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
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.