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Baltimore Rising

On view Nov. 2-23, 2016

Riggs and Leidy Galleries

Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies
131 W North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Gallery hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Baltimore Rising is an exhibition bringing together a broad survey of works by 15 artists — with significant ties to Baltimore — who address the social, economic, political and racial issues that propelled the city to the national spotlight in 2015.

Artists: Derrick Adams, Lauren Adams, Devin Allen, Sonya Clark, J.M. Giordano, Logan Hicks, Jeffrey Kent, Nate Larson, Nether, Olivia Robinson, Paul Rucker, Joyce J. Scott, Tony Shore, Shinique Smith and Susan Waters-Eller.

Baltimore Rising Events

Opening Reception
Friday, November 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
Lazarus Center

Community Forum
After the Baltimore Uprising: Still Waiting for Change
Wednesday, November 9, 7 – 9 p.m.
Lazarus Center Auditorium

Are we any better off today than we were in April 2015? What has changed? What still needs to change? Baltimore Bloc coordinator Ralikh Hayes, #WestWednesday organizer Tawanda Jones, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, author D. Watkins and JHU professor Lester Spence (moderator) will talk about where we are now, selective policing and the DOJ report.  

Space is limited, please RSVP for the Community Forum.

Artists Panel
Can Artists Ignite a Revolution?
Wednesday, November 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Lazarus Center Auditorium

What is the role of the arts in revolution? Photographer J.M. Giordano, visual artist and musician Paul Rucker, multi-disciplinary artist and educator Joyce J. Scott, MICA painting chair Tony Shore and UMD professor Sheri Parks (moderator) will talk about how the arts can serve as a tool to examine society and to amplify the voices that most need to be heard.  

Space is limited, please RSVP for the Artists Panel.

Lead support for Baltimore Rising is provided by the Baltimore Community Foundation, Brenda Brown-Lipitz Family Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Juliet A. Eurich and Louis B. Thalheimer, Maryland State Arts Council, MICA's Office of Graduate Studies, and MICA's Presidential Task Force on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Globalization.


Derrick Adams

Derrick AdamsDerrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound, and 2D and 3D realms. A recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his M.F.A. from Columbia University, B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alumnus. His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York '05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn '04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA '05, '13, '15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work can be seen in New York at Tilton Gallery; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; and Vigo Gallery, London.

Lauren Frances Adams

Lauren Frances AdamsLauren Frances Adams has a B.F.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill and M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Nymans House National Trust, England; The Mattress Factory, Pennsylvania; Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C.; and Smack Mellon, New York. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has held residencies at the Cite in Paris, Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans and the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. She is the recipient of a 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the 2016 Trawick Prize. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and Hyperallergic. Adams, who was born in North Carolina on a pig farm, is a founding member of Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York, and teaches painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Devin Allen

Devin Allen is a widely acclaimed photographer and activist from West Baltimore best known for his commanding photographs of the Baltimore Uprising. Shared through his personal Instagram account, his photographs went viral and were featured on the cover of TIME. Allen recently had his first solo exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, and his work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Allen also organizes "Inspire the Youth," a youth photography program at the Kids Safe Zone in the Penn-North neighborhood of West Baltimore. He regularly engages inner city youth in schools, museums and other settings.

Sonya Clark

Sonia ClarkSonya Clark is chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds an M.F.A from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded their first Mid-career Distinguished Alumni Award. She has a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College, where she received a B.A. in psychology. Her honors include the Grand Juror's Award at Art Prize for the Hair Craft Project, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a United States Artist Fellowship. Clark has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and has been reviewed favorably in noted publications included in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine.

J.M. Giordano

J.M. GiordanoBaltimore native J.M. Giordano is photo editor and staff photographer at the Baltimore City Paper. In 2013, he left fashion and advertising photography in favor of documentary and photojournalism. Since then, he has covered Baltimore through series' such as Summer of the Gun, about the homicides during summer 2013 and was the subject of an Al-Jazeera America segment; and Camp 83, which called attention to homeless living under the I-83 highway. Camp was followed in 2015 with Kid Row: Baltimore's homeless youth problem. Giordano has also covered the local heroin trade and the events of the Freddie Gray Uprising. While shooting the above series, Battle of Sandtown Winchester, he was beaten by police in Freddie Gray's neighborhood. His work as appeared in The Guardian, GQ, Vice, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and more.

Logan Hicks

Logan HicksLogan Hicks is a New York-based artist known for using multiple layers of stencils to achieve photorealistic imagery. He studied at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the 1990s, cutting his teeth as a screen printer before branching into stencils. Called a painter with a photographer's eye, Hicks' work has largely focused on the perception of the urban environment, at times humanizing its architectural angles and structures, and at others using its vastness to explore identity, awe and loneliness. Through an almost old masters approach to lighting, Hicks has learned to manipulate ordinary architectural scenes into deeply metaphorical and contemplative imagery, compounded with his usage of color in the studio. His mastery has gained worldwide respect and given the artist the opportunity to create permanent stencil murals in Miami, Baltimore, New York, Istanbul, Paris, and beyond.

