Connect+Collect Lecture Series: Taha Heydari and Doreen Bolger
On Thursday, April 17, BmoreArt hosted a Connect + Collect panel with Doreen Bolger, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and a serious collector of Baltimore-based art, with Taha Heydari, an Iranian-born painter and MICA graduate living in Baltimore, with Cara Ober as moderator.
We discussed a wide variety of topics, including ethical relationships between artists, collectors, and galleries; strategies for exhibiting across the country and internationally; collecting at Baltimore-based art auctions and municipal galleries; and the great importance of showing up. Our panel was followed by a reception in The Showroom, providing a chance for artists, collectors, and friends to meet and mingle.
Connect+Collect Speaker Series: Schwanda Rountree and Mequitta Ahuja
“How many of you are art collectors?” asked co-host Jeffrey Kent at the first of six Connect + Collect lectures featuring artists and collectors in conversation. “For some reason, individuals don’t like that name, art collector, and we want to help change that… What if being an art collector meant you’re an advocate for artists? What if being an art collector means you help the community that you live in? We want to build a community of art patrons to support the artists that they live with.” Kent, an artist and former director of the Subbasement Artist Studios, went on to describe the potential for Baltimore to a sold-out crowd – first as a place to purchase work from the next big talent, like Amy Sherald, an artist he worked with early on at the Subbasement, and second as a community where individuals come together to invest in the success of a place.
Connect+Collect Lecture Series: Dexter Wimberly and Darryl Atwell
For the second C+C panel on February 28, we hosted DC-based collector Darryl Atwell, founder of Kinetic:Conversations in Contemporary Art at American University, and NY-based independent curator Dexter Wimberly, Founder and CEO of the upcoming Art World Conference. That night we discussed differences between collecting art directly from artists or purchasing through galleries, how to conduct effective research, suggestions on forming collecting communities and groups, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.
Center State: Baltimore & The Arts, A Creative Summit
Sponsored by PNC Bank at Baltimore Center Stage
Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Baltimore School for the Arts Director Chris Ford, and ABS Capital Partners General Partner Stephanie Carter will discuss Baltimore's growing arts scene with moderator Bmoreart's Cara Ober.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) is pleased to present Baltimore-based cultural organizer and artist Cara Ober, who will speak about her experiences as founding editor of BMoreArt, Baltimore’s celebrated online art magazine and print journal.
How can artists be better advocates for one another? The Re-Model Speaker Series at The Motor House with Sharon Louden, Author of 'Artist as Culture Producer,' and contributors to the book William Powhida and Cara Ober.
How do artists survive and succeed? A discussion at MICA's Falvey Hall with Sharon Louden, Author of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Andrew Simonet, Founder of Artists U, Rene Trevino, director of School 33 Art Center, and artist and AU professor Zoë Charlton.