My Bal­ti­more Jor­dan Faye Block

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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.

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