We are seeking proposals from artists to present exhibitions for available dates in 2023.

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older. If an artist is already scheduled to participate in another solo exhibition during the 2022-2023 exhibition season at any Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation arts center or facility, they will not be eligible for consideration for this opportunity.

ABOUT SPORTS AND LEARNING COMPLEX

The Sports and Learning Complex is located at 8001 Sheriff Rd. Landover, MD 20785. It has many multi-use meeting spaces and other areas for athletic uses.

GALLERY DESCRIPTIONS

The Learning Center Gallery exhibition space at Sports and Learning Complex provides approximately 144 linear feet of wall space.

Artworks that are in the size range of 18 x 24 inches and larger would be best suited for this space. A variety of mediums would be welcomed for this space. Artworks cannot be mounted directly on the wall and must therefore be exhibition ready to be displayed on a professional hook and wire display system (Walker Display System). Artworks must have the hanging hardware attached properly or be professionally framed.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

All proposals must be submitted online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other forms of application will be accepted.

All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • An artist statement, no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each artist
  • 10-20 image samples of a cohesive body of work; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work
  • Proposals may include up to 3 detail images for 2D works or stills of digital works
  • Lightweight (20 pounds or less), wall mounted sculpture will also be considered
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal

EVALUATION

Proposal review will be led by M-NCPPC/ACHD employees or invited arts professionals and may include ad hoc community advisers. Selected artwork proposals will be scheduled according to space and time availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

NOTIFICATION

Reviewing of proposals and scheduling of exhibitions will proceed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Artists will receive notification of selected proposals as exhibition dates become available.

INSTALLATION

Exhibitions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.

ARTIST RECEPTION

A public reception for the artist will be held during the exhibition. Dates and times will be set according to facility availability, with preference to the artist’s schedule as well. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division will provide light refreshments for guests.

SALES & INSURANCE

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks for up to 75% of their value while they are in our custody.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist

301-446-3251

stuart.diekmeyer@pgparks.com

The Sports and Learning Complex is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

Watkins Nature Center

We are seeking proposals from artists to present exhibitions for available dates in 2023.

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older. If an artist is already scheduled to participate in another solo exhibition during the 2022-2023 exhibition season at any Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation arts center or facility, they will not be eligible for consideration for this opportunity.

ABOUT WATKINS NATURE CENTER

Watkins Nature Center is located at 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Watkins Nature Center offers close-up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands-on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey. The nature center also features indoor and outdoor ponds, a songbird feeding area, a butterfly/hummingbird garden, composting area, and an outdoor nest box exhibit. Nature hikes, campfires, animal shows, puppet shows, crafts, summer day camps, and other programs attract over 90,000 visitors each year. Specialty programs are offered for school groups, Scout groups, home-school students, and adults. Volunteer opportunities are offered year-round for teens and adults ages 14 and over. Admission is free, but nominal fees apply for programs.

GALLERY DESCRIPTIONS

The exhibition space at Watkins Nature Center provides approximately 95 linear feet of hallway wall space that provides an intimate and up-close viewing experience. Artworks that are in the size range of 11 x 14 inches to approximately 20 x 24 inches would be best suited for this space. A variety of mediums, such as works in drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking, for example, with an emphasis on wildlife and/or nature, would be suitable for this space. Artworks cannot be mounted directly on the wall and must therefore be exhibition ready to be displayed on a professional hook and wire display system (Walker Display System). Artworks must have the hanging hardware attached properly or be professionally framed.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

All proposals must be submitted online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals for art must be family friendly in nature and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • An artist statement, no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each artist
  • 10-20 image samples of a cohesive body of work; OR 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work
  • Proposals may include up to 3 detail images for 2D works or stills of digital works
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal

EVALUATION

Proposal review will be led by M-NCPPC/ACHD employees and may include ad hoc community advisers. Selected artwork proposals will be scheduled according to space and time availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

NOTIFICATION

Reviewing of proposals and scheduling of exhibitions will proceed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Artists will receive notification of selected proposals as exhibition dates become available. Artists selected will receive an exhibition fee of $300 for participation in a solo exhibit or $100 each for a group of up to four artists in a group exhibition, and must register, if they have not already done so, in the M-NCPPC vendor system in order to receive payment.

INSTALLATION

Exhibitions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.

