Civin OverallInstallation view of This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of it by Marcus Civin. Photography by Kim Llerena.

School 33 Art Center Presents:

Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions By Renee Rendine, Marcus Civin, and Bobby English Jr.

Curated by Melissa Webb

 

What follows is a dialogue between artist Marcus Civin and curator Melissa Webb. Marcus Civin’s performance installation, This table is a drum/These feet are drumsticks/And I’m sick of it will be on view at School 33 until June 18, 2016, as a part of Shape Shifters: Performative Constructions.

Civin will perform Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 pm and Saturday, June 11, at 12:00 noon. The June 11 event will feature performances by Civin and Bobby English Jr., and a panel discussion featuring Laure Drogoul, Alessandra Torres, Leslie Rogers, and Hoesy Corona and Ada Pinkston of Labbodies performance art laboratory, as well as the artists and curator of Shape Shifters.

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Gallery detail from one of our 2015 Juried Exhibitions, Move, Maneuver. Track and Trapise, curated by Karyn Miller

Gallery detail from one of our 2015 Juried Exhibitions, Move, Maneuver. Track and Trapise, curated by Karyn Miller.

School 33 Art Center is now accepting submissions from artists for our 2016 juried group exhibitions. Applications are to be received no later than Monday, February 1, 2016, at 11:59 am.

This call for entry is open to visual artists working in any medium. Through this open call, School 33 aims to present new work by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad.

Our jurors, Jose’ Ruiz and Cynthia Connolly, will select artists based upon individual artistic merit and curatorial vision.

To apply, and to learn more about the call, our jurors, and School 33, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/1m1iuiM .

Please contact Melissa Webb, Exhibitions Manager with any questions- mwebb@promotionandarts.org

"Subtext" by Carrie Fucile; Photographed by Sarada Conaway

“Subtext” by Carrie Fucile; Photographed by Sarada Conaway

"Sticky Fingers", by Lauren Boilini. Photographed by Kim Llerena

“Sticky Fingers”, by Lauren Boilini. Photographed by Kim Llerena

Call for Proposals:
School 33 Project Space
Application Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015
Notification Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

School 33 Art Center is now accepting proposals for the next two exhibitions in our 165 sq ft Project Space. Exhibitions will be approximately two months long and correspond with the exhibition dates of the Main Gallery and Members Gallery from April through August of 2015.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required to apply for School 33 Art Center membership. To join School 33 or renew your membership, please visit http://school33.org/index.cfm?page=support or call 443-263-4350.

With the Project Space, School 33 Art Center is committed to providing opportunities for emerging artists to present intimate bodies of work or realize more experimental installations that they may not otherwise have the support in doing. We are open to video projections, installations, mini-exhibitions, or any other ideas for which this would be an ideal space.

Please visit the following link for the official call, where you will find the application, or visit www.school33.org

https://boparegistrations.wufoo.com/forms/school-33-project-space-call-for-proposals/

Last weekend the Baltimore D:Center hosted the 5th annual Open Space Print and Multiples Fair (PMF).  With lectures, exhibitions, talks and of course art in multiples for sale at a variety of prices, this locally organized creative pow-wow has become a hugely anticipated event for regional and local art makers and collectors.  Sometime in the Fall of 2013 I was having a conversation with two of the Open Space members, Nick Peelor and Margo Benson Malter, about Artscape 2014 and they expressed a interest in finding a way to highlight Baltimore’s growing small gallery community and bring some of the excitement of PMF to our annual sweltering summer arts fest.  The concept for Alternative Art Fair grew from there and we are excited that Nick and Margo are on board to organize and curate our inaugural gathering of small gallery and alternative exhibitions spaces at Artscape.  To shed some more light on the thinking that went into planning the fair I did a short interview with the curators, their answers are below accompanied by crowd sourced documentation from #PMFV. -Ryan Patterson

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Over the last five years the Open Space Prints and Multiples Fair has grown into a highly anticipated destination arts event in Baltimore. I know that PMF is a ton of work but always a lot fun for everyone involved. What was your inspiration for this “gallery fair” style event? 

Nick: I think a big part of the inspiration behind this event was trying to figure out a way for galleries to be more involved in Artscape.  Due to the outdoor nature of Artscape, It can be difficult to show gallery work. We went to Art Basel this December, and seeing the work at the NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Fair was super inspiring as well. We wanted to do a fair that would operate with a similar vibe to the Publications and Multiples fair, but showcase all of the amazing galleries in Baltimore and abroad. It’s cool to see so many spaces around the country with alternative models doing such great work. It seems that in the last few years, Baltimore is heading in this really rad direction in terms of all of the art spaces that are popping off; we thought it’d be a good idea to tap into that energy and show it to a wider audience.

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So as curators of the Alternative Art Fair what are you goals for the project?

Margo: The fifth Prints and Multiples Fair happened last weekend, and the curation of that event read really strongly in the quality of the work presented. There wasn’t one table there that didn’t have something interesting to offer. Both vendors and attendees commented on this to me over the course of the weekend and I would like to have that same level of variety and also the same level of quality across the board at the Artscape Fair. With events like this you’re putting trust in the vendors or galleries you select to come through and the process of picking those spaces carefully will help ensure that.

