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The MFA’s Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

One of the ACAAC’s grantee organizations, The MFA, is dedicated to providing living artists with a platform to exhibit their work. Over the course of the next several months the MFA will be bringing forth a number of exhibitions at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, online, and in alternative local spaces. The group is currently showing a couple of exhibitions including “Flora and Fauna” on display until July 31st at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The shared characteristic of the exhibition’s selected 2-D works is that all works depict the “broad range of animal and plant life.” “Fiber Options” is the group’s second exhibition, currently on display at the MFA’s Circle Gallery. This unique exhibition contains 2-D and 3-D works created with a fiber medium.
The MFA is also working on bringing several exhibitions both to the area and online. “Global Landscapes” is an online exhibition beginning August 10th and running until September 21st and features 2-D landscape imagery from artists across the world. The next exhibition coming to the Circle Gallery after “Fiber Options” is “American Landscapes.” The exhibition includes 2-D and 3-D works depicting landscapes from North America, South America, Central America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. These works will be on display from August 12th until September 10th. The “Water Works” exhibition is on display at the Annapolis Maritime Museum from September 22nd until October 30th and features 2-D works where water “is the primary force, object, or consequence.”
Finally, the MFA are supporting two upcoming exhibitions that are still currently open to applicants eager to have their work exhibited to the public. The first of these exhibitions is “Strokes of Genius.” Entry is currently open for artists to submit original 2-D works created in any painting medium to this 5th annual all-painting competition. The selected works will be on display from October 28th to November 26th at the Circle Gallery. The second upcoming exhibition currently still open for entry is “Small Wonders.” Artists are invited to submit 2-D works 11” or smaller, or 3-D works 7” or smaller for a chance to have their works on display at the Circle Gallery from December 2nd to the 23rd later this year. For more information on the MFA’s current and upcoming exhibitions see the MFA’s website at

Annapolis Shakespeare Theater’s Remaining Summer Performances

The Annapolis Shakespeare Company is one of the premier organizations in Annapolis dedicated to bringing classical theater to the area. It may be too late to catch the company’s excellent adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed in the gardens of the Charles Carroll House but there are still several more opportunities to see classical theater in Annapolis this summer. From August 5th through 21st the group is holding its “Summer Staged Reading Repertory Series,” where Donald Hicken, one half of the directorial team behind the group’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings to life Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. The adaptation is sure to convey the supernatural elements and suspense of James’ original 19th century novella. The performances will be held at ASC’s Studio 11.
Additionally, running until September 27th is the Company’s adaptation of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Danielle Angeline from DCMetroTheaterArts has given the adaptation a five star review and claims that director, Sally Boyett, has cast the roles brilliantly. Angeline states “Sally Boyet, Founding Director of Annapolis Shakespeare Company, has perfectly cast the individual roles and directs them into a cohesive ensemble that is simply captivating.” Performances of this critically lauded adaptation of Shakespeare’s complete works are held Tuesday evenings at Reynolds Tavern’s Pub in the outdoor courtyard. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found on the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s website at

Arts Council Sponsors Exhibits Around Anne Arundel County

Three Art Exhibits in Anne Arundel County provide plenty of opportunities to see and enjoy artwork created by local county artists.

Currently on display at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the Clatanoff Pavilion near the Healing Garden, through June 10th,  is an exhibit of works in a variety of mediums by Anne Arundel County Artists.

Hyancinth Remix by Churchton artist Frances Borchardt is one of the 21 works currently on display.

Over at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall AIrport you can see the exhibit “Cities of the World”.  The exhibit  on display between concourses C & D is a  juried group show featuring  Anne Arundel County artists’  work in a variety of two dimensional mediums  including watercolor, oil on canvas, and photography.  The show will be on display through August 19th.  See two selections from the   “Cities of the World” exhibit below.


“Repblected” by artist Leo Hylan III


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“Place de Catalunya Barcelona” by artist James Earl

Check the Arts Council website under the heading “exhibitions” to get the latest news on upcoming exhibit themes.  You can enter your submissions online and selected works will be posted in an online gallery to provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy artwork by Anne Arundel County artists.


Go to the Arundel Center at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis to see the Artists Without Limits exhibit entitled “Life in Anne Arundel County”.  On display through June 30th, the exhibit is sponsored by the Arundel Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

There are many opportunities to see art exhibits in Anne Arundel County.  Visit the Arts Council Facebook.  Become a supporter of the arts by joining the Anne Arundel County Arts Council as a supporting member and remember that the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is your gateway to the arts!



 You are Invited!!

Grants Information Session

 Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis MD 21401



Presenters and Topics:

Sonja Cendak, GBCA: Ruby Individual Artist Grants, Performing and Media Arts

Steve Drapalski, MSAC: Grants for Theater, Dance & Music Organizations

Brenda Collins, ACAAC: General Operating, Strategic Grants & Mini Grants for Organizations

Mural Competition

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

Please note that a $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner and that the deadline has been extended to June 26th.
Calling all artists who are residents of Anne Arundel County to submit your design for a temporary mural to be placed on a permanent structure, the east side wall of 47 Spa Road. Bring beauty and vitality to the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment district with a painted creation that will be approximately 60’ wide and 12’ high. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring this competition and the June 26th deadline is almost here. So start sketching up an accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. Come up with a budget that includes your cost for designing and materials. Carefully read the guidelines below and good luck. Remember, in order to be selected you need to enter the competition.
This competition is open to all artists over the age of 18 who reside in Anne Arundel County. Entries must be original works in any two dimensional media following the guidelines below.

