The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

Tuesday, September 20
(4:00 - 5:30 PM)

Join Elaine Eff, the foremost chronicler of painted screens, for a tour of the sidewalks of East Baltimore,
in search of this homegrown folk art known in no other modern American city. 
An artful anomaly, a source of privacy and ventilation, painted screens grew from the handiwork of a single Northeast Baltimore grocer
in the summer of 1913 to hundreds of thousands of colorful landscape scenes 
created by known and unknown hands on their neighborhood’s rowhouse windows and door screens. 
The talk will be followed by a viewing of archival materials related to the history of painted screens
which are part of the Maryland Traditions Archive housed in UMBC’s Special Collections.

This lecture was made possible with financial support 
from a 2023 Maryland Folklife Network Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Read about Painted Screens' Chronicler and Preservationist Elaine Eff

Congratulations to Baltimore Screen Painting team
Master John Iampieri (Wicomico County) and Apprentice Michael Seipp (Baltimore City) 
on their 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeship Grant award 

"MSAC's traditional arts program, Maryland Traditions, has awarded $65,000 to artists in the state through the Folklife Apprenticeship grant. The funding supports the sharing of traditional arts skills from a master artist to a learner artist during a one-year teaching period. Thirteen grants of $5,000 each have been awarded for the 2021-2022 granting period to the teams listed below, with master artists named first."


Feature Story About Painted Screens

Airdate:  Mon, Jan 20TH, 7:30pm only on MPT-HD.

The show repeats: Saturdays, 7:30pm on MPT-2.

Double check your cable listings - there are slight variations among cable providers

Watch Elaine Eff discuss painted screens starting at minute 12:11.

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Friday, March 13

On the Record talk show

The Painted Screens Of Baltimore

9:30-10:00 am on 88.1 WYPR FM

Elaine Eff and Highlandtown Gallery owner Felicia Zannino-Baker go on On the Record"

Listen Now

Picture Windows...The Painted Screens of Baltimore and Beyond
Dec. 13-2013 - March 16, 2014
Missed the event? Read about it here and watch the video

Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Painted Screens

The only book on the subject...
The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
by Elaine Eff

A great gift - 256 pages, 300 illustrations, only $35
Available from the Maryland Historical Society,, and fine book stores 

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CBS Sunday Morning TV Features Baltimore's Painted Screens 
Watch video

Artist John Iampieri Keeps the Art of Screen Painting Alive with Baltimore Students

As a Young Audiences Arts for Learning Resident Artist, Iampieri is able to share his love and enthusiasm for Baltimore's Painted Screens. Read the full story here

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