The BMA spent $2.57 million on art by 49 women in 2020. Guess how many are from Maryland?


I have a confession to make. After fifteen years as an arts writer, I still do not understand the art market, especially institutional collections.

It’s not as if I haven’t tried. I’ve researched the primary and secondary art markets, followed auctions, and interviewed a slew of curators and collectors—in their homes, on stages, in articles, and podcasts. I’ve attended art fairs and exhibitions all over the world. I have co-hosted a speaker series to explore the process of collecting art in Baltimore. I have worn cute shoes at fancy New York art parties with legit celebrities and I’ve driven Mera Rubell all over Baltimore in my Subaru. You would think that I would be on the same page as our major collecting institution in Baltimore, but the truth is I am not. I do not understand their “art math.”

After a year where the Baltimore Museum of Art announced, to great fanfare and publicity, that it would be purchasing art exclusively by women in 2020 in order to “rectify centuries of imbalance,” they sent out a final recap in late December.

John Waters joins ‘recurring cast’ of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, learns on PBS that an ancestor was a slaveowner

John Waters plays Floyd Cougat in his recurring role on Law & Order: SVU.

John Waters is now part of the “recurring cast” of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing Floyd Cougat the “Pornmonger Man.”

Over on PBS, meanwhile, he learned this week from Henry Louis Gates Jr. on “Finding Your Roots” that one of his ancestors owned slaves, while another went to The Klondike in hopes of striking gold.

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Ice Festival, Catalyst Quartet

Harbor Post Ice Fest goes virtual )Image via Facebook.)

Events are all virtual, but that’s not stopping the city’s happenings from going forward. An ice festival, concerts, gallery openings and author talks are all going forward. You just have to tune in from home. At least it’s warm there.

BmoreArt’s Picks: January 19-25


Virtual Happy Hour: Clementine Hunter Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, January 19 • 5:30-6:30pm
presented by Nation Museum of Women in the Arts

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will celebrate self-taught artist Clementine Hunter’s birthday with a virtual happy hour. The latest in a popular series of creative ‘toasts’ to notable women artists, the event will feature artworks and stories about Hunter’s life. A local mixologist will teach participants how to craft a specialty drink in her honor.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We’re taking the day off today. We’ll be back tomorrow with more posts in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Local cultural institutions present alternate programs to make up for MLK Jr. Day parade cancellation

The Make Good Trouble exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Baltimore won’t have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade this weekend because of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, but several local cultural institutions have come up with alternate ways to honor the civil rights leader.

Award-winning authors & middle schoolers to address racial justice, peace and more at panel discussion

D. Watkins
D. Watkins will participate tomorrow in a panel discussion with Baltimore middle schoolers on the topic of social justice. Photo via

One Book Baltimore will host tomorrow at 10 a.m. virtual community conversations between 300 middle schoolers and award-winning authors, including locals D. Watkins and Wes Moore, around the topics of social unrest, crime, inequality, and racial violence.

Behind on Your Utility Bill? Have a Turn-Off Notice? Here’s What To Do

Maryland utilities have sent out hundreds of thousands of utility bill Turn-Off notices. There is help.

If your utility bill’s past due balance is adding up during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Here’s some good news: Maryland and the regulated utilities — like BGE, Pepco, and Delmarva — took decisive steps to help residential customers. Managing the process can be tricky, so we’ve gathered the inside scoop to keep your power on and ease your family’s energy burdens.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: MLK Lecture; Livestream Concerts; Bengie’s Double Feature


On MLK weekend, celebrate the legacy of civil rights, or virtually attend a lecture on race in America today. Elsewhere, there are a few livestream concerts from local musicians and venues. Or, if you’re seeking escapism, take a virtual tour of the Cloisters.