Bmoreart: Baltimore’s Contemporary Art Authority

Cara Ober (left) with artist Mera Rubell

Cara Ober (left) with art collector, Mera Rubell

Cara Ober, a MICA grad, local artist, and professor, started the contemporary art publication Bmoreart in 2007, after realizing that Baltimore artists had no comprehensive source for visual art events and openings. In the last seven years, Bmoreart has grown to become one of Baltimore’s premier publications – focusing primarily on visual art but expanding to cover theater, film, and music as well. In the fall of 2013, Bmoreart went through a significant site re-design and now is able to compensate a growing staff of accomplished editors, writers, and photographers.

Thoughtful and robust interviews are a highlight of Bmoreart, and they provide insight into the minds of many of Baltimore’s most gifted artists and arts administrators. Recently, Managing Editor Lu Zang sat down with Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley of Baltimore Print Studios  to talk about their love for screen-printing and letterpress, as well as their work in Station North. In addition, Ober interviewed Creative Capital Director and Rubys namesake Ruby Lerner during a recent visit to Baltimore. The result of that meeting is a discussion in which Lerner explains the revolutionary approach of funding individual artists over organizations.

Bmoreart has worked to expand coverage into new territory, with series on buying local art, creative living arts-spaces, and editorial essays on professional development and local issues. In addition, the publication has added a comprehensive calendar of events and begun to collaborate with writers in other cities, like New York and Philadelphia, who have recently relocated from Baltimore, in an effort to provide context for Baltimore-area artists. The expansion of Bmoreart reflects an arts scene in Baltimore that has seen extensive growth over the past ten years.

The Deutsch Foundation has provided the funds to help make Bmoreart’s expansion possible. We value the coverage and service they provide to a growing Baltimore arts community.

-TD

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