Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Past Exhibitions

Gallery Hours: 10 am-5 pm, seven days a week.

June 3-25, 2017 Public Reception: Friday, June 9, 7-9 pm
Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Lori Ulmer-HansonResident Artist Gallery

Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s exquisite forms exemplify her artistic expression, which evokes strong emotions in art lovers of all genres. Working in a diverse array of media including hand-sculpted raku clay, wood, stone, and metal sculptures, she recently added acrylic paintings and welding to her portfolio. Collectors around the world appreciate her raku and bronze sculptures. The female form is a dominant theme in her work, capturing its beauty and elegance in unique and compelling representations. Ulmer-Hanson's formal training began at Sam Houston State University, where she received her BFA specializing in sculpture. She continues her studies in ceramics and graphic arts/film editing. She continues to exhibit in juried, invitational, and one-woman shows and galleries. A former member of the Houston Art League and Rockport Center for the Arts, she has been involved with the Waco Center for the Arts' Open Door Show.

May 6-28, 2017 Public Reception: Saturday, May 6, 2-4 pm
David Brosch

David BroschDavid Brosch received his BFA from the University of Maryland College Park, where he concentrated in printmaking. Upon graduation, he continued painting and drawing but lacked a facility to enable him to do printmaking. Enrolling in a class at Montpelier Arts Center in the early 90s, he applied for an open space in the printmaking studio. Brosch juried in and has been a resident artist ever since, as well as printmaking teacher at the Arts Center. Several of his students have also continued the tradition, becoming resident artists themselves. Brosch’s preferred methods of printmaking are intaglio and linocut, where the image created on the plate or block is the negative or reverse of the final printed artwork. Brosch enjoys this challenge of “thinking backwards” as well as the experimental process of printmaking. In a world that is becoming increasingly noisy and conflict-filled, Brosch seeks quiet and beauty in the people around him, in his community, and in the places he has visited.

April 8-30, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, April 8, 2-4 pm
Barbara Talbott

Barbara TalbottResident Artist Gallery

After 30 years as an advertising photographer, graphic designer and computer illustrator, Talbott brings this experience into her work. While at MICA, she studied the textural works of Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Frank Stella. The way these artists handled materials and created work so tactile made a distinct impression. It is the need to replicate the texture and surface of life that propels her to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes.

Saturday, April 8, 2 pm
Ellen Cornett

Ellen CornettLibrary Gallery

Ellen Cornett’s charcoal and graphite drawings reveal the humorous and serious, often tragic undertones of fairy and folk tales. By using well-recognized sources, she manipulates characters into odd vignettes of conflict, misunderstanding, and relationships gone awry. In addition to these finished pieces, Cornett will create a large charcoal drawing on paper along the gallery wall aligning with other pieces in the show—a little whimsical, a little challenging, and a little dark. Visit her in the gallery to discuss and see the work in progress. She will also be documenting her process with daily reports on her blog and social media.

April 2 – May 28, 2017 Public Reception: Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm
Substrates

SubstratesMain Gallery

Artists explore drawing and painting on non-traditional surfaces such as cardboard, fabric, ceramic, and other unique supports.

Image: Sasha Baskin

March 10 – April 2, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, March 12, 2-4 pm
48th Annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery

Organized by the Laurel Art Guild, this annual exhibit is juried by a regional professional and showcases works by artists ages 18 & older who live in the Washington metropolitan area, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, collages, and more.

March 10-31, 2017 Public Reception & Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 11, 1-3 pm
Fifth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition

Fifth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen ExhibitionLibrary & Resident Artist Galleries

Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals. In honor of National Youth Art Month, Montpelier spotlights teens (ages 13-18) in the Washington metropolitan area and their talents in the visual arts.

Image: "Trashy" by Jessica Lee, First Place Winner of the Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition, 2015

January 23 – February 28, 2017 Public Reception: Sunday, January 29, 2-4 pm
“Shout For Joy”: African American Sacred Music Traditions

Black History Month Exhibition

Main, Library, and Resident Artist Galleries

The 2017 Black History Month exhibition examines the development of sacred music within the African American community. Through the stories behind the creation of spirituals, hymns, and gospel music, this exhibit uncovers the tremendous importance of sacred music in the black community beginning in West Africa and extending to the 21st century. Simultaneously, the exhibit highlights the important contributions made by Prince Georgians in the realm of black sacred music as vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, and more.


December 3-31, 2016 Public Reception: December 4, 1-3 pm
Annual Holiday Group Show

From sculpture, painting, and printmaking to rug hooking, jewelry, and mixed media, Montpelier Arts Center’s resident artists showcase their work in this group holiday exhibition. Join us December 4th for the reception and our Annual Holiday Open House, then visit the artists in their studios to see where and how they create!

November 6 – December 31, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-9 pm
Single Lens Reflex-tions Exhibition

Single Lens Reflex-tions ExhibitionThis exhibition features the work of documentary photographers turning the “lens” towards a personal project of their family, surroundings, or themselves. Bill Crandall’s “Fairy Tales from the Fault Lines” project is a dream-like vision of DC neighborhoods through the lens of a native Washingtonian. Away from the monuments, Crandall takes an unexpectedly poetic, personal view of life in the changing urban landscape, especially along the shifting central “fault lines” of a long-divided city. As an immigrant to the United States, Gabriela Bulisova has a complicated relationship with her native Czechoslovakia, returning at least once a year to visit her family in her mother’s hometown; a small village of 800 people in southern Slovakia called Chl’aba. Along the way, she began a very personal project in collaboration with fellow photographer, Mark Isaac, which documents her family’s life and the village around them.