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In what ways do you believe that participating art spaces will benefit from their involvement in the fair?

Margo: I hope they sell stuff! This is a really concrete benefit which will hopefully happen but also we hope that this fair will help create a feeling of a larger community existing both within Baltimore and with out of town folks. Nick: Mostly, I think it’ll be a great chance to show off work to Artscape’s 350,000+ attendees. There’s been some talk lately about the exclusivity of artist run spaces, although I do not necessarily agree with that sentiment, I do think this will be a great opportunity to be as open to the public as possible. I’m hoping that spaces will gain new audience members in the future from seeing them at this event.

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Why do you think it is important to give alternative art spaces an opportunity to exhibit themselves and their artists in the context of a city-wide arts festival?

Margo: It’s important to contextualize ourselves in the broader community because we know there is that dialog around this specific crowd in Baltimore being inaccessible or exclusive. Even if people feel those characterizations are true the reason a lot of galleries are not street level storefronts is that warehouse space is all the gallery can afford. I’m hoping organizing this fair in conjunction with something as mainstream as Artscape will turn the conversation towards seeing the value in all of the work of these organizations. It is also nice to give people an accessible way to engage with the amazing work these spaces and curators are putting out there. Nick: Mostly, I think there are amazing spaces in Baltimore showing great work and I’d like to help get them more exposure. I want to celebrate spaces that organize amazing shows around the country, that do so because they love art. Some people might have negative associations with the “Art World” and I’d like to present an alternate Art World that is centered in appreciation for experimentation and alternative models for working and organizing.

As founding members of the Open Space collective tell us about your experience being a part of and managing events for a Baltimore based alternative art space? What have been your observations?

Margo: So Open Space is a very “DIY” space. We are funded through the community that patronizes our openings and events mostly through throwing parties. We also get occasional donations from individuals. But by and large we just basically put on art shows and throw parties. This is a really great model because there is very little time spent doing administrative work, soliciting donations, writing grants, or trying to please donors. We have never had to answer to a board or anyone really other than each other. This allows us to focus our energies more on curating work and producing engaging programming, like this fair! NP: We don’t make any money as individuals for the work that we do with Open Space, which is a bummer. There aren’t a lot of people buying work in Baltimore from alternative art spaces. We all work full time jobs and maintain our individual art practices in addition to doing Open Space programming. It’s a labor of love for sure. It’s really fun to show great art and make good things happen in Baltimore, the payment right now is seeing amazing things come together and having a hand in it. Baltimore is rad because everyone running a DIY space is doing so because they love art; it’s not about making money. PMFV 007    PMFV 008

What are other ways to get to know the local DIY arts scene beyond attending the fair?

Nick : I’d recommend checking out these spaces: sophiajacob, Rock512Devil, Springsteen, Current Space, Area 405, Guest Spot at the Reinstitute, Lease Agreement, Gallery Four, Bodega Gallery, Lil’ Gallery, Penthouse, and the Annex 2e. There are probably some spaces I’m forgetting, but these will give you a great introduction to Baltimore’s DIY art scene. Some of these spaces have been around for 20+ years, while others have been around for a few months. There’s a new event that Kimi Hanauer has been organizing for a few months called ALLOVERSTREET, where many of the galleries in Station North have openings on the same night. It’s a good event to help you navigate the confusing corridors of the CopyCat and Annex and see some amazing work.

The Alternative Art Fair will take place on the first floor of the Charles Street Parking Garage at 1710 N. Charles Street during the  33rd Annual Artscape in Baltimore, July 18-20, 2014.  AAF is crated by Nick Peelor and Margo Benson Malter with support and oversight from Marian April Glebes and production support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and Guppy Management. Applications to participate in the Alternative Art Fair are being accepted through  Monday, March 17th at this link: ALTERNATIVE ART FAIR APPLICATION

With Support from Americans For the Arts Vans sneakers once again presents the Vans Custom Culture shoe design and customization High School art Competition.

Teachers should enroll their school in this project for their students to get a chance to design their own pair of Vans sneakers as well as win a trip to New York and prizes for their art department.

for More info go to http://www.vans.com/customculture/

Save the Date! On February 3, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Moving Image and Visual Arts. The Inquiry Form will be open until February 28 at 4:00pm EST.

Creative Capital seeks to support work that is artistically rigorous, articulates an original vision, takes risks and has the potential for great impact. Visit creative-capital.org/apply to read the award guidelines and learn more about the application process, or attend an in-person or online information session.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • At least 25 years old
  • A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
  • Not a full-time student

Creative Capital is an impact-driven arts organization that supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Using a pioneering approach inspired by venture-capital principles, Creative Capital surrounds artists with the resources they need to realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial and advisory support to 419 projects representing 529 artists, and its Professional Development Program has reached 6,500 artists in more than 275 communities. Questions? Visit creative-capital.org/apply or email awards@creative-capital.org.

SIGN PAINTERS a film by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon
MICA Design League is hosting Baltimore’s first screening of this movie.

“Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.”

http://signpaintermovie.blogspot.com/

This is the first and only scheduled screening of this movie in Baltimore. Free and open to the public! not to be missed!