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Exceptional visual art exhibits in a variety of media

BlackRock presents changing exhibits in our galleries throughout the year to provide opportunities for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences of all ages.

The series of solo, group, juried and themed exhibits showcase works in a variety of media by both emerging and established contemporary visual artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

***Please be advised that occasionally our galleries are rented for private events. Call 301-528-2260 to ensure the gallery is open to the public during your planned visit.***

 

CURRENT EXHIBITS

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GAIA

HUMAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE LENS OF NATURE

Nov 13, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023
Gallery II

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Artist Reception:

December 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM


Lithographic and intaglio prints convey key watershed moments from Carol Moore's life and heartfelt relationships using nature as my language. Symbols, movement, and abundant detail will assist in the storytelling to convey the symbiotic relationship that she has felt with nature all her life. This story will strive to nurture and remind the viewer that we are not just beings living on this planet but that we are meant to be here and are an integral part of this home we call Earth, our Gaia.

As a child of this Earth, artist Carol Moore is nurtured by her beauty, spirit, and wisdom of her order. Like a child looking for nourishment and guidance, she looks to the natural world to help her tell her story and make sense of her human experience. As humans who share this Earth, nature becomes the language to which we can all relate. In much of Moore's art, this is the language she uses to convey what is tethered to her heart and soul. This work is the story of her life, yet as children of this Earth, this work can speak to many.

This exhibition has five components: the Behold My Heart journal, My Mother's Garden collection, My Story collection, My Specimens collection, and my Educational collection.

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PHOTOGRAPHY NOW

Nov 13, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023
Kay Gallery

 

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Artist Reception:

November 13, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Juror Mehves Lelic chose artwork with innovative photographic approaches to abstraction and selected artists focusing on a wide range of techniques, from in-camera and post-processing methods to creating or finding abstraction in the world and placing a lens in front of it. This exhibition highlights various techniques and perspectives. Whether there is distortion in the method or subject matter, the contemporary collection of work aims to push the boundaries of understanding, focusing on abstract elements and experimentation.

The exhibition features the work of regional photographers - Lee Goodwin, Cam Miller, Beamie Young, Andrew Wohl, Maria Barbosa, Richard Weiblinger, Alice Newton, Cheryl Gillerman, Jillian Abir Mac Master, Sarah Kohrs, Carol Gregoire, Joe Williams, Samuel Levin, Mar Cox, Christine Helms, Bridget Sullivan, Stephen Spartana, and Julia Clouser. 

 

2022-2023 EXHIBITS

OPEN CALL

 

PAST EXHIBITS

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STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES' UPCYCLE!
SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 29, 2022

A co-exhibit with Strathmore. A national exhibit by Studio Art Quilt Associates that repurposed used materials as an effective solution to deal with today's environmentally devastating waste using the ancient traditions of fiber and textile arts. 

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ALONZO DAVIS: 20 YEARS IN MARYLAND
APRIL 30 - AUGUST 28, 2022

Guest Curated by Tomora Wright this exhibition will showcase approximately 30 artworks spanning from 2002 to 2022, an intercultural and trans-historical arrival, as Davis fuses natural material, symbols, and patterns to document the experiences and influences of place and time.

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ART CONNECTS - YAM
MARCH 5 - APRIL 19, 2022

Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition featuring student artists from 

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HAND CRAFTED
MARCH 5 - APRIL 19, 2022

A group exhibition featuring a variety of works that explore  craftsmanship in contemporary art. 

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STUART DIEKMEYER: CURIOSITY OF SCALE
JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 26, 2022

A solo exhibit of macrophotography exploring the natural micro world.

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Rula Jones: CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF
NOVEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 20, 2021

A solo exhibit of over thirty mixed media works on paper. This series of work is highly influenced by the litany of art history in that it incorporates multiple genres within a single work. 

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The Power of Patience
SEPTEMBER 18- OCTOBER 30, 2021

 The invitational exhibition The Power of Patience features 18 artists working in varied media who employ patience in a variety of ways in their creative process and the active practice of making works which inspire the viewer to engage in the rewarding experience of slow looking.

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Mid Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
JUNE 12- AUGUST 21, 2021

Experience the virtual exhibit online this year to view all 104 paintings selected by  juror Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS, and  find out who won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and other awards. View Online Exhibit...

