This exhibition highlights new works of Baltimore artists whose livelihood and art practice reach beyond their solo careers. It was curated by the Hot Sauce Artists Collective as a love letter to three established artists, Ernest Shaw, Erin Fostel, and 2020 Sondheim winner LaToya Hobbs, with emerging artists Alpha Massaquoi, Italo De Déa, and Kayla Fryer who are deeply inspired by these Baltimore art luminaries.
The Hot Sauce Artists Collective is a Baltimore-based artist-run organization. Their mission is to give opportunities to emerging and established artists by showing their artwork in untraditional gallery spaces. They bring the gallery environment to parking lots, city parks and trails. Three of the four collective co-founders are Towson University alums: including Alpha Massaquoi (TU BFA ’19), Italo De Déa (TU MFA ’20), Alexandre Edoh Yao Amegah (TU BFA ‘18) (currently on sabbatical) and Kayla Fryer (UM BA 19).
Towson University Galleries and the Community Art Center CACC) invited the Hot Sauce Artists Collective to explore the artist collective model, its impact on the arts community with this exhibition and community events. This project is part of the CAC’s and TU Galleries mission to use the exhibitions as a learning lab to mentor current and recent TU graduates.
Curators: Alpha Massaquoii (TUBFAA ’19) and Italoo DeDéaa (TU MFA ’20)
Hear from artists James AlphaMassaquoii, Jr. ’19 andItaloo DeDéaa ’20, as well as, Community Art Center Director Stacy Arnold who, with TU Galleries Director Erin Lehman, brought them back to TU.
Learn more about Italo De Déaa.
Learn more about Erin Fostell.
Learn more about Kayla J. Fryer.
Learn more about LaToya M. Hobbs.
“Planted by a stream of water,” 2020, charcoal and pastel on brown paper, 51” x 42”
“Outside I’m patient, but inside I’m enraged,” 2020, charcoal on paper, 51” x 48”
“Don’t Touch My Hair,” 2020, charcoal and soft pastel on paper 48” x 41”
“Abba Refine Me,” 2021, charcoal, 51” x 42”
“Cassandra Loves to Smile,” 2019, charcoal, 41” x 61”
Learn more about Alpha Massaquoii.
Learn more about Ernest Shaw.