Holland Cotter looks at money in art in the New York Times.

Christian Viveros-Fauné takes this as a starting point to talk about socially engaged art, including Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses and Theaster Gates’ Dochester Project.

from Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects

The New York Times and the New Yorker both have published longform pieces on Theaster Gates recently.  (subscription only)

A look at various upcoming public art projects in Minneapolis.

Public art on utility boxes in New Zealand.



A number of Baltimore artist have or will be having exhibitions of their work in New York, California, Washington DC and more! Feel free to contact us if you have something coming up!

Mina Cheon will be having a solo show of her work, Choco Pie Propaganda, at Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, January 23 – February 28, 2014. Opening reception Thursday, January 23, 6 – 8pm.

Ben Piwowar will be showing work at ArtPlace, in New Haven, CT, Friday, February 7, 2014-Saturday, March 22, 2014, in a show called Smart Painting,  curated by John O’Donnell.

Alex Ebstein will be in Implicit Horizon, at Mixed Greens in New York, in February and March, 2014.

Nate Larson recently unveiled a public art project with United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, featuring his Geolocation project, made in collaboration with Marni Shindelman of Athens, Georgia.

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, Geolocation Project

Ryan Hoover, Magnolia Laurie, Amanda Burnham, and Rosemary Liss are among the artists showing in The Land Has Many Parts, at the Jane Deering Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA, January 15 to February 15, 2014.

Mary Anne Arntzen will be showing at the art galleries at Salisbury University, in Colors and Things, February 6 – March 29, 2014, Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6 p.m.

Gary Kachadorian will be showing work at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. Progress Report and Backgrounds will be up January 15 to February 16. He will also be showing at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn this February in a group show called Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required.

Gary Kachadorian at Artisphere

Milana Braslavsky and Lisa Dillin will be showing together at Hamiltonian Gallery this February-  information coming soon.

Marian Glebes will be showing work at the Atkins Arboretum in Ridgely, MD, April 1 to May 30, 2014, with an opening reception Saturday, April 19 from 3 to 5 p.m.

C. Ryan Patterson is showing in SUSTAIN, a group exhibition at the Huff Gallery in Louisville, KY, January 12 – February 23, 2014

James Bouche, Hermonie Only, Raoul Middleman, John Bohl, Chris Day and Jonathan Thomas are all showing in Hoi Polloi, curated by Brian Garner of Litho Shop, at the Kaplan Gallery at Vis Arts in Rockville, MD, Wednesday, January 22  to  Sunday, February 23, 2014. Opening reception Friday, January 24 – 7:00  to  9:00 PM.

Hoi Polloi gallery view

AND of course the WPA SELECT 2014, curated by Mera Rubell, will be shown at Artisphere in March, after showing at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. Featuring Amanda Burnham, Michelle Dickson, Dave Eassa, Alex Ebstein, Cliff Evans, Sean FitzPatrick, Ryan Hoover, Jason Hughes, Tiffany Jones, Gary Kachadourian, Magnolia Laurie, Curtis Miller, Cara Ober, Rachel Rotenberg, Ginevra Shay, Jo Smail, Ryan Syrell, Alessandra Torres, and Stewart Watson



25th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition Awards

A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money.


Ann Shafer
Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Baltimore Museum of Art

Eligibility and media

Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium are eligible with no limitations as to color, surface or materials. All drawings and prints must be original works of art. Each artist may submit up to 3 works on online only. No mailed or emailed entries will be accepted.

Enter online at:


Entry fee

A non­refundable entry fee of $36 entitles the artist to submit up to three entries.

Selection process

Initial jury will be of online submissions received by January 31, 2014. Notification will be by email. Be sure to add gormleygallery@ndm.edu to your contacts so that notification email is not sent to your spam folder. Accepted drawings and prints received by March 1 will be juried for purchase prize awards at the value set by the artist. Works selected for purchase prize awards will become the property of Notre Dame of Maryland University.


