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Bmore Art Presents Collecting for Beginners
January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connect + Collect is a new initiative brought to you by BmoreArt’s Cara Ober and Jeffrey Kent, an artist and curator based in Baltimore, designed to create awareness and momentum among new and experienced collectors, and to promote a culture of collecting in Baltimore.
Our first panel is with Art Collector, Consultant, and DC-based Lawyer Schwanda Rountree and Baltimore-based artist Mequitta Ahuja, a Guggenheim recipient whose work is in Rountree’s collection. Topics to be discussed include how and why to start collecting art, how to conduct a studio visit, and best practices for building ethical, respectful, productive relationships between artists and patrons.
We welcome artists to this conversation who want to strengthen relationships with collectors, as well as those who want to build private and public collections, including curators, collectors, gallerists, and art professionals.
Our panel will be followed by a reception in The Showroom and each ticket includes an adult beverage at the bar.
Attorney and Art Consultant Schwanda Rountree places contemporary art in museums and private collections, domestically and internationally. She currently serves as Consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has also served as Advisory Board Member of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Advisory Panel Member of CulturalDC, Executive Board Member of the Porter Colloquium on African American Art, member of ArtTable, and Advisory Board Member for the 30 Americans exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Schwanda has curated several art exhibitions including ones during Miami Art Basel and the DC Jazz Festival. She has spoken on art panels at institutions and galleries, such as the Corcoran, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Rush Arts Gallery in New York. She has served as Contributing Writer for the International Review on African American Art.
Website: www.rountreeart.com / Instagram/Twitter handles: Rountreeart
Baltimore-based painter Mequitta Ahuja turns the artist’s self-portrait, especially the woman-of-color’s self-portrait, which has long been defined by identity, into a discourse on picture-making. Of South Asian and African American descent, the artist positions herself boldly within her compositions, but makes the turn away from subjectivity by focusing on painting as a received form. She visually catalogs painting conventions, established over centuries while using those conventions to make new meanings. Ahuja is the recipient of the 2018 Guggenheim fellowship award. She studied at Hampshire College (BA,1998) and the University of Illinois (MFA,2003). Ahuja’s works have been widely exhibited in institutions and galleries including Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Saatchi Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Baltimore Museum of Art and Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Website: www.mequittaahuja.com / Instagram handle: mequittaahuja