A brief interview with 2016 Open Studio Tour artist: Michelle Dickson.


Michelle Dickson in her studio.

Can you tell us a little bit about the work that you do in your studio?
I work in sculpture and drawing simultaneously, allowing them to inform each other, investigating the same concepts in distinct ways. From the moment they are created, they have both a physical presence and a growing absence, simultaneously existing and deteriorating in form. There’s an ephemeral aspect to it. It’s fragile—like memory. My drawings incorporate both collage and printmaking. My sculpture is formed from a combination of found natural materials like driftwood along with plaster, wax, and oil paint. Using layers, I allow some details to come through while others are obscured and buried. I work intuitively without much pre-planning: I make something and respond to it, adding on and then taking away, building up and concealing. I’m comfortable taking risks and never let the fear of ruining something stop me from experimenting. This is combination of curiosity as well as a desire to confront and accept uncertainty, which is a core idea expressed in all my work.


Neither Mine Nor Yours, 3 by Michelle Dickson

What drew you to the medium(s) that you are currently working with?

I’ve been really enamored with using found wood in my work. I get a lot of inspiration from nature- the patterns, textures, and colors- the growth and decay. The wood that I ultimately choose to take to the studio strikes me as found sculpture. They have a beauty and presence that I could not create on my own. I never take something living, only what is already at the end of its life cycle. I’m attracted to the idea of taking something that has been alive, that has been through its own cycle of birth, growth, and death, and giving it a new life in a sculpture. I like what the history of the wood brings to the work visually and conceptually. I’m seduced by the grain of the wood- how it undulates when carved, and enthralled by the contrast of smooth sanded grain next to untouched areas of rough bark.
Untitled Mnemonic 3 by Michelle Dickson

What is something that you think is unique about your studio or practice?

I use a lot of different materials and blend them together in unexpected ways. I like to blur the line between where one material stops and another starts.

What is one thing you love about being an artist in Baltimore?

I love the warmth and openness of the art community in Baltimore. It’s a very welcoming city for an artist.
Untitled Mnemonic 1 by Michelle Dickson

What are you most excited about for this year’s Open Studio Tour?
I just moved into a new studio and I’m excited to have people in my new space.
Neither Mine Nor Yours, 2 by Michelle Dickson

Check out Michelle Dickson’s studio in Suite 19 of Parkdale Building 1, located at 3500 Parkdale Avenue! Her studio will be open to visitors on October 8, 10am-6pm & October 9, 10am-3pm.


Be part of the new art collection at the Conway Center
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.: Monday, October 10, 2016
Notification of selection of finalists: Early 2017

Curators Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams and Vikki Tobak invite you to submit artwork available for purchasing to be included as part of the Conway Center, a facility currently under construction in Ward 7, that will offer homeless and low-income women, children and men safe affordable housing, job training and health care, all in one place. The entire project is funded by So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital.

Submit up to five (5) artworks for purchase to be incorporated into the art collection at the new Conway Center. This is a juried process and all artworks must be reviewed and approved by SOME. Submission does not guarantee inclusion into the collection.

Application and all project details can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/9Ye0wyRngoimy9Y73.

Questions, please email: ConwayCenterArtCollection@gmail.com.


Anyone and everyone can be a participating artist at Artomatic@Baltimore.

If you would like to show your artwork at Artomatic@Baltimore, all you need to do is register to secure a space to feature your work.

There is a $100 fee for visual artists at Artomatic@Baltimore. This fee helps us organize the event and make it awesome for everyone involved. At the time of registration artists are required to sign up for three shifts at Artomatic@Baltimore — a total of 15 hours.

Musicans and performing artists please visit this link to register.

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WHERE: 734 North Monroe Street, Baltimore, Maryland,

WHEN: September 18, 2016, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

EXPECT: Music, Food, and movies for children and adult

Thanks to a grant from Baltimore Office of the Promotion and the Arts’ PNC Transformative Art program, a collaborative project involving Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy and Ground Root, Inc. (formerly A New Day) will kick-off the Community Walk Through Theater (CWTT), an innovative program that will inform, educate, and entertain residents in Midtown. This arts engagement project takes full advantage of Mid-town assets by providing opportunities to create and display art, movies, messages, etc. on a 12 X 19 foot screen using a high powered projector. This projector will display information from the second floor window to a wall 150 feet directly across the street. Other partners involved with this project are A Step Forward, BUILD, Ground Root, and Missions Continues.

In addition to the kick-off event the following events will occur on this lot from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Each event will show short movies for children and adults as well share upcoming community events:

  • Sunday, September 25: Education and Businesses in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 2: Community Service in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 9: Art in Midtown
  • Sunday, October 16: Spirituality in Midtown
  • Dates are subject to change based on weather conditions.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ray Baylor at 410-961-2205 or Dr. Randolph H. Rowel at 443-885-3138 or email at Randolph.rowel@morgan.edu.

A brief interview with 2016 Open Studio Tour artist: Dottie Campbell


Artwork by Dottie Campbell

Can you tell us a little bit about the work that you do in your studio?
Since I capture photographs outdoors and develop and print them in another space, I use my studio to review photographs and group them into collections. My photographs are large in size and it’s great to have good lighting and enough space so I can stand back and review the effect of the print to see whether I’m happy with it.
I also use my studio space to work on other ways to use my photographs. I cut my prints into shapes and construct collages from them; I apply various artist materials on top of the ink surface of the prints to create mixed media artworks; I create three-dimensional forms using the natural curl of the photographic paper; I experiment with unique display ideas for photographic work.


Artwork by Dottie Campbell

What drew you to the medium(s) that you are currently working with?

All of the media I’ve used in my career as an artist has a basis in photography. I have used the camera to collect ideas for painting, drawing, work with fiber, and work with metal. I returned to photography itself as a medium when technology allowed me to create the large prints I had always wanted to make.

What is something that you think is unique about your studio or practice?

My photographic work is a synthesis of the various art forms I have studied and explored. I approach photography as a multi-media artist.
Artwork by Dottie Campbell

What is one thing you love about being an artist in Baltimore?
I like all the interesting places I can find to photograph here, especially all the water.

What are you most excited about for this year’s Open Studio Tour?
I’m always excited to show my work for the year as a finished and cohesive group of photographs, and the Open Studio Tour provides me with that opportunity. My thanks to all the people who make the Open Studio Tour happen every year.
Artwork by Dottie Campbell


Maryland Art Place (MAP), in partnership The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) is pleased to announce an open ‘Call to Artists’. As an extension of MAP’s annual IMPRINT Project, MAP is working with DPOB to offer a unique opportunity for artists of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area.  The image of that artwork will be used to represent the annual Monument Lighting in Baltimore City to be held December 1st, 2016 where the artist will be publicly acknowledged for their work.

Now in its 45th year, The Monument Lighting will feature local entertainers, food, holiday activities, and a spectacular fireworks display. In 2015, nearly ten thousand people attended the event.

MAP only accepts 2-D works – photography, graphic design, print making, painting or similar media for duplication. All works must be no less than 4 x 4” and no more than 20 x 20”. Work should be oriented in a portrait style and sent in a file no less than 300 dpi for print. The final poster dimensions will be 18 x 24 with borders, sponsor logos, and the event copy.

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