Howard County Arts Council 


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The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from artists to fill multiple artist studio spaces at Long Reach Village Center. The available studios range in size from 120 to 187 square feet, with monthly rents from $80-$125/month. Please contact deputydirector@hocoarts.org to tour the Village Center Studios. 

The application will open on Friday, January 31, 2020. Other applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline until studios are filled. These applicants will be considered by the HCAC Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as more studios become available. 

The Long Reach Artist Studio Program will host studio space for artists representing a variety of disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, easy access to water, and a night security guard on the premises. Heat & utilities are included. Studio furniture is not included. The studios are located on the second floor of the Long Reach Office Suites. There is no elevator on the premises.

The Long Reach Artist Studio Program Objectives

To provide individual artists with a space in which they may pursue the production of fine arts. The fine arts include traditional and emerging art forms within, but not limited to, the visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts.

To support a diverse community of artists working in a variety of fine arts media and disciplines. 

Benefits

General benefits include: private and semi-private studios (shared entry access), 24-hour access to designated studio, physical mailing address, affordable monthly rental rate, and prime location as a part of Howard County’s Long Reach Rising Revitalization Project. 
Studio Artists will also have an opportunity to showcase their work in pop-up galleries and other special events on the premises.

Eligibility

The Studio Program is open to practicing artists who demonstrate a central commitment to the production or performance of fine arts. Emerging Artists are also encouraged to apply. 

HCAC Board of Directors, full-time staff, HCAC Center Committee, and their immediate family are ineligible to apply.

Application 

To apply for consideration as a Studio Artist, submit an application with the following attachments:

  • Letter of Intent: In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed while in residence, your career direction, and why you should be awarded an Artist Studio at Long Reach Village Center. 
  • Up-to-date Resume: Three pages or less, listing education, background, exhibitions, awards, and/or publications.
  • Artist Statement: In one page or less, concisely describe your creative work, process, technique, and conceptual development.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Include references with the ability to speak to your character, responsibility, and contribution to community.
  • Up to 20 Images Created within the Last Two Years that represent your work: Include at least one video recording if applying for performance art or video work. Videos must not exceed five minutes in duration.
  • Image List

If available, include examples of printed materials such as articles, brochures, programs,

and reviews.

Requirements

To hold a studio space at the Village Center, artists must, at a minimum, submit to the following:

  • Artists must use their studios a minimum of eight hours per week (annual average). Those eight hours must be used for the development and production of their art and not for other unrelated employment or activities. Teaching in The Long Reach Artist Studios is not permitted.  
  • Artists must pay the studio rent within five working days of the first of each month.
  • Artists must maintain a $2,000,000 general liability insurance policy for their studio as well as coverage for the contents of their studio. 
  • Artists must maintain a safe working environment in their studios. No hazardous materials may be used in The Long Reach Artist Studios. Artists must provide (and keep current) a list of materials they plan to use in their studios. Furthermore, they are expected to practice a “good neighbor” policy, being mindful of both materials and sounds that might disrupt the health and safety of the Village Center community. 
  • Artists must maintain annual membership with HCAC.
  • Any changes to the studio must be approved by the HCAC Center Committee and artists must return the studio to its original condition when vacating. 

Application

Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Please do not staple hard-copy materials or put them in binders or plastic sheets. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.

All application materials must. be submitted online. Faxed, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.


For full information, please see RFP here:   https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_RFP_LRVC-all-studios-rev-2.5.20.pdf 

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from artists to fill one available resident artist studio space. The available studio is approximately 380 square feet, rents for $295.13 per month, and has shared access with another artist in an adjoining studio. The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM, Monday, March 30, 2020. 

HCAC houses accessible studio space for fourteen resident artists, as well as three resident arts organizations representing a variety of disciplines. Resident artists have 24-hour access, natural light, and easy access to water. Heat & utilities are included. 

   

Application

Applications must include the following:

Letter of Intent

In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed while in residence, your career direction, and why you should be awarded a residency at HCCA.

