human body and psyche under various apocalyptic conditions, tracing the emergence of progression or degeneration in the endless cycle of birth, death, and re-birth.

The title, Locus amoenus, Locus terribilis is derived from the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, meaning the place of pleasure and the place of fear. In a series of commissioned works, conventional notions of what it means to be human are challenged, reflecting on how the value of life itself is brought sharply into focus at the time of crisis. Working in various media, including: photographs, videos, wearable arts, and site-specific installations, the artists investigate the labyrinthine complexity of the relationship between the individual, humanity, and the environment.

Safe House curated by Sungah Kang features the artwork of seven feminist artists based in Korea and also in the US. Each artist expresses their own perspectives on Feminism in different mediums. Artworks range from pop art painted images -to  video - to collage and ground installation. From the various angles of feminism, Safe House contains diversities in big movement. Because most of the artists are located in Korea, the exhibition promotes cross-cultural understanding for visitors based here in Baltimore. Exhibiting artists include: HeeJung Nam, Gyeongyeon Kim, Youngjoo Cho, Yunkyoung Cho, Kyuwon Kim and Seyun Moon

In light of COVID-19, we are all in an unprecedented and difficult moment. Every aspect of life has been interrupted, including cultural programming. As a response to the current uncertainty, Ashley He, Sungah Kang and MAP are launching an online exhibition which will also document the transition of this project under the pandemic. The online exhibition will be hosted on MAP's new virtual exhibitions page June 4 - June 27.

 

 

Tracy Barwick at Hotel Indigo

Press Release

On View | June 16, 2020 - August 12, 2020

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 30 | 5 -7pm

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

Join Maryland Art Place (MAP) and Hotel Indigo in celebrating new works by Maryland artist, Tracy Barwick. Barwick’s paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. In addition to Barwick’s exhibition on view at Hotel Indigo, her work can also be viewed online Saturday, June 27 - August 12, on MAP’s new virtual gallery located on our website

About the Artist:

Educated as an engineer, Barwick decided to delve into her passion, creating art.  Her hometown roots begin in Dayton, OH. but she now calls Maryland/DC her second home. Barwick truly believes there is no other place like Maryland. “Maryland has such an eclectic vibe composed of arts, museums, history, culture, and more, the inspiration is endless and is a constant source of creativity for me,” Barwick remarks. Barwick’s artistic narrative is simple:  personifying emotions, beliefs, and social concepts through ethnic patterns, shadings, and mediums across the full spectrum of color.  Her choice of mediums is glass (seed) beads, acrylics, and embroidery floss. Barwick often challenges herself to use every color imaginable in her work.  She partners her palette with shapes and thin lines, representing feelings and emotions, intertwining within each other creating...chaos. Past years have proven to be full of new beginnings, lessons, and experiences which have informed her work. Time, patience, imagination, and experience has allowed Barwick's art to evolve beyond her own boundaries and continue to mature over time. 

Due to COVID and the ever changing social distancing landscape, we ask that all guests RSVP for the reception. Please contact Caitlin@mdartplace.org to reserve your spot 

We hope to see you Thursday, July 30  from 5 - 7pm for the opening reception.

Validated parking is available at 15 West Franklin St. Garage.

 

MARYLAND ART PLACE ANNOUNCES: Merkin Dream

BALTIMORE, Wednesday, February 5 2020  -- This February Maryland Art Place (MAP) will be presenting Merkin Dream, a group exhibition and invitational ushering artists to consider the merkin, its uses, its need, and in some cases, the inevitable comedy of the merkin as an object. Merkin Dream opens Thursday, February 20 with a reception beginning at 6 pm (free) and closes Saturday, March 28 with a ticketed Fashion Show, doors at 7pm. A portion of proceeds from merkin sales will benefit Planned Parenthood. Artists to be announced.

Brief History

A merkin is a wig for the pubic area originally used by women working in prostitution. According to various sources the merkin first appeared around 1450 primarily to prevent the spread of human lice amongst sex workers. The wigs were derived from goat and horsehides, and at times human hair, serving as a vehicle for hygiene. Women shaved their genitalia to combat lice, but still needed to appear clean and well-groomed to solicit continued patronage. At the time a majority of sex workers were selling themselves to survive and the merkin ensured good business. The utility of merkin was also employed by male actors to cover their genitals when they were cast in a female role. In the mid-1700s, merkins became fashionable and were often threaded with pearls and ribbons, dyed different colors and adorned, used for decoration and to denote status. Today, Hollywood is the leading, contemporary market for the merkin outside of the fetish industry, and is utilized to bypass unwanted viewing ratings for nudity and/or to placate a shy actress unwilling to bare it all on camera.

