Arts center


Howard County Center for the Arts

8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-ARTS (2787), or

The Howard County Center for the Arts houses visual arts studies, classrooms, black box theatre, meeting space for affiliated arts organizations and space for resident art groups in its 27,000-square-foot facility.

Participating music groups include the Howard County Regional Youth Orchestra, which conducts weekly rehearsals in the theater from September through June.

HCCA offers year-round classes in the visual, performing and literary arts for students of all ages. The spring session runs from April 21 through June 14.

Classes for adults include acrylic painting, beginning drawing, beginning oil painting, Artists Dialogue Workshop, No Boundaries Musical Theater Program for young adults with disabilities, portrait model studios, and life drawing/painting model studios.

The center also offers children's art classes such as art for homeschoolers, cartooning, clay animation and drawing and painted mixed media skills, as well as dance classes.

The summer arts camp holds several sessions. The June mini-session meets June 23-27; Session I is July 7-July 18; Session II is July 21-Aug. 1; Session III is Aug. 4-16; and the August mini-session is Aug. 18-22.

The center features about 680 artists each year in its gallery program. Exhibits change every eight weeks. A reception is held for each new exhibit.

Artists are primarily from Maryland and the District of Columbia. Shows range from one artist to a partnership with the Howard County Department of Education, which juries a show of student work from kindergarten through 12th grade. The works are showcased at the center each year for six weeks.

Exhibit schedule:

The 19th Annual HCCA Resident Artists' Exhibit from May 12 through June 20 in Gallery I. The exhibit will feature the works of 14 resident, visual artists in such diverse media as drawing, painting, collage, glass and sculpture. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 15.

Unity Baptist from May 12 through June 20 in Gallery II. The art installation by resident artist Leah Taylor explores how music, dance and visual art are used to help sustain faith.

Maryland Photographic Alliance Juried Exhibit from July 8 through Aug. 15 in Gallery I. The exhibit features photographs of Ellicott City.

No Boundaries from July 8 through Aug. 15, in Gallery II. The multimedia exhibit features artwork by teen-agers and adults with disabilities and is presented in partnership with Howard County Recreation and Parks, Therapeutic Section.

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