CRITIC'S CHOICESMaryland Art Place's 23rd Annual Critics' Residency Program exhibit ends this weekend, June 20, and as always it's an interesting chance to see how critics/arts writers organize their thoughts and respond to work. Critic, curator, and poet Vincent Katz chose the eight artists in the show--Ken Ashton, Jessie Boyko, Dottie Campbell, Bernhard Hildebrandt, Gil Jawetz, Bonnie Crawford Kotula, Kim Manfredi, and Lynn Rybicki--and then worked with the two critics, Dylan Kinnett and City Paper contributor Martin L. Johnson, in shaping and honing their catalog essays. The show itself is this package of exhibited artists and the critics' intellectual wrangling with their work, and if the show feels a bit inconsistent and the essays at times stretch for overarching themes, it's only because the Critics' Residency Program is designed to throw people together to see what happens.
SONDHEIM PRIZE The Baltimore Museum of Art opens its annual exhibition featuring the finalists for Artscape's Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize June 20. This year's six finalists are the Baltimore Development Cooperative, Leslie Furlong, Ryan Hackett, Jessie Lehson, Molly Springfield, and Karen Yasinsky. An exhibition of Sondheim semi-finalists opens during Artscape July 17 and runs through Aug. 2 at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries. And the 2009 Sondheim Prize winner is announced July 11 at the BMA.
OPENINGS AND RECEPTIONS Modulations, the two-man show featuring the work of John Berndt and Dan Conrad, opens June 14 at the Load of Fun with a reception from 3-6 p.m. Julie Lin's Kitchen Stories opens June 20 at the Library Project with an opening reception 4-7 p.m.Variations: New Etchings by Maurice Margulies opens June 24 at Annapolis' MFA Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art with a reception from 3-5 p.m. June 28. The Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center holds a reception for its exhibition of local artist Rachel Rotenberg's wood sculpture June 23 from 6-8 p.m.
CLOSING The Animated World of Meredith Root, a film exhibition curated by Stephanie Barber, ends June 20 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson's CAmm A/V Cart. Re-Design, Howard Community College students' wearable art, concludes at Gallery 1448 June 21. The 25th Annual Resident Visual Artists' Exhibit and Faux Fossil conclude at the Howard County Arts Council June 21.