Howard County Arts Council 


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  1. Individual Artist Merit and Creativity Overview-Visual Arts 


      The purpose of the Individual Artist Merit and Creativity (IAM Creativity) award program is to recognize the role of individual artists in Howard County’s creative eco-system and strengthen the diversity and vitality of the Howard County arts community.
     The IAM Creativity program provides unrestricted funds to support the creative work of Howard County artists and to recognize excellence in dance, film, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts disciplines.
 

The goals for the IAM Creativity award program are to:
 

  • Recognize and support the creative work of individual artists; 
  • Foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts;  
  • Expand public understanding of the impact that individual artists have on our local communities and economy; and 
  • Acknowledge the many hours and personal resources artists dedicate to the pursuit of excellence and creativity in their artforms. 

Over a four-year period, the IAM Creativity program will provide awards in seven different artistic disciplines, accepting applications for two disciplines each year. A maximum of four (4) awards, including one (1) $5,000 and three (3) $1,000 awards, will be awarded in each discipline. The awards provide recipients with unrestricted funds to support their artistic practice, develop innovative ideas, and/or complete projects already underway. At the end of the award period, recipients must submit a statement describing the impact of the award. Visual Arts is one of the disciplines being considered for the 2024 IAM Creativity  program:
 

  • Visual Arts: This discipline includes, but is not limited, to original* artwork made through traditional and experimental techniques, processes and materials in visual art disciplines including, but not limited to, artist books, ceramics, conceptual art, crafts, graphic design and illustration, drawing, fiber, glass,  installations, mixed media, original computer-generated work, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and others. Includes interdisciplinary and time-based experimental art forms with 2- or 3-dimensional visual art forms as the central expressive component. 


      The IAM Creativity program is generously supported through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.  
 

  1. Review Criteria  

IAM Creativity awards are competitive. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have a cohesive body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner. The applicant must be the primary artistic force behind the work.
     Applications are evaluated by an independent panel of artists and/or arts professionals with expertise and perspectives in the discipline being considered. The role of each panelist is to review and score each eligible application based on the materials submitted and the established criteria cited below:  

Concept  

The application and work samples demonstrate the applicant’s creative and original theories, ideas, interpretations and/or perceptions. (Up to 30 points) 

Cohesion 

The application and work samples demonstrate a clear and cohesive body of work. (Up to 20 points).  

Demonstrated Command of Form 

The application and work samples demonstrate the applicant’s exemplary technical capabilities within the chosen discipline. (Up to 20 points)
Impact
     The application and work samples demonstrate applicant’s creative practice has both sustained resonance, impact, or value and strengthens the diversity and vitality of Howard County’s arts ecosystem. (Up to 30 points)  
     If work samples include a group project, the applicant must be an equal partner and/or the featured artist for at least 50% of the time (for performance-based work, work sample must be cued to the applicant’s performance) and include descriptive information on the Work Sample list so that it is clear to the panel what the applicant’s role in the work is.  
 

  1. Review Process  

Only complete applications successfully submitted online through hocoarts.submittable.com will be accepted and reviewed. Once the application deadline passes, no alterations or additions may be made to the application, unless clarification is requested in writing by HCAC staff. Applicants must meet all revision deadlines, as specified in writing, or the application will be withdrawn.
     The IAM Creativity award program has a 3-step review process:
     Step 1: HCAC Staff Review
 

  • Initial review of applications for compliance with eligibility and submission requirements is made by HCAC staff. If staff detects issues, they may call upon applicants to clarify information, to furnish proof of eligibility, etc. Should an applicant be asked to clarify and/or revise their application, the applicant must meet all revision deadlines, as specified by staff, or the application will be withdrawn. 


     Step 2: Artistic Review Panel 


 

  • Each panelist reviews the applications and work samples on their own via hocoarts.submittable.com through an anonymous review process in advance of the full panel meeting. 
  • The full panel meets together via video conference or in a hybrid in-person-video conference configuration to discuss, score, and finalize award recipients.  


      Panels are strongly encouraged to score each application and recommend awards but reserve the right to decline to score and/or decline to make an award recommendation if they feel that an application, or the entire pool of applicants, does not warrant an award.  
 

To ensure that HCAC review panels are free from conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts, panelists are required to disclose any current or prospective affiliations they or their immediate family members have with an actual or potential applicant. In addition, panelists are required to disclose any past or current adversarial relationships with applicants. Panelists are not permitted to participate in discussions or scoring of any applicant with whom they have an affiliation or conflict.  

     Members of HCAC’s Committee on Grants and staff will be present during the full panel review to observe the process and/or answer any questions from the panel about the award process; however, they do not participate in the panel discussions.  


