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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.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2016

The deadline to submit entries for the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City has passed, but we're still looking for artists to take part in the Open Paint-Out portion of our annual plein air event, July 8–10. Enjoy a summer weekend outdoors in historic Ellicott City as you paint alongside our juried artists! Work created by Open Paint-Out artists will be part of a special one-night exhibit at the Center for the Arts on July 11 and later displayed at the Howard County Welcome Center in Ellicott City. Open Paint-Out entry forms will be available online May 10.

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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

May 6 – June 17, 2016

Reception: June 16, 6–8pm

Gallery I: Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2016

A showcase of recent work in a variety of media by the Arts Council's resident artists.

Gold and Purple: Shelter, Joyce Ritter, from Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2016

Gallery II: From Start to Finish: Inside the Mind of the Photographer

Howard High School student photography exhibit curated by Matthew Hanson.

Need, Logan Filler, from From Start to Finish

Upcoming Exhibits

July 11 - August 19, 2016

Reception: July 11, 6–8pm

Gallery I: Paint It! Ellicott City 2016

A showcase of work created by juried artists during the three-day plein air paint-out in Historic Ellicott City.

Gallery II: Montgomery Portrait Painters

The group, whose aim is to further the development and appreciation of portrait and figurative art, presents work from its five member artists.

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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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