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Shades of Spring Virtual Show & Sale
APRIL 17 – MAY 29, 2021 

The Art League of Germantown's Spring Show with 175+ Works by Local Artists and Fine Craft Artisans 

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Youth Art Month 2021 Virtual Exhibit
MARCH 5 – 31, 2021  

Inspired by the theme "Art Connects Us," Virtual Showcase Presents Art by 56 Students from Montgomery County 

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Handcrafted: Fiber Art + Turned Wood 
NOVEMBER 14, 2020 – JANUARY 2, 2021

Virtual Presentation of Biennial Juried Exhibit Featuring Fiber Art  and Turned Wood by Mid-Atlantic Artists

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A Fresh Perspective Virtual Show & Sale
NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 19, 2020  

Art League of Germantown's Annual Show Goes Virtual with 82 Works by Local Artists and Fine Craft Artisans

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
JULY 1 – AUGUST 31, 2020

Annual Juried Exhibit Sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society Featuring Paintings by 100 Regional Artists

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Quotable Quarantine
The Online Exhibit  
MAY 22 – JULY 3, 2020 

Online Exhibit of 156 Artworks Created by Students in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Accompanied by Quotations

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Handcrafted: Fiber Art + Turned Wood 
FEBRUARY 29 – APRIL 11, 2020 

Biennial Juried Exhibit of Fiber Art Selected by Caroline Kipp and Turned Wood Selected by Dr. Barbara Wolanin

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Cat Gunn:
Pretty Boy 
JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 22, 2020 

Solo Exhibit of Abstract Paintings Exploring Paint Alchemy and Notions of Identity within the LGBTQ Community 

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ESTAMOS AQUÍ
SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 29, 2022

The eight modern Latino artists highlighted identity, language, ceremony, legacy, lifestyle, history, and family relationships. The exhibition honored the Latino population in the region by showcasing the artwork of intersectional voices and acknowleded the Latino contribution to contemporary art. 

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FREDERICK BOOK ARTS CENTER
APRIL 30 - JULY 15, 2022

An art exhibition of Book Arts and related media by artists from the FBAC Community that explore, commemorate and concern the planet earth. Presented in partnership with the Frederick Book Arts Center in Frederick, MD. 

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ALOG Spring Show
APRIL 19 - APRIL 24, 2022

Art League of Germantown Spring Show, featuring high craft and fine art.

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TORY COWLES: JUXTAPOSITIONS
JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 26, 2022

In partnership with CityDance.

A solo exhibit of installation art featuring elegance and utility in unison.

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Doug Moulden: TOWARD AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION
NOVEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 23, 2021

A solo exhibit of large paintings on wood exploring sylvan landscapes. Texture and surface as well as shaped “canvas” lend sculptural qualities to Moulden’s paintings.

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ALOG Show & Glow Sale
NOVEMBER 3-7, 2021

Fine original works in a wide variety of mediums by more than 20 members of the Art League of Germantown will be featured in the Kay Gallery. ALOG artists present paintings, drawings, photographs, finely crafted jewelry, sculpture, fused glass, ceramics, fiber art pieces, mixed media works +. 

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Quotable Quarantine Student Exhibit
SEPTEMBER 18- OCTOBER 30, 2021

Featuring 156 artworks by local youth artists responding to an invitation to create a work inspired by their quarantine experience during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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William C. Wright: Landscapes
JUNE 20 - AUGUST 21, 2021

Working in both watercolor and oil, his brushwork often tells the story of rural landscapes near his home in Maryland or wild and unspoiled locations he discovers on his travels across the U.S.  View Online Exhibit... 

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IMAGINATION: 1 x 4 SAQA Regional Exhibit
JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 20, 2021

50 Unique Art Quilts with a Uniform 1' x 4' Format by Artist members of Studio Artist Quilt Associates (SAQA)

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Cheriss May: Beyond the Protest 
OCTOBER 3 – DECEMBER 31, 2020 

Solo Exhibit Exploring the Intersection of Race, Politics & Protest by Award-winning Photojournalist Cheriss May 

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Ellen Cornett: Into the Woods 
SEPTEMBER 12 – OCTOBER 31, 2020

Solo Exhibit of Drawings Exploring Themes of Conflict, Misunderstanding and Absurdity by Maryland Artist

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Gordana Gerskovic: Texturescapes 
JUNE 20 – JULY 31, 2020 

Solo Exhibition Featuring 35 Abstract Photographs of Textures Found in the Landscape by Local Artist

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Youth Art Month:
MCPS Students 
MARCH 6 – 14, 2020  

Showcasing School Art Projects by K-12 Students from Montgomery County Public Schools Located in Germantown

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Heloisa Escudero:
Tools for the Mind 
JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 22, 2020 

Solo Exhibit and Performative Installation Focused on Interaction, Reaction, Inclusiveness & Participation 

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CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS

BlackRock Center for the Arts accepts Exhibition Proposals January through April every year through our online submission system powered by Submittable. Proposals may be for for solo, group and themed exhibitions. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and organizations who are over age 18 and live or work in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania and NYC are encouraged to submit proposals. 
 

 
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Galleries

The Kay Gallery is located on the main level and has 1,500 square feet of exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. Gallery II is located on the upper level and has up to 140 linear feet of wall display space, a wall of windows, and varied ceiling height with some areas open to the two-story atrium.