Entries due January 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance February 15, 2014
Work due at gallery March 1, 2014
Exhibition Dates March 24 through April 25, 2014
Reception and Gallery Talk Saturday, March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.


All accepted works must be ready to exhibit: framed with plexiglass (no glass), wired and ready to hang. Ship by either UPS, no FedEx, using strong, re­usable crates or cardboard cartons. No packing peanuts please. Include return shipping document with a scannable barcode. Ship prepaid to: Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.

Local artists email gormleygallery[at]ndm.edu for hand delivery drop-off dates.

10 days until deadline! Submit artifacts, art, and documents…

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is currently soliciting submissions of flag-related art and historical objects for the upcoming exhibition, For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People. The Call for Submissions is posted on the museum’s website and is listed as an event on the museum’s Facebook page. Please forward the call to your contacts who are military veterans, immigrants or refugees, activists, artists, and ordinary citizens of diverse cultural backgrounds. The museum is interested in capturing a wide range of stories and experiences, in addition to the objects selected for display. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014. Details below and on the website.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONShttp://www.rflewismuseum.org/FWIS-call-for-submissions



Yesterday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of the Creative Baltimore Fund at the new location of the Single Carrot Theater in Remington.

Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs: Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project Support  provides support for arts or cultural programs that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and/or cultural programming in our community. General Operating Supportprovides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.

Click here for more information on the Creative Baltimore Fund.

This past month community members and visitors to Highlandtown A&E District enjoyed a month of fun, free events. Outside, Santa waived from his Santa House and took pictures with visitors, children and families walked through Candy Cane Lane on their way to explore the Highlandtown Train Garden at the local fire house. Overall, 4000 visitors came to the district! Highlandtown has also begun work to create a sidewalk seating area next to High Grounds Coffee on Eastern Avenue. Overhead new lighting was installed that illuminates the seating area, nearby bus stop, and future mural site, which has received excellent feedback from the community.
Additional projects will be happening through spring 2014, including permanent outdoor seating, completion of a new mural, and improved lighting to Conkling Plaza. It has been a good month for Highlandtown: 6 new gooseneck lights were installed, and the mural artist was selected for the mural at East & Eastern Avenues.
The simplest projects can make a big difference. When planning the mural/lighting/seating area at East Ave & Eastern Ave, the most practical part of the project was the lighting. Although it was difficult to predict the impact it would have on the space, especially since the other components weren’t completed yet, the community has really taken notice and given many positive compliments. Since, the owner of High Grounds Coffee submitted a facade grant application to fix up his building. This project should be completed later this spring!

The Bromo Tower A&E District has received a lot of press coverage on the artistic crosswalk installations that were created last month and described in more detail in the blog post from November 2013, such as The Atlantic Cities’: Baltimore’s Got Some Playful New ‘Hopscotch Crosswalks’,  The Architect’s Newspaper Blog: Baltimore’s Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus, and Fast Company’s: Hop, Skip, And Jump Across The Street With New Artist-Designed Crosswalks. Moreover, the grant process has been so helpful in allowing the Bromo Tower A&E District to identify and continue to refine its desired outcomes – and also the incredible potential – of this project. Additionally, bringing its arts advisory committee together to discuss the value that will hopefully derive from this project has been a very important exercise and community-building activity that facilitates a sense of ownership for each group over the outcome of the project.

Preparations are well underway for the spring TRANSIT project at Penn Station Plaza in the Station North A&E District. Though things may seem quiet, there is a flurry of work in the Station North offices as they work on a communications and marketing plan to maximize the project’s reach, order paint for test sampling, work through the many practical logistics of the project, and lay the groundwork for our community outreach strategy once the residency begins in full. The project will be officially announced in the coming weeks… stay tuned!
Station North feels very fortunate to have a number of partners that support the work at Penn Station Plaza. Representing a range of sectors and interests, these partners have lent their professional expertise and resources to the project as planning gears up.  These partnerships will help extend the impact of the project. Station North is confident that they will be helpful to engage new audiences in the district, and strengthening the bonds with its existing audiences.