Howard County Arts Council

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The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), in collaboration with the Howard County Arts Council, is seeking artists for the 2019 Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence (MD AIR) program in Downtown Columbia, MD. Up to three individual artists or teams will be selected from submitted entries and provided with a stipend of $10,000 per each artist or team to spend six (6) weeks, from May 13 - June 24, 2019, creating a work of art in a medium of their choosing. The highest priority will be given to artists who intend to produce works that reflect innovative approaches, new media and multidisciplinary art forms. 

MD AIR Goals:

  • Define and advance the identity of the Merriweather District as a Center of Culture and Commerce.
  • Build meaningful engagement between the artists and the community.
  • Expand the public's understanding of the importance of vision, creativity and innovation in evoking a sense of place and community, culture and commerce. 
  • Build a community of artists involced in the evolution of and connected to the Merriweather District.

The selected artists (Artist) will be required to spend at least four (4) weeks in the studio space to be provided by HHC (Studio). Artist will be able to gain access to Studio from May 11-13 to set up their space prior to beginning their project on May 13. Artist will have from June 24-28 to breakdown their space and vacate Studio. 

HHC will designate a residence for the use of Artist during the period of time from May 11 - June 28. One private bedroom within a shared apartment will be provided to each Artist for their use during this period of time. If Artist is working with a team, HHC cannot guarantee that it can provide additional residential space to accommodate team members. Additional information about the residence will be provided to the selected Artist. 

Only complete applications and properly formatted attachments will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. HHC reserves the right to refuse incomplete or improperly formatted applications. Handwritten statements will not be accepted. Please review the Call For Entry and FAQs for a full description of MD AIR before submitting an application. 


  • February 4, 2019: Proposals and materials must be postmarked or digitally submitted
  • March 8, 2019: MD AIR program applicants notified of selections
  • March 11, 2019: Contracts due
  • May 11, 2019: Studio and residence move-in begins
  • May 13, 2019: Work begins in studio
  • June 24, 2019: Work concludes in studio
  • June 28, 2019: Move-out of studio and residence

By submitting, you acknowledge that you have read the full Call For Entry, which can be found here.  A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is available here.

Contact: Michele Whelley, MD AIR Program Manager,

For questions regarding the Submittable application process, contact Katie Wofford, HCAC Grants & Special Projects Coordinator, at

To apply, please submit the following. NOTE if the application is for a team (more than one person), every member of the team must provide his/her contact information.

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. 

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

The Howard County Arts Council will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County gala on March 23, 2019. 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). 

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.


Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions for its Spring Class Session scheduled to run April 15- June 10, 2018.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth and/or adult courses/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 cancelled if enrollment is fewer than five students.  

Howard County Center for the Arts building hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday, 9am – 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, 12 – 4pm.  Please note there is no availability on Tuesdays.

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 (5-15 students) encourage participation and dialogue.


·         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 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 should be 2-3 hours each and run for 8 weeks maximum, evening or weekends. 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 5-10 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 11-15, and $35/hr for 16-20.  Instructors are not paid for any prep time outside of class hours.  A supply budget for up to $100 is provided for youth classes.

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