     Step 3: HCAC Board Approval
 

  • The final panel scores are reviewed by the HCAC Committee on Grants and presented to the HCAC Board of Directors; approval of awards rests with the HCAC Board of Directors. All award decisions of the HCAC Board of Directors are final.  

IAM Creativity award recipients will be notified and sent a Letter of Agreement. Upon HCAC’s receipt of the signed Letter of Agreement, award payments will be disbursed in two payments. The awardee will receive 75% of the award 2-4 weeks from the date of receipt of a fully executed Award Agreement and receipt of the W-9 and 25% upon receipt and acceptance of the Impact Statement. 


 

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  1. Individual Artist Merit and Creativity Award Overview – Dance 


   The purpose of the Individual Artist Merit and Creativity (IAM Creativity) award program is to recognize the role of individual artists in Howard County’s creative eco-system and strengthen the diversity and vitality of the Howard County arts community.
  The IAM Creativity program provides unrestricted funds to support the creative work of Howard County artists and to recognize excellence in dance, film, folk and traditional arts, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts disciplines.
 

The goals for the IAM Creativity award program are to:
 

  • Recognize and support the creative work of individual artists; 
  • Foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts;  
  • Expand public understanding of the impact that individual artists have on our local communities and economy; and 
  • Acknowledge the many hours and personal resources artists dedicate to the pursuit of excellence and creativity in their artforms. 


 

 Over a four-year period, the IAM Creativity program will provide awards in seven different artistic disciplines, accepting applications for two disciplines each year. A maximum of four (4) awards, including one (1) $5,000 and three (3) $1,000 awards, will be awarded in each discipline. The awards provide recipients with unrestricted funds to support their artistic practice, develop innovative ideas, and/or complete projects already underway. At the end of the award period, recipients must submit a statement describing the impact of the award. 

 

Dance is one of the disciplines being considered for the 2024 IAM Creativity award. 


 

  • Dance: This discipline includes, but is not limited to, performing art forms consisting of sequences of movement, either improvised or choreographed. Includes dance disciplines such as modern dance, ballet, hip-hop, Latin, among others. Also Includes dance performance, choreography, and interdisciplinary or experimental work with dance as the central expressive component. 


  The IAM Creativity program is generously supported through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.  
 

  1. Review Criteria  


  IAM Creativity awards are competitive. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have a cohesive body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner. The applicant must be the primary artistic force behind the work. 

Applications are evaluated by an independent panel of artists and/or arts professionals with expertise and perspectives in the discipline being considered. The role of each panelist is to review and score each eligible application based on the materials submitted and the established criteria cited below:  

Concept  

The application and work samples demonstrate the applicant’s creative and original theories, ideas, interpretations and/or perceptions. (Up to 30 points) 

Cohesion 

The application and work samples demonstrate a clear and cohesive body of work. (Up to 20 points).  

Demonstrated Command of Form 

The application and work samples demonstrate the applicant’s exemplary technical capabilities within the chosen discipline. (Up to 20 points) 

Impact 

The application and work samples demonstrate applicant’s creative practice has both sustained resonance, impact, or value and strengthens the diversity and vitality of Howard County’s arts ecosystem. (Up to 30 points) 

If work samples include a group or ensemble, the applicant must be an equal partner and/or the featured artist for at least 50% of the time (for performance-based work, work sample must be cued to the applicant’s performance) and include descriptive information on the Work Sample list so that it is clear to the panel what the applicant’s role in the work is.  

  1. Review Process  


  Only complete applications successfully submitted online through hocoarts.submittable.com will be accepted and reviewed. Once the application deadline passes, no alterations or additions may be made to the application, unless clarification is requested in writing by HCAC staff. Applicants must meet all revision deadlines, as specified in writing, or the application will be withdrawn.
  The IAM Creativity award program has a 3-step review process:
  Step 1: HCAC Staff Review
 

  • Initial review of applications for compliance with eligibility and submission requirements is made by HCAC staff. If staff detects issues, they may call upon applicants to clarify information, to furnish proof of eligibility, etc. Should an applicant be asked to clarify and/or revise their application, the applicant must meet all revision deadlines, as specified by staff, or the application will be withdrawn. 


 

Step 2: Artistic Review Panel
 

  • Each panelist reviews the applications and work samples on their own via hocoarts.submittable.com through an anonymous review process in advance of the full panel meeting. 
  • The full panel meets together via video conference or in a hybrid in-person-video conference configuration to discuss, score, and finalize award recipients.  


