Call for Artists - Highlandtown's Annual Arts District Exhibition

Bold: Highlandtown’s Annual Arts District Exhibition and Competition

Exhibition: Sep 20 – Oct 12
Amalie Rothschild Gallery at Creative Alliance
Opening Reception: Sep 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Highlandtown is home to many different artists with a unique take on Baltimore and the world as we know it. Perspectives gives our artist community a voice and will showcase their wide array of talents.
Artists are being asked to submit artwork that display their perspective on the world around us. All medias accepted.

Important Dates

  • Sep 13: Deadline extended to Sept 17! Entry deadline (please send submission form to [email protected])
  • Sep 17 - 18: Artwork delivery to Creative Alliance during the hours of 11am-7pm (both days)
  • Sep 20: Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Oct 15 – 16, 11am – 7pm (both days)


  • Artist must live and/or work in Highlandtown or work with an arts organization based in Highlandtown
  • Artwork must not exceed 48 inches in width, height, or depth including frame
  • Artwork must be complete prior of application submission
  • Artworks must be dropped off and ready to hang
  • Late artworks will not be accepted

If you have any questions or would like to any additional information please contact Daniel Schiavone at [email protected]

Download the submission form 

First Friday Art Walk goes “Literary”


Join us for the September Art Walk with over a dozen venues featuring live music, art demos, drink specials, tasty eats and more! Explore our unique array of shops, galleries, landmarks and murals on a self-guided walking tour.

Tonight’s theme is “State Fair” and we’ll be celebrating with a FREE block party on the 400 block of S. Clinton Street (near Snake Hill) with fun food, games, art and more!

Outside Snake Hill 418 S. Clinton St
Gather for an evening of fun featuring food, games, and more!
Dunk Tank
Diablo Donut Tasting
Face Painting
Art Vendors
Hula Hooping


Y:ART Gallery & Fine Gifts
3402 Gough St

Best Gallery 2019 || Best Gallery 2018 || Best East-Side Art Space 2017, Baltimore Magazine
In the Gallery: Terry Thompson Exhibition Preview
Fair Fun: Popcorn & Lemonade

Highlandtown Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery A

Opening night of “Baltimore Nocturne” A Plein Air Show. Celebrate the evening with live music and sangria.

Zwiebach Creations Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery B
Featuring the one of a kind work by artist Debbie Lynn Zwiebach.

Night Owl Gallery
248 S. Conkling St, Gallery C

Join us for light refreshments for the opening of CEREBRO: Brain-Eaters Art Club vs. Mowgli  A pop-up shop featuring the art of Ronnie Larrimore and Steve Moffett.
This is a month-long event at Night Owl Gallery with extended hours and workshops while Beth-Ann is Artist-in-Residence at Indiana Dunes National Park.

The Laughing Pint
3531 Gough St

ON VIEW: Double Vision: A collection of small assemblage and found object art work by Donna DiSciullo and Jude Asher.
$5 greyhound drink special & kitchen is open until 10:30pm.

Flaneuse Couture & Millinery
This month find her at the BLOCK PARTY at 418 S. Clinton
Featuring Men & Womens Felt Hats
Shop with hat maker & Milliner Angela Vinson at the “State Fair” Block Party. Shop handcrafted: Men’s felt, Women’s felt, berets, hair clips, patches and more. Flaneuse Couture & Millinery started in New Orleans, LA. (Milliner was born in raised in New Orleans). The brand has shifted to the east coast to Baltimore.  Every hat made is sustainable, made in America and never replicated.
Accessorize this fall with handmade, hand-sewn hats for men and women. Each hat or creation is made in the atelier which is located in Baltimore Highlandtown. Custom Orders are available if you have a specific style in mind. Email us: [email protected]

The Pop-Up Studio @ 3522
1. The Photovoice Exhibition Opening Reception 5-8PM
This summer, in partnership with the the Pisces Foundation, Blue Water Baltimore hosted a three-part Photovoice workshop series in Highlandtown.  The work created by four Highlandtown residents during the workshops will be on display Come to the art opening, view their work, and meet the artists!
Photovoice is an internationally used, grassroots research method that enables a community to identify, represent, and enhance their environment through an artistic process. It uses photography and storytelling to furnish evidence and promote an effective means of sharing resident expertise to influence public policy. Through photography, everyone has the opportunity to tell their own story.
More info about Photovoice can be found here:

2. Guerrilla Theatre Presents: The State Fair Puppet Petting Zoo
Featuring a puppet petting zoo featuring Jess Rassp & Paradiso Puppets and a a create your own puppets station.
Location:  Art-O-Mat [email protected] Bank St
Entrance on Conkling Street.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society @ Double and Up
This month find BSFS at the STATE FAIR BLOCK PARTY at 418 S. Clinton
Learn more about Highlandtown’s very own science fiction society! Play “Lucky Ducks” to win prizes. Hats & Spats will also join BSFS with her Steampunk finery.

