Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Survey Exhibition of Baltimore Artists To Be Donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)


September 18 - October 25, 2015

“The museum’s fate is inextricably linked to the future of the economy. Just as the museum’s role must change substantially, our collective understanding of art and the cultural infrastructure must reflect the importance of that change. This is why adding the works in Cost-Benefit Analysis to the BMA permanent collection will be a contextual, educationally-enriching, and self-referential step for the museum; a formal institutional recognition of the importance of the artist’s role in the self-organized movement.”

John Bohl was born in 1983 in New York. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives and works in Baltimore. Recent exhibitions include”6x6” (Transmitter, New York), "Change the Name We Don't Do Shows Anymore" (Franklin Street, Baltimore), and “Movie Posters for the Song Cave” (Jackie Klempay Gallery, NY). Bohl has also produced a variety of prints and publications with Lithoshop (Baltimore), Beach Press (London), Oso Press (Los Angeles), and W/_Projects (NYC).

Amy Boone-McCreesh was born in Maine and raised in Southern Pennsylvania. After receiving a BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design she moved to Baltimore, where she still resides. In 2010, she completed the MFA program at Towson University in Maryland, with a focus in Studio Arts. In 2014, Amy completed a two-year fellowship for emerging artists at the Hamiltonian Gallery In Washington DC, where she exhibited and was included in the Scope Miami and (e)merge DC art fairs. Recent collections include the Department of State, U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Recent publications and features include New American Paintings and The Craft Companion, published by Thames and Hudson Australia. Amy is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Lisa Dillin is a Baltimore-based artist working in sculpture as well as participatory art practices. Her work utilizes a variety of fabrication methodologies as well as digital photography and other processes to explore possibilities for surrogate objects and experiences for the ephemera of nature. Dillin earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and sculpture from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Guest Spot, and Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD; Washington Project for the Arts and Flashpoint in Washington, D.C.; Artspace in New Haven, CT; and Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY. Dillin was 2012 Sondheim Prize Finalist and is currently represented by the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Terence Hannum is a Baltimore-based visual artist and musician who performs solo and with the avant-metal band Locrian. Hannum teaches Foundations in the Art and Visual Communication Design Department at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL) and has been in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and more. He recently collaborated with artist Scott Treleaven to compose a soundtrack for the film “Picture Yourself in a Burning Building” that was commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Jason Hughes is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD since 1996.  He received his BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and attended the acclaimed AICAD New York Studio Program during the fall of 2003. He received his MFA in Intermedia + Digital Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2015. Hughes has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally since 2005. His artwork has been featured in New American Paintings Issue #75 and the May 2008 issue of Art in America. Most recently, his work was selected to participate in an exhibition curated by Mera Rubell at Marianne Boskey Gallery and was included in the exhibition “Washington Color Abstraction” curated by Donald Kuspit at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts. In February 2014, his project Artistic Futures Savings Bond was featuredin the New York Times Education-Life section.

Andrew Laumann (b. 1987) is represented by Jean Rochard in Paris, France. Recent exhibitions include "Corrupt Images" at Terrault Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), "Desperate Living" at Jean Rochard (Paris, FR), and "Demo" at Signal (Brooklyn, NY).  Laumann is the vocalist for the noise rock band Dope Body. He lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

Jackie Maria Milad is an Egyptian-Honduran first generation American, born in Baltimore City. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally in venues such as the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Arlington Art Center, and The Richard Foreman Ontological Theater in New York City. Ms. Milad has participated in numerous solo exhibitions, most notably with Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico and Culiacan, Mexico. In 2010 Milad was awarded an individual artist grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2005 she earned her MFA from Towson University, where she was a recipient of a competitive Graduate Fellowship. In 2000, she received her BFA from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. In 1998, Ms. Milad studied painting at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence Italy. More recently, Milad participated in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2015.

Steven Riddle (b.1982 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania) lives and works in Baltimore. Riddle studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he received his BFA in 2004. In 2012, he received his MFA from Towson University. Riddle has exhibited work at numerous venues including Franklin Street, Baltimore; Nudashank, Baltimore; Hamiltonian, Washington; POVevolving, Los Angeles; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; Space 1026, Philadelphia; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. BravinLee programs; New York City. In 2016 Riddle will have a solo exhibition at Stevenson University.


August, 30, 15

Donations and Acquisitions Department

Baltimore Museum of Art 

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore MD 21218-3898



Dear Baltimore Museum of Art Donations and Acquisitions Department, 


Over the past several years, Baltimore artists have harnessed a unique aspect of the cultural landscape and emerged as leaders in an important movement: the self-organized. These artists, acting under their own direction, have influenced how art is seen and understood globally.  In honor of the artistic forces currently transforming culture, both in Baltimore and worldwide, Transmitter would like to offer the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) the opportunity to preserve in its permanent collection a selection of works that represents this important movement. Transmitter has curated and arranged a donation from significant Baltimore artists as a gift to the BMA’s permanent collection.

Like many influential curators, collectors, and critics of the past, artists acting as social researchers, critics, writers, and gallerists are now driving the learning society. Within the context of the self-organized, the elements of cultural meaning-making—exploration, questioning, and discovery—play a central role. With this gift, the BMA’s permanent collection would better reflect this artistic movement, the systems that drive it, and its cultural context. 

Transmitter is part of a new paradigm that provides a fascinating account of the art world as a matrix of interconnected resources and participation.  Transmitter has a history in Baltimore’s cultural landscape as collaborators, collectors, artists, researchers, educators, curators, and gallerists. We have thoroughly researched influential Baltimore-based visual artists and their historic contributions over the past five years to the advancement of the self-organized.  As the culmination of this work, we have created a survey exhibition titled Cost-Benefit Analysis, which will be on display at Transmitter from September 18 through October 25, 2015. Artists include John Bohl, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Lisa Dillin, Terence Hannum, Jason Hughes, Andrew Laumann, Jacqueline Maria Milad, and Steve Riddle.  This show was curated with the intent of donating art, research, programing archives, and supporting resources to the BMA as a record of this important era.

Transmitter acknowledges the unconventional nature of this donation. However, given that the time we inhabit is characterized by unprecedented, rapid change, the systems in which we see and experience art must change as well. The museum’s fate is inextricably linked to the future of the economy. Just as the museum’s role must change substantially, our collective understanding of art and the cultural infrastructure must reflect the importance of that change. This is why adding the works in Cost-Benefit Analysis to the BMA’s permanent collection will be a contextual, educationally-enriching, and self-referential step for the museum; a formal institutional recognition of the importance of the artist’s role in the self-organized movement.

Transmitter looks forward to working with you as we structure a collection that reflects the real-time creation of cultural history. Please contact us at to schedule a viewing of the donated works, consult regarding research, and discuss the logistical needs of the Donations and Acquisitions Department. 





Transmitter is a collaborative curatorial initiative, focusing on programming that is multidisciplinary, international and experimental, founded in 2014 by Rob de Oude, Carl Gunhouse, Sara Jones, Rod Malin, Tom Marquet and Mel Prest.