Baltimore is a city bursting with art. One need only drive southward into the city on I-83 and see entire buildings decorated in city-sanctioned street-art, giant sculpture art and a suspension bridge which has been painted and modified into a piece of art in its own accord. As 2016 kicks into high gear, Baltimore art museums and galleries will be rolling out their exhibits for the year, and lucky guests from all around will be able to see the best the world has to offer in visual splendor.

Kinetic Sculpture Race
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
avam.org

Date: May 7, 2016

The American Visionary Art Museum brings together some of the quirkiest and most amusing art in the world. Nothing embodies the spirit of AVAM better than its annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. The Kinetic Sculpture Race is an “exhibit” held each May during which local artists and engineers create and then drive decorative, mobile displays in a long march along the streets and down into the Bay. The “sculptures” must, therefore, be amphibious, and they are typically powered by bicycles or other small vehicles. The event is free for spectators.

Camille Cannell’s A Soft Space
Maryland Institute College Of Art
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 669-9200
www.mica.edu

Dates: Through Apr. 22, 2016

The Maryland Institute College of Art is a place where the fine young artists of Baltimore spring to life and go out into the world. But some of the best art in Baltimore is on display at this institution. One of the most unique displays this spring is “Camille Cannell’s A Soft Space” exhibit. This textile display is a bending of fabrics into art through the ancient practices of sewing, quilting and other methods brought to new life under this skillful artist’s hands.

Mattise/Diebenkorn
Baltimore Museum Of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1700
artbma.org

Dates: Oct. 23, 2016- Jan. 29, 2017

This autumn, the Baltimore Museum of Art will be bringing in works so rare for a single display, that the exhibition itself will be ticketed. The exhibit is titled “Matisse/Diebenkorn,” and it runs from October 23rd to January 29th, 2017. The display will feature works from museums and private collections from the U.S. and Europe from the brilliant American artist Richard Diebenkorn, whose work was profoundly influenced by the French modern artist Henri Matisse.

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TRANSPORT Exhibit: By Foot, Wheel, Wings
Towson Arts Collective
40 W. Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 916-6340
www.towsonartscollective.org

Dates; Through Apr. 29, 2016

The Towson Arts Collective is the greatest secret tucked away just north of Baltimore. A cozy little art gallery in a college town, the Collective has positioned itself in a crucial location to see some of the best up-and-coming work that the genius artists of tomorrow have to offer. Come out in April when TAC will be showing off its “TRANSPORT Exhibit: By Foot, Wheel, Wings.” Here, artists have brought in some truly quirky and inspiring ideas of what transportation has been, is currently and will be. See the works of newcomers and established area artists such as Dennis Simon, Andy Mezensky and Nicole Fall.

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 547-9000
thewalters.org

Dates: Through May 22, 2016

The Walters Art Museum presents “A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli,” on display through May 22nd. This dazzling display of Renaissance art is drawn from collections all over North America and Europe. Carlo Crivelli was an Italian master who painted in the 15th century, and his works still amaze with their clever use of color and their dazzling originality. The Walters Art Museum has done the unprecedented: reuniting panels from an altarpiece, which have not seen one another since the 19th century. Come gaze upon the 14 works that Walters was able to bring together from this true genius who immortalized the best period the world has ever seen in art.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.