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BMA Announces Call for Artists: The JJC Artist in Residence at MICA

The Joshua Johnson Council (JJC) Artist in Residence (AIR) program is a collaboration between the JJC, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The JJC AIR program seeks applications to select two (2) Black artists living and working in Baltimore City for the summer residency. Applicants are not required to be alumni of MICA.

Supporting Black Artists based in Baltimore City
The JJC is an affiliate group of the BMA that was formed in 1987 to both provide educational outreach and support initiatives between the BMA and Baltimore’s Black community. Named for 18th-century African American portrait painter Joshua Johnson, the JJC is one of the nation’s oldest African American museum groups. The JJC AIR program expands the impact of the JJC by creating platforms to support artists, encourage intergenerational learning, and grow collaborative relationships. It provides Black artists based in Baltimore City with access to resources and helps to build connections that will allow each artist to explore and expand their practice within the community.

The residency begins on June 5, 2023 and concludes on July 28, 2023, with artists working in studios in the Fred Lazarus IV Studio Center, located on MICA’s main campus in Baltimore. Artists selected for the residency program are offered studio space for seven (7) weeks, access to MICA facilities, a materials stipend of $2,500, and the opportunity work with low-residency MICA graduate students for critique and studio visits at the artist’s determination. After the residency, each artist will give a public presentation as part of the year’s JJC programming JJC Talks, with the potential for additional engagements with the MICA community.

Applications are due March 30 and selected artists will be notified by April 15. Submission guidelines and application link are online at:


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