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Dollar General, Olney, Illinois, 2017

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASOB) are happy to announce the recipient of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, Nate Larson. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, Nate will use the $6,000 award to work on his project “Centroid Towns,” a long-term photographic project documenting towns that have been the mean center (meaning the geographical point that describes a centerpoint of a region’s population) of the United States. This travel grant will facilitate travel to two towns in Indiana to continue his work focusing on issues of immigration, incarceration and their relationship to national identity.

Currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. Most of his current artwork, research, and collaborations explore the linkage between human experience and the site on which it happened through technological, cultural, and historical threads.

His projects have been widely exhibited across the United States and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired, The Guardian, The Picture Show from NPR, Slate, CNN, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed News, Vice Magazine, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, APM’s Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the collections of High Museum Atlanta, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago.

photo courtesy Sean Scheidt

“I am very grateful for the Artist Travel Prize and thank the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Municipal Art Society for their support,” said Larson. “It will empower me to work on “Centroid Towns,” a long-term social documentary project studying the cities that have been the mean center of population of the United States using photography, oral history interviews, and local archive research. The travel prize will fund fieldwork in two small towns in Indiana to examine the ways in which they have been affected by immigration and incarceration. The larger project puts a face to statistical data, chronicling these towns and their inhabitants to illuminate the ongoing social and political transformation of America.”

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASOB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.

DESIGNING THE PARKWAY 

Wed. Oct. 25, 2017 

SNF Parkway Theatre

5 W. North Ave. Baltimore

A conversation and behind-the-scenes look at the rebranding of the Maryland Film Festival and how Baltimore’s grandest movie theater was turned into a 21st-century landmark. 

With:

Ziger/Snead Architects

Post Typography

& Southway Builders

Moderated by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

Presented by AIA Baltimore and AIGA Baltimore as part of Design Month 2017

Sponsored by Indigo Ink

Happy hour at 5:30 PM

Event starts at 6:30 pm 

 

Students: free

AIA or AIGA members: $5

General public: $10

Advance tickets: http://www.aiabaltimore.org/events/designing-the-parkway/

The Parkway Theatre’s unique architecture and design approach celebrates the building’s 100 years of opulence, decay, and reinvention. The stunning transformation of this grand theater contrasts modern interventions with a century of history, resulting in a ‘rescued ruin’ where layers of the past coexist with the future.

Architects Ziger/Snead and designers Post Typography, along with Southway Builders share stories and the process behind the theater’s provocative design and the challenges of bringing this abandoned movie palace back to life as a year-round home for contemporary cinema. Explore one of Baltimore’s most unique architectural landmarks while enjoying a cocktail, craft beer, and some popcorn. 

 

 

In an effort to create a safer and more welcoming entrance point to our neighborhood, our community proposes substantial improvements to the Guilford Avenue bridge. These improvements include benches, lighting and murals.
This Request For Proposals is specifically for the MURAL portion of our project.

Artists do not need to have created murals in the past to apply, but having a history of or knowledge of outdoor and large scale work is helpful. This will be a ground level mural project, thus, all ages and community groups are strongly encouraged to apply

LINK TO FULL APPLICATION and INFORMATION HERE –

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B70P404a0BefZkdwRGdYUXEwYmM

SITE of MURAL
Both the east and west facing solid metal fencing on the Guilford Bridge (approximately the 1400 Block) are the available surfaces for murals.This bridge crosses the northeast corridor of the Amtrak railroad lines. Additionally, the sidewalks are also available if so desired by the applicant, however, priority of the RFP project should be given to the fence surfaces.No specific subject matter is required and all fully filled out proposals will be reviewed, however
submissions should reflect something appealing to the area and its residents. To learn more about Greenmount West and Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

www.greenmountwest.org
www.stationnorth.org

● A $3000.00 fee shall be provided to the artist or artist group or $1500.00 per bridge side if two separate artist/ artist groups’ designs are chosen to complete the project.
● Fence walls are 8 feet tall and are constructed of solid metal panels.
● The East fence is approximately 150 ft long and spans the bridge over the Amtrak railway.
● The West fence is approximately 120 ft long and spans the bridge over the Amtrak railway.
● Priming of Fence Walls will be done by Greenmount West Community prior to mural painting.
● Graffiti Clear Coating of Fence Walls will be done by Greenmount West Community after the mural has been completed by artist or artist group.
● ALL paint and painting materials will be provided for the artists for this project. (please provide list of materials needed)
● Some assistance with painting may be provided if desired.*** ( this may be a variety of community partners – skilled and unskilled people of all ages eager to be part of the project)
● Submissions due by November 15th 2017
● Notification of winning design end of November 2017
● Work to commence December 2017

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/220287021840720

Under $500

On View: December 8 – 9, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017 at midnight

To download the application, click here!