Jeffrey Kent

Jeffrey KentBaltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent was born in Boston. His commitment to communicating ideas through creative expression and dedication to community service are ideals he learned as a youth. He learned the importance of sharing his time and knowledge with youth, teaching them to set goals and to recognize the possibilities within their grasp. In 2003, Kent founded Sub-Basement Artists Studios, a 12,000 ft. underground artists' studio and gallery space in downtown Baltimore. He was awarded Best Visual artist by Baltimore City Paper in 2008 and was featured in Baltimore's 2008 Top Ten Artist list by the Examiner. Kent received his M.F.A. from the prestigious LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The artistic vision of Kent is an important contribution to this continuous spectrum of urban cultural expression and identity.

Nate Larson

Nate LarsonNate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been shown across the U.S. and internationally as well as featured in The Guardian, CNN, and The New York Times, among others major media outlets. His work can be found in museum collections across the U.S. Larson's recent project, Geolocation, includes site-specific work for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Commission, the Indianapolis International Airport and the DUMBO Business Improvement District., and was featured in the "State of the Art" survey exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2014. Larson is a fulltime faculty member in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He was the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist Fellow at Duke University and a Rubys Artist Project Grant Recipient from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.


NetherNether is a Baltimore-based street artist driven by vacant beautification, civil disobedience and tactical activism aimed at sparking a dialogue on disdained urban issues. In a broken city, radical actions are needed to bring attention to ignored issues and tell forgotten histories. His artwork brings dignity and attention to ignored citizens, while highlighting the negative forces that have brought the city to its shameful state. Nether sees his work as a positive force that solidifies people's relationships to locations throughout Baltimore. His own quest is to reclaim and recycle the urban landscape, while emphasizing the city's pride and capturing the beautiful chaos that is Baltimore.

Olivia Robinson

Olivia RobinsonOlivia Robinson is a multimedia artist whose diverse body of work investigates issues of justice, identity, community and transformation. She has received awards and honors from the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, Rubys Award, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture Space and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, among others. Her work has been recognized in books, journals and CD/DVD releases and has been presented at internationally recognized venues. Robinson received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and she holds an M.F.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she studied under legendary composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, for whom she currently serves as board member for the Deep Listening Institute. She is a member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and teaches at MICA.

Paul Rucker

Paul RuckerPaul Rucker's work as a visual artist, composer, and musician is deeply influenced by his Southern upbringing. In his birthplace in Anderson, South Carolina -attending church where his mom played piano and organ, gardening and selling produce with his father, and working in textile plant-his ideas about art, equity and social justice were formed. A state where slaves outnumbered free people in 1860, the impact of slavery was still felt as he grew up. Rucker's work investigates its long-term social and economic effects in this country, drawing parallels to racially motivated violence, police brutality, mass incarceration, slavery and the disproportionate criminalization of African Americans.

Joyce J. Scott

Joyce J. ScottRecipient of a 2016 MacArthur "genius" grant, Joyce J. Scott has a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an M.F.A. from the Instituto Allende in Mexico. She's best known for her figurative sculptures and jewelry using free form, off-loom bead weaving techniques. Scott is renowned for her social commentary on issues such as racism, sexism, violence and stereotypes as well as themes of spiritual healing. Her work, which is held by the American Craft Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art, among other noteworthy institutions, has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has been awarded honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council and Anonymous was a Woman.

Tony Shore

Tony ShoreTony Shore is chair of the Painting Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received his B.F.A. from MICA and his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. His awards include The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, The Bethesda Painting Prize, several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards and, most recently, he was the recipient of a Baltimore Rubys Artist Project Grant. Recognized for his black velvet paintings of blue-collar life in Baltimore, Tony has exhibited his work at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Noyes Museum, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, the Kunstalle Beacon, George Adams Gallery, and Grimaldis Gallery, as well as many other galleries throughout the U.S.

Shinique Smith

Shinique SmithShinique Smith is a New York based artist whose mixed media painting, sculpture, and installations are inspired by the vast nature of 'things' that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. A recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Smith's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, MOMA/PS1 (New York) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. A comprehensive publication of her work, Wonder and Rainbows, was recently released by The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Smith earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she now serves on the Board of Trustees, and her M.A.T. from Tufts University.

Susan Waters-Eller

Susan Waters-EllerSusan Waters-Eller has been on the fine arts faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) since 1978 and was three-time winner of the Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching. A native of Baltimore, she received a B.F.A., M.F.A. and M.A. from MICA. Included in Contemporary American Oil Painting, published in China, her forty-year career has included numerous solo and group shows. Presenting visual art as a vehicle for philosophical inquiry, she has given talks and delivered papers in a wide variety of venues from a prison to an experimental workshop to an international conference on art and technology. She co-edited the book "Beyond Critique: Different Ways to Talk About Art" and contributed an essay, "What Creates Response", that describes how she applies ideas from neuroscience to the art of critique.