Up-to-date Resume

Three pages or less that lists education, background, exhibitions, awards, and/or

publications.

Artist Statement

In one page or less, concisely describe your creative work, process, technique, and

conceptual development.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Include references with the ability to speak to your character, responsibility, and contribution to community.

Up to 20 Images Created within the Last Two Years that represent your work:

Include at least one video recording if applying for performance art or video work.

Videos must not exceed five minutes in duration.

Image List

If available, include examples of printed materials such as articles, brochures, programs,

and reviews.


If hard copies are submitted, a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials.

Benefits

General benefits include: semi-private studio (shared entry access), 24-hour access to designated studio, physical mailing address and mailbox at HCCA, affordable monthly rental rate, and location in a vibrant community arts center. 
Residents also receive a reduced rate and priority consideration for renting other spaces in the Center including the dance studio, black box theatre, conference room, and classrooms. 

Eligibility

Practicing artists who demonstrate a central commitment to the production or performance of fine arts. In some studios, practicing artists may also teach in their studio space. 

HCAC Board of Directors, full-time staff, HCAC Center Committee, and their immediate family are ineligible to apply.

Requirements

Artists granted studio space will be considered Resident Artists of the Howard County Center for the Arts.  

To hold a studio space at the Center, residents must, at a minimum, submit to the following:

  • Resident visual artists are required to participate in the Residents' Exhibit at the HCCA, displaying recent work (created within two years prior to the exhibit), not previously shown in the gallery, for a six-week show. 
  • Resident artists and arts organizations are required to be in attendance for up to four Council-scheduled, Open Studio special events per year when they must be present and open their studios for public viewing.
  • Residents must use their studios a minimum of eight hours per week (annual average). Those eight hours must be used for the production, presentation or teaching of their art and not for other unrelated employment or activities. 
  • Residents must pay the studio rent within five working days of the first of each month.
  • Residents must maintain a $2,000,000 general liability insurance policy for their studio as well as coverage for the contents of their studio. 
  • Residents must maintain a safe working environment in their studios and submit appropriate MSDS forms for hazardous materials in their studios. Furthermore, they are expected to practice a “good neighbor” policy, using the least harmful materials possible and keeping in mind not only their own health and safety, but also that of the Center community. Residents may be required to install proper ventilation units or other safety features for the use of some mediums.
  • Residents offering classes, exhibits, or other public programs must be fully accessible.
  • Residents must maintain annual membership with HCAC.
  • Any changes to the studio must be approved by the HCAC Center Committee and residents must return the studio to its original condition when vacating. 

Selection

Applicants will be evaluated based on their artistic discipline, artistic merit, and commitment, as well as the appropriateness of their activities for the available space. In cases where all other elements of candidates’ qualifications are deemed of equal value, Howard County artists will be given priority.

Interested artists should submit a Studio Application to HCAC. When a studio is available, the HCAC Center Committee reviews all submissions and selects an artist or organization based on the above criteria. If no studios are available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list for future consideration.

Application

Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Please do not staple hard-copy materials or put them in binders or plastic sheets. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.


For full information, please see RFP here:   https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_RFP_Resident-Artist-Studio-1A.pdf 


All application materials may be submitted online, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 5PM, March 30, 2020. Faxed or late applications will not be accepted. 


The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 publicly accessible sites to host sculpture for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2020–July 2021 as part of ARTsites, HCAC’s annual juried public art competition. Selected sites can be public or privately owned, and will choose and display one sculpture each. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.

A selection panel made up of HCAC representatives, public art professionals, and at least one professional with expertise in planning and zoning, architecture and design, or construction, will be convened to review the applications and select artist finalists and sites. The panel will provide a pool of selected sculptures to representatives from participating sites; those representatives will choose the sculptures for their sites from the pool.

