Photos by Xiaotian Yang
LOCALLY SOURCED explores how exchanges between local artists and their neighbors help a community thrive. Five artists based in central Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District—Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick, Jason Hoylman, NETHER, and Paula Whaley—showcase newly commissioned works in a variety of media. Through sculpture, sound, photography, painting, and installation, these artists offer different perspectives on the vibrant and interconnected cultural landscape of the arts and entertainment district.
Curated by the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice Class of 2015, LOCALLY SOURCED goes beyond looking at the artwork itself by examining local artists’ social roles and contributions they provide to the neighborhoods they work within.
The selected artists are not all activists, nor do they all create specifically community-based projects. But their awareness of and engagement with their communities are essential to their working methods. In the process of making their work, all of the artists grow networks of people around them, which in turn contribute to the success of their work.