May 2018
We Are Listening Sessions
I ndividual Artists * Arts in Education * Accessibility and Veterans Programs
Grants for Organizations
We want your feedback! The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is conducting four "We Are Listening" sessions to gather information about our programs.

Session 1- Individual Artist Awards and Session 2 - Arts in Education are closed to attend, however we are still accepting comments until July 1, 2018. Please email msac.commerce@maryland.gov with your feedback by July 1st. Please put in subject heading: FEEDBACK and the name of the program.

Session 3 - Accessibility and Veterans Programs and Session 4 - Grants for Organizations are still open to attend. Please note teleconference attendance is only available for the Grants for Organizations session.

Artist Resource Bulletin
Call for Artists Opportunities


The  MSAC Online Resource Bulletin , maintained by Maryland Art Place, is the place to find regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, and residencies as well as information on available studio spaces in the area. Updated on a weekly basis, the bulletin lists hundreds of arts opportunities, organized by subject and deadline date.  Here are some current opportunities:

School 33 Art Center  is accepting applications for its 2018 Fall & Winter Group Exhibitions. Deadline: June 25, 2018. More information and apply  here .

Join the inaugural celebration of Baltimore's rich Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) cultural history -  Charm City Night Market  - h eld during the lunar mid-autumn festival on a historic block of Baltimore's Chinatown. Deadline is July 31. Vendors or performers, more information and apply  here Facebook .

The Frederick County Arts Council   is looking for artists to display work in month-long shows at Winchester Hall. Interested? Send your information and work samples to the Frederick Arts Council at  info@frederickartscouncil.org   (reference Winchester Hall Opportunity in the subject line). Deadline: August 31, 2018

If you have information that you wish to have included in the Resource Bulletin, please send it to  naomi@mdartplace.org .  
Maryland Artist Registry Profile
Update or Create Yours Now!

Find Artists! Buy Maryland Art! Showcase Your Art!
Sell Your Art!

We’re updating Maryland’s Artist Registry & Marketplace to make sure it remains a current resource. Starting this month, artist profiles that haven’t been updated in two years will be hidden until they are updated. Log in and revise your contact information and work samples to remain on the registry. 

Not yet on the Registry? Join today, and don’t forget to join the marketplace too if you sell your work online.


Hagerstown Cultural Trail
New Mural Dedicated

On May 22, the Maryland Public Art Commission (MPAC) visited the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail . The trail is one of eight catalyst projects in the City Center Plan, a roadmap for downtown development. Public art is being incorporated along the trail route, with more than seven new artwork pieces dedicated in the last two years. MPAC Commissioners were photographed in front of a new mural Building Blocks by artist HENSE also locally dubbed ‘The Mural of Unusual Size.’

 Pictured left to right: MPAC Commissioner Rodney Tissue, City of Hagerstown; Liesel Fenner, MSAC; MPAC Commissioners: Elaine Bachmann, Maryland State Archives; Leslie Kahn, Architect, Administrative Office of the US Courts; Elizabeth Hughes, Maryland Historical Trust; Catherine Leggett, MPAC Chair; Kathy O’Dell Ph.d., UMBC; Molline Jackson, MNCPPC; Rand Griffin, Corporate Office Properties Trust (Ret.)
Invasive Queer Kudzu
Solo exhibition by Aaron McIntosh at School 33

At the intersection of quilt-making, storytelling, archiving, and social practice, the  Invasive Queer Kudzu project generates leafy, quilted fabric vines adorned with stories that celebrate and make visible Southern queer culture from the past to the present day. 

 A series of Saturday Queer Quilting Bees open to the LGBTQ+ community and allies will encourage participants to contribute to the creation of story leaves to be added to the growing installation during the run of the exhibition. O n view through June 23rd at School 33 .
Individual Artist Awards
78 Artists Recognized at Annual Event
More than 125 people attended the Individual Artist Awards Ceremony (IAA) at the American Visionary Arts Museum on May 20, when 78 artists were recognized for their outstanding achievement and received grants to support their continued artistic growth.

This year’s awardees represented the fields of non-classical music composition and solo performance, crafts, photography and playwriting.

Submissions for the 2019 IAA awards are due by July 25. The categories are c reative non-fiction/fiction, media, digital/electronic arts, theater solo performance, painting and w orks on paper.