Armpit shaving emerged in the early 1900s. Unlike pubic hair removal to alleviate lice, armpit shaving was merely a fashion trend instigated and perpetuated by commercialism (Gillette). Leg shaving came later as hemlines started to creep up. In 1960 and 1980 having pubic hair was the mainstay. In more recent history, the porn industry has enforced grooming standards, introducing trends such as the landing strip, the triangle, and fully shaven, pressuring women to groom themselves according to each new fantasy. Over the last 20 years, complete hair removal was normalized and often preferred. According to a 2018 Healthline article, 73 percent of guys and 55.6 percent of gals favor hair removal. More recently we’ve seen an “All Natural” renaissance, supporting the growth of all body hair. These ever-changing standards regarding body hair demonstrate a need to conform; implying that our desire to be desired is driven by sex, allure, chastity, shame, acceptance and more. Shaving or no shaving, merkin or no merkin, what we do with our body hair is more than a preference - it’s a statement. 

Overall Merkin Dream aims to explore intimacy as an umbrella for both serious and light-hearted uses. Topics of consideration include:

  • Sex work is Work: consumption & the commodification of women (elective sex work versus forced)

  • Body Image: disembodiment, shame & identity 

  • Digital Euphoria: technology’s role & our immediate gratification culture (what is real?)

  • Performance: fun, absurdity, merkin as an object, materials use

Make Studio // Hotel Indigo

Maryland Art Place (MAP) and  Hotel Indigo, are pleased to present an exhibition in partnership with Make Studio and the individuals they serve. Make Studio is a 501(c)3 community-based arts organization in Baltimore, MD, envisioning a world of acceptance and inclusion where art opens doors for everyone. Artworks by Make Studio artists will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. The reception will be held on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

“The diverse selection of artworks on display were created by several artists based at Baltimore’s Make Studio and was curated by the artists in collaboration with Maryland Art Place (MAP). Each artwork — by way of how it conveys the unique aesthetic and vision of each artist — converses with its neighbors in this context thanks to the vibrant hospitality at Hotel Indigo. 

Make Studio is a nonprofit community-based arts organization and inclusive gallery located in Hampden. Make Studio empowers artists with disabilities (37 and counting) to grow as professionals with vision and voice in their communities; we create opportunities to connect everyone through art. We envision a world where art opens doors for everyone.” - Make Studio

Make Studio Featured Artists: Clara Baker, Nadine Baldwin, Greg Bannister, Erika Clark, Aimee Eliason, Chuck Fischer, Tony LaBate, Bess Lumsden, Louis Middleton, Katelynn Herty, Alex Albert, and Dontavius Woody.

 

 

BROMO Announces New Director

Please join us in welcoming Emily Breiter to her new
position as Executive Director of The Bromo Arts District 

Join MAP in celebrating the hire of Emily Breiter, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District (Bromo)  new Executive DirectorMAP is pleased to host a Happy Hour and Meet and Greet event on Thursday, January 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Join us in welcoming Breiter to the  Bromo Arts District and enjoy light fare and refreshments on us! Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

Breiter brings an extensive background in organizational development and arts engagement that will be invaluable as the District continues to grow and evolve. A Baltimore native and Downtown resident, Breiter previously produced events and business engagement services for Downtown Partnership. As Executive Director of the Bromo District, she will work with district stakeholders to increase the number of arts organizations and make it easier for artists to own property and monetize their work.
 
“Emily has a good sense of our existing cultural resources,” said Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director of Maryland Art Place and Chair of the Bromo A&E board. “I believe she will be welcomed to the District by all our cultural entities (artists and spaces alike) as well as help improve and streamline downtown’s cultural network. She will be an incredible resource for anyone looking to create in this rapidly redeveloping part of Baltimore.”
 
Initially, Breiter will focus on updating the 2015 strategic plan while providing more professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations. She also plans to improve the District’s branding and marketing.
 