Under $500 is just around the corner, and we want YOU to participate!  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, MAP’s annual affordable art sale. On Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017, 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 8.  Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 with each artist or an optional 100% donation in support of MAP.

Timeline:

October 27, 2017: Call for Entry Deadline

Week of November 6, 2017:  Artists Notified of Selection

November 30 – December 2: Artwork Drop off

December 8 & 9, 2017: Under $500

Questions?  Email MAP’s Program Manager, Naomi, Naomi@mdartplace.org

 

December 8 – 9, 2017

Registration Deadline: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at midnight

Click here to reserve your space in the event!

Register today for MAP’s second Spin & Sell: Print Bazaar!  Sell your artwork in the MAP Underground during a two day market featuring unique prints, posters, zines, gifts and more. Spin & Sell is a great way to discover and support local artists and printmakers in Baltimore city.  The event will take place in the MAP Underground during UNDER $500, and will feature live entertainment including a DJ (spinning all the hits!), plus, everybody’s favorite, karaoke!

*Artists & vendors, reserve your table today!* 

Table space is limited, first come first serve for artists and vendors. All sales earned at the event will benefit the artist/vendor.

Half table (3ft): $40

Full table (6ft): $75

MAP is also accepting donations for a Spin & Sell raffle.  All proceeds toward the raffle will benefit Maryland Art Place and the MAP Underground.

Email Naomi, naomi@mdartplace.org for more information

Each year, School 33 Art Center seeks to highlight the arts in Baltimore’s unique neighborhoods through the Open Studio Tour Community Spotlight Award, which supports neighborhood kickoff events in selected communities. This year’s Community Spotlight is Baltimore’s Cherry Hill neighborhood. On Friday, October 6 at 6pm, the Youth Resiliency Institute will host an artist reception featuring a number of Cherry Hill-based artists. A panel discussion focused on the intersection of community self-determination and the arts as well as equitable access to the arts in Baltimore City will follow. This free event will take place at the Cherry Hill Community Center on 2700 Spelman Road. We interviewed two artists participating in Friday’s Community Spotlight event, Mighty Mark and Dallas the Dollmaker, about their work and the arts in Cherry Hill.

CLICK HERE to view the Cherry Hill Kickoff event page.

And learn more about School 33’s 2017 Baltimore Open Studio Tour on our website: www.school33.org

 

MIGHTY MARK

Photo courtesy of Mighty Mark.

Born and bred in Baltimore City, Cherry Hill-native Producer and DJ Marquis Gasque AKA Mighty Mark, is the new torchbearer of the urban dance music genre known as Baltimore Club Music. Successfully bridging the gap between the intensity of old school club music and the futuristic style of the new school, his crisp production serves up unexpected but delicious combinations of urban vocals and chants, 80’s synths, 90’s drum samples and heavy booming 80s. These elements melt into thumping bass lines, making your pulse race and your body move. Each carefully crafted track is an individual work of art.

Mighty Mark’s original releases and remixes receive frequent airplay via Rinse FM, BBC Radio and Radio One FM Stations and with each release his fanbase increases as people catch on to the wave. With recognition and features via respected publications such as Complex, Vice/Noisey and Earmilk, the future is looking bright as Mark continues to DJ in Baltimore’s most popular venues, create club anthems and curates music on his label Zoo On Mars Entertainment.

Can you tell us a little bit about the work that you do and how you got into producing music?

I’m Mighty Mark, mostly known for Baltimore Club Music but also hip-hop, R&B, all kinds of styles of music. I’m from the Cherry Hill area, right down the street from this recreation center where we are now. I’ve been producing since about 2006, when I was in high school. When I was living in Cherry Hill I used to volunteer here at this recreation center with Ms. Shirley [Foulks] of the Youth Resiliency Institute, so I used to go in the computer lab and make music and beats with the kids and make club music with them. I used to help run the after school program Monday -Friday and then during the summer I helped with the summer camp for 5-6 years. I’ve seen a lot of the kids grow up and get jobs and some go off to school.

What does being an artist mean to you?

Being an artist has changed a lot even since I first began. In my music, I try to be true to myself and not follow trends. I try to give back to the community whenever I can, and also have culture surrounding my music. It’s not a gimmick, there’s always something more behind it. Even in the tracks that you see people dancing to, there’s really something deeper behind them as well. If I go to work, I work at Comcast, so if I’m really mad about something at work I go home and make a track. It might end up sounding angry or something, but it’s really a way to relieve the stress as well. Being an artist just means really expressing yourself on a musical level.

Do you think that working with the Youth Resiliency Institute has influenced your art?

