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Creative Alliance Resident Artist Update!
Creative Alliance houses eight live/work resident artist spaces on the second floor of The Patterson. We select emerging, midlevel, and established artists who work in a variety of media and are producing several extraordinary, innovative projects right now! Read the recent accolades of our current residents and bios of four new resident artists who are moving in this summer!
Creative Alliance is delighted to announce that our resident artist Amy Sherald won 1st place in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Sherald is the first woman ever to win first place in this prestigious invitation-only, bi-annual competition. Sherald will receive a $25,000 award and an opportunity to create a portrait for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Sherald also just opened new exhibition of her paintings at Chicago's Monique Meloche Gallery. The exhibition, "A Wonderful Dream," is on view through August 27, 2016. amysherald.com
After winning the Mary Sawyer Baker Prize in 2015 for REWIND, which was first exhibited at Creative Alliance, resident artist Paul Rucker’s riveting body of work was subsequently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Paul continues to garner international recognition for his interdisciplinary artwork and performances. In late 2015, Paul was awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. This was followed in 2016 by a residency at The MacDowell Colony, one of the most prestigious fellowships in the United States, a Media Arts and Performing Arts Rubys Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) with the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (fall 2016), and a 2016 Artist as Activist Fellow: Racial Justice + Mass Incarceration through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Rucker is included in the upcoming "American Power" exhibition opening July 7 in Seattle at Center for Contemporary Art (COCA). He is also exhibiting in the group project "Out of Sight," as part of the 2016 Seattle Art Fair this August.
Alice Gadzinski’s sculptural work is an examination of authenticity, a Sisyphean pursuit of an “original.” She explores ideas of taste and the pressures of social performance, examining the present through past "camp" iconographies. Influenced by the point of identity formation when childhood pretending evolves into adulthood denial, Gadzinski uses elements of the The Lawrence Welk Show to create work in a space between reality and fantasy. Each piece demonstrates a guilty pleasure in the artificial and the construction of female identity. In revealing the norm as artifice and facade, her work redefines social obstacles as a source of empowerment.
In 2016, Gadzinski earned her MFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rinehart School of Sculpture, and her BFA in Photography from the Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI in 2010. In 2015 she was a teaching artist at the American Visionary Art Museum, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at MICA. While at MICA she was the recipient of the Perna Krick ’31 & Reuben Kramer ’32 Fellowship, a Graduate Research Grant, the Rinehart School of Sculpture Merit Scholarship, and MICA’s LAB Award.
Adam Davies’s unmanipulated photographs explore points of intersection between architecture and the natural world. He received an EdM from Harvard University and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2010 to 2013, he was a Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and previously held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris, Catholic, and Harvard universities. Davies is a past recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications, including East City Art, Photo Review, and Triple Canopy Magazine. He has been a resident at Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Chinati Foundation, Jentel, and the Edward Albee Foundation. Davies has received multiple fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in support of his current long-term project, which is an examination of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public transport infrastructure in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recently, he was honored as Outstanding Emerging Artist at Washington DC 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards and is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
JERRY ALLEN GILMORE
Jerry Allen Gilmore’s most recent work reflects his realization that life’s every movement possesses a humorous bend in the river, where “one may be given aid by animals, magicians and shamans or menaced by devils, clowns and bumble bees. Where you go depends upon where you have been, and where you can go depends upon what you can imagine.” As with his previous work, his new pieces are autobiographical, full of repurposed and retraced narratives, such as identity, sexuality, spirituality, beauty and mortality.A prolific painter and printmaker, Jerry Allen Gilmore has exhibited internationally since 1978, including such prestigious venues as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Phipps Center for the Arts, DeVos Art Museum of Northern Michigan University, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center in New York. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Scottsdale Public Art Program, the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and the State of Utah Fine Art Collection. Gilmore earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from Washington State University in 1981 and his BFA in Fiber and Painting from Western Washington University in 1979.
