Howard County Arts Council 


All digital applications must be submitted by midnight, EST on the date of the deadline unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions or technical difficulties please contact us at info@hocoarts.org or (410)313-2787. 


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Artists working in all media, 18 years or older, and reside, are employed, or study in Howard County, are invited to submit up to three works completed in the last two years, and not previously shown in Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries. All artworks must be original, no reproductions (including commercially printed or computer-generated reproductions of paintings, drawings, etc.). All work must fit through a doorway measuring 54” x 80” and fit appropriately in the HCAC gallery. Maximum height is 9’ 6”.

Entries

Artists may submit .jpg file images of up to three works. Submit one image for each 2D work and up to two images for each 3D work. Label each file with the artist’s last name, first initial, and the entry number corresponding to the entry form (e.g. SmithJ_1.jpg). Each file should be less than 1MB or 1200 pixels on its longest side. Entries must be submitted online at www.hocoarts.submittable.com. We cannot accept video or digital presentations (including PowerPoint) for artworks that are not film- or video-based work. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Entry Fee

A non-refundable entry fee of $30 is due with this application. HCAC members can apply at no cost. Individual artists may join at  the $30 level and waive entry fee. To pay fee, click here. To join as a member, visit hocoarts.org

Sales

A 20% sales commission will be retained by HCAC on all sales. Work will be sold at the price listed on the entry form. Work not for sale should be marked “NFS” and an insurance value must be indicated.

Presentation

All work must be received ready for installation with proper hanging devices and instructions where necessary. 2D wall work must be wired for hanging - sawtooth hangers are not allowed. HCAC reserves the right to refuse any piece that is improperly presented, considered unsafe, or delivered with improper installation or hanging devices. Some pedestals are available for sculptural work. If the artwork has specific display requirements, artists may need to provide their own pedestal or technology. Artists are responsible for installing and de-installing objects that have complex installation requirements, and/or need more than one person to install/de-install.

Liability

All works are insured against physical damage or loss by HCAC from receipt through designated pick up date and time.

Agreement

The decision of the juror is final. All accepted work must remain for the duration of the  exhibit. Digital files of accepted entries become the property of HCAC, which reserves the right to use the submitted images and/or photograph accepted works  for publicity and educational purposes. HCAC reserves the right to reject works not suitably presented or that differ from the submission. HCAC also reserves final editorial right to refuse any piece for any reason. Submission of an entry constitutes an understanding and agreement with all the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

Juror

Freda Lee-McCann, a Chinese-American artist whose work focuses on merging Western traditions with the black ink brushwork of traditional Chinese paintings. She privately teaches traditional Chinese landscape painting and has taught at The Florence Thomas School of Art (West Jefferson, NC) the Chinese Community Center (Gaithersburg, MD). She was a member of the HCAC Board of Directors and Chair of the HCAC Exhibits Committee from 2014-2019.

Application deadline

Entries must be received by August 22, 11:59pm to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Apply online at https://hocoarts.submittable.com/

Questions can be emailed to exhibits@hocoarts.org or call 410-313-2787.


For full prospectus and information, please visit our website here:  https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Art-HoCo-2021-Prospectus.pdf

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from artists to fill one available resident artist studio space. The available studio is approximately 375 square feet, rents for $291.25 per month, and has shared access with another artist in an adjoining studio. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, August 15, 2021. 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Up-to-date Resume: Three pages or less that lists education, background, exhibitions, awards, and/or publications.
  3. Artist Statement: In one page or less, concisely describe your creative work, process, technique, and conceptual development.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Include references with the ability to speak to your character, responsibility, and contribution to community.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


All application materials may be submitted online, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 11:59 PM, August 15, 2021. Faxed or late applications will not be accepted. 


Questions regarding Submittable can be directed to exhibits@hocoarts.org.

The Arts Council is currently seeking applications from artists to fill an artist studio space at Long Reach Village Center. The available studio is 187 square feet and rents for $134.67/month. Please contact lrstudios@hocoarts.org to arrange a studio tour.

Applications for this studio are currently being accepted. Applications will be reviewed by the HCAC Center Committee on the following criteria: artistic discipline, artistic merit, and commitment, as well as the appropriateness of activities for the available space.

Please download and review the RFP before submitting your application: https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020_RFP_LRVC-all-studios-rev-12.08.20.pdf

Please note: at this time we are unable to process applications for artists using materials that are not water-soluble.   

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.

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. 

For the 2020/2021 school year, artists are required to provide a virtual option. Please outline how your residency can be held virtually in your proposal. 


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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