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 entries for the juried exhibition "HandCrafted:" (exhibit will be on view MAR 5 – APR 15, 2022). Entry Deadline: February 13th. 

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW: Handcrafted: is a regional exhibition open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia and NYC. 

This exhibition seeks to highlight contemporary practices that in some way blur the traditional lines between craft and fine art through material, process and / or concept. 

Artists may submit up to 3 works using traditional and/or non-traditional materials. Both hanging and pedestal works will be considered. All artwork must be original and have been created within the past three years. 

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC and NYC. 

GALLERY SPACE: The Kay Gallery is a 1500 square foot exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. 

ENTRY FEE: $20 (up to 3 works per entry) non-refundable. 

BlackRock Center for the Arts announces an open call for student art for ART CONNECTS, a nationally recognized Youth Art Month Exhibition, open to artists aged 6-18 who reside in UpCounty Maryland.

The program has several goals:

  • To help young artists gain experience in exhibitions.
  • To provide a platform for students attending Upcounty Public Schools, Independent schools and homeschoolers to display their art.
  • To provide an accomplishment that can be added to college, school, or professional applications.
  • To provide art teachers the opportunity to showcase work that meets their standards and criteria.

2022 Important Dates:

March 5 - April 20  •  2022 Exhibition Dates

February 15, 2022 • Entry deadline

February 21–27, 2022 • Artwork to be delivered to BlackRock for exhibition

March 6, 2022 • Exhibition opening reception 1 pm to 3 pm

May 1–May 6, 2022 • Artwork pick-up

Application Guidelines

Artists residing or attending school in Montgomery County, Maryland, in grades K–12 (public, private, or homeschooled) are invited to submit work. All work will be accepted. There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. Teachers: Each school is invited to submit 10 or less works of art.

Submitted artwork:

  • Schools may submit 8 or less works of art on behalf of the student artists
  • Homeschool students may submit one work each
  • Parents may submit work on behalf of their child.
  • Artwork must have been created by the applicant within the last year.
  • Must not measure more than 3 feet in any direction
  • Can be in any medium


  • All artwork submitted will be accepted.
  • All 2-D work except for works on canvas and wall sculptures must be delivered in a white matte at least 2” thick. No frames.
  • All time based media, ex: video and animation will be presented on a loop via an MP4 player provided by BlackRock. The MP4 file will be downloaded from submittable. Thus, there is no need to “deliver” this type of work on a thumb drive, or e-mail.
  • All work must be labeled on the back in the following format : title, (if untitled, please simply write that), medium, year, artist name, contact information, grade and school
  • All work must be delivered and picked-up by the student, parent or school within the timeframe indicated below.

Application process:

  • Artists and schools must enter their artwork through the online portable Submittable.
  • In order to access Submittable, artists or a representative of a school must first create a login and password.
  • Only one submission per artist will be accepted and ten submissions per school.

Guidelines and dates are subject to change. Contact the Gallery Director, Rula Jones T. 703 507 3710 with questions about the guidelines or the application process.


Artwork will be featured on our website, social media and e-newsletter. Images of artworks may be shared for publication in local print and online media, and used in promotion for subsequent student art  programs. By entering, you agree that BlackRock Center for the Arts  may use artwork images for promotional purposes.

Artists working in all media are invited to apply to be considered for solo, small group, large group, and thematic exhibitions to be presented at BlackRock Center for the Arts in 2023 and beyond. Individual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic Region (defined as Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania) are eligible to submit applications. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. BlackRock Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts center located in Germantown, Maryland which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (11:59 PM EST)
Gallery Spaces: The Kay Gallery is located on the main level and has 1,500 square feet of exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. Gallery II is located on the upper level and has up to 140 linear feet of wall display space, a wall of windows, and varied ceiling height with some areas open to the two-story atrium. Exhibitions are also presented online through the BlackRock Center for the Arts website.
Installation Details: BlackRock no longer requires the use of the cable hanging system. It is now possible to use nails, screws, and other fasteners to install artwork in the galleries. All installations must be approved by the Gallery Director. A limited number of pedestals are available for three-dimensional work.
Eligibility: Artists over age 18 who reside in the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. 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.
Contact: Anne Burton, Gallery Director

BlackRock Center for the Arts