The deadline for entries is June 26, 2015. Entries must be submitted on a small but accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. You must include a budget of expenses that includes the artists cost for materials and design. The cost of the canvas and installation will be the responsibility of the Arts Council. Artist resume and images/locations of recent murals should also be included. Artist must sign a liability waiver to cover them while working at 47 Spa Road. Entries must be mailed or delivered with the attached form to the office of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401. Entries become the property of the Arts Council and cannot be returned. The winning entry will be selected by the Exhibit Committee of the Arts Council. For questions, please contact Brenda Collins at

1st Sunday Arts Festival Holiday Edition

First Sunday Arts Festival Holiday Edition

December 7, 2014 ; 11am – 4pm

Historic West Street in Annapolis

What do you get when you combine Annapolis’ favorite monthly arts and crafts festival with the spirit and festivities of the December holidays?  If you said Inner West Street’s First Sunday Arts Festival Holiday Edition, you would be correct!

Joining the many other events that characterize Annapolis during holiday time — including The Grand Illumination, Midnight Madness, Boat Parade, New Year’s Eve Fireworks — The First Sunday Arts Festival Holiday Edition, to be held December 7 from 11-4 pm, will add a new and exciting event to the already very special time of year in the city.

The format will be the same as the monthly First Sunday Arts Festivals held May through October.   West Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.  Coffee shops and restaurants will be open with café tables on the sidewalks and street to enjoy lunch, a drink, or just to relax. Visitors can meander in and out of the art galleries and shops.  Tents filled with the work of over 60 fine artists and crafters will be lining historic West Street from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm with holiday gifts for purchase ranging from original art to pottery;  driftwood animals to quilts;  leather and wood crafts to felt hats and scarves; sculpture and stained glass … many things nautical … and delectable chocolates … all hand made or hand-forged by the artist or crafter whose work represents the highest quality of workmanship, materials, and design.

Bring the children for face-painting and, of course, the dogs to just hang out.  There will be music and entertainment in the parks along the way.
And another Annapolis Holiday tradition will have been born!

Booth space for exhibitors is limited so if interested contact:  Jim Barthold, Event Coordinator, at:


The Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) General Engineering Consultant Team (GEC) seeks artists to create enhancements for the future Purple Line light rail project. The Purple Line, expected to be operational in 2020, will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.

Artists are being asked to submit applications by Friday, November 14, 2014, to be considered for future opportunities along the Purple Line. This Call to Artists is open to all professional artists, preferably with public art experience.

Approximately 21 locations have been identified as Art-In-Transit opportunities, including fences, railings, ground planes, feature walls, retaining walls, bridges, tunnel portals, wayfinding pylons, and surfaces of station canopies and windscreens.

The Procurement phase of artist selection is expected to begin in 2015, with a competitive interview or proposal process for each opportunity. Artists who are invited to submit proposals will be offered a stipend commensurate with the scope of the project and the proposal requirements.

Artists will be asked to work with the communities along the corridor to create artwork that highlights the cultural vitality of the region, and reflects the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities.

For more details about the Maryland Purple Line Art-In-Transit Call to Artists please visit:

Purple Line Art-In-Transit Page



2014 Maryland Presenters Network Annual Meeting

Greetings Maryland Presenters!

Registration is OPEN for the 2014 Maryland Presenters Network Annual Meeting on Monday, October 27th at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills!  Join us for a FREE day of networking and learning with your Maryland presenting peers!

An overview of the topics and speakers being presented at the meeting are below, and will be updated as more information is confirmed at
Also – don’t forget to check out the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market conference being held in Lancaster, PA in November.  Hundreds of arts presenters, agents, and artists will be in attendance – it’s a great opportunity to connect with the Mid-Atlantic presenting field!  More information and links to registration details below.

The 7th Annual Maryland Presenters Network Meeting

Monday, October 27, 2014

LOCATION:  Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD

For the 7th consecutive year, the Maryland State Arts Council will present this day of professional development and networking for arts presenting professionals and board members from Maryland-based non-profit organizations.  We are very excited to be partnering this year with the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills, MD to provide this gathering opportunity for Maryland presenters.

Two confirmed sessions:

  1. Being Dynamic:  Strategic Price Adjustments to Increase Overall Dollars – presented by Amy Kline, Patron Services & Marketing Manager of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz.
  2. Presenter Partnerships – speakers TBA

Arts in Education Showcase and Grants!

AiE Poster The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County soon will offer Anne Arundel County school representatives and students brief previews of over 30 artists’ presentations as part of the council’s Arts in Education(AiE) program. The previews will be held on Friday, September 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Broadneck Elementary in Arnold and on Thursday, October 2nd from 6:00p.m. to 7:40 p.m. at Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie. All Anne Arundel County school representatives, PTA, PTO and other parent groups for public and private school are welcome to attend.

Artists participating in the previews include storytellers, actors and singers who infuse the arts with curriculum centered themes to engage students in creative learning. Artists cover topics from bullying to reenacting history. During the showcase school representatives will have an opportunity speak directly with artists about their various programs.

In addition to the AiE Showcases, school representatives are invited to apply to the Arts Council for programming funds through the AiE Auditorium and Residency Grants. AiE grants may be used to pay for artists’ presentations at their individual schools. They can choose from the preview artists or other approved artists listed in the Arts Council’s AiE Directory, which will be distributed at the showcases.

The deadline for grant applications from the schools is Friday, October 24, 2014. Each school can apply for up to two grants – an auditorium grant and a residency grant. Auditorium grants are for performances in an auditorium, usually to large groups of students. Residency grants are for artists to work with smaller groups of students on a variety of art projects. Grants are expected to be awarded by mid-November.

Last year, the Arts Council distributed over $55,000, impacting more than 20,000 students with presentations and hands on projects. This year the Arts Council looks forward to exceeding those numbers.