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Major Successes for Creative Alliance in 2015!
Creative Alliance is proud to announce several major 2015 successes – and we’re only halfway through the year!
We recently received a highly competitive grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand our traditional Mexican Piñata Apprenticeship & Entrepreneurship program from eight to sixteen Highlandtown residents from Mexico.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu says, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one at the Creative Alliance represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”
Creative Alliance Executive Director Margaret Footner says, “It’s our mission, privilege and joy to actively seek out, learn from, and exhibit the internationally diverse, cultural and artistic tradition bearers in our neighborhood and city.” The NEA’s grant provides tremendous support and national recognition for the work of these remarkable women, artists and teachers.”
We’re also delighted that Creative Alliance resident and exhibiting artists have received prestigious awards and national press attention.
Resident artist Paul Rucker is one of three recipients of the Baker Award. An article about Paul was featured on ArtNet. Former resident artists Zoë Charlton and Magnolia Laurie, and Jim Leach, who has exhibited his work in our Amalie Rothschild Gallery, have earned the prestigious distinction as Finalists of the 10th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize to be awarded on July 11th at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Amy Sherald, a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize, had a very successful exhibition at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia this May. Her work will be on view at moniquemeloche gallery in Chicago June 13th – August 23rd. Former resident artist and beat-boxer Shodekeh Taliaferro traveled to Austria in March as a featured participant in the Salzburg Global Seminar. Current resident artist Christopher Kojzar begins his graduate degree through UMBC’s MFA program this fall in advance of his two-person exhibition with celebrated artist (and his mom!) Oletha DeVane at the Creative Alliance. Resident artist Jeffrey Gangwisch will also begin UMBC’s MFA program, following a robust spring and summer directing plays, including an adaptation of Plato’s “The Symposium” at Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore. Artist John Sims, whose work was included in our recent exhibition, Evidence: Identity Through Fiber Art, was featured in The Wall Street Journal. The exhibition received a rave review in the City Paper, and will be featured in the International Review of African American Art in the near future.
The BIG Show is coming!
DATES TO KNOW:
Artwork Drop-Off: Tue June 16 - Sat June 20 | 11am-6pm
Artist Reception: Sat June 27 | 6-8pm
BIG Show BIG Party: Sat Jun 27 | 8pm - MIdnight
Exhibition on View: June 27 - July 25
Artwork Pick-Up: July 29 - Aug 2 | 11am-6pm
OPENING NIGHT SCHEDULE: SAT JUNE 27
Resident Artist Open Studios: 5–8pm
Exhibition Openings: 6-8pm
Performance by Resident artist Paul Rucker: 8pm
Bachata Plus+ and The Big Show Dance Party: 9pm
On the night of The BIG Show, Creative Alliance’s Resident Artists open their eight studios for the Resident Open House. Upstairs in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Ruth Channing: Faunette and her World, Etchings, Paintings, and Sculptures opens with an artist reception with the distinguished Ruth Channing. The BIG Show Dance Party closes out the night with the percussive dance band Bachata PLUS. June 27 is a BIG night!
Be sure to renew your membership soon so you can enter your artwork in The BIG Show! Members come to the opening night BIG Show Dance Party for free and receive discounts on programs throughout the year. Your membership supports all Creative Alliance programs, including our free community arts eventsand afterschool programs. If you are interested in submitting a piece of art work to be displayed as a part of The BIG Show please drop it off your art work and Registration Form between Tuesday, June 16th and Saturday, June 20th 11am – 6pm.