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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

Our annual plein air paint-out event will take place July 8-11, 2016, presented in partnership with Howard County Tourism, the Ellicott City Partnership, and the Howard County Public School System.. Enjoy a summer weekend in Historic Ellicott City, strolling the streets of the picturesque mill town as you watch dozens of Paint It! artists at work.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2016 Juried Artists:
Lissa Abrams Randall Graham Duane Sabiston
Joanna Barnum Debra Howard Ann Schaefer
Beth Bathe Caroline Jasper John Slivjak
Jennifer Brakefield Greg Johannesen Charles Snell
Sid Branham Barry Koplowitz Sharon Trumbull
David Diaz Michael Kotarba Robert Vail
Raymond Ewing Deborah Maklowski Tara Will
Matt Fenton 4 Maria Marino
Erin Gill Alison Leigh Menke

Open Paint-Out
Even if you weren't juried in to Paint It!, you can still set up your easel and paint one, two, or all three days alongside other artists during the paint-out! Your work will be exhibited in HCCA's lobby during the reception on July 11 and through the summer at the Howard County Welcome Center in Ellicott City.

Open Paint-Out Registration Form

To submit your payment for the Open Paint-Out online, click here.

Reception & Open Paint-Out Exhibit: July 11, 6–8pm

The opening reception will feature the presentation of awards by Paint It! juror M. Stephen Doherty as well as a special one-night exhibit of work created during the Open Paint-Out.


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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.

Michael Kotarba paints during Paint It! Ellicott City 2015

Gallery II: Montgomery Portrait Artists

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

In Thought, Kathy Bush, from Montgomery Portrait Artists (image courtesy of the artist)

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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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