MAP is the city’s preeminent institution for contemporary art. Founded in 1981, it receives funding from the State Arts Council and continues to expand. Its first home was a renovated space in the industrial Candler building, near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Its current location on Market Place accommodates its growth since its founding.
MAP puts on several exhibitions and programs throughout the year that are free of charge. It averages 12 exhibitions annually, which are accompanied by gallery talks from curators and participating artists. At its former location at 218 West Saratoga Street, it still hosts its 14Karat Cabaret, which it describes as a night of “harebrained” music, performances, dance and film.
Besides such events, its regular exhibitions present a diverse body of contemporary art. It is currently showing an exhibition of photography by the artists Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. In the past, it has shown exhibitions on 21st century women artists; fantasy art dabbling in Surrealism, graphic novels and cartoons; and installation art of posters, screen prints and graffiti.
Maryland Art Place Information
- Public Transportation: Good (only a few blocks from several bus lines and the subway)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday
- Admission: Free
- Tour: Individual, family and self-guided tours are free
- Membership: Artist / Student $30; Individual $40; Dual $65 (for 2 adults at the same address); Contributor $100. All memberships receive invitations to gallery talks, receptions, programs and special events, Email blasts with MAP’s latest news and events, Quarterly member e-newsletter, and members-only gallery talks. Members at the Contributor level also receive recognition in MAP’s Annual Donor report, and an invitation to an exclusive gallery tour and reception with MAP’s Director and guest curator
- Annual Gifts: Supporter $250–all the benefits of Dual membership, plus an invitation to a private reception at a select offsite venue; Patron $500–all the benefits of Supporter, plus an invitation to quarterly studio visits led by MAP’s Director and Board; Rothschild Council $1,000–all the benefits of Patron, plus a VIP preview on nights of MAP benefit events, and ten single-use parking passes; Hartigan Council $2,500–all the benefits of Rothschild Council, plus an invitation for two to a private Director’s Dinner; Chairman’s Council $5,000–all the benefits of Hartigan Council, plus sponsor recognition for a select exhibition or project, and Honor Wall recognition at the MAP entrance.