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Annual Black History Month Exhibition
January 28-March 26, 2023
Public Reception: Sunday, February 5, 2-5 pm
The African American experience has been inundated with various forms of oppression rooted in anti-blackness. But this oppression has not been met with acquiescence, but resistance. This year’s exhibition highlights some of these stories of black resistance in Prince George’s County from the era of enslavement to the Black Lives Matter movement of the present.
Maggie Gourlay: Wallpapers for A Warming World
April 8-May 28, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-4 pmAt the intersection of the natural world and domestic space, Maggie Gourlay juxtaposes the built world against the natural environment. In her exhibition titled Wallpapers for a Warming World, the assumption that we are separate and immune from the events shaping our natural environment is questioned. Gourlay creates wallpaper patterns that take a nuanced look at our environmental complacency through the lenses of the beautification of domestic spaces versus decreasing biodiversity and the negative effects towards which we are marching.
Julie Polt: Momento Mori
April 1-May 14, 2023
Public Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-4 pmMemento mori is Latin for “remember that you have to die.” This concept has been studied by philosophers and artists throughout history.. Polt seeks to explore this concept in her latest work from a perspective of remembering our mortality, allowing ourselves to focus on the preciousness and fragility of life, and seek out what is important each day.
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ANNUAL STUDIO JURY COMPETITION 2023
Join a thriving community of professional artists in the Montpelier Resident Artist Program. These artists work in a variety of media and styles, maintain studio hours for the public to visit, and participate in community events. These artists are selected by an annual jury panel and exhibit their work in the Montpelier Arts Center’s Resident Artist Gallery on a revolving basis. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Arts Center, located on the beautiful grounds of Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 11:59 pm online at montpelierartscenter.submittable.com
SHORT TERM ONE YEAR STUDIO JURY COMPETITION 2023
Selected artists will be a Resident Artist for one year with the lease running July 1 through June 30. Artists are eligible to compete for a longer term studio provided there is available space. Studio access is commensurable to the hours the facility is open. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm online at montpelierartscenter.submittable.com
Patricia Phillips Bowden: Coast to Coast and BeyondVirtual Exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center’s first virtual Resident Artist Exhibition, featuring Patricia Phillips Bowden, showcases oil paintings and sketches done on-site and throughout the United States as well as several countries, including Spain, Portugal, and Corsica.
The artist has created moments in time of various locations, using a limited number of oil paints, time, all while braving the elements, and answering questions from some very friendly and curious onlookers - some practicing their English, some using their native language. It was a learning experience for all!
CORRIE FRANCIS PARKS: UNCANNY BODIES
Corrie Francis Parks searches for life among the inanimate, endowing tiny grains of sand with their own autonomy. Drawing from the wondrous explorations of early micro cinematography, Uncanny Bodies transforms the gallery into an intricately constructed bioscope, accentuating the significance of the insignificant.
IRENE SYLVESTER: OFF THE WALL
Irene Sylvester is a longtime resident artist and instructor of collage at Montpelier Arts Center. Sylvester's love to travel inspired Off the Wall, where she explored a variety of mediums. From painted rice paper shaped into irregular wrinkled forms to represent the shape of rocks and mountains to textiles that express human presence in social graces, style, and classic beauty. There are underlying threads throughout Sylvester's artistic endeavors, and in Off the Wall, one will see a small selection of her continued experimentation.
ALIZAH LATHROP: ENCROACHING INFRINGEMENT
Blending painting and sculpture, Alizah Lathrop recontextualizes notions of decoration and personal family struggles. Her work wavers between a fragile discomfort and a sense of calm—a search for peace in the midst of destruction.
Ninth annual artists on the rise: juried teen exhibition
Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals. Every year Montpelier spotlights the talents of teen visual artists (ages 13-18) from the Washington metropolitan area. At the virtual reception, honorable mentions and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places.
Guest Curator, Tim Davis: The Story of Our Skin
Virtual Exhibition Tour and Artist Talk
The Story of Our Skin is an exhibition of figurative works and portraiture featuring people of color. Four artists: Luis Peralta Del Valle, Al Burts, Preston Sampson, and J'Nell Jordan, draw on everyday life and historical events and icons for their subjects. The artists transform materials to create their paintings and mixed media compositions in wood, metal signs, handmade paper, and other innovative techniques. This exhibit will show the strength and dignity of people of color from the past, present, and future.
*Presenting exhibitions of artists at various stages of their career is one of Montpelier Arts Center’s core commitments. We are excited to invite an outside curator to help further this mission. We are thrilled to have Tim Davis, who is the founder and owner of the international Visions Gallery and consultants, curate this exhibition.
About the Curator: In addition to a curator and gallery owner, Tim Davis is an artist and educator; he received his Masters of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied art education and fine art. Davis has earned many honors and awards throughout his impressive career including an Arts Management fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has worked as a consultant for numerous DMV arts organizations. Davis has also served on several boards throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
JULIE WILLS: GREAT LAKE
Drawing inspiration from celestial sources, Julie Wills creates mixed media drawings and installations that invoke both the rational and the magical. Choosing everyday materials for their metaphoric properties, her works explore constancy and mutability, current conditions, and hope for an unrealized but longed-for future.
39TH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION: SYLVAN COMPOSITIONSVirtual Exhibitions
Allen Zaruba Virtual Exhibition
Greg Gensheimer Exhibition
Join us for an exhibition of wood-based sculptures by two Baltimore-based artists: Greg Gensheimer and Allen Zaruba. Sylvan Compositions celebrates the place where the natural beauty of wood intersects with human imagination.
JULIE POLT: WILD GOOSE CHASE
Virtual Exhibition Link Coming Soon
The exhibition Wild Goose Chase by Julie Polt is inspired by the constant movement in nature and her experimentation with materials to capture a moment. This exhibition explores motion and shows expressive movement as a characteristic of her current body of work.