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Artist Resources

Artist Resources

Are you an artist or musician who'd like to receive notices about exhibitions or competitions? Sign up for our mailing list at

Please include “Artist” or “Musician” in the subject line along with your name, address and phone number in the body of the email.

As they become available, applications will be downloadable as PDFs from this site. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division also publishes monthly Arts Opportunities.

The Main Gallery

Artists interested in exhibiting in the Main Gallery or curators who want to propose an exhibition should send a one page proposal, résumé(s), and a CD of no fewer than 20 images to:

Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708 

These materials will be maintained on file at Montpelier unless return postage is included.

Jurying for Studio Space at Montpelier Arts Center

Join a thriving community of professional artists in the Montpelier Resident Artist Program! These artists work in a diverse variety of media and styles, maintain studio hours for the public to visit, and participate in community events.

Artists are selected by a jury panel and exhibit their work in the Montpelier Arts Center’s Resident Artist Gallery on a rotating basis.  

To be eligible, artists must be at least 18 years old and reside in Maryland. Residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will take precedence over those residing in other jurisdictions. 

Application Requirements:
  • Completed application form 
  • CD containing digital JPEG images of 10-20 pieces that exemplify your body of work (include titles, dates, dimensions of art pieces). Images a minimum of 300 dpi. Sculpturs can submit an additional 10 images for different perspectives of 3D works.
  • Current resume, artist statement, and biography for each artist who applies
  • Letter of intent stating reasons for applying, goals during residency, how studio space will be used, and any special projects you would propose with Montpelier Arts Center
  • Three professional references (include their relation to you and appropriate contact information)

Entries must be submitted by Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5 pm to:

Montpelier Arts Center 
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708

Artists who want their submissions returned must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their application. Montpelier Arts Center will not be responsible for retaining entries without return packaging beyond the date of the jury process. 

Classical Recital Competition for September 2015-August 2016

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2015.

Classical musicians are now being sought for the 2015-2016 Montpelier Arts Center Recital Competition!  Winners will be featured in an recital for the September 2015-August 2016 season. This year’s juror is Richard Scerbo. As an active conductor, performer, teacher, and arts administrator, Scerbo also founded Inscape Chamber Orchestra, which is dedicated to performing new work by emerging American composers.
Application Requirements:
  • Ten-minute CD featuring material, which best identifies your repertoire and technique 
  • Artist biography 
  • Headshot (at least 8”x10” and 300 dpi); must be appropriate for print 
  • Current one-page resume with contact information for each participating musician

Please label envelope "Classical Recital Competition" and mail to:

Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708

Once recordings are submitted, they will become the property of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. If you would prefer to have your recording returned after the judging, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application.

Musicians must be 18 & older to be considered. There are no geographical restrictions, but winners are responsible for their own transportation.

Each artist/group will receive a $400 honorarium. Accompanists will receive a $200 honorarium.

Library Gallery Exhibition Competition for September 2015-August 2016

Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm 

Montpelier Arts Center is holding a competition for exhibitions that will be held in the Library Gallery. To be eligible, artists must be 18 years & older and reside in Maryland. Previous winners from 2010 to the present are ineligible. The juror may elect to exhibit artists who apply for solo shows or artists who apply as groups.

An honorarium of $300 will be presented for each exhibition to the artist(s) exhibiting (i.e. groups would share the $300 honorarium.) The Montpelier Arts Center staff will handle all promotion and installation, as well as the reception. Please note, the Arts Center retains a 25% commission on sales of works sold during the competition. 

Application Requirements:
  • All entries must be submitted online at
  • Artist/Artist Group statement
  • Current one-page résumé of all artists to exhibit
  • A proposal of no more than 500 words
  • Preferred month for your show, and include second and third choices
  • A minimum of ten (10) and a maximum of fifteen (15) digital images that best exemplify your portfolio/proposal. Images must be in JPEF format at a minimum 300 dpi.

For more information, please call 301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329 or send an email to