The competition is open to all professional artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience that is commensurate with this project’s scope. HCAC will provide a grant to each selected artist to cover the temporary loan, installation and de-installation of the sculpture.   HCAC will provide a name plaque for each work and publicity materials. HCAC staff will serve as a liaison with artists and site administrators. Sale of installed works will be encouraged; a 20% commission of work sold as a result of the exhibit will go to HCAC. Work must remain on view for the entire duration of the exhibit.  

Eligibility:
 

  • All community, commercial and public sites in Howard County are eligible; HCAC’s goal is to place sculpture at sites throughout the county.
  • Sites that experience high levels of pedestrian traffic are recommended.
  • Sites must be visible and accessible to the public.
  • Sites that have courtyards or other paved pedestrian spaces conducive to the display of outdoor sculpture or sites willing to install a concrete pad will be given preference; some work may be appropriate to place on lawns. 
  • Sites should be publicly accessible 24 hours per day or, if they are sited in a park or similar site, be accessible during normal hours of that site’s operation.
  • Sites that contain commercial or political advertising (other than the name and location of the business), or would impede pedestrian traffic, or create a safety or traffic issue will not be considered.

     

Site Responsibilities:
 

  • Privately owned sites must carry General Liability Insurance in the amount of $2,000,000, personal property insurance covering vandalism or theft, and provide proof thereof.
  • Appoint a site administrator who will provide logistical and administrative support during installation, de-installation, and the duration of the exhibit.
  • Monitor the work and notify HCAC immediately of any damages or vandalism.
  • Install a concrete pad or other anchoring construction if the sculpture the site selects requires it. 
  • Install the name plaque provided by HCAC in the area that the sculpture is sited. 
  • Enter into an agreement with HCAC regarding these requirements and willingness to host the sculpture for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Have representatives available to attend meetings as necessary and be available for publicity purposes.

  
Guidelines for Sites to Consider:
Public art should ideally
 

  • Be placed at a site where it will enhance and activate the space or at least not detract from it (e.g. creating a “blind” spot).
  • Be sited where it will be highly visible, in a location that experiences high levels of  pedestrian traffic, or creates a place to congregate.
  • Be placed at a site where it is not overwhelmed by, nor competing with, the scale of the site or adjacent architecture, large retail signage, billboards, etc.
  • Not block windows or entrance ways, nor obstruct normal pedestrian circulation in and out of a building, nor be a safety hazard.
  • Not be placed at a site if the landscaping and maintenance requirements of that site cannot be met.

  
Artist Responsibilities:
Artists selected to exhibit their sculpture will be responsible for:
 

  • Signing a contract with HCAC and site. 
  • Transportation and installation of the sculpture.
  • Maintaining general liability insurance during the installation process and any applicable insurance limits for themselves or any subcontractors including, but not limited to, worker’s compensation, automobile, etc. during the installation of the artwork. 
  • Being available for public information, interviews, etc.
  • Removing work promptly at the end of the exhibit. 

  
Copyright:
Participating artists retain sole ownership and copyright of the artwork, but must agree to grant HCAC and participating site a royalty-free, worldwide perpetual license to use any depictions of the work for educational, documentary, and non-commercial promotional purposes.

Timeline:
Artist and Site RFPs posted                          December 2019
Proposals due at HCAC                                February 28, 2020
Sites notified                                                  March 2020
Artwork selection meeting                            March 2020*
Artists notified                                                April 2020
Contracts due                                                 May 2020
Artwork installed                                            August 1-15, 2020
Artwork de-installed                                      July 15-30, 2021

*This meeting date will be set by HCAC and all sites will be notified of the date and time after the proposal deadline. Accepted sites will need to send a representative to this meeting to select the artwork for their site.



