Independent Artist Awards (IAA) Virtual Exhibition/ MSAC Summer 2021
Exhibition: May 10th - July 16th, 2021
Opening reception: Online exhibition via virtual online platform (Kunstmatrix) and social media. Select artworks are also on display at BWI Marshall Airport until September 24th.
Featuring artists: 32 visual art pieces from IAA awardees
About the exhibition: 66 Maryland visual/media artists were recognized through the 2021 Independent Artist Awards. All awardees were invited to participate in the digital exhibition. To learn more about the IAAs and to see the full list of awardees, click here.
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Exhibition: February 5th - April 5th, 2021
Opening reception: Online Exhibition via virtual online platform (Kunstmatrix) and social media
Panelists: Ebony Evans, Erin Peters, Jessica Francine Teachey, Precious Blanita Stone, Tracy A Causey-Jeffery
Featuring artists: 50 selected artists for visual arts, literature, performance, multimedia
About the exhibition: A person’s identity is constantly evolving and can include their cultural identity, social identity, gender identity, racial identity, and the intersection of multiple identities to form one’s whole self. MSAC is reflecting self-reflective art that expresses and explores how the artist perceives themself through this online exhibition.
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Exhibition period: May 7th - June 30th, 2020
Opening reception: Online Exhibition via website and social media
Jurors: Laura Amussen, Kelly Mahan, and Jillian Abir MacMaster
Featuring artists: 25 selected Visual Artists
Special guest: First Lady of Maryland, Yumi Hogan
About the exhibition: Women and Nature was the inaugural online exhibition from Maryland State Arts Council. It was a juried open-call exhibition exploring our relationship with Mother Earth through 2-dimensional visual art created by Maryland artists. The exhibition presented a variety of media within two-dimensional works, including drawing, painting, mixed-media collage, and photography.
26 pieces of visual arts created by 25 artists from 13 counties across Maryland and the First Lady of Maryland as a special guest were viewed online via three different social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Exhibition period: January 9th - March 19th, 2020
Opening reception: January 9th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring artists: Over 50 participants (a growing exhibition as a wishing tree concept)
About the exhibition: Dear Mom was an exhibition for visual art and written messages to celebrate and embrace the relationships between artists and their mothers and/or mother-figures in their lives through a compilation of visual art and written communications. This was a non-juried open-call exhibition and anyone (without any age limits) who lives in Maryland was eligible to submit their postcard art and a written letter to be installed at the exhibition. This exhibition started with 30 pieces of postcards, and over 60 pieces of postcards and handwritten letters were mailed and dropped off to our gallery and were exhibited.
Exhibition period: September 12th - November 14th, 2019
Opening reception: September 12th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring artist: Edwin Remsberg (a solo exhibition with Maryland Traditions program)
About the exhibition: This was a documentary photography show curated by and featuring the work of Edwin Remsberg. The Photographer is Listening: Edwin Remsberg’s Images of Musical Traditions included 25 photographs representing traditional musicians documented by Remsberg in his work with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program. Each photograph was accompanied by a QR code linking to a multimedia presentation about the artist.
Exhibition period: April 18th - July 8th, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring artists: Kenneth Jones, Mike Morris, Ernie Satchell, and Patrick Henry
About the exhibition (written collectively by the artists): This Exhibit has been forged by the culture of a region, enduring friendships, the African American experience, artistic vision and the touch of the Divine. Each artist is driven by Divine assignment to speak sundry messages to the viewer. These messages can be as subtle as the gentle revelation of texture, form, and the simple life of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, to luridly decrying the racism and injustice that still pervades the fabric of our society as a whole. Allow these images and forms to speak to you.
A total of 58 visual artworks including oil paintings, photographs, digital illustrations, and ceramic pieces created by four senior male African American teaching artists from the Eastern Shore region were exhibited.
Exhibition period: February 7th - April 5th, 2019
Opening reception: February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring artists: 15 selected artists, including folk artists from the Maryland Traditions program
About the exhibition: The pieces in this show offered a colorful look into Maryland’s fiber arts practices today, with a focus on natural materials like cotton, silk, wool, leather, and paper, which have passed through hands of skilled artisans and contemporary artists from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Traditional fiber art techniques such as dyeing, knitting, quilting, stitching, and weaving were integrated with natural materials in the creation of artistic expressions of artists' living cultural traditions and life stories.
Exhibition period: October 25th, 2018 - January 13th, 2019
Opening reception: October 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring artists: 25 selected artists
About the exhibition: Marylanders have a rich history of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state through the artistic tradition of landscapes. The exhibit presented a range of media from painting to photography to poetry, revealing nature in all its seasons, the built environment, and the intersection of both. Capturing moments of the present, often revealing the past, the works illustrate the diversity of talent by artists who call Maryland home.