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Honoring the Contributions of Women Artists
Valerie Maynard
LaToya M. Hobbs
Monica Ikegwu
March is Women's History Month, and it is a historical fact that women artists have left an indelible mark on our city's arts & culture scene. Presently, women artists continue to make waves in Baltimore's creative community, gaining national and international recognition in the process.

Like renowned sculptor, printmaker, and designer Valerie Maynard. Born in 1937 in Harlem, Valerie's career has taken her up and down the Eastern seaboard and abroad to Sweden, Nigeria, Mozambique, and the Virgin Islands. Currently based in Baltimore, several of Valerie's pieces — two sculptures and works on paper — were acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) in 2020. They are the first of her works to enter the museum’s collection.

Last fall, the BMA opened an exhibition entitled "All Due Respect" featuring the work of four female artists. One of these artists is the 2020 Sondheim Art Prize recipient LaToya Hobbs, best known for her large-scale portraits depicting Black women. LaToya balances her work with being a mother of two and a professor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is also a founding member of Black Women of Print, a collective that gives prominence to the narratives and works of Black women printmakers, past, present, and future.

Speaking of the future, one emerging artist to watch is figure painter Monica Ikegwu. Monica was featured in BOPA's 2020 Business of Art series and she has received numerous accolades in her budding career. She is a recipient of first place in the XL Catlin Art Prize (2018), a YoungArts Finalist (2017), a gold medal winner in the NAACP ACT-SO National competition (2016), and a Scholastic silver medal recipient (2016). Her paintings have been featured in the XL Catlin Art Prize traveling exhibition and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum (2018), and can be seen this summer at the Venice Biennale in Italy.

These three talents represent the incredible impact that women artists of all ages and stages of their career have had on Baltimore. Their influence continues to shape our cultural landscape and pave the way for new voices. May we support their work and celebrate their accomplishments all year round.
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On View at Top of the World & Bromo Tower
Ernest Shaw Jr.'s solo exhibition continues through Sunday, April 17, at the Top of the World Observation Level. 'Continuous Line' examines the uninterrupted connection between continental African traditional culture and Africans dispersed throughout the diaspora. For more information, hours, and tickets to Top of the World, click the button below.
The Emerge Baltimore exhibition series continues at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower with the work of three incredible artists: Aliana Grace Bailey, Raquel Thompson, and Derrick 'DJ' Smith. Their individual solo shows are on view through Sunday, April 24, 2022. For more information about visiting the Bromo Arts Tower, click the button below.
BOPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means our programming is largely funded by donations from our constituents. Your tax-deductible donation helps us produce more events like these exhibitions.
Connect + Collect With Ernest Shaw Jr.
Last Wednesday, we had 115 register to hear artist Ernest Shaw Jr. and BOPA's Public Art and Curation Manager Kirk Shannon-Butts join in conversation with BmoreArt's Jeffrey Kent & Cara Ober. If you missed this incredible dialogue, just click below to watch the full recording at your leisure.
Start Your Planning This Weekend!
Visitors need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours to attend. For more information, click the button below.
A Conversation With Nikole Hannah-Jones
CityLit Project presents the 19th annual CityLit Festival, a celebration of literature for readers and writers alike. "How We Break Free: Confronting Hard Truths" is the underlying theme of the month-long event this year.

On Saturday, March 12, CityLit is producing a full day of programming, culminating with the featured event at 2:00 p.m.: "The 1619 Project" creator and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with Martha S. Jones. The event takes place virtually and in person. It is free to attend, but registration is required. Click below to register.
BOPA is a sponsor of the CityLit Festival and is proud to partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to support readers and writers of all ages.
Tune In to the Virtual Award Ceremony
This Sunday, March 13, from 3:00–4:00 p.m., recipients of the Maryland Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (presented by Arcadia) will be honored during a virtual award ceremony. This is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Click below to go to BOPA's YouTube page where the ceremony will stream.
Promoting and facilitating youth arts programs like the Scholastic competition is made possible by the support of sponsors like Arcadia. As this year's presenting sponsor, Arcadia is donating an additional $100 to BOPA for every new signup as a way to further support the arts. 
Quantifying the Impact of Arts Across the City
Founded in 1977, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a well-established organization. Not all of BOPA's programs date back that far, but many of them have been a key part of Baltimore's cultural landscape for years.
Both the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, managed by the Baltimore City Arts Council, and the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, run by the Baltimore Film Office, are in their 17th year.
The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar is one of Baltimore's most beloved weekend traditions. The 45th season of the Market opens on Sunday, April 3, 2022, bright and early at 7:00 a.m.
For one fall weekend, artists across the City open their studios to art lovers of all ages during the Baltimore Open Studio Tour. Now in its 34th year, OST will take place during Free Fall Baltimore.
BOPA strives to inspire & engage audiences and cultivate the city's creative economy by producing a variety of events for artists and audiences like the flagship programs above. Donate at the button below to help us continue to support the artists and art lovers who make Baltimore beautiful.
See a Baltimore Sitcom at Center Stage
The world premiere of Baltimore playwright R. Eric Thomas's play "The Folks at Home" opens on Thursday, March 17, and runs through Sunday, April 10, at Baltimore Center Stage. Directed by Obie Award-winning director Stevie Walker-Webb, this show is a contemporary riff on the beloved family sitcoms of the 1970s. For showtimes & tickets, click below.
Exhibition Hosted by Chesapeake Arts Center
From March 7–April 28, at Chesapeake Arts Center's Hal Gomer Gallery, you can see selected works from women artists. Visitors are required to reserve a time to view the exhibit and will be checked in upon arrival. Masks are required to enter the gallery and CAC building. For hours, details, and biographies of the featured artists, click the button below.
Screening Over 70 Films
The Annapolis Film Festival showcases more than 70 films annually with the goal of bringing the community together through a shared film experience. Now in its 10th year, the festival takes place from Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3. For featured films, showtimes, and passes, click below.
Help Pick the Winner of This Inaugural Competiton
1/ST Racing and the Maryland Jockey Club have partnered with the Maryland
Institute College of Art (MICA) to launch "The Art of Racing," a unique art competition to honor the second jewel of the Triple Crown Series and its impact on Baltimore. From now until March 20, members of the public can cast their vote for their favorite piece of art. The winning artist of the inaugural competition will receive a $4,000 stipend and two tickets to Preakness 147 on May 21, 2022. To see the art and cast your vote, click below.
Stories About Baltimore's Creative Community
On Monday, March 8, WJZ kicked off a new daily segment with a visit to the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Watch as he gets a tour of the famous clock (the face of which is larger than Big Ben's!) at the link below.

The arts hub known as Area 405 in Station North was recently purchased by a partnership that intends to keep the space accessible and affordable to local artists. Read more about the future of this 120-year-old building on Oliver Street at the link below.

Baltimore Spirits Company (who often makes an appearance at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar) and MICA are partnering on a new art prize that will award $10K to a graduating art student. For details on this collaboration, read more at the link below.

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