Baltimore Open City: Open Call

Baltimore Open City
An open city is a place where everyone feels welcome, regardless of such things as wealth, race or religion. In every neighborhood of an open city, one feels like he or she belongs. Does Baltimore feel open or does housing discrimination, bad public transportation, and the privatization of public space separate people and create an uneven distribution of opportunity? For the exhibition Baltimore Open City, students of Maryland Institute College of Art’s Exhibition Development Seminar invited scholars, activists, community- based organizations, local artists and visiting artist Damon Rich to create a series of installations, workshops and other public programs that investigate the ways in which Baltimore is and is not an open city. We welcome our neighbors to join us in exploring what an open city might look and feel like.

Call for Entries
At this time, Baltimore Open City would like to invite artists, designers, architects, educators, community groups and all other interested parties to participate in our exhibition. We are looking for people to contribute original and informative works of two- and three- dimensional art and design. The work submitted should be relevant to the idea of the “open” city in general and/or Baltimore specifically. Only finished work will be considered for acceptance.

Send your submission to with the subject line “Call for Entries.” In the body of your email, list the name(s) of the artist(s), an email address, the title of your submission, the medium (what it’s made out of), the date it was completed and the dimensions. Also include a short artist statement (a description of the submission and the ideas behind it) and a biography (a description of the artist/group that made the submission). Don’t forget to attach a photograph of your submission to the email.

If your submission is a “multiple”—such as a zine, pamphlet or brochure—and is accepted for exhibition, you should deliver 100 copies by the delivery deadline and be prepared to produce more if necessary during the running time of the exhibition. Judging Submissions will be chosen for acceptance by the Maryland Institute College of Art students who are producing Baltimore Open City.

Baltimore Open City is unable to provide insurance coverage for submissions while in transit or while on its premises for exhibition purposes.