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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 Howard County 2015

Applications are now being accepted for this biennial, juried exhibit. Visual artists 18 years of age and older who live, work, or study in Howard County are eligible to apply. Paula L. Phillips, Community Arts Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art, will serve as juror for the exhibit. Deadline to apply is August 31.

Art Howard County 2015 Prospectus & Entry Form

Paint It! Ellicott City 2015

Our annual plein air paint-out will take place July 10–12 in historic downtown Ellicott City.

Congratulations to the following artists, who were selected for the juried portion of the event:

Lissa Abrams David Diaz
Deborah Lovelace Richardson
Bruno Baran
Elissa Gore
Maria Marino
Joanne Bare
Brian Gray
Chrissy Pahucki
Michael Bare
Ann Jagielski Crostic
Duane Sabiston
Joanna Barnum
Greg Johannesen
Charles Snell
Mary Boeh
Ken Karlic
Roberta Staat
Deobrah Cole
Janice Kirsh
Steve Stannard
Sharon Crute
Kathleen Kotarba
Lida Stifel
Nancy Lee Davis
Michael Kotarba
Alexander Wissel

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 and through the summer at the Howard County Welcome Center in Ellicott City.

Paint It! Ellicott City Open Paint-Out Registration Form

To pay for your Open Paint-Out registration online, click here.

Quick Draw Competition: July 11, 10am-12pm
Join us for this brand new Paint It! event. For more information or to participate, contact Chuck Gruss at Mat About You Gallery & Custom Framing at 410-313-8860 or Charles@mataboutyou.com.

Reception & Open Paint-Out Exhibit: July 13, 6–8pm
The opening reception will feature the presentation of juror awards as well as a special one-night exhibit of work created during the Open Paint-Out.

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ARTsites 2014

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the sculptures and locations for ARTsites 2014. The following sculptures will 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

ARTsites 2014 brochures are available for pick-up at the Center for the Arts. A pdf version is available below:

ARTSites 2014 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.


Upcoming Exhibits

July 13–August 21

Reception: July 13, 6–8pm

Gallery I: Paint It! Ellicott City 2015

An exhibit featuring work created by juried artists during the annual plein air paint-out.

Secret Rooftop Barbecue, Heather Leatherman, from Paint It! Ellicott City 2014

Gallery II: Present Past

A showcase of mixed-media photography by Michelle Rogers & George Smyth

The Braddock Project #18, George Smyth, from Present Past (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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