Photos of the 2018 event can be found on Facebook .
Artist Insight - Individual Artist Awardee Hillary Steel
One Artist's Journey
Hillary on her craft: Material and process are what drives me to create art. The slow labor of preparing and dyeing materials, dressing looms and weaving, affords me time to think and physically transform a simple linear element into whole cloth.

I have inherited a wealth of knowledge about textile processes from both known and unknown artisans. In practicing my craft for more than thirty years, I continually discover new ways to think about my work. Read the entire interview about Hillary's work and her experience receiving an Individual Artist Award.

Image: "Embrace" (detail) TEXTILE   Ikat and Shibori Resist Dyeing, Printing, Handweaving, Applique, Cotton, Silk    91”h x 71”w        
Poetry Out Loud Teacher Partner
How Poetry Out Loud Inspires Teachers and Students

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students, co-created and co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, in partnership with all state arts agencies.

MSAC recently chatted with Matt McCormick, Associate Head of Upper School at Indian Creek School in Anne Arundel County, whose student Cayla Turner is the 2018 Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Champion, to find out what the Poetry Out Loud experience is from the teacher’s point of view. Read Matt's interview .
Nominations Open for Made in the South Awards
Makers of Traditional Crafts, Foods and More Are Invited to Apply
Folklife practitioners in Maryland's southern reaches are invited to apply for the 2018 "Made in the South" awards, a recognition of excellence in Southern craftsmanship. Winners will be chosen in six categories: crafts, food, drink, style, home, and outdoors.

Each will be featured in Garden & Gun magazine, with a $10,000 prize reserved for the grand prize recipient. For deadlines and details, go to Made In The South awards .

Decoys in the studio of master carver Warren Saunders, Dorchester County. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
Maryland's Summer of Music
Choose From 25 Multi-Day Music Festivals

Welcome to Maryland's Summer of Music! A new tourism initiative aimed at highlighting Maryland’s diverse music scene over the summer months kicked off with DelFest in May and will play on all summer long until Sunfest on September 20-23 in Ocean City.

Share your Maryland music experiences on social media using the hashtags #MarylandMusic and #MDinFocus. Here are all the details! Maryland Summer of Music  
Executive Director Position
Baltimore Clayworks is in search of a visionary, strategic leader

Baltimore Clayworks, a nationally known non-profit ceramic arts center, seeks an entrepreneurial and multi-talented Executive Director who is, or can become a passionate advocate of ceramic art. The Executive Director will lead this organization with a mind for business and a commitment to building the capacity of ceramic art to transform lives. For more information and to apply, click here .
Ken's Corner

May began with the facilitation of a brainstorming session for the New Spire Arts Center in Frederick. Executive Director, Daniel Singh, is taking an inclusive, community-based approach as he and his staff develop this new arts powerhouse in Frederick. 

At the National Capital Region Summit for the Creative Forces initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, we spent two days hearing testimonies from veterans and the families of veterans related to how arts therapies aided in their healing. Maryland was well-represented and I look forward to expanding MSAC's role in this initiative.

Public events allow us the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments while gathering audiences to understand the impact of our work! Congratulations to the Nepal American International Film Festival , the Glen Echo Gala , and Plein Air Crisfield for shining a light on the great work in our state and far beyond its borders. Additionally, it was a pleasure to celebrate the legacy of retiring Carroll County Arts Council Executive Director Sandy Oxx, while welcoming new Executive Director, Judy Morley, all framed by the 16th Annual Members' Show.

Nicholas Cohen and I spent the day in Hagerstown at the first Washington County Arts Leadership Meeting, organized by Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Rebecca Massie Lane, and Mary Ann Burke, to discuss the community's vision for the future of the arts and its impact on residents.

Finally, congratulations to Steven Skerritt-Davis, Keena Stephenson, and the entire MSAC team for creating an atmosphere that celebrated and honored artistic excellence at the 2018 Individual Artist Awards , held at the American Visionary Arts Museum. 


Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council

Art Out & About - Events Calendar

Here is a glimpse of some of Executive Director Ken Skrzesz's recent arts travels.

An inspiring museum telling the story of an inspiring woman! Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park .
An energizing visit to Plein Air Crisfield . Talented artists, beautifully organized, and a trip to Tangier Island tossed in!
Opening night of the Nepal-America International Film Festival. Art unites all cultures! AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
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