MASKerade / Calls & Submissions

October 24, 2020

Organization Name: Maryland Art Place

Organization Location: Baltimore, MD

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Application Deadline: Saturday, October 24, 5pm

We are excited to announce a call to artists to participate in Baltimore Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund MASKerade Baltimore – a Mask Design Competition & Virtual Event to raise awareness of and fundraise for issues facing the LGBTQ community. Since launching in 2018, the LGBTQ Fund at BCF has awarded nearly $100,000 to organizations fighting discrimination, providing health services, producing art and culture events  and supporting young people with anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to partner with BCF this year to help support their efforts in raising awareness. MAP will be running and managing the online auction made available to artists throughout the state and beyond to participate for free. All artists and bidders must register with Givesmart to view the auction which will not be made LIVE until November 7.


Artists and non-artists must use the provided COVID mask to participate. Template for reference included HERE.
Masks must be finished per finishing instructions to be included in the exhibition (chin dart must be closed and twill threaded).
There is no fee to enter.

All participants must register a loan agreement (google form) with Maryland Art Place HERE
You cannot register in full without a fully executed image of your mask.
Proceeds will be split 40% to the artists and 60% to the LBGTQ Fund. Your portion of proceeds contributed to the Fund are considered a donation. You may donate more.

Masks may be picked up Monday – Friday at: Jill Andrews Gowns 3355 Keswick Rd, Baltimore MD 21211 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

You may be as creative as you would like!

If you are unable to pick up a mask please contact to make alternate arrangements.
If you do not have a Google account email for a PDF version of the application.
PICK UP PROTOCOL: Masks can be picked up August 28, 29 OR September 3, 4 & 5. We are following the general CDC protocol conduct. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and be thoughtful of others. Fill out and sign the sheet on the clipboard with your corresponding packet number, name, cell number and email contact. PLEASE only take ONE mask. If you are picking up for another artist, have their info available and fill out the paperwork accordingly. The front door to the lobby will be unlocked; there will not be time slots to pick up. If you are unable to pick up a mask from the specified location, we will work with you to arrange shipment.

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS: The masks will be flat, with all edges finished except the chin dart. The chin dart can be stapled, taped or sewn to make the 3-D effect. Twill and tap e will be included and threaded through the channels (this is how the mask is secured to the face). Be as creative as you like!

SUBMISSION DETAILS AND TIMELINE: When submitting an image of your mask, you MUST take a high-quality image of your completed mask on a white backdrop. (a high res iphone/or similar device image is fine). Any images taken on a different substrate are subject to exclusion.

Monday, August 24:  Release Call to Artists & Community to Participate
MASK PICKUP: August 28 and 29 OR September 3, 4 & 5  10am to 5pm
Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 24 by 5pm
Saturday, November 7: Auction Launch 10am
Friday, November 13: Auction closes 10pm
Tuesday, November 17 – Saturday, November 21: Mask Drop Off

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