Artists, mark your calendars for HoCo Open, the Howard County Arts Council’s popular non-juried exhibit showcasing Howard County artists. Adults aged 18 years and older who live, work, or study in Howard County are invited to submit one piece of original artwork completed in the last two years and not previously shown in the HCAC galleries. Artwork drop-off is from 4:30pm–6:30pm on Friday, January 3 (snow date: January 6) at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Artwork will be accepted for the exhibit on a first-come, first-serve basis, one piece per artist, until the gallery is full.

All artwork submitted must be original — commercially-printed or computer-generated reproductions of paintings or non-digital work will not be accepted. All work must be delivered ready for installation. Wall work should be wired for hanging. The Howard County Arts Council retains a 20% commission on all sales.

The Arts Council will host an exhibit reception on Friday, January 17 from 6-8 PM (snow date: January 24). A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the $500 Covington Emerging Artist Award, established HorseSpirit Arts Gallery owner and curator Robin Holliday to recognize and support an emerging artist at a pivotal time in their career. The reception includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public. HoCo Open will be on display from January 10 through February 21, 2020. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 10am–8pm, Saturday 10am–4pm, and Sunday 12pm–4pm. To obtain the HoCo Open guidelines and entry form or to learn more about this and other Arts Council programs call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or