   Panels are strongly encouraged to score each application and recommend awards but reserve the right to decline to score and/or decline to make an award recommendation if they feel that an application, or the entire pool of applicants, does not warrant an award.  

 

To ensure that HCAC review panels are free from conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts, panelists are required to disclose any current or prospective affiliations they or their immediate family members have with an actual or potential applicant. In addition, panelists are required to disclose any past or current adversarial relationships with applicants. Panelists are not permitted to participate in discussions or scoring of any applicant with whom they have an affiliation or conflict.  

 

Members of HCAC’s Committee on Grants and staff will be present during the full panel review to observe the process and/or answer any questions from the panel about the award process; however, they do not participate in the panel discussions.  


 

Step 3: HCAC Board Approval 


 

  • The final panel scores are reviewed by the HCAC Committee on Grants and presented to the HCAC Board of Directors; approval of awards rests with the HCAC Board of Directors. All award decisions of the HCAC Board of Directors are final.  


  IAM Creativity award recipients will be notified and sent a Letter of Agreement. Upon HCAC’s receipt of the signed Letter of Agreement, award payments will be disbursed in two payments. The awardee will receive 75% of the award 2-4 weeks from the date of receipt of a fully executed Award Agreement and receipt of the W-9 and 25% upon receipt and acceptance of the Impact Statement. 

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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.


For more information, view the General Exhibit Prospectus.


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 description 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.


Questions can be directed to Elli Maria Hernandez, Exhibits and Programs Manager at exhibits@hocoarts.org.

Opportunity:
Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions/proposals for its 2024 Summer Camps. Proposals are now being accepted for nine weeks of week-long morning and afternoon visual and performing arts camp sessions from June 24 - August 23, 2023.
Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth camp sessions (grades K-7) in any performing or visual arts discipline. Youth camps are 1/2 day sessions (morning or afternoon) for a five-day week. Preference will be given to teaching artists who are able to offer both morning and afternoon sessions in any given week.
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. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. Sessions are canceled if enrollment is fewer than five students.
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 (5-20 students) encourage participation and dialogue.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop age-appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Deputy Director and provide full weekly lesson plans in advance of the start of camp.
  • Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Camp Director by the assigned deadline.
  • Attend required meetings & staff trainings, including mandatory Zoom call at 5pm on Wednesday, June 19.
  • Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies for class use. Return studio/classroom to the previous condition when camp is dismissed.
  • Keep Deputy Director and Camp Director informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.



Compensation
HCAC employs teaching artists as independent contractors. Contract teachers are paid according to the number of registrations per camps. Contract rates for camps are as follows (paid in full at the conclusion of the camp week): $25/hr for 5-10 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 11-15, and $35/hr for 16-20. A supply budget for up to $100 is provided.


COVID-19
HCAC follows all state and county guidelines for COVID-19 prevention and in some cases, Center protocol will exceed local requirements. Please note that due to the changing nature of this pandemic, staff may not have final camp safety protocols in place until the spring.  Teachers may reach out to staff with questions in advance, and open communication about safety concerns is encouraged.


If you have questions, please contact education@hocoarts.org or call 410-313-2787.

 
Creative Howard Grant Program Guidelines
Grant activities must take place within this grant period, ending June 30, 2024; projects are not funded retroactively, please plan ahead.
FY24 Application Calendar

September 1, 2023: Grant applications available online (Rolling deadline based on funds available; applications due 60 days prior to proposed project start date.)
November 1, 2023: Earliest project start date for projects. (Applications submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the first day of the month will be reviewed that month; applications received after that will be reviewed the following month.)
April 1, 2024: Last deadline for FYE June 30, 2024.
Final Report Due within 15 business days of project completion.
Creative Howard Overview
The purpose of the Creative Howard grant program is to strengthen the vitality of the Howard County arts community and recognize the role of small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County’s creative eco-system.
The goals for Creative Howard are:
· To increase access to the process of requesting grants to arts organizations and support needs in the arts community that may fall outside of the eligibility requirements of HCAC’s Community Arts Development grant program.
· To provide small non-profit 501c3- designated arts organizations with a foundation to apply for future Community Arts Development grants.
Creative Howard supports eligible activities of small arts organizations (both 501c3 nonprofit arts organizations and for- and nonprofit arts businesses) with grants up to $2,500. There is no matching fund requirement for Creative Howard grants. Applicants may receive funding for only one application per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Deadline
 The deadline for Creative Howard is rolling. The deadline to submit the application is the first day of each month at 11:59PM.  Applications will be reviewed monthly and Creative Howard grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until total funding allocated for the program is awarded.
HCAC will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2023 for the FY24 application cycle. The grant period for FY24 ends June 30, 2024. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. HCAC does not fund projects in progress or completed before the grant application deadline.  Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed activities occur.
The application process will be closed once funding allocated for the program is fully awarded and will only be reopened should new funding become available.
Eligibility
 Nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses (see definitions below) located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to the application’s submission and throughout the funded project with an operating revenue of $100,000 or less (see application process below) are eligible to apply.
Not eligible to apply are current FY24 HCAC grant recipients, Howard County governmental agencies, and organizations that receive direct funding from Howard County, such as, Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Howard Community College.
Eligibility:
· Applicant must maintain their primary physical office and conduct at least 50% of all business operations, programs and activities in Howard County (i.e.: 50% of rehearsals, 50% of Board and committee meetings, 50% of performances, workshops, etc.). Corporate papers, such as the 990 and Personal Property Tax forms, letterhead, website, and program materials submitted must show primary office is located in the County.
· Applicant must have one fully completed and documented fiscal year of operations as of the date of the application submission.
· Applicant must produce or present arts programs, services or projects that are accessible to the public and relevant to its community (demonstrate need).


