Montpelier Arts Center Announces Annual Studio Jury Competition 2024

By East City Art Editorial Team on January 16, 2024

Deadline: Sun, March 31 2024

Resident artist Sharon Sefton at work in the printmaking studio at Montpelier Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.

Join a thriving community of professional artists in the Montpelier Resident Artist Program. Resident artists work in a diverse variety of media and styles, maintain studio hours for the public to visit, and participate in community events. These artists are selected by an annual jury panel and exhibit their work in the Montpelier Arts Center’s Resident Artist Gallery on a revolving basis. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Arts Center, located on the beautiful grounds of Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD.

Individual studio spaces at Montpelier Arts Center are located on the first floor and the second floor. The printmaking studio is a shared workspace on the first floor. Studios vary in size. Rent for Prince Georges County residents is $8 per square foot and $10.40 per square foot for non-residents.

Eligible artists must be at least 18 years old and reside in Maryland. Residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties will take precedence over others. Resident artists may share studio space. However, each prospective resident artist must submit an individual submission for review by the juror.

Selected artists can renew their leases for up to three years; artists wishing to stay three additional years must re-jury in. Artists may hold a studio space for a maximum of six years. Leases run July 1 through June 30. Studio access is commensurable to the hours the facility is open.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Apply here:

Application deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm


  • Current résumé, artist statement, and biography for each artist looking to rent.
  • Letter of intent stating reasons for applying, what you hope to accomplish through/during residency, how studio space will be used, and any special projects you propose with Montpelier Arts Center.
  • A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 digital images that best exemplify your portfolio/proposal, with the titles, dates, and dimensions of each work. Images must be in JPEG format at a minimum 300 dpi.
  • Three professional references, their relation to you, and their contact information.

Each selected artist will be granted a lease for rental space at Montpelier Arts Center. New leases begin at Montpelier Arts Center on Monday, July 1, 2024.

For more information, please call 301-377-7800 or send an email to

Montpelier Arts Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.