THE BIG SHOWS Late December is frequently an art-looking quiet time, as the year comes to a close along with a number of gallery shows. During this time, though, some of you may be taking a day off here and there so as not to lose any 2009 vacation days, or perhaps just have a few more days off than normal because of the time of year. If so, do yourself a solid and check out any one of the big shows soon to close at one of city's institutional museums. Over at the Walters Art Museum (open Wednesday-Sunday, closed Dec. 24 and 25), Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece offers a rather different entry point into classical art, and this free exhibition closes Jan. 3. Over at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture (open Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Dec. 25), the fascinating exhibition 381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story ends Jan. 3. And over at the Baltimore Museum of Art (open Wednesdays-Sundays, closed Dec. 25), the mammoth Matisse as Printmaker runs through Jan. 3, offering a sterling reminder why the BMA has always been in the Matisse business.
OPENINGS The Towson Arts Collective Show--featuring works by Grace Doyle, Katie Rickman, Jerry Seaton, Howard Greenberg, Edwin Remsberg, Rams Brisueno, and Sandi Love--opens Dec. 18 at Gallery 17 (inside Utrecht Art Supplies, 229 W. Chase St.) with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
COMMENCEMENT EXHIBITIONS MICA students graduating this month occupy the campus' gallery spaces through Dec. 20. Check out the BFA, MA, and MFA students in the Fox 2 and 3 galleries, the Main Gallery, Brown 3 and 4 galleries, and the Middendorf Gallery.