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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

General exhibition applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting materials are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

HoCo Open 2016

Artists who live, work, or study in Howard County are invited to submit one piece of original artwork, completed in the last two years and not previously shown in HCAC galleries, for the Arts Council's special 35th anniversary edition of the HoCo Open. Artwork will be accepted on Thursday, January 7 from 4:30-6:30pm, until Gallery I is full. The exhibit will run from January 15 to February 26.

HoCo Open 2016 Guidelines & Entry Form

Let's Keep In Touch

Are you an artist who has exhibited at the Howard County Arts Council’s galleries? Help us celebrate 35 years of bringing diverse artwork to the county by sending us a “hello” from wherever your artistic journey has taken you.  Any artist who has exhibited in HCAC’s galleries is invited to send an “artful postcard” for inclusion in our Let’s Keep In Touch exhibit. Artwork can be any medium, but must be standard postcard size. Work can be sent or delivered with a submission form from December 15-January 11. See the guidelines for details.

  Let's Keep In Touch Guidelines & Submission Form

Silent Auction/Celebration of the Arts

The Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in its 2016 Juried Silent Art Auction, an essential part of the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County.

2-D, 3-D, and fine craft artists residing, working, or studying in Howard County; or HCAC members; or artists who have exhibited at Howard County Center for the Arts in the past year are invited to submit. Artists must be 18 years or older. The deadline for entries is January 19, 2016.

2016 Silent Auction Entry Form

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Paint It! Ellicott City 2015

Paint It! Ellicott City 2015, our sixth annual plein air paint-out, was a big success. We’d like to thank all the Ellicott City businesses and the many volunteers that supported the artists during the event, the community members who came out to watch, and especially all the artists who participated. We hope to see you again next year!

For a complete list of Paint It! Ellicott City 2015 Award winners, click here.

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ARTsites 2015

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the 13 sites and sculptures selected for ARTsites 2015, its fourth annual public art initiative in Howard County. The sculptures will be installed in August 2015 and will remain in place until July 2016.

You’re Doing Great by Zac Benson – East Columbia Branch, Howard County Library System

Symbiosis by Jeff Chyatte – Aida Bistro, Corporate Office Properties Trust

Chameleon by David Friedheim & Trisha Kyner – George Howard Building, Howard County Government

Blue Trees & Sky by Cathrin Hoskinson – North Laurel Community Center, Howard County Recreation & Parks

Metamorphosis by Hanna Jubran – Gary J. Arthur Community Center, Howard County Recreation & Parks

The Artists at Work by Edward Kidera – Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Center

Aubergine by Jan Kirsh – Howard County Tourism Welcome Center

Chile Pepper 2 by Jan Kirsh – James and Anne Robinson Nature Center

Sea Glade by Cathy Perry – Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College

Wind Song by Bob Turan – The Arc of Howard County

Square Dance by Bob Turan – Howard County General Hospital

Fork, Knife & Spoon Sun by Andrew Yff – Howard County Library System, Central Branch

Global Marker by Glenn Zweygardt – Wincopin Lakeside Building, Kincade, LLC

ARTSites 2015 brochures are available at the Center for the Arts. A PDF version may also be downloaded below:

ARTSites 2015 Brochure

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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.

Current Exhibits

October 30–December 11, 2015

Reception: November 6, 6–8pm

Gallery I: Art Howard County 2015

A celebration of local talent, this exhibit features 51 works in a variety of media by artists who live, work, or study in Howard County. Guest juror Paula L. Phillips, Community Artist and Professor at MICA, will offer remarks and present juror awards at the reception on November 6.

Up in Smoke Into the Woods #1, Karen Isailovic

Gallery II: Inspired by Nature

A showcase of artwork inspired by the natural world, including mixed-media paintings by Douglas Moulden, art quilts by Elaine Katz, and wood sculpture by George Wedberg.

Orange, Douglas Moulden

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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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