BlackRock Center for the Arts is now accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in our gallery spaces in 2020. Visual artists, curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who are over the age of 18 and live or work in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. BlackRock is a nonprofit arts center which presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists working in all media, to include site-specific installations, video and other time-based media,performance, new technologies and experimental forms.

Gallery Spaces: It is now possible to install artwork in the galleries at BlackRock using alternatives to the cable hanging system (including using nails, screws, and other fasteners). The Kay Gallery, located on the main level, has 1500 square feet of exhibition space with 16-foot-high walls topped by clerestory windows. The Terrace Gallery, located on the upper level, has areas open to the two-story atrium with high ceilings, a wall of windows and up to 140 linear feet of wall space. A limited number of pedestals are available for three dimensional work. It is highly recommended that artists, curators, and group coordinators visit BlackRock to become familiar with the exhibition spaces.

Eligibility: Individuals over the age of 18 who are artists, independent curators, or coordinators for artist groups and artist collectives and reside in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, or West Virginia and are able to provide delivery of all artwork in the exhibition to our gallery space in Germantown, MD. BlackRock Center for the Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not have funding to pay for artwork shipping, transportation or artist travel expenses.

Selection Process: Exhibition Proposals may be submitted year round. Each year, all exhibition proposals received by February 1 will be included in the annual review by a panel of arts professionals. The panel may include museum curators, art consultants, art critics, independent curators, art historians, art educators and accomplished artists who will review completed proposals make selections in consultation with the Gallery Director. Considerations used to evaluate proposals include artistic quality, depth of content, originality, relevance, and feasibility. Incomplete submission packages will not be reviewed.