"Do Not Fear for Eddy"<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
by VA Walker, 2014Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow…”


…that is, UNTIL noticing that next month is Edgar Allan Poe’s 206th birthday, when all his dark and fearsome brilliance will be celebrated by Poe Baltimore via an exhibition running most of January. At its core, our exhibition will celebrate the 206th birthday of Baltimore’s renowned denizen of darkness who was born January 19, 1809. An Opening Reception will launch the silent bidding process on January 8 from 6-8pm, giving visitors an opportunity to vie for their favorite works. We’ve planned a lively benefit auction/party on Saturday, January 17 from 1-3pm, with events also taking place in the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum.

This is our first of what we hope will be many curated exhibitions of Poe-inspired contemporary artworks.  In this case, we are seeking talented visual artists to exhibit Poe-inspired works of contemporary art, including framed paintings, drawings, prints, photos, or any other flat 2D-work that will hang on a wall.

Yes, we’re aiming to feature artworks that were (in some way) inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s life or work. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean artworks will include his visage or familiar “Poe” characters—we’ll leave the interpretation to you. Simply put, we’re looking for dynamic artworks that (at the core) represent the visual expression of Poe’s influence on your own work as a visual artist.

On view throughout most of January (Poe’s birth month) at Zella’s Pizzaria –one of Baltimore’s and Sowebo’s best exhibit/dining spaces— this curated exhibition will feature between one and three works by each participating artist. Their wall space is limited, so we’ll likely also offer some artists additional online auction/exhibit opportunities for works that won’t fit into Zella’s somewhat diminutive venue. (To get an idea of the space, why not visit Zella’s and also consider submitting works that aren’t immense? Since the width is more restrictive than height, please check the “MORE FINE PRINT…” info below for suggested maximum dimensions.)

Zella’s Pizzeria (1145 Hollins Street (adjacent to Hollins Market, Baltimore, MD 21223) www.zellaspizzeria.com

• December 8, 2014 –Call For Entry announced
• December 29, 2014 (5pm) – Deadline for entry via a single email to poebaltimoreexhibits@gmail.com
• January 2, 2015– Artists notified of Curator’s exhibit selection (the curator’s decision will be final)
• January 5, 2015 (10am-5pm) – Artwork drop-off (Artists must bring signed loan forms and artworks, and if not possible to come at that time, must arrange an alternative delivery plan no later than 5pm January 6.)
• January 8, 2015 (6-8pm) – Opening Reception
• January 17, 2015 (1-3pm)—Poe Birthday Bash & Benefit Auction
• February 1, 2015 (10am-5pm)—Artists must pick up their work if not sold during the benefit auction. (IF not available that day, artists must make arrangements with Poe Baltimore no later than January 27 regarding their pickup time/date.)

POE-Zella! is designed to promote and support artists and welcomes  submissions representing all career phases. As well, the sale of artists’ works will assist continued activities of Poe Baltimore, Inc. Each exhibiting artist will choose their preferred opening bid and the estimated value of their artwork(s). For all work that sells during the auction/exhibit, the artists and Poe Baltimore, Inc. will receive a 50/50% split of the final sale price. Poe Baltimore’s share will help expand public programs and exhibitions throughout Baltimore, enhance partnerships with other venues, and lead towards increased public visiting hours at the Poe House & Museum. Exhibiting artists will also receive perks during the opening event (6-8pm, Thursday, January 8) and the Benefit Silent Auction (1-3pm, Saturday, January 17.)  Selected artists will be featured in Facebook and www.poe.baltimore.org in an effort to promote their artwork(s) and bio. There is no application fee to submit work, and the curator’s decision will be final. (See the link for a downloadable form and guidelines in #1 below.)

