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 www.blackrockcenter.org

BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2019. 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 artists 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, a wall of windows and 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, curators, and group coordinators 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, MD. 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 November 19, 2017$15.00
$15.00

BlackRock Center for the Arts invites artists to submit entries for HANDCRAFTED, a regional fiber art exhibition juried by Camille Ann Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. The Call for Entries is open to artists from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. HANDCRAFTED will be on view from January 13 through February 24, 2018 in the Kay Gallery.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Sunday, November 19, 2017 (11:59pm EST)

JUROR: Camille Ann Brewer (read about the juror below)

ENTRY FEE: $15 for first piece, and $10 for each additional piece (maximum of 4 pieces)

NOTIFICATION REGARDING ACCEPTANCE: December 8, 2017 (email notification)

EXHIBITION DATES: January 13 – February 24, 2018

RECEPTION: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS: Open to artists over the age of 18 residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. All artwork must be original and have been created within the past three years (November 2014 – November 2017). Artwork may use traditional and/or non-traditional materials and textile techniques which include weaving, quilting, embroidery, beading, felting, crochet, knitting, lacework, hooking, sewing, spinning, tapestry, surface design, and mixed media along with current innovations. Accepted work must be available for display during the entire exhibition period. It is expected that most work will be for sale. A limited number of pieces listed as Not For Sale (NFS) may be accepted. Price On Request (POR) submissions will not be accepted. If works sell during the exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts will retain 30% of the retail sales price. The retail sales price listed for each entry on the online application CANNOT be revised. Work will be insured at 70% of the retail sales price while at BlackRock Center for the Arts. The artist is responsible for hand delivery or shipping accepted work to BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, and for pickup or return shipping, including all associated costs and insuring against damage or loss.

ABOUT THE JUROR: Camille Ann Brewer began as Curator of Contemporary Art, a newly created position, at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in fall 2016. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Ms. Brewer was executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions, based at the University of Chicago. Between 1999 and 2014, Brewer operated her own fine art consulting business, CAB Fine Art, Ltd.  Her clients included: Jane Addams Hull-House in Chicago, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the Detroit Children’s Museum. Brewer earned her undergraduate degree from California College of the Arts and her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Valdosta State University. Brewer is also a handweaver and has been producing fine art textiles for over 30 years. 

ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts center located in Germantown, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC that is also convenient to Baltimore, MD and Frederick, MD. Since opening its doors in 2002, BlackRock has been providing the highest level of quality performances, gallery exhibitions and arts education classes, attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year to the 33,000 square foot facility. The Kay Gallery is a 1500 square foot exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. The center presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists working in all media selected from Exhibition Proposals submitted to the annual Call for Entries. For additional information, please visit: blackrockcenter.org/galleries/call-to-artists/






Ends on November 19, 2017$15.00
$15.00

BlackRock Center for the Arts invites woodturners to submit entries for HANDCRAFTED, a turned wood exhibition juried by Fleur Bresler. The exhibition is dedicated to enhancing awareness of turned wood, and providing a venue for experienced woodturners within 100 miles of Germantown, MD to share their functional, sculptural, and creative endeavors.

ENTRY DEADILNE: Sunday, November 19, 2017 (11:59 PM EST)

JUROR: Fleur Bresler (read about the juror below)

NOTIFICATION REGARDING ACCEPTANCE: December 8, 2017 (email notification)

ENTRY FEE: $15 for first piece, and $10 for each additional piece (maximum of 4 pieces)

EXHIBITION DATES: January 13 – February 24, 2018

RECEPTION: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all woodturners over age 18 living within approximately 100 miles of Germantown, MD, which includes members of  Chapters of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) meeting in Annapolis, Frederick, Rosedale, and Rockville, MD; Alexandria, Leesburg, and Winchester, VA; and Chambersburg, Harrisburg, and Jacobus, PA. AAW Chapter membership is not required.

REQUIREMENTS: Work submitted should be innovative and original in design and have been created within the past three years (November 2014 – November 2017). Work closely derivative of another turner, or work created in a workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable. However, work created collaboratively with another turner is welcome. Please include all turners’ names on entry. Accepted work must be available for the entire duration of the jurying process, exhibition period, and also throughout 2018 in anticipation that the exhibition may travel to other exhibition spaces.

SALES & INSURANCE: It is expected that most work will be for sale. A limited number of pieces listed as Not For Sale (NFS) may be accepted. Price On Request (POR) submissions will not be accepted. If a work is sold during the application process or after acceptance into exhibit, turner must contact BlackRock Gallery Director and work will be disqualified. However, if early sales are handled through BlackRock, work can be exhibited. If works sell during the exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts will retain 30% of the retail price. (If the show travels, other exhibit locations may retain 30% or 40% from retail sales.) The retail sales price listed for each entry on the online application CANNOT be revised. Work will be insured at 70% of the retail price while at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

DELIVERY & SHIPPING: The turner is responsible for hand delivering or shipping accepted work to BlackRock Center for the Arts, and for pickup from the final venue, and for any cost or insurance during that delivery and return. 

ABOUT THE JUROR: Fleur Bresler is a collector of turned wood focused on the evolution of the woodturners’ work over their career, and has many other craft-art pieces in other media. She has donated pieces to museum collections and supports craft schools, art organizations and museums with her philanthropy. In addition, Bresler has supported the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA as vice president and as president of its board of trustees. She was also president of VisArts in Rockville, MD during the move to its current expanded space. The catalog A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection documented her exhibition of turned wood at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in 2010. She has been honored by the James Renwick Alliance in 2012 with the One-of-a-Kind award; in 2014 the American Craft Council presented the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy; and the Collectors of Wood Art presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Currently she is a Commissioner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

CHECKLIST FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION:

Contact Information: Name, Postal Address, Email, Telephone Number

Digital Images: All images must be saved in JPEG (jpg) format at a high resolution (300dpi at 4″x 6″ size or larger). File size should be 1MB minimum and 10MB maximum. You may submit one full image and one detail image (optional) of each piece. If possible, please re-name image files as shown below.
Example:   
01_Linda_Smith_Horizon_full.jpg 
01_Linda_Smith_Horizon_detail.jpg    

Artwork Details: Enter details corresponding to image files including: Name, Artwork Title, Year, Media (must include wood type, can include techniques), Dimensions (height x width x depth in inches) and Retail Sales Price (which factors in the 30% BlackRock commission).

Statement (optional / max: 150 words) to be entered into online application.

Biography  (optional / max: 150 words) to be entered into online application. 

Resume or Exhibition Record (optional / any length) upload Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Entry Fees: Entry fees are paid by credit card or PayPal through the secure Submittable system.
$15.00 for first piece, and $10 for each additional piece (maximum of 4 pieces).