Critics' program invites artists and writers to apply


Visual artists and writers are invited to apply for the annual critics' residency program at Maryland Art Place this summer. The critics will be Robert Atkins, author of "Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements and Buzzwords," and Susana Torruella Leval, chief curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York.

After screening artists' slides, Mr. Atkins and Ms. Leval will visit up to a dozen artists' studios and critique their work. Accepted artists will also participate in a MAP show in the fall.

In addition, the visiting critics will select up to six writers to participate in workshops; resulting essays will be published in a catalog.

To apply for the visual arts side of the program, send five properly labeled slides in a plastic viewing sheet, a resume and ++ self-addressed and stamped envelope to MAP by March 26. Slides from the MAP registry of artists will also be considered.

Interested writers should send five writing samples, resume and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the program by March 26.

For details, call MAP at (410) 962-8565.


March 29 is the deadline for craftspeople wishing to apply for spaces at Artscape '93's crafts market. Baltimore fiber artist and craft show exhibitor Judith Bird will select 48 exhibitors from throughout the United States for this year's arts festival. In celebration of the Year of the American Craft, prizes ranging from $150 to $500 will be awarded to the best displays. For details, call (410) 396-4575.


Colonial Players of Annapolis will hold auditions for "Prelude to a Kiss" at 2:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the Colonial Players Annex at 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis. The production calls for three men age 25 to 35; one man in his 50s; one man 65 or older; two women in their 40s or 50s; and one woman age 25 to 35. The production, directed by Patrick Martyn, will run May 7 through June 5. Call (410) 956-3092.

The Musical Theatre Machine will hold auditions for "The Boys From Syracuse" and "A Little Night Music" at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9 at the Merrick Barn on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. "The Boys From Syracuse" will run April 30 through May 30; "A Little Night Music" will run June 19 through July 4. Bring sheet music. Todd Pearthree will direct both productions. For details and appointments, call (410) 516-7159 on weekday afternoons.

The Pasadena Theatre Company will hold auditions for its July production of "The Runner Stumbles" at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Baldwin Hall, Route 178 and Millersville Road in Millersville. The production calls for four women and five men. The director is Bill Kamberger. For details, call (410) 923-7687.

Auditions for "No Sex Please, We're British," the May production of the Columbia Community Players, are scheduled for 4 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Faulkner Ridge Community Center in the village of Wilde Lake. The comedy calls for five men and four women. The director is Laurence Bory. For details, call (410) 381-4864.

Auditions for dance programs offered by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York are set for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. The certificate program is an accredited two-year program of study for students aged 17 to 23 who have completed high school and have achieved an advanced-beginning level (or higher) of training in ballet and modern dance. The independent study program is for students currently enrolled in a degree program at a college or university. The eight-week summer intensive program is for highly motivated students age 15-25. Financial aid is available. For additional information, call (410) 962-5340.

Maryland chamber music ensembles are invited to audition for the fifth annual Baltimore Chamber Music Awards, a competition that offers a maximum of three $2,000 awards and features appearances at Artscape, the city's festival of the arts. The jurors are violinist Herbert Greenberg, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and French horn player Barry Tuckwell, conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Eligible ensembles must reside in Maryland and have performed together professionally for at least one year. The deadline for audition applications is Friday. For details, call (410) 396-4575.

The Handel Choir of Baltimore will hold auditions for experienced singers in all voice parts. A limited number of positions are available, primarily for the performance of Mozart's "Requiem" May 23. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details and to arrange an audition, call (410) 366-6544.

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