Deadline: April 15, 2014 

Open Call––Exhibition opportunity at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD

Mark, Trace, Impact: Themed Exhibition Series The mark is at the heart of what it means to be human. It led to the development of writing by attaching meaning to lines and scribbles. The mark fulfills a fundamental need to leave a physical trace. It creates impact, a message, or a memory in addition to its material presence.

The Department of Visual Arts and Design is calling for exhibition proposals for the Open Gallery in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center that address the theme, “Mark, Trace, Impact.” Four exhibitions will be scheduled for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Proposals must be received by April 15, 2014. Applicants will be notified by June 1.

For detailed information about the exhibition space and the application process visit

2014 Annual Juried Exhibit: Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Deadline: 04/04/14

Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center located in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland announces the 2014 Annual Juried Exhibit. Dates: May 3 – June 22. Open to any artist living or working in the United States, all media is eligible. $1150 in prize money awarded, $500 first prize. Juror: Margaret Winslow, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum.

For details on how to enter:

or contact

This is the third in a series of interviews with each of the Sondheim Award Semifinalists. Finalists will be announced in mid-April, and will be on exhibit at the Walters Art Museum June 21 to August 17; those not selcected as finalists with be exhibited at the Decker, Meyerhoff and Pinkard Galleries at MICA  July 17 to August 3, 2014.

Name:  Ding Ren
Age:  30
Current Location: Amsterdam, NL and Columbia, MD
Hometown: Columbia, MD
School: George Washington University, MFA (2009)


studies on becoming a closet formalist: smoke
Hand-Printed Analogue Chromogenic Print on Expired Kodak Endura Paper
11″ x 8.5″
Trying to capture the essence of Duchamp’s definition of Infrathn: “When the tobacco smoke smells also of the mouth which exhales it.” Painterly gestures, romanticism and a turn towards the sublime are channeled through analogue photographic processes in this ongoing series.

Current favorite artists or artwork :  Joachim Koester (Danish Conceptual Artist), Ciarán Murphy (Irish Painter), Robert Kinmont (American Conceptual Artist), Daido Moriyama (Japanese Photographer)

How would you describe your work, and your studio practice? My work is field-driven, as in I gather my inspiration from direct experiences and observations from my day to day life.  Currently, I have returned to analogue photographic practices.  I allow external factors attributed to the geography and environment to directly influence how and what I photograph.

What part of art making to you like or enjoy the most? The least? I enjoy the unknown of wandering and photographing both foreign and familiar places.  I also enjoy planning and producing, especially if it is specifically for an exhibition, project, or residency.  I am fortunate to be part of a “doka collectif” in Amsterdam where we maintain the last remaining independent analogue color darkroom in Holland.  I can spend endless hours printing and enjoy the slow, hands-on quality of analogue photography.


Shifting Between (Portal Studies)
Hand-printed Analogue Chromogenic Print on Expired Kodak Endura
11” x 14”
Photo: 2012, Printing: 2013
For the past year I have been moving around, never staying in one place for more than 2 months. The experience has been exciting and fulfilling, but has taken a toll on my health. I started this series as a means of therapy and it is helping me get through the discomforts. I am trying to capture the very essence of transience and what it might look like through the use of analogue photography. This is a portal opening, it is a means of transport from a foreign place to a familiar place. I have begun to search for these familiar places within the foreign, so that I am able to find stability and balance once again, to find lightness to take me out of the darkness.

What research do you do for your art practice? I usually come across small fragments for ideas through taking walks, reading books (especially classics), and seeing exhibits.  I find looking at early landscape paintings from the 1600s to be quite poignant, especially the way in which light is captured and in the way the skies are painted.  I like to go to the Rijksmuseum and look at the Dutch Master paintings.

What books have you read lately you would recommend? Movies? Television? Music?  After spending 2 months in Cork, Ireland at a residency, I have been in the mood to read Irish writers like Samuel Beckett.  I especially like his writing style for his “Texts on Nothing.”  I also enjoy reading poetry, recently I discovered Cuban poet, Heberto Padilla, who often writes about the ever-changing qualities of water and the sea.  The band I can’t stop listening to these days is Woods and singer, Ashley Eriksson.


the waves would welcome it beneath the sea (rock frottage studies)
C-prints: unique, Rock frottage drawings: graph paper, crayon
8.5” x 11”
Created while in residence at The Guesthouse in Cork, Ireland. I traveled to Ireland to search for the sublime feeling of both beauty and fear that comes with standing on the edge of a cliff, overlooking something. I wanted to investigate geo-cultural patterns and phenomena within the landscape. To prove that these coincidental patterns exist, I made rubbings of the rocks along the coast of Nohoval Cove while also photographing the cliffs and rocks. By chance, the rock rubbings echoed the photographs I took and vise versa.

Do you ever get in creative dry spells, and if so, how do you get out of them? Yes of course, but I try to think of it all as nature’s way of balancing itself out and make the most out of all phases and stages.  There can be months where I am only doing administrative things like editing and organizing and applying to opportunities while other times I take a break from any art-related things and other times I am out photographing everyday.