 

  • Applicant may receive funding for one Creative Howard grant per fiscal year; the program may consist of a one-time activity or a series of related activities.
  • A program is eligible for funding through Creative Howard if it supports an arts and/or cultural activity that is presented at a location in Howard County.
  • Program activities must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, virtual programming is eligible.
  • Program activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, history exhibit  or historic reenactment, lectures or seminars, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and workshops. This list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about their programs.
  • Program budget must be based on cash income and expense only.
  • Program  expenses must be directly related to the artistic activities described in the application.



Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth in these guidelines.
Please read the full guidelines, before starting the application. https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/FY24-Creative-Howard-Guidelines-8.21.23.pdf. Only successfully submitted, complete, on-line applications will be accepted and reviewed. Incomplete or hard copy applications will be disqualified.
Arts Council staff is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by mailing grantsandprojects@hocoarts.org.

 

Overview:
   The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in its Thirteenth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2024-July 2025. 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. Artist fee is contingent upon HCAC receiving full funding for ARTsites 2024 from Howard County.

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 Click Here to read the entire RFP.
All application materials should be submitted online or delivered to Howard County Arts Council by 11:59PM, March 06, 2024.

About the Event & Exhibit

Paint It! Ellicott City is an annual event that brings artists and spectators interested in the plein air tradition to Historic Ellicott City in early June. Both juried and Open Paint artists set up their easels around the historic district, enjoying a summer weekend as they capture the picturesque mill town and all its charms. Juried artists will paint in the historic district of Ellicott City, Maryland for three days, creating original artwork that will be shown in a six-week exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts' Gallery I. Juried artists will also enjoy a welcome reception, an exhibit reception, and juror's awards. 

Artists who are not juried into the exhibit may still participate in the Open Paint portion of the event. Registration for the non-juried Open Paint portion of the event will be available in May.

Application & Eligibility Requirements

All artists working en plein air, in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor, aged 18 years and older, are eligible to apply. 

Artists wishing to be considered must submit an application below with the following: 

  • Contact Info 
  • Artwork Portfolio: Up to 4 images of visual artwork examples including medium, dimensions, and year completed. 
  • Artists must submit a non-refundable entry fee of $30 by clicking here.

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

Timeline

February-April 15: Call open for juried artist submissions 

April 15: Deadline to apply 

Late April: Acceptance notification 

June 5: Artist kick-off reception hosted via Zoom 

June 6-9: Paint Out in Ellicott City 

June 10: Opening reception & award ceremony 

June 10 - August 3: Exhibit open to the public

Juror: Abigail Faye McBride

Compelled to chronicle the life and world around her, Abigail Faye McBride paints with the heart of a poet. Her oil paintings and charcoal drawings bear witness to a time, person or passing glimmer of light. McBride paints landscape, figure and still life working interchangeably with brush and palette knife. Collectors, nationally and internationally, appreciate the color, mood and elegance of her work. 

A consummate Cape School colorist, the draftsmanship in her work is born of an academic interest in the portrait and figure. Her work blends traditional subject matter with modern design sensibilities. She is part of a new breed of perceptual painters working from direct observation be it plein air or in the studio. Though often free of narrative, her work is grounded in the present day as a contemporary interpretation of genre painting.  

McBride has developed a reputation as a dynamic teacher. She teaches at private studios, Anne Arundel Community College, St John’s College, selected workshops and online. She is advancing principles of visual understanding acquired from years of study. 

