Exchange residencies are dedicated to exploring emerging local ecologies of contemporary art production in key metropolis. 2015 highlighted Chicago, 2016 focused on Miami and for 2017 we are looking to Baltimore.

The program offers six fellowships (room/board/travel/$1000 honorarium) to artists based in the chosen city to participate in an Elsewhere Residency, creating site-specific projects in or around Elsewhere’s 100-year-old building.

The program also serves as an incubator for collaborative creation and critical, experimental artwork, while building networks among a common field of alternative artists and arts organizations.


Elsewhere seeks to curate a dynamic, interdisciplinary artist experience that will generate collaborative formations among local artists from Baltimore and build connectivity between our two cities. The program offers six fellowships to Baltimore artists to participate in the month-long Elsewhere residency happening 8.8 – 9.5.2017.

The Hagerstown Cultural Trail has released two fast track calls at the links below: — interactive sculpture project, Submission deadline is one month away on 2/15/17 and we hope to have sculptures in place by June; open to artists who work or live within 75 miles of Hagerstown; this includes Baltimore and Washington DC and much of Maryland. — a photography project, Submission Deadline is 4/1/17, and the winners will have their photos on the Trail when it opens officially in June, open to all photographers anywhere (novice to pro), but the subjects must be people who live or work in Hagerstown and the photos must be taken in Hagerstown.

The information meeting is only a week away — Thursday, January 19 at Hagerstown City Hall. It looks like the meeting will be streamed live (Facebook and on the local cable channel) for those who can’t make the trip, and a video of the meeting will be posted on YouTube the next day. That said, for many artists it is usually preferable to be in the room.

2017 Rubys Artist Project Grants

Grants are offered in four broad discipline categories—Performing Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Literary Arts—and applications in each discipline category are accepted once per year. Artists may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support the creation of new artwork over a 12-month period.

The next grant cycle will open for applications on January 1, 2017 and will focus on the disciplines of performing art and media arts.

The deadline to submit an application is February 28, 2017 11:59pm EST. The grant guidelines and information on attending a grant workshops have been posted below.

Grant Workshops: Attend a grant workshop to learn about the application process for a Rubys Artist Project Grant as well as about general grantwriting tips and strategies. RSVP to attend any of these workshops here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6pm Motor House (120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 6:30pm Towson University, Center for the Arts, Lecture Hall 2032 (7700 Osler Dr, Towson 21204)
Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 6pm Motor House (120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201)

Drop-In Application Review Session: Thursday, February 23, 2017 10am to 4pm @ Motor House (120 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21201) Stop by with a draft of your application and receive feedback prior to submitting. First come, first serve. No RSVP necessary. Free.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, an artist must be: A resident of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County both at the time of application and when the grant is awarded; A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident; At least 21 years old; An active practicing artist who has pursued their profession in their chosen discipline for more than three years.

Apply: The application platform will open for submission on January 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted via here. (The link will go live on January 1.)

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2005. In this exhbition, the Jurors will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in June 2017.

Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company.

Eligibility: Must be 18 or older and permanent, full-time resident of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

Artwork Requirements: All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Artwork does not have to be for sale at the exhibition. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards.

Fees: $25 entry fee 5 slides or cd with 5 images

Deadline: February 17, 2017

Notification Mailed: March 10, 2017

Exhibition Date: June 2017

Awards: Best in Show – $10,000, Second Place – $2,000, Third Place – $1,000, Young Artist – $1,000

If you have any questions, contact Valerie Hillman at

Click here for more information on this opportunity.

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) is calling for artists for their exhibition, Art on Paper. MFA invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 40th annual Art on Paper competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D work created on or of paper without the artist’s use of software includes but is not limited to, collage, artist book, origami, printmaking, painting, sculpture, analog photography, and more, will be considered by the juror. Works selected will be on exhibit in MFA’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from March 30 to April 29, 2017. The exhibition chair is Carole Falk.

A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.

Deadine: January 17

Entry fee: $35 (MFA members, $20) for one or two entries and $5 each for up to four additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Cash awards: Total $1000. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Click here for more information on this opportunity.


DEADLINE: rolling

Vox Populi is now accepting proposals for performance work on a rolling basis. Performances will take place in our lobby area during select First Friday receptions.

Proposals may take a multitude of forms: experimental music or dance, workshops, discussions, performance art or alternative temporary exhibitions. Vox Populi is interested in artists, curators, and performers who work in experimental media or employ alternative methodologies in their work, and invites applicants to take advantage of the open ended nature of this call.

Proposals should outline the planned work accurately but succinctly and include images, video or audio files if necessary. Proposals are considered on an as-needed basis and may not receive a timely response. Please wait one year before reapplying with the same work. Performers will receive a $100 honorarium for their work.

Email submissions and any questions to with the subject line “First Friday Performance” No phone calls please!

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announce the FY18 Creative Baltimore Fund.  Through the Creative Baltimore Fund, BOPA grants funds to qualified artists, and arts and cultural organizations based in Baltimore City.

Grant Programs
Creative Baltimore has two primary grant programs:

Mayor’s Individual Artist Award – Project Support (PS) 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 Support (GOS) provides core support for established arts or cultural organizations that benefit the public and are artistically or culturally vibrant.

Grant Timeline
January 01, 2017 – Application Available in PDF format for review and online for submission.
March 31, 2017 – Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET
April 24 – 28, 2017 – Panel Review
June 2017 – Grant Awards Announced
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 – Grant Period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.

The Creative Baltimore Fund is made possible through monetary support from the billboard tax and helps art programs and projects come to fruition and continue to enhance the City of Baltimore. Recipients are selected by an independent panel.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the Creative Baltimore Fund, call 410-752-8632, or visit