BmoreArt’s Picks: July 26 – August 1 – Baltimore Fishbowl | Candle Made Easy

BmoreArts Selection: July 26th – August 1st

In this week: Hosey Corona at the Conrad Hotel, Evergreen Museum hosts the African Diaspora Alliance, Megan Koeppel, James Williams II and Maren Henson at the 2022 Sondheim Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony at Walters, Quincy Goldsmith hosts Plant & Sip at Stem & Vine, Station North Arts Walk , Baltimore Met Gala at the BMA Sculpture Garden and Fluid Movement’s yacht rocket — PLUS Free Fall Baltimore Grant Opportunity and other special offers.

BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events and performances happening in the Baltimore area. For a broader perspective, visit the BmoreArt calendar page, which features ongoing exhibitions and performances and is updated daily.

To submit your calendar event, email us at events@bmoreart.com!

In flower
runs until 30.09
@ Conrad Hotel | Washington, D.C

In flower is a site-specific installation by artist Hoesy Corona, curated by Latela Curatorial for Conrad Washington DC. This installation opens the hotel’s lobby exhibition series in collaboration with Latela Curatorial. This diverse program of quarterly installations has been established to center and support artists from our own community.

Corona creates works in a variety of mediums that include installation, performance, and video. His process involves the creation of ritual objects within folkloric narratives that compassionately focus on issues of climate change and social difference.

In flower highlights Corona’s interest in creating mythological characters and shows recurring suspects in Corona’s work: plant people and mother scapegoat.

plant people are charming environmentalists who refer to both ceremonial totems and the modern archetype of the influencer. You could think of them as plants in the hands of humans, or messengers of nature asking for attention and protection.

mother scapegoat is an earth deity who welcomes people to meditate with her to access deeper compassion. mother scapegoat is part of a larger set of variations that embody social and environmental security, connection, acceptance, and refuge.

Return and Remembrance Diaspora Homecoming
Tuesday 26 July • 6pm-8pm
@ Evergreen Museum + Library

What is your vision of black liberation?

Join us in collaboration with the African Diaspora Alliance to celebrate black liberation! Featuring the theatrical performance “200 Years of Returns” – a dramatic, musical and dance performance focusing on the release, repatriation and freedom dreams of black people living in the DMV and those who welcomed them in the country now called Liberia have focused, we will also have African diaspora artists as a special guest! This performance, held on Liberia’s Independence Day, July 26, highlights the tensions surrounding the bicentenary of US black (re)settlement in West Africa. What does it mean to return to the place of your ancestors? How do we understand the emergence of the African diaspora? How can artists question the myths of shared history between the US and Liberia? What are some of the freedom dreams of African and African diaspora artists? In this historical and anthropological account of the circles, cycles, interactions, and encounters of Black people on both sides, enjoy performances by actors from B4 Youth Theater Liberia in collaboration with several Black theater actor interpreters from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Baltimore-based dancers in the Atlantic in the early 19th century .

Join us!

GETTING THERE: Bloomberg Hall is located on San Martin Drive, just past the Space Telescope Science Institute, with the Muller Deck being the nearest parking garage. The San Martin parking garage or the Hopkins Club lot are also decent options.

Sondheim Art Prize 2022 Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Thursday 28 July • 6pm-8pm
@ The Walters Art Museum

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the exhibition of finalists for the 17th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize presented by M&T Bank with the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council. The work of Maren Henson, Megan Koeppel and James Williams II will be on display at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, from July 21 to September 18, 2022.

The jury, made up of Catherine Morris, Jean Shin and Kambui Olujimi, conducts a final interview with each artist in their exhibition space before determining the winner of the $30,000 prize. The winner of the 2022 Sondheim Art Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony and opening ceremony on Thursday 28 July 2022.

Please join us from 6pm to 8pm to celebrate these brilliant Baltimore artists and find out the winner of the 2022 Sondheim Art Prize.

To respond go to: https://thewalters.org/event/sondheim-awards-2022/

Get to know the finalists

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Megan Koeppel is a fiber artist currently residing in Baltimore. She received her BFA from MICA in 2018, where she studied Fine Art and Curatorial Practices. Recently, her work has been exhibited both locally and in her home state, at spaces such as Var Gallery (Milwaukee), Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (Cedarburg, Wisconsin), Material Gallery + Studio (Milwaukee), VisArts (Rockville, Maryland), Monochrome Art Fair (Washington, DC) and at the Creative Alliance (Baltimore). Koeppel currently works as an exhibition program coordinator at VisArts in Rockville.

As the hidden artifacts behind historical conspiracies become public information, Maren Henson reexamines the role of the conspiracy and how it shaped American culture. Her videos, drawings and sound installations examine how cultural narratives are manipulated and controlled. She received her MFA degree from Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2017. She has exhibited work in New York, Boston, LA, Puerto Rico, Maryland and Texas. Henson currently resides in Baltimore.

James Williams II is a curator and interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on issues of social and cultural identity in the United States. His most recent project has been curating the show “Future Planets” at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts – an exhibition showcasing the creativity of young artists aged 3-15 alongside their creative and established parents. Williams is a recipient of the MFA Joan Mitchell Foundation award, the Bromo Seltzer Fellowship and has been an artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore. Originally from upstate New York, Williams received his master’s degree from Mount Royal School of Art at MICA, where he currently teaches.

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