Diedra Krieger’s Plastic Fantastic

Art in the Open (AiO), a partnership between The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)City Parks Association, and Fairmount Water Works, re-frames the ‘plein air’ tradition of creating art outside and on-site in a contemporary context, encouraging both artists and audiences to draw inspiration from the city’s diverse natural and urban landscapes. Using the Schuylkill River Banks Park as studio space, participating artists will have the opportunity to explore new working methods, develop process-oriented works, and interpret a compelling intersection of urban and natural environments in the public realm. Selected artists will also be able to participate in complementary programs and public engagement events presented by more than 30 organizational partners, as well as exhibit their finished work as part of the 2018-2019 AiO exhibition series. AiO reaches an estimated 12,000 visitors over the course of the three-day event.

Deadline: February 1, 2018

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Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 29th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition. This year’s juror is Kim Domanski, Public Art Coordinator for Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. For a fee of $36 artists may submit up to 3 drawings or prints. A minimum of $1,500 will be available in purchase prize awards.

DEADLINE: January 31st, 2018

For more information, click here.  To apply, click here. 

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. We welcome and encourage proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including electronic media-based works that can be presented outside. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal. Download the full RFP document here:  rocopublicartrfp2018.pdf

“We Interrupt this Program…”

An art show about disrupting the straight male gaze in sci-fi/fantasy art, including visual art, film and video games.

In Laura Mulvey’s 1975 essay Visual and Other Pleasures, the concept of the male gaze in cinema is outlined as a visual narrative controlled by an active male character and a passive female character. Simply put, the story is told, and viewed by the audience, through the eyes of a heterosexual male. Consequently, the story depicts the female character in “their traditional exhibitionist role” and are “looked at and displayed”.

Despite depicting imaginary worlds where anything is possible, all too often sci-fi and fantasy artistic mediums fall victim to the male gaze, objectifying women, underutilizing depth of character development, or failing to cast women as well as others in the LGBTQA community in central roles.  We Interrupt this Program.. Is an art show aimed to disrupt the male gaze in sci-fi and fantasy mediums. The show will open to the public on April 7, 2018, and be on view until May 27, 2018.

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Please join Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in commemorating the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 70 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations.

Applications are now available for the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 31. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/MLKBmoreParade18

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will host the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This year, the City of Baltimore welcomes residents to emulate Dr. King’s leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. More information here: http://mlkday.baltimorecity.gov/mlk/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/517608251959274/