“Two months have passed since COVID-19 shut us down. From my new social distance, I’ve witnessed a great range of emotion. Although the disbelief, frustration and anger seem to be shifting, the reality remains. My class continues to work intensely and with great passion. They have created compelling and beautiful work over their senior year at MICA. What I know now, is that their dedication to their practice and to each other has been forged. This will fortify and serve them always.” Regina DeLuise
Maryland Institute College of Art Photography BFA Class of 2020
Noah M. Fisher
Asha Jamila Holmes
Edgardo Guerrero Salomon
To the seniors, we applaud your work, your commitment to each other and the well being of our society. We have loved seeing your drive to question, to make, and to respond. This spirit will serve you as you navigate what comes next. What comes next is always unknown, but in these unprecedented times, the weight of uncertainty feels more ambiguous and heavy. We can say, with great certainty, the work displayed in the creation of this site is proof of a ubiquitous collaborative spirit that exists in your generation of makers. It is stronger and more unified than ever before.
COVID-19 surfaced in late 2019 and presented the world with a major health crisis that shut down many countries within days. With this came the shutdown of colleges and universities. Art students in the class of 2020 were left wondering “How am I going to finish my thesis project, and who is going to see it if my exhibition is cancelled?” For many, this was a devastating blow. Darkside Collective is committed to helping emerging artists, including students, and as an online collective, we aim to feature BFA and MFA thesis work online. If your thesis show was cancelled, send us your work to be featured on our website. Unlike many of the online thesis exhibitions being advertised right now, there is no jury process. Simply upload your work and we’ll post it on the site!
Callee McCosby exhibits new work in online showcase…
MICA Photo is proud to announce that Calle McCosby (Class of 2019) is being featured in an online group exhibition entitled, “EARTH MOTHER / MOTHER EARTH“. The show is being hosted by Don’t Smile, a space devoted to showcasing photography by women artists. A statement by the curator follows:
“On this Earth Day, April, 22, 2020, Earth Mother/Mother Earth elevates images of women, animals, and the land during an era of ecological peril.
Our ancestral roles as healers, water-gatherers, creators, and givers of life, make us inherently tied to the Earth and her ecosystems. We also share in the oppression of our bodies, voices, and creations.
The images in Earth/Mother Mother Earth come from women artists of diverse backgrounds and varied artistic approaches. Grandmother, gardener, or goddess, these photographs celebrate women and our reverence for this planet we call home.” –Noelle McCleaf, curator
Please take a moment to visit the site, and enjoy the exhibition. Congratulations, Callee!
Loyola faculty have teamed up to offer consulting assistance to any business and nonprofit seeking advice and navigation of federal and state offerings.
“Loyola Crisis Navigators” can add a capacity boost forany Baltimore small business, nonprofit, or startup where you can pick a volunteer “navigator” who is an experienced business advisor. View bios and schedule a consultation at:https://bit.ly/CrisisNavigators
The Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund is a coalition-led initiative designed to provide direct assistance to Baltimore-based artists and creative entrepreneurs who have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Inspired by the generosity of artist-led relief efforts in Baltimore and across the country, this fund was developed through a partnership between 20 artists and arts organizers committed to working together for the collective good of the Baltimore creative community, and is made possible by administrative and funding support from T. Rowe Price Foundation,Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Grit Fund and Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network.
As the Fund’s fiduciary agent, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts will distribute one-time $500 grants to individual artists who demonstrate an emergency financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Artists of any discipline and creative entrepreneurs over the age of 18 who reside in the City of Baltimore are eligible to apply. Only one grant application per person will be accepted. Grant funds are solely intended for use by the grantee and may not be transferred or re-granted. Although applicants can apply on a rolling basis, the funds are limited, and grants are made based on the availability of funding.
The application and detailed criteria are available here.
Applicants who do not have access to the internet can also mail in applications to: The Cloisters, Attention: Jocquelyn Downs, 10440 Falls Rd. Lutherville, MD 21093
Please call 410-752-8632 with any questions about the application.
For individuals and organizations considering supporting this effort, help at any level is greatly appreciated and donations are accepted here. The coalition has a fundraising goal of $125,000. Supporting the Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund helps ensure the livelihood and well-being of the artists whose work and creativity strengthen Baltimore City.