Baltimore is one of 14 cities selected for the 2018 Public Art Challenge, part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 14 finalists who could receive up to $1 million each as part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied with proposals addressing a range of pressing issues and social themes such as community development, environmental sustainability, and cultural identity. Many proposals also address issues like displacement, immigration, natural disaster recovery, and public health and safety. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.

Baltimore, MD – Enhancing Public Safety by Reducing Violence: “The Baltimore Resurgence Project”

The City of Baltimore proposes creating a series of murals and sustainable landscape projects to address public safety in connection with Baltimore’s Violence Reduction Initiative. The proposed project will be a multi-sector collaboration between the Arts & Parks organization, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice. Learn more here.

Image Credit: Bloomberg Philanthropies 

July 14, 2018 – Winner Announcement Ceremony for the 13th Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize – Mayor Catherine E. Pugh takes a photo with Christopher Bedford, Director, Baltimore Museum of Art, Ellie Sondheim Dankert, daughter of Janet & Walter Sondheim, Sondheim 2018 Winner Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD), Jack Lewin, Group Vice President, M&T Bank, Donna Drew Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce that Erick Antonio Benitez is the winner of the 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The coveted $25,000 prize was presented at The Baltimore Museum of Art on Saturday, July 14. The five other finalists—Nakeya Brown, Sutton Demlong, Nate Larson, Eunice Park, and Stephen Towns—will receive a $2,500 honorarium established by M&T Bank in partnership with BOPA. Works of art by the winner and finalists are on view at the BMA through Sunday, August 5.

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A unique opportunity for Maryland artists to showcase their work in the natural beauty of Lake Roland, Art on the Trail returns in 2018/19 to continue celebrating the combination of art and nature with engaging installations that are stimulating and thought provoking. Park visitors can view these sculptures as they hike along the Red and Blue Trails just beyond the Light Rail tracks. Please view and download the Art on the Trail Application and the Art on the Trail Guidelines.

Please follow this link for more details on some of our most recent installations and this link to download a map of the trail indicating the location of all the Art On The Trail installations. Enjoy!

Check the Artists Information 2016/2017 and Artist Information 2017/2018 for detailed information about the artists and their installations.

After an extensive national search, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts’ (BOPA) Board of Directors has selected Donna Drew Sawyer as Chief Executive Officer. Sawyer will succeed William “Bill” Gilmore who stepped down as CEO at the end of December 2017 after 37 years of leadership. BOPA, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), is the city’s arts council, events center and film office.

Sawyer was unanimously recommended for Board confirmation by the BOPA search committee comprised of: BOPA Board members Anana Kambon (committee chair), Paula Rome and Sandy Hillman; and representatives of the broader Baltimore Arts community: Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Jeffrey Kent, Jed Dietz and Clair Zamoiski Segal. Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients, was retained and managed the national search.

“We are thrilled to have a new CEO who can continue and enhance BOPA’s contributions to the Baltimore City community and region,” said Anana Kambon, chair of BOPA’s Board of Directors. “Donna has a strong diverse history in arts leadership, solid marketing and business acumen and a fierce commitment to equity and collaboration. Her talents combined with our impressive BOPA team will provide greater opportunities for joint programs, projects and partnerships with local artists, the City of Baltimore, funders, affinity groups and arts service organizations. We’re extremely excited about BOPA’s future.”

Hired as the Chief of External Affairs at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2017, Donna Drew Sawyer previously held senior positions in the arts and non-profits sector including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sesame Workshop. Sawyer served on the Norfolk Virginia’s Arts Commission and helped launch the Virginia Waterfront Arts Festival as founding director of the Wilder Performing Arts Center. Also, she was managing director of the Marketing Services Organization, a collaborative arts marketing agency funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Sawyer has served on art panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the YWCA Board of Directors. In addition, Sawyer is a writer; her debut novel, Provenance, won the 2017 Maryland Writers’ Association Award for Historical Fiction and was a finalist for the same award at New York’s Harlem Book Festival.

