Guest Spot & THE REINSTITUTE is proud to present a group exhibition curated by Same Same But Different. Opening Saturday April 13, 2013, the works will be on view through May 25, 2013. A panel discussion New York Centrality and the Practice will be held along with the closing Saturday May 25 from 2-4pm.

Same Same but Different is the third in an ongoing series of eponymous exhibitions organized by the collective of the same name. The infamous Southeast Asian colloquialism is used as both descriptor for their collaboration and inspiration for their exhibitions. Formed in 2012 in Brooklyn, they have previously mounted exhibitions in New York City, and Seattle. Each exhibition is site-specific but remains rooted in the core concept of their collaboration, which is their common formal language of purposeful colors and simple shapes in complex arrangements. The phrase “same same but different” is elastic and is used by merchants to describe a wide array of wares. They have embraced its full meaning by using these exhibitions as an opportunity to showcase multifarious sides of their practices, thereby enabling different combinations of their work to produce new meanings and connections. For the show with Guest Spot @ THE REINSTITUTE, they have taken very literal inspiration from the gallery by expanding the scope of their collaboration by inviting two guest artists to join them in the exhibition space.

Jay Gaskill – Halsey Hathaway – Maya Hayuk – Fabian G. Tabibian – Amanda Valdez

April 13, 2013 through May 25 2013
Curator: Same Same But Different
Opening Reception: April 13, 2013 7-10 pm
Closing And Panel Discussion: May 25 2-4 pm
Hours: Wednesday 5-7 & Saturday 1-5 or by appointment
Location: 1715 North Calvert St. Baltimore, MD

Share your story in just SIX WORDS!

What is YOUR most unforgettable museum experience?

FRESH—from the top of your head and the bottom of your heart—please give us a SIX-WORD testimony of what made your visit to a museum, a zoo, an aquarium or any cultural institution, simply UNFORGETTABLE!

Why just six words?
Legend has it that someone bet famed American writer Ernest Hemingway that he could not make up a whole new story using just six words. Hemingway shot back:

Some say Hemingway then proclaimed it his best work.

There are now six-word stories, poems, jokes, memoirs, protests and mottos. They constitute wonderfully readable, creatively informative expressions. During Baltimore Museum Week, your six words will join thousands of others to become part of a sculpture in the Baltimore Convention Center.  By submitting your six words, anonymously or with your name, you acknowledge and agree that they can be used for education and promotional purposes without compensation.

Submit Your Six-Words Here!


The Art of Positioning: Crafting a Killer Elevator Speech

WHEN:  April 20, 2013, from 1 – 4pm

WHERE:   Peter Davis Branding  422 Fawcett St. Baltimore, MD 21211

FEE:  $60 — Cash, check or Paypal   Coffee, tea and bottle water included.

TO REGISTER:   Email Peter — and I’ll give you more details and a little “homework.”

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Artists, leaders of small non-profits, entrepreneurs, and professionals in transition should attend. 8 attendees are ideal. Enough diversity to spark ideas and not so many that there isn’t time for everyone to get much needed undivided attention.

In this three-hour workshop attendees will learn how to elevate their story and make a compelling statement about their purpose, why it matters and what makes it unique.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND:  The point of an elevator speech is to get an invitation to tell more. The strategy behind an elevator speech is to tell a compelling story with your audience as the protagonist.  I’ll help you to elevate your purpose and re-ignite your passion. Leave with clarity and confidence.


  • Pre-workshop homework
  • Individual and group exercises to help you:
  • Know yourself
  • Clarify what you do and how it works
  • Elevate your purpose
  • Declare your difference
  • Present with confidence

Louise Fishman: It’s Here – Elsewhere March 5, 2013 – April 5, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 2013  6pm – 8pm

The Artist will be present for the reception

Goya Contemporary is located at:

3000 Chestnut Ave.
Mill Centre 214

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions this spring: HIDENORI ISHII: IcePlants and FOON SHAM: Building the Natural. Both exhibitions open on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 with a reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

IcePlants is Hidenori Ishii‘s second solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery. His new work continues his investigation of integrating psychological and environmental systems into self-contained worlds. The paintings’ surfaces have a slick, sensuous quality; they contain both natural and man-made patterns, and suggest transformations, erosions, and constructions of improbable environments. The new paintings in particular respond to the destruction of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011, a consequence of both natural disasters and human error, and its ongoing impact on the landscape.

Ishii received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He now lives and works in Long Island City, NY and has exhibited in the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and numerous galleries in New York including Sloan Fine Art, Ligne Roset, and Black and White Gallery. He also earned several prominent awards and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Fellowship in 2004.

Foon Sham makes his C. Grimaldis Gallery debut with Building the Natural, a solo exhibition of sculptures and drawings. With his preferred media of wood and paper, Sham explores the intersection between the natural and the man-made by using the forces of chance and intention to strike a delicate balance between control and chaos.

The centerpiece of Building the Natural is “Channel”, a life-sized cast iron sculpture that was previously installed on the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. Sham has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, Norway, and Australia. His artwork resides in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan in Mexico, and the corporate collections of PNC Bank, Freddie Mac Corp., and Sallie Mae Corp.

Sham is a professor of sculpture at University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University, and is now based in Washington, D.C.