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Local Art Organizations

Artscape Annual arts festival in Bolton Hill and Station North
Baltimore Arts Districts An arts overview by the City.
Baltimore Office of Promotion in the Arts (BOPA) has two websites, Baltimore Office of Promotion in the Arts (BOPA)
BMore On-line local art publication
Bromo Arts and Entertainment District located in close proximity to the city’s main sports venues, the convention center, central business district, and the Inner Harbor.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower A studio space building for visual and literary artists.
City Paper Arts section. Art scene essay
Maryland State Arts Council Use the search to filter “Baltimore City” to see MSAC funded spaces in the City.
Station North Arts and Entertainment District An official arts and entertainment district.
Station North Tool Library Affordable access to tools, skills, and workspace.

Art Centers and Galleries

Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
A multipurpose performance space, gallery, and bar that hosts esteemed touring and local musical acts as well as art shows with a focus on emerging artists.

The Windup Space
12 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
A multipurpose performance space, that hosts events by bands, artists, and makers.

Area 405
405 E. Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528-1968
This massive, artist-owned warehouse is the perfect place to go see a clandestine performance after dark or to see an out-there group show. Located in the Station North Arts District, it’s close to tons of other art spaces.

Springsteen Gallery
1511 Guilford Ave., B303, Baltimore, MD 21202
Artist-run gallery dedicated to showing young, newly established, and critically engaged artists.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore MD 21201
A studio space building for visual and literary artists. Open every Saturday for open studios and tours of the 15 story city landmark.

The Contemporary
Nomadic Pop Up Museum!
A nomadic, non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Commissions site-specific and subject-oriented projects and events.

Evergreen Museum
4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Museum operated by Johns Hopkins University that holds a prestigious collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books, and manuscripts.

Sophia Jacob
510 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201
A contemporary art space dedicated to a continuous program of exhibitions, lectures, and publications by emerging and established artists.

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209
Non profit ceramic art center and gallery that showcases ceramic works, as well as offering studio space and classes.

Unexpected Art
1205 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
Unexpected Art Space is an itinerant, pop-up gallery project that occupies otherwise vacant spaces with art works. They have a second location in the Silo Point building in Locust Point.

D Center
16 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
An academic center fostering a cross-section of disciplines and individuals invested in improving and encouraging design, in all its iterations, in the Baltimore region.

C. Grimaldis Gallery
523 N. Charles St.#1, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-539-1080
One of Baltimore’s only high-end, big-name, selling galleries, Grimaldis plays a unique role in the art scene here. The venerable nature of the gallery doesn’t take away its edge.

Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.,
410-276-1651
This Highlandtown creative art center hosts something almost every night, from gallery shows to music performances to film screenings and more. They also do community outreach, offer workshops, host parties, and have a fantastic bar/restaurant on the premises. Seriously, this is the place to be on any given day.

Fox 2 & 3 Gallery, MICA
1300 W Mount Royal St., Baltimore MD 21217
As the hub of the GFA Department, the Fox 2 Gallery exhibits a wide variety of work by the GFA, Painting,  Printmaking and Drawing departments.

Goya Contemporary
3000 Chestnut Ave., Studio 214,
410-366-2001
Goya represents major artists like Joyce J. Scott and Soledad Salame, and produces an impressive array of publications.

Guest Spot @ the Reinstitute
1715 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Curator Rod Malin moved this gallery from his Fells Point home into the Station North Arts District with a radical idea. In addition to curating a wide variety of shows, Malin hopes that the Guest Spot can provide a kind of alternative art education with programming, lectures, and students.

H&H Building
405 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21202
The H&H Building hosts several different galleries and performance spaces, including Nudashank and Gallery Four (two of the best galleries in town).

Jordan Faye Contemporary
218 W Saratoga, 5th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

Load of Fun Arts
120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202
The former home of Single Carrot and Glass Mind theaters and a number of artists studios.
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Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
8 Market Place, Power Plant Live, Suite 100,
(410) 962-8565
Maryland Art Place, or MAP, feels like a bit of Station North snuck into David Cordish’s Power Plant Live complex. With powerful curation of ambitious shows and the Curators’ Incubator program to help train new curators, MAP is redesigning the map of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 669-9200
Spread across MICA’s Bolton Hill campus, on the edge of Mount Vernon, are a number of galleries featuring the works of graduate and undergraduate students, professors, and working artists. You have the chance to see art of every medium, from video to video game art, from high-caliber artists who know how to put on a show.