SALES & INSURANCE

The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during or as a result of the exhibition. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks for up to 75% of their value while they are in our custody.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist

301-446-3251

stuart.diekmeyer@pgparks.com

The Watkins Nature Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

This Call ends on October 7, 2022

The Prince George’s County Juried exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. Hope and Healing is the 34th Annual Prince George's County Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at Montpelier Arts Center from November 2, 2022 through January 6, 2023.


Hope and Healing

Art as the Manifestation of Hope and Healing

The concepts of Hope and Healing are often manifested through art. This occurred to me after several enlightening conversations I engaged in with artists and patrons. First, the actual creation of art which for many artists is a therapeutic, stabilizing process, for other artists an emotional release valve or a spiritual journey to peace and self-fulfillment. Second, Hope and Healing through the physical experience of the art which has been created and put out in the world; the inspiration one feels, the joy that transports you away from sadness or anger, and the excitement of the moment with a particular catch-your-breath awesome work of art.

For the past ten years our society has endured unprecedented tragedies and unforeseen losses. We have faced social injustices, racial and economic inequalities, political differences, and divisions so deep that previously civil discussions have evaporated into violence. We have seen and experienced natural weather disasters resulting from our human abuse of the earth that have destroyed entire communities, taken peoples’ homes and ended their lives. We suffered the heartbreaking COVID-19 virus pandemic, with all the sickness and death, while forcing the recognition of our national mental health crisis.

Our sense of humanity has been challenged, tested, and torn. Now is the time for Hope and Healing. A time to embrace human compassion and understanding rather than conflict. To recognize our commonality as people instead of our differences. The exhibition will highlight art that represents art that represents a story of Healing and a sense of Hope or shows us how art can bridge even the largest divides, inspiring us to Hope. Preference will be given to work that reflects and symbolizes what connects us as people, what gives faith and optimism for the future of our society.

JUROR – Leslie Pelzer

Leslie Pelzer is a Curator, Arts Program Director and Arts Administrator whose career spans over thirty years.

In the Washington DC metropolitan area her experience includes work with the Maryland State Arts Council as an Arts Reviewer, WMATA-Washington Area Transit Authority MetroArt Consortium, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Silver Spring Arts & Cultural District Task Force. She served as an appointed member of the Montgomery County Public Arts Trust (PAT) and worked as Curator for Art Exhibitions and Student Art Programs at Discovery Communications, coordinating exhibitions on ten floors of the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, MD.

As the former gallery owner of Pelloon Gallery with two locations in Washington DC, Ms. Pelzer presented acclaimed exhibitions of major artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell, Jacob Lawrence, and Valerie Maynard. Ms. Pelzer is now the owner of embellish fine art specializing in exhibitions, art commissions, interior design consultation and creative collaborations.

ABOUT MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER

Located in Laurel, Maryland, the Montpelier Arts Center is a multifaceted facility in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. For more than 40 years, the center offers various programming to the community that include concerts, gallery exhibitions, discussion panels, workshops, artist talks with receptions, and classes for children, teens, and adults. Montpelier is also the home to 15 resident artist that cover a multitude of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital media, and mixed media.

GALLERY LOCATION & HOURS

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708. The phone number is 301-377-7800 and website is arts.pgparks.com.

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older who live, work, study, or have a studio in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Artists may submit a maximum of 3 artworks for consideration.

EXHIBITION TIMELINE

DEADLINE TO APPLY ONLINE:

Friday, October 7, 2022, 11:59 pm

ARTISTS NOTIFIED:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

ARTISTS DROP OFF WORK AT MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER:

Saturday, October 29, 2022

EXHIBITION OPENING DATE:

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION, ARTIST AND CURATOR TALK:

Sunday, November 6, 2022, 3-5pm

EXHIBITION CLOSING DATE:

Friday, January 6, 2023

ARTISTS PICK UP WORK FROM MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER:

Saturday, January 7, 2023

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

Artists may submit a maximum of 3 artworks for consideration, including 3-Dimensional or video work. All works must be original (no reproductions). Images of works should be high quality and with enough resolution to see significant details.

A bio, artist statement with current contact info and a list of the works submitted with titles, media, date, dimensions, and price listed are also required with submission.

Applications must be submitted online at: m-ncppc.submittable.com

COVID-19 RELATED INFORMATION

There will be both in-person and virtual elements related to this exhibit. Artwork will be physically installed in the gallery space and video, or other virtual events will be recorded in the space consistent with all social and physical distancing protocols. More details will be provided to accepted artists as the exhibit approaches. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding with the ever-changing health and safety aspects.