Tiffany Lange is an artist, designer, and illustrator. From puppetry to children’s book illustration, the intent of her art is to pause the commotion of everyday life and guide the audience toward a lighthearted sensory experience. She employs imagery that is introspective and whimsical—generating curiosity with rich hues, dynamic characters, and intriguing exaggerations of dimension. Lange is Creative Director at Charm City Puppets and the marketing agency Giant Sprout Creative, LLC. She creates custom puppets for a range of national clientele with Charm City Puppets and Chicago-based VonOrthal Puppets, and has worked as a puppet designer and teacher since 2002. In 2013, she moved from Chicago to Baltimore, and is excited to be bringing more puppetry to Charm City through group classes and private instruction. Tiffany has collaboratively designed several successful puppet-based shows, including Berwyn Avenue at the Raven Theatre and Don Quixote for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Tiffany earned her MS degree in biomedical visualization (medical illustration) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this she attained a BFA with a biological sciences minor from Clemson University in South Carolina, and completed a concentration in Fine Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Cameron Shojaei started drawing dinosaurs at the age of three; now he paints girls, animals, and plants at age twenty-five. Not a fan of squarish, inorganic, minimalist, non-representational design based work, he considers his aesthetic grandfathers to be the big hitters of Art Nouveau (Klimt and his consorts). Today, Shojaei paints family portraits of babies, grandmas, and dogs to pay the bills and burn in (relative) anonymity. He hopes that his legacy as an artist will be to bring representational, traditional, Rubenesque figure painting back to the main stage of high art, and to push out the fine-art-wallpaper and slash-and-burn painting techniques that dominate today's contemporary galleries.
Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest!
5th Annual LGBTQA Film Festival
Thu Jul 28 - Sat Jul 30
Dedicated to Kathleen Happ
For the 5th anniversary of our fabulous LGBTQA Film Festival we are expanding into the Creative Alliance Rainbow Fest! This year, in addition to the thoughtfully curated films, we are including dazzling performances, witty comedy by beloved author Isaac Oliver, a wild Drag Party hosted by Betty O'Hellno, saucy happy hours, and more!
The film festival is one of Creative Alliance’s signature 21st Birthday programs and is only part of our ongoing support of the LGBTQA community of artists and activists in Baltimore!
- THURSDAY, JULY 28 -
Kick-off Happy Hour: Tiki Kiki! | 5:30 - 7:30pm
Join us for a colorful tiki party at the Marquee Lounge to celebrate the Rainbow Fest kickoff! This happy hour will be hosted by IRIS, who will introduce us to the work they’re doing in the Latinx LGBTQ community – and act as our island party guides! Alcohol sponsored by Leblon Cachaca and Jagermeister. More Info
Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot (The Paperback Tour) | 7:30pm
Writer/performer Isaac Oliver's debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was hailed as "hilarious and unsparing" by New York Magazine, "transcendent" by Entertainment Weekly, "surprisingly moving" by Kirkus, and named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. Oliver, a Baltimore native, returns to his hometown to celebrate the paperback release of Intimacy Idiot with a glass of pink wine, favorite stories from the book, and a few brand new ones, too. Tickets
- FRIDAY, JULY 29 -
Happy Hour: Break El Silencio | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Trans* community faces injustice, bias, and violence every day. A portion of the proceeds from this happy hour will benefit Trans* programs in the community. Alcohol sponsored by Mezcal El Silencio. More Info
Hot Shorts 1: Queer Time Machine | 7pm
A program of dramatic shorts. Tickets
Akron | 9pm
Directed by: Brian O'Donnell and Sasha King
Benny and Christopher are young freshmen at their rural Ohio college when they meet playing football and begin to fall for each other–hard. Tickets
- SATURDAY, JULY 30 -
KERPLUNK OUTSIDE! | NOON - 3pm
Our FREE family art drop-in is held outside Creative Alliance with a DJ, plus sidewalk chalk, and art projects outside! Artist Joseph Faura helps helps kids & families create their own person pride flags! What are you proud of?
Reel in the Closet | 5:30pm
Directed by: Stu Maddux
Filmmaker Stu Maddux wants to bring us out of the closet, again. This delightful documentary explores the films, tapes and videos that are languishing in the closets and attics of so many LGBT people and their families. Reels and reels of home movies are showcased, from as early as the 1930’s, and they chronicle LGBT history through the intimate lens of extraordinary, everyday people documenting their lives. These tapes and films capture everything from ordinary, mundane events to very personal views of monumental moments in our history. Tickets
Hot Shorts 2: Laugh Your Pants Off | 7:30pm
A program of comedic shorts. Tickets
Rainbow Fest DRAG PARTY! | 9:30pm
Hosted by Betty O'Hellno
Join Betty and the gals in a wild drag show and dance party to celebrate the 5th year of the LGBTQA Film Festival! Performances are inspired by classic film stars - then dance your platforms into the ground with a DJ, games, and all kinds of wild moves! Tickets
Tickets: $10 (Show your ticket from any film and get in for $5!)
- Festival Tickets & Weekend Passes -
Individual Film: $10 | + $2 at the door
Weekend Pass: $30, $25 mbrs.
Access to all Films & Rainbow Fest Drag Party! Get 2016 Festival Passes HERE.
Isaac Oliver: $20, $17 mbrs.
Rainbow Fest Drag Party!: $10 ($5 if you show your ticket from a film)