Thanks for joining us for this discussion about everything we know when it comes to art in Baltimore. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will be broken down for you today.
Your time is valuable so we won’t waste it by rambling. Diving right into the best Baltimore Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer seems like the best plan.
They are just the beginning and we have many other things to mention like the best art stores in your area when you need to buy new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events can’t be forgotten.
When the weather is nice take an art walking tour or just stroll around and see some of the most unique statues and sculptures in town. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the better art schools near you could be a great way to make some fast improvements.
There are some art studios for rent if you are ready to get things moving on your next project. Plus we will be covering dealers, appraisers, and framing services.
The Northeast is an area we have written many local guides on in the past which you can look through at this link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Baltimore
In our opinion the best art galleries and museums in Baltimore would be:
- American Visionary Art Museum at 800 Key Hwy
- The Baltimore Museum of Art at 10 Art Museum Dr
- The Walters Art Museum at 600 N Charles St
- Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower at 21 S Eutaw St
- C Grimaldis Gallery at 523 N Charles St
- Crystal Moll Gallery at 1030 S Charles St
- Galerie Myrtis at 2224 N Charles St
- Renaissance Fine Arts at 88 Village Sq
- James E Lewis Museum of Art at 2201 Argonne Dr
- Steven Scott Gallery at 917 Stubblefield Ln
- Columbia Art Center at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia
- The Bernice Kish Gallery at 10400 Cross Fox Ln, Columbia
- Rosenberg Gallery at 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson
- The Rellim Collection at 738 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson
You can find free after school workshops at the American Visionary Art Museum and their Kinetic Sculpture Race event in May is a can’t miss. You can find nearly 100,000 works at The Baltimore Museum of Art including over 1,000 from Henri Matisse. Visit on Wednesday through Sunday to check out their Sculpture Garden.
The Walters Art Museum is free for everyone and has a collection that spans from 5,000 BCE to the current day. This massive collection encompasses 36,000 objects from all around the world, plus they offer art lessons and art-making workshops for all ages and experience levels.
Those who want to rent a studio in your area can do so at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. The Crystal Moll Gallery offers art consultation, custom framing, installation, conservation, and some of the works on display are for sale.
Renaissance Fine Arts is where you can find the largest collection of fine art in the Mid-Atlantic including original works by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Warhol. You can also try out their art consultation and custom framing services.
The Rellim Collection can provide in-home consultation if you are serious about buying a new piece for your collection.
Materials & Supplies Near You
You should be able to find all of the materials and supplies you need at these art stores in your area:
- Plaza Artist Materials at 1009 Cathedral St
- Mica College Store at 1501 W Mount Royal Ave
- Clayworks Supplies Inc at 4625 Falls Rd
- Scrap at 913 W Barre St
- Artist & Craftsman Supply at 137 W North Ave
- Blick Art Materials at 229 W Chase St
- Michaels at 9041 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia
- Plaza Artist Materials at 519 York Rd, Towson
- Michaels at 1238 Putty Hill Ave, Towson
You will find local in-store classes, workshops, and custom framing at Plaza Artist Materials. Scrap has educational programs with instructors that will teach children about sustainability and resourcefulness through art.
Shows & Events
Some of the best shows and events near you are:
- Overlea ArtsFest
- Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival
- Highlandtown Arts District First Friday Art Walk
- African American Cultural Festival
- Columbia Festival of the Arts
- Kinetic Sculpture Race
Each summer as many as 300,000 people gather for the free Artscape Festival in Midtown and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. The first Saturday of June you can also go to the annual Overlea ArtsFest.
The Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival is a free outdoor chalk festival where you will find live music, street performers, participatory art, an art market and al fresco dining every September. The first Friday of each month you can head to the Highlandtown Arts District First Friday Art Walk.
The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival features great pieces of art created by African Americans all over the Northeast and is held each September. The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a major two week event held each summer.
