K-Town Studios @ Open Studio Tours
100 West 22nd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
We’ll have our doors open 1-6PM both Saturday and Sunday
At the heart of Korea Town (K-Town) in Baltimore, Maryland, a three-story commercial building rents out artist studios in varying sizes. The goal of the building is to provide a healthy and productive studio culture for young and professional artists in the area with affordable rent. The owners are artist Mina Cheon (Professor of Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA) and architect Gabriel Kroiz (Professor at Morgan State University) who both have studio and office spaces in the building.
Artists in Baltimore seek safe and clean studio spaces in order to continue working on their art and to live in Baltimore. While Baltimore is full of boarded houses and large empty spaces, these spaces need attention and are not conducive for a healthy studio environment. Artists deserve more than a non-heated and depressed place that they can afford.
Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator Mina Cheon wanted a safe studio environment, “so that there are no distractions from being able to work.” Of course, being Korean herself, she loved the idea of a building in K-Town.
The K-Town Studios that she and her husband acquired in March 2014, is at 100 W. 22nd Street, 21218, Baltimore, Maryland, between Howard and Maryland, directly across the street from the Korean Nakwon Restaurant, walking distance from MICA’s Fred Lazarus IV Center, and between Station North Arts District and Remington. The K-Town neighborhood functions for many social service institutions, making it an ideal location for artists’ studios, with rich possibilities of becoming a location and cultural hub in Baltimore. The owners hope that the building can help foster this in the neighborhood.
Current tenant include MICA UG Alumni Pete Razon, Travis Levasseur, Colin Foster, and Dave Eassa. Recent graduate students of MICA who graduated have taken on the ground floor to further contribute to the Station North Arts District programs. Led by Ali Seradge and Katie Duffy, they are sharing the space with other artists Brendan Kerwin, Ryan Kitchen, and Janet Olney. Distinguished artist Lee Boot, faculty at UMBC has also joined the building.
BmoreArt Article: http://bmoreart.com/2014/