The Baltimore Artist Retreat is an intentional space for 50 Baltimore based artists to connect with one another, in an effort to expand and deepen networks, opportunities, and practices. From August 6th-9th, 2020, artists will meet with local, regional, and national arts consultants including critics, curators, gallerists, collectors, and arts service networks, for three full days of intensive professional development. 

This retreat is driven by our belief in the power of artists as change-makers, and we are excited to have the opportunity to create a space for the sharing of skills, resources, and ideas that contribute to the success and sustainability of artists in our city. In an effort to continue cultivating our artist network, 10 of the 50 slots will be reserved for alumni artists from 2016 & 2018. 


Literary, visual, performing, and sound artists currently residing in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are invited to submit an application. The retreat is free for all selected artists and includes lodging and meals for the duration of the retreat. Selected artists are responsible for their transportation. 

A BAR artist is someone who:

  • self identifies as an emerging or mid-career artist;
  • has an interest in expanding artistic networks;
  • needs to access professional development resources;
  • has a desire to share one’s practice with a broader audience;
  • has demonstrated commitment to Baltimore’s arts community. 


Participating artists will be required to:

  • be open, present, and willing to act as a resource to fellow artists at the retreat and beyond;
  • introduce one’s practice in a six minute public presentation to fellow retreat guests;
  • attend all scheduled sessions and remain on site for the entirety of the retreat.


Applications will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
All artists applications will be reviewed by a jury of BAR alumni and RWDF retreat staff.
Questions or comments: please contact artistretreat@rwdfoundation.org 

The 2020 Baltimore Artist Retreat is organized and produced by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, with support from the T. Rowe Price Foundation.

The Deutsch Foundation