Baltimore: Museum wants your photos and tattoo designs

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The Baltimore Museum of Art is promoting two new exhibits by inviting the public to share their own artworks for possible display in online galleries.

"Looking Through the Lens: Photography 1900-1960," which runs through June 8, 2008, showcases more than 150 vintage prints from 20th-century photographers including Man Ray and Dorothea Lange. Visitors inspired by the exhibit can take their own photographs and upload them to the museum's Flickr group pool by April 14. A selection of the best images will be on display online in the BMA Looking Now Digital Gallery starting April 23.

The museum also is sponsoring a tattoo design contest, based on the exhibit "Meditations on African Art: Pattern" on display through August 17. Museum-goers can create a tattoo inspired by one of the works in the exhibit and upload it to the museum's Flickr page by May 12 for a chance to win signed copies of Permanence: Tattoo Portraits by Kip Fulbeck and Mitch O’Connell: Tattoos and a subscription to Skin & Ink magazine. Winners will be announced May 31 at an event called "Baltimore Ink: Patterns on Bodies" featuring a tattoo expert panel and a runway show.

Both shows at the bricks-and-mortar museum are free (

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