10 days left to submit your application to VOX X: Present Tense!


Vox Populi is happy to announce an open call for VOX X: Present Tense – our tenth annual juried exhibition of emerging artists, which will take place July 11th- August 1st 2014.  The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2014.

To apply, download a prospectus here and follow the instructions.  The application is on SlideRoom and can be accessed here.

Vox Populi is particularly interested in highlighting work in all media that pushes boundaries in terms of form and content, is ambitious and timely, and is experimental and risk-taking.

This is a great professional opportunity to show in a professional exhibition space and bring your work to a large, new audience.

This year’s jurors are Howie Chen and Matthew Brannon.

Howie Chen is a New York-based curator involved in collaborative art production and research.  Chen is a founder of Dispatch, a curatorial production office and project space founded in New York City, later transitioning to a peripatetic exhibition model.   His past curatorial experience includes organizing exhibitions and programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA P.S.1 among other international institutions. Chen is currently teaching critical theory at the New York University Steinhardt School and Parsons The New School for Design.  He is a lecturer and research affiliate at the Art, Culture and Technology program at MIT.
Matthew Brannon is an American artist living and working in New York City. Brannon studied visual arts, art theory and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York. Beginning in January of 2011, he presented a major body of work at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This solo exhibition, A question answered with a quote, is the third adaptation of two prior exhibitions; Reservations, at Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraitchal, Germany, and Mouse Trap, Light Switch, at the Museum M, Leuven, Belgium. Other solo museum exhibitions include; Where Were We, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York and Try and Be Grateful, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. He is also the author of the novels Antelope (2013) and Leopard (2014) as well as a biographer of the late actor Laurence Harvey.
Applicants may submit up to five works in any media.  Application fee is $35.

This is the twenty-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.

Name: Ally Silberkleit
Age: 23
Website: http://www.allysilberkleit.com
Current Location: Baltimore,MD
Hometown: New York, NY
School: Middlebury College


Current favorite artists or artwork: Paul Mccarthy, Urs Fischer, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sally Mann, David Altmejd, Folkert De Jong, Penpón Osorio, Gregory Crewdson, Do-ho Suh, Suntek Chung, Carsten Höller, Charles LeDray

What is your day job? How do you manage balancing work with studio time with your life? I graduated from college this winter, so right now I am trying to take some time and just look at my art making as my day job. However, I do still have to work on the side just to help pay for everything. My time ends up being split pretty evenly between the two, which can be hard since there is not much time for anything else, but coming up with a solid schedule to stick to definitely helps.


How would you describe your work, and your studio practice? My work tends to be big and somehow create or transform a space. A great deal of my work addresses the way we experience memory and tries to recreate that experience in a more tangible form. I often start of by taking my own memories and recreating them in dioramas or rebuilding that particular space. Because of this, a lot of my work ends up in box-like rooms that contain each memory. My studio practice usually involves building or designating a space to fill with a memory and then fabricating the objects to fill it from there. I often start from the outside working in, starting with the bigger objects and finishing with the smaller ones. Photography tends to play a big role in my work so digging through and working with old photographs is an important part of my practice as well.

What part of artmaking do you like or enjoy the most? The least? Seeing the piece come together and having things begin to make more and more sense as I go along is the best part for me. Hearing feedback or getting to watch others experience the work is another great part and a big rush as well. I also just love working with my hands so any part that is really detailed oriented or more hands on than just drilling or making cuts is always great and really therapeutic. The least enjoyable part is taking apart or transporting a piece, as my work often needs to be partially or totally destroyed for it to be moved.

What research do you do for your art practice? Even though my work isn’t really about technology, somehow Facebook ends up being a very important part of my research process. So much of our lives and memories are stored and nicely curated there that I often find myself going through tons of old albums to find images or events that interest me. For example, the piece I am working on now came from realizing that a bedroom of a friend’s was a central location for a large portion of images saved from high school. This generated a great deal of memories, which I am now working with, that took place in that room.


