Ends on March 30, 2018$15.00
VisArts invites artists working in all media to apply for 2019 Solo Exhibitions in the Gibbs Street Gallery and Common Ground Gallery.

The Gibbs Street Gallery offers exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career artists. Exhibits reflect a wide range of media and experimental approaches that offer the viewer unexpected interactions with art. The gallery is approximately 1,100 square feet with 16 ft. ceilings. It is on the street level with floor to ceiling windows along one wall. International, national and local artists are welcome to apply.         

The Common Ground Gallery features exhibitions that reflect the creative pursuits of artists from our community. The gallery is located on the second floor and is approximately 300 square feet. Artists must live in the Mid-Atlantic region to apply for a solo exhibition in this gallery.

Applicants who have participated in a solo exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018 before midnight
*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

All application materials must be submitted online through our website no later than 11:59 pm EST on 03/30/2018. 

You can find the layout for each gallery here:
Gibbs Street Gallery - http://www.visartsatrockville.org/docs/Gibbs-Street-Gallery-Floor-Plan.pdf
Common Ground Gallery - http://www.visartsatrockville.org/docs/Common-Ground-Gallery-Floor-Plan.pdf

SketchUp plans for the galleries are also available upon request.

The City of Rockville, in collaboration with WMATA’s Art in Transit Program and CSXT, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific artwork to beautify the underpass at Park Road.  The project encompasses the concrete walls on each side of the underpass. Each wall is composed of two sections, one owned by WMATA and the other by CSXT. Rain falls through the tracks onto the concrete panels, causing vertical rust lines from the top to bottom of the underpass. There is an open area between the two WMATA tracks, as well as between the WMATA and CSXT tracks, which allows water penetration onto the walls. The city owns the lights and conduits in the underpass, and the lighting connects to city streetlights.  

The Park Road Underpass is near two residential neighborhoods, East Rockville and Lincoln Park, and is close to the downtown area known as Rockville Town Center.  

East Rockville is a residential neighborhood located in the northeastern section of Rockville, bounded by the Rockville Metro Station and Stonestreet Avenue corridor on the west, Veirs Mill Road on the south, First Street on the east, and the Lincoln Park neighborhood and Southlawn industrial area to the north. The community consists primarily of single-family homes and includes two small commercial centers, three parks and a forest preserve. Historic homes line Baltimore Road, but the majority of houses were built in the 1940s.

Lincoln Park is one of the oldest historically African-American communities in Montgomery County. Established in the 1850s, the neighborhood today is primarily a single-family residential community, composed of an eclectic mix of housing types. The Lincoln Park community is abutted on three sides by a variety of non-residential land uses and shares its southern border with the East Rockville community. The Metro line and CSX tracks separate the neighborhood from Rockville Town Center to the southwest, where residents can meet their everyday shopping and retail needs.

Rockville Town Center is the city’s downtown and the seat of the county and city government. Rockville’s Town Center is a dynamic and thriving neighborhood with a hometown feel featuring fantastic amenities, unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants, and a pedestrian-friendly Town Square.


The City of Rockville is collaborating with WMATA and CSXT on the Park Road Underpass project and as such will need to be designed in keeping with these agencies’ specifications. 

CSXT supports beautification projects and is open to paint and colored lighting. Any paint or materials must be reviewed by their environmental group and follow their specifications. No attachments or drilling are allowed due to CSXT’s safety and maintenance requirements. A mosaic tile on an abutment, (lower height), but not on the bridge structure, may be considered.

WMATA is open to reviewing a variety of media, techniques and attachments proposed for its section of the wall. Upon review of their proposals, finalists will be informed of any applicable technical constraints and requirements in order to further develop a site-specific proposal.


City of Rockville: The Mayor and Council of Rockville have developed Priority Initiatives that serve as their work plan for their current term. Beautifying the concrete walls under the railroad tracks at Middle Lane and Park Road is one of these Priority Initiatives. Rockville’s Art in Public Places program was established in 1978 to enhance the physical environment of the City and to promote the general welfare of its residents. http://www.rockvillemd.gov/ 

WMATA: Through its Art in Transit Program, WMATA works with artists, community groups, government agencies and businesses to install artwork that captures the spirit and vitality of the region, making travel by Metro more attractive and inviting. Artwork on display at Metro stations demonstrates Metro’s commitment to innovative design and high-quality public art. http://www.wmata.com/initiatives/art-in-transit/ 

CSXT: CSXT understands the desire of communities to improve the appearance of bridges and other structures. CSXT has worked with many public agencies on various beautification projects, including painting of overhead and undergrade bridges.  


Open to all artists. This Call for Artists is a national call.


The all-inclusive budget is $100,000. Funds must cover design work, engineering, fabrication, delivery, site preparation, installation of the work at the site, as well as other associated expenses including liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, all necessary travel, and the artist’s fee.  