November 5-27, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-9 pm
Patricia Phillips Bowden

Patricia Phillips BowdenPatricia Phillips Bowden, who holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, continues her explorations of art through paintings on a variety of surfaces and through the creation of mixed media pieces. Using a vast collection of found objects gathered over the years, she finds they inspire her work by their craftsmanship, design, and surface changes such as the effects of rust or being crushed. Using pieces of these objects, Bowden repurposes them into a new, interesting, and more exciting presentation. The tactile quality of oil painting appeals to her for its textural possibilities as well as its viscosity and vibrancy of color.


November 5 – December 31, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, November 18, 7-9 pm
"Urban Color" by Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser

"Urban Color" by Susan Stregack and Rollin FraserLibrary Gallery

When the colors of light combine, a strong white light emerges. Yet, that light cannot exist without its component parts. Susan Stregack and Rollin Fraser have chosen to isolate these parts, sometimes as very small pieces of the whole as they are found in an urban setting. For this photographic duo, Arthur Miller sums it up best in his brilliant play, Death of a Salesman: “…attention must be paid.”

October 1-30, 2016 Public Reception: Sunday, October 2, 1-3 pm
Patrick Cromwell

Patrick CromwellResident Artist Gallery

While studying architecture at Yale University in the 90s, Patrick “Mackie” Cromwell first began experimenting with intaglio metal plates. Decades later, in looking for a printmaking studio, he found David Brosch, a resident artist and printmaking instructor at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Through classes with Brosch, he expanded his techniques which enhanced his love of the chance nature of printmaking. Sometimes he may start with an idea or inspiration—a nighttime shadow on the wall, a light at the end of a tunnel, or the texture of a metal chair—but his instinct is the guiding force behind his artwork. Experimenting with aquatints, glue, spray paint, drypoint, paper maché, wet colored tissue paper, and sharpies, Cromwell often sees different objects and places after a print has been run. He delights in these “happy accidents” that express his “waking dreams.” Influenced by the work of M.C. Escher, Cromwell finds the creative process helps him discover and connect to his interior life.

After the reception, enjoy a classical recital by Peter Pakhomkin on guitar at 3 pm.

September 9 – October 30, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm
"Home, Again": The 28th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition 2016

"Home, Again": The 28th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition 2016Main Gallery

The population of Prince George's County ebbs and flows like the rivers that flow along and through its boundaries. Due to educational aspirations, military service, and/or familial obligations, citizens of Prince George's County often find themselves filled with nostalgic memories of home or excitement of returning to a place "filled with love and affection." Artists featured in Home, Again focus on innovation (new materials and techniques or new twists on traditional styles), process, and transformation. All artists live, work, and/or have their studios in Prince George’s County, MD.

September 3 – October 30, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm
Allen Linder

Allen LinderLibrary Gallery

Motivated by mystery, Allen Linder’s drawings are a record of his search for and revelation of his imagination. As described by one curator, “They are improbable inventions tethered to a reality created in the act of making.” For over 30 years, Linder was a sculptor. When he began drawing, his impulse was to describe form; to create the illusion of form through light and dark. Pen on paper makes a mark. Marks build into suggestive patterns, textures, layers, and movements. The play of light and dark creates the illusion of form. Forms emerge and dissolve into light, dark, and one another. He works from all points of view until up and down suggest themselves and he sees something he knows but has never seen before. Instead of questioning the origin or implications of his drawings, he only wants to enjoy their mystery.

September 3-25, 2016 Public Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm
Steven Williams

Steven WilliamsResident Artist Gallery

Inspired by everything from classic science fiction to found objects, Steven Williams uses a process of intuition, accident, and chance. His mixed media works meet at the intersection of surrealism and abstraction.

June 10 – July 31, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: Spatial Interpretation

Main Gallery

Various artists are invited to create site specific installation work in response to the gallery space.

June 10 – July 31, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
Kevin Rohde

Kevin RohdeLibrary Gallery

In this body of work composed of ceramic figurative sculptures, Kevin Rohde examines our relationship with clothing, and its use as a symbol to question ideas of consumerism, classicism, and societal development.

The similarities between the fiber of fabric and the fiber of muscle blur and become interchangeable, questioning our relationship to the natural world. Darkness, humor, and hope all play their part to express a truth of our culture.

May 29 – June 26, 2016 Reception: Friday, June 10, 7-9 pm
Melissa Burley

Melissa BurleyMelissa Burley combines recycled items that may include metal, glass blocks containing colored water, test tubes, furniture parts, lab glass and bottles, automobile and bicycle components and then illuminates them with halogen or LED lighting.

The ultimate goal of her work is to elevate both man-made and recycled materials to a level that suggests that there is beauty in life after death and open the eyes of others to consider his or her role in the preservation of our earth.

April 30 – May 22, 2016 Reception: Sunday, May 15, 2-4 pm
"LESS IS MORE" by Judith Kornett

"LESS IS MORE" by Judith KornettResident Artist Gallery

The title of this exhibition, "LESS IS MORE," is reflective of Judith Kornett’s intention to create sculptures that are fewer in number but deeper in content.

Thematically the pieces in this show express the belief that less violence will create a more peaceful world. Kornett has invited others to create small works of art to be included in an installation that will be the exhibition’s titular piece.

Proceeds from the sale of this installation, or parts thereof will be donated directly to organizations or services that offer aid to victims of violence.

April 9 – May 29, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Dominie Nash

Dominie NashLibrary Gallery

Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth.

Paying special attention to the coloring and patterning of fabrics, the uneven and serendipitous results contribute to the spontaneity and expressiveness of the work, even though the composition may be planned in advance.

Using both abstract and representational forms, Nash invites the viewer to return and see different things at each viewing.

April 9 – May 29, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger

Cianne Fragione and Seth AdelsbergerMain Gallery

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger push the limits of their respective media to reveal the immediacy and spontaneity involved in the creative process.

Using paint, textiles, paper, and assemblage, Fragione creates work that combines three narrative elements: her childhood growing up in an Italian immigrant neighborhood in Connecticut, her previous dance career in ballet and jazz, and her visual art training in the San Francisco Bay Area during the beat and funk movement.

Baltimore-based artist Seth Adelsberger questions traditional notions of painting and printmaking through the use of unusual materials and rearrangement of the standard steps in artmaking.

"[Adelsberger’s] work is very strong visually and aesthetically. His paintings really grab your eye. But they're also very interesting conceptually and historically. They relate back to artworks done in the late 1950s and 1960s by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Frank Stella, and that gives what Seth is doing a lot of heft." ---Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art

Images by Seth Adelsberger (left) and Cianne Fragione (right)


April 3 – 24, 2016 Reception: Saturday, April 9, 1-3 pm
Irene Sylvester

Irene SylvesterResident Artist Gallery

Irene Sylvester continues her exploration of the planets with multimedia abstractions of Deep Space.

March 10-28, 2016, 10 am-5 pm Reception & Award Ceremony: Saturday, March 12, 1-3 pm
Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition

Fourth Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen ExhibitionLibrary & Resident Artist Gallery

Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals.

In honor of National Youth Art Month, Montpelier spotlights teens (ages 13-18) in the Washington metropolitan area and their talents in the visual arts. To apply, go to montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.

Deadline for online submissions: Friday, January 15, 2016, 11:59 pm. For more information, contact staff at montpelier.arts@pgparks.com or (301) 377-7800 for a prospectus.

Image: "Emidee" by Emily Dobbs, First Place Winner of the Third Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition, 2015

March 6-28, 2016 Reception: Sunday, March 6, 2-4 pm
47th Annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery

Organized by the Laurel Art Guild, this annual exhibit is juried by a regional professional and showcases works by artists ages 18 & older who live in the Washington metropolitan area, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, collages, and more.

January 9 – February 28, 2016 Reception: Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm
Black History Month Exhibition | Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones

Black History Month Exhibition | Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones Main & Resident Artist Galleries

Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this exhibition celebrating African American heritage and identity. Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns share their insights about identity through the media of painting and photography. Using historic photos, personal journeys, and portraits, these Baltimore-based artists help the viewer understand the importance of history and identity in contemporary times.

January 9 – February 28, 2016 Reception: Saturday, February 6, 1-3 pm
"Re-Invention" by Winston Harris

"Re-Invention" by Winston HarrisLibrary Gallery

By combining printmaking techniques, digital manipulation, hand-colored processes, and recycled past artwork, Winston Harris seeks to produce images that provoke and promote self-awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

He invites the viewer to consider a variety of themes: how American Jazz might look as visual sound; the unification of different ethnicities; celebrations of commemorative events in American history, especially significant to African American history and culture; and the harmony between nature and spirituality.

In Re-Invention, Harris hopes to promote, motivate, inspire, and educate participants with unique opportunities from both an academic and professional direction.

December 5 – 27, 2015 Reception: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2-4 pm
Annual Holiday Group Show

Resident Artists Gallery

Montpelier Arts Center’s resident artists showcase their work in this group holiday exhibition, highlighting their diversity and talent. From sculptures and painting to printmaking, rug hooking, and jewelry, nearly every media is represented. Join us on December 6th for the reception and our Annual Holiday Open House, then visit the artists in their studios to see where and how they create!

November 7 – 29, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, November 8, 2-4 pm
Sushama Parikh

Sushama ParikhResident Artists Gallery

A practicing artist for 50 years, Sushama Parikh graduated from the J.J. School of Arts in Mumbai, India. She later received her MFA in sculpture at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and finally settled in the United States. Although her primary background is in sculpture, she has exhibited in a variety of media, including batiks. Her recent work includes iridescent ceramic wall tiles, plates, and studies of horses and bulls.

November 7 – December 27, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, November 8, 2-4 pm
Menagerie by Caroline Thorington

Menagerie by Caroline ThoringtonLibrary Gallery

Caroline Thorington’s "Menagerie" includes a compendium of lithographic fine art prints about animals. She drew animals as a child and saw no reason for excluding them as she grew older. Animals creep into her work uninvited and take it over. They make puns and play jokes, hide and make ribald statements. They are animate beings that tell stories, and Thorington only draws them as they want to be: sometimes fantastical beings, other times creatures of legend and myth, and occasionally they are just themselves: frogs, beetles, bulls, rhinoceroses – portraits of living, breathing creatures.

November 7 – December 27, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, December 6, 2-4 pm
All Hung Open Exhibition: Gratitude

All Hung Open Exhibition: GratitudeMain Gallery

In the antithesis of a curated show, artists answer a general call for entries inspired by the theme “Gratitude.” One piece of art per person is accepted and hung until the walls are full. In exchange for this opportunity, Montpelier Arts Center requests a donation of five canned goods that will be donated to a local food pantry. This exhibition is open to all Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia artists, ages 18 & older. For details, please contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800.

October 3 – November 1, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, October 4, 2-4 pm
Montpelier Instructors Showcase

Resident Artists Gallery

For over thirty years, Montpelier Arts Center has provided the residents of Prince George’s County and surrounding areas access to learning from some of the leading artists in their field. From ceramics to printmaking to rug hooking to digital arts to drawing and painting, beginning and experienced students have developed their skills under the guidance and expertise of these instructors. Join us in celebrating our instructors’ works of art that have inspired so many.

September 11 – November 1, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, September 11, 7-9 pm
Chaotic Attractors: Fractal Art of Abdi Darai

Chaotic Attractors: Fractal Art of Abdi DaraiMain Gallery

Abdi Darai combines worlds of geometric constructions, art, and multi-layered structures of nature. By exploring non-linear transformations of iterated function systems, Darai renders beautiful and mysterious images that emerge from dark spaces. These hidden chaotic worlds are revealed through fractional dimensions that exist alongside us unseen, but real, nevertheless. Darai is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia. He designs fractals both as a passion and a scientific pursuit.

September 11 – November 1, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, September 11, 7-9 pm
Unique Visions by Richard Paul Weiblinger

Unique Visions by Richard Paul WeiblingerLibrary Gallery

Through his photographs, Richard Paul Weiblinger reveals a passion for exploring our world by transforming everyday views and objects into art. Preferring subjects that lead to images with chromatic strength, he uses creative lighting to not only illuminate his subjects but also to give them a dream-like, surreal quality that speaks of their subtle elegance.

September 4 – 27, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, September 11, 7-9 pm
Come Together by Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon

Come Together by Linda Bernard and Roslyn LogsdonResident Artists Gallery

For many years, Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon have come together as artists and friends. They have exhibited together at the Montpelier Arts Center where they both have studios and teach. In previous exhibits – "Windows," "Structures," and "Surfaces" – they have picked themes that were explored in their different mediums: clay and fiber. Linda’s explorations for this exhibition are spherical forms and the visual textures of under glazes applied onto her sculptural pieces. Her love of fabric is translated onto other pieces with impressions and under glazes as in quilting patchwork. Roslyn has continued her interest in Gothic arches – forming towering structures in various color studies. In other hooked wall hangings, her people are gathered in groups having lunch, tea, or wine. Another path her work has taken is an abstract study of trees.

July 5 – August 2, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, July 19, 2-4 pm
Rug Hooking Student Show

Rug Hooking Student Show Resident Artists Gallery
The skillful rug hooking students at Montpelier Arts Center transform their unique personal stories into original works of art in this group exhibition. Creative and imaginative, each piece stands as an independent statement.

June 12 – August 2, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm
34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: White Point Studio

34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: White Point StudioMain Gallery
Located in Mount Rainier, MD as part of the Gateway Arts District, White Point Studio was established in 2014 by ceramic sculptor, Laurel Lukaszewski. Serving as both her home studio and the studio of six other professional and emerging artists, this exhibition will showcase their new work in a variety of media ranging from clay installations to psychological clothing to ceramic totem poles.

June 12-August 2, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm
Andrei Trach

Andrei TrachLibrary Gallery
Through the tactile nature of thick, action-filled paint strokes, Andrei Trach expresses moods and ideas through color, texture, and movement. Each work is a distinct orientation, enabling the viewer to see an optical mix of colors and textures. Three-dimensional aspects accent the dramatic and the bold in his paintings, which are a visceral response to and expression of his world.

June 6-28, 2015 Public Reception: Friday, June 12, 7-9 pm
David Brosch

David Brosch Resident Artists Gallery
David Brosch received his BA in fine arts and BS in architecture from the University of Maryland. While his concentration was in printmaking at school, he paints as well today. Regardless of the media, his artwork usually comprises of representational imagery and strong colors.

May 1-31, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2-4 pm
Patricia Phillips Bowden

Patricia Phillips BowdenResident Artist Gallery
Patricia Phillips Bowden, who holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, continues her explorations of art making by utilizing mixed media to create this salon-style exhibition.

April 4-26, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, April 12, 2-4 pm
Patrick Cromwell

Patrick CromwellResident Artist Gallery
Intaglio printmaker Patrick Cromwell presents his first solo show at Montpelier Arts Center with works for his time at Yale University and in the studio at Montpelier.

April 4-May 31, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, April 12, 2-4 pm
"Visages/Vignettes" by Wayson R. Jones

"Visages/Vignettes" by Wayson R. JonesResident Artist Gallery
Wayson R. Jones explores the idea of implicit association between imagery, memory, and emotion through manipulation of texture, shape, and color (or lack thereof). His new work evokes abstracted figures, imaginary landscapes, faces, and objects. They represent the "vignettes": subjective snapshots of events, persons, or objects in motion, and "visages": abstract faces combined with objects that symbolize parts of childhood.

April 4-May 31, 2015 Public Reception: Sunday, April 12, 2-4 pm
Ellyn Weiss

With monoprints, acrylics, encaustic paint, oil bars, other media, Ellyn Weiss strives to create art that speaks directly to the heart without mediation or explanation.

March 7-29, 2015 Reception: Sunday, March 8, 2-4 pm
46th Annual Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Organized by the Laurel Art Guild, this annual exhibit is juried by a regional professional and showcases works by artists 18 & older who live in the Washington metropolitan area, and includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, collages and more.

March 7-29, 2015 Public Reception: Saturday, March 7, 1-3 pm
Third Annual Artists on the Rise: Juried Teen Exhibition

Library and Resident Artist Galleries
Celebrate Youth Art Month
Montpelier Arts Center strives to foster a positive, creative environment in which young and emerging artists realize their full potential as creative individuals. In honor of National Youth Art Month, Montpelier presents this juried exhibition spotlighting teens (ages 13-18) in the Washington metropolitan area and their talents in the visual arts.


December 6-28, 2014
Annual Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2-4 pm
Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibition organized by the Patuxent Art League showcases work from artists 18 and older who live in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia; it includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, and more.


December 6-28, 2014
Annual Holiday Group Show

Resident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2-4 pm
The resident artists at Montpelier Arts Center showcase their work in this group holiday exhibition, highlighting their diversity and talent.


November 2-30, 2014
Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Lori Ulmer-HansonResident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, November 2, 2-4 pm
Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s debut solo exhibition at Montpelier displays current works that reflect a passion for creating faces and figurative forms using a diverse array of media, provoking different moods—sometimes with laughter, and other times, with quiet force.


November 2-30, 2014
All Hung Open Exhibition

Main Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, November 2, 2-4 pm
In the antithesis of a curated show, artists answer a general call for entries, and every piece of art is accepted and hung until the walls are full. This exhibition is open to all Maryland, D.C., and Virginia artists, ages 18 & up. To receive a prospectus, contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800.


November 2 – December 28, 2014
Megan Van Wagoner: Comforts of Home

Megan Van Wagoner:  Comforts of HomePublic Reception: Sunday, November 2, 2-4 pm
Van Wagoner’s sculptural work captures moments in a narrative and expresses them as artifacts that reminisce weekends on dairy farms and amongst rolling fields on corn. In this series of current works made from steel, cast aluminum, cast iron, blown glass, clay, and other materials, Comforts of Home reflects the changing value placed on land, agricultural practices and food in our culture.

The Library Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center showcases local artists selected by a juror. John Paradiso, program manager at the 39th Street Gallery and facility manager of the Gateway Arts Center in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, served as the juror for the 2014-2015 Library Gallery Competition.

October 4-27, 2013
Karen Miller & Sushama Parikh

Resident Artist Gallery
October 4-27, 2013
Reception: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2 pm
Fine jewelry designs by Karen Mesinger Miller, and iridescent ceramic sculptures and wall tiles by Sushama Parikh complement each other in the joint exhibition of works by these Montpelier studio artists.


October 3-26, 2014
Barbara Talbott: Tarnished

Barbara Talbott:  TarnishedResident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2-4 pm
The need to replicate the texture and surface of an object propels Barbara Talbott to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes. In Tarnished, every dent, every scratch, every layer of patina builds on each other to create the fabric of the surface. It tells the story of a life lived.


September 6-29, 2013
Patricia Phillips Bowden

Patricia Phillips BowdenResident Artist Gallery
September 6-29, 2013
Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2013
This body of mixed media work from en plein air painter Patricia Bowden reveals her three-dimensional side using found objects collected over many years.


Saturday, September 6, 10 am
Kyle Bauer

Kyle BauerLibrary Gallery
September 6-October 27, 2013
Reception: Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2 pm
Bauer composes mixed media sculptures by reducing objects to simple form that convey balance, tension and control, alluding to one’s continual journey in self-discovery.


September 5-October 26, 2014
David Daniels

David DanielsMain Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, September 5, 7-9 pm
Nationally recognized watercolorist and former botanist David Daniels brings a unique personal sense of composition and color to watercolor, revealing the natural world through light and color, soaring with the delight he finds in the wonder of nature. His bold, impressionistic style gives freshness to the beauty of nature, and his inspired sense of color reveals his love and reverence for nature in his work.


September 5 – October 26, 2014
Stephen Boocks: Play

Stephen Boocks:  PlayLibrary Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, September 5, 2014, 7-9 pm
Play, a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings and works on paper, is the logical convergence of art and music, Boocks’ two life-long passions. Works are accompanied by music that shares the same compositional structure as the painting. Through manipulation of tempo and effects processing, the music slowly changes over time. Boocks’ paintings investigate the viewer’s response to both the paintings and the music.

The Library Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center showcases local artists selected by a juror. John Paradiso, program manager at the 39th Street Gallery and facility manager of the Gateway Arts Center in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, served as the juror for the 2014-2015 Library Gallery Competition.

September 5-28, 2014
Steven Williams

Steven WilliamsResident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, September 5, 7-9 pm
Williams draws, paints, and constructs paintings, which depend on elements of surprise and surrealism to inject humor into what would otherwise be a relentless descent into the shadow side of human life.


June 12-August 17, 2014
Elizabeth Burger

Elizabeth BurgerArtist Talk: Sunday, August 3, 1 pm

Shaped by materials found in her immediate environment, Burger's work is a reflection of her interest in how e relate to our natural world.

June 12-August 3, 2014
33rd Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition--Washington Sculptors Group

Public Reception: Friday, June 20, 2014, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1 pm
"Exploring Materials, Methods and Meaning"

The Washington Sculptors Group is a non-profit corporation founded in 1984 to promote awareness and understanding of sculpture, and to foster the exchange of ideas among sculptors, collectors and the general public.

April 3-June 1, 2014
Elizabeth Burger

Main Gallery

June 12-August 17, 2014
Public Reception: Friday, June 20, 7-9 pm

Shaped by materials found in her immediate environment, Burger's work is a reflection of her interest in how we relate to our natural world.

Thursday, June 12, 9 am
Melissa Burley

Resident Artist Gallery

June 12-August 3, 2014
Public Reception: Friday, June 20, 7-9 pm

Melissa Burley exhibits new sculpture, recycled from found objects, and transformed into an exciting, new experience in sculpture.

Friday, May 2, 9 am
Irene Sylvester

Resident Artist Gallery

May 2-June 1, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, May 4, 2-4 pm

Longtime resident artist Irene Syslvester creates water media collages exploring space and the universe in a new way.

April 7-June 1, 2014
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Joseph Corcoran

Main Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2-4 pm
Katherine Mann's paintings carefully balance fluidity and congestion, while Joseph Corcoran's sculptures explore the transmission, reflection and diffusion of light through glass. In this exhibition, the two artists come together to create collaborative works juxtaposing their two very different mediums--paper and glass. Combining exuberant abstract painting, detailed drawing, and blown and manipulated glass forms, these collaborative abstract pieces explore ideas of lenses, light and visual warpage.

April 4-27, 2014
Sahomi Naka

Resident Artist Gallery

April 4-27, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2-4 pm

Montpelier resident printmaker Sahomi Naka expirments with different approaches and techniques to printmaking. She uses traditional printmaking methods in new hybrid ways.

April 3-June 1, 2014
Janet Matthews

April 3-June 1, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2-4 pm

Using the camera as a mediator, fine art photographer Janet Matthews develops a relationship with the carnival community and brings audiences into the experience.

March 2-30, 2014
45th Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, March 9, 2014, 2-4 pm
Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibit showcases works by artists 18 years and older who live in the Washington metropolitan area; includes paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, collage and more.

March 2-30, 2014
Artists on the Rise: Second Annual Juried Teen Exhibition

Celebrate Youth Art Month
March 2-30, 2014
Reception: Sunday, March 9, 2-4 pm
Library and Resident Artist Galleries

This juried exhibition is open to all DC, VA, and MD area teen ages 13-18 and will showcase their talents in the visual arts.

January 10-February 26
Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life

January 10-February 26
Public Reception: Sunday, February 9, 2-4 pm
Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this anthological exhibition of work from artists Michael Booker, Wayson R. Jones, Jacqueline Lee, Amira Rasayon, Ellington Robinson, Charles Sessoms, Valerie Watson, and Curtis Woody, whose work tells the story of the rich and complex story of black life. The featured artists combine mixed and/or multimedia techniques to present original works of art, spanning media from watercolor and collage to audio and video recording.

January 10-February 24, 2014 Public Reception: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2-4 pm
Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life Within Prince George's County

The exhibition depicts the rich and complex story of life in Prince George's County through works by artists 18 and older. Featured artists combine mixed and/or multimedia techniques to stretch the limits of their media and present thoughtful and innovative works of art.

December 3-28, 2012
Montpelier Resident Artist Group Show

Resident artists will showcase their work in this group exhibition, highlighting their diversity and talent.

November 5-December 27, 2013
Matthew McConville

Matthew McConvilleLibrary Gallery
November 5-December 27, 2013
Reception: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3-5 pm
The artist digs into the relationship between human chaotic force and natural wilderness by combining traditional still life and landscape painting.


November 4-December 1, 2013
Hiroshima Schoolyard

Main Gallery
November 4-December 1, 2013
Reception: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3-5 pm
Film: Sunday, November 24, 2013, 1 pm
The exhibition highlights extraordinary images created by Hiroshima schoolchildren who faced a truly unbelievable tragedy with unfaltering optimism, and features a screening of the documentary film, Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, directed by Bryan Reichhardt.


Friday, June 21, 6:30 pm
Demonstration at DC Glassworks

5346 46th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

The artists at DC Glassworks and Sculpture studios will give a live demonstration of blowing glass in the Venetian style to make contemporary pieces. using 2,300 degree molten glass from a 600 pound furnace, watch the artists work in teams to create a variety of works in clear and color. Beverages will be provided.

June 13-August 18, 2013
32nd Annual Sculpture Exhibition: DC Glassworks

Main Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk/Luncheon: Sunday, June 16, 12 noon*

DC Glassworks will show contemporary work that uses processess such as blown and cast class. Core members and instructors include David D'Orio, Steven Jones, Megan Van Wagoner, Joseph Corcoran, Matt Deal, Leo Lex, Karyne Messina and Patrick Burke.
*Advanced reservations required by Monday, June 10 by calling 301-377-7800.

June 7-August 18, 2013
Jonathan West, Installation/Sculpture

Library Gallery
Public Reception, Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm

In response to human interaction in advances of technology, the artist creates paintings that are sometimes uncomfortable or horrific. These paintings are sympathetic yet striking and provoke thought and compassion.

May 2-June 26, 2013
Judith Kornett

Resident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm

Ceramic figurative sculpture that is wood and raku fired draws an emphasis on texture, color, and detail with psychological and humorous undertones.

April 5-30, 2013
Jacqueline Lee

Jacqueline LeeResident Artist Gallery
Public Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2-4 pm

The exhibit consists of approximately fifteen pieces, a quilt and about fifteen individual photographs. The cornerstone of the exhibit is a photo quilt; it celebrates the lives of amazing black women who have made their mark in history.

April 5-May 27, 2013
Rania Hassan

Rania HassanMain Gallery

Public Reception: Sunday, April 7, 2-4 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 21, 3 pm

Hassan combines knitting and painting to weave sculptural stories of connections to friends, family, and the idea of home.

Friday, March 8-Sunday, March 31, 2013
Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery

Public Reception: Sunday, March 10, 2-4 pm

Juried by a regional professional, this exhibition showcases work from artists who are 18 years and older and live in the Washington metropolitan area, and includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage and more.

January 16-February 26, 2013
Black History Month Exhibition

Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the United States
Public Reception: Sunday, February 3, 2-4 pm

This exhibition highlights African American service ad support of the U.S. Military from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. During this two hundred year period, African Americans have fought, worked and sacrified in support of their country. Fighting on Two Fronts explores their efforts in the changing face of discrimination at home and abroad.

Sunday, December 9-Sunday, December 30, 2012
Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery

Public Reception: Sunday, December 9, 2-4 pm

Juried by two regional professionals, this exhibition showcases work from artists who are 18 years and older and live in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage and more. This year's jurors are Emily S. Conover and Patrick M. Craig.

The postmark deadline for entries is Friday, November 16, 2012. To receive a copy of the call for entry, please send an email to montpelier.arts@pgparks.com.

Friday, November 2, 10 am
Cedric Williams, Mixed Media

Cedric Williams, Mixed MediaLibrary Gallery

Public Reception: Friday, November 2, 7-9 pm

Through mixed media collages, the artist observes the ways in which buildings, sufaces, and structures change upon abandonment.

Friday, November 2-Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Bowie State University Art Faculty Exhibition

Main Gallery
Friday, November 2-Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Public Reception: Friday, November 2, 7-9 pm
The Montpelier Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the fine art faculty of Bowie State University. The exhibition will feature the artwork of professors Phaedra Byrd, Clayton Lang, Gina Lewis, Clark Mester, Yanique Moore, Natalie Thomas-Wade, Doreen Vernon, and Robert Ward.



Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 25, 2012
Steven Williams, Mixed Media

Steven Williams, Mixed MediaResident Artist Gallery
Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 25, 2012
Public Reception: Sunday, November 4, 2-4 pm

Using acrylic paint, found objects and images on masonite, the artist constructs paintings that draw from surrealism and abstraction.

Friday, October 5-Friday, October 26, 2012
Alonzo Davis, Sculpture

Alonzo Davis, SculptureResident Artist Gallery
Friday, October 5-Friday, October 26, 2012
Public Reception: Sunday, October 7, 7-9 pm
Artist Talks and Open Studio: Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2-3 pm

Using bamboo as a framework, the artist’s “Kites” make reference to flight, celebration of the seasons and travel that highlight many cultures. Mr. Davis created this exhibition with the collaboration of Jessica Beels, Bob Donahue, Kay Lindsey, Patricia Steck and Lynn Sylvester.

September 7- October 27
Kayleigh Porter, Ceramics/Sculpture

Kayleigh Porter, Ceramics/SculptureKayleigh Porter, Ceramics/Sculpture
Public Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9 pm
Porter creates ceramic sculptures that reflect organic shapes and the human body.


Friday, September 7-Saturday, October 26, 2012
Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow: See Something, Say Something

Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow:  See Something, Say SomethingMain Gallery
Friday, September 7-Saturday, October 26, 2012
Artist Talk: Friday, September 7, 6 pm
Public Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9 pm

An exhibition of recent paintings by Washington, DC professional artists Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow. Ellyn and Sesow are known internationally for their colorful expressive interpretations of politics and pop culture. With this exhibit, the local artists take aim with their paintbrushes at the lexicon of "See Something, Say Something" and how it has changed the American zeitgeist.

Thursday, September 6-Sunday, September 28, 2012
Irene Sylvester, Watercolor

Irene Sylvester, Watercolor Resident Artist Gallery
Thursday, September 6-Sunday, September 28, 2012
Public Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9 pm

Through the representation of a bird and woman, the artist creates collages that reference the passing of time and placement in the universe.

July 6 - August 12, 2012
Patricia Phillips Bowden

Patricia Phillips BowdenEight x Ten

Montpelier Resident Artist, Patricia Phillips Bowden, makes new acrylic paintings exploring her fascination with miniatures.

June 7 – August 19, 2012 Reception: June 8, 2012, 7-9 PM Luncheon/Lecture: June 7, 2012, noon Reservations Required
31st Annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

31st Annual Montpelier Invitational Sculpture ExhibitionUniversity of Maryland Master of Fine Arts Candidate Sculpture Show

The Montpelier Arts Center is pleased to provide exhibition opportunities for emerging artists. For this year 2012, the Montpelier Invitational Sculpture Exhibition will present works by nine young artists from the University of Maryland Master of Fine Arts degree program.

These artists present a wide variety of unique cultural and visual perspectives and explorations within sculptural media. Artists hail from as far away as France and as close as Baltimore. The media presented is as diverse as their locales, ranging from video installation to recycled objects to fiberglass, plaster, and even cast metal.

Sculptors participating in the exhibition are Michael Booker, Mark Earnhart, Claire Girodie, Felicia Glidden, Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, Peter Karis, Pat McGowan, Lauren Moore, Lauren Little, and Adam Nelson.

A reception will be held in their honor on June 8, 2012 from 7-9pm. On June 7, 2012, Montpelier will host a slide talk with the artists. Lunch will be served at noon, reservations required. The reception and luncheon/lecture are free and open to the public.

June 4 - July 1, 2012 Reception: June 8, 2012, 7-9 PM
Melissa Burley

Melissa BurleyMontpelier Resident Artist, Melissa Burley, exhibits new light sculpture. Made from found objects, Ms. Burley recycles and transforms these objects into exciting, new works when mixed with LED lighting creating a new experience in sculpture.

June 1 - August 19, 2012 Reception: June 8, 2012, 7-9 PM
Ellen Hill

Ellen HillEllen Hill will be exhibiting her mixed media collages constructed onto wood panels that are carved, painted and etched. These works speak to nature’s perseverance, assuring that the universe on a whole is in a good place. This is illustrated through representation and abstract imagery while using repetition and spontaneity that is often found in the natural world.

April 10 - May 27, 2012
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Joyce Yu-Jean LeeMs. Lee’s latest work explores how illumination is depicted within various cultures and societies. Using green-screen animation, video projection, and digital prints the artist reframes the history of painting, film and video in order to explore how viewers consume visual information in our technology driven society. A public reception in honor of the artist will take place on April 15, 2012 from 2-4pm.

April 9 - May 28, 2012
Rufus Norman

Rufus NormanMontpelier resident artist, Rufus Norman exhibits for the first time in the Resident Artist Gallery. His colorful, imaginative acrylic paintings depict people, places, and still life. A reception for the artist will take place on April 15, 2012 from 2-4pm.

April 5 - May 25, 2012
Sam Lacombe

Sam LacombeLacombe is a realist painter who uses geometry and neon signage to capture the urban environment. A public reception in honor of the artist will take place on April 15, 2012 from 2-4pm.

March 4 - April 1, 2012
43rd Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition

The Laurel Art Guild hosts their 43rd Annual Juried Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Montpelier Arts Center. Sixty entrants have been selected from throughout Maryland to participate. A public reception and awards ceremony will take place on March 4 from 2-4pm.

Friday, February 3, 9 am
Prints from the Collection of Lou Stovall

Prints from the Collection of Lou StovallRenowned printmaker, Lou Stovall, will exhibit his own prints as well as collaborative works with Sam Gilliam, Peter Blume, and Lois Jones. Reception on February 3, 2012, 7-9pm.


Friday, February 3, 9 am
Sahomi Naka

Sahomi NakaMontpelier Resident Printmaker, Sahomi Naka, experiments with different approaches and techniques to printmaking. She uses traditional printmaking methods in new hybrid ways. Reception for the artist on February 3, 2012, from 7-9pm.

Friday, February 3, 9 am
Natalia Panfile

Natalia PanfileNatalia Panfile is a performance artist who will be investigating videos of past performances. She will be performing a piece called "Food for Thought" during the reception on February 3, 2012 from 7-9pm. This piece investigates “issues of cleanliness and purity related to being my mother’s daughter……. and parallels my relationship with my motherland, Moldova”. For the piece, the artist will sift through 400 lbs of buckwheat grain placed on the floor where Ms. Panfile will be removing any impurities, reflecting the hard agricultural work of women from her native Moldova.

Friday, Nov. 4 -Sunday Nov. 27
Jacquelyn Lee, Resident Gallery

Jacquelyn Lee, Resident GalleryThe exhibition includes mixed media collages, quilts and digitally altered photographs all drawn from the natural world. Jacqueline Lee is primarily a collage artist who works in diverse media.

Wednesday, Nov. 2-Saturday, Dec. 31
Geoff Delanoy, Fugitive Landscapes

Geoff Delanoy, Fugitive LandscapesThe black and white photographs in this series taken at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California, were made with a modified Holga camera, and are the result of a contemplative interaction with the terrain. They interpret the topography and the constant flux of the environment and
the impact of the elements upon the landscape.

Wednesday, Nov. 2- Sunday, Nov. 27
Geo Location: Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman

Geo Location: Nate Larson and Marni ShindelmanUsing GPS coordinates and photography this series combines the virtual with the real—often with surprising results. Artist and Maryland Art Institute College of Art professor, Nate Larson will talk about the work in Geolocation, and the process of his collaboration with artist Marni Shindelman in a lecture on November 2.
This lecture is the perfect way to begin FOTOweek DC.


Wednesday, Oct. 5–Tuesday, Oct. 25
Karen Mesinger Miller and Sushama Parikh

Karen Mesinger Miller and Sushama ParikhResident Artist Gallery

Fine jewelry design and intricate ceramic tiles featuring images of the peacock complement each other in this exhibition of works by Montpelier studio artists.

Sunday, September 11, 2 pm
September Exhibition Reception

September Exhibition Reception Join the artists in the September exhibitions for a free public reception from 2-4 pm, September 11.
In the Main Gallery, Poured Paintings by Charlie Risselada
In the Library Gallery, Mixed media sculptures by Rachel Rotenberg
In the Resident Artist Gallery, Ceramics by Linda Bernard and Fiber works by Roslyn Logsdon.

Friday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 23
Charlie Risselada

Charlie RisseladaMain Gallery
Poured paintings by Maryland artist are based on topographical imagery of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Free public reception: Sunday, September 11, 2–4 pm

Thursday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Oct. 28
Rachel Rotenberg, Sculpture

Rachel Rotenberg, Sculpture Library Gallery

Combining the natural forms of a found vine or branch with carved and painted cedar, the artist creates a true communion with nature in her sculptures. Ms. Rotenberg is one of the winners of the biennial Library Gallery Competition.

Free public reception: Sunday, September 11, 2–4 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 6 – Wednesday, Sept. 28
Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon, Windows

Linda Bernard and Roslyn Logsdon, Windows Resident Artist Gallery
Ceramics and Fiber Works

Two diverse media explore a common theme.

Free public reception: Sunday, September 11, 2–4 pm