School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 263-4350
There’s always something different going on at this Federal Hill space. The brick-and-brownstone building is home to everchanging gallery shows and studio and classroom space for artists and the community.

Station North Chicken Box
1 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
stationnorth.org
The new headquarters of Station North Arts and Entertainment Inc. acts as a welcome center for the district, an art gallery, and a theater.

Subbasement Artist Studios
118 N. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Sub Basement Artist Studios, founded in 2003, has showcased work from over 180 Artists. Our venue has been used for numerous exhibitions, workshops, fundraising events, weddings, funerals, CD release parties, and artist studios.

Current Gallery
421 N. Howard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Artist-run gallery and studio, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers.

Museums

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
Take care not to be blinded when approaching this building on a sunny day: it’s covered in mirrored mosaics bright enough to set a fleet of ships on fire. The inside is just as whimsical, featuring the weird works of self-taught artists on the fringe. The store on the first level has anything you could imagine ever needing, and several things you’ve never thought of.

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1700
Home of the billion-dollar post-Impressionism Cone Collection, the BMA also has a large sampling of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art, the last of which is housed in the museum’s impressive new Contemporary Wing. With its director, Doreen Bolger, arguably the city’s biggest booster of artists, the museum itself has once again become central to the city’s art scene. Sit with Rodin’s “The Thinker” before you go to the sculpture gardens on a journey through the figurative to the abstract. And it’s free.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 263-1800
This museum, dedicated to African-American history, is distinguished by its powerful curation of shows, such as Growing up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood from the Afro-American Newspaper, or Ashe to Amen African Americans and Biblical Imagery.

Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 547-9000
Since the Walters is free, we often slip away to spend a few minutes with one of our favorite pieces or in one of our favorite periods: the stunning sarcophagus with Dionysus and Ariadne, or maybe “Chamber of Wonders,” which recreates a cabinet of curiosities from the European Age of Exploration, filled with stuffed birds and giant beetles and curiosities of human ingenuity and the natural world. You could immerse yourself in the Mesopotamian, the ancient Egyptian, Greek, or medieval for days or weeks at a time. Check out the special exhibitions on rotation, students are often given a discounted rate.

Theaters

Annex Theater
405 West Franklin Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 228-6745
This scrappy experimental theater does everything from adaptations of Philip K. Dick to gender-bending Macbeth.

Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre
817 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 752-1225
After celebrating 50 years of theater, the Spotlighters aggressively put on large-scale productions in their small, in-the-round theater.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 752-8558
This group has been actively seeking experimental programming to show in its black box theater since the early 1970s.

Center Stage
700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 986-4000
This professional powerhouse offers lively new seasons year after year; this year’s has a bit of everything, including classics such as Twelfth Night (March 5-April 6) and comedic musicals such as Animal Crackers (Sept. 4-Oct. 13).

Everyman Theatre
315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 752-2208
With the slogan “Engage. Inspire. Transform.,” this professional theater company shapes the local theater landscape with a mix of time-honored classics and innovative programming in their gorgeous new location.

Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 S. Ann St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 276-7837
Operating out of an old firehouse, this group brings theater to one of the city’s most historic districts.

Glass Mind Theatre
307 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 475-0223
This group of young artists strives to connect theater to the Baltimore community.

Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 837-7400
This stunning historic building hosts traveling Broadway shows, such as the recent production of The Book of Mormon.

Mobtown Theater
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
This theater, in the former London Fog factory at Meadow Mills, hosts the Mobtown Players, who present stunning reimaginings of classics along with original fare.

Single Carrot Theatre
2600 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 844-9253
This troupe moved to Baltimore from Colorado en masse. Having left their longtime home in the Load of Fun, they now occupy the former Everyman, but plan to move to a new home in Remington next year.

Vagabond Players Inc.
806 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 563-9135
Contrary to their name, this group is sticking around to produce some entertaining theater; it’s the oldest continuously operated community theater in the United States.

Festivals and Community Arts

Artscape
www.artscape.org

Fluid Movement
403 N. Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201
fluidmovementbaltimore@gmail.com
fluidmovement.org

High Zero Festival
www.highzero.org

Maryland Film Festival
(410) 752-8083
info@mdfilmfest.com
www.md-filmfest.com

Transmodern Festival
transmodernfestival.com

Global Art Scene

Further Field
www.furtherfield.org
For Arts, Technology and Social Change

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