NOTE: HCAC reserves the right to refuse any or all submissions, sites, and any finalists; to waive informalities in proposals or procedures; to withhold the selection award should it be determined that the site or submissions are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written contractual arrangement. HCAC also reserves the right to re-issue the call for entry, which may revise selection timeline, or ask sites to submit proposals for review. HCAC reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time, any or all proposals or any part thereof submitted in connection with this call for entry, to waive any defect or technicality, and to advertise for new proposals, where the acceptance, rejection, waiver or advertisement would be in the best interest of HCAC, or to terminate the selection process at any time for any project. If, regardless of the reason, the contract for the project is not executed within thirty days after submittal to the site, HCAC reserves the right to withdraw the selection of the site. HCAC reserves the right to negotiate unacceptable provisions incorporated within an otherwise acceptable proposal. A proposal which is late, incomplete, unclear, conditional or which contains irregularities of any kind, may be rejected without evaluation. Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth herein.

Application:
Complete applications will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Handwritten statements will not be accepted.  

Sites interested in applying for the project must submit the following:
 

  • Attached Submission Form, filled in completely. If submitting for multiple sites, fill out a separate form for each site. 
  • Photograph(s) and/or scale drawing of each proposed site.

  
Complete RFP for private sites can be found here.

Complete RFP for public agency sites can be found here.  


All application materials should be submitted online or delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 11:59PM, February 28, 2020.

Overview:
The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in its Eighth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2020-July 2021. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.

HCAC will administer the selection process and provide an identification plaque for each work and promotional support for the exhibit. HCAC staff will serve as the liaison with site administrators. Sale of artwork will be encouraged; a 20% commission of work sold as a result of the exhibit will go to HCAC. Work must remain on view for the duration of the entire exhibit.

Grant Awards:
HCAC will provide up to 12 artists with a $3,000 grant to cover the temporary loan, insurance, installation, de-installation, and repairs to the sculpture. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist, a separate grant will be awarded for each piece. Selected artists will receive two grant payments: one after the contract is signed and the sculpture is installed, and the other after the sculpture is de-installed and the site is returned to its original condition.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience commensurate with this project's scope. HCAC board, staff, and their immediate family members, and selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will also be considered (based on previous examples of public work).

For full details, please read the entire RFP found here.

All application materials should be submitted online or delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 11:59PM, February 28, 2020.

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 21,000 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public's appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.

HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows. HCAC rarely exhibits solo shows.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. Contact Information, including artist or curator name

2. 10-20 digital images representative of the work to be included in the exhibition. Files
should be named to correspond to image list. Entries must be JPG or JPEG files, each no larger than 1 MB. If submitting time-based work, work must be submitted as .avi, .wav, .mov, or .m4a files. HCAC has limited technology for use in the gallery, so any special technology needs should be addressed in the proposal. The images should be named using the “LastName_FirstName_01.jpg” format, where the numbers (01, 02, 03, etc…) correspond directly to your image script.

3. Image List which contains artist's name, title, medium, year completed, and dimensions for each piece. The image list should correspond directly to your application images. So, if you have an image named “Doe_Jane_01.jpg” then your image script should have an entry for “01” with that image’s title, medium, dimension, and date. The image script should be a Word document or PDF. Do not send Powerpoint presentations, movies of any kind, or slide shows.

4. Resume which lists education, exhibitions, awards, publications, etc.

5. Artist statement or description of your artistic goals and recent work.

Individual curators: in addition to the above, individual curators should include a brief decription of the proposed exhibit and identify the artists invited to participate. Provide information describing your curatorial experience, organizational skills, and samples of written materials used to organize a previous show (letters, marketing, etc).

Organizations: in addition to the above, provide your organization's mission statement and describe your programs and services that meet that statement. Include a brief description of the proposed exhibit and state how it furthers your mission and goals.

About the Event & Exhibit:
Artists will paint in the historic district of Ellicott City, Maryland for three days in late June, creating original work that will be shown in a six-week exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts' Gallery I. Artists who are not juried into the exhibit may still participate in the Open Paint and in a temporary exhibit in the Howard County Center for the Arts Lobby. Participating artists will also enjoy a welcome reception, an exhibit reception, and juror's awards. For more information, please visit our website.


Eligibility:
All artists working en plein air, in oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, aged 18 years and older, are eligible to apply.


