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Visual Arts

Exhibition Opportunities

To have your work considered for future exhibits in HCAC galleries, download the following application:

HCAC General Exhibition Application

Art Maryland 2014

Entry deadline: August 31

Art Maryland 2014, the nineteenth multi-media statewide juried exhibit sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council, is a premier juried showcase for artists in the region. Entry is open to visual artists 18 years or older, residing in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, MD. The juror for the exhibit, which runs from October 31–December 12, is Julia Marciari-Alexander, the new Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum. For complete details, download prospectus below.

Art Maryland 2014 Prospectus

To submit your Art Maryland registration fee online, click here.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2014

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the Paint It! Ellicott City 2014 award winners:

Juror Awards – presented by Paint It! juror Michael Bare
  • The Gino Awards – Mark Coates & Michael Kotarba
  • Honorable Mention – Jaye Ayres, Bruno Baran, David Diaz, Greg Joohannesen, Janice Kirsh, Heather Leatherman, Maria Marino, & Duane Sabiston

Other Awards
  • Howard County Arts Council Director's Choice Award – 'Noble'
  • Howard County Tourism Director's Choice Award – Sharon Trumbull
  • Blossoms of Hope Award for Best Depiction of Nature – Steve Stannard
  • Best Urban Scene Award (presented by Steve Stannard, Julie Hunko, and the Salient Group) – David Diaz

Thank you to all the Ellicott City businesses and the many volunteers that supported the artists during Paint It!, the community members who came out to watch, and especially all the artists who participated. We hope to see you again next year!

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ARTsites 2014

The Arts Council is pleased to announce that the sculptures and locations have been selected for ARTsites 2014. The following sculptures will be installed in May remain in place until July 15, 2015:

Aerial Delineation by Craig Kraft — George Howard Building, Howard County Government

Chapel Oak Vessel by Foon Sham — James and Anne Robinson Nature Center, Howard County Recreation & Parks

Happy Wanderers by Charlie Brouwer — Gary J. Arthur Community Center, Howard County Recreation & Parks

Triangle Tango by Bob Turan — North Laurel Community Center, Howard County Recreation & Parks

Prism Arc X by Carl Billingsley — East Columbia Branch, Howard County Library System

Sun to Moon Rotation 2 by Mary Angers — Central Branch, Howard County Library System

Blue Wedge by Carl Billingsley — Elkridge Branch, Howard County Library System

Wood's Revenge – Resawn by Stephen Klema — Corporate Office Properties Trust

Dancing Columns III by Steven Durow — Aida Bistro, Corporate Office Properties Trust

Big Red by David Friedheim — The Arc of Howard County

Sunbeam by Cathrin Hoskinson — Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College

Tower Five by Jan Paul Acton — Wincopin Lakeside Building, Kincade, LLC

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Check out the Exhibits at HCAC!

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 10AM-8PM; Saturday 10AM-4PM;
Sunday 12-4PM. Closed most federal holidays.

Upcoming Exhibits

July 14–August 22

Reception: July 14, 6–8pm

Gallery I: Paint It! Ellicott City 2014

Our fifth annual Paint It! Ellicott City exhibit showcases work created by juried artists during a three-day plein air paint-out in Historic Ellicott City.The reception on July 14 will also include a one-night exhibit of work created by non-juried artists and community members participating in the Open Paint-Out.

Catherine Hillis, View from Frederick Street, from Paint It! Ellicott City 2013

Gallery II: Overtones: Tales Told Through the Eyes of Peruvian Children

A photography exhibit curated by HCAC resident artist Andres Gomez, featuring photographs of the lives and homes in Peruvian settlements taken by the children who live there.

Photograph by Anderson D. Ruiz Patala, age 11

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The gallery program at the Howard County Arts Council was established to:

  • Enhance the public's appreciation of the visual arts

  • Provide a venue to exhibit work of local and regional artists in a professional space

  • Provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media both emerging and established








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