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Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project announces matching marketing fund grants

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The Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project announces $2,000 in matching grant funds for 2020 marketing of artists, businesses and events in the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District. $200- $500 is available in 50/50 matching funds for each application and the grant will fund between 4 and 10 

One only application per organization.  For example, an application for $500 would be matched by $500 from the applicant for a total marketing budget of $1,000.


The business or event must be within the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment (A & E) District and the marketing must mention the Crisfield A & E District and include the A & E logo if it is a visual ad (digital or print). All marketing must be planned at least three months before events and include a detailed marketing timeline.  The Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project Board will review the applications and determine grant approvals by April 1.


Applications are available now and businesses, artists or organizations with items for sale or that are holding events within the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District may apply anytime before March 1 at 4 pm.  A simple online application is available at




The non-profit Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District (CAED) Project is the State recognized entity for the management of the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District. Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the State.


CyberWire: Creating Connections Finalist Announced

2019 CyberWire: Creating Connections Finalist

MAP in partnership with CyberWire would like to congratulate Jackie Hoysted on being selected as 2019's Cyberwire: Creating Connections Artist! We are beyond thrilled!

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Hoysted, (b. Dublin, Ireland) based in Montgomery County, Maryland, is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, curator, and activist. She has had solo exhibitions across the US and has been featured in the: Washington Post, Washington City Paper, HuffPost, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Reno Gazette-Journal. Hoysted is the recipient of grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Vermont Studio Center, and multiple grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Hoysted is the co-founder of ArtWatch, a DC artist collective focused on positive political activism that realized the One House Project (2017 & 2018) – a collaboration of 300 DMV artists standing up for equality and inclusion. Additionally, she is a curator for the DC organization Solas Nua that focuses on presenting contemporary Irish art. Hoysted has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin and a fine arts degree from the George Washington Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

ABOUT “CREATING CONNECTIONS”: We live in a time where cyberspace has become inextricably linked to the lives of individuals and organizations of all kinds. Cyberspace is the medium of global commerce and communication, and it is one of the most important factors in the social, political, and technological changes we see occurring today. CyberWire provides concise and relevant daily briefings on the critical news happening across the global cybersecurity domain. In an industry overloaded with information, we also help individuals and organizations rapidly find the news and information that's important to them.


Art Bike Rack Design Contest

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The Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project, working with the City of Crisfield through a grant received from the Maryland State Arts Council, is soliciting designs for art bike racks to be placed in various locations in the City of Crisfield, Maryland. This competition for artistic bike rack design will award $500 to each of the top three applicants as determined by the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District Project board.  At least one awardee will be selected from Somerset County. All applicants must by Maryland residents. 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional drawings will be accepted and may indicate a design to be fabricated or modifications to a pre-existing bike rack. 


Design proposals will be accepted from January 2020 to April 2, 2020. Selection of award winners will take place by April 15, 2020. This planning grant is designed to lead to an application for an implementation grant in May of 2020. Applicants do not need to have experience with three-dimensional design but should be ready to work with a fabricator to modify their design if needed upon selection. Applications can be found at



Saloni Shah // Hotel Indigo

Saloni Shah 

On View:
 Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Saturday, November 16, 2019

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

About the Artist:

Born in Mumbai, Shah grew up surrounded by beautiful textiles, traditional folk art, and vibrant street art. This zeal for detailed and bold art persisted as she shifted to the UK and later to the US. Shah's artwork serves as a reflection of her experience and aims to introduce narratives from one place to another. Shah's international perspective honed her appreciation and elevated the importance of sharing culture from a perspective that is removed from stereotypes. Shah's work focuses on depicting culture in a respectful manner that expresses contemporary perspectives which contrasts from the farfetched labels.


Cat Gunn // Hotel Indigo

Cat Gunn


On View: November 19, 2019 - January 10, 2020

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 6pm - 8pm

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

Maryland Art Place (MAP) in partnership with Hotel Indigo, are pleased to present its last exhibition of the year at Hotel Indigo by introducing new works by Baltimore based emerging artist, Cat Gunn! As an abstract painter, Gunn is known for re-interpreting the boundaries of the traditional canvas. Gunn's paintings will be hung in Hotel Indigo’s library and Poets Modern Cocktails and Eats. The reception will be held on WednesdayDecember 18th from 6 to 8pm.

Artist Statement
"My work pushes notions of androgyny and queer, combining both masculine and feminine qualities to establish something that is gender-neutral, gender fluid, transgender, or gender queer. My practice serves as rigorous experimentation that employs a scientific approach; I often juggle multiple paintings and add layers simultaneously to each current work, marginally altering a property to study the outcome. I also employ craft materials, primarily glitter, in order to recall femme, makeup, club, or drag cultures. Assorted recipes bring about diverse results, allowing my work to be a survey of potentially queer objects.

Being a painter who is strongly concerned with materiality, I allow the physicality of my work to arise from the alchemy of the paint. I often use various mediums and processes to create paint from scratch, break it down, change opacity and viscosity, adjust chromatic properties, or alter surface qualities as I feel needed. Various types of paint mixtures are layered over time, only to be smeared, scraped, and sanded, charging the work with a visceral energy that refers back to the physicality of process and the body. The process of covering and erasing these layers I have built up creates a back-and- forth of additive and subtractive, an accumulation and a diminishing. My current paintings revolve around the notion of creating space, particularly through abstraction from a queer perspective with a playful awkwardness. These self-contained worlds are made up of repeating stripes, gradated forms, twisted squiggles, and organic shapes. Skewed geometry with hard edges flirt with expressive grounds and fields of color, creating an ambiguous space that is dizzying, strange, and dynamic. The quirky geometry and irregularity of patterns allow for vulnerable and imperfect moments, and are equally about sameness as they are about difference. The work, both as physical objects and as windows into an illusionistic world, suggests a transfer between states— erratic and ever-evolving."