Selection Process

1. Artist submits materials of previous work for review.
2. Art Review Panel reviews applicants’ portfolios and selects finalists.  This panel is composed of representatives from the:
a. East Rockville Civic Association
b. Lincoln Park Civic Association
c. City of Rockville’s Cultural Arts Commission
d. VisArts
g. Americans for the Arts
3. Selection of three finalists based on each artist’s portfolio is anticipated.
4. Finalists will be provided more detailed information on the project and a $1,000 stipend to develop a site-specific proposal.
5. Site-specific proposals are presented to the Art Review Panel. The city will provide travel fees to present proposals. More information will be provided to the three finalists at the time of their selection.
6. Art Review Panel develops recommendation for selection of one artist.
7. WMATA and CSXT review the site-specific proposal of the recommended artist for their agency’s approval.
8. Upon receipt of the approvals of WMATA and CSXT, the Cultural Arts Commission is presented the recommended site-specific proposal and makes an independent recommendation.
9. Recommendations from the Art Review Panel and the Cultural Arts Commission are presented to the City of Rockville Mayor and Council for consideration and final award of the public art commission. NOTE: The selection of an artist’s design proposal is wholly within the discretion of the Mayor and Council of Rockville.  The City of Rockville reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the proposals for any or no reason, and is under no obligation to commission a work of art from any submitted proposal.
10. Selected artist is contracted through the City of Rockville.


Application Deadline - Friday, March 30, 2018 
Finalists Announcement - Friday, April 27, 2018 
Presentation of Proposals to Art Review Panel by Finalists - Week of June 25, 2018 

The City of Rockville reserves the right to adjust this timetable as required during this Call to Artists submission process.

Application procedures

All materials will be submitted online (please follow instruction below).  Hand-delivered or mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. Only online submissions will be considered for review. 
Additionally, interested artists MUST submit the following materials to be considered:

• Up to 10 digital images along with a short application form, a one-page list of the images specifying the title, media, location and year created for each work of art, a bio/CV, and brief artist statement.
• A list of no more than five recent public art commissions, and a reference/contact person and their phone number for each project.
• All artists interested in being considered for the project must apply through this online form.

Submissions must be complete by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018.

For more information:
 Learn More About the Underpass at Park Road Art Project

Contact Arts Programs Supervisor Betty Wisda at 240-314-8681 or bwisda@rockvillemd.gov.

Ends on March 20, 2018$15.00
VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a six month Studio Fellowship at VisArts at Rockville. The Studio Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. Artists receive a $500.00 per month stipend. The Studio Fellowship offers the gift of time and space to two artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The VisArts Studio Fellows will present their work in solo exhibitions at the end of their respective fellowships. 

Admission to the VisArts Studio Fellowship is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of artists and art professionals. Panelists include painters, sculptors, film and video artists, photographers, installation artists, inter-disciplinary artists, and independent curators. The admission panel is rotated regularly. 

VisArts is an independent non-profit art center located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, a thriving gathering place for the local community. VisArts presents exhibitions of contemporary emerging and established artists in four galleries, an Emerging Curator Program, a Studio Artist Program, and an Art Education Program making it an active and important presence in the greater metropolitan arts community. Rockville offers easy access to public transit to Washington, D.C. via the Red Line Metro, an excellent bus system, bike trails, and parking.

The VisArts Studio Fellowship does not provide housing for artists. Please contact VisArts directly for resources regarding housing during the residency period.

Terms of Residency:

  •  Qualified applicants are professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the   age of 18; the program is not designed for program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.
  • Artists working in all media are welcome to apply, but VisArts cannot support the use of hazardous materials that require specific ventilation requirements.
  • The studio may be used only for art-making activities.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow will be provided with a 169 square foot studio, free of charge, for a period of six months. Each studio is equipped with a sink, Wi-Fi connection and abundant natural light. Studio access is 24/7 except during special VisArts events (advance notice will be given). The artist must provide his/her own studio furniture.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow is responsible for maintaining the studio in a safe and reasonably tidy manner, and will not make alterations to the space without permission.  The artist must leave the studio in the state in which it was found and remove all belongings at the end of the fellowship.
  • The VisArts Studio Fellow is responsible for acquisition, insurance, and care of his/her materials and equipment. Artists who wish to have kilns and other equipment that create additional electrical use must obtain permission for each piece of equipment that they wish to use in their studios.  

The VisArts Studio Fellow will participate in the following: 

  • Work in the studio at VisArts for a minimum of 28 hours/week.
  • VisArts Studio Fellows are expected to participate in the VisArts Studio Artist Program that meets monthly to share food, ideas, community, and professional development. 
  • Welcome the public during exhibition opening receptions or at scheduled Open Studio events.
  • Attend artist talks and gallery opening receptions.
  • Present an artist talk, workshop, screening, and/or other mutually agreed upon public event that engages the VisArts and greater Rockville communities and resources.
  • Present a solo exhibition of work at VisArts.

