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

Ends on February 1, 2017$ 35.00
$ 35.00

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. BlackRock is a nonprofit arts center which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artist working in all media, to include site-specific installations, video and other time-based media, performance, new technologies and experimental forms. 

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 areas open to the two-story atrium with high ceilings and a wall of windows and can provide up to 140 linear feet of wall space. A limited number of pedestals are available for three dimensional work. It is highly recommended that artists and curators visit BlackRock to become familiar with the exhibition spaces.

Eligibility: Individuals over the age of 18 who are artists, independent curators, or coordinators for artist groups and artist collectives and reside in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, or West Virginia and are able to provide delivery of all artwork in the exhibition to our gallery space in Germantown, Maryland. BlackRock Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and 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 make selections in consultation with the Gallery Director. Considerations used to evaluate proposals include artistic quality, depth of content, originality, relevance, and feasibility. Incomplete submission packages will not be reviewed. 

Ends on January 8, 2017$ 10.00 - 20.00
$ 10.00 - 20.00

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting entries for the juried exhibition "INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices" (exhibit will be on view February 11 - March 11, 2017). Juror: Helen Frederick. Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 8, 2017 (11:59 pm).

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW: “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practice” is a regional juried exhibition open to artists over the age of 18 who live, work, or attend school in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, or West Virginia. This is a non-thematic exhibition of new works completed within the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). Artists may submit entries of up to 3 works which are original, archivally printed and editioned prints using traditional and/or non-traditional printmaking techniques including woodcut, linocut, lithography, engraving, etching, mezzotint, screenprinting, letterpress, monoprint, monotype, collographs, chine collé, solar plate, digital printing, along with current innovations. No photographs or Giclee reproductions. Both hanging and pedestal works will be considered. Selection will be based on juror review of high resolution JPEG image(s) submitted through the Submittable online submission system.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists over the age of 18 who live, work, or attend school in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

GALLERY SPACE: The Kay Gallery is a 1500 square foot exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. BlackRock no longer requires the use of the cable hanging system in our galleries and now allows artwork installations which require nails, screws or other fasteners. Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.* (*also open select Sunday and evening hours when performances are offered.) BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874.

JUROR OF SELECTION AND AWARDS: Helen Frederick. Helen Frederick is an internationally known artist whose work has been exhibited at The Phillips Collection in DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and is in the collections of the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums, including the Feminist Art Base, in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in DC. Frederick is a Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, Virginia. An active participant in the Washington DC metropolitan area art scene, she has served on boards of various local and national organizations, and national peer review panels.  She received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award in recognition of her role as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Her private Reading Road Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, artist books, and critical conversations about cultural and visual literacy.


PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: $20 (up to 3 works per entry) non-refundable. 

STUDENT ARTIST: $10 (up to 3 works per entry) non-refundable.

Student Entry Fee requires documentation of student status.