Early national recognition by American Artist Magazine helped launch McBride into gallery representation. Using skills gleaned as one of the founders of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the Paint Annapolis plein air competition, she co-launched Paint the Town, the first plein air event in Chesapeake City, MD. Her work is featured in the 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic large format book by Gary Pendleton, Shiffer Press. McBride has received recognition and awards from PSoA, OPA, AIS, Boldbrush, PleinAir Salon, and more. She is represented by The Station Gallery in Greenville, Delaware; Berkley Gallery in Warrenton, Virginia; Benfield Gallery and McBride Gallery in Maryland; and The Egeli Gallery in Massachusetts. McBride also shows her work in institutions and museum exhibitions. 

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.

The Arts Council is seeking funding for additional awards.

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.
 

Questions about the event or application can be directed to Elli Maria Hernandez, Gallery & Programs Manager, at exhibits@hocoarts.org

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom a short-term artist studio may make a significant difference to their career development or completion of a project. The selected artist will fill one available artist studio space, approximately 216 square feet, sharing access with two other artists in adjoining studios, for $171/month for the period of July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2024.


HCAC provides accessible studio space for fourteen studio artists, as well as three arts organizations representing a variety of disciplines. Artists have 24-hour access, natural light, and easy access to water. This is a work studio; the program does not provide living space. Heat & utilities are included.

Eligibility

Who is an emerging artist? For this program, HCAC defines "emerging artists" as those early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), who are gaining momentum, and may be at a critical point in their career -  when such support may be most impactful. These artists are not yet considered established professionally by standard indicators such as gallery representation, awards and commissions, or significant exhibition history or art sales.

To be considered for the Emerging Artist Studio Program, an applicant must be a practicing emerging or mid-career artist who:

 

  • Demonstrates a central commitment to the production or performance of fine arts.
  • Demonstrates that a short-term residency will make a difference for their career or the development of their work.  
  • Has limited to no exhibit, studio, or gallery experience.
  • Is interested in developing a new body of work.
  • Seeks to actively learn from and be a part of a community of artists.


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


Application Requirements

To be considered for the Emerging Artist Studio Program, complete this application and include the following attachments:

 

  1. Letter of Intent. In one page or less, provide a brief description of your work or project to be completed during the one-year program, your career direction, and why you should be awarded an artist studio 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 video work. o Videos must not exceed five minutes in duration. 
  6.  Image List. This document should include title, media, dimension, and year completed. It should directly correspond with the uploaded images. 
  7. If available, include examples of printed materials such as articles, brochures, programs, and reviews.



Artists accepted into the program will be considered “The Howard County Arts Council 2024/25 Emerging Studio Artist.” To be eligible and remain in the Emerging Artist Studio Program for the full term of the agreement, applicants must:


 

  • Use their studio a minimum of eight hours per week. Those eight hours must be used for the creation, production, and/or presentation of their art and not for other unrelated employment or activities. 
  • Maintain annual membership with HCAC.
  • Maintain a $2,000,000 general liability insurance policy for their studio as well as coverage for the contents of their studio. 
  • 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. Artists may be required, at their own expense, to install proper ventilation units or other safety features for the use of some mediums. 
  • Attend up to four Council-scheduled, Open Studio special events per year at which they must be present and open their studio for public viewing. 
  • Participate in the Residents' Exhibit at the HCCA, displaying recent work (created within the July- June residency), not previously shown in the gallery, for a six-week show. 
  • Artists offering public programs must be fully accessible. 



Any changes to the studio must be approved by the HCAC Center Committee and artists must return the studio, at the artist’s own expense, to its original condition when vacating. Note: Monthly rent is $171. However, rent payment may be subsidized in part or in full by serving as an instructor for youth and/or adult classes at HCCA, gallery prep, building attendant duties, etc. (as determined by the Deputy Director)


Selection

Applicants will be evaluated based on their artistic discipline, artistic merit, experience (as it pertains to “emerging” status), 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 or artists with an established history of living, working, and teaching in Howard County will be given priority.

Interested artists and arts organizations should submit a Resident Emerging Artist 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 one year.


Lease

Emerging Artist status will be granted for a twelve-month term. At the end of the term, the program lease is not eligible for renewal. Upon the end of the artist’s July–June program term and participation in the culminating Resident Artist exhibit, a new Emerging Artist will be selected for this program.


Application

Only complete online applications on Submittable will be forwarded to the selection panel for consideration. Incomplete applications and materials received via mail, email, or hand-delivered will not be accepted.

Selection decisions are final. HCAC reserves the right to extend the search at its sole discretion.


For full information, please read the RFP here. 

Howard County Arts Council