Howard County Arts Council Call for Art: General Exhibit


Howard County Center for the Arts (Ellicott City, MD)

Want your work considered for future exhibits in our galleries?

Submit our General Exhibit application today! Artists, ages 18 and older, working in all media and styles including time-based and installation artists, are encouraged to apply either individually or as a group. We also welcome proposals from curators and arts organizations.

General exhibition applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting materials are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

Submit a General Exhibition Application


The Arts Council manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, with over 2100 square feet of exhibit space. Our 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.

We present 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curate, and community shows. We rarely exhibit solo shows.


Artists ages 18 and older working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply, including time-based and installation artists.

Exhibited work must fit through a doorway measuring 54” x 80” and be able to be installed appropriately in the Arts Council gallery.

Review of Work & Selection of Artists

The Arts Council Exhibits Committee meets quarterly to review all complete applications and select artists for the exhibit space. Artists may submit individually or with a group. Individual artists selected for a show will be paired or grouped with other artists as determined by the committee. The Committee also welcomes proposals from curators, groups and organizations.

Exhibits are scheduled up to two years in advance. Work submitted for the proposal should be recent work (within two years) and representative of the artist’s body of work; if selected for exhibit, the artist will have an opportunity to submit newer work for consideration.

Work previously shown in the Howard County Center for the Arts galleries cannot be exhibited again with the exception of retrospective, anniversary, or benefit shows.

Gallery Information

The galleries’ walls are made of unbacked 3/4” plasterboard with studs available when necessary. Walls are 9’ 6” high and the ceilings are open for suspending installation work. Gallery I is approximately 68’ x 22’; Gallery II is approximately 28’ x 22’. Both galleries have hardwood flooring and standard electrical outlets.

Gallery Hours 

The Arts Council galleries are open Monday-Friday from 10AM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM and Sunday 12-4PM. The galleries are closed for major holidays.

Terms of Exhibition


The Arts Council manages sales, but work is not required to be for sale. A 20% commission will be retained by the Arts Council and an additional 6% sales tax will be charged on all sales.


All works are insured, less the 20% commission, against physical damage or loss by the Arts Council from designated drop-off date through designated pick-up date and time. An insurance value must be included for all artwork.


Shipping and/or transportation for delivery or pick up of the work is the responsibility of the artist. The Arts Council does not provide funding for shipping costs.


The Arts Council distributes postcards to our mailing list for each exhibit. A limited number of additional postcards are provided to exhibiting artists to send out to their own mailing lists. Press releases for the exhibit are sent to local and regional media and announcements are posted to relevant online calendars, websites, social media, etc. The Arts Council hosts a reception, which is open to the public and includes light food, beverages, and music.

General Exhibition Policy

All work must be received ready for installation with proper hanging devices and instructions where necessary. The Arts Council will not be responsible for any damage to unframed or otherwise unstable works. All work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. Work must be dropped off and picked up on the designated dates. The Arts Council has no space for storage of artwork. The Arts Council reserves the right of final review and selection of exhibited works.

Opportunity Opens

Thursday, Apr 11th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Jul 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists