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The Arts and Humanities Council for Montgomery County (AHCMC), Montgomery County’s designated local arts agency, administers the Montgomery County Public Art Trust – the county’s central program for managing and commissioning all public art on County-owned property. The mission of the Public Arts Trust is to build and inspire communities through place-making, to nurture artists engaged in public art, and care for the County’s extensive collection of public art. Montgomery County’s public art collection includes 868 works of art, including works on paper and sculpture/murals.
The Contemporary Works on Paper Collection was launched in 1975 with the intent to encourage and support the visual arts in Montgomery County both by the purchase and exhibition of local artists’ works.  Major prints by members of the Washington Color School including Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring and Sam Gilliam were added, thus placing area artists within the perspective of artists of national reputation. This collection has grown to more than 500 artworks and consists of drawings, paintings, lithographs and more, and is exhibited in public buildings throughout the County and rotated periodically.


The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust are issuing a call for art for The Contemporary Works on Paper Collectionwith new acquisitions from artists living in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington area.  Artwork in this collection is owned by Montgomery County under the County’s Public Art Trust programand loaned to County agencies for exhibition in public buildings.

This call is specifically for the purchase of original and unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style. These works may include, but are not limited to, paintings in various media, drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media, and limited edition prints.  These artworks should help create inspiring spaces that foster innovation, creative excellence and personal reflection. The Public Art Trust is especially interested in artworks that reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County. 

There is no entry fee for this call for art. Please scroll to the bottom of this webpage to begin the application.

The entire call-for-art may be read and downloaded here: The Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Call for Art

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019, 11:59 pm
This call is open to artists and artist representatives in Montgomery County and the Washington Metropolitan area. There is no fee to submit and no expenses by artists responding to this call will be reimbursed. Original works on paper at various price points not to exceed $1,500 per are eligible. An artist may make no more than five (5) submissions to this call and each submission will be considered for selection. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Using the application form please upload the following required documents

  • Artist Statement, Artist Resume and List of Artworks:  3 file maximum. Artist Statement may not exceed one page.  The numbered list of submitted artworks must include the following information: artist name, title of artwork, year, media, dimensions (unframed), price and edition number (if applicable). price shall reflect a 20% discount.    
  • Images: High quality JPEG image files are preferred; professionally taken photographs of the artwork may be submitted.

All entries must be submitted online at http://kramergallery.submittable.com/submit by April 26, 2019 at 11:59pm. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or evaluated.
For additional information, or for interested artists needing additional assistance, please contact publicart@creativemoco.com or (301) 565-3805

Montgomery County Public Art Trust