“The Bromo District has had success mentoring artists and promoting the organizations at places like Le Mondo and Current Space,” Breiter said. “I’m looking forward to building on this with increased mentoring programs, artist attraction, and by working with the City and State to better integrate the arts into redevelopment projects happening throughout the District.”
 
Join us at Maryland Art Place, to meet Emily Breiter at a special happy hour onJanuary 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
 
For  event details click HERE

 

Merkin Dream Artists Announced

Merkin Dream

On View:

Thursday, February 20 - Saturday, March 28

Opening Reception: 

Thursday, February 20 | 6 - 9 pm

Closing Reception:

 

Saturday, March 28 | 7 - 10pm

BALTIMORE, Wednesday, February 12, 2020  -- This February Maryland Art Place (MAP) will be presenting Merkin Dream, a group exhibition and invitational ushering individuals to consider the merkin, its uses, its need, and in some cases, the inevitable comedy of the merkin as an object. Merkin Dream opens Thursday, February 20 with a reception beginning at 6 pm (free) and closes Saturday, March 28 with a ticketed Fashion Show, doors at 7pm. A portion of proceeds from merkin sales will benefit Planned Parenthood and FORCE.

Merkin Wall Artists: Rahne AlexanderLaura AmussenJackie AndrewsCarly BalesDelaney CateKaren CostonTheresa ColumbusMelissa CormierJoan CoxBonnie CrawfordJacob Whayne DillowLaure DrogoulCaitlin GillAli MirskyMary OpasikMarla ParkerFanni SomogyiErin StellmonDan Van AllenVivienne Varay, Bunny Vicious, and Melissa Webb

Bella La Blanc will host a table featuring 3-D printed pasties at the opening reception on Thursday, February 20. 

Main Exhibiting Artists: Laura AmussenMollye BendellSera BoenoJoan CoxLiz DowningFORCEAmy HelminiakJulia Kim SmithShoog McDanielLiz MillerJennie Thwing, and  Stephanie Williams

Brief History

A merkin is a wig for the pubic area originally used by women working in sex work. According to various sources the merkin first appeared around 1450 primarily to prevent the spread of human lice amongst sex workers. The wigs were derived from goat and horsehides, and at times human hair, serving as a vehicle for hygiene. Women shaved their genitalia to combat lice, but still needed to appear clean and well-groomed to solicit continued patronage. At the time a majority of sex workers were selling themselves to survive and the merkin ensured good business. The utility of merkin was also employed by male actors to cover their genitals when they were cast in a female role. In the mid-1700s, merkins became fashionable and were often threaded with pearls and ribbons, dyed different colors and adorned, used for decoration and to denote status. Today, Hollywood is the leading, contemporary market for the merkin outside of the fetish industry, and is utilized to bypass unwanted viewing ratings for nudity and/or to placate a shy actress unwilling to bare it all on camera.

Armpit shaving emerged in the early 1900s. Unlike pubic hair removal to alleviate lice, armpit shaving was merely a fashion trend instigated and perpetuated by commercialism (Gillette). Leg shaving came later as hemlines started to creep up. In 1960 and 1980 having pubic hair was the mainstay. In more recent history, the porn industry has enforced grooming standards, introducing trends such as the landing strip, the triangle, and fully shaven, pressuring women to groom themselves according to each new fantasy. Over the last 20 years, complete hair removal was normalized and often preferred. According to a 2018 Healthline article, 73 percent of guys and 55.6 percent of gals favor hair removal. More recently we’ve seen an “All Natural” renaissance, supporting the growth of all body hair. These ever-changing standards regarding body hair demonstrate a need to conform; implying that our desire to be desired is driven by sex, allure, chastity, shame, acceptance and more. Shaving or no shaving, merkin or no merkin, what we do with our body hair is more than a preference - it’s a statement. 

Overall Merkin Dream aims to explore intimacy as an umbrella for both serious and light-hearted uses. Topics of consideration include:

  • Sex work is Work: consumption & the commodification of women (elective sex work versus forced)

  • Body Image: disembodiment, body positivity, shame & identity 

  • Digital Euphoria: technology’s role & our immediate gratification culture (what is real?)

  • Performance: fun, absurdity, merkin as an object, materials use

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: 410.962.8565
E-mail: map@mdartplace.org

     
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