Howard County Arts Council 

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The Howard County Arts Council will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County gala on November 5. The Celebration is an exciting showcase for local artistic talent, and is one of HCAC's major funding sources for arts programs. We are seeking artists for the Juried Silent Art Auction, which takes place in the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College and is an essential part of the Celebration. 


2D, 3D, and fine craft artists who work, live, or study in Howard County are eligible to submit, as are HCAC members or artists who have exhibited at the Howard County Center for the Arts within the past year. Artists must be 18 years or older. Artwork exhibited in previous auctions is ineligible.


HCAC reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes and to use the images for the same purposes. All artwork must be original. No reproductions, including commercially printed or computer generated reproductions, will be accepted. Submission of an entry constitutes understanding and agreement with all the conditions outlined in these guidelines.


Artists establish the minimum bid for their artwork. To encourage bidding, minimum bids of 50 to 75% of the retail value are suggested. Final bids for each artwork sold will be divided equally between the artist and HCAC unless the artist donates the full purchase price to HCAC. Your full donation will help us further extend support to the arts.

To enter:

Submit JPG image files of up to three works. Name files with your last name, first name, and entry number (i.e. Doe_Jane_01.jpg). 

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. 


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


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


Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions for its Fall Class Session scheduled to run September 12 - November 13, 2022.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth and/or adult courses and workshops in any performing or visual arts discipline.

Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) strives to offer students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities quality arts experiences and a chance to discover their unique creative talents. HCAC is seeking qualified arts instructors to propose classes and workshops for the upcoming session. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. Classes/Workshops may be scheduled anytime during normal building hours, from one to four hours, during the designated session dates. Classes/Workshops are canceled if enrollment is fewer than five students.

Tentative Fall building hours at the Howard County Center for the Arts building hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday, 9am – 8pm; and Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Individual attention and small class sizes encourage participation and dialogue.

HCAC Staff is regularly updating the current best practices and recommendations from trusted organizations and our local health departments to make decisions regarding camp safety precautions. All plans will be approved by the Maryland State Department of Health before the beginning of classes.


  • Develop age-appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Deputy Director.
  • Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Deputy Director by the assigned deadline.
  • Attend required meetings.
  • Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies for class use/ return studio/classroom to its previous condition when class is dismissed.
  • Keep Deputy Director informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.


HCAC employs teaching artists as independent contractors. Contract teachers are paid according to the number of registrations per class.

Classes can be 2-3 hours each and run for 8 weeks. Contract rates for classes are as follows (half payable halfway into the term and the remaining half payable at the end of the term): $25/hr for 5-11 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 12-16, and $35/hr for 17+. A supply budget for up to $100 is provided for youth classes.

Workshops can be 2-4 hours each and should run only once per session cycle. Contract rates for workshops are as follows: $35/hr for 6-15 students enrolled in the workshop, $40/hr for 16+.  Supply budgets and workshop pricing are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Deputy Director. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Art Maryland is a biennial survey show of artists in Maryland and the surrounding areas (specifically, artists living or working within 100 miles of the Center, including Washington, DC and parts of Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania). Click here to view the full prospectus.

All artists, 18 years or older, residing in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, Maryland, are invited to submit up to three artworks for consideration for the exhibit Art Maryland 2022

Work can be in any medium, must have been completed in the last two years and can not have been previously exhibited in the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) galleries. It also must fit through a standard doorway measuring 54” x 80” and fit appropriately in HCAC galleries (ceiling height is 9.5”). All artwork must be original, no reproductions (including giclée and commercially printed or computer generated reproductions of paintings, drawings, etc.).   

To enter, submit images of up to three works (one image for each two-dimensional work and one or two images for each three-dimensional work) and corresponding details about each work, which should include title, media, unframed dimension, price (or insurance value, if NFS), and year completed.

Do not submit more than the requested number of images; they will not be viewed.

Entries must be individual files in jpg format. 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.

Except for film- or video-based work, we cannot accept video or digital presentations (including PowerPoint).

Application must include:

  • Up to three entries of work in any medium completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited in the HCAC galleries.

  • Complete details about each work, which should include the title, media, unframed dimension, price (or insurance value, if NFS), and year completed.

  • A non-refundable entry fee of $25 (waived for current members of the Howard County Arts Council). Entry fee can be paid at

Howard County Arts Council