“BOPA is a unique organization with a remarkable history. I am excited and so fortunate to be working with an incredible team of professionals in this new capacity,” Sawyer said. “BOPA’s mission is to make Baltimore a more vibrant city by promoting and supporting arts and culture. As a proud resident of Baltimore City, a writer who understands the exhilaration of the creative process and now, as CEO of BOPA, I can contribute to the vibrancy and the future of our city by helping to make Baltimore a unique and wonderful place to live, create, work and plan. I can’t think of anything better than getting to do that every single day.” 

In addition to her work in the arts and non-profit sector, Sawyer held senior advertising, marketing and promotion positions with Young & Rubicam Advertising and AT&T International.

She was an assistant professor of Communications and Journalism at Norfolk State University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Texas Southern University.

She and her husband, Bowie State University professor and author Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Jr., live in Baltimore City. They have two grown daughters.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light CityArtscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. 

The Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Green Network, in partnership with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, is hosting a sculpture contest for seven vacant, city-owned lots along Park Heights Avenue in the Lots Alive contest.   The winning sculptures will be eligible for grants up to $5,000 and the deadline for submission is Saturday, July 28.

The seven winners will be installing temporary outdoor sculpture on city-owned, vacant lots along Park Heights Avenue. All projects will need to be installed between Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2018.  Projects must be removed by Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.   These visual art projects will be designed to enhance and beautify the community as well as bring visitors to the Park Heights neighborhood.

This RFP is open to artists, designers, architects, and community residents over 18 years of age and living in Baltimore City. To apply, artists must create an online account and upload their proposal at https://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit/46445/2018-lots-alive-request-for-proposals-for-temporary-public-art-in-vacant-lots.

For more information, go to http://promotionandarts.org/grants/lots-alive.  For more information, please contact Chris Brooks at Baltimore Office of Promotion or cbrooks@promotionandarts.org and The Arts at 410-752-8632 or Kim Knox, Greening Coordinator at 410-396-5902 or kimberley.knox@baltimorecity.gov.

Call For Entry: Headphones and Handstamps: Art from Maryland’s Music Underground at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Application Deadline: Saturday, August 18, 2018

To download the full prospectus, click here.

Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership with Bmore BeatClub, is pleased to announce an open ‘call to artists’ and ‘call to musicians’ to participate in a new exhibition highlighting album art and poster art. MAP is working with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture to offer a visual arts exhibition on album and poster art in tandem with Bmore BeatClub’s debut event at the Museum. This exhibition will be located on the second floor of the Museum outside of the theater. This opportunity is available to visual artists and musicians submitting posters and album art on behalf of artists they have worked with (must have artists written approval). Submitters must be living in, or have a strong connection to the State of Maryland. An opening reception will take place in tandem with the Bmore BeatClub event on September 28, 2018.

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Annual Open Call for Proposals
Deadline: September 10, 2018
To Apply: http://bit.ly/HillyerOpenCall2018

IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is currently accepting proposals for our 2019-2020 exhibition season. Through this competitive selection process, accepted artists are awarded a month-long exhibition in one of our three gallery rooms to present their work. 

Selection Process: All proposals that meet the gallery’s qualifications are reviewed and selected by our Artist Advisory Committee, which is chaired by the Hillyer’s Director, Allison Nance. Accepted artists also benefit from our Advisory Program, where our highly qualified Artist Advisory Committee works individually with each artist to help them prepare their exhibitions and establish themselves in the DC arts community. Read more here: http://athillyer.org/about/artist-advisory-committee/

Qualifications: Hillyer focuses on under represented artists. We accept proposals from regional artists that live within 150 miles of Washington, DC and have not had a solo exhibition in the last three years at a professional gallery or art space. We also accept proposals from international artists that are both living and working internationally. While we primarily select proposals for solo presentations, we do occasionally accept proposals for group exhibitions submitted by the artists themselves or by a curator.

*Please note that Hillyer is not a commercial establishment and does not sell the artwork on exhibit. Any interested parties will be put directly in contact with the artist.