My Baltimore Jordan Faye Block
An arts-savvy gallery owner curates a day in the city.
Block, a Chicago native, now calls Baltimore “home.” She lives in the culture-focused Mount Vernon neighborhood, steps from the historic brownstone that holds her gallery ( jordanfayecontemporary.com). At 823 Park Avenue, she shows regional, New York and L.A. artists.—
What brought you to Baltimore? I came to interview for graduate school at MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. That first night here I walked out for dinner and into lightly falling snow. That began my love affair with this city, and I’ve stayed for 11 years, even after getting my MFA.
The back story of your business? I had my first commercial gallery in South Baltimore next to the Wine Market. I’ve had four venues since, each in a wonderful neighborhood, even one set in a former library.
And today? I established myself as Jordan Faye Contemporary in 2006 with a mission: to find an audience for emerging and mid-career artists. I host
JLC salons, represent 15 artists and show at major international art fairs.
Is this a good city for making art? My artists make phenomenal work, and though I don’t often put paint to canvas, I create by seeing and making connections. I believe curation is an art form, a practice that I’ve embraced for the past 15 years.
Where do you send foodie friends? Bottega in Station North. It’s small and charming, a BYOB with delectable food, but you need a reservation.
What travel is on your wish list? I want to go back to London and explore the city. On my way home from Art Basel, I spent a short time there and realized that was not enough.