It definitely has, because I’m more of a sponge—I like to have people around me when I’m creating. I’m not the type of person to say “Hey I came up with that, it’s all my idea.” And the youth always know what’s fresh and hot. I’m 28, so I’m getting old, but they’re something like 14 or 15 years old. When I started producing I wasn’t even making club music until I got to the recreation center—started seeing the kids dancing to it and playing it at parties and that sort of thing. That actually got me into Baltimore Club Music—this neighborhood right here.

How would you describe the arts community in Cherry Hill?

There’s not necessarily a place for artists here to gather, but there is a lot of talent here. And people find out how to make things out of nothing. There are a lot of skilled dancers and people that go into modelling and more, so the arts help to bring the community together. But we definitely lack in resources for people to gather, as well as basic tools—computers, microphones—things that people would need to record. But the arts may keep some people off the streets for a few hours and prevent them from doing things that they don’t want to do.

Would you describe this community center as a place where people come together?

Yeah! So the community center has always been a place to gather—it’s probably one of the longest open community centers in Chery Hill. Especially with Ms. Shirley [Foulks], she’s always had her doors open for anyone to come in—even just after school when you’re hungry she’d provide you snacks and anything of that sort–probably coming out of her own pockets.

Is there anything you want people to think about coming into the panel discussion that will take place at Friday’s kickoff event?

I really want parents or even leaders of the community to understand how important artistic outlets and artistic recreation can be for a child, as well as just how important music can be and how it can tie in to brain development and brain stimulation as well. Not even just music, any type of art. I feel like the arts have kind of taken a back burner. So even if you have the ability to put your child in a piano class or take them to a dance class—something of that sort. Even if you know how to dance and want to come here to volunteer, really if you have any artistic skill and you’re not just using it for yourself, you can share it with the world and share it with the kids as well.

Cherry Hill just had their inaugural Cherry Hill Festival recently, and now you’re having this neighborhood spotlight event. Do you see these as a way to kick start some of these conversations?

I definitely do. That was the first annual Cherry Hill Festival. I had the opportunity to DJ and my artist, TT the Artist, had the opportunity to perform. And during my set I brought two artists, who were born and raised in Cherry Hill—during my set they performed songs that I produced. I definitely think that it’s a step in the right direction and I think it’s going to be something big going on for years to come in Cherry Hill.

www.mightymarkadventures.com

www.goldroom410.com

https://www.facebook.com/iammightymark

Twitter: @iammightymark

Instagram: @iammightymark

 

DALLAS THE DOLLMAKER

Dallas the Dollmaker with his Demon Series at the Cherry Hill Community Center.

When Dallas the Dollmaker met me at the Cherry Hill Community Center to do this interview, he was kind enough to bring along a suitcase full of his creations to show me in person. There had to have been at least thirty dolls in that suitcase, each designed and created with great attention to craft and detail and each with its own intricate back story. The collection of dolls that Dallas brought with him was his Demon Series, and he tells me that his next series will focus on Angels. It is hard to describe the feeling of picking up each of Dallas’s dolls, one by one, and marveling at its features while hearing from the artist about how he designed and crafted it, which found materials he used, and how its character fits into the fantasy-based world that he has created.

Attendees to Friday’s Community Spotlight Event will have the opportunity to meet Dallas, view his artworks up close, and learn more about the Demon Series. In addition to creating these works, Dallas is also a skilled photographer and writer. The artist also works with young students through summer programs and workshops, teaching them the art of doll making and inspiring their creative practices.

How did you first become involved with the Youth Resiliency Institute?

I first got involved this summer. I was introduced to them by Ms. Stewart (one of the many case workers at Cherry Hill Homes–she is so awesome, I love her so much) and I honestly didn’t know I would even be a part of anything that they were doing. I was just told that they needed help with the Cherry Hill Art & Music Festival. So I thought that meant helping them with set up and if they might need anything made, but I had no idea that I would actually be in the festival. I had the chance to put my art work on display as well as show children the creative process that goes into my art work. That is how I became involved with YRI and I hope to continue to be involved with them and work on more projects as well as events.

Can you tell us how you began creating your dolls? 

I got started creating dolls in middle school when my art teacher, Mr. Walter, was showing us how different cultures make toys and gave the class a project to make our own dolls. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I was determined to make one that was presentable. We had a week to turn in our finished project, so I worked really hard and it payed off because when it was my turn to present what I made my teacher was blown away. It was just something that I ended up loving and thought it was great way to bring my creations to life.

What is something that you think is special about Cherry Hill?

Cherry Hill has it’s good times and bad, but what I think what make is special is how close the community is and how some of the older kids and adults look after the younger kids to make sure nothing happens to them. I find that to be very cool.

Is there any advice that you would give to a young artist?

Always stay true to who you are and love what you do.

What are you most looking forward to during the kickoff on Friday?

I just hope everyone is super pumped because I want people to feel the energy in the room and to have a great experience.