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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 Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2016. The annual plein air paint-out will be held July 7-10, with a minimum of $5,000 in total awards given to participating artists. Deadline to apply is April 29.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2016 Prospectus and Entry Form

To submit your Paint It! entry fee online, 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

March 11–April 22, 2016

Reception: April 14, 5–7pm

Gallery I: Game Changers: Collaboration, Play, and the Search for New Ideas

Our annual Youth Art Month exhibit in partnership with Howard County Public School System, featuring hundreds of works by HCPSS students in grades K-12. The students' artwork, selected from public school art classes throughout the county, investigates the many ways that students can achieve artistic innovation through games and collaboration.

Embellished Figures, Collin Meredith, Centennial High School

Gallery II: No Boundaries

In partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks’ Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services, this exhibit showcases work by youth and adult artists with developmental disabilities.

Painted Plate, Chris Schoenbrodt

Upcoming 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.

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

Howard High School student photography exhibit curated by Matthew Hanson.

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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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