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Exhibit Details

“Art is not a luxury as many people think – it is a necessity. It documents history – it helps educate people and stores knowledge for generations to come.” – Dr. Samella Lewis, Artist, first African American woman to earn a Doctorate in Fine Art and Art History


In conjunction with the Catonsville Black History District, the Baltimore County Arts Guild and the Catonsville Arts District announce a call for artists for a unique and inclusive exhibition entitled "Totally Open” Black Arts Celebration. Embrace the power of artistic expression and join us in celebrating the richness and resilience of Black artistry during this upcoming 2024 Black History Month. This is an invitation to artists who identify themselves as Persons of Color, encompassing diverse experiences and mediums, to contribute their creative voices to a collective narrative that pays homage to the past, embraces the present, and envisions the future. As we commemorate the profound contributions and untold stories of the Black community, "Totally Open" seeks to amplify diverse perspectives, ignite important conversations, and foster a space where creativity knows no bounds. 


This exhibit will include two Baltimore County Arts Guild venues at the Catonsville Clubhouse and Gallery 1101 in Arbutus. All mediums and price points are welcomed, but please keep accessible pricing in mind. The intention of this show is to feature local Black artists and creatives.  Priority will be given to those who identify with this community.  Limit 3 pieces per submission for consideration.  Please contact us with any additional questions,



Artwork Delivery: Catonsville Clubhouse, 10 St. Timothys Ln, Catonsville 21228

  • Sunday, January 28, 2024, UPDATE: PREFERRED DROP OFF 1PM-5PM.  Artists are able to drop off between 9:00 am until 1:00 pm if they cannot drop off after 1pm.  

  • Installation Dates:  January 29th-31st


Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 2, 2024 to Friday, March 1, 2024


Opening Reception: Catonsville Clubhouse; Friday, February 2, 2024, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

                                       Gallery 1101; Saturday, February 3, 2024, 3pm-5pm

Picking Up Artwork: Saturday, March 2, 2024 and Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 10am-4pm



  1. Complete Registration Form, including an image of your work(s)

  2. All hanging work must come READY TO HANG with wires. For 3D works, see #9.

  3. Work must have been completed in the past three years (2020-present).  

  4. Each artist may submit up to three (3) individual artworks for consideration.

  5. Artwork must be original and unsold.

  6. All artwork must be ADA compliant.

  7. NO Application fee to exhibit

  8. The work you include does not need to be for sale (indicate in the price field NFS)

  9. Accepted object dimensions:

  • 2D hard-sided works (stretched canvas/framed) may not exceed 48" in any direction.

  • 2D soft works (unframed textile) may not exceed 60" in any direction.

  • 3D mid/large-sized, heavy and/or installation works will be reviewed per artwork, based on BCAG’s gallery, safety, and physical installation capabilities. BCAG is not able to install artwork which hangs from the ceiling.

  • Artwork may not exceed 50 lbs.

  • Video works are only able to be presented on monitors provided by the artists; we are not able to install projected works.

  • Work may be transported to a 2nd BCAG gallery location.  Please consider this when deciding which work to submit.  

       Please register and document your work prior to arrival. 

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