Ends on April 19, 2019

About the Event & Exhibit:

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


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.


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. 


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. 


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. Submissions can also be sent on a CD or emailed with the entry form information to exhibits@hocoarts.org. Entries must be submitted digitally by 11:59 PM on 4/19/19.