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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announced Art in August, a month-long celebration of art experiences featuring Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions, the B2020 Virtual Exhibition, the Virtual Artist Café, and Saturday Night Virtual DJs. These programs lead up to and occured during the previously announced Artscape Online Artists’ Market, which opened for business virtually from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Artist Pop-Up Series
The Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions were a series of outdoor galleries providing the opportunity for artists to show their work, expand their network, and generate sales while offering a safe and socially distanced gallery experience outdoors. The artists participating are AMBROSE, Marie Amegah, Italo De Dea, McKinley Wallace III, and Will Watson. The exhibitions took place each Sunday in August at 1706 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 from 1 PM to 3 PM in collaboration with Hot Sauce Artist Collective. BOPA thanks Theatre Parking, Inc. for partnering to temporarily transform the parking lot into an outdoor art space with the Artist Pop-Up Exhibitions on Sundays.
Sunday, August 2
Will Watson is an American artist from Indianapolis, Indiana, and based in Baltimore, Maryland. Watson received his MFA in Painting at The Maryland Institute College of Art in the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting class of 2018. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in May 2011 from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, Herron School of Art and Design.
Sunday, August 9
Marie Amegah is a Togolese visual magician based in the Washington DC area. Her work elaborates on a range of topics in media such as painting, collage, and digital work.
Sunday, August 16
Italo De Dea was born in 1993 in the north of Brazil and has lived in Baltimore since 2014. Italo received an Art/Studio MFA from Art Studio program at Towson University and has been showing in local spaces in Baltimore, as well as teaching printmaking and drawing workshops in Maryland and Brazil for the past three years.
Sunday, August 23
AMBROSE is an emerging artist from Western North Carolina with roots in Florida. She is a self-taught painter and seamstress who received her BA in African-American Studies from Yale College in 2018, concentrating in arts & culture. She has extensive experience as a teaching artist working with youth and in the community. Her experience in the liberation movement and social justice spaces across the South continues to inform her praxis as a Black, queer, southern artist who strives to create work that heals, transforms and makes a tangible impact for Black and Indigenous people and communities.
Sunday, August 30
McKinley Wallace III is a painter and draftsman whose art depicts strength expounded by the oppressed and an educator dedicated to cultivating people-oriented environments that foster inclusive community building and high-quality learning. Wallace received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio work has obtained both local and national attention. He has also worked collaboratively to create murals for NIKE, Inc., Access Art, Inc., and Monarch Global Academy.
B2020 Virtual Exhibition
The B series is an exhibition featuring the best emerging artists in Baltimore. This year’s exhibition, B2020, will be presented virtually as part of Art in August. The theme for B2020 is a presentation of Black, Male and Body. B2020 honors the 1994 landmark exhibition Black Male at the Whitney Museum of American Art curated by Thelma Golden. The artists featured in B2020 are Chris Batten, Ram Brisueno, Anthony Chukwu, Walter Cruz, Kayla Fryer, Andrew Gray, Moses Jeune, Xavier Lightfoot, Charles Mason III, Derrick “DJ” Smith, McKinley Wallace III and Will Watson. The virtual exhibition opened here on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and will run until October 31, 2020.
Virtual Artist Café
From cocktails to canvases, curation to couture, everything was open for discussion in the Virtual Artist Café. The Artist Café was a virtual artist talk series featuring conversations between favorite local and national artists. The series featured four artist talks, including participants from the Artscape Online Artists’ Market.
Tuesday, August 18, 7-8 PM: LINK
Baltimore-based artists Monica Ikegwu (featured on Oprah Winfrey Network's Cherish the Day, produced by Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay) & Akea Brionne Brown (2019 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner); Moderator: Angela N. Carroll, Artist-Archivist (BMoreArt, Hyperallergic, Stevenson University.)
Friday, August 21, 7-8 PM: LINK
Illustrator and storyteller Priyanka Kumar (Bromo Seltzer Studio Fellowship recipient) will join Community artist and sculptor Rikiesha Metzger; Qwishuna Smith, quirky accessory designer, and visual artist Christopher Metzger.
Tuesday, August 25, 7-8 PM: LINK
Acclaimed Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns in conversation with International Curator and ARTNOIR Co-Founder, Larry Ossei-Mensah.
Thursday, August 27, 7-8 PM: LINK
In the Atelier w/ Bishme Cromartie (American fashion designer from Baltimore and Project Runway Finalist).
Saturday Night Virtual DJs
From 7-9 PM on Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, August 29 BOPA welcomed 2 dynamic DJs for Virtual DJ Nights!
Saturday, August 22, 2020: DJ Sovthpaw
Saturday, August 29, 2020: DJ J Gray
Artscape Online Artists’ Market
The Artscape Online Artists’ Market featured an online directory of 75 artists showcasing, promoting and selling their artistry (featuring visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and culinary arts). The Artists’ Market was open for business from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, 2020. Participating artists (selected by a jury of professionals in the fields of craft, fine art, fashion and design) can be found here. University of Baltimore is the Community Sponsor for the Artscape Online Artists' Market.