Current Exhibits

While our art galleries remain closed to the public, we are presenting virtual exhibits.


Solo Exhibit Featuring Photographs of Textures Found in the Landscape

JUNE 20 – JULY 31, 2020

EXHIBIT PRESENTED ONLINE  |  Artwork is Available for Purchase

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: Local artist Gordana Gerskovic uses a macro lens to frame tight shots of worn and weathered surfaces found in the urban and rural landscape as she captures the abstract compositions in her photographs. Putting her camera very close to her subject, she explores her environment by focusing on the unexpected details and accidental patterns discovered while crouching on the pavement of a busy city street or wading through a stream in a wooded area near her home. In her solo exhibition, Gordana Gerskovic: Texturescapes, she presents a series of 32 images that have been abstracted merely by selective cropping on location, rather than manipulation in the digital darkroom. Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, the mixed media artist first came to live in the U.S. in 1997 and is now a resident of Montgomery County Maryland. Gerskovic’s award-winning work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at regional galleries which include Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC), McLean Project for the Arts (McLean, VA), Glenview Mansion Art Gallery (Rockville, MD), and Betty Mae Kramer Gallery (Silver Spring, MD).

Annual Juried Exhibit Sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society

JULY 1 – AUGUST 31, 2020 

EXHIBIT PRESENTED ONLINE  |  Artwork is Available for Purchase

Each summer BlackRock Center for the Arts looks forward to hosting the Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, which draws visitors of all ages to The Kay Gallery to view the 95 selected paintings by artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. This year, while the galleries at BlackRock are closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition is being presented online. Please click the link below to view the 100 selected paintings (all available for purchase), view a PDF version of the printed full-color catalog, read the juror's remarks by reknown watercolor artist Linda Daly Baker about the 18 award-winning paintings, and find out who won the BWS Gold Medal ($1,500 prize), BWS Silver Medal ($1,200 prize) and BWS Bronze ($1,000 prize) and 15 other sponsored awards. Be sure to cast a virtual vote for your favorite painting to play a role in selecting the "People's Choice Award."
EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: The most competitive watercolor exhibit in the region, the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition is the annual juried exhibition sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS). Founded in 1885 by a group of five women artists in Baltimore, BWS is the nation’s third oldest watercolor organization, after the American Watercolor Society, founded in 1866 in New York, and the Boston Watercolor Society, which was also founded in 1885. For the organization’s 135th annual competition, entries are limited to original paintings created using aqueous media — mainly watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and casein — on natural or synthetic paper or board, by artists from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. This year the exhibit includes 100 works selected from more than 400 submissions by juror Linda Daly Baker renowned watercolor artist. Baker also selected the winners of the BWS Gold Medal ($1,500 prize), BWS Silver Medal ($1,200 prize), BWS Bronze Medal ($1,000 prize), and 15 other sponsored awards for which she has provided remarks on each of the award winning paintings. While the exhibit is on view online, through August 31, visitors are encouraged to cast a virtual vote to help select who will win the "People's Choice Award," which will be announced in September.


A virtual exhibit showcasing the quarantine experiences of local students in grades K-12

MAY 22, 2020 - ONGOING

BlackRock Center for the Arts presents QUOTABLE QUARANTINE, its first virtual art exhibit created by local students in grades K-12. QUOTABLE QUARANTINE features 155 pieces of original artwork accompanied by a quote that captures each young artist’s quarantine experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. QUOTABLE QUARANTINE features works of art by students in a variety of media including: drawings, painting, photography, digital art, collage, oil, ink print, mixed media, sculpture, and contemporary craft. The top works of art in each grade group — K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 — were selected through an online public voting poll by more than 1,300 people based on the artworks’ interpretation of theme, creativity and originality, quality of artistic composition, and overall impression. Awards were also granted by the Art League of Germantown and BlackRock's Leadership Team to 44 artists.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso

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