Cat Gunn is an artist living and working in Baltimore who identifies as non-binary transgender and queer. They create abstract paintings with layers of oil paints and mediums built up over time, using a variety of techniques to manipulate the alchemy of the paint. Gunn has recently exhibited work at Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, MD, Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, 40 West Arts Gallery in Lakewood, CO, and Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA among others.

Gunn received a BFA in Painting from Towson University.

UNDER 500 artists Announced

UNDER $500


Artists Announced! 

We're excited to announce our seventh annual UNDER $500 artists!  Join us on Saturday, December 14 at our affordable art sale where you can purchase original works of art at a price point of $500 or less by talented artists: Jackie AndrewsRedeat AssefaCourtney BanhAmy Boone-McCreeshFlorencio Lennox CampelloBeth Caruso, Sejong ChoEmily CucalonPeter CullenMatthew DavisKatie DelaneySara DittrichJim DoranElliot DoughtieMasha R. FardAndrew FlandersCat GunnPhaan HowngJackie Hoystead, Eric JenkinsMegan KoeppelMagnolia LaurieRosa LeffDereck Stafford MangusAmanda MillinerGreg MinahUrsula MinerviniTara MulderKatie PumphreyMary Claire PriceStephen ReichertAlexis SanfordGretchen SchermerhornBecca SchwartzMichael StevensonMary SwannEmily UchytilRichard Weiblinger, and Sheila Wells. 


This year's theme is flannel, so come dressed like a lumberjack, and get axe-ited about giving the gift of art this holiday season. Come Saturday, December 14 at 6 o'clock for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase work that you can take home that night! Guests can expect to mingle with other artists, collectors, patrons, and general art enthusiasts at the event. Tickets are available for purchase in advance online or at the door the evening of the event.


Saturday, December 14 | 6pm -10pm

$25 Pre-Sale
$30 At The Door


To purchase tickets click HERE 


Thanks to our Sponsors
Liz & Ned Courtemanche
Ted and Faith Millspaugh

Amina and James Weiskerger 
Greenspring Associates

and Spirits of Mt. Vernon! 


Call for Entry: Under 500




BALTIMORE, Tuesday, September 24, 2019 --CALL FOR ENTRY: Have your work noticed and purchased by area buyers & collectors, just in time for the holidays! Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for “UNDER $500”, our upcoming winter benefit exhibition. On Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, 2019, this two-day event will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region.

The exhibition will include 1-3 works by each artist with each individual piece retailing for $500 or less. Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the opening event on Friday, December 13.  Selected artists will be issued an UNDER $500 profile form in an effort to simultaneously promote the artist during the event. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 with each artist.

September 20 –
Call For Entry, 5pm
November 1 – Call For Entry Deadline
Week of November 18 – Artists Notified of Selection
Tuesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 7 – Artwork Drop Off – 11am-4pm
Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 2019 – Under $500

NOTE: Proposals should be emailed to no later than Friday, November 1, 2019 at Midnight. Subject line: Under $500 Application.

For full prospectus and to access the application please click HERE




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



Maryland Art Place 2019 Fall Benefit

Join Maryland Art Place at MAP in celebrating our 2019 Fall Benefit on Saturday, November 9thfrom 7pm to Midnight
This year's theme is Great Gatsby, so come in your finest Roaring 20s attire. Enjoy live music and delicious food to the backdrop of our 2nd Tri-Annual Maryland State Artist Registry Juried Exhibition. Get excited for an evening of live entertainment by performing artists selected from the 2nd Tri-Annual MSAC Juried Show. Performance artists include Dominique Zeltzman, Shonnita Johnson, Stephanie Barber, and Nicoletta de La Brown. David Page will perform in the main gallery. Noah McWilliams' new media work will be on view on the 2nd floor. Aaron Oldenburg will have a VR station on the 5th floor, where Virginia Sperry’s wonderful art installation “Life Forms” can be viewed. 
Mariah Bonner, a Baltimore born and raised entertainer and cabaret singer will ease us into a night of dancing.  Mariah will be followed by JUMPIN' JUPITER, a lively rockabilly band who can't wait to shake up the speakeasy, so get ready to get rowdy!  Drag Queens Bambi Galore and Miss Calculated will be on-site passing out candy cigarettes and dressed to impress in their Gatsby-themed attire. Pixilated will be there to document the evening. Pose in your 1920's garb and get tipsy while we cheer to MAP!
Get a drink at the local watering hole supplied by Union Craft Brewing who generously donated some brews for the event. Guest Bartender Aaron Joseph will be serving prohibition themed cocktails with the vodka and rum so kindly donated by VDKA6100 and Papa’s PilarSpirits of Mt. Vernon is bringing the wine and champagne. But let’s not forget about food which Noona’s graciously donated. The menu leaves little to be desired.  So chow down and drink to your heart’s content, celebrating MAP. 
To purchase tickets click HERE
For sponsorship information click HERE or email
A special thank you to Billy Michels Photography

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors: Mission Media, Cordish Family Fund, Whitney and Michael Levandusky, Mary Ann Mears & Robert Embry, Atlas Restaurant Group, Cyberwire, JC Porter Construction, Landmark Partners, Old Town Construction, Elemental Metalworks, and Glass & Associates

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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 and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981.

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