The Kinetic Sculpture Race is a very unique race of human powered sculptures through land, sea, and mud that goes down each May and is presented by the American Visionary Art Museum.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to add a new piece to your collection or find out how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Craig Flinner Gallery at 859 W 36th St
- How Great Thou Art at 1622 Thames St
- The Large Art Company at 6500 Old Harford Rd
- Robert Mcclintock Studio & Gallery at 3000 Chestnut Ave
If you are reading this when the weather is nice these art walking tours could be fun:
You also won’t want to forget about the Highlandtown Arts District First Friday Art Walk that we linked to in the shows and events section.
Sculptures & Statues
You can also find some interesting sculptures and statues around the city like:
- BMA Sculpture Garden at 10 Art Museum Dr
- Brooks Robinson Statue at 422 Eislen St
- Joseph Beuys Sculpture Garden at 1000 Hilltop Cir
- Frank Zappa Statue at 3601 Eastern Ave
- Cache #1 Matthew Gray at 2230 Reisterstown Rd
- Marquis de Lafayette Statue at 699 S Washington Pl
We mentioned the sculptures at the Baltimore Museum of Art earlier, well that is the top spot on this list and you can head there Wednesday through Sunday. The Brooks Robinson Statue was created by Joseph Sheppard and put up in 2011 to honor a true legend of this great town.
The Marquis de Lafayette Statue was created by Andrew O’Connor and was dedicated back in 1924.
Baltimore Art Classes
Some of you may be interested in private lessons while others may want group classes for kids, teens, or adults but either way the best Baltimore art schools are:
- School 33 Art Center at 1427 Light St
- Schuler School of Fine Arts at 7 E Lafayette St
- Maryland Institute College of Art at 1300 W Mount Royal Ave
- Painting Workshop at 1605 Sulgrave Ave
- Mitchell School of Fine Arts at 1400 Coppermine Ter
- Center for the Arts at 7700 Osler Dr, Towson
School 33 Art Center offers classes for all ages and all skills levels and is also a place to rent out studio space. The instructors at Schuler School of Fine Arts can teach you techniques used by European Old Masters and they also specialize in drawing, oils, sculpture and watercolor.
Not only can you take graduate or undergraduate courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art but they also have seasonal classes. There are workshops and classes for all ages at the Painting Workshop plus they have summer camps, school break camps for kids, and do private tutoring.
There is also a summer camp at the Mitchell School of Fine Arts and on Wednesdays they do half or full day art enrichment camps. Center for the Arts has graduate, undergraduate, and summer courses.
The Walters Art Museum, Plaza Artist Materials and Scrap from our prior lists also offer art lessons.
Studios For Rent Near You
Those of you who are ready to start a big project can find art studios near you like:
- The Fox Building at 3100 Falls Cliff Rd
- Motor House at 120 W North Ave
- Maryland Art Place at 218 W Saratoga St
- Area 405 at 405 E Oliver St
You can find additional art studios for rent at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower or School 33 Art Center from our prior lists.
If you need art framing in Baltimore you can find it at:
- Jlp Custom Picture Framing at 2406 N Charles St
- Framin’place at 1350 Smith Ave
- Fleckenstein Gallery & Archival Framing at 3316 Keswick Rd
- Truax Custom Frames at 4715 Harford Rd
- Artists & Framers Inc at 9139 Red Branch Rd #A, Columbia
- More Than Fine Framing at 8012 Bellona Ave, Towson
You will find over 4,000 varieties of frames at Framin’place and they also provide expert art restoration and conservation services. The Fleckenstein Gallery & Archival Framing is where to go for traditional French mats and they are also well known for 12 inch and 16 inch ply mats.
More Than Fine Framing can provide fine art photography printing services, plus they also offer art and frame restoration as well as art installation. More places to find framing services near you are Crystal Moll Gallery, Renaissance Fine Arts, Plaza Artist Materials, Blick Art Materials and Michaels.
Some of you may also want to read about the local art scene in other nearby cities like:
Have Fun Enjoying The Baltimore Art Scene
Hopefully you were able to learn something about the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love art as much as we do. Feel free to use the comments to share your own local art tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything on this page that is no longer correct.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Baltimore!