Application and Selection Process

Required materials include:

Application Materials:

  • Images:  Submit 10 images of work produced during the last four years. Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs and time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total). *For collaborative teams, 10 images of collaborative work are required as well as a statement of the collaborative nature of the work. *Two minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work.  Artists may choose to include links to Vimeo or You Tube public accounts for time-based work samples.
  • Image Requirements: You may submit up to 10 images. They must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format. Minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Maximum file size 5MB per image. Files must be labeled in the following way: first name last name-title of artwork-1.ext, first name last name-title of artwork-2.ext, etc. The file number corresponds with the number on the list of works. (Ex. John Doe-Untitled-1.jpg) 
  • List of Works Form- Numbered list of artworks with the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, dimensions, a description of artwork is optional.
  • Resume/CV
  • Artist Bio (200 word max.)- Third-person paragraph highlighting your professional achievements.
  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)
  • References- Provide contact information for two references who can address your work as an artist.
  • Fellowship Proposal: 
    • Describe your goals for the fellowship, and how you might engage with the community or use community resources. You may include a drawing or representative images to help describe your specific proposal. (250 words max.)
  • Please indicate preferred residency dates (first and second choice):

                         _____ June 7 - December 5, 2018

                         _____ December 10, 2018 - June 5, 2019

  • $15 application fee

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

 About VisArts

Transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts.

From our beginning in 1987 as Rockville Arts Place operating in a converted garage to our current contemporary, state of the art facility in Rockville Town Square, VisArts has served local residents, students, art lovers, professional artists and others with an interest in the arts. Each year, VisArts welcomes more than 25,000 visitors through our doors to participate in art education classes and camp programs, attend events in our Buchanan Room, visit one of our four galleries or observe our studio artists on our second floor Artist Concourse.


Ends on December 12, 2018$15.00
Independent curators or representatives of artist guilds or groups may submit unsolicited curatorial project proposals for exhibitions in the Gibbs Street, Kaplan and/or Common Ground Galleries. The proposal must be a clear, well-written description of the curatorial project including the artists that will be presented in the show. 

Up to five images are required and may include proposed installation drawings.

Submissions will be reviewed every December.

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Exhibition plans are made 2 years in advance.

Incomplete submission packages will not be reviewed.

Curators or artist groups/guilds who have organized an exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to submit a curatorial proposal.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018 at midnight (EST)

*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Ends on March 2, 2018

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors an art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in high schools in each congressional district nationwide. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.


High school students from the 8th District of Maryland, represented by Congressman Jamie Raskin, are eligible to submit entries for this juried exhibition. Selected entries will be exhibited at VisArts,155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850 from March 16, 2018 through April 1, 2018 with a reception on Saturday, March 17th from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. 


Congressman Raskin will host this reception to underscore the importance of arts education in high schools, showcase the exhibition, honor all artists and announce awards. The grand prize winning entry from the district will hang in the House of Representatives' Cannon Tunnel for the duration of the Congressional Art Competition exhibit. 


The submission deadline is March 2, 2018. Every student may submit one piece.  Submissions will only be accepted online.

If you have questions or require additional assistance, please contact Nina Weisbroth in Congressman Raskin’s District Office at 301-254-1000 or nina.weisbroth@mail.house.gov.


Submitted artwork must conform to these restrictions:

See the Rules and Regulations for Students and Teachers for complete instructions (please note that rules for 2018’s competition will be identical to the 2017 rules).

·        Applicant must be a current high school student living in Maryland’s 8th District.

·        Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.

·        Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

·        Artwork must be two-dimensional.

·        Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
    • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
    • Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
    • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
    • Collages (must be two dimensional)
    • Computer-generated art
    • Photographs



Requirements for Work Selected for Exhibition:

 Selection for display of student artwork at Congressman Raskin’s exhibition will be announced no later than March 8, 2018.

·        Artwork submitted for exhibition MUST be accompanied by a completed Student Information & Submission Form. “Completed” means the form must include all information and signatures from student, parent/guardian and art teacher.

·        Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

·        Artwork can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and must not weigh more than 15 pounds when framed.

·        Artwork must be enhanced and protected by a sturdy frame and wired for hanging.

·        Frames must be made of wood or metal.
    • No plastic “snap on” frames or metal frames that can easily come apart are to be used.
    • Two sturdy eye hooks or the equivalent must be attached at the top right and left sides of the back of the frame for hanging to prevent the work from leaning forward or hanging unevenly. Place wire between the hooks for hanging at the district exhibition.

·        Please indicate which side is up by marking arrows pointing towards the top on the back.

·        Using the largest label you have available, type this information and securely apply to the back of the piece:
    • Student Name:
    • Address:
    • Phone Number:
    • Email Address: 
    • Title:  
    • Medium: 
    • Member’s Name: Congressman Jamie Raskin
    • State and District: MD-08

·        All artwork, except paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas, must be protected by Plexiglas or glass. Plexiglas is preferred.


Artwork selected for exhibition must be dropped off in advance.  Dates, times and locations for drop off include: 

Saturday, March 10, 2018
From 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at:
  • Carroll County Arts Center: 91 W Main St, Westminster, MD 21157
  • Frederick Arts Council: 11 W Patrick St, Ste 201, Frederick, MD 21701
From 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. at:
  • VisArts: 155 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850
Sunday, March 11, 2018
From 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. at:
  • VisArts: 155 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850
Monday, March 12, 2018
From 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. at:
  • VisArts: 155 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

Don’t forget: Artwork submitted for exhibition MUST be accompanied by a completed Student Information & Submission Form. “Completed” means the form must include all information and signatures from student, parent/guardian and art teacher.