Current Exhibits

GALLERIES CLOSED MARCH 16 – 29: BlackRock and its galleries will be CLOSED from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, May 31 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art + Turned Wood

Juried Exhibition Featuring Works by Contemporary Artists and Fine Craft Artisans from Across the Region


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The regional juried exhibition HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art & Turned Wood presents the work of 47 contemporary artists and fine craft artisans working in fiber art and turned wood. Presented at BlackRock on a biennial basis, this exhibit was open to submissions by artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. The 21 selected works of fiber art feature both traditional and experimental materials that employ textile techniques that include quilting, weaving, embroidery, knitting, sewing, beading, and mixed media along with current innovations in this evolving medium. The 48 selected works of turned wood include both functional and sculptural pieces created using the lathe, hand-held tools, and a steady hand to carve original turnings which demonstrate a wide range of forms that can be achieved on a rotating axis.

Fiber Art entries were juried by Caroline Kipp, Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Textile Museum in Washington, DC, who selected works by the following artists:

B. J. Adams
Marina Baudoin
Catherine Day
Sarah J. Hull
Judy Kirpich
Julia Kwon

George Lorio
Dominie Nash
Katie O'Keefe
John Paradiso
Kristina Penhoet
Joh Ricci

Ruan Robertson
Karen Schulz
Sandra Smith
Dianne Miller Wolman

Turned Wood entries were juried by Dr. Barbara Wolanin, Curator and Collector, who served for 30 years as Curator for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC, who selected works by the following artists:

Timothy Aley
Robert Anderson
Joseph Barnard
Michael Colella
Andy DiPietro
Robert Dorr
William Flint
Richard Foa
Keith Frampton
David Fry
Gary Guenther

Steve Haddix
Mark Heatwole
Neal Kaske
Michael Kehs
Nicholas Parr
Mauricio Peredo
Ann Ruppert
Jay St. Michel
Paul Sandler
Duane Schmidt

Lynda Smith-Bugge
Mike Sorge
Rod Stabler
Jeff Struewing
Michael Summers
David Swiger
David Termini
George Van Dyke
Richard Webster
Stan Wellborn

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Tribute in Collaboration with Phil Brown

During the Handcrafted: Fiber Art + Turned Wood exhibit a special display of collaborative turned wood pieces will also be on display at BlackRock. These works were started by noted woodturner Phil Brown, who passed away in 2018, and finished by local woodturners from the woodturning organizations he helped to found in our region.

Phil Brown was responsible for helping to establish this biennial juried turned wood exhibition at BlackRock.

YOUTH ART MONTH: Montgomery County Public Schools

An exhibit featuring artwork by students from elementary, middle and high schools located in Germantown

Exhibit on View: March 6 - 14, 2020

BlackRock is pleased to celebrate Youth Art Month by presenting a series of exhibits featuring art by students from area schools. The first exhibit in the series showcases works by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students who attend elementary, middle and high schools located in Germantown, MD. The exhibit includes art teacher selections of two- and three-dimensional pieces which represent a small sampling of the art projects being created each school day by talented students in our community supported by dedicated MCPS art teachers. Youth Art Month is an annual celebration emphasizing the value of art education, encouraging support for quality school art programs, and recognizing the valuable skills developed through the visual arts curriculum that are not possible in other subjects. Sponsored by the National Art Education Association, the theme for Youth Art Month this year is “Take a Journey through Art.”

Gallery Hours:

UPDATE: The Kay Gallery and Gallery II will be closed from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed to the public on certain dates when private events are held or exhibits are being installed.

Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before your visit.

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