The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is currently seeking artists to take part in Paint It! Ellicott City 2019, an annual plein air paint-out and exhibition sponsored by HCAC and Howard County Tourism.

This year’s paint-out will take place from June 28-30. Over the course of the weekend, juried artists will set up their easels throughout Ellicott City’s historic district and ‘paint the town’ as they vie for a minimum of $3,000 in total awards. Community artists are invited to join the fun as part of the Open Paint-Out taking place concurrently.

On July 1, HCAC will host a special reception from 6–8pm to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of the juried artists’ work at the Howard County Center for the Arts. The evening will feature the presentation of juror awards as well as a temporary exhibit of work created during the Open Paint-Out. The juried artists’ exhibit will run through August 9.

This year’s Paint It! juror is award-winning plein air artist Nancy Tankersley. A self-described contemporary impressionist painter, Nancy is the founder and director of the Easton Studio and a founder of Plein Air Easton.


The deadline for entries for the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 is April 19. Entry information is available in the Exhibit Opportunities section of the HCAC website at For more information on this and other Arts Council programs, email [email protected], or call 410-313-2787.