Lisa Lewenz currently directs the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, where, since spring 2014, she has launched Poe Baltimore as an important emerging nonprofit. Lewenz’s other hats have included curating Our Perfect WorldAthena’s Daughters; Elzbieta Sikorska: Forest Drawings, and numerous other exhibits at Maryland Art Place where she managed all exhibits and programs between 2003-06, and she also curated independently elsewhere. Between 2008 and 2011, as the Walters Art Museum’s Manager of Public Programs for adult audiences, she developed interpretative public programming/events/talks for every exhibition to enhance artists’ works, inviting dynamic artists like Kryptos sculptor, Jim Sanborn, editorial cartoonist, “Kal”, and writer Jonah Lehrer to share their ideas and lead workshops. As well, Lewenz is a practicing artist, filmmaker and writer, directing A Letter without Words, an award-winning Sundance & Berlin Film Festival film that screened at more than 100 worldwide film festivals. Awards for her works,  A View from Three Mile Island; Trying to Find Common Ground; and other series gleaned two NEA Photography Fellowships, The Friends of Photography Ferguson Award, sequential Fulbright Research Fellowships in Germany, numerous Maryland State Arts Council awards, and other honors. Lewenz’s work is in public and private collections, including MOMA in NYC. She received her MFA from CalArts (LA, CA) and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

MORE FINE PRINT & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Due to limited wall space, we cannot accept or exhibit more than 20 medium sized works (approximately 36”w x 64” h of smaller, with the crucial maximum dimension being the width.)

To apply, please email the following items to PoeBaltimoreExhibits@gmail.com with the subject line
“POE-ZELLA! Application” no later than 5pm, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. There is no application fee to enter AND:

1) Please use our application form POE 2014 APPLICATION FORM and complete all contact information, providing your name, address, mobile and daytime phone number, email, and website(s) and (if possible) on the same single document, add additional pages that include items #2 and #3 (below)
2) Provide a PDF or Word version of your current resume (no more than 2 pages)
3) Provide a brief artist’s statement (maximum 500 words)
4) Attach 1-3 JPG images, with each labeled as follows: FirstInitialLastName_Title_Medium_CreationYear [For example: JLee_Untitled#27_AcrylicOnPaper_2013.jpg (Please note: we prefer 4×6” 300dpi/medium resolution, maximum 2mgb each]

Contact: if you have any questions, please review this call for entry and updated website details before emailing a query. Some details may be subject to change, so please verify consistent content in our email before sending this form.

Please note: Artists who loan their work for this exhibition must acknowledge that Poe Baltimore, Inc. and Zella’s cannot provide insurance for these artworks. While both Zella’s and Poe Baltimore will oversee the exhibition, since this space doubles as a restaurant, we cannot guarantee that works will not become blemished or damaged during the exhibition. For this reason, please ensure that you either obtain your own insurance and/or frame the work behind glass to ensure it is well protected.


To learn more about the partner hosts, please visit www.poe.baltimore.org , www.zellaspizzeria.com/ and www.soweboarts.org

Poe Baltimore, Inc. was created to fund, maintain, and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents.  Dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors, and to enrich their experience of the city that inspired Edgar Allan Poe and his intellectual and literary heirs, Poe Baltimore is also committed to protecting, preserving and celebrating the rich history of the city, the house, and the legacy of one of our most beloved denizens. As well, it aims to honor other contemporary artists (whether rooted in literary, visual, theatrical, dance, performance, or musical fields) who also share a passion for Poe’s work and his beloved city.

SoWeBo Arts, Inc is a vital membership organization in Baltimore. With events, activities, networking opportunities, and a robust website, Sowebo Arts offers important benefits to artists, performers and supporters. They also invite members to make SoWeBo Arts a stronger organization by bringing energy and ideas to plan events and projects. Thankfully, SoWeBo Arts kindly turned their regularly-exhibition time slot to Poe Baltimore in order to make this exhibition possible. We’ll hope to partner in future ventures.

Zella’s Pizzeria at 1145 Hollins Street is our favorite pizza restaurant (plus a full bar) that mounts dynamic monthly contemporary art exhibitions, hung by SoWeBo Arts, Inc., a non-profit chartered to support community development through the arts. Each exhibit features an opening reception that is free and open to the public.



One Response to CALL TO VISUAL ARTISTS: “POE-Zella!” (a FREE curated exhibit)

  1. Dave DeRan says:

    Poe’s creepy stories fascinated me as a teenager. This painting is of a woman that Poe could have loved in a dark setting he seemed to prefer and with an infusion of nature that I embrace artistically.

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