Get Out of Town:

Presenting Your Art Beyond Baltimore

FREE panel + workshop from Artists U/BalTimorE

How can we share our work beyond our local community?
How have Baltimore artists found opportunities nationally and internationally?
What simple practices can help you find touring, exhibitions, teaching, and residencies that fits your work?

Come join a discussion with Baltimore artists Abdu Ali, Hannah Brancato, Nate Larson, Ashley Minner, CJay Philip, and Lu Zhang.

Monday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 pm
Downtown Cultural Arts Center
401 N Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Lu Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in installation, sculpture, drawing, and text. Zhang has exhibited in the United States and abroad including shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Randall Scott Gallery in Washington DC, The Center for Art and Culture in France, as well as several exhibitions in the Netherlands. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Art F City, and featured in New American Paintings Magazine. Zhang has received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for works on paper and been awarded The Trawick Prize Young Artist Award. In 2014, she became an inaugural recipient of a Rubys Artist Project Grant in Literary and Visual Arts.

CJay Philip is an award winning actress/singer/choreographer. She was in the Broadway productions of Big the Musical, Street Corner Symphony and Hairspray. CJay has toured as Lorrell in Dreamgirls and Paulette in Legally Blonde. CJay is also an accomplished songwriter and playwright with a sold out European run of her adaptation of Carmen. Since moving to Baltimore, CJay has directed productions at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Centerstage where she is a regular teaching artist. CJay was also director of Marvin's Trial based on the life of Marvin Gaye presented at the DC Black Theatre Festival. As artistic director of Dance & Bmore, a professional dance company committed to family advocacy through music and dance, CJay has launched a family dance program, FazaFam Family Jam and is a family fitness spokesperso on a series of Baltimore PSA's. CJay is also a b Grant winner of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Awards.

Ashley Minner is a community based visual artist, folklorist and storyteller from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BFA in General Fine Art, an MA and an MFA in Community Art, which she earned at Maryland Institute College of Art. A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years, and regularly works with communities throughout the U.S South and Latin America as well. Ashley coordinates Artists U Baltimore, a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists, for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She also works as a folklorist for the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. She is currently a PhD in American Studies student at University of Maryland College Park, where she is studying vernacular art as resistance in related communities of the U.S. South and Global South. Ashley was a 2016 Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in NY, NY. She is most inspired by the beauty of everyday people.

Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video.  His projects have been widely exhibited across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired, The Guardian, The Picture Show from NPR, Slate, CNN, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed News, Vice Magazine, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, APM’s Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. His recent project Geolocation, in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world. New site-specific work from the series was recently completed for Salisbury University Art Galleries in Maryland, Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick, Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and the Format International Photography Festival in the UK. They recently created site-specific public artworks for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Public Art Commission, the Indianapolis International Airport, and the DUMBO Business Improvement District.

Hannah Brancato is co-founder of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, an art activist effort to upset the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter-culture of consent.  Brancato works with Rebecca Nagle and dozens of collaborators to create art actions that generate media attention and get millions of people talking. Force is most widely known for tricking the internet into believing that Victoria’s Secret released a line of consent themed slogans on underwear. Force's most recent project is the Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse to create and demand public space to heal. Brancato began working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in 2008, when she established Advocate Through Art at the House Of Ruth Maryland, an awareness campaign by and for domestic violence survivors. She also co-founded Mother Made Baltimore, a women’s economic empowerment project, in 2011. In addition to her work with Force, Brancato is currently an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a member of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore Leadership Council. Hannah earned her MFA in Community Art from MICA in 2011.

Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that is visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage to his work to transcend musical boundaries has put in him in genre categories along lines of afro-futurism to noise rap to “post-apocalyptic” sounding. Championing Baltimore Club music in the fabric in most of his beats, through his work as a curator of Kahlon (an epic bimonthly music event), writings, and outspokenness via social media/interviews Ali, has been elected as a radical underground Baltimore music and cultural figure. Unapologetically black and queer, Abdu Ali is bold, raw, and most importantly life-affirming. Abdu Ali has done several tours all over the US and released 4 music projects. He has shared the same stage with various artists like Big Freedia to MC Lyte to XXYXX, has toured with Lower Dens in Fall 2015, and his work has been covered by Complex, AfroPunk, Saint Heron, Noisey, Impose Magazine, Stereogum, The Fader, and many more.

Artists U/Baltimore is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Support for Artists U/Baltimore comes from The Deutsch Foundation, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards www.BakerArtistAwards.org, The Surdna Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, and The Wyncote Foundation, and Leveraging Investments in Creativity.