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Art Department Opportunities and Special Projects

Scholarships and Awards

The Rockville/Germantown Art Department offers the following scholarships for art students.  Each spring, all students are invited to submit applications for a competitive portfolio review process. Awards are applied to tuition (for credit enrollment only), and any remaining funds may be used for supplies at MC Campus Stores. Scholarship awards can be credited for one semester in the following fiscal cycle: Summer 2, Fall, Spring, and Summer 1, unless otherwise noted. Individual award amounts range from approximately $500  to $1,500.  Awards are contingent on available funds.

Donations to the Art Department Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated. They should be made payable to the Montgomery College Foundation and state "Rockville/Germantown Art Department Scholarship Fund" on the memo line. The Montgomery College Foundation, Inc., is a registered, nonprofit charitable organization with IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible status.

  • Rockville Art Department Endowed Scholarships
  • Herbert D. David Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Fall Semester use only and requires up to date FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Sarah Silberman Sculpture Endowed Scholarships
  • Rockville Art League Scholarship (Fall Semester use only)
  • Montgomery Art Association Scholarship (Fall Semester use only)

Both the Sarah Silberman Ceramics Endowed Scholarship and the Francis Toshiye Tanada Ceramics Endowed Scholarship are generally awarded at the end of Fall and Spring semesters for use during the next or follow-on semester. Please contact the Ceramics Coordinator, Sara Parent-Ramos, at for further information, application, and deadlines. 

For questions, contact Department Chair Tendai Johnson at

Student Art League

The Montgomery College Student Art League is designed to support MC art students by building awareness of, and creating our own art events on campus as well as off campus. The MC Art League is planning to maintain a working and a revolving schedule that will include ongoing workshops, artists talks, field trips, and studio visits, art openings, creating and maintaining an active newsletter, developing critique groups, portfolio and resume building workshops and transfer options for the art majors, while building camaraderie between new and the established students and faculty and most importantly to build and strong and vibrant student art community.

For more information, contact Professor Lucy Derickson,

Earn College Credit and a $1,000 Stipend

Montgomery College Arts Institute is partnering with BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, VisArts - Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts in Rockville, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Silver Spring, to offer fall and spring art internship opportunities for qualified Montgomery College students.

  • Fall Application Deadline: May 1 or until filled
  • Spring Application Deadline: December 1 or until filled 

For more information and an application packet please contact Professor David Krueger at 240-567-7935 or email

Download Internship Application (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Smithsonian Internships  

The Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress Internship Programs are unique opportunities for MC students to experience the professional environment of world-class museum and library research activities. Samples of all types of activities in which an intern may participate and contribute are: assisting with new or on-going research programs in one of a wide range of topic areas; performing collection analysis and organization; designing and preparing new exhibits; abstracting and archiving academic materials; and planning new educational programs. Placement of the students is done by the Smithsonian Internship Coordinator, or the Library of Congress Internship Coordinator, and is subject to the availability of opportunities in each Institution.

Contact: Ruthann Wilbraham in the Smithsonian Institute Office, 240-567-7417,


The Rockville Art Department’s annual ArtWalk takes place each April on the campus grounds. ArtWalk by individual students and class collaborations can be seen around the campus for one week. Work is visual, participatory and always outside! Learn about color theory with temporary tattoos and screen printing, see drawings and sculptures and performances from the Rockville Art Students. Check the college website each spring for more information and downloadable maps.

Contact: Professor Amanda Miller at 240-567-7646 or

AIR: Artist in Residence

The three-week Artist in Residence program (AIR) of the Rockville Art Department augments the studio arts curriculum by providing students with direct hands-on experience in the arts that is guided by visiting artists.

This is accomplished by:

  • Enabling students to work with contemporary artists other than faculty
  • Fostering a vested commitment between artist, student and the educational setting of the College
  • Enhancing the department’s curriculum

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Download Application for Fall Artist in Residence Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Download Application for Spring Artist in Residence Program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Current Artists in Residence
Spring 2020 - Ada Pinkston: LandMarked/Reverb 

Artist Ada Pinkston will guide students in a large scale, site-specific project that poses the question, “What would a monument that reflects the students of Montgomery College look like?” Students will learn about the significance of public monuments, reflect upon their own perspective on public memory, and consider both the inclusivity and exclusivity of the construction of history. The artist envisions this project as part of a movement that considers how to re-create a more equitable public space that is inclusive of all histories. 

Artist website: new window

Past Artists in Residence Include: 
Fall 2019 - Stephanie Mercedes: Run, Hide, Fight

Stephanie Mercedes uses weapons confiscated and deactivated by the D.C. police, melts down the metal, and transforms it into musical installations and instruments. The intention of her work is to take the materiality of violence and turn it into its opposite: art. During her residency, Mercedes guided art students in a collaborative project in which she melted bullet casings to make traditional school bells. Each bell size correlates to the number fatalities from school shootings in the US per year. For example, the year 2012, in which 38 school shooting fatalities occurred, is represented by a bell made from 38 bullets. Participating students cast bells that collectively represent the history of school shootings in the United States from 1994 to 2017. This project was intended to give students a voice on the current crisis of school shootings in this country. Throughout the process, students were asked to answer the question: When do you feel safe?

Media Coverage: 

Spring 2019: Carron Little

As an artist and curator, Carron Little’s practice focuses on interactive performance and public engagement in neighborhoods and cities. Her projects combine poetry, sculpture, performance, and audience interaction. Little recently returned from a working on a two-year project for the City of Lucerne in Switzerland that culminated in the production of four interactive performances for the 2018 Woerdz Festival, an international festival focused on the spoken word. Little is Director of the public performance series Out of Site Chicago, and has taught in the Performance Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, in addition to creating artist projects with Chicago Public Schools. 

As part of her residency, Little installed sculptures from her “Neighborhood Magic” series. She created these sculptures in response to people that she met and interviewed in the Chicago neighborhood of Beverly Hills during a public engagement project. During her residency at Montgomery College, Little collaborated with students on a project focused on public engagement and interactive performance, and the students presented their collaborative work during ArtWalk, an annual outdoor art event.

Artist website:

Fall 2018 - Allyson Packer: Sit In/Walk Out

During Allyson Packer’s residency, students learned about artists who use the aesthetics of protest in their work, chose historical protest movements to research, and learned about the movements’ aesthetic strategies. Using this research as inspiration, students completed a series of collaborative performance and installation projects. Their projects included making one-word picket signs to create collaborative poems and restaging famous photographs of protest using sculptures they made in class as props. The ephemeral work was documented using digital photography. This process culminated with an exhibition based on the idea of “occupation.” Taking a cue from protest movements that have temporarily occupied public spaces, students were encouraged to think of the exhibition as a duration of time when they are occupying the gallery.

Artist website:

Fall 2017 - Alice Gadzinski

During this Artist in Residence Program, Alice Gadzinksi led art classes in a collaborative project on the theme of “The Supermarket,” in which students created artwork inspired by products and packaging from supermarkets.  

In this collaborative project, students were encouraged to reflect on their own experience and what the idea of the supermarket or grocery store means to them personally. This project is based around conversations of shared public spaces, idiosyncrasies between those public spaces in a variety of communities, and visual literacy. It discusses a similar experience in different communities and how those relate both aesthetically and culturally. 

Two classes (Crafts and 3D Design Studio) worked closely with Alice over three weeks, building papier-mache sculptures from found materials, then priming and painting them for installation in the gallery. Other ARTT classes worked on a shorter version of the project, in which they painted directly on primed supermarket packaging, creating package designs based on real or imagined products. For these classes, focusing mostly on the surface of the product as opposed to its construction will concentrate the overall concept of “The Supermarket” into a more specific discussion of branding, marketing methods, and visual literacy.

 Students’ props were displayed as an installation in the gallery creating a collaborative “store” with the “products” created.

Alice’s website: alicegadzinski.comnew window

Spring 2017 - Corwin Levi

Artist in Residence Corwin Levi worked with ARTT classes on a collaborative student project titled “As Above, So Below.”