Entry Fee:
A non-refundable entry of $30 is due with entry. All fees go toward awards and costs for the event. Submit fee here.


Sales:
A 20% commission will be retained by HCAC on all sales of artwork included in the exhibit, as well as any sales during the plein air event. Work is not required to be for sale.


Awards:
A minimum of $3000 in cash awards will be presented by the juror, including the $2000 Gino Award, named in honor of Gino Manelli (1915-2010), an avid artist and cyclist who established his art studio in Ellicott City in 1966. Over a 70 year artistic career, Gino created landscapes, portraits, and still lifes in a range of media and styles with dramatic color use and a dynamic palette knife, creating emotional, engaging artwork. His work is in galleries in the United States and Europe.


Agreement:
The decision of the juror is final. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. HCAC reserves the right to photograph artwork and artists for publicity and educational purposes and to use images of submitted work for the same purposes. HCAC reserves the right to reject work not suitably presented. All work must be original, no reproductions (including giclee, commercially printed, or computer-generated reproductions of paintings, drawings, etc.) Submission of an entry constitutes understanding and agreement with all conditions mentioned in the prospectus.


To enter, submit the following:
1. $30 entry fee - submit here
2. Complete online application, including up to four (4) images. Submit digital files in .jpg format only. Label files with the last name and corresponding entry number (Smith_1.jpg). Files should be less than 1 MB. Entries must be submitted digitally by 11:59 PM on 4/12/2020. 

  Welcome to the launch of the Creative Howard grant program. Before filling out this application, please read the guidelines, which describe eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and supporting documentation required. After your application is reviewed, you may be asked to clarify or augment information. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions, contact the Grants and Special Projects administrator at 410-313-ARTS (2787) or grantsandprojects@hocoarts.org.

The purpose of the Creative Howard grant is to recognize and support arts organizations with grants of up to $1,000.00. Eligible applicants must be located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to submission of the grant application and have an annual operating revenue of $100,000.00 or less. This grant will help fund small projects and other immediate needs.

The deadline for the Creative Howard grant will be on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed monthly and grants will be given each month until the total funding allocated is awarded. 

Grant applications will be accepted beginning February 2 and can be found, along with the complete guidelines at  https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FY20-Creative-Howard-Grant-Program-guidelines.pdf 


Head StART in ART: Program Description 

The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) partners with the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers on artist- in-residence programs for children ages 3-5 enrolled in Head Start.  This partnership, Head StART in ART, provides these children with an in-depth, hands-on artistic experience and ensures access to the arts that they might not otherwise have. The program will include 6-8 artists of different disciplines, offering a wide variety of new experiences for the children. The opportunity for such experiences during these formative years can have a direct impact on a child's development, as well as future appreciation of and involvement in the arts. HCAC coordinates, administers, and funds the project. HCAC begins by selecting an artist who is experienced in conducting school residency programs, particularly for young children, and then works closely with the artist and the Head Start staff to create a thematic program that is both enriching and developmentally appropriate.  The children work with the artist and create something of which they, their parents, and teachers can be proud. 


Opportunity

Teaching artists in a variety of arts disciplines are sought for residencies in support of Pre-K curriculum in the Ellicott City and Old Cedar Lane Head Start Centers (ages 3-5).   

Selected artist(s)/residencies: 

  • Serve between 3-6 classes, 20-25 students per class, possibly over an extended period of time
  •  May be scheduled with the Center anytime between October-May during the school year
  •  Culminate with a performance (for performing arts) or exhibit (for visual arts) that parents may attend


Requirements

Selected artists must have previous experience working with children, Pre-K preferred. 

If selected artists have not been fingerprinted and have background checks on file, they should be prepared to do so. 


To Apply

Please submit:

1) Your proposed residency, including timeline, unit plan, materials list, perceived outcomes and goals as related to MSDE standards for Pre-K.

2) Resume

3) Three references

4) Samples of student work

5) Fee structure




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