How do you challenge yourself in your work? It is all about comfort zones and pushing beyond them.  This is the way in which I approach my work and all facets of life.

What is your dream project? I would love to shoot several 16mm films in various locations around the world with dramatic landscapes: think cliffs, lush green mountains, waves crashing, swaying trees, flickering light.  It would be an extended visual poem and I would project the films layered over one another.

This is the second in a series of interviews with each of the Sondheim Award Semifinalists. Finalists will be announced in mid-April, and will be on exhibit at the Walters Art Museum June 21 to August 17; those not selected as finalists with be exhibited at the Decker, Meyerhoff and Pinkard Galleries at MICA  July 17 to August 3, 2014. (UPDATE: Finalists have been announced, congrats Kyle!)

Name:  Kyle J. Bauer
Age: 29
Current Location: Roland Park, Baltimore City
Hometown:  Benton, IL
School: BFA – University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign; MFA – Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

KJBauer_Composition 864 2013

Current favorite artists or artwork: My absolute favorite artists are Martin Puryear and Robert Raushenburg, specifically Raushenburg’s “Gluts” series.  Others I consistently follow are Rachel Whiteread, Anders Ruhwald, Paul Sacaridiz, Blue Curry, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Dan Flavin, Eva Hesse, Ken Price, John McCracken, and Ed Ruscha.  A friend also recently turned me on to Ron Nagle’s ceramic sculptures; they are really worth checking out.

What is your day job? How do you manage balancing work with studio time with your life?  I am the conservation technician of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  My life is a delicate balancing act, but as each year passes, it gets a little easier.  I am constantly using my phone’s calendar to stay up to date with meetings, shows, and artist talks.

How would you describe your work, and your studio practice?  I am a mixed media sculpture and installation artist.  My studio practice is equally conceptual and process based with a strong focus on formal composition.

What part of art making do you like or enjoy the most? The least?  I enjoy everything about making my sculptures, from the first sketches to the final assembly and documentation.  I live for the completion of individual pieces or a series of sculptures.  The one exception is the anxiety I feel when loading a kiln to fire my slip cast porcelain pieces.  The unpredictability is daunting, despite years of experience.

What research do you do for your art practice?  I draw in my sketchbook, stack objects for compositional studies, follow the happenings of the art world through blogs (, Art F City, Contemporary Art Daily), read art magazines (Art in America, Frieze, Sculpture), and observe as much about my environment as possible.

KJBauer_Composition 953 2013

What books have you read lately you would recommend? Movies? Television? Music?  I am currently reading the first chapter of David Pye’s The Nature and Art of Workmanship.  It is really striking a cord with me, and I cannot wait to read more.

Do you ever get in creative dry spells, and if so, how do you get out of them?  I have the ever present ebbs and flows of production.  When I do feel stifled or in a funk, I usually break my routine and take several days to engage in different activities or give time for reflection.

How do you challenge yourself in your work?  By staying busy, always applying myself, and never settling for what is comfortable.

What is your dream project?  To be making and creating art for the next 50+ years.


Gamescape 2014 will be taking place in it’s new home at the former Everyman/Single Carrot Theater on Charles Street during Artscape, July 18-20. The HUGE new home of Gamescape will have more games than ever before, along with game-based bands playing at Artscape After Hours (9-11pm Friday and Saturday) along with some more surprises. Game designers, a game-based art gallery and a the Gamescape Artist Market are all accepting applications now until April 18th.


2014 GAMESCAPE Call to Game Developers & Designers (to display games designed by you or your group)

2014 Gamescape Gallery Call for Artists (juried exhibition of game-influenced artwork)

2014 Gamescape Marketplace (selling game-based merchandise made by you or your group)

Also, check out this article in the Baltimore Sun this month, detailing the rise of indie game designers in Baltimore!

Call for Submissions DUE March 30, 2014 

Seeking submissions for our inaugural issue that will be published in April, 2014. This first issue of SEAJ will focus on socially engaged artists and projects in Baltimore.
SEAJ will highlight:

Art made in community (however you may define it)
Art work made in collaboration
Art work that initiates a dialog
Art work that has an element of social justice at its core
Art projects that engage the public
Art projects that are outside the confines of an institution
Art projects whose goal is transformation (social and otherwise)

SEAJ is searching for submissions from artists, activists, writers, curators, reviewers and everyone in between.


Submissions must be by or about Baltimore based artists, curators, or projects. Submissions may represent one of a variety of approaches, including but not limited to:

A scholarly or pseudo-scholarly investigation or review of a socially engaged art work or process
Photos or other documentation of socially engaged artwork made in the last two years that includes a short (100 max) description (please provide the date).
Video and audio work made in the last two years.
A fiction or nonfiction written submission related to socially engaged art work.

As a socially engaged artist:

How do you define your practice?
How would you compare community art to socially engaged art? (Or is there a need to make comparisons?)
What does your art practice mean in the context of “the contemporary art world?”

Examinations of the questions above are a few of the many subjects we seek to explore.
Please limit written submissions to 5,000 words.

Please send your submissions by midnight EST on March 30, 2014 to