After Hours

BMA Violet Hour: Live Painting & Music Experience

Join us for a live music and abstract painting experience featuring American contemporary artist, Katie Pumphrey and saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist Ray Winder.

Enjoy a sight and sound experience inspired by Joan Mitchell’s life, musical influences, and breathtaking abstract paintings that evoke landscapes, memories, poetry, and music.

This program is produced in partnership with the High Zero Foundation. Video production made possible by Open Range Video.


Admission is free. Proof of vaccination is required. Register here


Program Schedule

6 p.m. — Doors open

6:30 p.m. — Program begins

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Cash bar reception and painting unveiling

Katie Pumphrey

Katie Pumphrey is an American contemporary artist. Her paintings, installations, and sculptures explore the tension between chaos and calm. Pumphrey has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery Four, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Pumphrey is also an ultra-marathon open water swimmer. Major swims include the English Channel, around the island of Manhattan, and the Catalina Channel. This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work. Katie Pumphrey lives and works in Baltimore, MD.


Ray Winder

Baltimore native Rachel Winder is a saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist in multiple genres of music. She studied saxophone at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Tanglewood Institute, and the Peabody Conservatory where she was awarded the Noble Levi Jolley, Sr. Jazz Studies Scholarship. She regularly performs with musicians in Baltimore, DC, NYC, and she is currently in the process of recording her debut album Vignettes. She features as the lead alto saxophonist in the New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra, Benny Russell Jazz orchestra, David Murray Baltimore Big Band and many more. Rachel is dedicated to the education of young people and musicians and works closely with students to mentor and create more opportunities for the youth to become involved in the music scene in Baltimore.


High Zero Foundation

Founded in 1996, High Zero Foundation produces more than 150 performances of experimental and avantgarde music annually featuring artists from Baltimore, the United States, and around the world.

The mission of High Zero Foundation is to (1) produce and present experimental, avant-garde music and performances in Baltimore in a setting that is accessible to all; (2) support and promote both emerging and established cutting-edge artists from the region and afar through paid performance opportunities; and (3) build an international experimental arts community and network by offering artists the opportunity to improvise, create, and present new works together.

The Details

Location BMA Main Campus 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Cost Free; Registration required