RoofTop Hot
339 S. Conkling St
It wouldn’t be a “State Fair” Art Walk without fresh produce! Stop by and pick up some fresh fruit and veggies before 7pm.
Featuring pottery and ceramics by local artists Monica Broere and Dennis Moore.

Rust-N-Shine [Special First Friday Opening]
410 S. Conkling StRust-N-Shine Presents A Very Smutty Birthday
We’re baaack and SMUTTIER. THAN. EVER!
Join us Friday, September 6th, as our randy lil’ reading series turns 1!
This month, we’ll be reading from Ian Morrison’s 1963 “The Sensation”- based on the real life loves, scandals, and performances of Adah Isaacs Menken. 
Come early or stay late to play ring toss and enjoy popcorn, beer, and celebratory mini cupcakes!
Reading at 7 p.m. Vintage, retro, and handmade treasures on sale from 5-9 p.m.
(Only open from 5-9 p.m. during Highlandtown’s First Friday Art Walks!)

Filippo’s Restaurant & Lounge featuring *Live Street Art Demos in the adjacent alley
418 S. Conkling St (and through to 417 S. Highland Ave)
Live entertainment and art. Drink specials available inside Filippo’s Lounge.

Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Catch the Creative Alliance at the STATE FAIR BLOCK PARTY outside Snake Hill at 418 S. Clinton St with a fun, free art activity!
(Rental Event at Creative Alliance: Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival (Ages 18+))

Roll Ice Cream & Coffee
3222 Eastern Ave
Come experience the culinary art of rolled ice cream. All our ice cream is made to order right in front of you. We take it from liquid to solid in less than 3 minutes.Off the Rox
3232-A Eastern Ave
Pick up a free book from the giveaway table. Books for kids and adults alike while supplies last. Featuring artful tasting on the First Friday Art Walk.

Snake Hill Tavern
418 S. Clinton St
State Fair: A Group Show
Artists capture the spirit of the State Fair in this curated group show!  Vote for your favorite piece. “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at the State Fair “Midway” event Sep 6!
Happy Hour until 7pm
Kitchen Open until 11pm

Springsteen Gallery
422 S. Highland Ave

Ideals of Highlandtown
3319 Eastern Ave
Stop in for a refreshment and the unique wood furniture pieces at this home goods shop.

Yellow Arrow Publishing Presents:
Highlandtown Art Walk Writer-in-Residence
The writer-in-residence for July, August & September 2019 is Jessica Gregg.
Jessica Gregg is the editor of Baltimore Style magazine and also oversees Baltimore’s Child and Washington Family magazines. She is a Baltimore booster, proud rowhouse dweller, the mother of two teenagers, and an avid poetry reader. Her poetry collection “News from this Lonesome City” will be published this year by Finishing Line Press.

PEAK Performance
512 S. Conkling Street
Closed for renovations during the August Art Walk.

What is the Arts & Entertainment District

map of arts district

Highlandtown's Arts & Entertainment District (a.k.a. ha!) is the largest such designated area in the state; encompassing Highlandtown, Patterson Park and portions of Canton and Greektown.  ha! offers artists the opportunity to live and work in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. ha! boasts southeast's largest collection of retail and industrial spaces, along with affordable housing and a convenient location, easily accessible from I-95, I-895, Fells Point and Downtown.

Ha! is home of a Creative Alliance at The Patterson, galleries, artist studios, and retail shops with a variety of activities happening year around including the Salsapolkalooza, the Great Halloween Lantern Parade, the Highlandtown Farmer's Market and Artket, Annual Studio Tours, Sculpture in the Park, the Highlandtown Wine Festival, and the Highlandtown Basement Bar Tour.

The Best of Baltimore Magazine's results are in and the Highlandtown Arts District shines! 

Best Mural: Alfie la Quinta Estrella ​
Pablo Machioli's mural at the corner of Baltimore St and Highland Ave is impressive and captivating - certainly deserving of this award! (Photo from Pablo Machioli)

Mural on Baltimore and Highland by Pablo Machioli: Intense orange, yellow and reds create a woman's face on the 3 story corner building.