What books have you read lately you would recommend? Movies? Television? Music? It might be cliché to say “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, but honestly, it is beautifully written and just so great and inspiring to get a first hand account of the lives and careers of two incredibly influential artists. Other than that, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera, Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan, and Wild, by Cheryl Strayed are all really captivating books. For Movies, The Act of Killing is an incredibly interesting take on documentaries, where the individuals being interviewed (those responsible for real-life mass murder in Indonesia) are actually asked to recreate and reenact their killings like a movie. I’m not going to lie; in terms of music Beyoncé has really been helping me get through my work and has been blasting on repeat in my studio (#iwokeuplikethis). Other than that, I’ve also been on a big Frank Ocean, Milky Chance, Shaky Graves, and The National, kick.

Do you ever get in creative dry spells, and if so, how do you get out of them? I tend to have the opposite problem where instead of not knowing what to make, I have a hard time deciding how to actually make it or just getting started. The best way I’ve found to get over this though is to always keep a book that has at least 3 ideas for small side projects that I can just easily start working on without having to think too much about it. This usually helps get things going and is a good way to keep up my momentum if I ever get stuck with the larger project I’m working on.

How do you challenge yourself in your work? I’ve been trying to push myself to be much more intentional with my work. I find that it is easy to get really excited about a project and start coming up with all these ideas that might not necessarily make sense with the original idea or all need to be part of the same piece. Sometimes these ideas would actually be best as two or even three totally separate installations. Being more strict about everything from the size of the piece, to the material can be quite challenging but in the end makes for clearer work and helps me identify what I am really trying to get at.

What is your dream project? I have always wanted to have a show that mimics a museum of natural history. It would be filled with different diorama style installation but all of the dioramas would be of dreams and different memories. Instead of taking naturalistic scenes of animals or historical events and presenting them as facts, I would be taking surreal events that never fully happened or aren’t fully remembered and present them in the same way. Many of these installations would also be interactive where the viewer could enter the diorama and go behind the glass or have some performance aspect to it where people were already behind the glass involved in the installation.

Slideluck is bringing it all back home to its native Brooklyn for this year’s Bushwick Open Studios.  Join us at Sandbox Studio for a evening of food, drink, and art.

Submit your work today!  We’re looking for Brooklyn-based photographers and visual artists to submit their work. The slideshow will be a Bushwick-Baltimore exchange.  One half will feature 10 artists working in Bushwick – each paired with music by Bushwick musicians and curated by Alanna Heiss and the Clocktower team.  Heiss founded PS1, the Clocktower Gallery and Art International Radio.  The other 10 artists will be selected by Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and will be paired with Baltimore bands.  

Slideluck features emerging and established photographers and artists whose work is imaginative and thought-provoking. Past Slideluck contributors include Nadav Kander, Bruce Davidson, Gregory Crewdson, Lauren Greenfield, Chuck Close, Shepard Fairey, Alex Prager, Martin Parr, Edward Burtynsky and thousands of others.

Submission deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014


Saturday | May 31st | 2014

Sandbox Studio | 154 Morgan Avenue

Brooklyn | New York | Morgan Ave (L)

(info from http://slideluck.com/bushwick-iii/)

A few great videos featuring Baltimore musicians- the first, featured in Pitchfork last week, is The Gene Clark NO OTHER Band, performing the former Byrd’s classic lost album, featuring members of Beach House, Wye Oak, Lower Dens and Celebration, along with members of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and the Walkmen, performed at the Williamsburg Music Hall.

Video of last Thursday’s sold out Future Islands show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, featured on NPR.


A video for a single off the brand new Wye Oak album, Shreik- they are playing this Tuesday (TOMORROW!) at the 9:30 Club, tickets still available..

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s new album, Party Jail, is streaming now on Spin! http://www.spin.com/articles/ed-schrader-music-beat-party-jail-stream/

This is the twenty-first in a series of interviews with each of the Sondheim Award Semifinalists. Finalists have been announced, 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.

