Baltimore Inspired by Poe

An Art on Purpose project created during Peter Bruun's tenure as founding director, an exhibition in partnership with The Baltimore Museum of Art and residents of four Baltimore City neighborhoods explored the relevance of Edgar Allan Poe's writing themes to Baltimoreans today.

Image by Charles Village resident Paul Mintz exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art as part of Baltimore Inspired by Poe, curated by Peter Bruun, who as director of Art on Purpose led the overall project and museum partnership. The exhibition was a companion show to the museum's Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon, curated by Doreen Bolger.

Art workshops held at four branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library were facilitated by teaching artists hired by Art on Purpose. Each library held a culminating event addressing a theme that emerged as subject of the community made art. This image shows the Southeast Anchor Library event, focused on the topic of art and addiction.

Image of growing insanity by Mike Lang, inspired in part by stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart". Lang had drawn while in high school, but not until taking part in Poe art workshops in his late twenties did he return to art making.

An abstract image by a workshop participant about obsessive thinking and the insanity that follows.

Work of art by Valeska Populoh, who facilitated one of the neighborhood art workshops. inspired by such morbid tales as "A Descent Into the Maelstrom", her piece is a comment on the environment disasters we seem to be heading toward.