BlackRock Center for the Arts provides unique spaces for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences of all ages. The leading arts venue in Upper Montgomery County Maryland, BlackRock presents contemporary visual art exhibitions, live performances, concerts, film screenings, social dances and other special events as well as classes, camps and workshops. Focused on both visual and performing arts, BlackRock is a nonprofit organization that takes a multidisciplinary and diverse approach to the presentation of art and provides opportunities for artists and the community to connect in a welcoming and intimate setting. Founded in 2002, BlackRock Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 arts center located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting exhibition proposals for solo, group and themed exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2022 and beyond. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. BlackRock is a nonprofit arts center which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists working in all media, to include site-specific installations, video and other time-based media, performance, new technologies and experimental forms.
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2021 (11:59 PM EST)
Gallery Spaces: It is now possible to install artwork in the galleries at BlackRock using alternatives to the cable hanging system, including using nails, screws, and other fasteners. The Kay Gallery, located on the main level, has 1500 square feet of exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. The Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level, has high ceilings with up to 140 linear feet of wall display space, areas open to the two-story atrium and a wall of windows. A limited number of pedestals are available for three dimensional work. It is highly recommended that artists, curators, and group coordinators visit BlackRock to become familiar with the exhibition spaces.
Eligibility: Individuals over the age of 18 who reside in the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit. Artists must be able to provide delivery of all artwork in the exhibition to our gallery space in Germantown, MD. BlackRock Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and currently does not have funding to pay for artwork shipping, transportation, or artist travel expenses.  
Selection Process: Exhibition Proposals may be submitted year round. Each year, all exhibition proposals received by February 1 will be included in the annual review by a panel of arts professionals. The panel may include museum curators, art consultants, art critics, independent curators, art historians, art educators and accomplished artists who will review completed proposals and make selections in consultation with the Gallery Director. Considerations used to evaluate proposals include artistic quality, depth of content, originality, relevance, and feasibility.

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