Name: Nora Howell
Age: 27
Website: norahowell.com
Current Location: Sandtown, Baltimore
Hometown: Cincinnati
School: Wheaton College (undergrad), MICA Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts


Current favorite artists or artwork: national/international: Nick Cave; Baltimore/DC:FORCE, Upsetting Rape Culture

What is your day job? Program Director of Jubilee Arts. Jubilee Arts is a community art program that’s mission is to provide arts opportunities to youth and adults as a tool of empowerment and social change in our community. We organize community beautification projects as well as offering 18 art and dance classes a week for ages 6 and up.

How do you manage balancing work with studio time with your life? It’s all about the deadlines. If there is no deadline, it does not get done.


How would you describe your work, and your studio practice? I describe my work as performance based sculpture with a community context. I try to walk a fine line between a community based and studio based practice. The two are often in conflict with each other and the challenge is bringing the two practices and ideologies into harmony.

What part of artmaking to you like or enjoy the most? The least? I love the initial ideal, the burst of ideas and a vision of the work in the very beginning, and the moment the piece is completed. Everything in between can be rather torturous, full of internal conflict, failure and problem solving.

What research do you do for your art practice? I participate in an ongoing racial justice organization in Baltimore as part of my on going education and research and read critical race scholars. In addition to the book research my work always involves first person research. Whether that be through formal community based interviews or workshops in a community context or an ongoing record of conversations and personal experiences with the content of my work.

What books have you read lately you would recommend? Anything here: http://bmoreantiracist.org/resources-2/booksvideos-websites/


Do you ever get in creative dry spells, and if so, how do you get out of them? A lot of my work involve sewing and making impractical or unwearable garments. When I’m in a rut, I make functional clothes for myself. While involves a lot of the same materials and tools, the functionality of the product gives me a sort of mental break which is usually what I need in a dry spell. I’ll make clothes for myself until I’m tired of it then I’ll go back to art making.

How do you challenge yourself in your work? The challenge for me is always finding the perfect fusion and balance between community based work, with visually compelling products that are conceptually complex but are easily accessible to the general public who are unfamiliar with critical race theory nor have a thorough understanding of racial injustice and or racial privilege.

What is your dream project? The project that does all of the above! Still dreaming!

 School 33 is pleased to announce 3 new classes being taught here at the Art Center in May and June! For more information about these classes, please visit http://bit.do/k5Ug.  Call 443-263-4350 to register.

Let’s FACE It – a portrait painting class taught by Cameron Shojaei

Cameron Shojaei

Let’s face it, the most difficult challenge for any painter is the portrait. To catch a likeness in paint is to earn immediate respect as an artist. I will show you all the tricks. No prior training necessary. I guarantee after I show you the moves you will feel confident enough to take on a portrait commission. It’s time to unlock your inner Rembrandt. Let’s go.

Four Saturdays from 11:30am to 1:00pm. May 17th, May 24th, May 31st, and June 7th.


Introduction to Digital Photography – a photo class taught by Randall Gornowich

Randall Gornowich photo

So you have now purchased a digital (DSLR) camera, but are overwhelmed with all the features? Or perhaps you were hoping your images could look a little more creative or visually interesting? Professional photographer and artist Randall Gornowich brings over 18 years of teaching experience to this series of classes in basic digital photography which he designed for the beginner and intermediate student. In this class you will learn camera basics, simple technical ins and outs and elements of design as you take on weekly creative assignments. By the end you will understand how to create more interesting compositions and solve many photographic challenges. Class will include short lectures, handouts, projected presentations, demos and critiques.

Four Saturdays from 11:30am to 1:00pm. May 17th, May 24th, May 31st, and June 7th.


Precious Metal Clay Medallions – a jewelry class taught by Sheri Collins

PMC Necklace

Students will learn to create one-of-a-kind FINE SILVER (99.9% solid silver) medallions using Art Clay Precious Metal Clay. They will learn rolling, texturing, finishing, stone embedding and firing techniques using a portable, hand-held Propylene torch. All techniques of decoration, polishing, firing and finishing their medallions will be covered. They will also have multiple choices on how to wear them – as a pendant, brooch, or bracelet. These make fantastic gifts!

This class will be offered three times:

May 17th from 1:30-4:30pm, June 14th from 1:00pm-4:00pm, and June 21st from 1:00pm-4:00pm.