PURCHASE AWARDS & ARTIST COMPENSATION

On the recommendation of the Juror, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division may purchase select works of art for inclusion in its collection. Furthermore, each artist selected to participate in the exhibition will receive monetary compensation in appreciation of his/her participation. Registration as a vendor with The M-NCPPC is required in order to receive payment. Payments are typically paid near the end of the exhibition.

DELIVERY & INSTALLATION

Artists are responsible for transporting work to and from the gallery. Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (professionally framed and wired) and appropriately presented. Art works that differ significantly from the images submitted for judging or are not ready for gallery installation may be rejected. The exhibition will be installed and de-installed by Arts and Cultural Heritage Division and Montpelier Arts Center staff. All work accepted for exhibition must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. A loading dock is not available.

INSURANCE & SALES

The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks under The M-NCPPC self-insurance fund as specified on the loan agreement. The M-NCPPC will ensure all consigned artwork in the custody of Montpelier Arts Center for 75% of its sale value, from the time they are received by delivery, until the pickup date only. The M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all art works sold during the exhibition.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact: Stuart Diekmeyer, Visual Arts Specialist at 301-446-3251 or Stuart.Diekmeyer@pgparks.com.

Participation implies agreement with all conditions.

Hope and Healing is presented by The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

SAARC

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the M-NCPPC Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking proposals for traditional 2D work as well as contemporary digital or projection media artworks from artists for presentation and exhibition for 2023. All artworks will be displayed at the Southern Area Aquatic & Recreation Complex (SAARC). SAARC is located at: 13601 Missouri Avenue, Brandywine, MD 20613.

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older. If an artist is already scheduled to participate in another solo exhibition during the 2022-2023 exhibition season at any Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation arts center or facility, they will not be eligible for consideration for this opportunity.

ABOUT SOUTHERN AREA AQUATIC AND RECREATION COMPLEX (SAARC)

The Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex (SAARC) is the first Multi-Generational Community Recreational Center in Prince George’s County. The 75,000 square-foot facility includes a natatorium including a pool with recreational water slide, a gymnasium, a fitness room, a running track elevated above the gymnasium, several rooms of flexible programmable space, and noteworthy public art.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

All proposals must be submitted online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other form of application will be accepted. All proposals for art must be family friendly in nature and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

2-Dimensional artwork proposals: These may include traditional photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed-media works, etc. The availability of space includes 80 linear feet for larger works. The preferred maximum dimensions for larger artwork will be 4 feet x 6 feet, with exceptions made on a case by case basis wherein larger pieces may be considered depending on weight and overall scale. Due to the massive scale of the facility, we are seeking larger works for exhibition in order to create an impressive visual impact in the exhibition spaces provided.

2D proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • An artist statement, no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each artist
  • Up to 15 image samples of a cohesive body of work
  • Proposals may include up to 3 detail images for 2D works
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal

Contemporary digital media or video proposals: These may include video, projection, web-based, interactive or potentially experimental works.

Digital media/video proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • An artist statement, no longer than one page.
  • A résumé or Curriculum Vitae for each artist
  • 5 segments of audio and/or video, each no longer than five minutes in duration; OR an appropriate combination of images, video, audio and web-based work
  • Proposals may include up to 3 stills of digital works
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal

EVALUATION

Proposal review will be led by M-NCPPC/ACHD employees and may include the addition of ad hoc community advisers. Selected artwork proposals will be scheduled according to space and schedule availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

NOTIFICATION

Reviewing of proposals and scheduling of exhibitions will proceed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Artists will receive notification of selected proposals as exhibition dates become available. Artists selected will receive an exhibition fee of $300 for participation in a solo exhibition, and must register, if they have not already done so, in the M-NCPPC vendor system in order to receive payment.

INSTALLATION

Exhibitions will be installed and de-installed by M-NCPPC staff unless the nature of the work requires special assistance.

SALES & INSURANCE

M-NCPPC will retain a 25% commission on all artworks sold during, or as a result of the exhibition. All exhibited artworks are insured by M-NCPPC for up to 75% of their value while they are in the organization’s custody.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist

301-446-3251

stuart.diekmeyer@pgparks.com


Sara Caporaletti

Visual Arts Assistant

301-446-3220

sara.caporaletti@pgparks.com

PG Parks Arts and Cultural Heritage Division