There were two parts to the collaborative student project:

CONSTELLATION DRAWINGS – Corwin lectured about constellations, discussing interpretations of the sky from different time periods and cultures. Then, students drew constellations in several forms on printed star charts. They could create a reinterpretation of existing constellations, new constellations, or abstract constellations. Corwin assembled the constellation drawings in an installation which mapped their location in the sky.

WAVE DRAWINGS – Corwin introduced students to Hokusai’ s The Great Wave. Students then redrew their own interpretation of The Great Wave. Classes collaborated to assemble their wave drawings into one large wave installation. 

Corwin’s website:  corwinlevi.comnew window

Spring 2016 - Raj Bunnag

In this Artist in Residence program, Raj Bunnag worked with students to create imagery and symbols that were printed on fabric flags.  

During the first half of the residency, Raj Bunnag worked with printmaking classes to design and carve linoleum blocks for printing. During the second half of the residency, the printmaking area hosted ARTT classes to print flags using the carved blocks. Aligning with the World Woodcut class, the flags produced in this project reflected some visual influences of traditional prayer flags while integrating contemporary icons and images produced in collaboration between students and Bunnag.

The print flags were displayed in the Sarah Silberman Art Gallery during the residency and subsequently during the 2016 ArtWalk in Rockville and Germantown.

Fall 2014 - Victor Ekpuk

The Artist In Residence program worked with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art to bring Nigerian born Artist Victor Ekpuk to the Art Department to collaborate with students on both ephemeral and paper works. Smithsonian curator Deborah Stokes opened the residence with an overview of African Art. Victor held three workshops in which he familiarized students with his unique style of iconography and asked students to work individually on their own iconography. After short critiques from Victor, students collaborated on two paper murals and one chalk mural, which was painted over at the end of the residency. In December 2014, the work was hung in the first floor of the Rockville campus library.

Fall 2013 - Katherine Mann

Katherine brought rolls of tracing paper and Yupo and started the collaboration with students by unrolling the paper on the drawing studio floor. Following Katherine’s style, students then created washes and “spills” with india ink and watercolor directly on the paper, allowing the paper to dry overnight. In the gallery, Katherine asked students to take a walk outside to find inspiration from natural forms. Back inside, students used ink to draw on top of the colored paper. Katherine visited the printmaking studio and worked with students to create wood blocks that were used to print student designs on the paper.  Katherine then collaborated with students to transform the paper into wall hangings and sculpture. After three weeks, some finished pieces had more than 200 collaborators. The work now hangs in the Rockville campus library.

View the Finished Collaborative Worknew window  

Katherine Mann's website: katherinemann.netnew window

Fall 2012 - Felicia Glidden

Felicia collaborated with students to make a sound, video, and sculpture installation. Students wrote down their dreams on rice paper and glued them to 12x4x4 empty steel cubes. Each day, students added more dreams and more cubes. The cubes were stacked in the center of the gallery, and each day the students transformed the arrangement of cubes to create a multiple of perspectives , onto which  Felicia projected video. In the corner of the room, Felicia constructed a sound booth and students recorded their dreams. Each day, Felicia looped the sound recordings together so that students could sit and listen to each other’s dreams. In the back of the gallery, Felicia installed her own work, Between Two Rivers, 2014.

Watch a Video of the Eventnew window

Felicia Glidden’s website: feliciaglidden.comnew window  

Weekend Open Drawing/Painting

Open to the community; all artists are welcome!

  • No instruction provided.
  • Professional Models (nude/clothed); $6-$9 model fee is collected.
  • Only odorless solvents/mediums are allowed in the studios.
  • Participants must be 18 and over.
  • Montgomery College Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD
  • For more information, contact the group leaders listed below.

February 1 - May 16, 2020
No sessions on the weekend of March 21, 22, the college will be closed for spring break.

Saturday Sketch Group

  • Figure Study, Short Poses
  • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Art Building, 301
  • Contact: Decheng Cai at 301-977-7153;

Sunday Life Study Group

  • Figure Study, Long Poses
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Art Building, 301
  • Contact: Stokes Redabaugh at

Sunday Figure Painting Group

  • Figure Painting, One Long Pose
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Art Building, 405   
  • Contact: Al Sanchez at 301-384-4278;